Apple Pay launches in Saudi Arabia and the Czech Republic


Apple in talks to bring Apple Pay to Israel
Apple Pay continues its rollout around the world.
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Apple Pay has rolled out in Saudi Arabia and the Czech Republic, marking its 33rd and 34th markets.

In Saudi Arabia, Apple Pay is supported by the Saudi Payments Network (MADA), Alinma Bank, Al Rajhi Bank, Bank Aljazira, the National Commercial Bank, and Riyad Bank.

In the Czech Republic, it is supported by Air Bank, Ceska sporitelna, MONETA Money Bank and Twisto.

News of the newly available service was shared on Twitter, where users tweeted about their enthusiasm at using the new service.

Apple Pay’s arrival in the Czech Republic had been heavily rumored to arrive on February 19. Apple had, meanwhile, revealed that Apple Pay was “coming soon” to Saudi Arabia as far back as October 2018.

Launching in multiple markets

Launching in multiple markets on the same day is not unheard of for Apple Pay, although it’s less common. On November 28, 2018, Apple Pay launched in both Kazakhstan and Belgium at the same time.

Its biggest launches have included up to four markets on the same day. These have included Sweden, Denmark, Finland, and the United Arab Emirates in October 2017, and Ireland, Guernsey, the Isle of Man, and Jersey in March 2017.

Originally, Slovakia was rumored to be launching today as well, but Slovakia and Slovenia both remain on the coming soon list.

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