Vehicle Registration Service

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    RakBank Mastercard World Card

    • Minimum Salary

      AED 35000

    • Annual Fee

      AED 750

    • Retail Interest

      2.95%

    • Late Payment Fee

      AED230

    Highlights Section :

    • Upto 10% Cashback on Travel & Supermarket spends
    • Complimentary Airport Pick-Up / Drop service
    • 50% OFF on Movie Tickets
    • Complientary Vehical Pick-Up & Drop for Vehical Registration
    • Airport Lounge Access
    • Airport Pickup/Drop
    • Balance Transfer
    • Cinema Tickets
    • Dining offers
    • Purchase Protection
    • Roadside Assistance
    • Travel Insurance
    • Vehicle Registration Service

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    Airport Benefits

    • Upto 6 Complimentary Airport Up & Drop services per annum

    Car Related Benefits

    • Free Roadside Assistance including Towing Service, Mechanical Repair Service, Battery Boost Service, Flat Tyre Service, Emergency Fuel Service etc.
    • Free Rent A Car for 24 hours

    Complimentary Insurances

    • Comprehensive Travel Medical & Travel Inconvenience Insurance: Covering in case of emergency upto USD 500,000 and baggage loss/delay & flight miss/delays
    • Purchase Protection: Offering peace of mind protecting you from theft or accidental damage
    • Travel Insurance Letter: For all your Visa Application needs

    Special Benefits

    • Unlimited complimentary access to over 900+ Airport Lounges across the world

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    No Car Related Benefits

    • No Golf Benefits
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    Highlights Section :

    • Upto 10% Cashback on Travel & Supermarket spends
    • Complimentary Airport Pick-Up / Drop service
    • 50% OFF on Movie Tickets
    • Complientary Vehical Pick-Up & Drop for Vehical Registration

    Rewards Type :

    • Cashback
    Apply Now !

    Fee Details

    • Minimum Salary : AED35000
    • Annual Fee : AED 750
    • Annual Fee Extra Content : Applicable from 2nd Yr. onwards
    • Retail Interest : 2.95%
    • Late Payment Fee : AED 230
    • Overlimit Fee : AED 275
    • Foreign Transaction Fee : 2.00%
    • Islamic : yes
    • Salary Transfer : yes
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    EIB Skywards Infinite Card

    • Minimum Salary

      AED 25000

    • Annual Fee

      AED 2000

    • Retail Interest

      2.99%

    • Late Payment Fee

      AED225

    Highlights Section :

    • Complimentary Skywards SILVER Membership
    • Unlimited Complimentary rounds of Golf
    • Complimentary Valet Parking each month
    • Upto 12 Complimentary access to Airport Lounge
    • Airport Lounge Access
    • Balance Transfer
    • Dining offers
    • Extended Warranty
    • Golf offers
    • Purchase Protection
    • Travel Insurance
    • Valet Parking
    • Vehicle Registration Service

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    Complimentary Insurances

    • Multitrip Travel: For Self and Family are covered upto USD 1,000,000 for 90 days.
    • Extended Warranty: Doubles the repair period offered by original manufacture warranty upto 1 year.
    • Purchase Protection: Offering peace of mind protecting you from theft or accidental damage.
    • Card Fraud Protection: Protection against unauthorized or fraudulent transactions by third party
    • Travel Insurance Letter: For all your Visa Application needs

    Special Benefits

    • 12 Complimentary access to over 900+ Airport Lounges across the world. For Cardholder + 1 Guest

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    No Joining Vouchers

    • No Health & Fitness benefits
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    Highlights Section :

    • Complimentary Skywards SILVER Membership
    • Unlimited Complimentary rounds of Golf
    • Complimentary Valet Parking each month
    • Upto 12 Complimentary access to Airport Lounge

    Rewards Type :

    • Airmiles
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    Fee Details

    • Minimum Salary : AED25000
    • Annual Fee : AED 2000
    • Retail Interest : 2.99%
    • Late Payment Fee : AED 225
    • Overlimit Fee : AED 249
    • Foreign Transaction Fee : 2.34%
    • Islamic : yes
    • Salary Transfer : yes
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    Emirates NBD – Skywards Signature Credit Card

    • Minimum Salary

      AED 15000

    • Annual Fee

      AED 700

    • Retail Interest

      3.25%

    • Late Payment Fee

      AED230

    Highlights Section :

    • Free Local courier services within UAE up to 6 times per calendar year
    • Exclusive discounts at Lifeline Health Club Abu Dhabi
    • Salik auto top-up feature
    • Exclusive offers on Emirates.ae
    • Airport Lounge Access
    • Airport Pickup/Drop
    • Balance Transfer
    • Golf offers
    • Purchase Protection
    • Travel Insurance
    • Valet Parking
    • Vehicle Registration Service

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    Airport Benefits

    • Airport transfers* up to 2 drops per calendar year in the UAE.

