Apple Pay is 'Coming Soon' in Saudi Arabia

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Apple today announced that Apple Pay is "coming soon" in Saudi Arabia, without providing a more specific timeframe.


The Saudi Payments Network (MADA), a major payment system in Saudi Arabia, also confirmed that it will soon introduce support for Apple Pay.

#Saudi Payment Network (MADA) announces it will soon Introduce #apple pay in #SaudiArabia 🇸🇦 Visit us at https://t.co/eE9VdOyjxb pic.twitter.com/KjpQYmWq7u - People Of Saudi Arabia (@pplofKSA) October 5, 2018

Saudi Arabia would become at least the 30th region where Apple Pay is officially available. Apple Pay is also set to launch in Germany later this year, as Apple CEO Tim Cook confirmed on the company's earnings call in late July.

Apple Pay first launched in the United States in October 2014, and has since expanded to many other countries, such as the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, China, Singapore, Switzerland, France, Japan, Spain, Italy, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Russia, New Zealand, Brazil, Poland, Ireland, and Ukraine.

(Thanks, Abdullah and Ahmad!)

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madKIR

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Reading this web-site almost from the days of creating and this is the first time i've decided to write here. Please, there is no need in THE in front of Ukraine.
and that linguistic change occurred almost 20 years ago lol
No surprises there though, as some Americans still say Russia when they talk about Kiev and Chernobyl. My co-worker does it all the time. No matter how many times I correct her, she keeps saying this nonsense, "oh my sister and her family went to Russia, they were in Kiev". You should see my eyes rolling like 10 times LOL
 

weckart

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Ukraine, not 'the' Ukraine. It's only been 27-odd years since Ukraine left the Soviet Union.
 
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Reading this web-site almost from the days of creating and this is the first time i've decided to write here. Please, there is no need in THE in front of Ukraine.
Ukraine, not 'the' Ukraine. It's only been 27-odd years since Ukraine left the Soviet Union.
I took out the. I was unaware of the history behind its usage. Now I know! Thanks
 

madKIR

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and that linguistic change occurred almost 20 years ago lol
No surprises there though, as some Americans still say Russia when they talk about Kiev and Chernobyl. My co-worker does it all the time. No matter how many times I correct her, she keeps saying this nonsense, "oh my sister and her family went to Russia, they were in Kiev". You should see my eyes rolling like 10 times LOL
In German, the Ukraine has an article.
That is a linguistic change that happened when Ukraine became a separate country after the collapse of the Soviet Union. However, many people still use the definite article in both English and German. It's more of a habit, but it's no longer correct.
 

justperry

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Does Face ID work with burkas?
Just FYI, AFAIK you mix up the Burka with the Niqāb, the latter is common in S.A., the former one is worn in some parts of Pakistan and in Afganistan amongst a few others, the Niqāb (Mostly black colour) covers the face while the Burka covers everything, even the eyes, there's a mesh cloth in front of the eyes.
I know it's worn in the North of Pakistan, been there.

There are still lots of TouchId iPhones, for sale as well so I guess most women (Covered faces) prefer that one instead of the X iPhones.
 

magicschoolbus

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Just FYI, AFAIK you mix up the Burka with the Niqāb, the latter is common in S.A., the former one is worn in some parts of Pakistan and in Afganistan amongst a few others, the Niqāb (Mostly black colour) covers the face while the Burka covers everything, even the eyes, there's a mesh cloth in front of the eyes.
I know it's worn in the North of Pakistan, been there.

There are still lots of TouchId iPhones, for sale as well so I guess most women (Covered faces) prefer that one instead of the X iPhones.
Ahh - yes - that's what I was thinking of.
 

weckart

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That is a linguistic change that happened when Ukraine became a separate country after the collapse of the Soviet Union. However, many people still use the definite article in both English and German. It's more of a habit, but it's no longer correct.
The use of the definite article in German is more random and historic. Switzerland gets one, for example, as does Slovakia, which they never had in English. It doesn't mean much in itself in German. On the other hand the definite article does have a specific purpose in English geographic descriptions, including names of countries, which is why still referring to, say, Argentina as the Argentine may cause offence.
 

UhFive

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Isn't FaceTime still banned there? Small steps I guess.
Ive been living here over a month now and use FaceTime almost everyday...so I’d say no, but can’t confirm
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I've never been. How's NFC support at terminals there? Were terminals just recently upgraded?
Everywhere I have been uses these terminals...I’d say this update will roll it out to pretty much every business in Riyadh.
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That is a linguistic change that happened when Ukraine became a separate country after the collapse of the Soviet Union. However, many people still use the definite article in both English and German. It's more of a habit, but it's no longer correct.
That might be the case for English, but not for German.
In German all country names that have male or female gender generally are used with an article. There was no linguistic change, and even the Ukranian embassy uses it that way.
 

madKIR

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That might be the case for English, but not for German.
In German all country names that have male or female gender generally are used with an article. There was no linguistic change, and even the Ukranian embassy uses it that way.
Yes, that’s correct. I studied German and somehow totally forgot that the article there has a different function. It also stands for gender, so I stand corrected.
 

hussain918

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I've never been. How's NFC support at terminals there? Were terminals just recently upgraded?
All terminals and cards support Contactless payments. They also released an app called "madapay" on Android, which is an apple-pay equivalent for Android.
 
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