Al Salam Bank and Visa Sign Exclusive Partnership Agreement

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Published November 22nd, 2022 - 03:37 GMT
Al Salam Bank and Visa Sign Exclusive Partnership Agreement
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Al Salam Bank recently announced the signing of an exclusive partnership agreement with Visa, renewing its collaboration with the global payments technology company.

Al Salam Bank recently announced the signing of an exclusive partnership agreement with Visa, renewing its collaboration with the global payments technology company. This follows Al Salam Bank’s acquisition of select assets from Ithmaar Holding, including the consumer banking business of its wholly-owned subsidiary, Ithmaar Bank. The strategic agreement aims to provide enhanced banking experience and diversified payment methods for existing Visa cardholders as Al Salam Bank forges ahead ensuring a seamless integration of its client card portfolio post-acquisition, enabling the Bank to leverage the best-in-class technology and global reach of Visa in offering an innovative suite of services backed by pioneering payment technology. 

Within the framework of the partnership agreement, Al Salam Bank will begin aligning all of its debit, credit and prepaid card portfolios, where Visa has secured exclusivity over Al Salam Bank’s entire card portfolio including premium products such as Visa Infinite and Visa Signature. Additionally, Visa will provide all the requisite support to Al Salam Bank in its post-acquisition phase of integrating its card portfolio to unlock value-adding opportunities for clients, enabling them to benefit from a diversified, highly efficient payment method as well as an elevated banking experience.

Speaking on the partnership, Mohamed Buhijji, Head of Retail Banking at Al Salam Bank, said: “With Visa’s partnership, we will continue to build on the shared success story we have cemented over the years, enabling us to jointly deliver innovative products and services that have earned our clients’ trust. This step is in line with the Bank’s transformation strategy, which focuses on leveraging digitally empowered financial technologies to provide innovative solutions. We look forward to enhancing the banking experience and offering premium services to our clients, as part of our strategic partnership.” 

Ali Bailoun, Visa’s Regional General Manager for Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Oman, said: “Al Salam Bank has been a longstanding partner of Visa, and we are pleased to sign this exclusive partnership agreement. Over the years, we have worked closely with Al Salam Bank to offer seamless, secure, and rewarding payment experiences to Al Salam Bank cardholders. Through our partnership, we remain committed to growing digital payments by developing innovative products and delivering customer-centric solutions to benefit cardholders.”


Background Information

Al Salam Bank

Al Salam Bank-Bahrain B.S.C (ASBB) is an Islamic bank headquartered in the Kingdom of Bahrain, and licensed and regulated by the Central Bank of Bahrain.

ASBB was established on 19 January 2006 in the Kingdom of Bahrain with paid-up capital of BD 120 million (US$ 318 million) and commenced commercial operations on 17 April 2006. The Bank was listed on Bahrain Bourse on 27 April 2006 and subsequently on the Dubai Financial Market (DFM) on 26 March 2008.

ASBB completed its merger with the Bahraini Saudi Bank (BSB) on 22 December 2011. On 2 February 2014, Al Salam Bank-Bahrain and BMI Bank B.S.C. (c) confirmed the conclusion of a business combination between the two institutions after obtaining the approval of their shareholders at their respective extraordinary general assembly meetings, and of 30 March 2014 BMI Bank became a wholly owned subsidiary of ASBB.

ASBB offers its customers a comprehensive range of innovative and unique Shari’a-compliant financial products and services through an extended network of branches and ATMs, utilizing the state-of-art technologies to meet various banking requirements. In addition to its retail banking services, the Bank also offers Corporate Banking, Private Banking, Asset Management and Treasury services. The Bank's high-caliber management team is comprised of highly qualified and internationally experienced professionals with proven expertise in key areas of banking, finance, and related fields.


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