NBO unites with UnionPay to drive mobile payments

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Official Reporter
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NBO-UnionPay Partnership
Officials during the signing ceremony.

National Bank of Oman (NBO) and UnionPay International have entered into a strategic partnership to introduce contactless mobile payments in Oman.

Under this strategic partnership, NBO will become the first bank in Oman to launch UnionPay acceptance and will enable all its terminals for accepting UnionPay contactless payments where cardholders can use their mobile wallet, like ApplePay, and mobile banking app or contactless cards.

As a result of this partnership all major merchants in Oman will be able to offer UnionPay contactless payment to customers. UnionPay contactless payment solution provides the most cost-effective, secure, and seamless payment experience at the point of acceptance for merchants and cardholders.

Tariq Atiq
Tariq Atiq
Chief Retail & Digital Banking Officer

“NBO is the first local bank in the Sultanate of Oman, and we are proud to announce that NBO is the first bank to launch UnionPay card acceptance in Oman. UnionPay acceptance across our merchant network will help our customers grow their business by empowering them to accept cards from the largest international payment scheme. NBO is now pleased to welcome cardholders from China, currently the biggest trading partner for Oman. We hope this partnership will flourish further and we can offer more products from UnionPay to our customers and business partners in the future. We aim to enable all our merchants to begin accepting UnionPay cards by mid-next year, making NBO the first network of UnionPay card acceptance in Oman.”

This tap-and-go payment experience will also empower merchants to accept cards not only issued from China, but also from a growing network of over 75 countries where UnionPay has established a strong card issuance business. UnionPay is the largest payment scheme in the world with its acceptance network spread across more than 180 countries.

James Yang, General Manager of UnionPay International Middle East, commented that, “UnionPay International is excited to partner with NBO in revolutionizing innovative payments in Oman. By opening their doors to cardholders from over 75 countries, including the largest segment of customers traveling from China, we strongly believe that the contactless payment experience will support local businesses to scale up their business.”

“The payment solution will feel similar to what our Chinese customers experience in their home country using mobile banking apps, ApplePay, Samsung Pay, Huawei Pay, Mi Pay, and physical UnionPay contactless payment cards. We are confident this solution will open doors to new categories of merchants willing to accept UnionPay cards, offering customers a new secure, fast, and seamless payment experience,” Yang further added.

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