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Emirates NBD partners with DIFC on fintech sandbox

FinTech Hive companies will be able to access Emirates NBD's API sandbox to develop new solutions

The sandbox will help developers to turn ideas into working prototypes, says Munyuki.
The sandbox will help developers to turn ideas into working prototypes, says Munyuki.

Emirates NBD is collaborating with Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) to offer its own financial technology sandbox.

The bank is working with the DIFC accelerator, FinTech Hive, on a new program to allow qualified FinTechs to create solutions using Emirates NBD's API (Application Programming Interface) Sandbox.

Launched by Emirates NBD Future Lab in 2018, the API Sandbox consists of over 200 APIs and 500 end points covering retail, corporate and SMEs. Developers also have access to over five million simulated customer transactions based on the BIAN (Banking Industry Architecture Network) model.

"All registered FinTechs in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) that build effective, working prototypes or demos using the APIs will have the opportunity to present to senior leaders from the bank for a chance to collaborate," said Abdulla Qassem, Group Chief Operating Officer, Emirates NBD. Furthermore, registered FinTechs who use the API Sandbox and demo their prototypes working on the Sandbox, will also receive a signed certificate from Emirates NBD and DIFC FinTech Hive acknowledging their participation and certifying their capabilities."

Commenting on the announcement, Evans Munyuki, Chief Digital Officer at Emirates NBD, said: "As a digital pioneer in the region's banking section, Emirates NBD is proud to foster collaboration and innovation in the fast-growing FinTech space.

"The API Sandbox equips FinTechs and developers with the right tools to transform their ideas into working prototypes. Through this initiative, we hope to accelerate the development and market introduction of digital banking products and services, while recognising FinTechs globally," Munyuki added.

"As one of the world's most advanced financial centres, the DIFC ensures FinTech firms based in the Centre are able to continuously innovate and come up with new solutions. The best way for us to do this is to partner with equally forward-thinking financial institutions, like Emirates NBD, to make sure collaboration and creativity are firmly on the agenda. This is a really exciting development for the UAE and for the region, and we're looking forward to seeing how the FinTech firms based in the Centre use the sandbox to evolve their products and platforms to address real problems," said Raja Al Mazrouei, Executive Vice President of DIFC FinTech Hive.