Opinion pieces

Private Equity headwinds?

The market to acquire or invest into middle market companies, the primary strategy of private equity funds, is overheated with ever increasing valuations which...

Fintechs begin to raise the bar

What do the region’s banks think of fintechs? Are they a threat to their long-term viability, or do they represent an efficient way for...

Building the future of financial transactions together

Digitisation has radically reshaped the payments space, with the pandemic a catalyst accelerating the trend. In a recent report, the Boston Consulting Group (BCG)...

Building skills for the digital banking age

The rise of digital transformation has presented a new wave of opportunities across all industries. The future of work will be powered by technological...

Human-centered ITSM — a flexible backbone for agile digitization among regional BFSI entities

It is no secret that COVID-19 accelerated digital transformation; already a hot talking point across the Middle East, it became essential to business continuity...

Putting a ‘T’ in the GCC: Why Arab financial leaders must become AI champions

Gulf financial institutions are navigating through the biggest forces of change that the industry has ever experienced. Changing economic realities have already set the...

The emergence of neobanks: Reshaping the banking and financial services landscape

By 2028, the global neobanking market size is estimated to reach USD 722.6 billion, a seemingly ambitious forecast, but indicative of current trends shaping...

Wealth management in the Middle East: The case for embedded finance

The average person in the Middle East is getting younger, more affluent, and more digitally savvy. But because wealth management is still largely excluded...

Powering new banking business models with open banking platforms

While the concept of Open Banking has been around for some years, the industry mostly espoused it for the sake of regulatory compliance. However,...

Mobile Banking User Acquisition Strategies to Accelerate Recovery of UAE Banks in 2021

As the UAE emerges from what looks to have been the peak of the pandemic, analysts have started to make predictions about the recovery...

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