The UAE will soon get its first full-scale digital bank, Zand, that will offer both retail and corporate banking services.
“The UAE combines progressive regulations with commercial, financial, and technology hubs. This provides the perfect environment for a world-leading digital bank that can launch in the UAE and scale beyond,” Alabbar said in a statement.
“As the first fully independent digital bank in the country, with a full UAE banking licence, Zand will provide innovative, effective financial solutions that help simplify businesses and lives, addressing the needs of both retail and corporate customers,” he said.
Zand will be a digital economic accelerator, and serve as a platform for wider digital services that focus on businesses and individuals, according to the statement.
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Zand’s CEO, Olivier Crespin, said: “Backed by strong shareholders and working with the best bankers and technologists, we’ve built a bank that delivers on the promise of understanding and meeting customer needs. From our systems to our processes and our team, we’re built and ready, and we’re looking forward to welcoming the first customers soon”.
Zand is currently awaiting regulatory clearances before launch. Olivier Crespin, who was head of Dubai-based Eradah Capital will be the CEO of Zand.