Visa the global leader in digital payments, announced today that it has launched a new portfolio of services for Bangladeshi customers in line with Islamic Banking principles. Guided by Shariah principles, the new credit and debit cards will offer exclusive benefits to Islamic Banking cardholders in categories like dining, travel and shopping.
Banks guided by Shariah principles, both traditional and Islamic, that wish to offer cards compliant with Islamic Banking can now do so in all available Visa card variants – Classic, Gold, Platinum and Signature – each of which comes with a range of benefits tailored to the segment. These cards will offer the customer a slew of exclusive benefits in categories that are popular among Islamic Banking consumers like Hajj and Umrah travel, leisure travel, lifestyle shopping, healthcare and retail benefits. Customers can avail these offers online as well as in physical retail stores across the country that accept Visa cards.
Interestingly, in a survey conducted in the GCC region, Visa found that, of customers who held both conventional and Islamic card products, nearly 46% preferred using their Islamic credit card over other cards while just 15% preferred their conventional credit card, making it a ‘top of wallet’ payment option.
Soumya Basu, Country Manager, Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan, Visa said, “Bangladesh is one of the key markets for Islamic Banking and has been instrumental in providing a number of novel ways to cater to its customers. Being committed to the market, Visa is constantly looking for ways to provide services most suitable to the local palate. We are delighted to launch a bespoke portfolio of card products, specially designed for Islamic Banking customers. We are eagerly looking forward to partner with banks and bring our Islamic card products to more Bangladeshi customers.”
To make life simpler, Visa has also launched a dedicated website for Islamic cardholders to help them search for information on travel, lifestyle, dining, shopping and numerous other categories, in addition to browsing and redeeming offers linked to their cards. Apart from lifestyle benefits, few issuing banks may have the provision for Islamic cardholders to make Zakat donations. Customers can also avail of more benefits, including international offers on the wider Visa Offers portal.