Emirates NBD, the largest bank in Dubai, announced that its debit and credit card customers can now pay via Google Pay.
Since contactless payments are gaining popularity in the UAE, the bank, which invests AED1 billion in banking and payment technologies, said it is leading in supporting new, simple and affordable payment methods.
Google Pay allows users to make fast and secure payments through their Android devices, where contactless payments are accepted.
To make purchases, customers will need to add a Emirates NBD Visa and MasterCard credit and debit card to Google Pay.
Suvo Sarkar, Senior Executive Vice President, Head of Retail Banking and Capital Management, Emirates NBD said: “Turning on fast, easy, and secure payments is key to our customers. Our partnership with Google Pay reinforces our commitment to making seamless payments for our customers as we continue to drive banking innovations and digitization in the region. ”
Google Pay uses a near field transceiver (NFC) to transmit information about the card, thereby replacing the need for authentication via chip and pin.
Users can upload their card details directly to their Google Pay wallet, making it a safer and more convenient transaction method.
Girish Nanda, general manager of the UAE and Oman on Mastercard, added: "The UAE remains at the forefront of digital transformations, and the launch of Google Pay increases the country's commitment to moving to a cashless society."
Shahbaz Khan, country manager of the Visa group in the UAE, said: “The rapid transition to mobile and digital has a profound impact on our business, our industry and our partners, including banks and merchants. With the launch of Google Pay Visa, all mobile payment options are available to customers and enable them to accept payments from consumers regardless of which device a consumer uses at payment terminals. ”
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