Kuwait Finance House and Ripple Join Forces to Redefine Cross-Border Banking in the Middle East

Kuwait is positioning itself as a digital hub within the Middle East, embracing web3 projects and international investments.

At a recent conference in Kuwait focused on digital transformation, Tareq Al-Ajeel, Executive Manager of Digital Transformation at Kuwait Finance House (KFH), emphasized the steps taken by the bank to ensure a sustainable and compliant transition to digital payments.

KFH has formed a significant partnership with blockchain payment company Ripple, enabling frictionless cross-border payments. Al-Ajeel stressed the importance of instantaneous cross-border transactions in providing innovative financial solutions to customers.

The bank has witnessed a substantial increase in digital banking transactions, recording over 152 million in the third quarter, facilitated through mobile and KFHonline platforms. With Ripple as a strategic partner, customers can expect near-instantaneous payments, outperforming traditional banking systems.

The Ripple-KFH partnership, initiated in 2021, has substantially increased XRP’s liquidity and trading volume, particularly in the context of regulatory challenges in the United States. Notably, during the third quarter, KFH reported a 40% year-over-year growth, highlighting the positive impact of the Ripple collaboration on the bank’s future outlook.

Ripple has been making remarkable strides in the Middle East, including securing an operational license in Dubai through the Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA).

Ripple’s presence and endorsement in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region have contributed to maintaining XRP’s prominent position among digital assets.

Recent data reveals that XRP’s price has surged by approximately 23% in the past week, trading at around 69 cents at the start of the week. It marks the first time XRP has traded above the critical resistance/support level between 58 cents and 64 cents since the July summary judgment.

This resurgence has led crypto experts to believe that XRP bulls are in control, making a breakout above $1 in the coming months a distinct possibility.

It is worth noting that Ripple has also achieved a significant milestone in the crypto world by securing the DFSA’s approval for XRP’s use within the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), making it the first virtual asset to gain DFSA approval following the expansion of its external applications.

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