Emirates NBD, Dubai's largest bank, has announced that its debit and credit card customers can now pay via Google Pay.
As the contactless payments gain popularity in UAE, the bank, which is investing in AED1 billion in banking and payment technology, said it has taken the lead in supporting new, easy and affordable ways to pay.
Google Pay allows users to make quick and secure payments through their Android devices, wherever the contactless payments are accepted.
To make purchases, customers will need to add their Emirates NBD Visa and MasterCard credit and debit cards to Google Pay.
Suvar Sarkar, senior executive vice president, Head of Retail Banking and Wealth Management, Emirates NBD said: "Enabling fast, easy and secure payments is a core to our customer proposition. Our partnership with Google Payments strengthens our commitment to creating seamless payment experiences for our customers, as we continue to lead in banking innovation and digitization in the region. "
Google Pay uses near field communication (NFC) to transfer card information, thus replacing the need for authentication via chip and pin.
Users can load their card details directly to their Google Pay wallet, making it a safer and more convenient transaction method.
Girish Nanda, general manager, UAE & Oman at Mastercard, added: "The UAE is still at the forefront of digital transformation, and the launch of Google Pay strengthens country's commitment to driving the shift towards a cashless society."
Shahebaz Khan, Visa's country country manager for UAE, said: "The fast shift to mobile and digital is having a profound impact on our business, our industry and our partners, including banks and merchants." With the launch of Google Pay, Visa is bringing all mobile payment options to merchants and empowering them to accept payments from consumers regardless of what device the consumer uses on payment terminals. "
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