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Bank Muscat Priority Banking unveils new identity

Bank Muscat Asalah marathon to promote Oman as sporting destination

MUSCAT, 6 January 2013 – Bank Muscat Priority Banking, in partnership with Muscat Road Runners, is hosting the 2013 Bank Muscat Asalah Marathon. The initiative was announced at a media briefing organised at the bank’s head office coinciding with the unveiling of Asalah, the new identity of Priority Banking.

AbdulRazak Ali Issa, Chief Executive of Bank Muscat, unveiled the new logo of Priority Banking, a specialised high-end service offered to an identified category of clients. The service stems from the bank’s commitment to providing a distinct banking experience.


Standard Chartered and online viagra uk Australian Business Group Oman Host the Economic Update Seminar with Marios Maratheftis

Standard Chartered Bank Oman and the Australian Business Group Oman (ABGO) hosted the Economic Update seminar with Marios Maratheftis, Regional Head of Research and MENAP. The seminar was held for the ABGO members and a select group of corporate clients including industry, business and finance leaders.

Among the topics covered during the seminar was the 2013 outlook for the Middle East, United States, Europe and Asia economies. According to Mr. Maratheftis, the US is expected to grow at 2% in 2013 while Europe will likely experience another year of negative growth, with continued austerity a drag on activity.


BankDhofar urges customers to be internet safe

5th January 2013 Muscat, BankDhofar is running a communication campaign to spread awareness of internet safety to its customers. The campaign highlights safety issues and provides advice to enable people to use the internet safely, confidently and i recommend securely.

There are always fraudulent email and phishing schemes going around which request customers of various banks to update their account information. Through its campaign, BankDhofar advises customers never to divulge sensitive account information such as debit card and credit card numbers, user ID’s or passwords via email. The bank is also advising its customers to call its helpline if they receive any of these emails.


Bank Muscat extends support for Oman football team

MUSCAT, 4 January 2013 – The Oman football team launching its campaign in the 21st Gulf Cup beginning in Bahrain today (Saturday 5 January) has received encouraging support from Sheikh Khalid bin Mustahail al Mashani, Chairman of Bank Muscat. Aimed at motivating the team, the Chairman has announced cash bonanza for the team members in the event of winning the Gulf Cup.

Sheikh Khalid said: “As the Sultanate begins the Gulf Cup championship, Bank Muscat joins the nation in wishing the team good luck and motivating them to lift the national honour to new highs by overcoming the challenges.”


People warned of increasing IT related frauds

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Royal Oman Police Criminal Investigation Department cautioned public earlier this week against Information Technology (IT) related frauds. Hacking of sites and email misuses are among highly fraudulent aspects with IT related crimes, the police stressed. The bank accountholders who transact finance via IT platforms should change their pin numbers more often to avoid tracking by fraudsters, it further cautioned. Like wise, the Ministry of Social Development emphasized this week that nursery teachers should be qualified with at least minimum qualifications. It has asked managements of nurseries to present the qualifications of their teachers very soon to the authorities, it was reported.

In midweek, a memorandum was signed between BankMuscat and National Mass Housing (NMH) to assist housing programs for low income earners in Halban with Baituna housing finance of the bank. The bank continuously helps the program ‘Home for Every Family’ and enhances relationship with relevant authorities to supply financial support in this regard. Meanwhile, Bank Nizwa signed an MOU with one of the leading management groups, mainly for Sharia-compliant finance, Capitas Group International to enhance Islam financial banking platforms in Oman with their joint expertise in the field.


Bank Muscat Shopping Festival evokes good response

MUSCAT, 2 January 2013 – The 3rd Bank Muscat Shopping Festival has concluded on a high note with the bank cardholders benefiting from a rewarding shopping experience and 120 winners receiving RO 300 each in five weekly prize draws held during the 41-day shopping extravaganza which ended on 31 December.

Tariq Atiq, Assistant General Manager - Cards & e-Banking, said: “We are greatly encouraged by the strong response to the festival, which has achieved the anticipated objectives of serving the interests of our customers, thereby contributing towards strengthening the culture of e-Payment in the Sultanate. Unprecedented in scope and reach, the annual Bank Muscat Shopping Festival is a unique shopping, leisure and entertainment event targeted at the largest banking family in Oman.”

For the third year, the festival was supported by Visa International. Extending a strong support to the government’s e-Governance initiative, the festival encouraged customers to pay by cards, underscoring the fact that payment by cards is both convenient and secure. More than 250 brand partners and over 500 outlets participated in the festival.


al Mazyona RO 1 million grand prize draw on 4th January in Sohar

MUSCAT, 2 January 2013 – Close on the heels of announcing the 2013 al Mazyona savings scheme offering a prize basket of RO 7 million, Bank Muscat, the flagship financial services provider in the Sultanate, will mark the culmination of 2012 al Mazyona savings scheme and pick the winner of Oman’s biggest RO 1 million jackpot prize in Sohar on Friday (4 January). H.E. Shaikh Hilal Ali al Habsi, Wali of Sohar, will preside at the celebrations, which is open to all, beginning at 4 pm on Sohar beach adjacent to the fort.

A concert by popular Omani singer Salah Al Zadjali will be the highlight of the entertainment activities lined up to build the celebratory mood. The family event includes fun activities aimed at educating people on prudent savings habits. Attractive gifts and prizes will be distributed to children and winners of competitions.

In preparation for al Mazyona grand prize draw, celebrations were organised in all governorates. The series of big prizes from Bank Muscat is the major attraction of al Mazyona which offers fair and transparent winning chances for all segments of customers. al Mazyona reaffirms the bank's vision and constant efforts to fulfill the aspirations and ambitions of the largest banking family in Oman. The flagship savings scheme has won the hearts of people and succeeded in linking to issues benefitting society. The bank attaches great importance to inculcating prudent savings and spending habits and has tailored al Mazyona scheme with this objective in mind.


BankDhofar introduces new fund transfer facility for more convenient banking

31st December 2012 Muscat, BankDhofar introduces local fund transfer, a new electronic banking facility for customers, which will make for faster and more flexible banking. Customers can now take control of their money and i recommend transfer funds to any account within any bank in Oman by simply going online and setting up a money transfer option.

Commenting on the announcement, Faisal Hamed Al Wahaibi, AGM Retail Banking, BankDhofar said “With our new fund transfer facility, we offer our customers an even better banking experience through the technology they use every day. It enables our customers to send money into and out of their BankDhofar accounts safely and conveniently and they can complete these transactions at a time and a place that works best for them. “


Bank Muscat evening banking service evokes good response

MUSCAT, 30 December 2012 – The evening banking service available in eight Bank Muscat branches across the Sultanate is proving beneficial for numerous customers. Presently, Bank Muscat is the first and only bank in Oman to offer the extended working hours facility from 8.00 am to 5.00 pm (Sunday to Thursday).

The evening banking service is available at the branches in Muscat Inter-Continental, Muscat City Centre, Al Khuwair, Seeb, Al Khoud, Barka main, Sohar main and Salalah main.


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