Meem, the digital retail banking services arm of Gulf International Bank B.S.C. (GIB), is pleased to announce its official launch in the Kingdom of Bahrain. H.E. Mr. Rasheed Al Maraj, the Governor of the Central Bank of Bahrain, attended the technology driven launch event as the guest of honour in the Meem store at The Avenues, Bahrain.

The Minister of Oil, H.E. Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, along with other dignitaries also attended the event.

Meem, the region’s first Shariah-compliant digital banking service, offers innovative straightforward financial solutions delivered through its convenient and simple to use mobile app.

On this occasion, H.E. Mr. Rasheed Al Maraj, said: “We are pleased to see Meem digital banking begin its operations in Bahrain. The launch underlines the Central Bank of Bahrain’s ongoing commitment and success in attracting FinTech specialists to the Kingdom and strengthening the country’s FinTech ecosystem.”

Meem offers a 24/7/365 service model on its innovative mobile app and web banking portal allowing customers to open and manage their accounts, conducting everyday transactions through its online channel, supported by services such as video contact centre, e-mail, web chat and social media. Banking with Meem is simple and user friendly.

GIB Group CEO Mr. Abdulaziz Al-Helaissi said: “We are very delighted to launch Meem in Bahrain. Meem offers convenient and straightforward banking for digital customers that rely on technology and appreciate the benefits of banking anywhere anytime. We aim to continue staying at the forefront of digital banking in the region by delivering innovative solutions to support the needs of our customers.”

GIB Group Chief Operating Officer and KSA Country Head, Mr. Mushari AlOtaibi commented: “Meem is a digital banking service committed to providing all banking services efficiently and according to the highest level of reliability and security. The launch of Meem in Bahrain will reinforce the status of FinTech and digital banking in the finance sector of the Kingdom of Bahrain.”

Mr. Mohammed Al Garni, GIB Group Head of Retail Banking commented: “We aim to provide a personal service to our customers, making it easy for them to manage their money efficiently. We would like our customers to think of Meem as ‘The smart digital Bank at the tip of their fingers.”

Over time, customers in Meem Bahrain and Meem Saudi Arabia will benefit from the services offered in both countries where they can transact and operate their accounts in a unified banking channel.

Bahrain customers may open a One Pack account; which combines the benefits of both current and saving accounts. The account comes with a debit card capable of linking to multiple foreign currency accounts. Other products such as online Murabaha term deposits, credit cards, and personal finance will be added in due course.

Meem’s Bahrain inauguration is a significant milestone for GIB as it paves the way for further expansion across the GCC. GIB initially launched Meem digital banking in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in 2015.