Service stations of Emirates General Petroleum Corporation (Emarat) in Dubai, Emirates National Oil Company (Enoc) and Emirates Petroleum Products Company (Eppco) will start accepting Visa and MasterCard credit/debit cards for all transactions including fuel sales, from August 4, 2013.
While a service fee of Dh2 will be applicable for fuel sale transactions using the cards, all other credit/debit card purchases at the convenience stores and other services will not incur additional charges.
The decision to resume the credit/debit card facility and the Dh2 charge on card payments for fuel purchase follows approvals from the Higher Committee for Consumer Protection at the UAE Ministry of Economy and discussions with card companies. It is in line with similar fees by various government entities, and will go towards covering operational expenditure and connectivity expenses with card providers.
Network International – the leading payment provider in the Middle East - is the chosen partner for providing integrated and fully secure payment solutions across the service stations of Emarat in Dubai, Enoc and Eppco, accepting both Visa and MasterCard.
Network International will introduce its pioneering EMV chip and pin solution to enhance cardholder security across Enoc and Eppco network of stations, and at Emarat stations in Dubai which is another example of its innovative payment solutions and services. Along with EMV, the terminals will also accept contactless smart cards adding to the convenience of motorists and shoppers.
Fuel distribution companies in the UAE stopped accepting credit/debit cards for fuel transactions in 2007.
The resumption of the facility aims to enhance customer convenience while addressing the operational costs involved in providing credit/debit card payment facility.