UAE bank told to pay for Dh4.7 million after SIM swap fraud

Dubai: A recent judgment by a Dubai court, which held a local bank responsible for a Dh4.7 million SIM card swap fraud, serves as a reminder to all banks and telecom providers to adopt tighter security measures, a Dubai-based lawyer has said on Sunday.

Ghassan El Daye, Partner and Head of Litigation for the Middle East with the UK-based law firm Charles Russell Speechlys, said that in a landmark judgment, the Dubai Commercial Court recently found a local bank responsible for a SIM card swap fraud that cost a customer Dh4.7 million in life savings.

The case dates back to 2017 when the customer’s money was stolen from his account which the bank had then closed without his knowledge.

El Daye said the court has ordered the bank to pay the customer Dh4.7 million with a nine per cent interest from the date the case was lodged.

“This judgment is significant because it involves new essential factors related to the UAE’s banking sector and its customers. The judgment suggests recommendations for banks and telecom providers, including the need to apply strict security measures, carry out continuous monitoring, upgrading of PIN numbers and tighter background checks on employees,” said El Daye.

He said telecommunications companies should also impose tighter controls over SIM card replacement applications as several scams have been reported in the country.

“It must be forbidden to issue a replacement SIM card unless the holder of the card goes physically to the bank and telecommunications provider with original ID.”

According to Al Daye, his client, who used to work in the UAE, had opened a savings account at the local bank in Dubai in 2015 before he moved out of the country, leaving behind Dh4.7million in the account. But to the horror of the man, whose nationality and age wasn’t disclosed by the lawyer, the account showed zero balance in May 2017. The man then lodged a criminal complaint. But a Charles Russell Speechlys litigation team, headed by El Daye, advised him to pursue a civil case in order to get his money back.

During a court hearing in September this year, the victim’s defence said the bank should be held responsible based on facts and expert findings. The bank had insisted it’s the client’s responsibility since he had possession of the original SIM card and PIN number. It had argued that he should have objected to the transactions within 30 days of reviewing the account statement.

According to case documents, the bank failed to disclose its internal investigation reports to an expert appointed by the court and claimed the incident was a result of faulty transactions.

“For such a scam to succeed, our client’s confidential information must have been deliberately exposed by some bank employees who had access to it,” said El Daye.

The expert’s report submitted to court was in favour of the client and stated that confidential data, including official documents and contact numbers, were illegally revealed to others by a bank employee.

“This information was illegally passed on to other suspects who used it to obtain a replacement SIM card for the client’s phone number from the local telecommunications service provider in Dubai,” the lawyer said.

The fraudsters were able to change the PIN code connected to his bank services before logging him out and transferring the money.

However, the Dubai Commercial Court rejected the bank’s claims in October 2019 and held it responsible for the scam.

How SIM swap cards work

Once cyber criminals have gathered enough information on a target, they create a false identity. First, they call the victim’s cell phone provider claiming that his or her SIM card has been lost or damaged. Then they request a replacement SIM. Most telecom providers won’t acquiesce to those requests unless security questions are answered, but the fraudsters come prepared, using the personal data they’ve collected to defeat the security checks.

As the victim’s SIM card stops working, the criminal gains access to any online service that requires security codes to be sent to a user’s mobile phone. Banks do ask for confirmation via text messages to the phone number but since it’s already with the criminal, victims remain in the dark even after their bank accounts have been drained.

How to protect yourself from SIM swap fraud:

If your cell phone number stops working for an unknown reason, get in touch with your telecom operator immediately.

Register your number for SMS and email alerts to stay updated about transactions on your bank account.

Don’t respond to unsolicited calls and text messages asking for your bank details.With inputs from Mazhar Farooqui, Features Editor – Special Repor

Source: https://gulfnews.com/uae/uae-bank-told-to-pay-for-dh47-million-after-sim-swap-fraud-1.68348671

Money in Dubai: Banks, ATMs, Cards & Currency Exchange

The most populous city in the United Arab Emirates, Dubai, is also one of the Middle East’s biggest business hubs. One reason that Dubai attracts people from across the world is that the city has a 0% income tax. Yep, you heard correctly. Dubai dwellers, now numbering 2.7 million people, can pocket all of the cash they earn.

Not surprisingly, the city is developing rapidly as a result, with 20% of the world’s construction cranes located there. Currently the world’s biggest mall, tallest hotel, and largest aquarium are already situated in this stunning city. Visitors not on a budget can also stay at the world’s only 7-star hotel, the Burj al Arab.

What’s the currency in Dubai?

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Dirham, usually known as the Emirati Dirham, is the official currency of the UAE. Introduced in 1973, the currency replaced the Qatar and Dubai Riyal. Officially the currency is abbreviated as AED, but DH and Dhs are also used unofficially. It’s divided into 100 fils, which is a modern retranscription of Fals, a medieval Arabic coin.

Characteristics of the United Arab Emirates Dirham
Names and nicknamesEmirates Dirham, Dirham, AED, DH, Dhs
Symbols and abbreviationsWritten as the AED on official exchanges, and unofficially abbreviated to Dh, Dhs.
1 AEDOne dirham is divided into 100 fils.
Dirham coinsDirham coins are available in the commonly used denominations of 25 and 50 fils, as well as the infrequently used 1, 5 and 10 fils coins. A 1 dirham coin is also available.
Durham banknotesDirham banknotes are available in 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500, and the rarely used 1,000.

