Google Pay works similarly to other digital wallets, such as Apple Pay, WePay and SamsungPay. Image Credit: Pexels

UAE consumers can now enjoy more options to make purchases without using cash.

Network International, a major operator of debit and credit card payments in the country, announced that its merchant partner outlets will now accept payments through Google Pay.

Google Pay is a fast, simple way to pay on websites, in apps, and in stores using credit or debit cards saved to a Google Account. It protects payment information with multiple layers of security and makes it easy to send money, store tickets, or cash in on rewards – all from one convenient place.

As the UAE’s largest acquirer, Network International has taken a lead role in enabling consumers across the country to transact using the Android-based payment solution with any of its NFC-equipped merchants.

“Digital mobile wallets are increasingly becoming one of the most rapidly growing payment methods across the world, and as a market leader in end-to-end payment solutions, we are delighted to enable acceptance of Google Pay in the UAE,” said Paul Clarke, group head of product and innovation at Network International.

“We look forward to working closely with Google Pay to facilitate easy and quick adoption across the region, and serve consumers seeking secure electronic and contactless payments options.”

Google Pay uses near field communication (NFC) to transmit card information, thus replacing the need for authentication via chip and pin. Users can load their card details directly to their Google Pay wallet, making it a safe and more convenient transaction method.

Network International acts as both the settlement partner and solution provider for all Google Pay transactions at point of sale and online via its newly introduced payment platform, which can facilitate multiple payment methods on just one device.