Mastercard turns dream into reality for Saudi football fan

Basmah Alshnaifi with global footballers in the final match of UEFA Champions League.
Updated 11 June 2019

Mastercard turns dream into reality for Saudi football fan

Basmah Nawaf Alshnaifi, a 10-year-old girl from Saudi Arabia with a passion for football, was given the opportunity of a lifetime, to become the first female Saudi mascot at the UEFA Champions League. The unique experience was made possible for her thanks to Mastercard. 

As the official sponsor of the sporting tournament, Mastercard provided an opportunity for Alshnaifi to walk the stadium with global footballers in the final match of UEFA Champions League in Madrid. 

The payments technology company offered Saudi cardholders the chance to win a surprise ticket by using their Mastercard debit and credit cards for everyday payments.  

J.K. Khalil, general manager in Mastercard, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, said: “At Mastercard, we are committed to offering cardholders priceless opportunities that allow them to pursue their passions. It is heartening to see such unbridled enthusiasm for football among young Saudi girls today, and we couldn’t be happier to make Basmah’s dream a reality. By innovating in the way we engage with consumers, we will continue to bring unique campaigns to the Kingdom that resonate with the people’s passions and make everyday digital payments simple, secure and rewarding.” 

Alshnaifi was given a ticket to the UEFA Champions League Final match between Tottenham and Liverpool, where she got the chance to be the mascot for football legends. 

“I never thought I would ever have such an experience in my life. I have always had the dream to play in a big stadium and today I am present in the UEFA Champions League Final as a player mascot. I want to thank Mastercard for making this happen. This is the best gift I’ve ever received and I will always remember it, thank you as well to my family and academy for supporting me,” Alshnaifi said.  

Mastercard has been a sponsor of the UEFA Champions League since 1994, and recently added two women’s football clubs, Arsenal Football Club and Olympique Lynonais to its global portfolio, sending a signal for gender equality in sports.


IWC Schaffhausen opens new boutique in Riyadh

Updated 05 July 2020

IWC Schaffhausen opens new boutique in Riyadh

Swiss luxury watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen has launched a new boutique at Mode Al-Faisaliah Mall in Riyadh. Known for their timeless innovation and technical ingenuity, IWC’s latest addition to its client experience-centric boutiques in the region has opened in partnership with Attar United. The store is strategically located in the capital city’s ultimate luxury retail destination.

“At Mode Al-Faisaliah IWC Boutique, watch enthusiasts and collectors can expect to embark on a memorable shopping experience with personalized attention from client advisers who focus on every discerning customer’s requirement,” a statement said.

“Guests can discover our latest Portugieser collection with novelties such as The Portugieser Perpetual Calendar 42. With storytelling at the core of the brand and its numerous successful partnerships, each experience at the boutique is interesting and educational from the moment you walk through the doors until the end of every visit. With the aim of catering to the needs of every trusted client and prospective new customer in Riyadh, the Mode Al-Faisaliah boutique is committed to making every exciting and emotional journey of buying an IWC Schaffhausen watch, a special one.”

Stretching across 110 square meters over a single story, the boutique will house limited-edition timepieces. The store pays homage to the brand’s expertise and craftsmanship in watchmaking. Every corner of the new boutique is designed by IWC Schaffhausen’s in-house architects and aesthetically aligns with the brand’s unique identity, which is seen through personalized touches, finishes and textures including soft beige hues and dark wooden accents. This offers both a masculine and welcoming atmosphere that is the perfect setting to showcase IWC Schaffhausen timepieces.

“IWC is excited to unveil this new boutique in Saudi Arabia with our partner Attar United. We consider the Saudi market to be one with strong growth potential and have been eagerly awaiting this boutique opening for a long time. The layout of the space is centered around luxury with a cozy feeling, to make it welcoming to all customers and keep them at ease. With shoppers in Saudi wanting more close and trusted brand relationships, the arrival of this new boutique falls in line with IWC Schaffhausen’s pivotal goal to foster strong client loyalty,” said Mehdi Rajan, regional brand director of IWC Schaffhausen for the Middle East, India and Africa.

CEO of Attar United Company Mohammed Saddik Attar said: “Our partnership with the Swiss watchmaking brand, IWC Schaffhausen, is one that is of great importance to us as this signifies the first of many collaborations in the booming landscape of luxury boutiques opening in the Kingdom.”

With a growing community of loyal customers, collectors and fans in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia is indeed an ideal location for IWC Schaffhausen.