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Paymob Gets Official Certification To Operate In Saudi Arabia

The fastest growing fintech in the MENA region has been issued with Saudi Arabian Payment Technical Services Provider certification.

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Paymob, the MENA region’s leading fintech payment provider, has announced that it can now officially provide services in Saudi Arabia, after securing Payment Technical Services Provider (PTSP) certification.

The fintech startup opened an office in Riyad in April 2023, and being given the official go-ahead by the Saudi government represents a considerable milestone for Paymob and its regional expansion plans.

Since its foundation in 2015, Paymob has enabled over 200,000 small-to-medium businesses and e-commerce merchants across North Africa and the Middle East to accept payment via 40+ online and in-store methods.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is home to over 1 million microbusinesses and small-to-medium enterprises and boasts a favorable growth rate of 12% per annum. As part of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 strategy, the government plans to increase the contribution from small businesses to the country’s GDP from 20% to 35% while simultaneously boosting the amount of non-cash transactions to over 70% of the total consumer spend.

Saudi Arabia is also experiencing extremely rapid eCommerce growth, with year-on-year transaction volumes increasing by 65%. The country’s rapid digitization and favorable market conditions make it an excellent fit for digital payments enablers like Paymob, which has a proven history of providing highly-localized, cutting-edge solutions.

Also Read: A Guide To Digital Payment Methods In The Middle East

Islam Shawky, Co-founder and CEO of Paymob, was understandably enthusiastic about the recent certification: “Obtaining the PTSP certification in Saudi Arabia is a significant accomplishment for us. It reflects Paymob’s commitment to our KSA expansion plans while serving merchants and entrepreneurs across the Kingdom to support their growth with cutting-edge financial technology solutions. We are excited to contribute to the emerging fintech ecosystem in Saudi Arabia and to play our part in driving the Kingdom’s digital transformation outlined in Vision 2030”.

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Initial Trials Of Dubai’s Driverless Evocargo Trucks Completed

Testing was announced on July 17, and the completion is a major milestone towards upgrading the region’s logistics infrastructure.

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A Dubai-based company has completed the initial trials for the UAE’s first driverless trucks. The groundbreaking achievement by Evocargo, partnering with Dubai South, took place at Dubai South Logistics District, and marked a significant step towards incorporating autonomous technologies into the region’s wider logistics infrastructure.

Announced on Wednesday, July 17th, the trials featured the Evocargo N1 unmanned electric truck navigating a predetermined route within a controlled setting. The test involved interactions with common road obstacles such as cars, trucks, and pedestrians, aiming to evaluate the vehicle’s hardware and software reliability, accident prevention systems, and overall readiness for public road use.

Officials were keen to highlight that this accomplishment aligns with the UAE’s ambitious strategy to position itself as a global leader in innovation and technology adoption. The country aims to have 25% of all transportation in Dubai autonomous by 2030, underscoring its commitment to revolutionizing the logistics sector using advanced technologies.

Mohsen Ahmad, CEO of the Logistics District at Dubai South, emphasized the importance of the collaboration with Evocargo in enhancing the region’s logistics capabilities. He noted that autonomous vehicles are set to increase efficiency, reduce carbon emissions, and establish a sustainable logistics infrastructure that will benefit both Dubai and the wider UAE.

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Ahmed Al-Ansi, CEO of Evocargo Autonomous Logistic Services, also expressed optimism that the trials will draw new customers and investments across the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. The partnership aims to lead in innovative tech solutions, further establishing the UAE as a pioneer in autonomous transportation.

The successful completion of the trials marks a crucial step towards realizing the UAE’s vision for a technologically advanced and sustainable future in which autonomous vehicles are expected to play a pivotal role in global logistics.

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