DUQE and Mashreq Bank Partnership

DUQE and Mashreq Bank Partnership


Ambia Hoque


DUQE Free Zone and Mashreq Bank announce an innovative partnership to support entrepreneurs and promote SME growth

  • Through its partnership with Mashreq Bank, DUQE Free Zone seeks to simplify and expedite the business bank account opening process for its clients.
  • The entrepreneurs under DUQE Free Zone will also gain access to various banking services through Mashreq’s digital platform NEOBiz. 

Dubai: DUQE, the one-of-its-kind free zone on a ship in Dubai, established in partnership with the Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation (PCFC), has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Mashreq Bank, one of the UAE’s leading financial institutions. This alliance aims to enable DUQE Free Zone to offer its startups and entrepreneurs faster access to banking services.

PCFC Investments CEO Saeed Al-Bannai signed the MoU with Rajeev Chalisgaonkar, Head of Business Banking and NEOBiz, Mashreq Bank.

One of the biggest challenges for new business owners is opening a business bank account, as it requires one to go through several strict compliance procedures. This partnership will help address this challenge by simplifying and expediting the business bank account opening process for DUQE’s customers. 

The businesses under DUQE Free Zone will also benefit from various initiatives, including API integration and banking services through Mashreq’s digital business banking platform, NEOBiz. Being an exclusive digital bank for SMEs, Mashreq’s NEOBiz has revolutionised the corporate bank account opening process and offered immense support in growing the startup ecosystem in the UAE.

Saeed Al-Bannai, CEO of PCFC Investments, said:

“The MoU comes in line with the main goal of establishing DUQE Free Zone, which is to stimulate the business environment in Dubai and boost its competitiveness through adopting new initiatives designed to improve the ease of doing business in the Emirate. DUQE Free Zone seeks, through its partnership with Mashreq, to expand our efforts to elevate Dubai’s position as a global business hub. We are confident that a number of new partnerships and initiatives are paving the way for DUQE Free Zone to achieve the expected increase in business through its services. Today, we will not only grow our bottom line, but we will also allow our customers to keep pace with the evolving demands of the industry.”

Ghaith Al Daker, General Manager at DUQE, said:

“It is always our goal to support the many founders, investors and business owners under DUQE Free Zone in new and innovative ways. Through this partnership, we continue demonstrating our commitment to providing SMEs and entrepreneurs with ease at every step of their journey. The process of opening a business bank account can often be tedious and time-consuming. We are confident that this alliance will help them overcome a lot of obstacles that may come along their way.”

Rajeev Chalisgaonkar, Head of Business Banking and NEOBiz, Mashreq Bank, said

“We are delighted to partner with DUQE in its efforts to stimulate the business environment in Dubai and boost the emirate’s competitiveness as a major business hub in the region. Complementing the various existing initiatives of DUQE, this MoU unlocks new financing potential for companies seeking to accelerate their growth in the country. Mashreq’s unique digital-only proposition, NEOBiz, will empower DUQE’s customer base comprising entrepreneurs and startups with a range of innovative products and services to develop new economic sectors that will ultimately support the growth and prosperity of Dubai and the rest of the UAE.”

With the goal of giving business owners the ideal platform to realise their vision, the team at DUQE is excited to add a new dimension to their integrated solutions by offering its budding entrepreneurs, freelancers, and digital nomads priority access to Mashreq’s banking services.

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