Samsung Pay officially launches in the UAE

Well, that was an extremely short “early access phase”

27 April 2017
by Stuff Staff

We reported earlier this month that Samsung had begun trailing its mobile payments service, Samsung Pay in the UAE with a select group of customers across several banks.

It looks like that trial went better than expected because at an event last night in Dubai, the Korean electronics manufacturer announced that it would be officially rolling out the service effective immediately.

The UAE is the first country in the Middle East to introduce Samsung Pay and only the 14th in the world behind others such as the US, Korea and Russia. Yay us!

Samsung Pay works with both the company’s patented Magnetic Secure Transmission (MST) technology, as well as NFC. This means its compatible with pretty much any point of sale terminal you’d regularly use either a credit or debit card on to make a transaction.

Samsung has also managed to get all the major banks on board including the ADCB, HSBC, Emirates NBD, Mashreq, National Bank of Abu Dhabi, RAK Bank and Standard Chartered. The only caveat being, of course, that you’ll need a compatible Samsung device to use it.

If you’re sporting another kind of Android handset or, heaven forbid, an iPhone, then you’re going to be stuck using more outdated forms of payment like some kind of cash-carrying heathen.

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