‘NAQD Community Bank’ receives preliminary approval for launch, aims to meet needs of digital economy of UAE
Royal Strategic Partners (RSP), an establishment attracting organizations from across the world to invest in the UAE, received the preliminary approval for ‘Specialised Banking License’ from the Central Bank of the UAE to launch its NAQD Community Bank (Naqd).
The Naqd, founded by RSP, is poised to offer ground-breaking digital banking solutions that support the long-term growth of companies involved in numerous industries, particularly for businesses utilising the eCommerce and omnichannel spaces. This is in line with its commitment to achieving the UAE's vision for digital transformation. It will further cater to the financial needs and requirements of the banked and unbanked population, as well as micro- small and medium-sized enterprises (micro-SMEs) and start-ups in the UAE. Furthermore, these innovative solutions seek to support small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) by catering to their needs through the utilisation of cutting-edge Machine Learning - Artificial Intelligence Ecosystem (ML-AI) technology.
Likewise, Naqd will also serve the UAE's entertainment, transportation and logistics, and retail sector, in addition to the healthcare ecosystem by providing innovative services that includes - equipment financing, project financing, treasury management, and retail solutions. The advanced digital solutions will further be effectively utilised used to create a sports digital community where Naqd will collaborate with various UAE sports federations and associations, to advance the sector’s infrastructure.
Dr Hamad Al Ali, CEO of Royal Strategic Partners stated: “We are pleased to have received the approval to launch our new NAQD Community Bank. The bank employs cutting-edge digital banking technologies and innovations to provide services to various significant economy sectors in the UAE. Naqd will provide its customers with a safe, seamless, and cutting-edge digital banking network supported by a reliable and advanced infrastructure as well as the progressive laws of the UAE’s digital economy. Naqd is slated to promote the development of digital banking in the country by offering customers a unique, secure, and seamless banking experience. By doing so, we aim to support the strong regulatory frameworks being established and the 2023–2026 strategy of UAE Central bank which includes issuing digital currency, promoting digital transformation in the country's financial services sector through the use of artificial intelligence (AI) and big data solutions, developing more secure financial cloud infrastructure.”
He added: “The MENA region has been witnessing an upward trend in the use of digital banking owing to the high acceptance of fin-tech solutions and ease of adaptation in the market, which caused a significant shift in the industry. Several local and regional banks are presently concentrating on providing its customers with a branchless banking service via mobile banking technology. By adding RSP into the digital banking community and bringing cutting-edge and distinctive services and facilities to various sectors, we expect that the Naqd Community Bank will offer a host of diverse opportunities for companies and individuals across the UAE.”
The Naqd bank will work together with the Neo-banks, which is currently transforming the banking system with its customer-centric approach and services. The UAE’s digital agenda is completely aligned with the disruptive trends of Neo-Banks, as a result of which the nation's banking operations are being altered at a rather surprising rate. The Neo banks primarily focus on streamlining operations while carrying out high-volume digital transactions. With more than 50 commercial banks presently operating in the UAE, Neo banking receives strong government support. By working together with the Neo-banks, Naqd will contribute to advancing the UAE's banking sector to a completely digital world and encourage more new digital banks to launch its operations in the country.
The demand for digital banking solutions has grown significantly across all industries as a result of many companies seeking to expand, the emergence of new up-and-coming businesses in the country, as well as the nation’s strong economic position. The RSP aims to meet these emerging needs by providing innovative digital solutions through the Naqd community bank.
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