Ripple Blockchain cross border payments provider has partnered with Commercial International Bank (CIB) in Egypt to leverage XRP for faster, secure and cost effective transactions in the remittance sector.

This strategic alliance aims to revolutionize the way cross-border payments are conducted, leveraging Ripple’s cutting-edge technology and the digital currency XRP to enhance international remittance services. The collaboration, heralded by industry experts, signifies a major leap forward in financial innovation and efficiency.

This collaboration follows Ripple’s announcement to increase its activities in the United States, signaling a broader strategy to cement its position as a leader in blockchain technology and digital currency. The alliance with CIB, one of Egypt’s premier financial institutions, is particularly noteworthy as it positions the bank as the second major Egyptian bank, after the National Bank of Egypt (NBE), to embrace Ripple’s technology for cross-border transactions.

Prominentmember of the Ripple community on the X platform (formerly known as Twitter), Wrathofkahneman,  published the news that fintech heavyweight Ripple Labs has onboarded another major customer, sharing a link to the 2024 Fintech Report, Egypt.

The report states that Commercial International Bank (CIP) based and operating in Egypt is now collaborating with Ripple to integrate its blockchain technology in order to “enhance the efficiency of cross-border payments.” He wondered whether the bank will also integrate the XRP token itself as part of its collaboration with Ripple.

As per the recent report by law firm Shehata & Partners, CIB integrated Ripple’s technology to transform cross-border transactions.

Two new crypto tokens TonCoin (TON), and Ripple’s XRP have joined Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum, and Litecoin as recognized crypto tokens by the Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA), the financial regulatory agency of the special economic zone, the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC).

One year since the launch of DFSA the crypto token regime and five crypto tokens can now be utilized by virtual asset firms within the DIFC. License firms will be able to incorporate XRP and TON into their virtual asset services. XRP and TON will be available for use by institutions located in the DIFC to accelerate faster, more efficient global value exchange.

Commenting on the acceptance of XRP in DIFC crypto token regime, Brad Garlinghouse, CEO of Ripple,  “Dubai continues to demonstrate global leadership when it comes to the regulation of virtual assets and nurturing innovation. It’s refreshing to see the DFSA encourage the adoption and use of digital assets such as XRP to position Dubai as a leading financial services hub intent on attracting foreign investment and accelerating economic growth. Ripple will continue to double down on its presence in Dubai and we look forward to continuing to work closely with regulators to realize crypto’s full potential.”

The recognition of TON comes a few days after TON set a world record for network speed. The TON team conducted a public test of blockchain speed. The developers reported that in 12 minutes of the experiment about 42 million transactions were performed, and the maximum speed amounted to 108,409 transactions per second.

Under the regime, firms in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) can apply for and obtain a license to provide financial services with Crypto Tokens in or from the DIFC. The DFSA’s regulatory regime is largely technology-neutral, allowing firms to provide a wide range of financial services with Crypto Tokens.

The framework is designed to accommodate firms who want to operate a Crypto Token market, provide custodial services, manage clients’ assets, establish or manage funds, or provide other financial services. The rules cover a wide range of risks relating to financial crime, technology, governance, custody, disclosure, market abuse and fraud.

Since its inception the crypto token regime has received enquiries from 100+ firms have inquired regarding operating a Crypto Token business, 5 Crypto Token variations were issued (a mix of funds and trading business). In addition one license to offer Investment Tokens was issued (to tokenize units of a fund);  and five crypto tokens have now been recognized.

DFSA will be launching its next set of proposals that will focus on custody; financial Crime; Staking for Proof of Stake (PoS) consensus mechanisms; and Fund Management

Pharma and healthcare Blockchain platform, XRP Healthcare, built on XRP Ledger has expanded into UAE and the Middle East.

As per the press release, XRP Healthcare recognizes the Middle East’s forward-thinking approach to blockchain and crypto regulation, which is more favorable and progressive compared to many other jurisdictions, including the United Kingdom. This strategic expansion aims to benefit from and harness the untapped potential of blockchain technology in healthcare, legislation, investment, and new partnerships, ultimately benefiting consumers and token holders alike.

In a statement, XRP Healthcare’s Business Development Officer Laban Roomes noted, “The Middle East has demonstrated a remarkable embrace of innovation and technology, especially in the blockchain and crypto space. This alignment with Dubai’s progressive regulatory framework makes it the ideal destination for XRP Healthcare’s expansion and upward trajectory. What is important to bear in mind is that XRP Healthcare is a long-term project, with a roadmap reaching into 2027, anyone who wants to share in our vision should fully understand we are not here to make people rich overnight but rather to build a fully functional and real-world utility business consolidating the highly fragmented private healthcare sector, starting in Africa – that has blockchain technology at the heart of it. Our expansion into the Middle East by incorporating XRP Healthcare L.L.C in Dubai positions the company perfectly for accelerated growth, our operations in Africa, and the rest of the world.”

