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PayPal Introduces A Stablecoin That’s Pegged With US Dollar

PayPal USD can be used to make purchases or pay other users.

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Almost three years after adding cryptocurrency support for all US accounts, PayPal has launched its own stablecoin pegged against the US dollar. The new coin, known as PayPal USD, is “100 percent backed by US dollar deposits, short-term US Treasuries and similar cash equivalents,” according to the company.

PayPal went on to explain that its coin is issued on the Ethereum blockchain by the Paxos Trust Company, which is overseen by the New York State Department of Financial Services. The company also obtained a BitLicense from the NYDFS in June 2022.

PayPal USD coins can be bought and sold for $1 each. The currency can be used to purchase goods and services by selecting the option during any checkout session with PayPal. Users can also transfer the new cryptocurrency to external wallets or convert them to other coins in their accounts.

Also Read: A Guide To Digital Payment Methods In The Middle East

In a recent interview with Reuters, Ian Katz, managing director of Capital Alpha Partners, noted that the stablecoin could soon be in the sights of the Federal Reserve and the Securities and Exchange Commission. Time will tell if the company’s crypto venture can become a success.

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Hamad International Wins 2024 Skytrax World Airport Awards

The Qatar airport also won “World’s Best Airport Shopping” for the 2nd time, and “Best Airport in the Middle East” for the 10th year.

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Hamad International Airport (DOH) in Doha, Qatar, has once again won the “World’s Best Airport” title at the Skytrax World Airport Awards. The award ceremony, held at the Passenger Terminal Expo 2024 in Frankfurt, Germany, also saw Hamad clinch the accolade of “World’s Best Airport Shopping” for the 2nd time in a row and “Best Airport in the Middle East” for an impressive 10th consecutive year.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Officer, Eng. Badr Mohammed Al-Meer, who played a key role in the airport’s development over the past decade, said: “This is a remarkable achievement for Hamad International Airport, as it celebrates its 10th anniversary of operational excellence, connecting passengers seamlessly from all around the world. It is a testament to the dedication of our team and partners, who have contributed to providing passengers with the finest travel experience”.

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Al-Meer emphasized the importance of understanding changing travel trends and the needs of modern air passengers: “At the heart of our growth strategy lies the passengers’ journey, their evolving needs, and our commitment to meeting and exceeding their expectations. We have introduced a diverse range of experiences at the airport, including Souq Al Matar, which brings Qatari hospitality and culture closer to travelers, “Orchard”, the ideal place for relaxation and rejuvenation between flights, and an array of high-end lounges”.

Also Read: Top E-Commerce Websites In The Middle East In 2024

Hamad International Airport saw a massive 31% surge in passenger traffic during 2023, with the transport hub now serving over 45 million passengers annually. The airport is now home to prestigious airlines, including Vistara, Iberia, Xiamen Airlines, Garuda Indonesia, and Japan Airlines, serving 250+ destinations for passenger and cargo flights.

The uptick in traffic is no doubt due to the completion of the first phase of an extensive expansion project. Hamad’s management intends to radically update the airport’s facilities over the coming years in a bid to create the “airport of the future”. The expansion features a unique and calming environment of lush greenery and several contemporary dining and shopping concepts among the already well-equipped leisure facilities.

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