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Bank Muscat, Visa launch special edition 2018 FIFA World Cup™ card

​MUSCAT, 24 March 2018

Bank Muscat, the flagship financial services provider in the Sultanate, in association with Visa, launched a limited edition 2018 FIFA World Cup™ credit card at a ceremony attended by H.E Dmitry Dogadkin, Ambassador of Russia to Oman, Abdul Razak Ali Issa, Chief Executive of Bank Muscat, dignitaries, media, senior Visa officials and Management Team members of the Bank.


The exclusive Bank Muscat Visa card celebrating the crowning glory of world football is a collector's item that can be used locally and around the world. Salary assignement to the Bank is not a pre-requisite to acquire the special edition card, which is available in all Bank Muscat branches across the Sultanate. For the first time in Oman, the Visa Classic card is issued in the Visa easy read format which provides a full visual of the FIFA World Cup trophy on the card.


Abdul Razak Ali Issa, Chief Executive, said: “Bank Muscat is proud to lead by example, not only in the field of banking and finance, but in all arenas. Thanks to the partnership between Bank Muscat and Visa, football enthusiasts in Oman will have the unique opportunity to experience the thrills and excitement of the crowning glory of world football in Russia. The exclusive privilege reflects the importance attached by the Bank to the country's progress and development, including sports. The Bank is proud to elevate the experience associated with the real action of the FIFA World Cup™ in Russia. We fully believe the passion for football, which runs in the blood of Omanis, could not have been rewarded better. We thank FIFA and Visa for their valuable efforts in facilitating this unique opportunity in Oman."


Amjad Al Lawati, AGM – Cards & eBanking, said: “Bank Muscat, in association with Visa, is delighted to reward football enthusiasts with the exclusive 2018 FIFA World Cup™ card, which is an attractive memorabilia complementing a lifetime opportunity facilitated by the Bank, in association with Visa, to experience the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ excitement in Russia. The card offers enhanced security and convenience with attractive benefits to customers."


Customers who apply, receive and use the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ card will be automatically entered into a draw to win an all-expenses paid trip to FIFA World Cup™ in Russia. All existing Bank Muscat Visa credit cardholders using their cards from 6 March 2018 to 31 May 2018 will be automatically entered into the draw. Every RO 10 card transaction spent entitles customers to one chance in the draw. More the customers use their Visa credit card, more the chances to win. The draw will be held in the first week of June.


The magic of the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ will become real in Oman as Bank Muscat in association with Visa has lined up a series of campaigns and activities to build up and sustain the World Cup excitement. The Bank, in association with Visa, is offering 15 all-expenses-paid packages to witness the FIFA World Cup™ semi-final matches and the finals, in Russia.. Each exclusive FIFA World Cup™ package include match tickets for 2 persons (winner + 1), special seating at the stadium, hotel accommodation, transportation in Russia with one-day excursion and Business Class air travel to Russia.  All cardholders must use their Visa Credit cards to qualify.


The wide range of Bank Muscat cards, which spell convenience and security, is the preferred mode of payment in 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. Embedded with electronic chip, the cards ensure maximum protection and peace of mind to Bank Muscat customers.