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January 20, 2019

Dubai Tourism & Al Ansari Exchange Sign Agreement to Simplify Payment Methods for Tourism Services

Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) and Al Ansari Exchange, a leading UAE-based foreign exchange and worldwide money transfer company, have signed an agreement to facilitate payments for a range of tourism and travel-related services.

Under the agreement, partners of Dubai Tourism including hotels, event organisers, tour operators and tourism companies will be able to make payments for services through 183 branches of Al Ansari Exchange across the UAE. The agreement was signed by Ahmed Khalifa Alfalasi, CEO of Corporate Services and Investments, Dubai Tourism and Rashed Ali Al Ansari, General Manager of Al Ansari [...]

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November 29, 2018

Costa Coffee and Barclaycard launch UK’s first contactless reusable ‘clever cup’

Costa Coffee has partnered with Barclaycard to launch the UK’s first reusable contactless coffee cup. 

Available in Costa Coffee stores this November, the Clever Cup harnesses contactless payment technology to turn customers’ reusable coffee cups into a fast and convenient way to pay.

Powered by bPay by Barclaycard technology, Clever Cup users can track their spending, top up their balance, and take control to block or cancel the contactless payment element online or using the dedicated bPay app, available on iPhone and Android devices.

The Clever Cups form part of Costa Coffee’s wider re-launch of its ‘next generation’ reusable range, encouraging customers to [...]

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September 4, 2018

FinTech Hive welcomes 22 innovative startups for its 2018 accelerator programme

FinTech Hive, the first and largest financial technology accelerator in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region, announced the commencement of the 2018 edition of its accelerator programme, in partnership with Accenture. The second edition received an overwhelming response of over 300 applications that were created from all around the world, of which 22 finalists were selected.

The accelerator programme consists of a 12-week curriculum in which a group of selected finalists work closely with financial institutions and other stakeholders to create innovative and forward-looking solutions that aim to address the evolving needs of the region’s financial services [...]

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April 18, 2018

Emirates NBD Group launches private cloud as regional first in banking sector

Key milestone in bank’s AED 1 billion IT transformation

Emirates NBD, a leading bank in the region and market leader in banking innovation, has announced that it has launched its own private cloud platform. It is the first bank in the region to implement a private cloud platform that leverages similar technologies to cloud-native companies, marking a major milestone in the Emirates NBD Group’s ongoing AED 1 billion IT transformation.

Through its new private cloud technology, the bank’s IT platforms and applications will benefit through enhanced cost efficiencies as well as higher security, resilience, flexibility, insight and quality control. Emirates NBD’s future [...]

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March 12, 2018

More Than Half of Bank Customers Ready to Embrace Virtual Banking, J.D. Power Finds

Citibank Ranks Highest in Hong Kong Retail Banking Customer Satisfaction

With more than half (57%) of customers now ready to embrace virtual banking with their main financial institution, banks need to rethink their strategy in order to meet the changing needs of their customers, according to the inaugural J.D. Power 2018 Hong Kong Retail Banking Satisfaction Study.

Although the study finds that 71% of customers have used online banking (via PC) to interact with their main bank in the last 12 months, only 30% have used mobile banking, which is significantly lower than the 78% in mainland China, 43% in Australia, and 41% in Singapore. Nevertheless, it is clear that [...]

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January 13, 2018

With Digital Emerging as Prevailing Banking Channel, Customers Still Prefer Personal Touch, J.D. Power Finds

Despite the high penetration of digital banking in Australia, when customers have a problem, they still prefer the personal touch, according to the J.D. Power 2017 Australia Retail Banking Satisfaction StudySM.

In the past 12 months, 89% of banking customers have used a digital channel to interact with their primary bank. However, customers still prefer to visit the branch or call a bank representative when they have a problem (86%) or question (73%). This is also the case for digitally savvy Millennials, with 85% preferring to speak to a person when they have a problem and 66% when they have a question.

“With most customers choosing to raise a problem or question with [...]

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November 21, 2017

Emirates NBD rings bell to celebrate listing of USD 750 million bond on Nasdaq Dubai

Hesham Abdulla Al Qassim, Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Emirates NBD, one of the region’s leading banks, today rang the market-opening bell to celebrate the listing of a 750 million US dollar conventional bond on Nasdaq Dubai, the region’s international financial exchange.

The issuance underlines Emirates NBD’s commitment to further growth and expansion, building on recent developments that include increasing its international branch presence, enhancing its digital strategy and investing further in core businesses. Emirates NBD recently announced net profit reached AED 6.17 billion in the first nine months of 2017, up 15% from the same period in 2016.

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August 30, 2017

Emirates NBD’s Pepper learns Arabic

Emirates NBD’s Pepper has now learnt to speak Arabic! The artificial intelligence (AI) powered humanoid robot, brought to the UAE by Emirates NBD last year, has been widely popular due to his novel proposition and charming personality, and will now also cater to the bank’s Arabic-speaking customers.

Adding a fun element to the banking experience, the bilingual Pepper will continue to interact with customers at the bank’s Jumeirah Emirates Towers and Dubai Mall branches and provide assistance with issuing branch queueing tokens, presenting information about products and services in an engaging manner and obtaining customer feedback through a happiness meter.

“Pepper has [...]

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