If you were looking to use cash from back home in Dubai, you won’t have much luck. It’s pretty uncommon to pay for goods and services in Dubai with any currency other than the Dirham. However, International credit and debit cards, such as Visa and Mastercard, are widely accepted at retailers. ATMs are situated nearly everywhere, and foreign debit cards can usually be used in order to take out cash. You can also exchange cash at several locations. But we’ll discuss that later.

What should I know about exchanging money in Dubai?

Foreign visitors to Dubai can exchange their currency both at banks and currency exchanges.

Find an exchange service that offers you fair rates

When in Dubai, keep in mind that you’ll find the best rates if you’re exchanging from US dollars, as the AED is pegged to the dollar. So you’ll receive roughly the same rates (after factoring in added fees) when converting from dollars to dirhams.

Here are some of the best spots in the city to swap cash without losing much.

Often, exchange places, especially at airports and hotels, will attempt to woo customers by advertising their favorite phrases: “0 fees” or “No commission”. But what you see usually isn’t what you get. If you do a quick Google search or use an online currency converter, you’ll discover that your money is worth much more than an exchange bureau or bank is offering you.

The real rate, based on daily trading that occurs at banks and large global finance markets, is referred to as the mid-market rate. This represents what your money is actually worth. Banks and exchange services, however, will often make up their own, much poorer exchange rate and then pocket the difference.

Figure out if rates are better in Dubai or your home country

Sometimes it makes the most sense to convert your cash from your home bank before you go abroad. Other times, however, you can snag a better deal abroad. Through websites such as finder.com, you can compare and contrast the exchange rate of several services at home and in Dubai.

Avoid exchanging too much cash at the airport or your hotel

Airports and hotels have a monopoly over you, charging higher prices due to a shortage of alternative suppliers. Try to exchange only a small amount – such as what you’ll need before reaching an exchange center with a more cost-savvy rate. Your bank account will thank you later.

Ensure your banknotes are damage-free

If you’ve brought cash with you from back home, make sure those bills in your pocket are in good shape. In Dubai, most merchants will refuse to accept any sort of damaged banknotes to exchange. Banks in Dubai will typically take damaged dirhams from their customers, sending them back to a central bank which replaces them.

If you know someone with a bank account in Dubai, transfer money ahead of time for even better savings

With a TransferWise borderless account, you can hold your money in numerous currencies, including Dirhams, so you can transfer to a bank account in Dubai conveniently and at a low-cost. Additionally, you’ll always get the same rate you see on Google when you convert money within your account.

And, in late 2017, you’ll be able to get a debit card to go along with your Borderless account so you can spend money directly from any of your currencies with ease.

Can I use travellers cheques in Dubai?

You can, but it’s not really worth it. Most shops and restaurants in Dubai won’t accept them, but it’s easy enough to exchange them at banks, exchange offices, and hotels, for a much less favorable exchange rate. It’s much better to simply use cash or a debit credit card if you can, which are much more likely to be accepted in Dubai.

What should I know about using my debit and credit cards in Dubai?

Major providers such as Visa and Mastercard are widely accepted at major restaurants, stores and hotels in Dubai, with other cards such as American Express less likely to be accepted. However, not all smaller stores and grocery shops will accept your card. So take caution, and take cash along with you while you’re there.

Always choose to be charged in the local currency

The good news is that several ATMs in Dubai are free to use, especially those of major banks such as Citibank and HSBC, or any bank that’s a member of the Global ATM Alliance.

On the flip side, when you make purchases with your card, or withdraw money from an ATM, you might run into Dynamic Currency Conversion (DCC). The card merchant or ATM will ask if you’d like to be charged in your home currency rather than the Dirham. It might seem a bit more convenient to do the transaction in a currency you’re more comfortable with. But be warned: you’ll be marked up in price, sometimes at four or more percent, just for the convenience of seeing the numbers in your home currency.

With DCC, you’re granting the local ATM the right to give you whatever exchange rate they feel like, which usually isn’t in your favor. You’re better off doing transactions in the local currency, where your home bank will give you a much better exchange rate, and save you a lot in the long run.

Don’t forget to tell your home bank you’re going to be travelling

It’s happened to many of us. We forget to tell our banks we’ll be heading abroad, and attempt to pay for something with our cards from back home when we arrive. But then we’re told the card has been declined. Don’t let this be you: before you land in Dubai, remember to give your bank or card issuer a heads up you’ll be heading overseas. Otherwise they could think there’s suspicious activity taking place and lock your card.

What are the best practices for using ATMs in Dubai?

A global finance capital, ATMS are found nearly everywhere in Dubai. As long as you have a 4-digit pin number for your card, you can typically withdraw from accounts there.

Still, be sure to watch out for offers to be charged in your home currency rather than the local one. If you see the option, always select to be changed in euros to avoid steeper fees added into poor exchange rates.

If you’re on the lookout for an ATM near you, the website Bankautomat Finder allows you to easily locate ATMs throughout the city.

What are the major banks in Dubai?

Most common retail banks in Dubai

There are several banks operating in Dubai, many with international branches. So if you aren’t sure if your home bank has a branch, it’s worth investigating if they may have a partner in Dubai, which could help reduce overall ATM fees if you find there’s one.

