The contactless payment service, where your phone acts like a bank card, is available to customers from six banks here in the Emirates: Mashreq, Emirates NBD, Emirates Islamic, RAK Bank, HSBC, or Standard Chartered.
You’ll need an iPhone 6 or later, and for your iOS to be up to date. Setting up Apple Pay is easy – go to the Wallet app in your phone and follow the instructions for adding a card. Once you’re good to go, you’ll just need to hold your phone near the card reader and verify your purchase with either your thumb print or your passcode (so you know it’s safe to use).
Apple’s competitor Samsung launched Samsung Pay in the UAE in April.