In The Limelight
Published: 30/11/2008 9:53 pm
People who were in the limelight
National Bank Of Oman
The National Bank of Oman (NBO) in association with VISA has announced the launch of their super premium credit card - the NBO Platinum VISA credit card. NBO is proud to be the first bank in the Central Europe Middle East and Africa (CEMEA) region to launch a vertical platinum credit card with VISA, which is a key differentiator for the card, in addition to a host of attractive benefits and features that the card offers to discerning customers.
The credit card is targeted at the bank's valued high net worth customers and is the first among a number of new high-end offerings that NBO will introduce in the near future. Speaking at the launch event, Murray Sims, CEO, NBO said, We are delighted that our customers will be the first in Oman to experience the special benefits of this new premium credit card. Upgrading our card offerings forms part of NBO's commitment to provide customers with superior lifestyle products supported by quality service."
The card provides access to 'lifestyle management services', which are being introduced in Oman for the first time, enabling customers to acquire any lifestyle rarity from around the world. In addition, the card is packaged with a wide choice of premium gifts and incentives at the time of application.
The benefits include attractive dining discounts at 50 restaurants, in Muscat and Dubai, travel desk discounts on holiday packages, valet parking at most malls in Dubai and up to three per cent cashback on purchases.
Orascom & Muriya Tourism
Muriya Tourism Development has signed major deals with international hotel chains to build world-class luxury properties at Jebel Sifah.
Muriya has secured a portfolio of some of the most reputable and prestigious hospitality brands, including Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts and Angsana Resorts & Spas, and Missoni Hotels. These hotel properties, which will be set up with a combined investment running to over US$500mn, will have 695 rooms. "Muriya has been pursuing alliances with premium hotels and resorts that have secured leadership positions worldwide. The alliance with leading international hotels is an indication of our commitment to bring the worlds best to Oman and to play a fundamental role in harnessing the country's tourism potential," says Samih Sawiris, chairman of Muriya Tourism Development.
"If we get permission soon, the hotels will be ready within two to three years," Sawiris adds. Four Seasons, which will have 200 rooms and 75 villas, will have a capital expenditure of US$170mn, while Missoni (with 250 rooms and 50 villas) will be built with an investment of US$80mn.
The investment for other two hotels will be in the range of US$200-250mn, says Haytham Macki, director Jabal Resorts. Muriya has partnered with Jabal Resorts as a third party developer for the development operation of two famous branded resorts, namely Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts and Angsana Resorts and Spa. It will also include villas and apartments, a golf course, marina, shops and two boutique marina hotels.