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Bank Muscat celebrates 45 years of Oman’s Renaissance achievements

MUSCAT, 18 November 2015 - Bank Muscat, the flagship financial services provider in the Sultanate, celebrated the 45th National Day with gusto as the head office and branches across all regions lined up various activities for the occasion in celebrations reflecting the Omani sentiments associated with the auspicious occasion. The opportunity was utilised by the employees to express gratitude and admiration for His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said, the beloved leader of Oman, and commemorate the Renaissance achievements of Oman.

Brightly decorated with the national colours of red, green and white, a festive atmosphere prevailed at the head office where the bank's senior Management Team joined the celebrations in honour of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos. The highlights of the celebrations were live performances by the Oud Hobbyists Association band and a folklore band from Quriyat. The special al Mazyona 45th National Day draw was also held on the occasion in which big prizes totaling RO 450,000 were shared by 10 winners. Similar celebrations were also held in branches across the Sultanate as employees extended the traditional Omani hospitality to customers.

AbdulRazak Ali Issa, Chief Executive, said: “Coinciding with the 45th National Day celebrations, Bank Muscat is proud to join the nation in congratulating and extending best wishes to His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said, the architect of modern Oman. Since the beginning of the blessed Renaissance and during the last 45 years, the Sultanate has recorded significant achievements covering the economic and social dimensions as a result of the inspiring leadership of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said. Banking is one of the most important pillars of the Sultanate's economy which has evolved over the years with new dynamics brought about by globalisation, liberalisation and technological innovations. Complementing the impressive achievements made by the Sultanate under the leadership of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos, Bank Muscat remains committed to contributing to further progress of the nation, prosperity and welfare for all."

Marking Oman's 45th Renaissance anniversary, Bank Muscat had lined up year-long activities and initiatives. Notably, the 2015 al Mazyona Savings Scheme was structured on the thematic '45' reflecting the Sultanate's 45 years of Renaissance under the leadership of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos, With RO 9 million prize money, the savings campaign was immensely successful as it reached out to people with the 'Save more, Dream big' call to action, guaranteeing more for everyone to share in the biggest prize money in Oman and the region.

Highlighting partnership in the country's development and progress, Bank Muscat launched a pre-paid card in celebration of the 45th National Day. The special card featuring an attractive design with the national colours of white, red and green is available in all Bank Muscat branches across the Sultanate. A bank account is not a pre-requisite to acquire the pre-paid card, which can be used in Oman and abroad.

Coinciding with the 45th National Day celebrations, the bank also launched a special discount of 4.5 per cent for one day on 18 November 2015 on comprehensive motor insurance policies taken from Bank Muscat branches.

Building up the tempo, the bank also launched competitions on social media. A competition on Twitter posted questions daily asking people about Oman's achievements in the past 45 years. In all, 45 winners chosen through a draw will receive the bank's limited edition National Day prepaid cards pre-loaded with RO 50 each.

In another competition on Instagram, the bank's followers had the opportunity to share images that represent the thematic '45' in celebration of the 45th National Day. Five winners will receive the special edition National Day prepaid card pre-loaded with RO 100 each. The bank also collaborated with popular Snapchat account oman.live which held competitions related to the 45th National Day.

As the nation's flagship bank, Bank Muscat seizes every opportunity, especially occasions of national importance, to reach out to citizens and residents across Oman. The corporate philosophy of the bank is underpinned by the rich Omani culture and traditions which finds true expression on occasions such as the National Day.