Omar Almeer: We are moving rapidly with the digital transformation process
QIIB today announces the launch of its ‘QIIB Pay’ platform providing contactless payment solutions including Fitbit Pay and Garmin Pay. QIIB customers will be able to access Fitbit Pay and Garmin Pay starting today with other services added to the QIIB platform in the future.
The launch of the QIIB Pay platform marks a significant milestone in the Bank's digital transformation process, which aims to meet customers' expectations for the best services and products from technological developments within the global banking sector.
Fitbit Pay and Garmin Pay will allow customers to add their QIIB issued credit cards to their compatible Fitbit and Garmin wearable devices. Customers will be able to make payments at points of sale (POS) locations that support contactless payment technology without the need to take their card out.
Fitbit Pay is currently available on Fitbit Sense, Fitbit Versa family of smartwatches, Fitbit Ionic, Fitbit Charge 4 and Fitbit Charge 3 Special Edition. By following simple steps in the Fitbit app on Android or iOS, users can quickly add their QIIB credit cards to their Fitbit Wallet. To make payments, consumers simply need to press and hold the left side button until their QIIB credit card is seen on their device screen, then hold the device near a payment terminal until a confirmation of payment appears. A protected PIN is chosen by the user during device set-up for an additional level of security.
To activate Garmin Pay users can use their Garmin app, which is also compatible with Android and iOS and follows similar steps.
Commenting on the launch of QIIB Pay platform and the contactless payment solutions, Mr. Omar Abdulaziz AlMeer, Cheif of Business Development and Alternative Channels Sector at QIIB, said, “We are pleased to move forward with the digital transformation process that recently picked up pace, benefiting from the momentum generated by the need for remote banking services and "contactless" payment solutions. The COVID-19 pandemic has also driven demand for more "contactless" banking services with the highest standards of security and without any additional charges. It is with great pleasure that we launch the QIIB Pay platform, which will gradually provide even more integrated payment services and solutions with the latest technological advances in the banking sector".
Mr. Omar AlMeer noted, “We reaped the fruits of our long-term investment in technology, as most of the bank’s services can now be provided remotely, without the need to visit the Bank’s branches, thus saving time and effort for the customer and increasing our operational efficiency”.
AlMeer is confident that the technological solutions and advanced services provided by QIIB to the various categories of retail and corporate customers will have a great impact on achieving the goals of the bank’s strategic plan, which focuses on driving the digital transformation process and encouraging innovation in a way that establishes the bank’s position in the market, strengthens its presence and responds to competition in the best possible way.
QIIB was established in 1990 as the second Islamic bank in the State of Qatar and is currently the third largest Islamic bank in terms of assets and market value.
The Bank provides integrated banking services to its customers through a network of branches across Qatar and an advanced digital network with vast banking solutions, advanced technological infrastructure and alternative channels that took the banking services to a new level. The bank also has diversified regional and international partnerships.