RAKBANK, FC Barcelona and Mastercard join hands…

RAKBANK, FC Barcelona and Mastercard join hands to launch a new affinity Credit Card in the UAE

FC Barcelona Board Member, Oriol Tomàs, and the legendary football player Juliano Belletti grace the launch event

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 14th November 2018: RAKBANK’s partnership with the Spanish football club, FC Barcelona, has scored a goal for all the football club’s fans in the UAE through the recent announcement of an exclusive Platinum Mastercard affinity Credit Card.

In line with FC Barcelona football club, RAKBANK and Mastercard’s shared dedication to innovation, this partnership will pave the way for people residing in the UAE to access a plethora of benefits and rewards. The unique RAKBarçaRewards offer Cardholders various options to redeem against Barça Merchandise, RAKrewards offers on flights, hotels, shopping and more. Barça fans will also get opportunities to travel to Camp Nou, Barcelona to watch their favorite players live in action and enjoy the Camp Nou experience.

RAKBANK has also tied up with various cafés and sports lounges in the UAE where Cardholders can watch FC Barcelona matches while taking advantage of ‘Buy One Get One’ offers and up to 50% discounts on dining. Additionally, the Card comes packed with complimentary airport pick-up and drop-off services, discounts on holiday packages, special offers on football coaching, and a wide range of Mastercard Platinum shopping and travel benefits.

Frederic de Melker, RAKBANK’s Managing Director of Personal Banking commented: “The recently launched RAKBANK FC Barcelona Platinum Mastercard Credit Card aims to provide dedicated Barça fans here in the UAE access to unique rewards, exclusive discounts, and experiences. This affinity Credit Card will be the top choice for the avid Barça fans and is easily accessible to eligible UAE residents who may apply for the Card via our Bank’s website in just a few clicks”.

“The five-year strategic partnership that RAKBANK signed with FC Barcelona further fuels the Bank’s diversification strategy. This will help us develop and tap into new areas within our Personal Banking segment by giving customers access to their favourite football club through the RAKBANK FC Barcelona Platinum Mastercard Credit Card.” said Peter England, CEO RAKBANK.

Oriol Tomàs, FC Barcelona’s Board Member, said: “FC Barcelona and RAKBANK share the same vision of the business and sports world. This is the kind of association that we seek to forge with our partners. Companies like RAKBANK, with which we share values and characteristics, to share goals and challenges that will help us to grow as brands.”

Girish Nanda, General Manager, UAE and Oman, Mastercard, said: “We are proud to partner with RAKBANK for the launch of their new FC Barcelona Platinum Mastercard Credit Card. Many UAE consumers are passionate football fans, and by enabling them to demonstrate support for their team, we are enhancing their banking experience while also connecting them with their passion. The innovative technology associated with our cards offer the highest levels of security, convenience, and brings fans of the club the opportunity to start something priceless with a range of exclusive travel and lifestyle benefits.”

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About RAKBANK
RAKBANK, also known as The National Bank of Ras Al Khaimah (P.S.C), is one of the UAE’s most dynamic financial institutions. Founded in 1976, it underwent a major transformation in 2001 as it rebranded into RAKBANK and shifted its focus from purely corporate to retail and small business banking. In addition to offering a wide range of Personal Banking services, the Bank increased its lending in the traditional SME, Commercial, and Corporate segment in recent years. The Bank also offers Islamic Banking solutions, via RAKislamic, throughout its 38 branches and its Telephone and Digital Banking channels. RAKBANK is a public joint stock company headquartered in the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah and listed on the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX). For more information, please visit http://www.rakbank.ae or contact the Call Centre on +9714 213 0000. Alternatively, you can connect with RAKBANK via twitter.com/rakbanklive and facebook.com/rakbank.

About Mastercard
Mastercard (NYSE: MA), http://www.mastercard.com, is a technology company in the global payments industry.  Our global payments processing network connects consumers, financial institutions, merchants, governments and businesses in more than 210 countries and territories.  Mastercard products and solutions make everyday commerce activities – such as shopping, traveling, running a business and managing finances – easier, more secure and more efficient for everyone.  Follow us on Twitter @MastercardNews, join the discussion on the Beyond the Transaction Blog and subscribe for the latest news on the Engagement Bureau.

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