United Arab Emirates
News about the NFC market in United Arab Emirates — trials, pilots, tests and live services.
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...
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...
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...
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...
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.
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...
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...
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.
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.
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.
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...
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...
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.
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
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...
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.
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...
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.
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...
May 19th, 2009
The bank and the telecoms operator are to run a six month pilot in Dubai, ahead of a commercial NFC launch later this year.