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MINIMUM SALARY

AED 36,750

RATE

3.25%

ANNUAL FEE

AED 3,000

  • Golf offers
  • Cinema Tickets
  • Dining Offers
  • Balance Transfer
  • Airport Lounge Access
  • Travel Insurance
  • Purchase Protection
  • Earn up to 2.5 Skywards Miles per $ spend
  • Earn up to 2.5 Skywards Miles per $ spend
  • Exclusive 100% Metal card + Skywards Silver Membership
  • Unlimited complimentary golf in some of the courses in UAE
  • 10% discount at Amazon.ae & 15% at Zomato once a month

MINIMUM SALARY

AED 36,750

RATE

3.25%

ANNUAL FEE

AED 3,000

Non AED Transaction Fee

2.99%

Cash Advance Fee

3.00 % / Min 99

Joining Offers

Get 25,000 welcome bonus Skywards Miles when you apply for the card and 10,000 Skywards Miles annually upon renewal. Citibank Terms & Conditions apply.


Apply for a new Citi Credit Card and get 10% discount at Amazon.ae & 15% at Zomato once a month until 31 Dec 2021.

Get 10% instant discount on eligible products (up to AED 50) on transactions above AED 150 at Amazon.ae, once every calendar month with your Citi Mastercard credit card. The offer is valid between 15 July to 31 December 2021 (inclusive). Valid on purchase of selected products on Amazon.ae during the offer period (the offer is not available during Amazon special offer periods including but not limited to Amazon White Friday, 11/11, and Prime Day).

Offer Terms and Conditions

Key Features

  • Exclusive 100% Metal card
  • Complimentary Skywards Silver membership (extra baggage and Emirates lounge access in Dubai Airport)
  • 25,000 Sign-up bonus Skywards Miles for the 1st year when you apply for the card & 10,000 Bonus Miles annually upon renewal
  • Unlimited access to 1000+ airport lounges worldwide for you and 1 guest
  • Complimentary Golf: unlimited on weekdays and 1 free round on weekends per month
  • Buy 1, Get1 free movie tickets with Reel & Vox cinemas
  • International Concierge
  • Complimentary Marhaba Silver Meet & Greet service
  • 0% interest instalment plan on tickets purchased online at www.emirates.ae
  • Complimentary Travel Inconvenience & Travel Medical Insurance and much more
  • Apply for a Citi Credit Card and enjoy a 12-month amazon prime membership
  • Earn up to 2.5 Skywards Miles per USD spend on tickets purchased online at emirates.com
  • Emirates Advantage Offer
  • Earn 1.50 Skywards Mile per USD of foreign currency spend
  • VoucherSkout – Signup offer
  • Complimentary nights at select Marriott Bonvoy properties worldwide
  • Special offers including free nights at Oberoi Hotels & Resorts
  • Car rental offers from Avis & Hertz including Hertz Gold Plus Rewards® President's Circle membership
  • Enjoy a 10% discount on any international roundtrip airfare from Cleartrip
  • Exclusive luxury hotel offers at select Soneva properties in Maldives and Thailand
  • Instant upgrade to DISCOVERY Black-level membership, a loyalty programme of Global Hotel Alliance
  • Exclusive discounts on Airport Meet & Greet services
  • Careem chauffeur benefits - 20% off 3 rides every month
  • Mastercard Priceless Cities offers
  • Luxury outlet shopping offers and benefits at Bicester outlet villages in Europe
  • Mastercard Buy 1 Get 1 free offers
  • MyUS Online shopping benefits and offers
  • Avail 4 complimentary tickets at VOX any day of the week. No minimum Spend required
  • 0% interest installment on tickets purchased online at www.emirates.ae
  • Travel insurance cover upto $500,000 covering the cardholder & family
  • Car rental insurance cover up to USD 50,000
  • Complimentary travel insurance confirmation letter (for e.g. for Schengen Visa)
  • Compensation for inconvenience due to delayed or missed flights and luggage
  • Unlimited free supplementary cards for your family members on Citi Ultima Card
  • Dining Privileges and exlcusive offers
  • Complimentary international concierge
  • Starwood Hotels & Resorts Complimentary Hotel Nights

Reward Features

Earn Emirates Skyward Miles on your Citi Emirates Ultima Credit Card

  • 2.5 Skywards Miles per USD spend on tickets purchased online at emirates.com
  • 1.5 Skywards Miles per USD of FX spend
  • 1 Skywards Mile per USD of local spend

