UPI in the UAE

Indians can now make payments using UPI in UAE


  • Now, Indians can now make payments using UPI in UAE payments at shops, retail establishments and other merchants in the gulf nation, thanks to the partnership between the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) and the Mashreq Bank’s NEOPAY.

How does the service work?

  • It will be mandatory for users to have a bank account in India with UPI enabled on it.
  • The users will also need an application, like BHIM, to make UPI payments.

    Indians can now make payments using UPI in UAE
    Source: Newsonair
  • With the acceptance of BHIM UPI in the UAE, Indian tourists can now make seamless payments through BHIM UPI across NEOPAY enabled shops and merchant stores.
  • This partnership will play a key role in transforming the P2M payment experience for Indian travelers in the UAE.
  • The implementation of BHIM UPI in the UAE is a stepping stone toward providing a major boost to digital payments in the country.

Will UPI be accepted everywhere in the UAE?

  • No. Payments using UPI will only be accepted at those merchants and shops which have NEOPAY terminals.

Does NPCI have other such international arrangements?

  • Yes. NPCI’s international arm NIPL have several such arrangements with international financial services providers for its products, including UPI and RuPay cards.
  • Globally, UPI is accepted in Bhutan and Nepal, and is likely to go live in Singapore later this year.
  • In Singapore, a project to link UPI with the city-state’s instant payment system PayNow is being undertaken by the RBI and the Monetary Authority of Singapore.



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