Posted on November 03, 2015

Commercial Bank, Qatar’s first private sector bank, is delighted to announce it has won an industry leading award at the recent Mastercard Innovation Forum held in Kuala Lumpur, for its Manchester United Titanium MasterCard. The Manchester United Titanium MasterCard won the award for being the most innovative affinity product across the whole of the Middle East and North African region.

Commercial Bank is the exclusive financial services partner in Qatar of Manchester United, one of the world’s favorite football clubs and through this partnership offers a range of Manchester United financial products, including a Current or Savings Account with a Debit Card and two types of Manchester United Credit Cards. All Manchester United cardholders enjoy a 10% discount at Manchester United stores and online, plus holders of the Manchester United Titanium MasterCard are automatically enrolled into Commercial Bank’s market leading reward points programme.

With Commercial Bank rewards, customers can book flights to any destination, with any airline, with no blackout dates or can redeem their reward points for instant discounts at Qatar’s leading retailers, such as IKEA, 51 East, Sharaf DG, Damas and many more. Commercial Bank’s Manchester United Titanium MasterCard was awarded the coveted title of being the most innovative affinity product, as industry leaders recognised that in developing the product, Commercial Bank showed a strong understanding of consumer needs, which delivered a highly impactful payment solution, ultimately driving strong business results, through innovation.

Since the launch of the Manchester United partnership with Commercial Bank, customers have had a unique opportunity to access a world of benefits not available elsewhere in the marketplace, which have included Commercial Bank hosting a fan event with Manchester United legends here in Doha to watch a live game, offering once-in-a lifetime VIP trips to watch Manchester United play at Old Trafford with access to watch Manchester United first team players train, offering exclusively signed Manchester United memorabilia and places for their children to participate in a first of its kind, free, Manchester United Soccer Camp, held in Doha.

Commercial Bank, Manchester 2 [].jpgMr. Dean Proctor, Commercial Bank EGM, Chief Consumer & Private Banking said: “We are extremely delighted to win such a prestigious award from MasterCard, which is in recognition of the innovative product that Commercial Bank brought to market with our Manchester United Titanium MasterCard. Our exclusive partnership with Manchester United was a first in the Qatar marketplace, allowing Commercial Bank to provide customers an opportunity to get up close and personal with one of the worlds most famous sporting brands.

The Manchester United branded Debit and Credit card designs were also the first of its kind in Qatar, and with the benefits that accompany our products, truly demonstrate our spirit of innovation and our desire to make everything possible for our customers. Our co-branded credit and debit cards with Manchester United have surpassed all our forecasts and more importantly has met with significant positive customer feedback. We thank MasterCard Worldwide for their support in helping to ensure the products we launched were considered to be the best in class.

Pankaj Kathuria of MasterCard Worldwide said: “We are proud to be associated with the team involved in the launch of the Manchester United Titanium MasterCard and our congratulations go to Commercial Bank on winning this award for innovation.” Manchester United’s Group Managing Director, Richard Arnold commented: “Winning this award for the Manchester United Titanium MasterCard demonstrates exactly why the Club is in partnership with Commercial Bank. Its ability to create an award winning product that not only offers our fans an excellent financial product, but also brings them closer to the club they support. On behalf of Manchester United I congratulate Commercial Bank on winning this prestigious award.”

More than 300 card issuers, acquirers, and MasterCard partners from Southeast Asia, Middle East and Africa attended the two-day MasterCard Innovation Forum, where they explored the future of the payment industry and the importance of innovation.