Global FinTech startups keen to set up base in UAE

Global FinTech startups keen to set up base in UAE
The UAE is increasingly becoming a hub for FinTech startups by attracting regional and global players to set up shop here.

abu dhabi - They are attracted by support from government-related entities and the adoption of latest technologies by banks



By Waheed Abbas

Published: Mon 23 Oct 2017, 7:36 PM

Last updated: Mon 23 Oct 2017, 9:38 PM

The UAE is increasingly becoming a hub for FinTech startups by attracting regional and global players to set up shop here.

Attracted by strong support from government-related entities and the adoption of latest technologies by local banks and financial institutions, global FinTech startups have shown keen interest to have a regional base in the UAE to cater to other regional markets.

FinTech startups such as India's FTCash and FRSLabs, Canada's Market IQ, Singapore's Alpha FinTech and Silent Eight and a host of other companies have expressed interest to open an office in the UAE.

"We are actively looking to open an office in Dubai and Abu Dhabi to cater to the Middle East. You need to have a local presence to achieve growth. We are in talks with local partners," said Deepak Kothari, co-founder and COO, FTCash.

Singapore's Silent Eight - which won the Innovation Challenge at Fintech Abu Dhabi on Sunday - is also looking to open a UAE office.

"We came five weeks ago and the first thing we wanted to see in this region is how local banks care about problem statements. We see there is demand for our solutions in this region," said Martin Markiewicz, CEO of Silent Eight.

Myra R. Ali, head of client relations and strategy, Market IQ, said: "We are looking to open offices in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. We were part of the Dubai Future Accelerator programme earlier."

India's FRSLabs, the winner of the Innovation Challenge at FinTech Abu Dhabi, hopes to have an office operational in the next year.

"Not just the UAE, we are also looking to expand in the whole Measa region. We want to have a presence in a place which is not just a sales hub but also a pioneer in terms of supporting the FinTech industry. In this part of the world, we need to have face-to-face meetings due to cultural reasons. We aim to have a presence in one year," said Shankar P., founder and CEO, FRSLabs.

Ronan McDonnell, marketing coordinator, Alpha Fintech, said the aim is to open an office next year. "In the next couple of weeks, we will be talking to banks and show them the value of our solutions. You need people locally. On average, we have five people in our offices," he said.

- waheedabbas@khaleejtimes.com


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