Mastercard Users Get Samsung Pay in the UAE

“The support arrives along with the assurance that it uses the Mastercard Digital Enablement Service, or MDES, to enhance transaction security with ‘EMV, tokenization, cryptography and biometrics’, according to a statement from Mastercard.”

Mastercard has announced its support for Samsung Pay in the United Arab Emirates.

Mastercard Users Get Samsung Pay in the UAEThe news comes shortly after Samsung announced an “early access” program for the country with respect to its mobile payment platform earlier this month. Now, Mastercard has announced that service is available to cardholders from select banks in the country, including Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank, Emirates NBD, Mashreq Bank, National Bank of Abu Dhabi, RAK Bank, and Standard Chartered Bank.

The support arrives along with the assurance that it uses the Mastercard Digital Enablement Service, or MDES, to enhance transaction security with “EMV, tokenization, cryptography and biometrics”, according to a statement from Mastercard. While Samsung itself offers such security measures via its devices’ fingerprint scanners – and, soon, facial and iris recognition – and the Samsung Knox platform, Samsung Gulf Electronics Head of IT and Mobiles (B2B) Mohammed Gharaibeh commented that Samsung’s security “works seamlessly with Mastercard Digital Enablement Service”.

The UAE is the fifteenth major market in which Samsung Pay is now in service, having most recently debuted in India and Sweden.