Saudi Arabia

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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FutureSec Summit Aims to Address Cyber Threats Facing the Banking Sector

Inadequate cyber security has long been a threat to the banking industry, costing the banks revenue losses and tarnished brand image. In the face of this growing concern, banks across KSA have been increasingly investing in technological advancements in order

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Apple Pay Targets Middle East Markets Starting with Saudi Arabia

Apple continues the rollout of its Apple Pay digital wallet service around the world, launching in Saudi Arabia in February, marking its 34th market. In Saudi Arabia, Apple Pay initially launched with support for the Saudi Payments Network (MADA), Alinma

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MEFTECH Innovation Awards 2019 Shortlist Announced

H.E. Dr. Ahmed Abdulkarim Alkholifey, the Governor of Saudi Arabia Monetary Authority (SAMA) will officially open MEFTECH, on 24th February 2019, 9:00 am at the Four Seasons Hotel, Riyadh presenting the opening speech at the leading two-day banking, Fintech and

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Leading Fintech Experts to Gather in Riyadh For MEFTECH 2019

MEFTECH, the longest running Banking & Financial Technology event in the MENA region, has announced its lineup of industry expert speakers on Fintech from across the world ahead of the two-day conference at the Four Seasons, Riyadh from 24th –

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