Redeem your Skywards Miles for reward flights and upgrades with Emirates

Things To Be Aware Of

  • VoucherSkout credits valid for 12 months from activation
  • Minimum spend of AED 5,000 per month for complimentary golf

MINIMUM SALARY

AED 20,000

RATE

2.45%

ANNUAL FEE

AED 1,499

  • Golf offers
  • Cinema Tickets
  • Dining Offers
  • Health & Fitness
  • Balance Transfer
  • Airport Lounge Access
  • Travel Insurance
  • Purchase Protection
  • Extended Warranty
  • Life Insurance
  • Contactless Tech
  • Air Miles
  • Get up to 160,000 Bonus Skywards Miles
  • Emirates Skywards Silver Tier Status
  • Access to 900+ airport lounges across the world
  • Fast Track to Gold Tier status
  • 1-night free stay at Rixos JBR

MINIMUM SALARY

AED 20,000

RATE

2.45%

ANNUAL FEE

AED 1,499

Non AED Transaction Fee

2.10%

Cash Advance Fee

3.00 % / Min AED99

Joining Offers

  • Get up to 160,000 Bonus Miles with the RAKBANK Skywards World Elite credit card with a Emirates Skywards Silver Tier Status. Also enjoy a 1-night free stay at Rixos JBR with upto 50% off dining and entertainment in UAE.
  • 20,000 Miles upfront (on AED 1499 joining fee payment)
  • 50% extra Miles for spends in first 3 months (statements)
  • Up to 80,000 Miles on balance transfer from another (non-Rakbank) Card as per below:
  • AED 25K+ = 10K Miles, AED 40K = 25K Miles, AED 60K+ = 30K Miles, AED 80K+ = 40K Miles, AED 100K+ = 50K Miles, AED 150K+ = 80K Miles
  • Balance Transfer will be processed for a period of 3 months at an 0% interest rate and 2.99% processing fee

Key Features

  • Simplified Skywards Miles earn logic - based on total spend tiers
  • Opportunity to earn 40,000 Skywards Miles every month
  • Exclusive Mastercard World Elite Concierge benefits
  • Careem chauffeur benefits - 20% off 3 rides every month
  • Mastercard Priceless Cities offers
  • Rakfoodie privileges
  • Luxury outlet shopping offers and benefits at Bicester outlet villages in Europe
  • Mastercard Buy 1 Get 1 free offers
  • MyUS Online shopping benefits and offers
  • Complimentary Emirates Skywards Silver tier membership
  • Complimentary nights at select Marriott Bonvoy properties worldwide Special offers including free nights at Oberoi Hotels
  • Complimentary access to 900+ lounges globally for the cardholder PLUS a guest
  • Complimentary airport transfers within the UAE
  • Complimentary Amazon Prime membership for a period of one year
  • 50% discount on VOX Cinemas at 4 free tickets per month per card
  • Car rental offers from Avis & Hertz including Hertz Gold Plus Rewards® President's Circle membership
  • Enjoy a 10% discount on any international roundtrip airfare from Cleartrip
  • Exclusive luxury hotel offers at select Soneva properties in Maldives and Thailand
  • Free delivery of fuel at your door step by CAFU - 4 times in a month
  • Discovery Black membership by Global Hotel Alliance with discounts and other premium benefits
  • 15% discount on "Buy and Gift Miles"
  • Fastrack to Gold tier by opening a RAKBANK Emirates Skywards Saving Account
  • Complimentary access two times in a month at some of the finest golf courses in Dubai
  • Travel insurance cover upto $500,000 covering the cardholder & family
  • Car rental insurance cover up to USD 50,000
  • Complimentary travel insurance confirmation letter (for e.g. for Schengen Visa)
  • Applicants for RAKBANK Emirates Skywards World Elite Mastercard Credit Card should be citizens or residents of the UAE
  • Minimum monthly salary requirement for salaried applicants is AED 25,000
  • Annual fees for RAKBANK Emirates Skywards World Elite Mastercard Credit Card is AED 1,499. Limited Period Offer - Annual fees waived for first year until 28th February 2021.
  • Annual fees for RAKBANK Emirates Skywards World Elite Mastercard Supplementary Credit Card is AED 999 with Silver tier membership & AED 200 without Silver tier membership

Reward Features

Earn Emirates Skywards Miles on all spends

The RAKBANK Emirates Skywards World Elite Mastercard Credit Card lets you earn Skywards Miles on all types of spends. What’s more, these Skywards Miles are awarded based on total monthly spends in Dirhams to keep it simple for you.

