RAKBANK, Barcelona and Mastercard team up to launch new credit card in the UAE

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RAKBANK have announced the launch of an exclusive Platinum Mastercard affinity credit card through its partnership with Barcelona in the UAE.

The partnership will pave the way for people residing in the UAE to access a plethora of benefits and rewards. The unique RAKBarcaRewards offer card holders various options to redeem against Barca merchandise, RAK rewards offers on flights, hotels, shopping and more.

Barca fans will also get opportunities to travel to Camp Nou to watch their favorite players live in action.

RAKBANK has also tied up with various cafes and sports lounges in the UAE where card holders can watch Barcelona matches while taking advantage of ‘Buy One Get One’ offers and up to 50 per cent discounts on dining.

Frederic de Melker, RAKBANK’s Managing Director of Personal Banking commented: “The recently launched RAKBANK FC Barcelona Platinum Mastercard credit card aims to provide dedicated Barca fans here in the UAE access to unique rewards, exclusive discounts, and experiences.

“This affinity credit card will be the top choice for the avid Barca fans and is easily accessible to eligible UAE residents who may apply for the card via our bank’s website in just a few clicks”.

Oriol Tomas, Barcelona’s board member, said: “Barcelona and RAKBANK share the same vision of the business and sports world. This is the kind of association that we seek to forge with our partners. Companies like RAKBANK, with which we share values and characteristics, to share goals and challenges that will help us to grow as brands.”

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Barcelona star Jordi Alba denies rift with Spain boss Luis Enrique

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Jordi Alba and Luis Enrique

Barcelona left-back Jordi Alba has been omitted from the last two Spain squads despite showing solid form for the Catalan giants this campaign.

But contrary to public opinion, the 29-year-old insists he enjoy a healthy relationship with national team boss Luis Enrique.

“He always helped me. He has always seemed a very good person to me, I have never had a problem with him,” Alba said.

When asked about the reason for his omission from the last two Spain squads, the former Valencia star was adamant that there is nothing but mutual request between the two and neither owed an apology.

“Neither of us need to apologise for anything,” he said.

“There wasn’t a meeting or a phone call for me to return.

“We don’t have to forget the past because nothing ever happened with us, we never argued.

“He knows me personally and I know him.

“I repeat that he helped me so much during his time [at Barcelona].

“I can tell you about all the good things.

“There is nothing bad to say.”

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Live Barcelona Blog: Ernesto Valverde could be on borrowed time at Barcelona

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The Sport360 Team is in place bringing you the latest Barcelona news on Tuesday.

As ever, get in touch with us via Twitter and Facebook.

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Click here to read what Setien said

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Click here to read what he said.

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