    Complimentary Insurances

    • Travel Insurance: As an Emirates NBD Diners Club Card Member, you will be entitled to free insurance cover for trips less than 180 days. You will be covered automatically when your ticket or a minimum of $500 of your travel expenditure is charged to your Emirates NBD Diners Club card.
    • Purchase Protection: Enjoy global purchase protection with your Al-Futtaim Titanium Credit Card.
    • Iternational Medical and Travel Assistance: International Medical & Travel Assistance Service helps you and your immediate family when you are travelling together to a location outside of your principal country of residence for up to 90 days. Services such as medical telephone advice, putting you in touch with a local medical service provider and with someone to monitor your medical condition till you are well. Learn more about benefits

    Special Benefits

    •   Enjoy unlimited access to over 650 premium airport lounges in more than 300 cities worldwide
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    • Free Local courier services within UAE up to 6 times per calendar year
    • Exclusive discounts at Lifeline Health Club Abu Dhabi
    • Salik auto top-up feature
    • Exclusive offers on Emirates.ae

    Rewards Type :

    • Rewards
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    Fee Details

    • Minimum Salary : AED15000
    • Annual Fee : AED 700
    • Retail Interest : 3.25%
    • Late Payment Fee : AED 230
    • Overlimit Fee : AED 279
    • Foreign Transaction Fee : 1.99%
    • Islamic : no
    • Salary Transfer : yes
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    Emirates NBD – Dnata World Credit Card

    • Minimum Salary

      AED 25000

    • Annual Fee

      AED 999

    • Retail Interest

      3.09%

    • Late Payment Fee

      AED230

    Highlights Section :

    • 15% Rewards for Spends at dnata
    • Earn accelerated rewards at partner stores
    • Salik auto top-up feature
    • Discounts on air tickets and holiday packages
    • Airport Lounge Access
    • Airport Pickup/Drop
    • Balance Transfer
    • Cinema Tickets
    • Golf offers
    • Purchase Protection
    • Roadside Assistance
    • Travel Insurance
    • Valet Parking
    • Vehicle Registration Service

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    CashBack Offers

    • 10% Rewards on Duty Free Shopping – now you can indulge more in Duty Free shopping across hundreds of Duty Free shops worldwide!
    • 2% Rewards on all Retails Spends – earn up to 2% rewards for all your shopping, taking you closer to your dream vacation!
    • 15% Rewards for Spends at dnata – maximise your savings when you plan your vacation. With 15% rewards for all purchases from air tickets, hotel stays to car rentals, no credit card gives you so much value!

    Airport Benefits

    • Up to 4 airport transfers per calendar year

    Complimentary Insurances

    • Protect Plus. Your Credit Card insurance : With Protect Plus Insurance, you can enjoy the spending power of your card with the assurance that, in the event of any unforeseen circumstances, your Emirates NBD credit card outstanding balance will be taken care of.
    •   Purchase Protection: When paying with your Visa Infinite card, you may benefit from Purchase Protection for lost, stolen or damaged goods purchased.
    • Free 24/7 Roadside Assistance Anytime, anywhere in the UAE if you require any of the following services: Lockout service Towing service Fuel delivery Battery boost Flat tyre service

    Special Benefits

    • Enjoy unlimited complementary access to over 850 premium airport lounges in more than 300 cities worldwide
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    Highlights Section :

    • 15% Rewards for Spends at dnata
    • Earn accelerated rewards at partner stores
    • Salik auto top-up feature
    • Discounts on air tickets and holiday packages

    Rewards Type :

    • Rewards
    Apply Now !

