Posted on May 04, 2017

In the framework of giving back to the community in which it operates, Barwa Bank, Qatar’s most progressive Shari’ah-compliant service provider, has launched the country’s first ever credit card that cares for the society, in partnership with Qatar Charity, during a press conference that was held on May 3rd at Sharq Hotel in presence of the local media representatives.

The new Barwa Bank Qatar Charity co-branded credit card empowers its holders to make a difference in the community with every purchase they make, through a charity contribution that is made by Barwa Bank every time a client uses the card. The introduction of the new card to the Bank’s clients comes in anticipation of the blessed month of Ramadan, and honors the Holy Month’s values and deeds of charity and solidarity, while propagating their positive impact on Society throughout the year.

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Commenting on the occasion, Mr. Khalid Al Subaie, Group Chief Executive Officer at Barwa Bank, said: “At Barwa Bank, the welfare of our people and communities is an utmost priority in everything that we do. The launch of the new credit card, in alliance with Qatar Charity, is our humble contribution to citizens and residents in Qatar who are keen on sharing their blessings and care about improving the lives of fellow community members in need. The Barwa Bank Qatar Charity co-branded credit card makes ‘good deeds’ one purchase away for its holders, as the Bank pays into charity on behalf of our clients every time they use the card at no extra cost. With care being much needed around the world, we are happy to take steps with the new credit card to act as a bridge of hope. We are proud of our strategic partnership with Qatar Charity, and it is our aim to strengthen our collaborations with more distinguished products in the near future, to provide the best services that meets the needs of our customers.”

Explaining the card features, Mr. Talal Ahmed Al Khaja, Group Chief Communication’s Officer at Barwa Bank said: “The Mastercard-powered credit card is fully Shari’ah-compliant, and also comes with all the features and benefits of existing Platinum Credit Cards, including the issuance of 2 free supplementary cards, as well as purchase protection through our trusted takaful partners, making our clients’ purchases 100% safe and secure. So whether you use the card to take care of monthly bills or to buy a gift for your loved ones, with the Barwa Bank Qatar Charity co-branded credit card you will be fully immersed in doing good”.

To maximize the blissful influence it aims to enroot in society, customers – together with automatically making a charitable contribution with every card usage – will also receive loyalty points with every purchase, which they can then redeem to pay in charity if they so choose, as well as being able to use their Shari’ah-compliant credit cards to pay directly to the Charity, in addition to the benefits of exclusive offers and discounts at popular restaurants and shops.

On his part, Mr. Yousef bin Ahmed al-Kuwari, Chief Executive Officer at Qatar Charity, said: “We are delighted at Qatar Charity to hold this unique partnership with Barwa Bank to launch a credit card that offers a great service to the community as it encourages the offering of assistance and extending a helping hand to those in need in our community, especially as it comes at a time when we are preparing to welcome the Holy Month of Ramadan and the noble values it bears. We would also like to thank Barwa Bank for its generous gesture of donating money with every purchase made by the credit card holders, which then goes through the Charity to those who are in need, highlighting the bank's commitment to the community and its humane initiatives that we all witness on the ground.”

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Praising the special initiative, Mr. Khalid Elgibali, Divisional President MENA at MasterCard, noted: “Taking care of the community which we serve and live in, and contributing to building a sustainable future through what we do, is one of the core values of our company. Which is why we always seek opportunities for constructive cooperation that will make a positive difference in people's lives. The introduction of this socially-responsible credit card, will provide Barwa Bank's customers with an easy and effective way to help those in need, as well as echoes MasterCard’s philosophy; Success lies in the service of the community.”

The launch of the new credit card is part of Barwa Bank’s wider Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program, which is centered on the Bank’s core value of putting people and communities first. Through the introduction of the Barwa Bank Qatar Charity co-branded credit card to clients, the Bank is reaffirming its ongoing commitment to contribute to developing all that serves the community.

For more information about the new Credit Card and its terms and conditions, customers can visit the Bank’s official website, contact the Customer Service Centre by phone, or visit one of its branches.

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