MENA based Tarabut open banking platform, which recently signed its first partnership with a crypto brokerage exchange RAIN in Bahrain, has raised $32 million in its series A, led by Pinnacle Capital. The funds will be used to bolster Tarabut’s footprint in Saudi Arabia.

Pinnacle Capital is a leading alternative investment firm that focuses on KSA investments to provide unique alternative investment opportunities. Pinnacle Capital partners have extensive transactional experience in the venture capital industry with a proven track record, including leading the first Saudi unicorn tech startup, Jahez, to a public listing. The raise also saw participation from Aljazira Capital, Visa, Tiger Global, and other leading existing investors.

Abdulla Almoayed, Founder and CEO of Tarabut Gateway, stated, “Open banking is reshaping the financial landscape in KSA and the wider Middle East, and we, at Tarabut Gateway, are proud to be at the forefront of this innovation. This fundraise reflects the potential of open banking, our advanced technology, and the trust placed in us by our partners both in KSA and globally. Tarabut Gateway’s mission is to create an open financial services sector that delivers open banking benefits to MENA’s consumers, banks, and fintechs – and the proceeds of this fundraise will help us execute our strategy and contribute to realizing the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s ambitious vision 2030.”

In KSA, Tarabut Gateway has achieved over 60% market coverage through partnerships with leading banks such as Alinma Bank, Arab National Bank, Saudi National Bank and Riyad Bank. The Saudi Central Bank (SAMA) has included Tarabut Gateway as one of the first participants in its Regulatory Sandbox, which is a key component of the open banking framework rollout.

Tarabut Gateway will also be partnering with Visa. Andrew Torre, Regional President of Visa CEMEA, said, “Next-generation digital experiences and innovation are driving the future of financial services, and open banking is a growing movement that can help consumers better access and manage finances. We look forward to partnering with Tarabut Gateway, combining our global payments network and proven local solutions with their open banking platform to allow innovative financial services across the region.”

Abdulwahab Al Betairi, Founding Partner of Pinnacle Capital, added, “We’re thrilled to be backing Tarabut Gateway’s ambitious growth plans. Their innovative approach to open banking and their strong focus on Saudi Arabia make them a perfect partner for us, and we’re excited to see them grow to new heights and contribute to the growth of the Saudi Arabian fintech space as part of the Vision 2030 strategy.” 

Prior to this announcement, Tarabut Gateway partnered with Rain. As per the announcement it would brig faster, cost effective fiat to crypto transaction to Bahrain end users and enable funding payments directly from user bank accounts without leaving Rain’s platform.

The new feature will utilize Tarabut Gateway’s open banking payment solutions to facilitate on and off-ramp (fiat-crypto-fiat) transfers for users, dramatically increasing speed and reducing errors associated with traditional bank wire transfers.

Abdulla Almoayed, Founder and CEO of Tarabut Gateway, stated at the time that crypto trading, crypto wallets and other blockchain use cases were a natural ally in opening up traditional banking and finance. He stated, “We’re delighted to unveil a solution that aims to make fiat-to-crypto transfers quicker, more secure, and cost-effective – as well as enable such funding methods directly from bank accounts. We are proud to partner with Rain to provide a user-focused approach to crypto services by bringing the advantages of open banking digital solutions.”