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Blockchain FinTech Ripple chooses DIFC for regional headquarters

By Edil Corneille

November 09, 2020

  • Ripple
  • UAE
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DIFC, Dubai International Financial CentreDubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), a global financial centre in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region, announced the establishment of San Francisco-based Ripple’s regional headquarters in the Centre. Established in 2012, Ripple is an enterprise blockchain solution for global payments.

Ripple has chosen DIFC for its regulations and expansive network. Ripple and DIFC are aligned in their vision to shape the future of finance.

Arif Amiri, Chief Executive Officer of DIFC Authority said, “Leveraging DIFC’s world class platform, laws and regulations, our FinTech firms are able to work with other DIFC’s clients, who form part of the region’s largest financial ecosystem, to contribute to the development of the global, regional and local finance industry. During this post-pandemic recovery period, we recognise how digital agendas are being prioritised. Ripple and the other 230+ FinTech related companies in the Centre are key to driving the future of finance.”

“Ripple is one of the most exciting client additions to DIFC this year. They are well regarded globally for innovation in the finance industry and therefore is a perfect partner and client for DIFC, given our vision to drive the future of finance. Together, we will advance the use of blockchain in Dubai, UAE and the region, and accelerate the Emirates Blockchain Strategy 2021.”

Ripple builds financial solutions and services to move money at the same speed and standard that information moves today. By joining Ripple’s global financial network, RippleNet, customers can process their payments instantly, reliably, cost-effectively and with end-to-end visibility anywhere in the world. Hundreds of financial institutions already use RippleNet, a blockchain for payments, in more than 45 countries.

Navin Gupta, Managing Director for South Asia and MENA at Ripple said, “Ripple already has a significant client base in the MENA region and the opportunity to co-locate with our customers made DIFC a natural choice. Our regional office will serve as a springboard to introduce our blockchain based solutions and deepen our ties with even more Financial Institutions in the region. We feel very welcome in our new regional home at DIFC.”

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