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Fintech: The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Region May Experience Significant Increase in the Use of Financial Technology Platforms Due to COVID-19

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), an intergovernmental political and economic union consisting of the Arab states of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, is expected to experience a significant increase in the use of Fintech platforms and services. The anticipated… Read More

New MENA Region Fintech Report Released by Dubai-based Global Ventures, a Leading VC Firm

Global Ventures, a Dubai-based venture capital firm that recently finalized a $50 million investment round, has released a new report that discusses the state of Fintech in the Middle East region. Global Ventures’ extensive 59-page report covers the ongoing growth and development of the Fintech… Read More

Fintech: Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority to Allow 9 More Financial Technology Firms to Participate in National Regulatory Sandbox Program

The Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA), the nation’s reserve bank which is also responsible for ensuring the growth and soundness of the Kingdom’s financial system, confirmed on April 19, 2020 that it will allow nine more Fintech firms to provide services through a regulatory sandbox… Read More

Banking Challenger Moven Partners STC Pay to Introduce New Banking Service for Young People in Saudi Arabia

Two Fintech companies are teaming up to develop a new banking service for young people living in Saudi Arabia, who may prefer to make cashless payments from their mobile devices. Digital Bank challenger Moven, which was established by Brett King in 2010, will be partnering… Read More

Nexo Standards Names Saudi Payments First Member From Saudi Arabia

Nexo Standards, a Brussels-based nonprofit organization for global payments, announced on Tuesday it has named Saudi Payments its latest Principal Member and the first in the association’s history from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.  According to Nexo Standards, Saudi Payments is a wholly-owned subsidiary of… Read More

HPS, a Payments Technology Firm, Chosen by Saudi Arabia Monetary Authority to Provide QR-based Payment Solution

HPS, a payments technology and services company, has reportedly been chosen by the Saudi Arabia Monetary Authority (SAMA) to offer a QR-based payment platform. The HPS deal is part of the Middle Eastern country’s larger Fintech development initiative. HPS will be overseen by Saudi Payments,… Read More

G20 Issues Joint Statement, Questions Big Tech in Fintech, Urges Implementation of FATF Rules for Virtual Assets

Yesterday, the G20 issued a joint communique outlining shared goals for the group of the larget 20 economies in the world. The actual event is being hosted by Saudi Arabia with meetings ongoing. The document, embedded below, recognized the value of “digitalization of the economy”… Read More

VC Division of World’s Most Profitable Firm Saudi Aramco Invests $5 Million in Blockchain-based Oil Trading Platform, Vakt

The venture capital division of the most profitable firm in the world, Saudi Aramco, has reportedly invested $5 million in a blockchain-enabled oil trading platform, called Vakt. Vakt’s management confirmed the news on January 28, noting that Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures is now among its… Read More

Fintech in the Middle East: Saudi Arabia Might Be Shifting Economic Focus from Oil to Financial Technology

Crude oil production in Saudi Arabia slowed down considerably last year, from 10,643 BBL/D/1K in December 2018 to only 9,890 BBL/D/1K in November 2019. Steady and continuous drops in crude oil production may be attributed to several different factors, such as the attendant impact on… Read More

Saudi Arabia-based Riyad Bank Invests $26.7 Million into its Newly-Launched Fintech Startup Investment Program

Saudi Arabia-based Riyad Bank, one of the largest financial institutions in the Middle Eastern Kingdom, has decided to invest SAR 100 million (appr. $26.7 million) into its newly-launched Fintech startup investment program. Riyad Bank says it’s planning to accelerate the launch of new financial products… Read More

Saudi Capital Market Authority Approves Multiple Fintech “Experimental Permits” for Equity Crowdfunding

This week, the Saudi Capital Market Authority (CMA) approved multiple “Financial Technology Experimental Permits.” The regulator granted the permits to: Buthoor Solidarity, Afaq and Emkan Alarabiya. Each company received permission to create an equity crowdfunding platform. The permission was given by Royal Decree No. (M/30)… Read More

Saudi Finance Ministry: Virtual Currencies Not Approved

The Saudi Ministry of Finance has warned Saudi citizens that transactions involving cryptocurrencies could have “negative consequences” for traders because they occur, “outside the monitoring umbrella within Saudi Arabia,” Zawya reports. According to FX Street, the country’s “Special Governmental Committee for Awareness on Dealing with… Read More

Vocalink Teams Up With Saudi Payments to Introduce Real-Time Payments to Saudi Arabia

International payment systems provider Vocalink, a Mastercard company, announced last week it has partnered with the Saudi Payments, a fully owned subsidiary of the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA), to launch real-time payments in Saudi Arabia. According to Vocalink, the partnership will enable account-to-account payments… Read More

Temenos Announces New Partnership With Al Rajhi Bank

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Temenos AG (SIX: TEMN), the Switzerland based banking software provider, announced on Wednesday it has been selected by Al Rajhi Bank, a Saudi Arabia-based bank, to enhance its Islamic lending and financing product capabilities. The bank has opted for a complete renovation using Temenos T24 Transact as well as… Read More

Saudi Arabia and UAE To Test Cryptocurrency for Cross Border Payments

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Following a meeting of The Executive Committee of the Saudi-Emirati Coordination Council, the UAE and Saudi Arabia have announced plans to collaborate on a “joint pilot cryptocurrency” for possible use in cross border banking, Emerati state news agency WAM reports. The initiative is one of seven… Read More

Executive Committee of the Saudi-Emirati Coordination Council Holds First Meeting; Announces Launch of Saudi-Emirati Pilot Cryptocurrency

The Executive Committee of the Saudi-Emirati Coordination Council reportedly held its first meeting in Abu Dhabi with the participation of all 16 members from both sides to follow up on the execution of the joint initiatives outlined in the Strategy of Resolve. According to UAE’s… Read More

Blocktech Partners With Taibah Valley to Launch Blockchain Lab at Saudi Arabia’s Taibah University

U.S.-based blockchain technologies firm Blocktech announced on Friday it is partnering with Taibah Valley to launch the Blockchain Lab at Taibah University in Madinah, Saudi Arabia. According to Blocktech, the launch will be directed by artificial intelligence (AI) expert, Professor Walaa Alharthi, and it is claimed to… Read More

Saudi Arabia Capital Markets Authority Opens Second Batch of Applications for Fintech Experimental Permits

On Monday, the Saudi Arabia Capital Market Authority announced it was opening applications for the second batch of the country’s Financial Technology Experimental Permit (FinTech ExPermit). Last year, the Authority announced the establishment of the FinTech ExPermit and opened the first batch of applications for… Read More

Ripple Update: National Commercial Bank of Saudi Arabia Has Joined RippleNet; Currency Exchange Also Moves into Japan

On Thursday, Ripple announced the National Commerical Bank (NCB) of Saudi Arabia has joined RippleNet. According to Ripple, NCB was the first bank established in the country and, as of today, it is one of the largest financial institutions in the Middle East with more than… Read More

Saudi Monetary Authority Prohibits “Unauthorized Virtual Currencies”

Citing “negative consequences,” “high risks,” and a lack of “government supervision,” the Saudi Standing Committee for Awareness on Dealing in Unauthorized Securities Activities in FOREX Markets has officially declared, “Unauthorized virtual currencies…illegal inside the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.” The announcement came August 12th in the… Read More

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