    Fee Details

    • Minimum Salary : AED25000
    • Annual Fee : AED 999
    • Retail Interest : 3.09%
    • Late Payment Fee : AED 230
    • Overlimit Fee : AED 279
    • Foreign Transaction Fee : 1.99%
    • Islamic : no
    • Salary Transfer : yes
    Apply Now !
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    Emirates NBD – Skywards Infinite Card

    • Minimum Salary

      AED 30000

    • Annual Fee

      AED 1500

    • Retail Interest

      3.09%

    • Late Payment Fee

      AED230

    Highlights Section :

    • Complimentary Emirates Skywards Silver membership
    • Complimentary night with Marriott Vacation Club
    • Complimentary Rotana Rewards Exclusive Club Membership (First year only)
    • 50% off movie tickets every Sunday at VOX Cinemas
    • Airport Lounge Access
    • Airport Pickup/Drop
    • Balance Transfer
    • Cinema Tickets
    • Golf offers
    • Purchase Protection
    • Roadside Assistance
    • Travel Insurance
    • Valet Parking
    • Vehicle Registration Service

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    CashBack Offers

    • 1 USD Spend - For all domestic retail spends earn 1 Skyward Mile
    • 1 USD Spend - For all international retail spends earn 1.5 Skyward Miles
    • 1 USD Spend - For spends on Emirate.ae earn 2.5 Skyward Miles
    • Earn 50% additional Miles over and above the Total miles earned every billing cycle. The maximum Miles which can be earned in a single billing cycle will be capped at the lower of the credit limit or retail spend of AED 100,000.

    Airport Benefits

    • Up to 4 airport transfers per calendar year

    Complimentary Insurances

    • Protect Plus. Your Credit Card insurance : With Protect Plus Insurance, you can enjoy the spending power of your card with the assurance that, in the event of any unforeseen circumstances, your Emirates NBD credit card outstanding balance will be taken care of.
    • Purchase Protection: When paying with your Visa Infinite card, you may benefit from Purchase Protection for lost, stolen or damaged goods purchased.
    • Free 24/7 Roadside Assistance Anytime, anywhere in the UAE if you require any of the following services: Lockout service Towing service Fuel delivery Battery boost Flat tyre service

    Special Benefits

    • Enjoy unlimited access to over 650 premium airport lounges in more than 300 cities worldwide
    • Visa Infinite cardholders enjoy unlimited complimentary visits for self and 1 guest per visit.
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    Highlights Section :

    • Complimentary Emirates Skywards Silver membership
    • Complimentary night with Marriott Vacation Club
    • Complimentary Rotana Rewards Exclusive Club Membership (First year only)
    • 50% off movie tickets every Sunday at VOX Cinemas

    Rewards Type :

    • Miles
    Apply Now !

    Fee Details

    • Minimum Salary : AED30000
    • Annual Fee : AED 1500
    • Retail Interest : 3.09%
    • Late Payment Fee : AED 230
    • Overlimit Fee : AED 279
    • Foreign Transaction Fee : 1.99%
    • Islamic : no
    • Salary Transfer : yes
    Apply Now !
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    Emirates NBD – VISA Platinum Card

    • Minimum Salary

      AED 12000

    • Annual Fee

      AED 700

    • Retail Interest

      3.25%

    • Late Payment Fee

      AED230

    Highlights Section :

    • Earn Plus Points rewards on all domestic and international spends
    • Redeem Plus Points for gift vouchers, frequent flyer miles, annual fee waivers or cash back
    • 50% off movie tickets every Sunday at VOX Cinemas
    • International Medical & Travel Assistance
    • Airport Lounge Access
    • Airport Pickup/Drop
    • Balance Transfer
    • Cinema Tickets
    • Golf offers
    • Purchase Protection
    • Roadside Assistance
    • Travel Insurance
    • Vehicle Registration Service

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    CashBack Offers

    • Earn Plus Points rewards on all domestic and international spends - 2 Plus Points for every AED 100 retail spend.
    •   Insurance, Car dealership related, Grocery/Supermarket will earn 0.4% Points; Real Estate, Education, Fuel, Govt Services, Utilities, Telecom will earn 0.2% Points.
    • Redeem Plus Points for gift vouchers, frequent flyer miles, annual fee waivers or cash back

    Airport Benefits

    • Up to 2 airport transfers per calendar year

    Complimentary Insurances

    • Protect Plus. Your Credit Card insurance : With Protect Plus Insurance, you can enjoy the spending power of your card with the assurance that, in the event of any unforeseen circumstances, your Emirates NBD credit card outstanding balance will be taken care of.
    • Purchase Protection: When paying with your Visa Infinite card, you may benefit from Purchase Protection for lost, stolen or damaged goods purchased.
    • Free 24/7 Roadside Assistance Anytime, anywhere in the UAE if you require any of the following services: Lockout service Towing service Fuel delivery Battery boost Flat tyre service

    Special Benefits

    • Enjoy unlimited lounge access at selected Middle East airports.
    Apply Now !