Simplified Skywards Miles earn logic - based on spend tiers:

  • AED 2,000 to AED 4,999 - 600 Skywards miles
  • AED 5,000 to AED 9,999 - 2,000 Skywards miles
  • AED 10,000 to AED 19,999 - 5,000 Skywards miles
  • AED 20,000 to AED 29,999 - 8,000 Skywards miles
  • AED 30,000 to AED 39,999 - 11,000 Skywards miles
  • AED 40,000 to AED 49,999 - 16,000 Skywards miles
  • AED 50,000 to AED 74,999 - 20,000 Skywards miles
  • AED 75,000 to AED 99,999 - 30,000 Skywards miles
  • > AED 100,000 - 40,000 Skywards miles

Skywards Miles award will be reduced to 50% if spend in special categories (such as Charities, Government Services, Bill Payments, Schools, Transits, Transport, Telecommunication, Real Estate, Petrol/Gas stations, Supermarkets, Health & Beauty, Club Membership, Motion Pictures & Theatres, Computer Services, Automobiles & Vehicles) exceeds 50% of total spends for the month.

Things To Be Aware Of

  • Free for the first year - Annual fee of AED 1499 on renewal

MINIMUM SALARY

AED 18,000

RATE

3.25%

ANNUAL FEE

AED 800

  • Golf offers
  • Cinema Tickets
  • Dining Offers
  • Balance Transfer
  • Airport Lounge Access
  • Travel Insurance
  • Purchase Protection
  • Earn up to 1.25 Skywards Miles per $ spend
  • 1 Complimentary golf a month at the finest courses in UAE
  • 50% on food delivery, dine in bills voucherskout credits
  • Your Skywards Miles can be used for your next trip
  • 10% discount at Amazon.ae & 15% at Zomato once a month

MINIMUM SALARY

AED 18,000

RATE

3.25%

ANNUAL FEE

AED 800

Non AED Transaction Fee

2.99%

Cash Advance Fee

3.00 % / Min 99

Joining Offers

Apply for a new Citi Credit Card and get 10% discount at Amazon.ae & 15% at Zomato once a month until 31 Dec 2021.

Get 10% instant discount on eligible products (up to AED 50) on transactions above AED 150 at Amazon.ae, once every calendar month with your Citi Mastercard credit card. The offer is valid between 15 July to 31 December 2021 (inclusive). Valid on purchase of selected products on Amazon.ae during the offer period (the offer is not available during Amazon special offer periods including but not limited to Amazon White Friday, 11/11, and Prime Day).


Offer Terms and Conditions

Key Features

  • 1.25 Skyward Miles per USD of foreign currency spend
  • 1 Skywards Miles per USD of local spend
  • Convert Skywards miles into Reward Flights and Business Class upgrades
  • Unlimited access to 1000+ airport lounges worldwide for you and 1 guest
  • Complimentary golf once a month at some of the best golf courses in the UAE
  • 4 complimentary 'Buy 1 Get 1' movie tickets with VOX cinemas
  • Complimentary Marhaba Bronze Meet & Greet service once a year at Dubai International Airport.
  • Complimentary International Concierge Service
  • Exclusive offers worldwide with Citibank World Privileges
  • Complimentary Travel Accident Insurance cover offer
  • VoucherSkout – Signup offer
  • Mastercard Priceless Cities offers
  • Mastercard Buy 1 Get 1 free offers
  • MyUS Online shopping benefits and offers
  • Compensation for inconvenience due to delayed or missed flights and luggage
  • Unlimited free supplementary cards for your family members
  • Complimentary international concierge service
  • Dining Privileges and exlcusive offers
  • Starwood Hotels & Resorts Complimentary Hotel Nights
  • Global Hotel Alliance DISCOVERY Black Membership
  • Exclusive offers worldwide with Citi World Privileges on your Citi Emirates Ultimate Card
  • Apply for a new Citi Credit Card and get 10% discount at Amazon.ae & 15% at Zomato once a month until 31 Dec 2021.

