We’d previously reported that Apple Pay was finally coming to the UAE at an unspecified date. But now more details are available, and it’s been pretty much confirmed that the mobile payments tech will make it to the UAE before the end of the year.
Yes, Apple made some pretty big announcements with its new iPhones, Watch and AirPods yesterday (watch out for our full report on that stuff), but much more quietly, Apple has also updated its UAE website to include details of Apple Pay in the country.
What we know now is that there will be six UAE banks offering Apple Pay capabilities when the service launches. If you’re a customer of Emirates NBD, Mashreq Bank, HSBC UAE, RAKBANK, Standard Chartered, or Emirates Islamic, you’ll be given access to Apple Pay. You’ll just need a debit card from one of those banks.
Otherwise, there shouldn’t be anything different about Apple Pay in the UAE compared to Apple Pay anywhere else in the world.
In case you don’t know, Apple Pay is a mobile payments system available to iPhone and Apple Watch users. As a user, you can log your credit or debit card details on your phone, and then use your phone to make payments.
It works like other near-field communication (NFC) payments systems, only better. If you’re in a shop that has an NFC-enabled card reader, you can simply tap your iPhone onto the reader, and you’ll be prompted to let the phone read your thumb print with Touch ID. After a second, the payment will have been completed.