Saudi Arabian, stc pay, has received approval from the Saudi Central Bank to proceed with its transformation into STC Bank. This beta launch will enable selected users to upgrade their accounts from an stc pay digital wallet into an STC Bank account. They will also be provided an International Bank Account Number and additional banking services, according to a statement.

With the upgrade, the subsidiary of stc Group will provide Shariah-compliant banking services and financial solutions while ensuring the utmost security and customer protection through cutting-edge financial technologies.

This move aligns with the KSA’s broader fintech strategy and the goal of establishing the country as a global hub for financial technology and innovation. The digital wallet’s transition into STC Bank will be a significant addition to the Saudi banking sector.

The statement said that this beta launch is limited to preselected customers and is a preparation for a full public launch later this year.  

This aligns with the objectives of the Financial Sector Development Program, as retail consumer e-payments serve as a significant key performance indicator within the plan.    

Earlier this year, the General Manager of Binance in KSA noted that the KSA could be close to issuing crypto regulations. The move by STC Pay to become STC Bank and the recent moves by STC Bahrain into the blockchain and crypto arena is interesting to say the least.