Saturday 16 October 2021 - 10:29:08 am

UAE consumers increasingly savvy about e-payments: Survey

DUBAI, 17th August, 2021 (WAM) -- UAE consumers have become increasingly savvy about digital payments, according to a survey conducted by Dubai Police, Dubai Economy (DED) and Visa.

Results of the survey, conducted by the three entitites as part of their annual 2021 Stay Secure consumer education campaign, show that more than a third (37%) of UAE consumers would rather switch retailers or shop on another site (35%) than wait if there were delays in completing their online purchase.

Whlist shopping online, almost one in two consumers abandon their shopping cart if they experience a delay or authentication error. eCommerce sites that offer customer reviews (51%), seamless refunds (42%) and a variety of payment options (41%) performed better in building high levels of consumer trust.

A majority (57%) are also more open to store their card information on merchant sites if this helps to improve or speed up their shopping experience, according to the survey.

The study also revealed that more than half of consumers surveyed (52%) continue to shop online with no signs of slowing down, while 43% said they are shopping less in stores despite the easing of restrictions.

Brigadier Jamal Salem Al Jalaf, director of Criminal Investigation Department in Dubai Police, said: "The findings of the study are in line with the ongoing efforts of Dubai Police, Dubai Economy and Visa in promoting the "Stay Secure" campaign to spread consumer awareness on safe digital payments and eCommerce practices. This is in line with Dubai Police's commitment to fight online fraud in collaboration with our strategic partners."

Brigadier Al Jalaf added: "Dubai Police is pleased to partner with Visa and Dubai Economy on the "Stay Secure" initiative, which will strengthen our efforts to combat fraud and cybercrime and further support the recently launched National Fraud Awareness Campaign."

Ahmad Al Zaabi, director of Consumer Protection in Dubai Economy, remarked that the online behaviour of consumers reflects their expectations of the overall shopping experience in Dubai.

"Consumers in Dubai are eager to explore and experiment, and they have access to the best and the foremost as they live in one of the most connected cities in the world. Dubai Economy has progressively ensured a safe, secure and pleasant shopping across Dubai in association with the private sector and the insights gathered in the Stay Secure survey are valuable in extending the experience online. The advantages Dubai has as a business hub, shopping destination and a Smart City when combined can provide a unique digital retailing experience for consumers."

Shahebaz Khan, general manager for the UAE at Visa, commented, "Consumers in UAE are very savvy and will not settle for a shopping experience that does not match their expectations. Merchants need to recognize this and our survey provides them actionable insights that can help them combat fraud and ensure consumers feel safe when transacting with them.

Hatem Mohamed

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