  • Arab Emirates Investment Bank – a boutique bank specializing in both private and investment banking.
  • Commercial Bank of Dubai – founded in 1969, this bank launched the first online personal finance tool in the region.
  • Dubai Islamic Bank – a longstanding bank offering services such as wealth management, in addition to retail banking.
  • Emirates Islamic Bank – Offers many branches and ATMs around Dubai
  • Mashreqbank – Founded in 1967, it’s the oldest bank in the UAE and the first to offer ATMs
  • Emirates NBD – Has more than 220 branches in Dubai and abroad
  • Noor Bank – Offers several services in Islamic banking for retail and corporate clients

International banks operating in Dubai

With a diverse international population, it comes as no surprise that Dubai caters to it’s inhabitants with a broad selection of international banks. Among the larger ones are:

No matter how long you’ll be in Dubai, you shouldn’t have any problem exchanging and spending your money.

Source: https://transferwise.com/gb/blog/money-and-banks-in-dubai

Join Foloosi Business – Sell your Products Online

Foloosi is a UAE online market place facilitating consumer-to-business card payments by enabling businesses to display QR code, share Payment Links and API integrations for their customers to pay conveniently.

Foloosi helps daily transaction in a simple, secure way and never limit payment options.

Features of Foloosi

Mobile Top-Up

Users can recharge local and international mobiles and salik instantly

Bill Payments

Users can pay for local and international services, utility and several other bills and hence selling products becomes easier

International Top-Up

International Mobile Top-ups across 130+ Countries

Scan & Pay

It provides instant, secure and reliable QR code technology and plays a mightier role in online market and online store

Local Shopping

Customers can shop and pay directly from their own smart phones and hence products sales can be increased for merchants

Event Ticket Booking

Book tickets for the events using smart phone which can be verified at the other end using QR scanner

Foloosi has also launched a POS (Point of Sale) system for small and medium-size businesses that will enable merchants to process payments digitally and selling products becomes lighter.

POS software helps to manage your business on your device with the Foloosi POS app. Also adjust items, manage employees, and see real time reports from anywhere.

People of UAE can pay their utility bills online for free using digital payments app Foloosi.  Foloosi had launched a specially designed service to help users pay their bills in just seconds without paying any transaction charges.

Utility bills includes  

Maintain an online store and run & explore your business using Foloosi. Foloosi is a complete solution that seamlessly connect consumers with businesses and is backed by powerful CRM system to provide actionable flow of events resulting in a fast, modern and secure ways of making technology work at its advanced best especially in payments. 

The simplest way to sell your products online

Foloosi online store seamlessly integrates with all aspects of your business and keep online and in-person orders all in one place.

  • Custom domain name
  • Manage inventory
  • Sell in website & social media

Create an account with Foloosi; Share the Payment Link over SMS, Email etc; Customer pays through online payment; get notified once the payment is complete

UAE fintech startup Foloosi raises $500K in a SEED funding round

Foloosi is a UAE Fintech startup facilitating consumer-to-business card payments by enabling the business to display QR code, Payment Link and API integrations for the customer to scan & pay conveniently.

Foloosi has raised a seed fund of 500k USD from existing investor Rasheed Alfalasi along with new investor Mohammed Alsuwaidi. Around four months back Foloosi has raised a pre-seed fund from Angel fund investor Rasheed Alfalasi

Foloosi was founded in 2018 and launched its product in the year 2019 that enables simple and easy way to accept, process, disburses payment solution for businesses. It helps businesses by providing payment gateway, payment link, subscriptions and POS software. Foloosi’s payment solutions can be integrated by both web and mobile applications.

Foloosi connects merchants with customers while giving an easy way to make payments. We see solid interest from businesses in the UAE for this service, with the transaction volumes reliably growing at above 40 per cent month-on-month. Transacting millions of dirham’s of sales every month was a key achievement for us as the business keeps on growing.

We have achieved one million + AED revenue rate at the end of July 2019 and 300+ businesses signed up to accept card payments and 2000+ users paid through Foloosi to partner businesses. 

We are the only startup in UAE providing many billing solutions facilities and few of them are du top up and bills, Etisalat top up & bill, FEWA, Mawaqif topup, Mawaqif fine, National bond, NOL card, Ajman direct etc.

Products of Foloosi

QR code

Retailers can accept payment easily from customers just by generating one QR code.

Payment link

Sending a payment request and get paid instantly using Foloosi’s payment link.

Payment gateway

Retailers can accept payments in their mobile app/ website with Foloosi payment gateway and customers can pay using this gateway.

Subscription

Enable recurring payment schedule, control the billing cycle and get instant alerts on subscription activity with Foloosi’s Subscriptions.

Multiple currency support

Foloosi supports 150+ currencies for international digital payments, including major currencies like USD, Euro, Pound, and INR.

Foloosi’s POS software helps to manage your business on your device. Also adjust items, manage employees, and see real time reports from anywhere.

In future, Foloosi has planned to launch a business page consisting of detailed information about the business, geo locations and customers can pay using online store without scanning.

The projected revenue was 3M AED by December 2019. The projected revenue for the upcoming year 2020 was 2.5 million AED per month.  As of now our target is GCC countries and soon we have planned to start in Saudi Arabia

Founder/CEO of Foloosi
Omar Bin Brek

“With the support of our strategic investors, we are accelerating the development of our product further in this digital world”

CTO/Co-Founder of Foloosi Mohan K

We conclude that Foloosi’s main target is to provide payment solution for all financial sectors including small, medium and large Enterprises.

