UAE Mandates Jaywan Debit Cards for All Banks, Phased Rollout Underway

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In a recent announcement, banks in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) revealed plans to introduce Jaywan debit cards in a phased manner. This initiative aims to replace the existing 10 million-plus debit cards in circulation over the next two-and-a-half years.

UAE banks to introduce Jaywan debit cards

In a bid to enhance banking services and streamline payment systems, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is embarking on a significant transformation. With over 10 million debit cards currently in circulation, the UAE Banks Federation (UBF) has announced plans for a gradual replacement process spanning the next two and a half years.

Chairman Abdulaziz Al Ghurair emphasized the necessity for a methodical approach to replace the existing debit cards with the newly introduced Jaywan cards. Recognizing the magnitude of the task at hand, Al Ghurair highlighted the importance of phased implementation to ensure minimal disruption to banking operations. The transition will allow banks to shift focus from issuing multiple branded cards to exclusively offering Jaywan cards, thus streamlining the banking landscape.

Banks and financial institutions plan to start rolling out Jaywan debit cards in stages starting in the second quarter of 2024. Andrew McCormack, Chief Operating Officer at Al Etihad Payments (AEP), outlined an ambitious growth strategy for Jaywan, aiming to establish partnerships with select entities for initial distribution. Subsequently, the UAE Central Bank will mandate all banks to issue Jaywan cards, ensuring widespread availability for customers across the UAE.

McCormack elaborated on the versatile nature of Jaywan cards, highlighting their compatibility with both the Mastercard and Visa networks. This dual badging enhances the card's utility, particularly for UAE residents who frequently travel internationally. By leveraging partnerships with major payment networks, Jaywan cards offer seamless transactions not only within the UAE and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) but also in India. This strategic approach underscores the commitment to providing customers with enhanced financial accessibility and convenience.

Global Expansion Prospects

Al Ghurair expressed optimism regarding the future acceptance of Jaywan cards beyond regional borders. Anticipating agreements at the GCC level and bilateral arrangements with key markets such as China and India, the initiative aims to position Jaywan as a preferred payment solution on the international stage. The collaborative efforts with established partners like Mastercard and Visa further reinforce the commitment to extending Jaywan's reach globally.

The phased replacement of debit cards with Jaywan marks a significant milestone in the evolution of banking services in the UAE. By prioritizing innovation and efficiency, this initiative reflects a proactive approach to meeting the evolving needs of customers and adapting to emerging trends in the financial landscape. As the UAE transitions towards a unified payment ecosystem, Jaywan emerges as a versatile and globally accepted solution, poised to redefine the future of banking in the region and beyond.

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