Gulf Advantage Automobiles promotes ‘The Voice Kids’ at the Saudi International Motor Show

The latest from Renault at the Saudi International Motor Show in Jeddah.
Updated 01 January 2018
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Gulf Advantage Automobiles promotes ‘The Voice Kids’ at the Saudi International Motor Show

Gulf Advantage Automobiles (GAA), importer of Renault, promoted “The Voice Kids” program for the first time in Saudi Arabia at the Saudi International Motor Show in Jeddah from Dec. 17 to 21, 2017. All visitors attending the motor show with their kids had the opportunity to reveal their children’s talents and receive valuable gifts.
Gulf Advantage Automobiles confirmed the importance of its participation at the Saudi International Motor Show to showcase the latest Renault models including the Duster SUV, the Captur Crossover, the Koleos SUV, the Talisman Saloon Megane sedan and the Electric Car Twizy. All Renault models offer attractive bargains with strength, safety, functionality, stylish designs, and innovative technology at the best competitive prices in the market.
GAA also expressed great delight to allocate for the first time a specific section of the motor show to “The Voice Kids” program for children to show their passion for music and their vocal talents in a meaningful initiative that confirms the company’s support and sponsorship of many popular programs bringing more joy and happiness to all.
Renault vehicles feature the ideal and perfect balance that combines attractive prices, high quality, and competitive advantages, in addition to the adoption of the highest safety standards. Renault vehicles are tested at Renault Middle East hub in the United Arab Emirates to conform to all weather conditions in the Gulf region, which made it the preferred and number one European automotive brand in Saudi market and earned it customers’ trust and confidence.


Visa, mada launch ‘mada Pay’ app

Updated 16 July 2018
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Visa, mada launch ‘mada Pay’ app

Visa, a world leader in digital payments, announced Sunday that it has partnered with mada, the national payment scheme, to bring Saudi consumers mada Pay, the first mobile payment solution that supports contactless (NFC) transactions to launch in the Kingdom.
mada Pay is an Android-based mobile application that enables cardholders to make fast, easy and secure contactless mobile payments at NFC-enabled merchants throughout Saudi and abroad with Saudi-issued Visa cards (credit and prepaid). Visa and mada co-badged (debit and prepaid) cards can also be used with mada Pay.
The mada Pay app features built-in security technology enabled by Visa Token Service and mada Tokenization Platform that replaces card data, including the 16-digit card number, with a “token” (a random number), to protect cardholders’ account information. During the transaction, the token is selected (either a mada or Visa token) and submitted into the payment process rather than the actual card information, depending on the type of card and geographical location where the transaction occurs. This means that users of digital applications such as mada Pay are able to pay, safe in the knowledge that they are protected by multiple layers of security.
Ali Bailoun, Visa’s general manager for Saudi Arabia, said: “We’re delighted to be partnering with mada to launch mada Pay, the first digital application of its kind in Saudi Arabia, a secure and innovative cashless solution made possible by our joint secure tokenization technologies. This initiative reflects our commitment to supporting Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 by leveraging our global capabilities and solutions to help build a secure, seamless and modern payments infrastructure that will facilitate the shift toward cashless commerce.”
Ziad Al-Yousef, general manager of the General Department of Payments Systems at the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA), said: “Offering consumers a digital application is an important step forward in supporting the government’s efforts to achieve Vision 2030. We are pleased to be partnering with Visa and other international players to deliver such a safe, convenient and interoperable new way to pay.”
Earlier this year, Visa released the results of an independent study conducted by Roubini ThoughtLab and commissioned by Visa, “Cashless Cities: Realizing the Benefits of Digital Payments,” which examined the economic impact of increasing the use of digital payments in major cities around the world.
“Our Cashless Cities study shows that increased usage of digital payments, such as cards and mobile payments, could yield a net benefit of up to SR25.12 billion annually to consumers, businesses, and government in Riyadh. Today’s partnership is a great example of how Visa, the leading digital payments company globally, is well positioned to work with our partners in government — as well as across banks and merchants, in unlocking the financial benefits of moving toward digital payments,” added Bailoun.