Foloosi Crosses AED 1 Mn Bi-Annual Gross Transaction Value

Foloosi (https://www.foloosi.com) is a UAE Fintech startup facilitating consumer-to-business card payments by enabling the business to display QR code, Payment Link and API integrations for the customer to scan & pay in a tap.

We are very glad to announce that our bi-annual gross transaction value (GTV) had crossed one million AED since going live in January 2019. This is not possible without our Foloosi community, business partners and followers.

Foloosi’s CEO & Co-founder Omar Bin Brek said

We as a team believe that this is the best and ever-green Eid gift reaching our milestone is something special to be celebrated.

We thank our Foloosi community, business partners and followers with grateful heart and wishing them all a happy and prosperous Eid.

Foloosi enables a digital economy empowerment for local businesses, operating merchants and most importantly the e-commerce sector. Foloosi features a wide range of advanced technological products on its modern platform – including the core function of ‘Scan to Pay’ feature, which allows a business to accept card payment by displaying QR code technology.

We have a unique offering, since no other digital platform in our region serve to onboard businesses and consumers alike while complimenting the banking system using the QR code technology.

We distinguish ourselves by offering local financial intelligence educational feeds using machine learning techniques and artificial intelligence, besides great user retainment features such as social event bookings.

Together we have come up with a fresh concept, in line with the UAE’s 2021 vision, complimenting the banking system and an ambitious but achievable plan to build into a thriving new business.

Foloosi’s Co-founder, Mohan K outlined

Foloosi enables simple and easy way to accept, process, disburses payment solution for businesses. We help businesses by providing payment gateway, payment link, subscriptions and POS software. Foloosi payment solutions can be integrated by both web and mobile applications

What is a Payment Gateway and How Does It Work?

Online payments have turned into a piece of our day by day lives in the blink of an eye. We’re executing on the web through debit or Visas as well as through various different modes like UPI, net banking and wallets too.

Furthermore, why not? Online payments are quick and advantageous. They enable you to purchase items and administrations from everywhere throughout the world. In the event that you are a vendor, you can offer to anybody on the planet with a conventional web association. Your client doesn’t need a PC; a cell phone is sufficient.

Paying on the web is a key component that each e- commerce platform on the planet offers. What’s more, they can furnish this facility by incorporating with a payment gateway.

Be that as it may, what precisely is a payment gateway? Is it safe to execute through a payment gateway? Does it bode well for your business to have payment gateway integration? 

What is a payment gateway?

An online payment gateway (PG) is a passage that interfaces your financial balance to the stage where you have to move your cash. A PG is a product that approves you to lead an online exchange through various payment modes like net banking, debit card, platinum card, UPI or the numerous online wallets that are accessible nowadays.

A PG assumes the job of an outsider that safely moves your cash from the ledger to the shipper’s payment gateway.

How payment gateways work?

A payment gateway focuses on verifying the touchy data given by the client all through the procedure. It guarantees security by encoding information like card and bank subtleties that have been given by the client.

The following are the basic steps showing how a typical payment gateway works.

Step 1: A customer places his or her order and then presses the Submit or Checkout button, or its equivalent button, on the website

Step 2: Once this happens, the website or the e-commerce platform takes the customer to a payment gateway where he or she enters all the relevant information about the bank or the card they are using to pay. The PG then takes the user directly to the page of the issuing bank or a 3D secure page, asking for the transaction to be authorized.

Step 3: Once the payment gateway gets the approval for the transaction, the bank then checks whether the customer has sufficient balance in the account to make this transaction a success or not

Step 4: The payment gateway sends a message to the merchant accordingly. If the reply from the bank is a “No’”, then the merchant subsequently sends an error message to the customer, telling them about the issue with the card or the bank account. If the response is a “Yes” from the bank portal, then the merchant seeks the transaction from the bank

Step 5: The bank settles the money with the payment gateway, which in turn settles the money with the merchant

When this procedure is finished, the client gets an affirmation message of the request being put. 

As referenced before, the exchange of cash includes touchy data about an individual’s bank and card subtleties that are completely close to home to the person in question. Along these lines, it is basic to ensure that this data remains safe.

How payment gateways keep information secure?

A payment gateway guarantees the security of the data you put in. Here is a rundown of things that a PG does to protect your information:

First of all, the whole exchange is brought out through a HTTPS web address. This is not quite the same as the HTTP as the S in the HTTPS represents Secure. The exchange happens through this equivalent passage

Because of the hash work, the framework frequently utilizes a marked solicitation from the vendor to approve the solicitation of the exchange. This marked solicitation is a mystery word, which just the dealer and the payment gateway know

To verify the payment page aftereffect of the procedure, the IP of the mentioning server is checked to identify any malevolent action

Virtual Payer Authentication (VPA) is something that the acquirers, guarantors and the payment gateways are sponsorship to verify the procedure much more. VPA, actualized under the 3-D secure convention, includes an extra layer of security and helps the online purchasers and merchants to validate each other effectively

Benefits of using a payment gateway:

Utilizing a payment gateway isn’t only for moving cash, yet it has different advantages also. A PG can enable a shipper to give the client improve understanding.

PCI-DSS Wallet – The PCI-DSS consistence makes it secure enough to enable the client to store their own information in the entrance or passage for repeating payments. 

