As wearable payment solutions gain popularity in the UAE, Emirates NBD has announced its support of Fitbit Pay and Garmin Pay, making it the first bank in the Middle East to offer this service.
Emirates NBD has taken the lead in supporting new, easy and accessible ways to pay. Fitbit Pay and Garmin Pay are designed for people on the go, enabling them to make quick and secure payments via their Fitbit and Garmin wearables respectively, wherever contactless payments are accepted.
To make purchases, customers will need to add their Emirates NBD Credit or Debit Card details to Fitbit Pay and Garmin Pay.
Commenting on the announcement, Suvo Sarkar, Senior Executive Vice President, Head of Retail Banking and Wealth Management, Emirates NBD said: “Emirates NBD is committed to providing customers with products that offer a seamless user experience and easy, enhanced access. Our partnership with Fitbit and Garmin reinforces our commitment to creating frictionless payment experiences for our customers with an active lifestyle, as we continue to lead banking innovation and digitisation in the region.”
Contactless payment solutions like Fitbit Pay and Garmin Pay use near field communication (NFC) technology to transmit card information, which replaces the need to authenticate via chip and pin. Users can load their credit or debit card information directly to their Fitbit Pay and Garmin Pay wallets, allowing them to pay in an easy and convenient manner while on the move.