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OMA Emirates to launch ‘Benefits Beyond’ loyalty scheme

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OMA Emirates, a provider of cutting edge technology for the payment industry is set to announce the launch of its new multi-loyalty scheme ‘Benefits Beyond’ at Cards & Payments Middle East 2016 on May 31 – June 1 at Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. The company has been making strong strides in developing their portfolio of retail solutions that has stemmed from the tremendous research an experience they have in the payment industry.

Benefits Beyond is a Business-to-Business-to-Consumer loyalty program that enables retailers to collect to enroll for a co-branded loyalty program and analyze customer data and the supply chain data including distributors, dealers, and sales agents. It helps in developing targeted communication programs that will boost the revenue of retailers. The most critical feature of the program is that it allows customers to use the card across multi-stores to accumulate as well as redeem points.

“We have made strong investments in our research and development and over the years our in-depth knowledge of the industry has driven us to look beyond our existing product portfolio while making a conscious effort to make inroads into the IT services sector. We aim to provide value additions that will enable our customers to not only streamline IT processes but to also provide them platforms that will help them work closely with their customers and build on their loyalty programs. Our Benefits Beyond loyalty scheme has been designed to bring on a range of merchants under one umbrella and in turn help customers avail of the points across multi channels and locations,” said Niranj Sangal, Group CEO, OMA Emirates Group.

The loyalty scheme is built on the OMA Retail Suite which lays the foundation to connect the member retailers through a fully automated ERP system and represents an ecosystem of web portals and Windows, Android application. The highly scalable solution is built for both large and small organizations and is capable of being used across business sectors.

“What is exciting for the customer is that they are now not limited to availing of their loyalty points in one store or location, but now have the advantage of using the card across all the merchants who will be a part of the program. This could span across branded stores, supermarkets, airlines and even avail of their points at places of entertainment. It can also be utilized to make bill payments as well as top up air time,” added Sangal.

The common branded card, ’Benefits Beyond‘ also works e-purse wallet (prepaid) that allows consumers to add money to the wallet to use along with loyalty points in real time across the OMA Emirates network of over 10000 POS terminals.

Benefits Beyond has been specifically designed to be white labelled to help large organizations create their personalized customer loyalty programs. Simultaneously it reaches out to smaller retailers who can now begin their loyalty program without the burden of large budgets. The cards include multi-features that make it extremely easy to use and include Smart Cards, Magnetic Stripe as well as Contactless options.

At Cards & Payments Middle East, OMA Emirates will be represented by senior executives who will assist customers and demonstrate some of the key solutions that the company has developed for the payment industry. OMA Emirates will be located at stand J50.

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HID Recognized for Its Design Expertise as Bahrain’s ePassport Wins Multiple Prestigious Awards

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HID has recently achieved global recognition for its Bahrain ePassport project, clinching several top honors. These include the distinguished London Design Awards, the High Security Printing Award, and the iF Design Award. This suite of praises reinforces HID’s leadership in security design, showcasing its innovative approach to integrating cutting-edge security features with aesthetic and cultural elements.

Craig Sandness, Senior VP and Managing Director for Citizen Identity at HID, shares, “Our design philosophy is centered around seamlessly weaving security into the fabric of the document’s design. The Bahrain ePassport is a prime example of this approach, where innovation meets artistry. This is not just our success; it’s a shared victory with our Bahraini partners, local artists, and calligraphers. Together, we’ve crafted a document that is as secure as it is symbolic of Bahrain’s rich heritage.”

The Bahrain ePassport, celebrated for its innovative design, marks a milestone in document security by introducing the world’s first document-embedded hashtag, #teambahrain. This feature is more than a nod to digital savviness; it’s a strong symbol of national unity and a testament to HID’s ability to integrate modern digital elements with traditional security measures.