White-Label Wallet – Payment gateways enable you to make computerized exchanges through versatile wallet applications. This is the present pattern, as it empowers the client to make every one of his exchanges by simply sitting at one spot. You can get your cash from the record equalization to the portable wallet application and afterward further use it to make payments on different applications or sites

Extortion Screening Tools – Many payment gateways furnish you with misrepresentation screening instruments to decrease the danger of losing data. These apparatuses incorporate the Card Code Value (CCV), Card Verification Value (CVV) or even the Address Verification Service (AVS). These apparatuses guarantee that there is no deceitful exchange

A payment gateway focuses on creating a safe pathway between a client and the dealer to encourage payments safely. It includes the confirmation of the two gatherings from the banks included.

The most significant advantage of a payment gateway is the way that it enables a huge number of clients to utilize it in the meantime, making it feasible for you to buy or sell products and ventures at whatever point you need.

BEST PAYMENT GATEWAY IN UAE

1. Foloosi

2. Telr

3. PayFort

4. CashU

5. PayTabs

Top 40 Fintech influencers to follow in the Middle East

Over the last couple of years, several changes in technology have an impact on financial and banking services as well. Now everyone is aware of the term FinTech which means usage of technology in the financial sector. Definitely, fintech influencers had their piece of share in making fintech an enormous thing by sharing their ideas and influencing the world of techno-finance. Along with several other nations, the Middle East also have seen many influencers who helped in Fintech growth.

Here’s a list of top Fintech influencers in the Middle East region (not in a specific order)

1. Raja Al Mazrouei

Raja Al Mazrouei is the Executive Vice President of FinTech Hive at the Dubai International Financial Centre(DIFC). She works with an aim to make DIFC as the region’s best innovative destination for Fintech.

2. Arif Amiri

Arif Amiri is the Cheif Executing Officer at Dubai International Financial Center(DIFC). He manages the strategic and operational functions of the center. Currently, DIFC is working towards the fintech development which is a part Arif’s vision for DIFC.

3. Leigh Flounders

Leigh Flounders is the Senior Vice President Head of Digital Strategy and Engagement at Emirates NBD. He bagged several awards till date, amongst which The 2017 South By Southwest(SXSW) Conference FinTech & Payments pitch winner deserves a special mention.

4. Craig Moore

Craig Moore is the founder of Beehive which is the first peer-to-peer lending platform in the Middle East and North Africa(MENA) region. Beehive was launched in November 2014, it connects businesses seeking finance and investors. Till date, it has provided finance to more than 32 SMEs.

5. Kanchan Kumar

Kanchan Kumar is one of the founders of Remitr. Remitr is an end-to-end money transfer platform which was started with an aim to make global payments simple. In the year 2016, it was recognized as one of the most promising startups in the UAE region. 

6. Suvo Sarkar

Suvo Sarkar is the Senior Executive Vice President and Group Head in Retail banking & Wealth management at Emirates NBD. He contributes to the growth of revenue, profits and customer base for the bank by setting new standards for product innovation. He also publishes a column on the changing paradigms in the banking sector. He is considered as a Finovate speaker in the Middle East.

7. Abdulaziz Al Jouf

Abdulaziz Al Jouf is the founder of PayTabs. PayTabs is a payment gateway that provides businesses to transfer funds to each other without any complications. Realizing the difficulties faced by the SME merchants in the MENA region to get a payment gateway, Abdulaziz developed PayTabs. It provides payment solutions to all kinds of business be it small and medium enterprises, large scale organizations, etc.

8. Mirna Sleiman

Mirna Sleiman is the CEO and founder of Fintech Galaxy which is a digital crowdsourcing platform. It connects fintech entrepreneurs and investors. Mirna is the former award-winning financial journalist. She even guided several banks and governments on their digital transformation projects.

9. Sridhar Iyer

Sridhar Iyer is the Head of Mashreq Neo and Banking. Mashreq Neo is the digital banking application that is working with an aim to make banking easy and swift for the customers. This definitely makes a good addition to the growth of fintech in the UAE region.

10. Moussa Beidas

Moussa Beidas is the founder of Bridg, a smartphone app. It is an app which uses Bluetooth to make online payments. It is the first app that works on flight mode as well. Bridg is definitely one of the best fintech innovations. It makes the payment process simple. 

11. Sagar Sanap

Sagar Sanap is the AVP- Digital Sales Lead in Citi Bank. Being expertise in the field of Product strategy, Digital marketing, and campaign management, he is making a good share in the field of fintech.

12. Sam Quawasmi

Sam Quawasmi is one of the founders of the first equity crowdfunding platform Eureeca. It provides equity-based crowdfunding opportunity for the businesses. In the year 2013, Sam Quawasmi and Chris Thomas(Founder of Eureeca) were awarded “Innovator of the Year” award by Gulf Business Industry Awards in the UAE. 

13. Peter Smith

Peter Smith is the managing director, policy and strategy at Dubai Financial Services Authority(DFSA). DFSA regulates the financial services conducted from Dubai International Financial Center(DIFC) which works with a vision to drive the future of finance.

14. Philip King

Philip King is the Global Head of Retail Banking at ADIB. Prior to ADIB, he worked in several other well-known banks. ADIB launched MoneySmart which is the first digital community in the Middle East region. It also added “ADIB Express” to their app in order to provide instant digital services to their customers.

15. Richard Teng

Richard Teng is the CEO of the Financial Services Regulatory Authority (FSRA), Abu Dhabi Global Market(ADGM). The first Fintech Regulatory Laboratory Framework in the MENA region was developed in ADGM under the supervision of Richard. He works in the development of Fintech ecosystem in Abu Dhabi region. 

