Manama - Bahrain – Standard Chartered and Bahrain Fintech Bay announced a strategic partnership to support Bahrain’s fintech sector and indusstry, in line with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.  

Standard Chartered and Bahrain FinTech Bay will work together to offer thought-leadership and mentorship programs to the growing fintech industry and share innovative market expertise and solutions to individuals seeking to grow their fintech businesses.

Abdulla Bukhowa, CEO of Standard Chartered Bahrain said, “We are pleased to announce this strategic partnership with Bahrain Fintech Bay. In line with our strategy, this partnership provides another platform for the bank to share global expertise and innovative financial solutions that suit a steadily growing digital business market, led by a diverse population.  Given Bahrain’s position as one of the leading fintech hubs in the region, we are confident that the fintech sector will continue to grow, especially with the nurturing and cultivating environment Bahrain offers. As we celebrate 100 years of being in Bahrain, we strongly believe in the need for innovation to stay relevant to our markets. We continue to invest and innovate in our digital offerings for clients. This allows us to extend our reach and provide offerings that reflects the changing needs and preferences of our clients.

Khalid Saad, CEO of Bahrain Fintech Bay said, “Bahrain FinTech Bay continues to strategically grow its local and international ecosystem. The partnership with Standard Chartered, who this year celebrates 100 years in Bahrain and are one of the world’s leading banks, will aim to further develop Bahrain’s FinTech ecosystem drawing on Standard Chartered’s global presence and innovation lead initiatives.”

With its strong prospects for growth, the financial technology market in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is estimated to grow by up to $125 million a year to reach $2.5 billion in 2022, bringing the

number of fintech start-ups from six in 2005 to 250 by 2020.[1] The sector is poised for a major leap with projected private-funding investments worth $2 billion in start-ups in the GCC over the next decade.[2]  


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About Bahrain FinTech Bay (“BFB”)

Bahrain FinTech Bay (“BFB”) is the leading FinTech Hub in Middle East, located conveniently in the Arcapita Building, Bahrain. Bahrain FinTech Bay provides a physical hub to incubate insightful, scalable and impactful FinTech initiatives through innovation labs, acceleration programmes, curated activities, educational opportunities and collaborative platforms.

Bahrain FinTech Bay partners with governmental bodies, financial institutions, corporates, consultancy firms, universities, associations, media agencies, venture capital and FinTech startups to bring the full spectrum of financial market participants and stakeholders together.

For more information on Bahrain FinTech Bay visit 

About FinTech Consortium (“FTC”)

The FinTech Consortium is a fintech Incubator and Ecosystem Builder that aims to further the development, interaction and acceleration of FinTech ecosystems.

We foster synergies among market players, including government bodies, financial institutions, corporates, investors and innovators, who believe that technology can bring added value to the financial industry.

Through our FinTech incubation platform, we offer corporate incubation, research lab and venture acceleration as well as provide access to analytical tools and FinTech related resources. We believe that FinTech is a crucial infrastructure layer to strengthen financial services. For more information on FinTech Consortium visit 



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