Saudi Arabia

SABB and Geida Launches Tap-on-Phone Payment Option in Saudi

SABB and Geidea launched a partnership to launch an app-based tap-on-phone (SoftPoS) solution under the enablement and guidance of Saudi Payments. The payment acceptance process via smartphones combines SABB’s digital banking services with Geidea’s payments acceptance technology expertise. The initiative

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Saudi Central Bank Grants 2 More Licenses to Payment Companies

The Saudi Central Bank (SAMA) has granted two licenses to International Digital Solutions Co and Azm Fintech Co to provide payment services. This brings the total number of payments companies licensed by SAMA to 13 companies. This step comes from

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Saudi Licenced Fintech Startup Hala Closing a $6.5 Million Series A Round

Hala (previously Halalah) one of the first fintech startups to obtain the full SAMA license, secures $6.5 Million (24.3 Million SAR) Series A round. The round included the participation of Impact46 Growth fund, Wamda & strategic investors. With the recent

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Saudi Crowdlending Platform Lendo Secures $7.2 Million in Series A Funding Round

Saudi-based crowdlending platform Lendo announced that it has successfully raised US$ 7.2 million (SR 27 million) in Series A within a year of its launch. The Series A round was led by Derayah Ventures, with participation from Seedra, Shorooq Partners,

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Saudi Central Bank Launches Instant Payment System Sarie

The Saudi Central Bank (SAMA) launched the instant payment system sarie, under the patronage of His Excellency Governor of the Central Bank Dr. Fahad bin Abdullah Al-Mubarak. Commenting on the achievement, the Central Bank Governor said that the launch of

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Saudi Central Bank Set to Launch Instant Payment System Available 24/7

The Saudi Central Bank (SAMA) has announced that it will be launching a round the clock instant payment system effective from 21st of February onwards. Upon its activation, the system will allow financial institutions, companies, and individuals to complete transactions

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Saudi Arabia: Open Banking Expected to Go Live in H1 2022

The Saudi Central Bank, previously known as Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA), is planning to go live with open banking during the first half of 2022. The Go-Live Phase will be the third and last phase of SAMA’s open banking

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Irish Fintech Global Shares Expands Footprint to Saudi Arabia

Global Shares, an Irish equity compensation management solutions provider, announce that it has opened an office in Saudi Arabia’s capital, Riyadh. The company has 16 other offices across Europe, America and Asia. Global Shares said that the Middle East is

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Saudi Fintech Startup Hakbah Secures USD 1.2 Million Seed Funding

Hakbah platform, a Saudi-based fintech startup that specialises in alternative savings and savings groups, announced the closure of its seed round with a value of USD 1.2 million (SAR 4.5 million). Details of the investors were not disclosed. The startup

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Saudi Fintech Tamara Raises US$ 6 Million in Largest Seed Funding Round in the Kingdom

Tamara, a Saudi-based buy now pay later platform, announced the closure of its seed funding round with an investment of 22.5 million Saudi riyals (US$ 6 million) led by the Impact46 Venture Capital Fund. The startup reported that this is

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