16. Wai Lum Kwok

Wai Lum Kwok is the Executive Director of Capital Markets, Financial Services Regulatory Authority (FSRA), Abu Dhabi Global Market(ADGM). He is known for his efforts and supervision in the development of Fintech in ADGM.

17. Promoth Manghat

Promoth Manghat is the CEO of UAE Exchange. He leads the global operations team of UAE Exchange center. He supervises in expanding UAE Exchange all over the world besides the day-to-day operations of his team.

18. Jayesh Patel

Jayesh Patel is the head of Liv. account of Emirates NBD. Liv. account is the first digital banking account in the UAE region. This account was launched by taking millennials and digital lifestyle into consideration. Liv account is one of the best add-ons to Fintech growth in the UAE. 

19. Stelios Michaelides

Stelios Michaelides was the head of Digital Banking in Commercial Bank of Dubai(CBD). CBD Now is a digital banking product that was launched under the supervision of Stelios. It uses the latest technologies which promote in the safe and simplest way of banking for the customer.

20. Siddiq Farid

Siddiq Farid is the CEO and one of the founders of SmartCrowd. SmartCrowd is a real estate crowdfunding platform in the UAE. It is the only company that is regulated by the DFSA(Dubai Financial Services Authority) and the first company in UAE that supports digital real estate investments.

21. Tanvir Shah

Tanvir Shah is the Managing Director of The Partnerships Consulting. He supervises on banking, payments, fintech strategies, etc. in the MENA region. His works have been recognized by several popular publications like The Banker Middle East, Cards International, etc.

22. Lynnette Abad

Lynnette is the Director of Research and Data at PropertyFinder group. Having technology and real estate as her professional passions, she’s been working on PropTech for maximum time in her career. 

23. Mark Chahwan

Mark is one of the co-founders of Sarwa. Sarwa is an online financial advisor that helps customers in finding investment opportunities with good returns and low-risks. It was recognized as one of the top 20 fintech companies by Forbes and the first startup to have an innovation license by the Dubai International Financial Center.

24. Mike Cunningham

Mike has been spending most of his career in the FinTech sector. He works as an independent mentor at DIFC(Dubai International Financial Center) Fintech Hive. Besides that, he is the CEO of BankClearly a startup which invented a new way of banking.

25. Omar Soudodi

Omar Soudodi is the managing director at PayFort. PayFort is a payment gateway platform which provides a secured and safe payment facility for online shoppers. It has won several awards in the MENA region along with the Best Fintech Company in the year 2016 by The Entrepreneur. 

26. Usama Zafar

Usama Zafar is the Head of Digital & Direct Marketing in ADIB. He has 13+ years of work experience in well-acclaimed domestic and international companies. He is considered as a growth hacker with accomplishments of billion dollars in annual sales of the companies he worked.

27. Nameer Khan

Nameer Khan is not only a fintech influencer but also an insurtech. He is a founding board member of MENA Fintech Association which helps in shaping the future of financial services in the UAE.

28. Ola Doudin

Ola Doudin is the Cofounder and CEO of BitOasis which is digital asset exchange and wallet. It allows individuals to purchase, sell and trade digital assets. Along with the digital wallet and trading services, they also offer consulting services to the organizations.

29. Omar Rana

Omar Rana is the co-founder and director of strategy and finance in Finalytix. Finalytix provides financial advice and wealth management of a company. Omar is also a global fintech speaker who was invited to talk at various conferences.

30. Omeed Mehrinfar 

Plug and Play Tech is a platform that connects Startups and the world’s largest corporations. Omeed Mehrinfar is the regional director of such an innovative platform that helps the startups, investors, etc connect with each other. Plug and Play Tech work on the main objective to catalyze technological advancement.

31. Osama Al Rahma

Osama Al Rahma is the CEO of the Al Fardan Exchange. Al Fardan Exchange is a well-known exchange center in the UAE. Apart from the Al Fardan Exchange center, he is a board member of certain well-acclaimed companies like Foreign Exchange and Remittance group, 2 the point, who is responsible for the development of strategies. 

32. Tim Buckler

Tim Buckler is the Digital Sales Manager in Emirates Islamic Bank. With 9+ years of experience in the field of digital finance, his strategies mainly focus on developing overall e-commerce experiences. He helps in building the digital channel that eventually drives towards the customer and product gain.

33. Preeti Mundhra

Preeti Mundhra the Head of Marketing and Partnerships at the Liv. Digital Bank is one of the best fintech influencers in the UAE through Liv. account which is one of the best initiatives in the fintech space. 

34. Shaheen Alkhudhari

The founder and CEO of the well-known rent and property management platform, Ajar Online is Shaheen Alkhudhari. This platform helps homeowners manage their properties by offering a quick online rent collection facility. This makes the process of receiving or sending rent very easy.

35. Khalid Saad

Khalid Saad is the CEO of Bahrain Fintech Bay. Bahrain Fintech Bay is the first fintech hub in Bahrain and largest fintech hub in the MENA region. He is also the Executive Director of Fintech Consortium which helps in growth and acceleration of Fintech ecosystems.

36. Sonny Zulu

Sonny Zulu is the Managing Director and Head of Retail Banking at Standard Chartered Bank. He is known for delivering outstanding performance at work which helped in the growth of profits, revenue, etc.

