Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) opens first contact-less, cashier-less store

ADNOC Distribution, the company’s retail arm has opened ADNOC Oasis outlet,
a fully autonomous shop in the UAE, as the beginning of its rollout of AI-powered stores. Customers can buy goods without using a scanner or interacting with a cashier, and they can pay by tap, either with a bank card, doing a QR code scan, or by using their Emirates ID.

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