All global digital wallet services for cards such as Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, and Google Pay are now accepted in Qatar which has enabled visitors especially during the FIFA World Cup Qatar to process and complete their digital payments.
Qatari banks have launched several payment services amid growing demand for the popular mobile payment and digital wallet service among banking customers in the country. The largest financial institution in the Middle East and Africa, QNB Group launched Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, and Google Pay to broaden customer access to one of the most advanced and secure digital payment methods.
Also, other banks such as Dukhan Bank, QIIB, QIB, Commercial Bank, Ahli Bank and Doha Bank have introduced innovative payment solution to its customers who use these digital wallet payment platforms. With the rising demand for contactless transactions, and customers preference to use simple and secure payment solutions which offers seamless and convenient digital payment experience.
Ooredoo, Qatar’s leading telecommunications operator made Apple Pay available on Ooredoo App last year. The payment service is secure payment method for iOS users. Also, it announced the customers with Android devices can use Google Pay on the Ooredoo App which enables in-app, online and in-person contactless payments on Android mobile devices.
Ooredoo continues to make it easy for its customers to recharge and pay with options such as Google Pay, Apple Pay, Nojoom Points, and local & international credit cards using Ooredoo App.
Vodafone Qatar also introduced Apple Pay for customers to use for easy, secure and private payments in the My Vodafone iOS app. Apple Pay is a secure contactless payment method for in person, in iOS apps, and online purchases that can be authorised and completed directly from any iPhone, cutting the need for cash transactions or carrying physical bank cards. Also last year, Vodafone Qatar’s Infinity Payment Solutions (IPS), a separate financial entity and 100 percent subsidiary of Vodafone, announced the launch of iPay, Qatar’s first licensed e-wallet.
Recent data released by Visa on December 8, 2022 revealed that 88 percent of Visa payments at official FIFA World Cup Qatar venues have been contactless. For Qatar 2022, Visa enabled more payment terminals in official venues than ever before.