Dubai Health Authority joins e-Dirham scheme

DHA will accept e-Dirham for payments following MoU with Ministry of Finance

DHA has signed with the Ministry of Finance to join the e-Dirham scheme.
DHA has signed with the Ministry of Finance to join the e-Dirham scheme.

Dubai Health Authority has become the latest UAE government entity to join the e-Dirham system.

DHA signed a memorandum of understanding with the UAE Ministry of Finance to adopt e-Dirham and allow payment for DHA services with e-Dirham cards.

Under the MoU, DHA will use e-Dirham as a means of payment, and National Bank of Abu Dhabi, the banking partner for the initiative, will provide DHA with all of the required hardware and software. NBAD will also train DHA employees on operation and management of point-of-sale equipment.

The MoU was signed by HE Saeed Rashid Al Yateem, Assistant Undersecretary of Resources and Budget Sector at MoF; Jassim Saleh Al Awadhi, Chief Executive Officer of the Institutional Support Services Sector at the Dubai Health Authority (DHA); and Saeed Hussein Al Khoori, Director General of the UAE Government Sector at the National Bank of Abu Dhabi; in the presence of Azza Mohammed Al Suwaidi, Director of the Revenue Development Department at MoF.

HE Al Yateem commented: "The results of the e-Dirham system have proved the speed and efficiency of the system, and is considered as one of the best and safer payment methods for government service fees. The system is also based on the latest international practices in the collection of service fees. This national system is characterised by its innovative electronic features that work on saving time and effort, while maintaining high levels of accuracy and efficiency. This raises the levels of customer satisfaction and expectations."

Jassim Saleh Al Awadhi, CEO of the Institutional Support Services Sector at DHA, said: "The use of the e-Dirham system to collect fees by the Dubai Health Authority will help to keep abreast with the latest global developments in payment systems and offer the best digital and smart services. The e-Dirham system is a significant initiative to ensure delivering quality services to customers, as well as raising the level of security and accuracy in facilitating financial transactions."

Saeed Hussein Al Khouri, director general of the UAE Government Sector at the National Bank of Abu Dhabi said: "Signing the MoU with the Dubai Health Authority widens the scope of institutions using the e-Dirham system, and represents joint cooperation between local governments and the private sector in the field of electronic payment. The agreement also comes in line with our aspirations at the National Bank of Abu Dhabi to contribute to the development of e-services in the country. Sitting within a recent context of numerous great advancements in public and business service delivery, the expansion of the e-dirham system will contribute to improvements in the overall business environment helping to place the UAE at the forefront of global competitiveness rates and emerging economies."

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