Reward Features

Earn Emirates Skyward Miles on your Citi Emirates World Card    

  • 1.25 Skyward Miles per USD of foreign currency spend
  • 1 Skywards Miles per USD of local spend

Redeem your Skywards Miles for reward flights and upgrades with Emirates & Flydubai

To redeem your Skywards Miles contact Skywards at +971 600 555555 or simply login to your Skywards account at www.emirates.com

Things To Be Aware Of

  • VoucherSkout credits valid for 12 months from activation
  • Minimum spend of AED 5,000 per month for complimentary golf

MINIMUM SALARY

AED 12,000

RATE

3.25%

ANNUAL FEE

AED 0

  • Cinema Tickets
  • Dining Offers
  • Balance Transfer
  • Airport Lounge Access
  • Travel Insurance
  • Purchase Protection
  • Earn up to 1 Skywards Mile per USD spent
  • 50% off food delivery, dine in bills free Voucherskout crdts
  • Your Skywards Miles can be used for your next trip
  • 2 for 1 movies tickets at VOX cinemas
  • 10% discount at Amazon.ae & 15% at Zomato once a month

MINIMUM SALARY

AED 12,000

RATE

3.25%

ANNUAL FEE

AED 0

Non AED Transaction Fee

2.99%

Cash Advance Fee

3.00 % / Min 99

Joining Offers

Apply for a new Citi Credit Card and get 10% discount at Amazon.ae & 15% at Zomato once a month until 31 Dec 2021.

Get 10% instant discount on eligible products (up to AED 50) on transactions above AED 150 at Amazon.ae, once every calendar month with your Citi Mastercard credit card. The offer is valid between 15 July to 31 December 2021 (inclusive). Valid on purchase of selected products on Amazon.ae during the offer period (the offer is not available during Amazon special offer periods including but not limited to Amazon White Friday, 11/11, and Prime Day).

Offer Terms and Conditions

Key Features

  • Earn up to 1 Skywards Miles per USD and redeem them on Emirates or Flydubai Reward flights and upgrades
  • Unlimited access to 1000+ lounges worldwide for each cardholder
  • 2 complimentary 'Buy 1 Get 1' movie tickets with VOX cinemas
  • Complimentary Marhaba Bronze Meet & Greet service once a year at Dubai International Airport.
  • 0% interest for 3 months easy instalment plan on Emirates tickets purchased through www.emirates.ae
  • Complimentary Travel Insurance
  • Quick Cash: instant loan on card at a click of a button
  • Exclusive offers worldwide with Citibank World Privileges
  • Apply for a Citi Credit Card and enjoy a 12-month amazon prime membership
  • Unlimited complimentary access to 1000+ airport lounges worldwide for primary & supplementary cardmembers
  • Careem chauffeur benefits - 20% off 3 rides every month
  • Mastercard Priceless Cities offers
  • Luxury outlet shopping offers and benefits at Bicester outlet villages in Europe
  • Mastercard Buy 1 Get 1 free offers
  • MyUS Online shopping benefits and offers
  • Dining Privileges and exlcusive offers
  • VoucherSkout – Signup offer
  • Compensation for inconvenience due to delayed or missed flights and luggage
  • Unlimited free supplementary cards for your family members
  • Exclusive offers worldwide with Citi World Privileges
  • Complimentary nights at select Marriott Bonvoy properties worldwide
  • Car rental offers from Avis & Hertz including Hertz Gold Plus Rewards® Five Star membership
  • Enjoy a 10% discount on any international roundtrip airfare from Cleartrip
  • Travel insurance cover upto $500,000 covering the cardholder & family
  • Complimentary travel insurance confirmation letter (for e.g. for Schengen Visa)
  • Apply for a new Citi Credit Card and get 10% discount at Amazon.ae & 15% at Zomato once a month until 31 Dec 2021.

Reward Features

Earn Emirates Skyward Miles on your Citi Emirates World Card

 

Earn 1 Skywards Mile per USD on international spend and 0.75 Skywards Miles per USD on local spend. 