Founder of XRP Healthcare Kain Roomes said, “I am thrilled to announce the exciting expansion of XRP Healthcare into the bustling hub of Dubai and the broader Middle East. This move represents a significant leap in our journey, one that combines healthcare innovation with the transformative power of blockchain technology. Dubai and the Middle East offer a uniquely fertile ground for our endeavours. It’s a region known for its forward-thinking approach to business, blockchain technology, and an unmatched commitment to fostering innovation. This environment aligns perfectly with our vision of a healthier world powered by the convergence of healthcare and blockchain.”

He adds,” As a company, we are bringing a fresh perspective to the private healthcare industry, specializing in mergers and acquisitions starting in Africa. Our approach is grounded in transparency, security, and efficiency, which are the hallmarks of what we have set out to achieve. In a world where data integrity and privacy are paramount, we are proud to be creating solutions that redefine how healthcare mergers and acquisitions will be conducted. As part of our expansion, we will be collaborating with local healthcare professionals, businesses, and investors in Dubai and the Middle East, with the main goal of enhancing patient care on a global scale.”

Crypto Broker Exchange RAIN Bahrain has traded $484 million worth of crypto since its inception in 2019 with Ethereum the most traded crypto asset followed by XRP. 

RAIN has noted that it has a  customer base of 75,000 from Bahraini residents signed up on the platform. 

According to the RAIN LinkedIn post “We’re thrilled to share some exciting news about our impact on the Kingdom’s crypto market! Since launching Rain in 2019, we’ve been able to offer our customers a reliable and secure platform for trading crypto assets. We’re grateful for Bahrain’s strong support for innovation and entrepreneurship, which has contributed to our success. Thank you to the people of Bahrain and Team Bahrain for your unwavering support!” 

As per their statistics 41% of active crypto traders in Bahrain chose RAIN, while 5% of crypto trades in Bahrain are carried out on RAIN. 

In addition the biggest traded cryptocurrencies on RAIN Bahrain are Ethereum, Bitcoin, XRP, Litecoin and tether. Statistically Ethereum has the highest percentage of trades at 37% followed by XRP (Ripple token) at 25% and Bitcoin at 20%, while Litecoin 7% while Tether USDT is 5% of trade and 6% is distributed to others. 

In terms of the age groups trading on RAIN, the biggest age group is from 30-34 years old followed by those over 40 years old. The youth make up only 10% and refers to those from18 to 24 years old, while 22% are from 25 to 29 year olds. 

Bahrain was the first country in the GCC to launch crypto exchange licenses and RAIN was the first operator to launch in Bahrain. Since then CoinMENA, Binance have followed suite. In addition recently BitOasis also noted that it was in the midst of receiving a license in Bahrain. 

Bahrain also recently was the first country in the GCC to issue onshore security token regulations.

XRPayNet a blockchain XRP Ledger based crypto-fiat micropayments solution provider is gearing up to launch in the UAE. Already in the process of being regulated through VARA and the Central Bank of UAE, XRPayNet and its partner in the UAE, ChainTech Labs aim to revolutionize the crypto payments sector by bridging the world of fiat and crypto for micropayments and buy now pay later offerings.

Kristian Poliszczuk Founder, of XRPayNet has been a passionate crypto investor since Bitcoin was valued at just $2000; he then became an XRP enthusiast and from there built XRPayNet on XRP’s Blockchain ledger. Poliszczuk is an entrepreneur at heart building small businesses since he was 12 years old. At just 23 years old he had 19 properties under his belt as a real estate broker and today he is seeking to become one of the world’s leading crypto micro payments provider.

A Solution to a Problem

According to Poliszczuk XRPayNet was developed to solve three major problems facing the 420 million crypto holders globally today. The first was that most crypto holders have no place to spend their crypto given that retailers are hesitant to accept crypto due to its volatility, secondly most crypto payment solution providers have yet to bridge fiat with crypto and finally retailers and merchants want a secure, easy technology platform to use seamlessly with their existing technology.

Poliszczuk told LaraontheBlock, “For crypto to be mainstream, it must work in harmony with fiat. I started to think about creating a tool that would allow users to spend their crypto from their wallet while retailer receives fiat currency. We are doing this through both our debit card solution as well as mobile application, making the Crypto to Fiat payment process seamless.”

Today, cryptocurrencies are accepted by less than 0.001% of companies throughout the world, yet $2.5 Billion was spent by consumers on pre-paid crypto cards in 3 months from the end of 2021-start of 2022.

