Shams and Mashreq Bank unite to empower SMEs with specialized banking services

By Rahul Vaimal, Associate Editor
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Sharjah Media City, known as Shams, and Mashreq Bank, one of the leading financial institutions in the UAE, have mutually penned a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to boost entrepreneurship and support business owners in Sharjah.

The strategic partnership agreement between the two will solidify this collaboration and enable Shams to utilize Mashreq’s banking expertise.

“As part of the MoU, Mashreq Bank will help address one of the significant challenges for SMEs and new entrepreneurs – opening a business account. Mashreq will provide Shams SMEs full support to open a NEOBiz digital bank account to kick-start their business, while also providing advice to help them grow their business and become sustainable”

Shihab Al Hammadi, Director of Shams said, “Given these unprecedented times, I believe it is our collective responsibility to ensure that our entrepreneurs are able to grow their businesses, and this MoU with Mashreq Bank enables that. We are able to offer them a solution that can expedite their bank account opening process, especially in the light of the situation when social distancing is the new norm.”

Shihab Al Hammadi Director – Shams

“The new partnership is also in line with our development plans aimed at enhancing Shams’ comprehensive technological infrastructure that in turn would help support SMEs and entrepreneurs. I am confident that this MoU will benefit our business partners and remove the hurdles that they might be facing. More pertinently, they can complete the process digitally.”

Rohit Garg, Head of Business Banking and NeoBiz, Mashreq Bank, said, “Mashreq has always championed the SME sector, which continues to remain the backbone of the UAE economy. With this partnership with Shams, we are delighted to offer them a convenient way to support their customers through the country’s first digital banking platform catered specifically for start-ups, SMEs and entrepreneurs.

Rohit Garg, Head of Business
Banking and NeoBiz – Mashreq Bank

“During these uncertain times, we are committed to doing our part to nurture and boost the SME ecosystem, offering them a superior banking experience complemented with tailored solutions to support their business requirements.”

Moreover, as a consequence of the pandemic, Mashreq recently launched a package of relief measures for all its SME customers, which involves low balance basic accounts with no fall below fee until June. These packages will also be available for Shams customers. All Shams institutions will profit from this new association with Mashreq, presenting the impetus that is required in these times.