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RAKBANK And Air Arabia Launch First Mastercard Co-Branded Credit Card (10 May 2018)

RAKBANK today announced that it has partnered with Air Arabia and Mastercard®, a leading technology company in the global payments industry, to launch a co-branded Mastercard Platinum Credit Card, which cardholders can use globally for purchases and cash withdrawals. Air Arabia has an innovative loyalty program called Air Rewards that is based on spend rather than miles. Customers subscribing to the new co-branded credit card will immediately earn a joining bonus of 15,000* Air Rewards that will, in time, get them access to free flights and more rewards from Air Arabia.

Additionally, 'Air Rewards' can be accumulated whenever cardholders make a purchase in the UAE or internationally on their co-branded Card, which can be redeemed conveniently all year round in the form of flights, meals and baggage vouchers with Air Arabia. To ensure customer convenience, the Air Arabia co-branded Mastercard Platinum Credit Card also offers a 0% easy payment plan of up to 12 months without a processing fee. Likewise, cardholders will benefit from the complimentary Sharjah Airport drop off and pickup services to and from anywhere in Dubai or Sharjah.

"Over the years, the Bank managed to transform the concept of card reward programs in the UAE through a host of unique features and now we are extending Air Arabia's Air Rewards loyalty programme to our cardholders," said Peter England, RAKBANK CEO. "Staying true to the Bank's prominent position as an innovative and dynamic player, our partnership with Air Arabia will help us offer Air Rewards to customers with every purchase they make using the Mastercard Platinum co-branded Credit Card."

Commenting on the co-branded credit card launch, Adel Al Ali, Group Chief Executive Officer of Air Arabia, said: "This new co-branded credit card is a new value added product that we offer to our customers to enjoy superior services and unique benefits across our network. This new card will add tangible value to our frequent travelers' and offer them attractive opportunities to earn Air Rewards points and redeem it for complimentary flights and other services. At Air Arabia we remain committed to constantly innovate to deliver great value to our customers."

"In addition to offering the simplicity and convenience of Mastercard's innovative payment technologies, our co-branded cards provide the consumers with a host of exciting benefits from their favorite lifestyle brands. With every purchase they make with this RAKBANK and Air Arabia Mastercard Platinum card, consumers can look forward to enjoying an array of travel rewards, coupled with a deep sense of trust they have come to associate with Mastercard, thanks to our multi-tiered safety and security features," said Girish Nanda, General Manager, UAE and Oman, Mastercard.

Air Arabia is the Middle East and North Africa's first and largest Low Cost Carrier (LCC). The carrier fly passengers to over 140 destinations spread across the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Europe. Offering comfort, reliable and value for money air travel across its network; Air Arabia aim is to help passengers fly more often to more places at their own convenience. Moreover, Air Arabia operates from four main hubs - Sharjah International Airport and Ras Al Khaimah International Airport in the UAE, Mohamed V International Airport in Casablanca, Morocco and Borg Al Arab International Airport in Alexandria, Egypt.

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