Saudi’s fintech entity Geidea just announced that it has partnered with UAE based Blockchainenabled payments platform Magnati, and FAB ( First Abu Dhabi Bank) to offer digital payments in KSA, this comes after Geidea had partnered with Blockchain payments platform WadzPay in 2022.
As per the recent announcement, The collaboration has the potential to be transformative in the Saudi payments space and is set to create exceptional value for clients, bridging the gap between advanced financial solutions and accessibility, while ensuring enhanced affordability, said the statement.
With a focus on innovation and technology, Magnati offers Payment as a Platform services that cater to a wide range of industries and businesses, encompassing integrated payment solutions, secure transaction processing, and comprehensive e-commerce solutions.
Launched in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in 2008, Geidea provides over 700,000 payment terminals (POS) across the region and serves over 139,000 trusted merchants including regional and international brands, SMEs as well as e-commerce players.
Magnati CEO Ramana Kumar said the Geidea collaboration is a testament to its commitment to serving the clients’ expansion goals in Saudi Arabia. Kumar added, “Together, we aim to revolutionise the payment landscape by introducing innovative solutions, seamless integrations, and unparalleled customer experiences. Leveraging Geidea’s innovation and Magnati’s fintech expertise, we are poised to unlock the full potential of digital payments.”
Geidea Chief Business Officer Abdullah Alshowier expressed delight at the strategic alliance sealed with FAB and Magnati to support clients in Saudi Arabia. “This collaboration will empower merchants with Geidea’s state-of-the-art payment solutions, seamlessly accepting a wide spectrum of digital payments through a unified platform. We are enthusiastic about collaborating with FAB and Magnati to drive innovation, amplify services, and extend our collective presence in the GCC region,” he added.
In June 2022 Magnati had launched its MetaV, a virtual marketplace that that provides users with richer visual and sensory information, as well as improved quality of information to shop, learn, play games, attend concerts and more online.
The platform built on Magnati’s blockchain aims to accelerate the move from two-dimensional to multi-dimensional online commerce by enabling consumers to experience e-commerce in a new, immersive way.
Prior to that Geidea had expanded its operations into the United Arab Emirates and through a partnership with Magnati.
But this is not the first partnership between Geidea and a blockchain enabled payments platform. Prior to this in November 2022, Geidea partnered with UAE based WadzPay,a blockchain enabled payments platform as well. Geidea utilized WadzPay technology for the issuance of an e-money wallet, specifically for Hajj and Umrah, to be used in over one million point-of-sale (POS) terminals deployed across multiple merchants throughout the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
WadzPay blockchain-based payment solutions allow Hajj and Umrah pilgrims to set up their own e-Money wallets on their mobile devices to be used for their expenses. Once the wallet is loaded, the pilgrim is ready to spend in Saudi Arabia with lower transaction fees and a user-friendly refund process.
The product is in final live testing and will be licensed soon. According to a tweet last week by WadzPay community member, “ We are getting closer to launch in KSA as licenses ad testing are in the final stretch. Q3 will see live terminals on WadzPay platform.”
So Geidea is moving forward with enabling blockchain digital asset payments from two major players in the region.