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Digital Banking: Al Rajhi Bank Malaysia Chooses Thought Machine to Build Islamic Virtual Bank

Al Rajhi Bank Malaysia (ARBM), a wholly-owned subsidiary of one of the world’s largest Islamic banks in terms of assets, Al Rajhi Bank of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), has chosen Thought Machine, the Cloud native core banking tech company, in order to power… Read More

Saudi Arabia based Fintech Lean Technologies Acquires $33M from Sequoia Capital, Others

Sequoia Capital has reportedly made its first investment in the Gulf / MENA region by leading an investment round for Lean Technologies, a Saudi Arabia-based Fintech company whose founders include the son of the kingdom’s former oil minister, Khalid Al-Falih. Lean Technologies, which allows firms… Read More

Fintech Accelerator to be Launched by Entrepreneurship Division of Saudi Aramco

Wa’ed, the entrepreneurship division of Saudi Aramco, has been working with Fintech Saudi as a key partner, along with local seed and early-stage VC company Flat6Labs, in order to introduce a 12-week Fintech Accelerator program. The new Fintech Accelerator will focus on supporting the ongoing… Read More

Cashfree Payments Bets $15M on Middle Eastern PSP Telr

Payments and API banking solutions company Cashfree Payments this week announced an equity investment of $15 million in Telr, a Saudi  Arabia and United Arab Emirates-based payment service provider. With this investment, Cashfree becomes one of the largest shareholders in the company. Cashfree said this… Read More

$50M MENA Region Fintech Fund I Launched by Early-Stage VC Firm VenturesSouq

GCC-headquartered early-stage VC company VentureSouq has introduced a $50 million MENA region Fintech Fund I. As mentioned in the announcement, the MENA Fintech Fund I is the first sector-wide Fintech-focused fund to be introduced across the Middle East area and Pakistan. The new Fund is… Read More

Saudi British Bank Introduces Instant Cross-Border Transfer Service for US Corridor, Powered by Ripple

Saudi British Bank (SABB) has announced the launch of its Instant Cross-Border Transfer Service for the United States Corridor via the blockchain payment tech powered by Ripple. The launch of this service was confirmed during the fifth edition of “The Future Investment Initiative Institute” led… Read More

Fintech Investments in Saudi Arabia Surge to $347M During Past Year: Report

During the past year, the Fintech sector in Saudi Arabia has experienced steady growth. This, according to the Fintech Saudi Annual Report for 2020/2021. The number of Saudi Arabia-based Fintechs increased by 37% with an investment amount surpassing SAR 1.3 billion (appr. $347 million). Nejoud… Read More

Global Processing Services Establishes MENA Region Office, Hires Payments Professional, Arnav Rath

Global Processing Services (GPS), the Paytech Pioneer behind major Fintech challengers, reveals that it has established its MENA region office and hired payments professional, Arnav Rath, as Head of Region. Based in Dubai, the team will focus on leveraging its international reach and payments expertise… Read More

Positive Facilities or Ejabiah in Saudi Arabia Awards Core Banking System Contract to Islamic Software Provider Path Solutions

The newly formed financing firm in Saudi Arabia, Positive Facilities Co. Ltd. (Ejabiah), has reportedly entered an agreement with Path Solutions for the introduction of its interest-free Core banking platform. Ejabiah will be providing a unique 0% interest financing product, which is somewhat similar to… Read More

Saudi Digital Payments Fintech CashIn Secures $1.6M via Seed Round led by Mine, BIM Ventures, Others

Saudi Arabia-headquartered virtual payment and point-of-sale (POS) solutions provider CashIn has reportedly acquired SAR 6 million (appr. $1.6 million) in capital through a seed round. CashIn’s investment round has been led by investor Mine. Saudi venture capital firm BIM Ventures also took part in the… Read More

MENA Region Startup Ajar to Offer Property Management and Rental Collection Services in Bahrain

Ajar, a MENA region rental collection platform, reveals that it has expanded its business operations to the Kingdom of Bahrain. With an established presence in Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the firm will be providing its property management and rent collection services in… Read More

UAE based BNPL Fintech tabby Acquires $50M via Series B led by Global Founders Capital, STV

UAE-headquartered Buy Now, Pay Later (BNPL) Fintech tabby has acquired $50 million in capital as part of its recent funding round. tabby’s Series B investment round has been led by Global Founders Capital and STV. Delivery Hero, CCVA and several other backers of tabby took… Read More

Saudi Arabia based Islamic P2P Lending Marketplace Forus Capital Acquires Series A Funding

Forus Capital, a Saudi Arabia-headquartered Islamic P2P lending marketplace, has secured funding via a Series A round (for an undisclosed amount). As noted by its management: “Forus Capital [is an] Islamic debt marketplace that enables investors to invest in a marketplace of alternative loans targeted… Read More

Fintech QPS Global to Expand UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait Business Operations

Mumbai-based Fintech company QPS Global recently revealed that it will be expanding its business operations in the Middle East. The company confirmed that it will be allocating $10 million in capital into the region within the next 12 months. The B2B card issuance and processing… Read More

Saudi Arabia based Fintech Geidea, which Supports Small Businesses, Appoints Nick Ogden to its Board of Directors

Geidea, one of the largest Fintechs in Saudi Arabia in terms of market share, has reportedly appointed the global financial services and Fintech-focused professional Nick Ogden to the company’s Board of Directors. Geidea’s management states: “Supporting small businesses to succeed is at the heart of… Read More

Saudi Arabia Grants Digital Banking License to STC Pay, a Virtual Payments Solution Provider

The Saudi cabinet has reportedly granted a digital banking permit to STC Pay, a virtual payments solution provider that’s a wholly owned subsidiary of Saudi Telecom. STC Pay will now be converted into a domestic virtual bank, with a capital of SAR 2.5 billion (appr…. Read More

Saudi Arabia based Fintech Tweeq, Provider of Spending Accounts for SMEs, Secures Investment from STV, Raed Ventures

Saudi Arabia-based Tweeq, a provider of spending accounts for individuals and small businesses operating across the country, revealed that it has finalized an undisclosed seven-figure funding round, which has been co-led by STV and Raed Ventures. As noted by the company’s management: “Our mission is… Read More

Arab Monetary Fund Releases Fintech Index, a Measure of Financial Tech Adoption in Middle East

The Arab Monetary Fund, which aims to establish policies of Arab monetary cooperation and promote the development of Arab financial markets, has launched “Finxar,” which is a regional Fintech index for tracking the development of the financial technology industry in Arab nations. The United Arab… Read More

Saudi Arabia based BNPL Fintech Finalizes $110M Series A Mega-Round led by Checkout.com

Saudi Arabia-based Tamara, a Buy Now, Pay Later (BNPL) service provider, recently confirmed that it finalized a $110 million Series A funding round led by Checkout.com. The funds raised will be used by Tamara to scale its professional team, expand into new markets in the… Read More

Fintech Funding: MENA Region’s Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt Raised Substantial Amounts in Q1 2021, but UK Remains a Global Leader in Fintech

MENA region startups secured $170 million in capital during March 2021, which is reportedly a 6% increase month-over-month, across 43 different deals, according to local sources. This notably takes the total funds raised during Q1 2021 to $396 million across 125 different deals, which is… Read More

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