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60-year-old Samad Al Shan branch customer wins RO 300,000 al Mazyona quarterly prize

​MUSCAT, 7 July 2012 – Excitement gripped Salalah Tourism Festival as Oman's popular al Mazyona savings scheme from BankMuscat turned out to be a grand celebration for 60-year-old Amor bin Mohammed Salmin al Harthy from Samad Al Shan branch in North Sharqiyah governorate who won the second quarterly prize of RO 300,000. H.E. Sheikh Salim Bin Aufait Al Shanfari, Chairman of Dhofar Municipality and Chairman of Salalah Tourism Festival 2012 Organising Committee, presided at the event and picked the lucky winner.

Al Harthy, who worked as a security guard with the Ministry of Education, has been banking with BankMuscat for many years and benefited from the loyalty bonus and got his chances multiplied, thereby giving him a big chance to win the RO 300,000 prize. He is second time lucky with BankMuscat as he had won RO 2000 al Mazyona prize 10 years ago.

Al Harthy commented on the life-changing experience: “I am delighted to win this big prize from BankMuscat. This is an exciting scheme reflecting the dreams and ambitions of people. I always dreamt of winning a big prize and it has totally changed not only my life but also the future of my family."

Al Harthy has four sons married and settled in life. He said he will discuss with his children and decide how best to utlise the prize money. Al Harthy is familiar with BankMuscat products and services. Personally, he recommends BankMuscat to friends and relatives because of the many value-added services provided by the Bank. “I am very happy with the banking facilities and the helpful and courteous approach by staff."

Said Al Badai, DGM - Branches, said: “We congratulate Al Harthy for winning the al Mazyona quarterly prize. He represents the seasoned generation aware of the need to maintain prudent savings habits. Notably, customers banking with BankMuscat in all parts of the country are rewarded with attractive prizes and personalised services."

A large turn-out of children, citizens and residents witnessed the most awaited event in the Sultanate's banking calendar, affirming the vision and constant efforts of BankMuscat to fulfill the aspirations and ambitions of the largest banking family in Oman. The celebrations included exciting entertainment programmes, folklore music and cartoon shows for children and family. Exciting prizes were given away to winners of competitions held on the occasion.

Reckoned the savings scheme of the nation, al Mazyona offers one of the biggest prize money in the savings scheme history in Oman. This year, BankMuscat sprung a big surprise, taking the total prize money of al Mazyona Savings Scheme to a whopping RO 6 million with unparalleled winning chances for all segments across the Sultanate.

Notably, the 2012 al Mazyona stands out as 'My scheme' for all individual segments as attractive prizes are earmarked for ladies, children, salaried employees and high savings balance customers in all regions. As on date, the scheme offers the biggest prize money in Oman and the region.

al Mazyona 2012 scheme reflects innovative customer segmentation based on two principles - region and demographics – ensuring a higher winning chance to all customers across the Sultanate, including ladies, children and salaried employees. The 2012 al Mazyona scheme offers exciting weekly, monthly, quarterly and grand prizes. Winning with al Mazyona has never been simpler as customers are not required to block their money for long or wait for a long time to win that big prize.

The weekly prizes include RO 3000 each for 10 guaranteed winners from the governorates, including one lady customer holding Zeinah savings account. Customers are required to maintain RO 100 minimum balance for the weekly prize. Keeping in mind the large percentage of customers from Muscat and Batinah, three weekly prizes are given away to customers from Muscat, two prizes to customers from Batinah and one prize each to Dhakliya+Wusta, Dhahirah+Musandam, Dhofar and Sharqiya governorates.

The monthly prize is an exciting RO 30,000 each for nine winners covering the governorates. For eligibility, customers are required to maintain RO 1,000 minimum balance for one month. Three weekly prizes are given away to customers from Muscat, two prizes to customers from Batinah and one prize each to Dhakliya+Wusta, Dhahirah+Musandam, Dhofar and Sharqiya governorates.. Already, 9 customers have won the prize last month from the governorates and they can now participate in the other upcoming draws.

The quarterly prize significantly raises the appeal of al Mazyona, particularly for high savers. The big prize is RO 300,000 every three months. For eligibility, customers are required to maintain RO 1,000 minimum balance for three months. For every RO 1000 balance maintained by them, they get 10 chances each.

The climax of al Mazyona is the year-end grand prize of RO 1 million. For the grand prize eligibility, customers are required to maintain RO 1,000 minimum balance for all months. This prize is earmarked for customers who consistently maintain a healthy savings of at least RO 1000 every month. Their chances keep on increasing month after month with a minimum of 10 chances every month.

A continuing attraction is that the winning chances get multiplied by the number of years customers are associated with al Mazyona savings scheme. For example, a customer who has been saving for 5 years will multiply his winning chances by 5 times, while another customer who has been saving for 20 years will be able to multiply his winning chances by 20 times and so on. This benefit is unique only to al Mazyona savings scheme holders and no other bank offers this, as on date.

In order to maintain the tradition of providing complete transparency of the scheme,  BankMuscat will continue to conduct al Mazyona prize draws at public places and get these tested and certified by external auditors - Ernst & Young - a member of the Big 5 consulting firms. BankMuscat pioneered this proactive step and is proud to continue this tradition in Oman. This is a good step in communicating good governance and transparency.

Over the years, al Mazyona has succeeded in inculcating a savings culture in Oman. The flexible scheme makes regular saving easier and is available across the largest network of 131 branches in Oman.