The UAE will be the first country in the Middle East to witness the launch of the RuPay card, "an Indian indigenous equivalent of Mastercard or Visa", during the visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi this weekend, a top Indian diplomat said.
"A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish a technology interface between the payment platforms in India and UAE would be exchanged between the National Payments Corporation of India and UAE's Mercury Payments Services. This will enable the RuPay card to be used at point-of-sale terminals across the UAE," Navdeep Singh Suri, the Indian Ambassador to the UAE, said in an exclusive interview on Wednesday.
"The UAE is the largest and most vibrant business hub in the region. It hosts the largest Indian community, receives the largest number of Indian tourists and has the largest trade with India. By becoming the first country in the region to introduce the RuPay card, we expect that each of these elements of tourism, trade and the Indian diaspora will benefit," he explained. India has already launched RuPay card in two other foreign countries, Singapore and Bhutan, the envoy said.
"We will have substantive bilateral discussions to further deepen our relationship across multiple sectors during the prime minister's visit," Suri said.
Modi will receive the Zayed Medal, the UAE's highest civilian award, during the visit. "We deeply appreciate the decision of the sagacious leadership of UAE (in this regard)," the ambassador said.