3rd Annual Prepaid Middle East Awards

The award for Prepaid Innovation of the Year at the annual Cards International Prepaid Middle East Awards sponsored by Visa was picked up by Kuwait Finance House.

The Kuwait City headquartered bank picked up the award for its clever use of a Visa prepaid card with "Tap ‘N’ Go" NFC technology allowing users to make P2P payments. The scheme is the first of its type in MENA.

Also nominated for the award were Bayani RAK Bank, BLOM Bank, and Majid Al Futtaim Finance.

The awards ceremony followed a day of high level panel discussions at the fifth annual Prepaid Summit: Middle East 2014, also sponsored by Visa, at the Dubai Conrad hotel.

Chairman of the Egyptian Post Office Ashraf Gamal was awarded the prize for best individual contribution to the industry, with individuals from C3 Card and Majid Al Futtaim Finance also having been shortlisted.

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Gamal impressed the judges with his performance after just 10 months in the job, hiring an all new prepaid team and launching a range of new Visa prepaid cards.

The Editor’s Special Award, presented by Timetric consumer finance editor Douglas Blakey, was given to Commercial Bank of Dubai, while Al Barid Bank collected the Cards International Award for Financial Inclusion.

Awards judge Francesco Burelli, partner at Value Partners, said: "In five years the Prepaid Card Awards Middle East have become a point of reference for the industry and the most authoritative recognition of industry excellence.

"The awards ceremony is are an industry celebration for the Middle Eastern and North African industry at the conclusion of an insightful conference."

Fellow judge David Parker, director of Polymath Consulting and prepaid card and emerging payments specialist, said: "After the biggest ever dedicated prepaid even in Dubai it was great as a judge to be able to help give out the awards to some very worth winners."

The judging panel was made up of: Douglas Blakey, editor of consumer finance titles at Timetric; Billy Bambrough, deputy editor of consumer finance titles at Timetric; Francesco Burelli, Value Partners; Nacho Garcia, Payments Experts, and David Parker, Polymath Consulting.

Additional sponsors of the awards were 3Omleti and Ixaris.

A report from the confrerence and the Awards will be published in the April issue of Cards International.


Full list of awards, nominations and winners:

  • Prepaid Innovation of the Year

Bayani RAK Bank
Kuwait Finance House – Winner
Majid Al Futtaim Finance

  • Prepaid Marketing Campaign of the Year

Al Barid Bank
CBAO GroupeAttijariwafa Bank
Emirates NBD – Winner
Majid Al Futtaim Finance

  • Open Loop Prepaid Card Programme of the Year

Al Mawarid
C3 Card – Winner
Commercial Bank of Dubai
National Bank of Abu Dhabi

  • Gift/Incentive Card Open and Closed Loop Programme of the Year

Al Fardan Exchange
Dubai International Airport
Majid Al Futtaim Finance
National Bank of Abu Dhabi – Winner

  • Industry Partner/Vendor of the Year

C3 Card
Majid Al Futtaim Finance – Winner
Network International

  • Alternative/Emerging Prepaid Payment Solution

Bank Med – Winner
Majid Al Futtaim Finance
Maxbox Kiosk

  • Industry Contributor – Individual

RabihSfeir – C3 Card
Julian Little – Majid Al Futtaim Finance
Dr Ashraf Gamal, Egyptian Post Office – Winner

  • Industry Contribitor – Organisation

Attijariwafa Bank
Cairo Amman Bank Jordan
Jordan Kuwait Bank – Winner
Majid Al Futtaim Finance

  • Editor’s Special Award

Commercial Bank of Dubai

  • Cards International Award for Financial Inclusion

Al Barid Bank