areeba and Beirut Duty Free partnered to offer shoppers a chance to attend the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ thanks to Visa

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Beirut, 12th March 2018: Under the patronage of H.E. the Minister of Tourism Avedis Guidanian, areeba invited the Lebanese media at their M1 offices to enjoy the cheer of the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ campaign, in the presence of both Visa and Beirut Duty Free representatives.

The main aim of this gathering was to highlight the partnership between areeba and Beirut Duty Free, which resulted in launching a campaign targeting not only Lebanese travelers, but tourists from around the world visiting Lebanon; whereas any Visa cardholder who used their Visa card, issued anywhere in the world, at the Beirut Duty Free, would get the chance to enter a draw and win a trip to the 2018 FIFA World Cup™.

Mr. Ramzi Saboury, Chief Commercial Officer areeba, said: “areeba takes pride in its partnership with the Beirut Duty Free, which plays a central role in encouraging the Lebanese tourism and boosting the local economy. This campaign also highlights areeba’s dedication towards launching initiatives that will help driving a cashless society.”

Mr. Abdel Majid Lotfi, Deputy General Manager Beirut Duty Free said: “Beirut Duty Free is pleased to be associated with both areeba and Visa in offering our customers the opportunity of attending the greatest sporting event in the World – the FIFA World Cup. With the assistance of our partners this is the very type of innovative offering that Beirut Duty Free continues to develop for our customers now and into the future.”

Mr. Nabil Tabbara, General Manager, Visa Levant, said: “we are very proud with our partnership with Beirut Duty Free and areeba to avail this opportunity to its clients from around the world to attend one of the most sought after sports events. We are sure that this unique opportunity will form a memorable life experience for the winning Visa cardholders. This partnership will enable Visa cardholders to enjoy Lebanon as a destination of choice while having the opportunity to win a trip to the 2018 FIFA World Cup™.”

The draw date, which will be taking place during the 2nd week of April 2018, will announce two lucky Visa cardholders to win one travel package to attend the 16th round in Saint Petersburg and another package to watch the Quarter Final in Moscow. Each package includes: a trip for two along with an airport meet & greet service, a 5-day/4-night stay accommodations, transportation for all scheduled events as well as a $450 prepaid Visa card. Winners, who should be 16 years and above, will be contacted by areeba or the issuer bank following the draw date.

About areeba

areeba is an electronic payment technology company licensed by Visa and MasterCard and has an agreement with American Express. Established in 2017, areeba adopts latest technology and provides solutions and payment services to banks, governments and merchants to suit their aspirations and needs.

areeba offers services tailored to global requirements, from card issuance and management, non-contact payment solutions, contactless and mobile payment, 24-hour contact center services and co-branded programs. It also provides merchants and governments with the latest e-commerce platform and point-of-sale machines that adopt the highest standards and safety systems. areeba operates a wide range of loyalty programs, including: collecting points and miles, cashback programs, and providing consultancy services for the planning, design and development of electronic products and payment solutions.

areeba’s philosophy is based on three core principles: upgrading technology to higher levels, innovation in products and services, and establishing reliable and long-term relationships with its customers.

About Visa Inc.

Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) is the world’s leader in digital payments. Our mission is to connect the world through the most innovative, reliable and secure payment network – enabling individuals, businesses and economies to thrive. Our advanced global processing network, VisaNet, provides secure and reliable payments around the world, and is capable of handling more than 65,000 transaction messages a second. The company’s relentless focus on innovation is a catalyst for the rapid growth of connected commerce on any device, and a driving force behind the dream of a cashless future for everyone, everywhere. As the world moves from analog to digital, Visa is applying our brand, products, people, network and scale to reshape the future of commerce. For more information, visit, or follow us on Twitter @Visamiddleeast.