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EIB launches airline credit card

Dubai, April 22, 2008

Emirates Islamic Bank (EIB), one of the leading financial institutions in the UAE, has launched the first-ever Islamic co-brand airline credit card in the region in partnership with Emirates Skywards and Visa.

Called the Skywards Emirates Islamic Bank Credit Card, it is a product that opens up an exclusive world of travel benefits and lots more for the discerning customers.

Filled with exciting offers, discounts and numerous travel-related benefits, the Skywards Emirates Islamic Credit Card has many special privileges that no other card can match and also enjoys global acceptance at over 22 million outlets across 130 countries, said an official spokesman.

“This is yet another strategic partnership that the bank has entered with market leaders into that puts the needs of our customers above all else,” said general manager, retail, EIB, Mr. Faisal Aqil,

Travel is an integral part of the lives of many of our customers, and through this partnership we have been able to add huge value to their travel and offer them many more benefits that complement their lifestyle” he said.

The Skywards Emirates Islamic Bank Credit Card offers an unprecedented earning of up to one Skywards Mile for every one Dirham ($0.27) spent on the card, subject to terms and conditions.

These Skywards Miles are redeemable against exciting offers and discounts, including reward tickets from Emirates Airline and other partner airlines, hotel stays, rent a car facilities, etc.

“As an example of our commitment to innovation and outstanding service, we add Emirates Islamic Bank as a prestigious new partner adding substantial value for our Skywards members and those new to our programme. Skywards aims to take our members far beyond the immediate travel experience, providing more choice and rewarding loyalty with free travel, upgrades and other rewards,” said senior vice-president of Skywards Brian Labelle.

Visa is committed to the development of payment solutions which help banks to become leaders in their markets. By combining our tailored payment products with EIB and Emirates Airlines’ ability to provide distinct added-value options, the unique EIB Skywards Credit Card enables cardholders to enjoy the convenience and security of a Visa card combined with the opportunity to earn Skywards miles.

“This is another example of Visa working to benefit for cardholders,” said Visa Inc general manager for the Middle East and North Africa Kamran Siddique.

The Skywards Emirates Islamic Bank Credit Card also features exclusive benefits such as a complimentary Golf Fee Card that offers the cardholder huge savings in golf courses and resorts around the world, other benefits that will be music to the ears of frequent travellers, such as the Free e-Gate Card which saves them valuable time in Dubai and Abu Dhabi airports.

It entitles the holder to receive various retail discounts at numerous prestigious retail outlets across the globe, with many more new offers in the pipeline. Cardholders can also benefit from complimentary lounge access at Dubai International Airport with free secretarial services, free buffet, internet connection, reading material and 24-hour porter facilities.

The combination of skywards miles, global acceptance, airport, shopping and travel benefits clearly positions the card as a “must have” for credit card customers and especially travellers.

Skywards EIB Credit Card customers can also enjoy the luxury of emergency roadside assistance across the UAE anytime they need it. Other benefits like free travel insurance, Free valet parking service in prestigious malls and Dubai Airport, round-the-clock customer support, cash advances, up to four free supplementary cards add to the allure of this benefit-packed card that is truly global in every sense.

For more details, please contact the Emirates Islamic Bank customer care centre on 04 316 010


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