JCB International (JCBI), a unit of Japanese card issuer JCB, has teamed up with Network International to enable JCB Contactless acceptance in the UAE.
Using JCB Contactless, one can make payments by tapping on their card or mobile phone on a NFC-enabled reader.
The solution adheres to NFC and EMV contactless communication protocol specifications.
Both physical and online merchant network of Network International in the UAE will support the technology.
Among these merchants are Abu Dhabi and Dubai Duty Free shops.
The technology will also be supported by Dubai taxis and metro stations.
JCBI president and COO Kimihisa Imada said: “We have seen a significant uptake in JCB Contactless issuing with our partners across the globe.
“We thank Network International for their ongoing support and partnership.
“JCB Contactless payment provides a simple and more convenient purchasing experience for visitors to the United Arab Emirates, and is quick and easy for merchants to accept.”
Plans are on to further expand the reach of JCB Contactless in the UAE this year.
Network International managing director for Middle East Samer Soliman said: “As consumers’ payment preferences evolve, we are delighted to support our network of merchant partners to keep pace with new technologies, offering them a competitive edge.”