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UAB wins three awards at Banker Middle East Awards

'UAB Rewards’ and ‘UAB Visa Infinite’ retain best-in-class status, and are joined by ‘UAB FC Barcelona’.

United Arab Bank (UAB) has received a trio of coveted awards from the Banker Middle East magazine, winning Best Loyalty Program for ‘UAB Rewards’, Best Premium Credit Card for ‘UAB Visa Infinite’, and Best Co-Branded Credit Card for ‘UAB FC Barcelona’.

Ranking among the most prestigious honours in the industry, the Banker Middle East Awards 2015 were adjudicated by 17,000 individual voters, casting 80,000 votes in total. UAB picked up the three accolades in competition with 35 participating banks.

Commenting on the award, Paul Trowbridge, CEO of United Arab Bank said: “We feel privileged and are very proud that UAB continues to be recognised by our customers in the UAE. It is testament to the creativity of the UAB team who continue to improve our products and retain our best-in-class status year after year. As UAB marks its 40th anniversary in the UAE, we’ve reaffirmed our commitment to provide outstanding service and compelling propositions to our customers.”

Tony Graham, Executive Vice President of Retail Banking, added: “We’re honoured to win these awards. Our Visa Infinite card offers unparalleled value and the FC Barcelona cards symbolize our aspirations for continued growth. Together with our market leading UAB Rewards loyalty program, these propositions demonstrate that United Arab Bank is the best bank to transfer your salary.”

This represents the third consecutive year in which ‘UAB Rewards’ has been selected as the top loyalty program in the UAE. Linked to UAB’s salary transfer account and UAB debit and credit cards, the program enables customers to redeem rewards points for flights on more than 900 airlines with no blackout periods, book rooms in over 200,000 hotels worldwide, rent cars at 150 global destinations, or redeem points for electronics products and official FC Barcelona merchandise. The unmatched value of UAB Rewards means that the overwhelming majority of customers who transfer their salary and take a UAB credit card are able to fly home for free immediately upon joining.

‘UAB Visa Infinite’, meanwhile, picked up the Best Premium Card accolade for a second straight year. Enabling customers to fully take advantage of the benefits of the ‘UAB Rewards’ program, the Visa Infinite credit card combines exceptional redemption offers with a multitude of travel benefits and lifestyle privileges. Among these benefits are complimentary worldwide airport lounge access, substantial hotel and airport discounts, the coveted Harrods Rewards Black-tier card, and worldwide dining and golf privileges, to name just a few.

The Best Co-Branded Credit Card award for ‘UAB FC Barcelona’ comes just over a year since the credit card was launched. Harnessing UAB’s exclusive partnership in the UAE with FC Barcelona, one of the world’s most successful football clubs, the card is geared towards offering exclusive privileges to avid followers of the beautiful game. As well as enjoying many of the benefits of ‘UAB Visa Infinite’, customers earn up to 2.5 Barca points on their retail spends.