Saudi Arabia

Abu Dhabi Proptech Startup SmartCrowd Secures Saudi Fintech Licence

SmartCrowd Holdings, a regional pioneer in fractional real estate investments, has been granted a FinTech experimental license by the Saudi Capital Markets Authority (CMA). SmartCrowd is currently working on completing business requirements for the upcoming launch of its Real Estate

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Robo Advisers Are on the Rise in the MENA Region

Wealth managers in the MENA region are expecting strong growth in the number of robo advisers and digital only wealth managers, new research for behavioural finance experts Oxford Risk shows. Its study with independent financial advisers and wealth managers in

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Hyperpay Raises $36.7 Million Led by Mastercard

KSA-based and MENA servicing payments services provider HyperPay has successfully raised $36.7 million (SAR 138 million) in a funding round led by Mastercard with investments from Amwal Capital Partners and AB Ventures. Founded by Muhannad Ebwini, HyperPay offers merchants a

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6 Fast-Growing Fintechs from Saudi to Keep a Close Eye on

These past few years have seen Saudi Arabia’s fintech sector gaining strong momentum, a growth that’s been fueled by favorable market conditions, the country’s dynamic startup ecosystem and booming funding activity. Between 2020 and 2021, the number of fintech companies

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Banque Saudi Fransi Taps Backbase to Elevate Its Customers’ Digital Experience

Banque Saudi Fransi (BSF) has announced a new partnership with Backbase, an engagement banking platform provider, to transform its digital customer experiences. The bank said in a statement that the Backbase platform will enable a superior customer experience for its

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Amazon Payment Services Appoints Country Head For Strategy and Growth in Saudi Arabia

Amazon Payment Services, a payment service provider operating across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, has announced the appointment of Mona Alsemayen as the Country Head, Strategy and Growth for Amazon Payment Services in Saudi Arabia. Peter George,

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2022, a Breakout Year for Open Banking in Saudi Arabia

In Saudi Arabia, open banking is taking off, driven by a conducive regulatory landscape, increased competition in the financial sector, and rising investors’ interest. A new report by fintech research firm WhiteSight in partnership with homegrown fintech company Mod5r takes

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Saudi Central Bank Permits 3 New Open Banking Solution Provider Through Its Regulatory Sandbox

The Saudi Central Bank (SAMA) announced granting “Bwatech”, “Rabet”, and “Mala’a”, the permit to operate under its Regulatory Sandbox, bringing the total number of its permitted FinTech companies to 35. The announcement came during the Global Entrepreneurship Congress sponsored by

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Saudi Central Bank Licenses 3 New Payment Fintech Companies

The Saudi Central Bank (SAMA) announced the licensing of three new companies specialized in finance and electronic payments, during the Global Entrepreneurship Congress sponsored by His Royal Highness Mohammad bin Salman, the Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of

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Saudi Arabia: Rising E-Commerce Activity Fuels BNPL Usage

Buy now, pay later (BNPL) arrangements are becoming increasingly popular in Saudi Arabia, a trend that has been fueled by the e-commerce boom and embraced by the country’s youth, tech-savvy population eager to adopt what they feel is a more

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