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UAE based Investment Advisory Firm Sarwa Acquires Experimental Fintech Permit to Offer Services in Saudi Arabia

Dubai-headquartered investment advisory firm Sarwa is reportedly expanding its business operations to Saudi Arabia after acquiring a temporary or experimental Fintech license from Saudi’s Capital Markets Authority (CMA). This development has come about a year after Sarwa secured $8.4 million in capital, which was one… Read More

Digital Transformation: Many More Consumers in Saudi Arabia are Using Online Platforms following COVID Outbreak, Industry Exec Reveals

The digital commerce sector in Saudi Arabia has undergone a major (digital) transformation and there have been noticeable changes in consumer behavior, particularly when it comes to using online platforms in a post COVID world. Ibrahim Mohammad Al-Saad, Founder of Ajda, has stated that the… Read More

UAE’s Real Estate focused Fintech Stake to Allow Investors to Begin Investing with Only 2,000 Dirhams

A Dubai-based real estate-focused Fintech firm is planning to offer local investors an opportunity to invest in the property market with as little as 2,000 AED (appr. $544). UAE-headquartered Stake, which is supported by a Saudi national, is currently based in the Fintech Hive which… Read More

Saudi Arabia has Seen an “Explosion” of Fintech Firms because of Support from Nation’s Authorities, Industry Professional Reveals

Fintech is expected to play an important role in Saudi Arabia’s efforts to further diversify its economy, according to commentary from the nation’s Budget 2021 report. Padmini Gupta from Fintech Rise notes in an update published by Arab News that sustained support this year from… Read More

Governor of Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority Emphasizes Importance of Fintech Innovation while Supporting Competitive Businesses

The Middle East focused Fintech Tour 20 officially began on November 29, 2020. The event will provide key insights on the evolving financial technology sector in Saudi Arabia and aims to bring together local and international industry professionals. Ahmed Alkholifey, Governor of the Saudi Central… Read More

Bahrain and Saudi Capital of Riyadh Named as Top Fintech Ecosystems to Watch Closely: Report

The Kingdom of Bahrain and Saudi Arabia’s capital city Riyadh were recently chosen as the top Fintech ecosystems to watch closely, according to a report from research organization Startup Genome. The researchers at Startup Genome analyzed the economies and deal activities of several different countries…. Read More

Western Union Acquires 15% Stake, Valued at $200 Million, in Saudi Arabia’s Telecom’s Digital Payments Unit, STC Pay

Western Union (NYSE: WU) has reportedly acquired a 15% stake in Saudi Arabia’s Telecom’s digital payment division. Western Union, which is notably the largest money transfer company in the world, has confirmed that it has purchased a $200 million (or 15%) stake in the online… Read More

Governor of Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority Says Central Bank Digital Currencies Seem Promising and are Worth Exploring

Dr. Ahmed Abdulkarim Alkholifey, the Governor of Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA), the nation’s reserve bank, says that central bank digital currencies or CBDCs seem to be promising and are worth further exploration. Dr. Ahmed’s comments came during a recent webinar held by the International… Read More

Fintech Saudi Announces Launch of 3-Months-Long Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program for MENA Region

Fintech Saudi, an initiative that’s supported by startup accelerator, Flat6Labs, has announced that it’s launching a 3-months-long innovation and entrepreneurship program. The program will aim to bring together Fintech Saudi’s extensive MENA region market reach and Flat6Labs’ resources, in order to provide up to 10… Read More

Saudi Arabia Monetary Authority to Award More Fintech related Licenses, as Number of Digital Transactions Continue to Rise

The Middle Eastern country of Saudi Arabia has become a more active player in the global economy as it focuses on diversifying its economy. The Saudi government and local businesses have been adopting the latest technologies to streamline operations. The MENA region country has also… Read More

Kokila Alagh: Founder of KARM Legal, Member of MENA Fintech Board, Discusses Role of Emerging Tech in Streamlining Middle Eastern Businesses

Kokila Alagh, Founder of KARM Legal and a member of the MENA Fintech board, recently shared the latest updates from the Middle East region, including the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with Crowdfund Insider. Alagh works closely with the Arab Monetary Fund (AMF), the Dubai International… Read More

There are Now At least 60 Fintech Firms Operating in Saudi Arabia, with 100 Startups in Concept or Pre-Launch Phase

Fintech Saudi, an initiative that aims to transform Saudi Arabia into an innovative Fintech Hub with “a thriving and responsible” financial technology ecosystem, has been supporting the Kingdom’s economy by establishing an ecosystem directory and an online jobs portal dedicated to Fintech professionals. Fintech Saudi… Read More

There are Now 142 Islamic Fintech Firms Globally, According to IFN Islamic Fintech, a “One-Stop-Shop” for Info on Shariah-Compliant Services

IFN Islamic Fintech, a “one-stop-shop” for industry knowledge, networking, and communication in the global Islamic financial technology space, revealed on July 30, 2020, that there are now at least 142 Fintech firms globally that reportedly provide Shariah-compliant products and services. As reported in late June… Read More

Fintech Collaboration and Cooperation between Saudi Arabia and the UK Going Steady, Industry Execs Reveal

The UK’s Fintech sector is the largest in Europe. It managed to secure $4.9 billion in total investments last year, across 359 different deals. There also appears to be some sort of consistent or coherent Fintech Sector Strategy for Saudi Arabia, and also a strategy… Read More

Fintech Adoption: Over 80% of Middle East Consumers Say they’re Willing to Use Financial Technology Apps

Over 80% of banking customers in the Middle East say they’re ready or willing to use Fintech apps, however, many traditional lenders have not started integrating financial technology products, according to a recent study by Big Four auditing firm Deloitte. The study revealed that 18%… Read More

India Fintech Tabby Raises $7 Million to Launch “Buy Now Pay Later” Solution in Saudi Arabia

India-based fintech Tabby announced this week it raise of $7 million through its latest funding round, which was led by Raed Ventures with participation from MSA Capital and existing investor Arbor Ventures. Founded in 2019, Tabby states it provides customers with the flexibility to pay… Read More

Payments Provider Geidea Kicks Off Beta Testing of New Service for Saudi SMEs

Geidea, a Saudi based payments company, has launched BETA testing for its new range of SME products. Geidea currently claims 70% market share in Saudi Arabia and is the top service provider to banks in the country, according to the company. In February, Geidea became… Read More

Securrency Joins Forces With Musharaka Capital to Bring Digital Securities to Saudi Arabia

 Securrency, a global financial services technology infrastructure and products company, announced on Tuesday it has formed a new partnership with investment management and banking firm, Musharaka Capital to develop a compliant platform for issuing digital securities in Saudi Arabia.    The companies reported that they… Read More

Fintech: The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Region May Experience Significant Increase in the Use of Financial Technology Platforms Due to COVID-19

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), an intergovernmental political and economic union consisting of the Arab states of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, is expected to experience a significant increase in the use of Fintech platforms and services. The anticipated… Read More

New MENA Region Fintech Report Released by Dubai-based Global Ventures, a Leading VC Firm

Global Ventures, a Dubai-based venture capital firm that recently finalized a $50 million investment round, has released a new report that discusses the state of Fintech in the Middle East region. Global Ventures’ extensive 59-page report covers the ongoing growth and development of the Fintech… Read More

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