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Apple Pay arrives in the UAE

Apple Pay will enable customers in the UAE to make secure purchases in stores, in apps and on the web without using a credit or debit card

The tech titan's digital wallet will enable users to make payments.
The tech titan's digital wallet will enable users to make payments.

Apple has officially launched Apple Pay, its near field communication (NFC) payments service for iPhones, in the UAE.

The tech titan's digital wallet will enable users to make payments using iPhone SE and later, as well as the Apple Watch, however only on its iOS 11 platform.

To enable the service, customers will require a debit and credit card linked to one of the six UAE financial institutions: Emirates NBD, Mashreq Bank, HSBC, RakBank, Standard Chartered and Emirates Islamic.

At present, there are more than 20 million contactless-ready locations globally where Apple Pay is live - including more than 4.5 million locations accepting Apple Pay in the US alone. 

Apple Pay said momentum is now strongest in international markets where the infrastructure for mobile payments has developed faster than in the US, with 3 out of 4 Apple Pay transactions happening outside North America.