HID’s work on the Bahrain ePassport has been recognized across several categories in the London Design Awards, including Gold awards in Service Design for Government, Cultural, and Best User Experience categories, underscoring the project’s excellence in functionality, cultural sensitivity, and user engagement. The High Security Printing Award for Best New ePassport for EMEA and the iF Design Award in the Publications and Communications category further validate HID’s skill in creating secure, user-centered design.

The collaboration between HID, Bahraini authorities, and local artisans highlights HID’s commitment to incorporating local culture into its security designs. This partnership approach not only enriches the document’s aesthetic appeal but also enhances its acceptance and significance among citizens, demonstrating HID’s leadership in creating identity solutions that respect and celebrate cultural heritage.

“As we celebrate the one-year anniversary of the Bahrain ePassport, we look forward to continuing our journey of innovation,” adds Sandness. “We invite governments and organizations worldwide to join us in this journey of creating secure, innovative solutions that pave the way for the future of identity documentation.”

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Fitness First Marks Mother’s Day with Four Days of Free Access

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As Mother’s Day approaches, Fitness First is proud to honour and celebrate all mothers with a special gift of health and wellness. From 21 to 24 March, Fitness First invites all mums to enjoy complimentary access to its state-of-the-art facilities at any of its UAE-based clubs.

Recognising the invaluable role of mothers in our lives, Fitness First is opening its doors to mothers of all ages and fitness levels, offering them the opportunity to prioritise their well-being and embark on a journey to better health. Whether it’s a rejuvenating yoga session, an invigorating cardio workout, or a strength training class, Fitness First provides a wide range of fitness options tailored to meet the diverse needs and preferences of every mother.

In addition to offering access to top-notch gym facilities and equipment, mums visiting Fitness First during this special period will also have the opportunity to participate in group fitness classes led by certified instructors, and connect with other like-minded individuals in a supportive and motivating environment.

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Visa-free countries for UAE residents looking to book last-minute getaways this spring term break

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As UAE schools gear up for the upcoming spring term break starting from 25 March, residents are planning for their well-deserved getaways, ready to embark on new adventures and explore the world. Global travel marketplace, Skyscanner recommends these visa-free travel destinations for UAE residents this spring term break.

Ayoub El Mamoun, Skyscanner Travel Expert, invites families and adventure seekers alike to explore these captivating visa-free destinations

Seychelles starting from AED 2,711 – “A tropical haven with pristine beaches and lush greenery, Seychelles is perfect for family retreats. Explore Anse Lazio’s white sands or snorkel in vibrant coral reefs for a blissful escape.”

Georgia starting from AED 1,703– “Steeped in rich history, Georgia welcomes UAE residents to explore ancient monasteries, stunning landscapes, and vibrant cities. Georgia is becoming a regular tourist haunt for UAE residents given the sudden influx of Georgia tour packages and the family activities to be experienced.”

Jordan starting from AED 1,752 – “A treasure trove of ancient history and natural wonders, Jordan is a captivating family destination. From the rose-red city of Petra to floating in the mineral-rich waters of the Dead Sea, Jordan promises a timeless family adventure.”

Malaysia starting from AED 1,903 – “A melting pot of cultures and landscapes, Malaysia invites families to explore bustling Kuala Lumpur, beautiful Langkawi beaches, and vibrant neighborhoods in Georgetown. Trek lush rainforests in Taman Negara or dive into the colourful underwater world of the Perhentian Islands. Try Skyscanner’s multi-city search too to explore all that Malaysia has to offer.”

For travellers still deciding on a destination to visit this upcoming break, a Skyscanner ‘Everywhere’ search is one of the easiest ways to be inspired. Ordered by cheapest price, a search to ‘Everywhere’ shows travellers all the destinations available for your desired travel departure.

Skyscanner’s Everywhere search tool reveals return flights to visa-free destinations such as Thailand from AED 1,891, Philippines from AED 1,932, Azerbaijan from AED 1,634 and Malaysia from AED 1,976 round trip.

With the convenience of visa-free travel to various destinations, the options for an unforgettable getaway are endless. So pack your bags, book your tickets, and get ready for a stress-free holiday.

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