RAKBANK sends First Emirati Girl ever to become UEFA Champions League mascot

RAKBANK sends First Emirati Girl ever to become UEFA Champions League mascot through the Mastercard Priceless Experience

Shahad Ibrahim Hasan Alhosani, a seven-year-old Emirati girl who has a passion for football and an admiration for the football legend Lionel Messi, has won the opportunity of a lifetime.

The Priceless Experience was made possible for her through a competition for applicants of Mastercard Credit Card from RAKBANK. The competition was hosted on RAKBANK’s Social Media platforms.

Shahad won the grand prize – a Priceless Experience to the UEFA Champions League quarter-final between FC Barcelona and Manchester United, where she became the first Emirati girl mascot ever to walk with the legend Lionel Messi. Mastercard is the official sponsor of UEFA Champions League.
Shahad’s mother entered her into the RAKBANK Social Media competition where she shared a short video clip of Shahad celebrating her goal scoring moment. As part of the experience, Shahad walked alongside the FC Barcelona team at Camp Nou stadium in Spain, one of the most iconic football stadiums in the world.

A huge fan of the FC Barcelona superstar, Shahad was the first young Emirati girl ever to win such a spectacular prize, and was star struck upon meeting her idol. Adding further excitement for her, Messi went on to score two magnificent goals and led his team to a 3-0 victory.

“I never thought I would ever be able to meet Messi in my life. He’s the best footballer in the world and I could not be happier to be able to meet my hero. I want to thank Mastercard and RAKBANK for making this happen. This is the best gift I’ve ever received and I will always remember it,” said Shahad Ibrahim Hasan Alhosani on her experience.

Working closely together, RAKBANK and Mastercard have always shared a dedication to innovation, and this unique competition offers RAKBANK Mastercard credit cardholders the opportunity to create such priceless moments.


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 36 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.


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