    Highlights Section :

    • Earn Plus Points rewards on all domestic and international spends
    • Redeem Plus Points for gift vouchers, frequent flyer miles, annual fee waivers or cash back
    • 50% off movie tickets every Sunday at VOX Cinemas
    • International Medical & Travel Assistance

    Rewards Type :

    • Rewards
    Apply Now !

    Fee Details

    • Minimum Salary : AED12000
    • Annual Fee : AED 700
    • Retail Interest : 3.25%
    • Late Payment Fee : AED 230
    • Overlimit Fee : AED 279
    • Foreign Transaction Fee : 1.99%
    • Islamic : no
    • Salary Transfer : yes
    Apply Now !
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    Emirates NBD – VISA Infinite Card

    • Minimum Salary

      AED 30000

    • Annual Fee

      AED 1500

    • Retail Interest

      2.99%

    • Late Payment Fee

      AED230

    Highlights Section :

    • Salik auto top-up feature
    • Redeem Plus Points for gift vouchers, frequent flyer miles, annual fee waivers or cash back
    • Dedicated concierge service
    • Free Local courier services within UAE up to 12 times per calendar year
    • Airport Lounge Access
    • Airport Pickup/Drop
    • Balance Transfer
    • Dining offers
    • Golf offers
    • Purchase Protection
    • Roadside Assistance
    • Travel Insurance
    • Valet Parking
    • Vehicle Registration Service

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    Airport Benefits

    • Up to 4 airport transfers per calendar year

    Complimentary Insurances

    • Protect Plus. Your Credit Card insurance : With Protect Plus Insurance, you can enjoy the spending power of your card with the assurance that, in the event of any unforeseen circumstances, your Emirates NBD credit card outstanding balance will be taken care of.
    • Purchase Protection: When paying with your Visa Infinite card, you may benefit from Purchase Protection for lost, stolen or damaged goods purchased.
    • Free 24/7 Roadside Assistance Anytime, anywhere in the UAE if you require any of the following services: Lockout service Towing service Fuel delivery Battery boost Flat tyre service

    Special Benefits

    • Access to Over 1,000 premium lounges in over 300 cities
    • 1 Complimentary guest per visit
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    Highlights Section :

    • Salik auto top-up feature
    • Redeem Plus Points for gift vouchers, frequent flyer miles, annual fee waivers or cash back
    • Dedicated concierge service
    • Free Local courier services within UAE up to 12 times per calendar year

    Rewards Type :

    • Points / Rewards
    Apply Now !

    Fee Details

    • Minimum Salary : AED30000
    • Annual Fee : AED 1500
    • Retail Interest : 2.99%
    • Late Payment Fee : AED 230
    • Overlimit Fee : AED 279
    • Foreign Transaction Fee : 1.99%
    • Islamic : no
    • Salary Transfer : yes
    Apply Now !
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    Mashreq Solitaire – Infinite Card

    • Minimum Salary

      AED 35000

    • Annual Fee

      AED 1500

    • Retail Interest

      3.45%

    • Late Payment Fee

      AED230

    Highlights Section :

    • Upto 6 Complimentary rounds of Golf every month
    • Unlimited access to Fitness First Health Club
    • Upto 6 Complimentary Marhaba 'SILVER' Meet & Greet services per year
    • Upto 2 Complimentary Valet Parking each month
    • Upto 6 Complimentary Airport Pick-Up / Drop service per year
    • Complimentary Pick-Up & Drop for Vehical Registration
    • Airport Lounge Access
    • Airport Pickup/Drop
    • Balance Transfer
    • Dining offers
    • Extended Warranty
    • Golf offers
    • Health & Fitness
    • Purchase Protection
    • Travel Insurance
    • Valet Parking
    • Vehicle Registration Service