Utilizing XRPL network, as one of the only 145 node validators, XRPayNet is built on one of the most scalable and ecological blockchains developed to date.

In addition to offering micropayments XRPayNet will be offering the first Buy Now Pay Later solution for crypto holders. Poliszczuk explains, “We are bringing the solution of Buy Now Pay Later to the crypto world. Clients who hold our card or application can buy on credit using the XRPAY coin staked with us as collateral. We are offering crypto holders more choice and providing the retailer with fiat currency of their choice.”

Entering the UAE

Currently XRPayNet is going through the process of acquiring a regulated license in the UAE, working with the legal firm Saeed and Company. They are seeking regulatory approval from Dubai’s Virtual asset regulatory Authority as well as the Central Bank of UAE given that they are a payment solution provider.

Poliszczuk says, “We have been told the process will take three months and we are confident given that one of our retail partners is closely involved in the regulatory scene and understand VARA’s requirements well.”

XRPayNet already has clients lined up in the UAE who are looking to offer crypto fiat micropayments and Buy now Pay later services. Poliszczuk, told LaraontheBlock, “We have a UAE chain of stores ready and waiting for us to deliver our technology to start using it in March 2023, we have also been approached by a gas station chain who also want to use our service. We have built a complete POS (Point of service) interface and all these stores need is to download our application on their terminals at point of sale to complete the payments.”

The XRPayNet coin while developed identical to that of XRP Ripple is not the same as XRP. According to Poliszczuk while the coin is built on XRP ledger and identical  to Ripple’s XRP we did not choose to use XRP because Ripple has already positioned it as a coin for international cross border payments for banks and not for micro payments.

To date XRPayNet has more than 10,000 holders of their coin. In addition XRPayNet is considering with its UAE partners to developing their own XRPayNet stablecoin as well as adopting the stablecoin required by UAE regulators. He states, “As part of the regulatory process it stipulates that we should use a particular stablecoin which has to be embedded in our applications. We are adhering to these regulations very strictly.”

XRPayNet founder is confident that there is huge demand in the UAE for crypto retail payments services and this is one of the reasons they were approached by ChainTech Labs. According to Poliszczuk, “ Today there are maybe 100-200 global crypto payment entities in the space and many of them won’t go forward as they usually stop development during bear markets. We are not them, we increased our talent base from 9 people to 26 within the last 6 months, and regardless of our coin price we are still developing to create the best products. So we are positioned ahead of others.”

Expansion and the Future

Other than the UAE, the 14 month old XRPayNet will be expanding to other jurisdictions. In December 2022 alone there were 11 requests for partnerships across the globe.

In conclusion XRPayNet founder believes that crypto is still in its infancy stage and is here to stay as long as people don’t convince themselves that crypto can work in silo of fiat, in the end they both need to work in harmony.

About 65,000 Oman residents own cryptocurrencies, equivalent to 1.9 percent of the population. In a recent survey carried out by Oman based Souq Analyst, the largest investment community in Oman, it was found that 90% of crypto owners’ are between the ages of 18 and 44. Only 8% are over the age of 45.

The survey results also noted that the majority owners are highly educated, with 66% of them holding a bachelor’s degree or higher.

Souq Analyst offers stock market news and analysis, investing ideas, earnings calls, charts and portfolio analysis to its community members. In addition the community offers country specific insights on finance, cryptocurrencies, crowd funding & investing as well as access community events, workshop and webinars.

According to the survey an impressive 97.9% of Omani adults have heard about cryptocurrency, indicating an increasing level of awareness. 55% of respondents report owning cryptocurrency and Bitcoin is the most popular followed by Ethereum, Ripple, Tether and other alternative coins.

Mohammed Al-Tamami Co-founder & Chief Commercial officer of Mamun and Founder of Souq Analyst, told LaraontheBlock, “Firstly and foremost data like this is generally useful to everyone. It also offers insights into some unique trends that you didn’t consider say adoption of a certain token or cryptocurrency take XRP ownership in Oman is noticeable according to results in our survey mentioned in the report.”

Over 12% of respondents reported owning more than 10,000 OMR worth of crypto assets equivalent to $26,000. In addition, 62 percent of the respondents plan to increase their cryptocurrency holding in 2023. 

According to the survey, 62% of cryptocurrency owners invest long-term, while 25% use digital assets for learning and education, and 23% trade daily.

Al Tamami founded Souq analyst to be a provider of quality reports on the industry because it’s useful for their own activities in the space including their fund.

The survey is interesting in that it shows that cryptocurrency holders are still bullish on crypto in Oman.