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Saudi Central Bank Issues Payment Licenses to Arab Sea Financial Company, Fatoraah

The Saudi Central Bank (SAMA) announces the licensing of two payment financial technology companies, including: Arab Sea Financial Company and Fatoraah in order to provide Payment services for e-commerce. This brings the total number of payment companies licensed by SAMA “to 21 companies, in addition… Read More

Saudi Central Bank Grants Permit to Fintech Firms Lean Technologies, Mod5r

The Saudi Central Bank (SAMA) recently announced granting permit to a new batch of companies; Lean Technologies and Mod5r to “provide Open Banking Solutions; bringing the total number of permitted Fintech companies operating under its Regulatory Sandbox to 38.” This step completes “a series of… Read More

Saudi BNPL Tamara Raises $100 Million Series B

Tamara, a Saudi Arabia-based buy now- pay later (BNPL) provider, has raised $100 million in Series B funding, according to multiple reports. Tamara operates in Saudi as well as the UAE and Kuwait. Tamara is said to be the first BNPL to make its way… Read More

UAE based Proptech SmartCrowd Obtains Saudi Fintech License

SmartCrowd Holdings, a firm focused on fractional real estate investments, has been issued a Fintech experimental license by the Saudi Capital Markets Authority (CMA). SmartCrowd is now focused on following through with business requirements for the launch of its Real Estate Funds Distribution Platform, making… Read More

Virtual Payments Surpass Cash Transfers for First Time in Saudi Arabia

Virtual payments have reportedly exceeded the use of cash for the very first time in Saudi Arabia in 2021, with these digital transactions accounting for around 94% of payments completed when measured in terms of value. This, according to a recent study carried out by… Read More

Avelacom Updates Low Latency Network in Middle East, Turkey

Avelacom, the low latency connectivity, IT infrastructure and data solutions provider for financial markets, recently announced new optimized routes on its network to Istanbul (Bursa Istanbul), Riyadh (Saudi Stock Exchange, Tadawul) and Tel Aviv (Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, TASE). These routes should help with encouraging… Read More

Payments Fintech Thunes Enters Saudi Arabia, Appoints Country Head

Thunes, a cross-border payments company, recently announced that it is accelerating the expansion of its services in the MENA region, “setting up an office in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and appointing a new country head – Ahmad Yaacoub.” Thunes is also “in advanced stages… Read More

JP Morgan Introduces Cross-Border Liquidity Solution in Saudi Arabia

JP Morgan Payments has introduced a cross-border liquidity solution in Saudi Arabia, enabling customers to connect to liquidity pools in London and other cities across the globe. The service will aim to offer clients with a pipeline to link their balances to liquidity structures globally…. Read More

BNPL: FIntech Tabby Acquires $150M Credit Facility

Tabby, which is MENA’s payments and shopping app, has acquired $150 million in debt financing from Atalaya Capital Management and existing investor Partners for Growth (PFG). Based in New York, this facility “marks Atalaya Capital Management’s first deal in the MENA region.” In addition, San… Read More

MENA’s Tarabut Gateway, an Open Banking Platform, Announces Senior Appointments

Tarabut Gateway, which claims to be the largest Open Banking platform in the MENA region with a market presence in Bahrain, the UAE and KSA, announced (earlier this week) two new appointments to its senior executive team, Nino Ocampo and Adnan Erriade. Nino joins as… Read More

MENA Region’s Open Banking Platform Tarabut Gateway Announces New Partnerships in Saudi Arabia

Tarabut Gateway, which claims to be the largest Open Banking platform in the MENA region with a market presence in Bahrain, the UAE and KSA, recently announced four new key banking partnerships in KSA. As part of its expansion in Saudi Arabia, and the developments… Read More

MoneyGram Partners with Mobily Pay to Reach New Mobile Wallet Users in Saudi Arabia

MoneyGram International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MGI), which claims to be an international “leader” in the evolution of digital P2P payments, and Mobily Pay, a “pioneering” mobile wallet powered by Saudi-based telecommunications and digital service provider Mobily, have announced a partnership “to launch MoneyGram’s leading international money… Read More

Mastercard, HyperPay to Expand Virtual Payment Channels across MENA Region

Mastercard (NYSE: MA), a tech leader in the international payments sector, has announced a strategic partnership Saudi Arabia-based HyperPay, which claims to be the fastest growing e-commerce payments services provider in the MENA region, in order to drive the adoption of digital payment solutions across… Read More

VC Arm of Saudi Aramco Entrepreneurship Center, Wa’ed Ventures Looks to Fund Fintechs in Partnership with Maydan Capital

Wa’ed Ventures, the VC arm of Saudi Aramco Entrepreneurship Center, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to provide “ethically focused Fintech startups” with access to investment in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.  Maydan Capital, an investment platform based in the UK, has been enlisted to… Read More

Checkout.com Issuer Outreach Team Is Minimizing Payments Failure in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia is one of the most vibrant and dynamic nations. And as part of its Vision 2030 plan, the country’s government has “set ambitious goals to digitize and transform its economy.” At Checkout.com, they have the privilege of “being an active participant in accelerating… Read More

UAE’s BitOasis Introduces New Digital Asset Trading Features

Having served a key role in the regional cryptocurrency and blockchain sector since 2015, BitOasis claims to have established its reputation as one of the most “trusted” virtual currency trading platforms in the UAE (and MENA region). Being part of a fast-evolving crypto industry, there… Read More

Sequoia Capital India, Saudi VC Firm STV Lead $54M Round for MENA Fintech Tabby

Sequoia Capital India and Saudi Arabia based VC company STV have reportedly led a $54 million round for Tabby, which claims to be one of the largest Buy Now, Pay Later (BNPL) providers in the Middle East. As the overall demand for Fintech services continues… Read More

BSV Blockchain Global Advisory Members Announced

The BSV blockchain’s Switzerland-based industry association this week announced the formation of a BSV Blockchain Global Advisory Council. The council brings together senior professionals and thought leaders from diverse industries who support the growth of blockchain technology. While they may be blockchain-agnostic, council members will advise… Read More

Saudi Arabia based Fintech EdfaPay Secures $1.6M via Pre-Seed Round

Saudi Arabia-headquartered Fintech firm EdfaPay has secured $1.6 million (appr. SAR 6 million) in capital via its latest investment round. The pre-seed investment has reportedly been led by Nuwa capital, InspireUs VC, Wallan Investment group, and angel investors. The proceeds will be a core driver… Read More

Digital Banking: Saudi Arabia Wealth Fund PIF backs $440M Virtual Bank

Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund is now an investor in a new virtual bank being launched in the Middle Eastern nation with a capital of SAR 1.65 billion (appr. $440 million). The Saudi cabinet has reportedly approved a license for D360 bank (on Tuesday), the… Read More

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