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Manchester United has further enhanced its commercial portfolio by announcing regional sponsorship agreements with Commercial Bank of Qatar and Emirates NBD Bank.

Manchester United has further enhanced its commercial portfolio by announcing regional sponsorship agreements with Commercial Bank of Qatar and Emirates NBD Bank.

The two banking organisations have signed five year deals to become the club’s official financial services partners in Qatar and the UAE respectively. As part of the separate agreements, both organisations will have the rights to produce Manchester United branded credit, debit and prepaid cards.  In addition to this, Emirates NBD will also market its own Manchester United Savings Account.

Manchester United group managing director Richard Arnold said: “Both CBQ and Emirates NBD have impressed the club with their commitment to corporate social responsibility, sharing many of the same core values as Manchester United. Collectively, the club has over a million followers in Qatar and the UAE and we hope that the introduction of the two new partnerships will allow us further to expand the Manchester United family, bringing supporters closer to the team they love.”

The announcement comes a day after Manchester City agreed a new three-year partnership with UAE banking group First Gulf Bank. FGB has become City’s official affinity credit card bank partner in the UAE and will launch the first ever Manchester City credit card in the region. Suvo Sarkar, general manager of retail banking at Emirates NBD, said: “Through this strategic partnership platform, we are proud to introduce the Emirates NBD Manchester United credit and prepaid cards to the UAE market, to reach out to the strong Manchester United fan base in the country. The co-branded credit and pre-paid card will enable us to offer customers a wide range of priceless experiences and privileges. This launch is in line with our business strategy of extending innovative and market leading products and services to our clients.”

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