Apple Pay expansion and integrations in Qatar

It’s already been a few months since Apple Pay rolled out to consumers in Qatar, making it the third country in the Middle East after UAE and Saudi Arabia.

While the rollout in Qatar began with two banks, more have recently joined and even a popular food ordering app has integrated it as a payment option.

Apple Pay your orders on Talabat

If you’re already enjoying the convenience of ordering your food or grocery items on Talabat, the app has now integrated it as another safer payment option. Who better to announce it than the MD of Talabat Qatar?

Of course, this is for all the iOS users and you need to make sure you’re using the latest version of the app. The option showed up as a default payment option while placing my talabat order.

Promo codes that would be linked to either MasterCard or Visa credit cards will still work, depending on which of your cards are linked to Apple Pay.

Apple Pay is now on Talabat
Image credit: Talabat

Fintech is really starting to grow in Qatar, and Talabat is looking to be setting the benchmark in embracing more convenient payment options for their users.

More banks, more users

The number of banks embracing Apple Pay has now doubled from the initial set. Account holders in CBQ (Commercial Bank of Qatar) or QIB (Qatar Islamic Bank) can now add their credit or debit cards to Apple Pay.

Credit and Debit cards from Visa/Mastercard from both banks can be added to your Apple ID. For once, I’m actually glad to see that CBQ has chosen not to reinvent the wheel since they also have their own contactless paymetn option known as CB Pay (which I hope will be retired).

If you’re wondering where to start, both CBQ and QIB allow users to add their bank cards either using their mobile app or via the Wallet app. While the official Support page on the Apple website still doesn’t show two of the new banks, expect it to be updated in the coming days.

Header image credit: Apple Newsroom

Author: Yasser Masood

Think of me as a grassroots community evangelist. Juggling social media while covering technology/digital trends across the Middle East and crossroads of society and culture, while unearthing other perspectives that pique my interests.

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