Redeem your Skywards Miles for reward flights and upgrades with Emirates & Flydubai

Things To Be Aware Of

  • VoucherSkout credits valid for 12 months from activation
  • Annual fee of AED 400 from year 2 onwards

MINIMUM SALARY

AED 30,000

RATE

3.09%

ANNUAL FEE

AED 1,500

  • Golf offers
  • Valet Parking
  • Cinema Tickets
  • Dining Offers
  • Health & Fitness
  • Balance Transfer
  • Car Registration
  • Airport Lounge Access
  • Airport Chauffeur Services
  • Purchase Protection
  • Extended Warranty
  • Air Miles
  • Best-in-class Skywards Miles earning - earn and redeem
  • Earn up to 100,000 Skywards Miles
  • Earn up to 2 Miles per USD 1 of retail spends

MINIMUM SALARY

AED 30,000

RATE

3.09%

ANNUAL FEE

AED 1,500

Non AED Transaction Fee

3.14%

Cash Advance Fee

3.00 % / Min 99

Joining Offers

  • Earn up to 100,000 Skywards Miles with your Skywards Infinite Credit Card.
  • Complimentary Rotana Rewards Exclusive Club Membership with your Skywards Infinite Credit Card

Key Features

  • Earn up to 2 Miles per USD 1 of retail spends
  • Complimentary Emirates Skywards Silver membership
  • Complimentary night with Marriott Vacation Club
  • Complimentary Rotana Rewards Exclusive Club Membership (First year only)
  • 20% off at Roxy on weekdays on Ultra Premium, Platinum Plus and Classic Silver Plus
  • Unlimited complimentary access to over 650+ VIP lounges worldwide for primary, supplementary and 1 guest each
  • 24-hour personalised premium concierge service
  • Up to 4 airport transfers per calendar year
  • Pick up & delivery of car for servicing & registration once a year
  • Free Local courier services within UAE up to 12 times per calendar year
  • 50% off movie tickets every Sunday at VOX Cinemas
  • Up to 4 complimentary valet parking services at select locations in Abu Dhabi
  • Complimentary golf at not 4, but 5 golf courses across the UAE, twice a month. Discounts at 14 clubs in the UAE and Muscat.
  • Salik auto top-up feature
  • Visa luxury hotel collection offers
  • 2-for-1 ENTERTAINER offers with Visa Offers MENA mobile app for exclusive offers & over 5000+ travel discounts
  • Subscribe to Anghami Plus and enjoy upto four months free for the first year
  • Bon Appetit - Exclusive dining discounts
  • Discounts on air tickets and holiday packages
  • Exclusive offers on Emirates.ae
  • International Medical & Travel Assistance
  • Purchase Protection cover for lost, stolen and damaged goods
  • Extended Warranty - automatically double the manufacturer's warranty
  • Travel insurance cover upto $1,000,000 covering the cardholder & family for trips upto 90 days in duration
  • 8% discount on hotel bookings made at Hotels.com
  • Fraudulent card misuse protection cover ($3,000 per occurrence with $5,000 annual aggregate limit)

Reward Features

Earn Skyward Miles

  • Earn Skywards Miles
  • Spend with Emirates NBD Skywards Infinite Credit Card to earn Skywards Miles on your everyday spends. You can earn up to 2 Skywards Miles per USD equivalent spend.
  • Earn 2 Miles on Emirates and flydubai spends
  • Earn 2 Miles on duty free, online food delivery and car booking apps spends.
  • Earn 1.5 Miles on International spends
  • Earn 1 Mile on Domestic spends

Things To Be Aware Of

  • Specific spend categories earn lower rewards

MINIMUM SALARY

AED 15,000

RATE

3.25%

ANNUAL FEE

AED 700

  • Golf offers
  • Valet Parking
  • Cinema Tickets
  • Dining Offers
  • Health & Fitness
  • Balance Transfer
  • Car Registration
  • Airport Lounge Access
  • Travel Insurance
  • Airport Chauffeur Services
  • Purchase Protection
  • Extended Warranty
  • Air Miles
  • Best-in-class Skywards Miles earning - earn and redeem miles
  • Good lifestyle offers
  • Complimentary, unlimited worldwide lounge access
  • Exclusive Concierge Desk and privileges

MINIMUM SALARY

AED 15,000

RATE

3.25%

ANNUAL FEE

AED 700

Non AED Transaction Fee

3.14%

Cash Advance Fee

3.00 % / Min 99

Joining Offers

Earn up to 40,000 Skywards Miles with your Skywards Signature Credit Card:

  • 15,000 Skywards Miles on payment of the joining fee( AED 1499).
  • 15,000 Skywards Miles on spending minimum USD 10,000 within the first three billing statements.
  • 10,000 Skywards Miles on spending minimum USD 3,750 on emirates.com or at any Emirates sales office in the UAE within the first twelve billing statements.

