Monday 10, April 2017 by Jessica Combes

Emirates Digital Wallet LLC in final development stage–UBF

The establishment of Emirates Digital Wallet LLC, a company owned by 16 shareholding banks and fully sponsored by the UAE Banks Federation (  UBF), has reached its final development stage.

The launch of Emirates Digital Wallet is set to introduce a society-wide cash transformation to digital, and mark a major milestone in the country’s push towards a cashless future.

“Our objective, since the initiation of this project and subsequently moving from blueprint to implementation, is for banks to establish a dedicated entity and take direct responsibility for expediting the process of digital transformation in the UAE. We are proud that this initiative, a true milestone for UBF and an essential building block of the UAE’s Smart Government initiative, is completing its pre-launch stage in coordination with the Central Bank of the UAE, we are eagerly looking ahead to the industry-wide implementation of this massive project in the months to come. We are very confident that the company will add a major boost to the country’s push towards a digital economy,” said HE Abdulaziz Al Ghurair, Chairman of the UAE Banks Federation.

Initiated by UBF in 2014, the initiative is fully supported by the country’s banking sector and will be regulated and supervised by the Central Bank of the UAE. The project has been developed and implemented under the aegis of UBF by a special committee representing the 16 partner banks that hold equity stakes in the entity.

“We would like to commend the efforts of the UAE Banks Federation and all its member banks as well as the Central Bank of the UAE in successfully initiating and completing this remarkable project, that is set to benefit all players of the industry. As a step forward in the right direction, the successful development of this major initiative reflects the strength of the collaboration done between all parties on industry level, and their shared vision to drive the UAE’s cashless vision and digital evolution to all UAE citizens and expats, while also promoting greater financial inclusion,” said HE Mubarak Rashed Al Mansoori, Governor of Central Bank of the UAE.

In launching a secure mobile phone app to replace traditional cash payments, Emirates Digital Wallet is offering consumers and businesses in the UAE an effective and convenient way to receive, store and transfer money, while setting the path for the country’s transition to a digital future.

“A key objective of Emirates Digital Wallet is to further work towards significantly increasing financial inclusion, and bring large segments of the unbanked population into the folds of banking services and mainstream development processes, as well as offering its services to tourists and visitors to the UAE” said Al Ghurair.

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