Samsung Gulf Electronics, a subsidiary of South Korean electronics giant Samsung Electronics, has announced early access programme for its mobile payment service, Samsung Pay, in the UAE ahead of the comprehensive roll out.
The mobile payment service enables owners of select Galaxy devices to tap their NFC-enabled smartphone at a contactless POS to make payments virtually at anyplace.
At the outset, Samsung Pay has secured support from six major banks in the UAE, including Mashreq Bank, Emirates NBD, National Bank of Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank, RAKBank and Standard Chartered.
Samsung Gulf Electronics head of IT and mobiles (B2B) division Mohammad Gharaibeh said: “Since the introduction of Samsung Pay, we have seen great momentum and experienced significant consumer adoption in the countries where it is now active.
“We are excited to be in the early access phase of bringing this service to the UAE and we hope to introduce this value-added service to the entire public permanently very soon, in order to drive and lead innovation in mobile commerce. In addition, Samsung Pay also provides consumers in the UAE with a safe, smart and better mobile wallet.”
Currently available in 12 countries, Samsung Pay helps to protects user’s information with a fingerprint or PIN authentication.