mada, Visa promote safe digital payment practices

Ziad Al-Yousef, managing director of mada.
Updated 27 May 2019
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mada, Visa promote safe digital payment practices

The Saudi Payment Network (mada) and digital payments leader Visa has launched “Stay Secure,” a consumer education campaign that aims to promote safe digital payment (card and mobile) practices among Saudi consumers. The Visa-mada 2019 security campaign addresses consumer concerns and provides relevant tips and advice to help consumers protect themselves against payment-related frauds. This is the second successive year that mada and Visa have partnered on this initiative. Previously running for one week, this year’s campaign will run for one month.
Visa and mada surveyed consumers across the Kingdom regarding security of digital payments. Saudi consumers are increasingly comfortable paying and transacting with cards overall (in-store and online), with 89 percent of respondents finding cards more secure than cash.

Among online shoppers and e-commerce users, card payments remained the predominant mode of payments (66 percent) driven by factors such as security (82 percent), budget management (66 percent), and availability (60 percent). Eighty-two percent of the respondents claimed to have started making more card payments online in the past two years.
Ziad Al-Yousef, managing director of mada, said: “We are excited to partner with Visa on the ‘Stay Secure’ campaign as it gives us a sense of consumers’ security concerns and enables us to address them effectively. Saudi Arabia’s payments landscape is rapidly evolving to offer online shoppers with a range of payments options.”


Rove At The Park opens in Dubai Parks and Resorts

Updated 17 June 2019
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Rove At The Park opens in Dubai Parks and Resorts

Rove Hotels, a contemporary midscale hotel brand, has opened its sixth hotel in Dubai — Rove At The Park — in Dubai Parks and Resorts, the largest integrated theme park destination in the region. As the opening offer, guests can stay at Rove At The Park for 199 dirhams ($54) per night inclusive of two tickets to Dubai Parks and Resorts.
Rove At The Park has 579 rooms and interconnecting family rooms. Guests at Dubai Parks and Resorts can access more than 100 fun rides and attractions spread across Motiongate Dubai, Bollywood Parks Dubai, Legoland Dubai and Legoland Water Park. This is in addition to free access to themed zones, street ambiance and numerous shops and restaurants at Riverland Dubai.
On the opening of the new hotel, Paul Bridger, corporate director of operations, Rove Hotels, said: “Guests love Rove Hotels for their convenient locations, funky interiors, chilled ambience and great service, which have made the brand one of the most popular in the city. We are excited to open Rove At The Park, our sixth and largest property in Dubai. The hotel offers a launchpad to discover Dubai Parks and Resorts and the rest of the city.”
Ahmed Al-Rayyes, chief retail and hospitality officer, DXB Entertainments, the company that owns Dubai Parks and Resorts, said:
“Dubai Parks and Resorts is a dynamic leisure destination with attractions that appeal to families, couples, and theme park enthusiasts from around the globe. With the opening of Rove At The Park, guests will have easy access to a vibrant new hotel that is perfect for residents looking for a quick weekend getaway. Opening a second hotel is part of Dubai Parks and Resorts’ strategy to have more than 1,300 keys at the destination by the second half of 2020. We look forward to welcoming even more tourists who will now be able to enjoy rides and attractions at the park, with the option of a conveniently located hotel in the vicinity.”
Rove At The Park is just over half an hour drive from the Dubai International Airport and the Al-Maktoum International Airport. Additionally, the hotel is just minutes away from the future Expo 2020 location, making it convenient for visitors traveling to the exhibition.
The design of Rove At The Park is inspired by the local area and uses art to tell stories and offer Instagrammable moments throughout the hotel. All 579 rooms house a 48-inch interactive TV screen with a smart media hub and free Wi-Fi. The rooms have designer mattresses, pull-out beds for extra guests, a mini-fridge, a large safe, and a modern bathroom with power rain showers.