• RAK Bank, Mashreq Bank and Emirates NBD to offer digital wallets powered by MasterPass to cardholders in the UAE
  • Novo Cinemas and Aido.com already accepting MasterPass for online checkout; more major retailers expected in near future
  • MasterPass available across 13 countries globally

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Residents of the United Arab Emirates will now benefit from a more seamless, speedy and secure online shopping checkout with the launch of the innovative, global MasterCard digital service, MasterPass. MasterPass offers consumers a hassle-free way to make convenient, simple, fast and secure payments online.

Digital wallets powered by MasterPass will allow consumers in the UAE to store all their MasterCard or other branded payment card information, as well as shipping and billing address details, securely in one place. This gives them the ability to make online payments quickly, without the hassle of having to keep adding in these details for each online purchase.

“The world we shop in is constantly evolving and the ways we pay should keep pace. With a single click, tap or touch of the MasterPass button at checkout, consumers can access their preferred digital wallet and authenticate a payment,” says Eyad Al-Kourdi, Country Business Head – UAE, MasterCard. “Put simply, MasterPass is a digital payment solution that simplifies the entire shopping experience for consumers.”

MasterCard has partnered with three local issuing banks including RAK Bank, Mashreq Bank and Emirates NBD to offer digital wallets powered by MasterCard to cardholders in the UAE. In order to sign up, customers need to simply register online with their preferred issuing bank. Once that is completed, cardholders will be able to access their digital wallet when they shop at any participating merchant’s website. By selecting “Buy with MasterPass” as the payment option at checkout, consumers reduce the risk of exposing their personal information over potentially unsafe networks, and ensure that their transaction remains safe and secure.

For retailers, MasterPass provides a more secure, faster and easier way to accept payments from customers, enhancing the customer experience.Novo Cinemas and Aido.com are amongst the first merchants to accept MasterPass as a payment method at checkout, with additional merchants going live soon. As MasterPass in the UAE evolves, it will also enable in-app and in-store purchases, based on the shopping experiences a merchant wants to make available to its customers.

“According to research, over 67 percent of online purchases are abandoned before completing the payment process. With the checkout process reduced to a few clicks or taps, merchants can look forward to fewer customers discarding their online shopping trolley. With e-commerce rapidly increasing in the UAE, customers as well as merchants are looking for secure and convenient online payment solutions. MasterCard is proud to lead the way towards making cashless payments the easiest way to pay,” Al-Kourdi added.

MasterPass users can shop internationally at the over 60,000online merchants around the world that accept MasterPass, as long as their loaded payment cards comply with international standards. In the UAE, MasterPass is set to roll out across more major retailers in the near future providing local customers with a “digital one stop shop” that’s quick and convenient. .

First launched in 2013, MasterPass is available in thirteen countries including  the USA, UK, Australia, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Italy, New Zealand, Poland, Romania, Singapore, South Africa, Taiwan and now in the UAE.


Easy online checkout with MasterPass – A step-by-step guide:

Step one:

When shopping online, click the “Buy with MasterPass” button to select this payment method on checkout. The first time you use MasterPass on your desktop, laptop or mobile device, select the digital wallet you want to use. MasterPass will remember your selection on that device.

Step two:

Choose the pre-loaded prepaid, debit, or credit card you want to use for payment from your wallet.

Step three:

Enter your 3DSecure code when prompted to authorise payment.

Step four:

When the transaction is successfully processed, you and the merchant receive payment confirmation.


About MasterCard

MasterCard (NSYE: MA), www.mastercard.com is a technology company in the global payments industry. We operate the world’s fastest payments processing network, connecting consumers, financial institutions, merchants, governments and businesses in more than 210 countries and territories. MasterCard’s products and solutions make everyday commerce activities – such as shopping, traveling, running a business and managing finances – easier, more secure and more efficient for everyone. Follow us on Twitter: @MasterCardMEA and @MasterCardNews join the discussion on the Cashless Pioneers Blog and subscribe for the latest news on the MEA Engagement Bureau.

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Stephanie King, H+K Strategies, stephanie.king@hkstrategies.com