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Dubai government electronic payments rise 60% in H1

RTA, DEWA and Dubai Customs see most transactions in first six months.

Dubai government electronic payments rise 60% in H1
TRANSACTIONS SOARING: The value of electronic transactions taking place through government portals in Dubai soared by 60% in the first six months of 2010. (Getty Images)

Electronic payment is swiftly becoming an accepted part of life in Dubai, with the value of transactions taking place through government portals soaring by 60 percent in the first six months.

Around $300m was collected through ePay on behalf of the 22 Dubai government departments that take part in the scheme.

The system collected 835,000 transactions, a seventeen percent rise on the number carried out in the same period last year.

The top three departments in terms of transactions were the Roads & Transport Authority (RTA), the Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA) and Dubai Customs.

Ahmed Bin Humaidan, director general, Dubai eGovernment, said: "This service allows both corporate and individual customers to complete ePayment for government services in three ways - credit cards, e-dirham and direct debit from the customer's account in participating banks."

He added: “It is worth noting that the use of the direct debit option grew from 13,000 transactions in the first half of 2009 to 23,000 transactions in the same period this year."

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