Mashreq banks on Siri
The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation has declared Sunday, October 2 an official paid holiday for all public sector and private sector employees in the UAE to celebrate the upcoming Islamic New Year. Saqr bin Ghobash Saeed Ghobash, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation, made the announcement following provisions of Article 74 of Federal Law No8 of 1980 concerning labour relations. Both sectors return to work on Monday. Several more public holidays are expected before the end of the year, including Commemoration Day in late November, UAE National Day in early December and the Prophet Mohammed’s birthday in mid-December. A UAE bank is offering its customers the chance to make voice-activated transactions via Apple’s Siri function. Aref Al Ramli, Head of Electronic Banking and Innovation at Mashreq, said: “The integration empowers customers to make quick and safe payments. “The voice empowered payment option is always connected, ready and fast. “We are proud to announce this feature.” First-time users will need to download the new iOS 10 update and register for voice banking services. Transactions up to Dhs500 can be done through Siri.