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News about the NFC market in United Arab Emirates — trials, pilots, tests and live services.

Mashreq offers NFC stickers

April 7th, 2014

UAE-based Mashreq Bank is now offering its credit card customers a contactless payment sticker that can be attached to a mobile phone. Purchases of under 100 dirhams (US$27.23) can be made with the Tap n Go stickers at any of the more than 4,000 points of sale in the UAE equipped with a contactless payment terminal, without the need for a PIN or signature.

Dubai to get NFC taxi payments

October 22nd, 2013

Dubai residents will be able to pay taxi fares using a prepaid Smart Nol transit card stored on their NFC SIM from January 2014, the city’s Roads and Transport Authority has announced. Etisalat and Du subscribers have been able to pay via NFC for public transportation since September 2013.

Amodoria launches NFC jewellery range

October 2nd, 2013

Upmarket Dubai-based jewellery maker Amodoria has released a range of NFC-enabled items, including cufflinks and bracelets made with gemstones and gold and a premium leather wallet. All the items, which can be personalised to the… More

NFC transit ticketing arrives in Dubai

September 27th, 2013

Public transportation users will be able to use an NFC phone to purchase and store tickets for use on Dubai’s subway, buses and water bus services from next week, courtesy of a new service developed… More

UAE renews ID cards via NFC

July 16th, 2013

Residents of the United Arab Emirates will soon be able to renew their Emirates ID cards using just their NFC phone, Gulf News reports. The service is currently being pilot tested, is due to go live by the end of 2013 and “will act as a precursor to a host of other official services becoming available through smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices.”

AVI launches NFC loyalty in Dubai

June 14th, 2013

Monitoring systems provider AVI Infosys has launched an Android NFC loyalty and payments app aimed at retailers in Dubai. The app will “help retail businesses keep their customers loyal and connected,” the company says.

Survey reveals demand for contactless and NFC payments in Dubai

May 21st, 2013

A survey published by digital security specialist Gemalto has shown a high demand for contactless and NFC payments in Dubai, with 85% of those polled saying they would ‘like’ or ‘love’ to use their mobile handset… More

Dubai shopping mall to launch NFC and Bluetooth mobile loyalty program

May 17th, 2013

The Wafi shopping mall in Dubai is to introduce a new service that allows shoppers to collect and redeem loyalty points with their mobile phone using either NFC or Bluetooth. The service is also expected… More

Dubai to get NFC transit ticketing in 2013

October 16th, 2012

RTA, the Dubai roads and transport authority, has announced plans to introduce NFC ticketing across the emirate’s metro, bus and water bus services next year. More

NFC specialist Tapit to raise US$8m for international expansion

July 26th, 2012

The fast growing Sydney-based start-up already counts Coca Cola, RIM, Johnson & Johnson and Unilever amongst its clients and has just implemented a major new project for Australian carrier Telstra. More

Emirates government begins NFC national ID project

April 11th, 2012

The Emirates Identity Authority is to work with mobile network operator Etisalat to develop a new version of the United Arab Emirates’ national ID card that will allow both UAE nationals and expatriates living in the country to store their ID on an NFC mobile phone. More

Dubai cinemas get NFC promos

November 25th, 2011

Nokia N9 NFC phone users in Dubai are being offered free cinema ticket and popcorn vouchers for tapping their phone on smart posters and display stands located in the foyer of selected Vox Cinemas. Exit displays allow NFC phone users to tap a tag to access movie listings and a Nokia Facebook ‘Like’ page. The system was developed by UK-based NFC specialist Proxama.

Dubai Metro to get NFC?

October 17th, 2011

Gulf News reports further details of Etisalat’s NFC payments system, due to launch in the UAE before the end of 2011. Purchases will be limited to US$50 (AED 183), with no transaction fee for consumers and “a small fee” for merchants. 600 outlets in the Emirates are currently equipped to accept NFC payments, with a further 600 expected over the next six months. Etisalat is also in talks with the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) to allow NFC phone users to tap their way on to public transport.

RIM to switch on BlackBerry NFC mobile payments in Dubai

October 11th, 2011

Subscribers of UAE-based network Etisalat are set to be among the first in the world to make mobile payments on their BlackBerry NFC phones. More

NFC news in brief • 25 Oct 2010

October 25th, 2010

News in brief from the NFC world and beyond: Caen bids for NFC • Sprint adds mobile wallet • Vivotech’s Dubai deal • Microsoft tags retailers • Mobile payments boost banks • Paying cash keeps you slim • NCR buys into mobile barcodes More

Lack of handsets continues to delay Etisalat’s commercial NFC service

Lack of handsets continues to delay Etisalat’s commercial NFC service

October 6th, 2010

A lack of commercially available handsets is continuing to cause frustration at Dubai-based mobile network operator Etisalat. Etisalat originally announced in October 2009 that it would launch a commercial NFC service. But, in May this… More

Lack of handsets delays launch of commercial NFC services in Dubai

May 26th, 2010

Mobile network operators Du and Etisalat have had to put back their planned NFC commercial launches due to a lack of NFC phones, the operators have told Emirates Business 24|7. More

NFC mobile payments trial to go live in Dubai in next two weeks

NFC mobile payments trial to go live in Dubai in next two weeks

November 30th, 2009

Mobile operator Du and card issuer Dubai First have begun distributing handsets to trial participants ahead of the launch in the next two weeks of the Middle East’s first NFC mobile payments pilot. First announced… More

Etisalat partners with Emirates NBD to launch NFC in the UAE

Etisalat partners with Emirates NBD to launch NFC in the UAE

October 22nd, 2009

The largest mobile operator in the Middle East has partnered with the region’s largest bank for the launch of NFC-based mobile payments. More

Etisalat to launch NFC in the UAE?

Etisalat to launch NFC in the UAE?

September 29th, 2009

Mobile operator Etisalat has received regulatory approval to launch a new mobile payments service in the United Arab Emirates. “The telecom operator will now be able to roll out its previously announced mobile wallet account… More

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