Landmark Arabia launches online payments by SADAD

Updated 07 November 2017
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Landmark Arabia launches online payments by SADAD

Landmark Arabia, a leading retail and hospitality conglomerate in the Middle East, has launched SADAD for its customers in Saudi Arabia. Shoppers can now use this digital payment method to pay for their online purchases electronically from their SADAD account. This feature is available on HomeCentre.com, Centrepointstores.com, SplashFashions.com, MaxFashion.com, BabyshopStores.com, ShoeMartStores.com and LifestyleShops.com, as well as their iPhone and Android apps.
“We’re thrilled to announce the launch of SADAD as a new form of online payments on our brand sites and apps,” said Savitar Jagtiani, chief digital officer, Landmark Group.
“We understand how important SADAD is for our millions of Saudi customers as their gateway for electronic bill payments. In addition to paying by cash, debit cards, credit cards and Shukran loyalty points, paying by SADAD is now another safe, simple and convenient way to shop our brands online.”
To pay using SADAD, customers need to create a SADAD account and load it with money from their bank account. Once this is done, customers can shop any product from one of the brand sites or apps and select SADAD from the payment options available during checkout. Shoppers will then be redirected to their SADAD sign-in page where they can enter their SADAD username and password and proceed to pay for their order.
SADAD is one of Saudi Arabia’s most trusted payment systems. The group said it was a priority for them to integrate SADAD at the earliest. Following its online brand launches in July and August, a multi-disciplinary team within the group’s web team worked to make launching SADAD a reality.
SADAD was established in 2004 by the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA), as a way for customers to pay their bills digitally. In 2016, SAMA launched SADAD Account, which is a secure online payment option designed especially for online shopping. At the moment, 12 leading banks in Saudi Arabia offer the facility to set up a SADAD account. These include National Commercial Bank (NCB), Samba Financial Group, Riyad Bank, Saudi British Bank (SABB), Aljazira Bank, Al-Rajhi Bank, Arab National Bank (ANB), Saudi Investment Bank (SAIB), Banque Saudi Fransi, Alawwal Bank, Alinma Bank and Bank Albilad. Customers on Landmark Arabia’s shopping sites and apps can also pay by cash on delivery, credit cards, debit cards and Shukrans.


MCIT, Huawei launch Kingdom’s first IoT Lab

Updated 10 December 2018
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MCIT, Huawei launch Kingdom’s first IoT Lab

The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) and Huawei have announced the launch of the Kingdom’s first Internet of Things (IoT) lab and a fund of $1 million to support Saudi entrepreneurs. The announcement was made during the Huawei Day 2018 event held at The Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh.

The event was attended by Dr. Sulaiman Mirdad, minister adviser for IT industry development; Dennis Zhang, CEO of Huawei Saudi Arabia; and other representatives, including senior government officials, IT leaders and professionals.

The new lab will be located at Huawei’s innovation center in Riyadh and aims to provide entrepreneurs with a platform to innovate IoT applications, which will directly target the most important vertical sectors to the Kingdom.

This joint initiative between MCIT and Huawei is expected to boost the development of products and applications and promote an open and participatory IoT ecosystem. The new IoT lab is the first such innovation and development joint lab in Saudi Arabia. 

Under this cooperation, Huawei has also made available $1 million of funding to developers to accelerate the adoption of IoT in the Kingdom.

IoT development and innovation have transformed traditional industries and daily life. As hundreds of millions of IoT devices will be used for innovative services, the technology has a key role to play in digitalization across industries. Yet currently there is not much IoT adoption in Saudi Arabia, and there is a shortage in local skills and funding necessary to drive the sector forward. The lab is intended to bridge this gap, and ultimately to drive forward the Kingdom’s digital transformation forward and assist the leadership in achieving their vision of building a knowledge economy, in line with Saudi Vision 2030 and the National Transformation Plan 2020.

Dr. Ahmed Altheneyan, deputy minister for technology and digital capacities at MCIT, said: “We are proud to launch the Kingdom’s first IoT lab and fund with our partner Huawei, believing as we do that this initiative will help to promote ICT innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem, accelerate the adoption of emerging technology within the Kingdom, and support in developing the skillset and technology necessary to enable our vision and national transformation plan.”

Huawei Saudi Arabia CEO Zhang said: “Saudi Vision 2030 calls for the development of the Kingdom into an innovative and globally competitive economy through digital transformation, and our aim at Huawei is to support the success of this vision. 

We are committed to open innovation and collaboration to promote the IoT sector here in Saudi Arabia and we see the launch of this lab as another milestone in our strategic partnership with MCIT.”