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Global payment platform, secures acquiring license from UAE Central Bank

Global payment platform, secures acquiring license from UAE Central Bank

Banking & FinanceMiddle EastMobileTop Stories, the global payments service provider, has been granted a Retail Payment Services license from the Central Bank of the United Arab Emirates. This makes the first global payments provider to be granted an acquiring license in the country, further cementing its position as a vendor across MENA.

Securing an acquiring license allows to unlock its full proposition for merchants in the UAE. This means offering merchant acquiring solutions, payment aggregation services and cross-border fund transfers. Fundamentally, with direct acquiring now has more control over processing outcomes and can drive best in class payment acceptance performance for its merchants.

“The issuance of this license shows the level of trust, commitment and strength of the relationship we continue to have in serving both domestic and international brands to expand in the UAE,” said Guillaume Pousaz, CEO and Founder of

The growth of eCommerce in the UAE is forecast to reach a CAGR of 11%, increasing its eCommerce market size to $17Bn by 2025. This is being driven by 91% of consumers in the UAE now favouring to make their purchases online. already supports some of the country’s brands including Shahid, Qlub, Carrefour, The Entertainer, Namshi, Mamo, MakeMyTrip, Cafu and Washmen.

“We have continued to invest in our operations in the UAE to serve several hundred merchants such as Cafu, Talabat, Careem and OSN in the country as we fundamentally believe in the potential of growth in the digital economy here. It is why we’re scaling our operations here in the UAE and opened a new office in Media City to house our growing team of close to 100 dedicated local experts,” said Remo Giovanni Abbondandolo, General Manager in MENA for

Remo Giovanni Abbondandolo, General Manager in MENA for

“Our license enables us to offer superior payment performance for our merchants by having more control over processing outcomes through our powerful platform.”

With operations in the UK, EEA, MENA, APAC, and the USA, has a strong focus on enabling its merchants to expand globally and launch in new markets with speed and minimal effort. It’s part of’s local globally approach to serving international businesses.

The business has been serving the MENA region since 2014, with offices in both UAE and Saudi Arabia to serve merchants with all major international credit and debit cards, including popular local payment methods such as Tamara, Mada, KNET, QPay, Fawry, OmanNET, Benefit and more. is a global payment solutions provider that helps businesses unlock more revenue with reliable cross-border payments, local payment methods, dedicated personalised support and deep local expertise. Purpose-built with performance, scalability and speed in mind, our modular payments platform is ideal for merchants looking to take advantage of the exciting growth opportunity in the MENA region.

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