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Modi at the signing of the MoU. Image courtesy: Wam

175,000 merchant locations to accept RuPay card in UAE

ABU DHABI, 25 days ago

Around 175,000 merchant acceptance locations of 21 businesses and 5,000 ATMs in the UAE will soon start accepting India’s RuPay card, it has been announced.
 
RuPay card, an Indian equivalent of Mastercard or Visa, was launched in the presence of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi who swiped his card for buying Indian sweets at a shop temporarily set up at Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi, said a Wam news agency report.
 
The UAE is the first Middle East country to witness the launch of RuPay card after its overseas launch in Singapore and Bhutan. 
 
Modi launched the card in Bahrain too during his visit to the kingdom yesterday.
 
Three prominent banks – Emirates NBD, First Abu Dhabi Bank and Bank of Baroda - will soon start issuing RuPay card in the UAE, Navdeep Singh Suri, the Indian Ambassador to the UAE, said at the launch ceremony.
 
A memorandum of understanding (MoU) to establish a technology interface between the payment platforms in India and UAE was exchanged between the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) and UAE’s Mercury Payments Services.
 
The MoU will enable the RuPay card to be used at point-of-sale terminals across the UAE. Individual businesses are expected to announce the start date of accepting the card in their outlets.
 
The representatives of 21 business groups, who were present in the launch ceremony, will be accepting the card in their merchant locations in the UAE.
 
The businesses are: NMC Healthcare, Lulu Group, Aster DM Healthcare, Landmark Group, Sobha Ltd, Apparel Group, Nikai Group, Regal Group of Companies, ITL Cosmos, Jashanmal National Company LLC, Allana Group FMCG Products, Petrochem Middle East, Transworld Group, Al Dobowi Group, VPS Healthcare, UPL Group, Conares, Al Maya Group, EPS Facilities Services Group, Emaar and DP World, according to the Indian Embassy in Abu Dhabi.
 
The UAE receives close to three million Indian tourists annually, who can use the RuPay card in the UAE.
 



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