37. Eric Modave

Eric Modave is the Chief Operating Office in Arab Bank who is in charge of all the IT operations, Enterprise Digital Innovation, data management, etc. for the bank. Prior to the Arab bank, he worked at top-noted banks in other regions.

38. Denit Varghese

Denit Varghese is the Senior Digital Planner at Carat. With long career experience in the field of digital marketing, his motto of looking at the long term success rather than short term returns makes him the best at the industry.

39. Bogdan Maranu

Bogdan Maranu is the Associate Media Director at Spark Foundry. It is a start-up that melds an innovative business approach with resources and capabilities. 

40. Omar Bin Brek 

Omar Bin Brek is the founder of the UAE Fintech Startup Foloosi. Foloosi facilitates consumer to business payments with advanced technical solutions. This is definitely a good add-on to fintech realm.

Source :
https://www.mymoneysouq.com/financial-blog/top-40-fintech-influencers-to-follow-in-the-middle-east/

UAE fintech startup Foloosi raises Pre-SEED funding

Foloosi, a UAE Fintech startup facilitating consumer-to-business card payments through several ways by enabling businesses to display QR code, share Payment Links and API integrations makes it possible to accept card payments without the need of a POS machine.

Foloosi has raised an undisclosed amount of pre-seed fund from Angel fund investor Rashed Alfalasi in May 2019.

Co-founders Omar Bin Brek and Mohan K with an in-house team of 6 has managed to get the idea off the ground and continue to serve as a valuable start-up in the UAE market.

United Arab Emirates has the highest banking penetration rate in the middle east region. Though in contrary, according to UAE central bank figures (in 2017): 75% of the whole UAE economy is based on cash transactions. Furthermore, compareit4me.com survey (2018) show that 85% of online orders are processed through cash-on-delivery option as a method of payment. Residents need more advanced and modern options in line with the UAE’s 2021 vision.

Foloosi will enable a digital economy empowerment for local businesses, operating merchants and most importantly the e-commerce sector. Foloosi will feature a wide range of advanced technological products on its modern platform – including the core function of ‘Scan to Pay’ feature, which allows a business to accept card payment by displaying QR code technology.

Just-in also, Foloosi has launched its new product ‘Point of Sale’ for small and medium sized businesses. This dedicated POS system will provide merchants a wholly complete system including digital checkout eyeing for a huge potential in the GCC market.

Foloosi enables businesses to go for a complete digital transformation including paperless receipt checkout, which helps the society become greener.

Foloosi CEO, Omar Bin Brek says…

“With the support of our strategic investors, we are accelerating the development of our products further in this digital world and this is a great opportunity to improve in the advanced technology experienced by our users”

The Investor Rashed Alfalasi says…

“I invested in Foloosi because I believe the future will be cashless and that Foloosi is one of the companies that will emerge to lead this effort because of its great team and their strong vision. With dedication and the right strategy, Foloosi can build the cashless society and will provide payment solutions that serve all kind of businesses.”

Source : https://magnitt.com/news/uae-fintech-startup-foloosi-raises-pre-seed-funding

List of Best Online Payment gateway Portal for your E-Commerce Business

Having the best payment portal for your E-Commerce business can be the most important apparatus to succeed. It ought to be planned according to your necessities. It causes you to offer a solitary, coordinated answer for purpose of offer (POS) and handling the payment, which can be offered to traders as a substitution of the present payment strategies. To guarantee that shippers don’t bargain with their present supplier, your pay door arrangement must be verified to take out the risk of chargebacks, and have an all the more wide extent of decisions for making the payments. It even offers centered cost, start to finish client support, speedier settlement, and phenomenal detailing.

Foloosi

Foloosi Technology, a payment gateway UAE brings to you easy to use options that are designed to be accessible, convenient and simple backed by reputed partners to provide security and a credible and reliable customer experience.

Foloosi - Payment Link

For Android : 
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.foloosi.customer&hl=en

For iOS : 
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/foloosi/id1424241732?ls=1&mt=8

Foloosi Technology, online payment gateway UAE provides a convenient way for a user to make in – store payments and can be used at business listed with the Foloosi Technology service provider.

Telr

At first known as Innovate Payments, it was once considered as a standout amongst the best new businesses of UAE. Telr offers its administration in excess of 120 monetary forms around the world. One of the remarkable highlights of Telr is that they offer their administrations in creating nations like Indonesia and Pakistan. Their yearly support cost is $ 95, $27 and $13.5 for section, little and medium dimension accounts separately.

There is additionally no charges on the settlement to the trader represent the section level arrangement. Their administration charges are referenced underneath:

Pay U

PayU, created by the Indian payment handling company, is the most straightforward E Commerce paymentment framework intended to fill the holes left by different complex specialist organizations. PayU is generally acknowledged because of its high change rates and acknowledgment more than a few other payment strategies. The PayuBiz’ API’s and SDKs help associate this stage to any site, application, or related outsider frameworks.

PayU permits payment with a solitary tap. A critical specialized progression is made by allowing the recurrent clients to avoid the progression of entering CVV over and over. The stage even permits perusing and entering OTP before the clients, and consents to the most noteworthy of PCI and DSS principles to guarantee installment data. It likewise stores all credit vault information, so neither the trader nor their clients would need to key it more than once.

