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Bank Muscat extends support to restaurant awards

MUSCAT, 04 December 2013 - Bank Muscat, the flagship financial services provider in the Sultanate, as part of its commitment to promoting tourism and the hospitality sector has extended key support to Oman Today Restaurant Awards. The annual competition is a benchmark to drive up quality and standards at restaurants in Muscat.

Following public voting, the top three establishments in each of the 14 award categories have been shortlisted among the finalists from whom the winners will be announced at a gala event on 13 February 2014 at Shangri-La's Barr al Jissah Resort and Spa. The restaurant awards will be based on many aspects, including range and taste of food, ambience, ordering experience, value for money, service and so on.

Tariq Atiq, AGM – Cards & eBanking, said: “Bank Muscat is proud to be associated with the 12th Oman Today Restaurant Awards, which define a culinary benchmark for the hospitality sector in Oman. As the nation's leading banking partner, Bank Muscat attaches great importance to initiatives aimed at contributing to the country's progress and development in all arenas, including tourism. Bank Muscat remains committed to promoting the tourism sector, which is witnessing significant developments in the country."

Tariq Atiq added: “Bank Muscat cards, which spell convenience and security, are the preferred mode of payment in all leading restaurants in Oman. The widest range of cards from Bank Muscat enhances a fine dining experience and contributes to promoting the brand Oman. The bank's strategy is to motivate a change in consumer behaviour that makes 'payment by cards' both a habit and preference, thereby promoting electronic payment in the country in line with the government's e-governance initiative. To achieve this objective, the bank focuses on innovative technology and new products.  We wish good luck to all the restaurants vying for the awards."

Time and again, Bank Muscat launches novel campaigns and promotions that provide value for money as well as create unique opportunities that enrich life. The bank encourages the use of cards which help individuals to discipline their spending and keep track of all transactions through electronic monthly statements.

Bank Muscat cards provide convenience and flexibility for customers in their day-to-day transactions at shopping malls, restaurants or holiday abroad. Embedded with electronic chip, the cards ensure maximum protection and peace of mind to Bank Muscat customers.