Gekko cards offer payment options
Doha, December 6, 2010
Cardholders of the lifestyle card launched by Gekko, a provider of ‘smart solutions’ for luxury communities, will now be able to use the contactless card as a payment mechanism.
Piloted earlier this year, The Pearl-Qatar Lifestyle Card is the first multi-purpose contactless card in Qatar. The card can be used by eligible members as a payment card worldwide, while also providing access to a range of financial and non-financial applications across The Pearl-Qatar community.
Visitors with international contactless cards can also opt to transact using the same technology.
“On a global scale consumer purchasing habits are indisputably changing in favour of cashless payments. In line with Qatar’s 2030 National Vision, Gekko leverages its expertise in building ‘smart’ platforms that capitalise on this shift in market dynamics,” said Eric Lebrun, chairman of Gekko.
Linda McAlpin, head of marketing & communications, noted: “Our customised solution for The Pearl-Qatar is one that not only introduces advanced technological convenience to luxury living, but also allows our client to extend exclusive benefits to cardholders.”
“Gekko is proud to be one of the first in Qatar to assist in promoting the adoption of this exciting card technology and will be taking proactive steps to educate the community on its numerous benefits,” he added.
At launch, proposed later this year, the lifestyle card will initially offer cardholders exclusive credit card benefits, including attractive interest rates, payment holidays, online monthly statements and special ‘members only’ privileges.
As the platform develops, the card’s integrated capability will be enhanced further to provide cardholders with additional non financial applications including contactless access to selected areas, such as car parks, residential buildings and leisure facilities.
“This Lifestyle Card is not for everyone – it is a smart solution specifically designed to synchronise the rhythms of The Pearl-Qatar community,” added McAlpin.
Gekko is a joint venture set up in 2009 between United Development Company (UDC) and The Commercial Bank of Qatar (CBQ). – TradeArabia News Service