Braintree

Presented in the year 2012, and as of now the best portable payment entryway in India and furthermore over different nations. Financed by financial speculator and financial specialists, Braintree is various in its programming, and the code can be set explicitly into a vendor’s online website. It gives a protected checkout experience to the clients, accordingly reassuring them to come back to the site. It is a perfect entryway for associations hoping to process payments productively and overhaul their request the board. It is by and by prepared to form into customary E Commerce locales that license the trading of things or administrations. It offers an online payment door to new and rising associations that empowers them to address associations that probably won’t be able to deal with the payment structure.

Paypal

Set up in 1999, for both MasterCard and debit card payments, and is free for buyers, while traders need to pay change expenses while using PayPal for Visa payments. This payment portal does not require any setup costs, passage expenses, or month to month charges. The advantages are that merchants don’t have to pay once the deal is finished. While using PayPal Standard, clients may leave the site to register out and sign with their PayPal record, or they can pay through Credit card or Visa card without information exchange. PayPal Pro enables dealers to have and alter their entire look at procedure with the goal that customers don’t have to leave the site. It furthermore acknowledges Mastercards utilizing fax, mail, or phone.

Payment Gateways are the eventual future of B2B E Commerce business. They develop a secure connection between the site/browser and the payment processor, thus encrypting payment information for each credit/check card transaction. Therefore, make the right choice for your online store that depends on quality standards, policies, and secures the available sensitive data.

CashU

CashU was set up in 2002 with the sole motivation behind serving clients in UAE yet it has now turned out to be exceptionally mainstream in Europe also. Strangely CashU offers free record creation and has the support charge of 1$ every year which is least in the market. There per exchange charges relies upon the measure of exchange. A total rundown of the considerable number of charges can be found here.

CashU

Recently CashU has additionally begun their virtual charge card administration with the coordinated effort of MasterCard. UAE inhabitants with an enlisted CASHU record will almost certainly make their Virtual MasterCard Prepaid Card immediately, to make payment gateways on web based business entryways that acknowledge MasterCard.

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Digital Payments: a developing trend

The digital payments sector in 2018 created a market of around 38 billion dollars comprehensively: the numbers in regards to the pattern of digital payments are continually developing with a positive normal yearly rate of 18% and a turnover of very nearly 90 billion dollars assessed by 2023.

These are the information that risen up out of the most recent statistical surveying of the Report Linker organization, breaks down that unmistakably feature the always expanding pattern in respect to the advanced digital payments advertise: the relentless presentation of imaginative advances and the improvement of a continually associated correspondence arrange are the principle essentials for concocting new business openings with brilliant and unique payment strategies.

Speed, solace and innovation are the primary highlights of the new advanced payment frameworks: in a cutting edge and carefully dynamic organization 24 hours per day it is unavoidable that the deals and payment parts will experience radical changes. On the off chance that online deals, web based business and buys by means of Social media speak to the most recent outskirts in the business circle, Digital Payments, ePayments and Mobile Payments are the genuine developments in the payments area.

The “Digital Payments Study Visa” investigate did in 2017 conveys that 68% of clients in Europe utilize digital payments to purchase products or services: the real buyers of digital payments administrations are the Millenials (individuals conceived somewhere in the range of 1981 and 1996) with a level of action of practically 90%.

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What are digital payments? When can a payment method be defined as such?

The expression “digital payments” characterizes a wide range of payments made in advanced mode: online buys, electronic wallet installments and web cash exchange arrangements; P2P payments and exchanges made in physical stores utilizing NFC innovation and the contact less POS mode are additionally incorporated into the digital payment class.

Albeit altogether different from one another, a wide range of digital payments have as their essential goal the improvement of the client experience, ensuring the client solace and speed: POS and contactless end up being down to earth arrangements and perfect for activities inside stores, utilizations of online deals and digital transactions are the payment techniques most valued by internet business clients because of a natural, protected and quick service.

Payments via smart phone with e-wallets and applications

Transactions by means of smart phones are without a doubt the most inventive classification inside digital payments and can be isolated into four sorts: Mobile Remote Commerce, Mobile Remote Payment, Mobile Proximity Payment and Mobile Proximity Commerce. The Mobile Remote Commerce classification incorporates all the buying forms that happen by means of cell phone with charge on a payment card or electronic handbag, Mobile Remote Payment demonstrate rather all installments of top-ups, charges, parking garages or bulletins happened through cell phone with charge on e wallet or card. The Mobile Proximity Payment type alludes to installments made at the purposes of offer, approved by cell phones utilizing NFC or QR codes and charged on paper, electronic tote or financial balance, lastly Mobile Proximity Commerce incorporates every one of the administrations supporting the in-store client experience, for example, approval of coupons or loyalty services.

Digital payments- Advantages

Digital payments offer multiple innovative solutions compared to the classic payment with cash, we discover what are the points in favor of digital payments:

Security and protection inclusion

Most digital payments offer the client a substantial protection inclusion for the merchandise bought on the web: much of the time it is conceivable to get speedy discounts if there should arise an occurrence of item returns and discounts legitimate in case of a cheat. The protection guidelines and data security frameworks are progressively increasing more certainty from shoppers who incline toward online buys over physical buys.

Rapidity and simplicity

Online shoppers are searching for speed and effortlessness in their acquiring techniques: Digital payments can continually advance themselves, ensuring security, speed and solace to the client who utilizes them.

Internationalization of payments

With the utilization of digital payments there are no trade issues: it is conceivable to go in any nation by paying through your charge card or cell phone on account of the universal digital payment circuits.

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