If you are a resident of Dubai or UAE, you cannot travel anywhere for getting your wallet at home. You just need to have your iPhone with you which will take care of all kinds of payments from now on.
Apple has officially launched its very own digital wallet i.e. Apple pay in UAE today. So people who possess credit cards form any of these you a bank including Emirates NBD, RAK Bank, Mashreq, Standard Chartered, Emirates Islamic or HSBC, and an iPhone 6 or an upper model, will be able to pay in most of the stores using Apple Pay.
The vice president of Internet Services of Apple pay, Jennifer Bailey, told the Gulf News on a phone call from their headquarters in Cupertino, California that, “We are incredibly excited to bring Apple Pay to the UAE starting October 24, so customers can have an easy and secure and private way to pay in stores, in apps, and on the web and, of course, using the devices they carry with them every day,”.
People can pay their bills anywhere in the entire UAE where contactless payment is possible. like there are many wireless credit card reading machines available to the retailers all across the region, which can accept payment through Apple Pay.
this is the first time I pill Play services has been made available in the Middle East, and with the latest edition of UAE, a total number of countries where Apple Play services are available, have reached 20.
Before Apple finalize their decision to launch Apple pay in the Middle East, did too a lot of factors in consideration like the popularity and uses of credit cards as well as the iPhone base in the country.
Bailey added to his conversation with the Gulf News stating, “ As you know, moving towards cashless transactions is part of the UAE’s government strategy, which has been supported by many of the leading banks in the market. With the rollout of Apple Pay, we believe more consumers will encourage its use and accept making contactless payments in the UAE.”
A lot of users in the region have been suspicions of using their credit cards online because of security reasons. and this is the reason why the Cupertino company is trying to educate the users about the various security details that come along with apple pay.
Bailey said that they have design Apple pay in such a manner since the beginning, that it does not store any kind of credit card information on the iPhone, on the Apple server, and don’t even share them with the merchants. in addition to that, Apple does not even know what the individual is buying, from where she or he is buying, and what actually is the amount that you are paid for it. this process used by Apple pay is known as “ tokenization” which makes the user data a lot more secure.
How to Use Apple Pay
In order to use Apple Pay, just go to your Wallet on your iPhone and follow the instructions coming on the screen to add a credit card.
You can also use your iPhone’s camera to read all of your credit card details.
When you like to make a payment using Apple Pay, just hold your phone near to the contactless payment terminal of the retailer.
After this, the iPhone is going to verify your identity which you can confirm by entering your passcode or TouchID, and the payment will be done.
However, you will need an iPhone 6 running on iOS 11 or later, an iPad Pro, iPad Air 2, or iPad mini 3 running on iOS 11 or later or a Mac running on MacOS Sierra or later or an Apple watch device for contactless payment. In addition to that, you also need to select your default region as UAE, an iClud account and a credit card from one of the banks that we mentioned above.
Some of the stores that are accepting Apple Pay include Apple Store, Boots, Debenhams, Starbucks, Mango, Harvey Nicolas, Virgin Megastore, Zara, Homecentre, VOX Cinemas, Reiss, Babyshop, Ikea, Sharaf DG, Nero, Marks & Spencer, Costa and a lot more.