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United strikes double deal with Middle Eastern financial institutions

English Premier League champion Manchester United has announced regional sponsorship agreements with Commercial Bank of Qatar and Emirates NBD Bank.

The two banking organisations have signed five year deals to become the club’s official financial services partners in Qatar and the UAE respectively.

As part of the separate agreements, both organisations will have the rights to produce Manchester United branded credit, debit and prepaid cards.  In addition to this, Emirates NBD will also market its own Manchester United Savings Account.

Manchester United group managing director, Richard Arnold, said: “Collectively, the club has over a million followers in Qatar and the UAE and we hope that the introduction of the two new partnerships will allow us further to expand the Manchester United family, bringing supporters closer to the team they love.”

The announcement comes a day after Manchester City agreed a new three-year partnership with UAE banking group First Gulf Bank.

FGB has become City’s official affinity credit card bank partner in the UAE and will launch the first ever Manchester City credit card in the region.