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    Airport Benefits

    • Upto 6 Complimentary Airport Up & Drop services per annum

    Complimentary Insurances

    • Multitrip Travel Insurance - For cardholders & Family upto 1,000,000 for upto 90 days in duration covering in case of emergency,baggage loss/delay & flight miss/delays
    • Card Fraud Protection - Protection against unauthorize or fraudulent transactions by third party
    • Purchase Protection - Offering peace of mind protecting you from theft or accidental damage
    • Extended Warranty - Doubles the repair period offered by original manufacture warranty upto 1 year
    • Travel Insurance Letter: For all your Visa Application needs

    Special Benefits

    • 12 Complimentary access to over 900+ Airport Lounges across the world. For Cardholder + 1 Guest

    Misses :

    Apply Now !

    Highlights Section :

    • Upto 6 Complimentary rounds of Golf every month
    • Unlimited access to Fitness First Health Club
    • Upto 6 Complimentary Marhaba 'SILVER' Meet & Greet services per year
    • Upto 2 Complimentary Valet Parking each month
    • Upto 6 Complimentary Airport Pick-Up / Drop service per year
    • Complimentary Pick-Up & Drop for Vehical Registration

    Rewards Type :

    • Points / Rewards
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    Fee Details

    • Minimum Salary : AED35000
    • Annual Fee : AED 1500
    • Retail Interest : 3.45%
    • Late Payment Fee : AED 230
    • Overlimit Fee : AED 279
    • Foreign Transaction Fee : 2.79%
    • Islamic : no
    • Salary Transfer : yes
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Frequently Asked Questions

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Yes, you can withdraw cash from ATMs using your credit card with a cash advance fee or processing fee applicable on such withdrawals.

Different banks have different rules when it comes to the eligibility of the credit cards. They may or may not offer the card to those whose company is not listed.

  • Interest Rates – Is the rate communicated by a monthly interest rate or an annual rate? Rates may also vary according to your monthly salary, your place of employment or whether you’re already a customer of the bank
  • Salary requirement – what is the minimum salary requirement? You need to identify which cards you’re eligible for and then compare the rates, fees and other benefits accordingly
  • Foreign currency rate – if you travel frequently, work out how much you will pay on top of the transaction amount if transactions are made in a foreign currency? Each time you make a transaction on your credit card outside of the UAE, banks will charge you a fee as a percentage of your spend
  • Annual fee – Even if a bank advertises no annual fee, make sure a fee is not applicable from the second year onwards
  • Other applicable fees and charges – for late payments for example
  • Benefits – consider the benefits provided such as air miles, airport lounge access, discounts on hotels and car hire or cash back

Most credit cards offer an interest free period of 50-55 days. If you pay the full outstanding balance within this period, you will not have to pay interest.

No. Some credit cards will charge no interest for up to 12 months. Others charge 30-35% interest. Be warned, rates in the UAE are much higher than most other countries.

Your bank will determine the spending limit on your card, according to your ability to pay back the dept and the type of credit card you have. Your limit will usually be set at two or three times your monthly salary. As interest rates in the UAE are very high, we advise you don’t borrow more than you can realistically afford to pay back.

Arrange to meet with your bank and discuss your options with them. Perhaps you can convert the outstanding balance to a loan in order to pay off the card quicker and with lesser interest payments to be made. If you do manage to arrange this, cut the card up and don’t ever use it again!

This depends on the rental agency that manages your rent contract. Many rental agencies in the UAE do accept credit cards as a means of payment. It can be beneficial to make such typically large payments on the credit card from the perspective of the cashback or rewards points that can be earned from this expenditure. However, please ensure that you review whether your particular credit card offers cashback or reward points on such specific charges as many credit cards have specific exclusion categories on which they may not offer any cashback/rewards points.

In addition, using the card to earn cashback and rewards points is only advisable when you are in a position to repay the total amount outstanding by the payment due date. Not doing so will result in the credit card incurring interest charges which will almost certainly be higher than the savings earned in the form of cashback and reward points earned

As per the UAE Central Bank regulations, an individual must earn a minimum salary of AED 5,000 per month to be considered eligible for a credit card. In addition, the Debt Burden Ratio of the customer must not exceed 50% to be eligible for a credit card.

