Mobile wallets and payment apps are a great way to extend financial inclusivity to unbanked audiences, and also to get users transacting, paying and transferring money through their mobile phones. Dedicated payment apps are turning smartphones into financial powerhouses ÔÇô allowing consumers to access and pay for services on the fly. As the GCC moves towards a smart government experience to facilitate economic growth, here are some of the apps making payments on the go a whole lot easier:
e-Dirham: Included in Dubai Smart Government Innovation Annual Report 2016 as an award-winner in the e-commerce category, the app lets users make payments without needing their e-Dirham card, top up their mobile e-wallet and much more.
DubaiNow Smart Government App: With a perfect 5-star rating on the iOS App Store, this handy app puts access to government services in the palm of your hand. Pay most of your bills and fees, and track and plan your travel around the city.
Hotpay: With 4 stars on the Google Play store, this popular app lets users in Kuwait pay their mobile bills for all three Kuwaiti telcos, and buy e-vouchers for Google Play, CashU, Netflix, Amazon, PlayStation and other services.
mPay: Dubai residents can use this popular app ÔÇô with 4 stars on the Google Play store - to pay for telco and government services. Connected to the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), Etisalat, the Roads and Transport Authority and Dubai Police, mPay has been redesigned with a slick new interface to facilitate payments for mobile phone and broadband bills, DEWA bills, traffic fines, and Salik and Nol cards.
Payit Global: With a high 4.5-star rating on the Android Google Play store, this Kuwaiti app personalises your payment experience and unlocks a range of payment services for your phone. Use it to pay bills, top up phone lines, buy vouchers and access other services.
PayPal: The Top Ten Reviews site has included the PayPal app in its top ten roundup of 2016ÔÇÖs best mobile wallets. This easy and convenient app links your PayPal with your phone, and helps you make payments and transfer money around the globe.
RTA Dubai: Included in the Dubai Smart Government Innovation Annual Report 2016 short-list, the mobile app of Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) brings a range of traffic and vehicle related services straight to the palm of your hand. Users can use the app to pay for services and clear fines.
Sadad: If youÔÇÖre in Bahrain, use Sadad to pay through your mobile, anywhere and at any time. The app, available for both Android and iOS, has a solid 4-star rating on the Google Play store and enables access to over 30 services.
And thatÔÇÖs a wrap-up. Empower yourself by turning your phone into a powerful means of payment through our list of popular apps.
On the other hand if you are not a mobile payment person, you can always visit the nearest UAE Exchange branch for all your bill payment needs!