Makes it easier for Chinese customers to do cashless transactions.
WeChat Pay is officially coming to the UAE through Mall of the Emirates, the first mall to support it. They are also the first shopping destination in the UAE to own a verified WeChat account.
Chinese visitors who regularly use WeChat Pay can now use the service to pay for purchases including dining at restaurants inside the mall. The support was made possible through Royal Cloud Pay that provided the retailers the ability to accept payments made through the app. Almost all of the key brands already support WeChat Pay, with more retailers hopping on board in the next couple of months.
WeChat is currently the most popular chatting platform for the Chinese where it has an 83 percent usage from all smartphone users in the country. WeChat Pay is also the preferred form of payment, where the 9 out o 10 Chinese prefer to use cashless transactions.
“We are also very proud to announce our collaboration with Tencent to offer simpler digital payment solutions through WeChat Pay. Having this e-wallet feature at the mall is a significant step in enhancing our Chinese visitors’ experience and create great moments whenever they visit. They can also take advantage of customized services and a wide range of choice, from the best hotels to family leisure options all in one place,” said Fuad Mansoor Sharaf, Managing Director for Majid Al Futtaim Properties – Shopping Malls (UAE, Bahrain & Oman).
Mall of the Emirates is also running a ‘Red Packet’ rewards program for WeChat Pay users. From January 28th to February 28th, users can scan a QR code to collect discount coupons which will then be applied on the WeChat Pay account when they make a purchase.