At MoneyHub 24/7, you can identify which credit card is most suitable for you by comparing all the available credit cards in the UAE. You can apply filters on the most useful features and benefits for you and sort the results to fine tune your search. You can then select specific credit cards from the list to compare their features. For each card you can also view more detailed information of all the key features using the quick view and the More info buttons. Once you have reached a decision on which card is best suited to you, you can apply for the card either from any screen by simply clicking on the “Apply” button and filling in a few details.

Cardholders can avoid incurring any interest on their credit cards by paying the total amount outstanding as per the credit card statement on or before the payment due dates stipulated by the bank. By doing this, customers can enjoy a credit-free period varying commonly from 20 to 55 days depending on which credit card they have.

This is the most important manner in which customers can use their credit cards to not only earn credit-free periods but actually save money by using their credit cards. They can save money by utilizing the cashback and reward programs offered by almost all credit cards. Potential savings can be maximized by using the Soulwallet Savings Simulator tool which helps you identify which credit cards offer you the most savings for your specific spend patterns.

Most banks in the UAE offer customers multiple options when it comes to making payments towards their credit card. The simplest way to make a credit card payment is if you have a savings or current account with the same bank. In such a scenario you can do a direct transfer from your bank account towards your credit card. You can also setup an automatic debit instruction whereby the payment will be deducted automatically by the bank’s system each month. Here you can also specify how much you want paid to the credit card each month – the minimum amount due, the total outstanding balance amount, or any other fixed amount each month. This is a useful option which will help avoid incurring late payment fees in situations where you might have otherwise forgotten to pay before the payment due date.You can also make a payment on your credit card from a bank account which is with another bank. The main difference here is that if you decide to setup an auto payment instruction (using a system available in the UAE known as Direct Debit system) it can only be for a fixed amount as the other bank would not have information on your credit card minimum amount due and total amount outstanding. There could also be charges levied for the transfer.

Other options provided by banks to make payments on your credit card are via visits to their branches and also though different payment exchanges which are spread out across several locations in the UAE. Please note that most banks levy charges for payments made via payment exchanges and some banks even levy a charge for payments made at their branches.Another useful mode of making a payment on your credit card is to use the ATM machine of the bank which has issued you the credit card.

Minimum Due Amount is the minimum payment payable on or before the payment due date as mentioned on the credit card statement to avoid incurring late payment charges. Different banks can have different ways of calculating how the minimum balance amount is arrived at but it is commonly based on a percentage of the total balance outstanding on the credit card as of that particular billing cycle. This is usually 5% in most cases. For instance, if the total outstanding balance on your credit card is AED 5,000 then the minimum due amount payable will be AED 250 (5% of 5,000). However, there can be situations when this is more than 5% of the outstanding balance. Some examples are – if cash is withdrawn on the credit card then the minimum balance could also include the cash advance fee, or in situations where the total outstanding balance is greater than the assigned credit limit on the credit card. In such a situation the amount by which the total balance is over the credit limit will be added to the minimum amount due calculation.

From a customer’s perspective it is important to understand that the minimum amount due is the absolute minimum amount to be made before the payment date to avoid incurring late charges. However, it is always advisable to pay much more than the minimum amount to reduce the overall interest charges that are levied on the credit card. If the total outstanding balance is paid then no interest charges will be incurred at all.

With increased competition among banks in the UAE, many banks are exploring innovative strategies such as attractive joining offers to entice customers to apply for their products. Joining offers could be offered for any of the bank’s products including credit cards, personal loans, auto loans etc.

Customers can avail more value from the product of their choice by exploring the competing joining offers before arriving at a decision. However, while joining offers can be very attractive they must not be the primary reason for a customer to decide which product is ideal for him/her. Many banks offer good value for customers by giving them generous joining offers on strong, value providing products. Joining offers in credit cards are usually in the form of gift items such as a mobile phone, luxury pen etc. which is gifted to customers on being issued a card by the bank. For most loan types joining offers are in the form of a free gift, a reduced interest rate or loan processing amount and so on.

An Airmiles credit card is a type of rewards credit card that rewards cardholders for purchases made on the card by issuing them “airmiles” for every AED (or in some cases USD) spent on the card which can then be redeemed for airline tickets. Airmiles credit cards have agreements with specific Airline miles programs and cardholders can use their airmiles earned on the credit card against tickets of those airlines (and other associated airlines as per their frequent flyer program).

