Tag Archives: Middle East

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 »

HID Global’s Mobility and Latest Smart Card Solutions Help Shape Connected Environments in the Middle East

By | April 17, 2017

Dubai. UAE, April 17, 2017: Organisations across the Middle East are increasingly investing in mobile access control solutions and seeking to upgrade from legacy to the latest smart card technologies in order to create more connected, smart environments. Enabling the use of smartphones and wearables to open doors for greater mobility, and moving to advanced smart card technology… Read More »

UAE Resident Alert: Beware of These Credit Card Frauds

By | April 5, 2017

There’s lot to learn from the experiences of these UAE residents being conned by fraud card transactions.  You are entitled to a ‘free’ credit card the moment you open a bank account. While using credit/debit cards make your life easy as you don’t have to carry cash anymore, it might come as a shock to receive a message… Read More »

Afghanistan – Govt Given 90 Days To Roll Out Electronic ID Card System

By | March 29, 2017

Mohtat said BICIA will start by hiring staff, including technical teams, and will implement the preliminary phase in Kabul. “Soon we will announce our hiring process and we will give opportunities to our previous employees that were already trained, and who we invested in,” he said adding that testing the electronic ID card system would however take about… Read More »

Meezan Bank, MasterCard Launch Pakistan’s First Contact Less Payment Solution

By | March 28, 2017

KARACHI: Meezan Bank, the first and largest Islamic bank of Pakistan, in partnership with MasterCard, a leading company in the global payments industry, has announced to launch Pakistan’s first contactless card solution. Card solution is an innovative product that has been developed to further strengthen the country’s digital payment eco-system, says release here on Monday. Meezan Bank’s new… Read More »

Dubai – Philippine Embassy Not To Release Passports Today

By | March 26, 2017

DUBAI: There will be no release of passports at the Philippine Embassy in Abu Dhabi (AUHPE) on March 26, Sunday. However, those with appointments for processing and encoding are expected to be there on time. The diplomatic mission released on Friday a public advisory about the suspension of the release of passports scheduled on Mar.26 because of the… Read More »

Saudi Telecom Company (STC) Collaborates With OT (Oberthur Technologies) And Huawei To Pioneer Solutions Around Esim Technologies

By | March 14, 2017

Saudi Telecom Company (STC), the largest ICT services provider in the MENA* Region, OT (Oberthur Technologies), a leading global provider of embedded security software products and services, and Huawei, a leading global ICT solutions provider, have teamed up to pioneer the introduction of remote subscription management solutions in the MENA Region and develop new opportunities around eSIM technology.… Read More »

OMA Emirates’ centralized card issuance solution to enable efficient and flexible services for QIIB

By | March 6, 2017

OMA Emirates Group, a provider of cutting edge technology for the payment industry has been contracted to provide a high-end in-house centralized card issuance solution to QIIB, a leading bank in Qatar. The deployment will entail a state-of-the-art EMV chip card issuance system with top of the range hardware and supported with the OMA Emirates’ suite of software… Read More »

No One Can Forgery in Electronic National ID Cards Process: Baher

By | March 5, 2017

After Adjustment of the 6th Article of the Population Registration Act and adding of word “ Afghan” now Chief of the Identity and Digitalization of  Electronic National ID Cards Zemaray Baher said no one can forgery in Electronic National ID card process . Chief of the Identity and Digitalization of Electronic National ID Cards Zemaray Baher said, “There… Read More »

Israel – Knesset approves making biometric ID cards mandatory

By | February 28, 2017

Final version of law will obligate citizens to put facial recognition information in national database, but not necessarily fingerprints The Knesset on Monday passed a controversial law that will obligate all Israeli citizens to obtain biometric ID cards, with their personal information being stored in a national database. Proponents of the law say it is necessary to prevent… Read More »