Abu Dhabi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday swiped his RuPay card to purchase one kg of laddoos at the Emirates Palace – formally launching the Indian indigenous equivalent of Mastercard or Visa in the UAE.
The United Arab Emirates is the first country in the Middle East where the RuPay card has been launched. Twelve major business outlets in the UAE will start accepting the RuPay card starting next week, Indian Ambassador Navdeep Singh Suri announced during the launch. Modi used his RuPay card for purchasing laddoos at a mock Chhappan Bhog Abu Dhabi outlet set up during the launch. “He bought one kilo of motichur laddoos by using the card,” Vinay Verma, owner and managing director of Chhappan Bhog, told the Khaleej Times. “It is great pleasure and honour for us to be part of this ambitious launch. He is going to take it (the laddoos) to Bahrain as prasad for the temple. He said he is very keen that we will be using the RuPay card,” said Verma. Suri said three banks in the UAE – Emirates NBD, Bank of Baroda and FAB – will start issuing the card from next week. (IANS)