Airmiles credit cards can be very valuable for people who travel frequently but also for people who want to build up their airmiles balance to plan a holiday.

A credit card is an unsecured revolving line of credit, which basically means you can borrow money to make purchases without having to put up collateral (upfront cash). Based on your perceived ability to make repayments, credit card companies assign a credit limit, which is the maximum amount of money you can borrow.

Unlike a debit card that uses your own money to make purchases, when you use a credit card, it is the lender who pays the retailer. At the end of your billing cycle, you receive a statement and that tells you the total amount you owe the lender for that period. Credit card companies make money on fees and the interest that accrues on your revolving credit.

There are many types of credit cards depending on the type of user. They range from general purpose cards issued by big banks, to brand-specific rewards cards.

Credit card companies have been offering increasingly shiny rewards, signup bonuses, and travel perks to lure new users to spend with them. This can be very helpful if you pay your bills on time and in full. If you don’t you might offset any rewards gained by paying more in fees and interest.

As you spend on your credit card, your debts will also begin to collect interest if you’re unable to pay the whole balance back by the end of the statement or interest-free period.

A card might have different interest rates for different uses.

If you’ve used your card for purchases, it will start collecting interest charges at the “purchase rate.” If you’ve used your card for an ATM withdrawal or any other transaction that’s considered a cash advance, you’ll accrue the “cash advance rate” which can be higher.

If you decide to transfer your debt from one card to another you’ll also accrue a “balance transfer interest rate”, which is usually the same as either the interest rate or cash advance rate. However, some cards do offer 0% promotional periods on purchases and balance transfers, so this is something to keep in mind during your comparison.

Each month, you’ll receive a statement that will detail the transactions you’ve made, the total outstanding balance you have and any interest you’re accruing. While you’re only required to pay a minimum repayment each month it’s best to pay as much as you can. If you pay your entire balance in full, you can usually take advantage of up to 55 interest-free days in the next statement period. If you don’t pay your entire balance in full, the remainder will start to collect interest. If you miss the minimum repayment, you could be charged late payment fees.

  • Repayments. You’re required to make the minimum repayment when your statement is issued. The minimum repayment is usually 2% of your outstanding balance. You will pay a late payment fee if you don’t make the minimum repayment by the statement due date.
  • Annual fee. This is the cost to own a credit card. The annual fee ranges from $0 to hundreds of dollars depending on the credit card type.
  • Interest rates. Interest is the price you pay to borrow money. Credit card interest rates are much higher than other types of finance because credit cards are an unsecured product; financial institutions have no recourse to take your assets if you default on your repayments.
  • Other fees. Other fees you may run into include late payment fees, rewards program membership fees and cash advance fees.

A Cashback card is a credit card where a percentage of the amount spent on the card is given back to the cardholder, usually in the form of a credit in the card statement. The percentage amount could either be based on the overall amount spent (for e.g. 1% cashback on total credit card spend) or based on specific categories of expenditure (for e.g. 5% cash back on school fees, 3% on groceries etc.). Some categories may also be excluded from earning cashback (for e.g. no cashback will be earned on utility expenses).

There can sometimes also be pre-conditions attached such as a minimum level of expenditure required before any cashback can be earned (for e.g. cashback may be earned only if the monthly credit card statement amount exceeds AED 2,000).

A Rewards credit card is a credit card which rewards cardholders for making purchases on the credit card by giving them incentives in the form of points (for e.g. 5 reward points will be earned for every AED spent on the credit card during the month). These points can be redeemed against shopping vouchers, gift cards or other similar items of value (for e.g. for every 10,000 points earned the cardholder can redeem them for a shopping voucher of AED 500). As with cashback credit, points awarded can also be based on specific categories of expenditure such as groceries, travel, education and so on.

A summary of reward points earned and redeemed during the month are usually provided in the monthly credit card statement. Reward points can be structured in “tiers” wherein the amount of points earned increase with increased levels of expenditure (for e.g. 5 reward points will be earned for every 1 AED spent on the card up to a total of AED 5,000. For total expenditure above AED 5,000, 7.5 reward points will be earned for every AED spent).

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