Dubai: The Ministry of Finance (MoF), in partnership with National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD), launched eDebit and eDirect services on the eve of Gitex Technology Week 2016. The eDebit service, launched for the first time in the UAE, allows payment of service fees and purchases through direct debit from the customers’ bank accounts, and the eDirect service allows topping up of eD-Wallet balance directly from the user’s bank account. The ministry also launched e-Dirham’s new partnership with the private sector to increase the number of self-service e-kiosks across the country. The e-kiosks enable users to obtain new e-Dirham cards, top them up, issue e-Dirham paper vouchers, inquire about the cards’ credit, access transaction data, and pay utility and telecommunications bills. These kiosks serve as additional channels for service payments and can be found in 630 locations including shopping centres in various emirates.