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Tarabut Gateway Obtains DFSA Licence To Operate Within the Dubai International Financial Centre

The opening banking platform Tarabut Gateway has been granted a licence by Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) to provide money services in and from Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC).

DFSA is the independent regulator of financial services in DIFC, the leading global financial centre in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region.

This licence marks the first time the DFSA has authorised a firm to provide account information services (AIS) and payment initiation services (PIS) activities.

By obtaining this licence, Tarabut Gateway further cements its position in the UAE and plans to boost innovation in the sector, set new industry standards and support the financial ecosystem.

Abdulla Almoayed, founder and CEO of Tarabut Gateway
Abdulla Almoayed

Commenting on the development, Abdulla Almoayed, founder and CEO of Tarabut Gateway said: “It is an honour for us to be granted the first licence for AIS and PIS in DIFC by DFSA and one that we take with a great degree of responsibility.

“There is a huge potential for open banking across the UAE and the region, and it is the commitment from regulators and authorities that helps companies like ours take those initial steps.

“We are grateful to DFSA for granting us this regulatory licence and we look forward to working in close collaboration with DIFC to drive innovation in financial services.”

The licence that has been granted by DFSA allows the provision of arranging money services as well as AIS and PIS.

Tarabut Gateway operates across the MEASA region and is backed by regional and international investors. It has partnerships with multiple banks, financial institutions and fintech companies across the region.

Salmaan Jaffery, chief business development officer at DIFC
Salmaan Jaffery

Salmaan Jaffery, chief business development officer at DIFC, added: “We are pleased to welcome Tarabut Gateway, MENA’s first and largest regulated open banking platform, to DIFC.

“Attracting leading fintech companies, such as Tarabut Gateway, is in line with our strategy to create a global innovation ecosystem in Dubai that can contribute to shaping and developing the future of finance.

“Open banking enables more choice and efficiency for customers as well as more product innovation for financial institutions.”


  • Tyler is a fintech journalist with specific interests in online banking and emerging AI technologies. He began his career writing with a plethora of national and international publications.

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