Dubai, UAE, 16 April 2023: Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank (ADIB) has become the first Islamic bank to go live on the UAE KYC (Know Your Customer) Blockchain Platform, a national ecosystem for the exchange of verified KYC data between licensing authorities and financial institutions.
Dubai’s Department of Economy and Tourism (DET) launched the initiative in 2020 in partnership with a group of four founding member banks: Emirates NBD (ENBD), Commercial Bank of Dubai (CBD), Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank (ADCB), and HSBC.
Today, the platform has expanded, with DIFC, RAKEZ, RAK ICC, Mashreq Bank and WioBank also joining the system. The UAE KYC Blockchain Platform will facilitate a faster, more secure onboarding and exchange of digital customer data and documents through advanced blockchain-powered distributed technologies, a first of its kind in the region.
Ahmad Khalifa AlFalasi, CEO, Dubai Business License Corporation, commented, “We are pleased to welcome Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank to our growing blockchain ecosystem. Our strategic partnerships with banks to launch the first KYC blockchain platform in the UAE is an important step towards attracting global investors to this market.
Through this advanced mechanism, we aim to further improve the ease of doing business, and overall, further enhance and ensure regulatory compliance in the UAE. As blockchain is a breakthrough technology, we see tremendous potential in streamlining services and operations, saving time, money, and resources for everyone involved – individuals, companies, and government bodies.“
“Inspired by our visionary leadership, the blockchain KYC consortium is testament to the positive stance adopted by the government in leveraging blockchain technology to improve business efficiency and transparency. ADIB can now benefit from the KYC data for their customer onboarding and receive data updates for their existing customers,” added AlFalasi.
“When ADIB joined the UAE KYC Blockchain Consortium, we did so with the clear goal of developing onboarding operations and providing more secure ways of handling and exchanging data.”
Samih Awadhalla, Acting Global Head of Retail Banking at ADIB said, “When ADIB joined the UAE KYC Blockchain Consortium, we did so with the clear goal of developing onboarding operations and providing more secure ways of handling and exchanging data.
We are proud to support DET and collaborate with fellow banks in this important undertaking. By advancing our ability to protect sensitive data, we hope to provide peace of mind for our customers and enable a seamless user experience.”
Astyanax Kanakakis, CEO and Co-Founder of norbloc said, “The continued expansion of the UAE KYC Blockchain Platform to include key banking institutions, such as ADIB, further strengthens the network which has been live for three years now.
ADIB is the third financial institution to join from the emirate of Abu Dhabi, ensuring that norbloc’s Fides platform will continue to provide a significantly better KYC experience for both financial institutions and their clients across the UAE.”
With the launch of the KYC Blockchain Platform, the authenticated and validated KYC data of companies will simultaneously be shared with financial institutions of their preference. This will expedite the opening of bank accounts for newly registered companies and pave the way for a less cumbersome and costly process of managing KYC data for companies that are already registered with the system.
ADIB is a leading Islamic bank with more than AED 133 billion in assets that was established in 1997 with its shares traded on the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX). Over 1 million customers benefit from its large distribution network of 70 branches and more than 500 ATMs. The bank also offers world-class online, mobile and phone banking services, providing clients with seamless digital access to their accounts 24 hours a day. ADIB provides retail, corporate, business, private banking and wealth management solutions. ADIB remains one of the leading banks in the recruitment, development and promotion of local talent. The bank has one of the highest Emiratization ratios with more than 40 percent of the bank’s workforce being UAE Nationals. ADIB has presence in six strategic markets: Egypt, where it has 70 branches, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom, Sudan, Iraq and Qatar. Named “Best Islamic Bank globally” by The Financial Times’ The Banker publication and Best Bank in the UAE by Forbes, ADIB has a rich track record of innovation, including introducing the world’s first digital Islamic bank for youth and being the first bank in the UAE to enable account opening through facial recognition.
norbloc builds blockchain KYC platforms that enable individuals, organizations and regulators to effectively manage and securely share verified Know Your Customer data. Headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, the team behind norbloc holds significant experience in blockchain technology development and financial services. Financial institutions, governments and licensing authorities across the globe trust norbloc technology to enhance customer onboarding, increase data security and mitigate systemic risk.
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