Saudi Arabia

3 Must-Attend Upcoming Fintech Events in Saudi Arabia

2018 was a key year for Saudi Arabia’s fintech sector as the government began to actively support the development of a healthy and vibrant fintech ecosystem. 2018 was marked by several milestones in the Saudi fintech landscape, with the launch

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Swiss Fintech Provider Crealogix Accelerates Middle East Expansion with New Office in Saudi Arabia

CREALOGIX, a leading international Fintech company headquartered in Switzerland announced the opening of its new office in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The Riyadh office will be headed by Jamal M. Habahbeh, an expert in technology transformation with over 28 years of

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Fintech Saudi Arabia Access Guide and Annual Ecosystem Report

Fintech Saudi, a financial sector development program initiative launched by the Saudi Arabian government in 2018, has released its latest Fintech Access Guide, a bi-annual booklet for local and foreign fintech entrepreneurs covering topics such as regulation and business strategies.

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Saudia Arabia Grants Fintech Experimental Permits to 3 Equity Crowdfunding Platforms

In reference to Fintech Experimental Instructions permits issued by the Capital Market Authority Saudia Arabia (CMA), Buthoor Solidarity, Afaq and Emkan Alarabiya will be able to experiment in equity crowdfunding which allows investors to participate in funding small and medium-size

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Saudi Arabia: Green Light To Test Robo-Advisory Service

Saudi Arabia’s capital markets watchdog has granted Haseed Investing Company and Wahed Capital a Fintech ExPermit, allowing the two companies to test their robo-advisory services, the Capital Market Authority (CMA) of Saudi Arabia informed. With the permit in hand, the

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Saudi Arabia: 18 Companies Join Fintech Regulatory Sandbox

The Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA) has selected 18 companies to form the second batch of ventures to join its fintech regulatory sandbox. The companies will be testing fintech solutions they intend to launch in the country. The 18 companies

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Saudi Arabian Bank Launches Blockchain-Based Cross-Border Payments System

At the Financial Sector Conference last month in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Saudi British Bank (SABB), one of the five largest banks by deposits in the country, announced the launch of a real-time cross-border transfer service based on the Ripple blockchain

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Dissecting Fintech Opportunities in Middle East and Africa

Dubai’s special economic zone, the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), has released a new report that explores the opportunities related to fintech in the Middle East and African (MEA) region. The report provides recommendations and guidance for fintech firms looking

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A Glimpse into Fintech in Saudi Arabia

Experts are optimistic about the outlook for fintech development in Saudi Arabia, which they claim will be driven by the tech-savvy, young population, and favorable government initiatives and support. Islam Al Bayaa, head of advisory at KPMG Al Fozan &

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UAE Leads the Digital Banking Scene in Middle East

A combination of changing consumer preferences, competition from fintech startups and changing regulations have been forcing banks around the world to develop their digital capabilities. In the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, banks are quickly rising to the

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