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Our Vision

Be the foundation for digital payments enabling a thriving national ecosystem

Our Mission

Empowering the payments ecosystem with flexible and interoperable back-end services supported by secure, reliable and accessible infrastructure

Saudi Payments

Saudi Payments is a wholly owned subsidiary of SAMA with the mandate to continue the legacy of SAMA by continuing to develop secure, interoperable national payment infrastructure, serving banks and fintechs equally, and providing the required standardization to ensure all providers have a level playing field.


  • 1952
    Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA) was established in the Era of King Abdulaziz, may Allah bless his soul, under royal decrees issued on 20/4/1952.
  • 1990
    April, 1990, SAMA established the Saudi Payment Network (SPAN), aiming at encouraging the use of E-transactions provided by the banking system.
  • 2004
    SADAD Payments System (SADAD) was launched on 3/10/2004.
  • 2015
    In 2015 mada was born, which is the new identity of SPAN, that represents the innovative generation of electronic payments in Saudi Arabia.
  • 2018
    In 2018 Esal went live.
  • 2019
    In 2019 the General Department of Payment Systems and SADAD Payment System merged under the name of Saudi Payments.

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Why Saudi Payments?

At Saudi Payments, we believe that our success starts with each individual's contribution and hence we invest in the skills and expertise of each individual to make that happen. We aim to create a work environment that is collaborative and innovative enabling individuals towards achieving their full potential and we are focused towards making progress in this ever-evolving world by encouraging innovation within the organization as managing and maintaining payment solutions is the most crucial aspect of our business strategy.
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