Tag Archives: Middle East

Israel – Most Jerusalemites Prefer Biometric Passports

By | August 15, 2017

The Population Registry on Tuesday, 23 Menachem Av, released statistics pertaining to the regular and biometric teudat zehut, the Israeli identity card. It appears that from the beginning of June 2016, no less than 149,585 biometric ID cards were issued as were 253,207 biometric passports. Interior Minister Aryeh Deri, a supporter of the biometric program and national database,… Read More »

Mastercard unveils innovation centre in Dubai

By | August 12, 2017

Mastercard, a leading technology company in the global payments industry, has unveiled its newest payment solutions and groundbreaking technologies at the latest release of its ‘MEA Innovation Showcase’ in Dubai, UAE. Featuring innovations that are shaping the future of the payments sector in the region, the location of the enhanced ‘MEA Innovation Showcase’ at the company’s regional headquarters… Read More »

10,000 Kuwaiti electronic passports being issued weekly

By | July 27, 2017

  Authorities in Kuwait are stepping up efforts to issue the new-look electronic passports to all citizens. Six specialized centres are issuing a total of 10,000 passports weekly – with a priority given to holder of passports which are nearing expiry. A security source told Alanba  newspaper that it takes an average 72 hours to issue an electronic… Read More »

Ithmaar Bank Earns Prestigious Payment Security Certification

By | July 24, 2017

MANAMA, BAHRAIN – 23 July 2017 – Ithmaar Bank, a Bahrain-based Islamic retail bank, earned a prestigious, internationally-celebrated payment security certification that puts the Bank on par with some of the best in the world. The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS) certification was awarded to Ithmaar Bank by SISA Information Security WLL, the Middle East’s leading… Read More »

You will now be getting a smart vehicle registration card for your car in Pakistan

By | July 15, 2017

The excise bureau of Punjab has declared that smart card will replace one’s vehicle’s enrollment book. The new reported smart card will highlight a close field communication chip which will show the data viewing the vehicle, for example, the chassis number of the vehicle and the expiry date of the token assessment. Additionally, it will likewise hold the… Read More »

Israel slashes price for passports ordered at Ben Gurion Airport

By | July 13, 2017

Israel’s Population and Immigration Authority on Wednesday announced a discounted price for emergency passports purchased at Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport. The discount is in compensation for the long wait times for those who wish to purchase a passport at their local Interior Ministry. Previously, citizens did not need an appointment for the Interior Ministry. However, since June 1… Read More »

Iran to Introduce Digital Health Card

By | July 11, 2017

Iran’s Social Security Organization (SSO), the largest insurance firm offering health services in the country, is set to offer digital health cards to digitize their services. According to the organization’s director, Taqi Nourbakhsh, the “Health Card” will ease Iranians’ access to primary healthcare services, CITNA reported. The details of how the cards will be used are still unknown.… Read More »

Pakistan – SBP acquires Security Printing Corporation

By | July 6, 2017

KARACHI: The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) acquired the banknote- and prize bond-printing functions of Pakistan Security Printing Corporation (PSPC) from the federal government on Wednesday. According to a press release, other functions of PSPC such as the printing of passports, national identity cards and stamp papers have been separated and vested in National Security Printing Company Private… Read More »

Pakistan – Askari Bank, UnionPay sign agreement for debit card issuance

By | June 13, 2017

BEIJING: Askari Bank Limited (AKBL) and UnionPay International, one of the world’s largest payment schemes, has entered into an agreement to issue UnionPay QuickPass (NFC) and EMV Chip Cards in Pakistan.  The initiative will allow AKBL customers to enjoy convenience of contactless payments ‘TAP & GO’ while keeping the payments safe and secure.  The agreement would allow AKBL… Read More »

Starting Thursday, Israel to Issue Only Biometric Passports and IDs

By | May 29, 2017

Monday is the last day that the Interior Ministry will issue non-biometric passports and identity cards. On Tuesday and Wednesday, the offices are closed for the Shavuot holiday and as of Thursday, June 1 only biometric documents will be issued. Anyone applying to receive, renew or replace a passport or identity card will be required to be photographed… Read More »

Afghan Refugees To Get ID Cards And Passports

By | May 22, 2017

The Afghan government will distribute ID cards, passports and birth certificates to Afghan refugees living in Iran, Pakistan and Gulf countries once a verification process has been conducted. Based on an agreement signed on Monday between the ministry of foreign affairs, the ministry of refugees and repatriations and the interior ministry, the first step will see Afghan migrants… Read More »

Pakistan – CNICs of 45,000 Balochistan employees found fake

By | May 21, 2017

QUETTA –  More than 45,000 government employees of Balochistan have been found ghost having fake or incorrect national identity cards. Ghost employees have been traced in the province after verification of the national identity cards of all 295,000 government employees through National Database Registration Authority (Nadra). As per a private TV channel’s reports, the Balochistan government, earlier, inked… Read More »

Visa to conduct training for 18,000 UAE merchants on contactless switch

By | May 10, 2017

Global payments technology company, Visa (NYSE:V), has begun a six-week intensive awareness building and training program for more than 18,000 UAE merchants aimed at accelerating the adoption of contactless payments across the country. In addition to a series of training seminars, Visa has developed a toolkit to help merchants understand and embrace contactless payments technology. Visa payWave operates… Read More »

OT Provides its Smart InHouse Solution to Bank Muscat in Oman

By | May 2, 2017

COLOMBES, France–(BUSINESS WIRE)–OT (Oberthur Technologies), a leading global provider of embedded security software products, services and solutions, today announces the launch of Smart InHouse in Muscat, a new solution based on OT’s Common Personalization System (CPS) in partnership with Bank Muscat, the flagship financial services provider in the Sultanate. Card personalization is one of the key areas of… Read More »

Gemalto supports Middle East banks with new Visa and Mastercard-certified card personalization center in Dubai

By | May 1, 2017

New card personalization center will enable region’s banks to offer enhanced and highly responsive customer service • One-stop solution for EMV card personalization, fulfilment and associated services • Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank is first to benefit from Gemalto’s fully integrated and tailored support Dubai, May 1st 2017 – Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security,… Read More »

UAE Exchange partners OT on wearable contactless payments

By | May 1, 2017

UAE Exchange, the leading global remittance, foreign exchange and payment solutions brand, and OT (Oberthur Technologies) have partnered to launch “gocash” prepaid card of UAE Exchange through the first-ever contactless payment via wearable devices (powered by “Flybuy MiniFOB” technology of OT), at the Seamless Middle East Conference in Dubai on 01 May 2017. UAE Exchange will be offering… Read More »

Digital Factors launches the first UAE brand of card printers

By | May 1, 2017

The DF range is designed for a wide variety of industries and applications, including state and local government ID programs, corporate and student ID applications, retail and healthcare Dubai, May 1, 2017: Digital Factors FZCO, the leaders in identity card printing solutions across the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region, today announced the launch of a… Read More »

Middle Easterners Issued 10,000 Fake Venezuelan Passports, Official Says

By | April 18, 2017

Venezuela illegally issued nearly 10,000 false passports to Middle Eastern citizens former director of the country’s migration office Colonel Vladimir Medrano Rengifo told a Florida-based Spanish language newspaper. Many of the fake passports and visas were distributed through Venezuela’s embassy in Damascus, the capital of Syria. “Today we don’t know where these people are, nor what they are doing,”… Read More »