MUSCAT: Bank Muscat, the leading financial services provider in the Sultanate of Oman, conducted an exciting live draw at its Head Office recently to choose the winners of the Hospitality Packages to FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, courtesy of Visa. Attended by members of the bank’s Management Team, bank customers and media personnel, the special draw saw 51 Hospitality Packages of two persons each being given away to the lucky winners. The packages will enable 102 people in total to visit and enjoy select matches at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, courtesy of Visa. To add further excitement, the ceremony was broadcast live to the public through Bank Muscat’s social networking sites. This announcement of winners is part of the biggest campaign ever in the Sultanate of Oman to give customers an opportunity to participate in the FIFA World Cup™ to be hosted in Qatar in November.
Sharing the enthusiasm of many of the customers at the event, Abdulnasir Al Raisi, General Manager – Personal Banking, Bank Muscat, said: “We are pleased to organise this campaign in partnership with Visa to celebrate along with our customers one of the biggest global sporting spectacles in the world. This campaign witnessed great interest from customers and was a success at all levels. We would like to congratulate all the winners and we do hope that they will enjoy the prize which comes courtesy of Visa, and have the experience of a lifetime in Qatar. At the same time, we also thank all our customers for their positive contributions in making this campaign a success and also for their trust and confidence in the bank.”
Speaking on the occasion, Abdullah Tamman Al Mashani, General Manager – Products, Bank Muscat, thanked Visa for their continuous cooperation and partnership with Bank Muscat, which helped to organise this exciting promotion for the benefit of the bank’s customers and helped them attend the largest sports event in the world. He added: “Digital transformation has given financial institutions wider space to develop their services. Bank Muscat has always been keen to leverage this transformation successfully in its services and products. The success of this transformation was helped by the high demand from customers for the bank’s digital payment services. We always encourage our valued customers to transact digitally whether shopping locally or internationally.”
After launching the promotion in May 2022, all Bank Muscat Visa Credit and Prepaid Cardholders were automatically entered into raffle draws to select the winners when they used their Bank Muscat Visa Credit or Prepaid Card to make a minimum cumulative spend of RO 50 or more during the promotional period till 31 August 2022. Customers also got additional chances in the draw for every additional RO 50 spent through their cards.
Each of the 51 winners will receive a Hospitality Package for two to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, courtesy of Visa. The packages include airline tickets, hotel accommodation and tickets for a number of matches during the month-long football carnival and as many as 10 packages (1 Opening Match, 1 Final and 8 Quarter Final matches) were reserved for Bank Muscat Private Banking Visa Infinite and Asalah Priority Banking Visa Signature credit cardholders. Nine packages featuring Quarter final matches were reserved for Al Jawhar Visa Platinum credit cardholders and the winners also included 8 Visa Prepaid cardholders who won packages to visit Group Stage matches. As many as 24 winners were chosen from holders of Bank Muscat-co-branded Visa Platinum credit cards, Visa Gold credit cards and Visa Classic credit cards.
Earlier this year, the bank also launched a special limited-edition Visa Prepaid Card to celebrate the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, courtesy of Visa. Customers can easily apply for this Visa Prepaid card, which has been designed as a collector’s item via their Bank Muscat Mobile Banking app or Internet Banking only. Bank Muscat’s contactless cards can be used by customers to make secure payments online and at millions of PoS terminals in Oman and around the world as well as for ATM withdrawals. They feature the latest security standards and state-of-the-art technology.