A report earlier this week showed that Apple Pay will launch in the Czech Republic next week. It now appears that Apple Pay also comes to Saudi Arabia the same day.
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According to local ads from Al-Rajhi Bank in Saudi Arabia, Apple Pay will launch in the country February 19, 2019. It's the same date that has been rumored for a Czech's launch of Apple Pay as well. The Czech Republic report suggested Apple had embarked on a 6:00 local time embargo on the launch of Apple Pay in the country.
In October, Apple claimed the Apple Pay support "came soon" to Saudi Arabia. At that time, Saudi Payments Networking also confirmed that it would support NFC-based mobile payment standards. Al-Rajhi Bank is the only bank that refers to the Apple Pay support so far.
This would not be the first time Apple has launched Apple Pay in several countries at the same time. Back in November, the function launched in Belgium and Kazakhstan the same day.
Recently, Apple Pay expanded to Target and Taco Bell in the United States. However, some companies like Kroger continue to resist the platform. Kroger recently presented Kroger Pay, a QR code option for Apple Pay.
Apple Pay continues to expand into new banks and financial institutions. Find the complete list of supported Apple Pay banks and credit unions worldwide. Read our full guide to set up Apple Pay if you haven't.
Also Apple Pay will start in Saudi Arabia next week pic.twitter.com/k5IPznJe4Y
– mooodi February 16, 2019
There were rumors that it will start simultaneously in several countries.
– Štěpán Vácha (@ visionar007) February 16, 2019
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