Key Features

  • Earn up to 1.5 Miles per USD 1 of retail spends
  • Unlimited complimentary access to over 650+ VIP lounges worldwide
  • Dedicated concierge service
  • Up to 2 airport transfers per calendar year
  • Complimentary golf at not 4, but 5 golf courses across the UAE, twice a month. Discounts at 14 clubs in the UAE and muscat.
  • 20% off at Roxy on weekdays on Ultra Premium, Platinum Plus and Classic Silver Plus
  • Pick up & delivery of car for servicing & registration once a year
  • Up to 4 complimentary valet parking services at select locations in Abu Dhabi
  • Free Local courier services within UAE up to 6 times per calendar year
  • Complimentary golf access twice a month at select courses
  • Exclusive discounts at Lifeline Health Club Abu Dhabi
  • Salik auto top-up feature
  • 24-hour personalised premium concierge service
  • Visa luxury hotel collection offers
  • 2-for-1 ENTERTAINER offers with Visa Offers MENA mobile app for exclusive offers & over 5000+ travel discounts
  • Subscribe to Anghami Plus and enjoy upto four months free for the first year
  • 8% discount on hotel bookings made at Hotels.com
  • Bon Appetit - exclusive dining discounts
  • Discounts on air tickets and holiday packages
  • Exclusive offers on Emirates.ae
  • International Medical & Travel Assistance
  • Purchase Protection cover for lost, stolen and damaged goods
  • Extended Warranty - automatically double the manufacturer's warranty
  • Travel Insurance cover
  • 50% off movie tickets every Sunday at VOX Cinemas

Reward Features

Earn Skyward Miles
Per 1 USD of spend:

  • Earn 1.5 Miles on Emirates and flydubai spends
  • Earn 1.5 Miles on duty free, online food delivery and car booking apps spends
  • Earn 1 Mile on International spends
  • Earn 0.75 Miles on Domestic spends

Things To Be Aware Of

  • Golf access requires min spend of AED 5,000 per month

MINIMUM SALARY

AED 15,000

RATE

3.25%

ANNUAL FEE

AED 1,575

  • Golf offers
  • Valet Parking
  • Cinema Tickets
  • Dining Offers
  • Balance Transfer
  • Airport Lounge Access
  • Travel Insurance
  • Purchase Protection
  • Extended Warranty
  • Contactless Tech
  • Air Miles
  • Earn up to 30,000 Bonus Skywards Miles
  • Earn Skywards Miles on all spends
  • Premium lifestyle benefits

MINIMUM SALARY

AED 15,000

RATE

3.25%

ANNUAL FEE

AED 1,575

Non AED Transaction Fee

2.26%

Cash Advance Fee

- / -

Joining Offers

Earn up to 30,000 bonus Skywards Miles with the Emirates Skywards DIB Signature Credit Card:

  • 15,000 bonus Miles on card activation

  • 15,000 bonus Miles on balance transfer

Key Features

  • Earn up to 30,000 Bonus Emirates Skywards Miles
  • Earn Skyward Miles on all spends
  • Complimentary access to over 850+ VIP lounges globally for cardholder
  • 20% off at Roxy on weekdays on Ultra Premium, Platinum Plus and Classic Silver Plus
  • Easy 0% payment plan on Emirates tickets
  • Customers can avail discounts from several Golf courses across the world with this card. There are 14 Clubs in the UAE
  • Complimentary international concierge services
  • Complimentary travel insurance with cover up to US $500,000
  • Enjoy 25% dining discounts on online orders through Zomato
  • Luxury Hotel Collection offers from Visa
  • 8% discount on hotel bookings made at Hotels.com
  • Fraudulent card misuse protection cover ($2,500 per occurrence with $4,000 annual aggregate limit)
  • Up to 3 free valet parking services per month in Dubai & Abu Dhabi
  • Balance transfer facility
  • Medical and legal referral services
  • Complimentary 365 days purchase protection
  • Global Customer Assistance Services
  • Extended warranty that doubles the original manufacturer warranty
  • Visa PayWave contactless technology
  • 2-for-1 ENTERTAINER offers with Visa Offers MENA mobile app for exclusive offers & over 5000+ travel discounts
  • Subscribe to Anghami Plus and enjoy upto four months free for the first year

Reward Features

Earn Skyward Miles for every 1 USD spend:

  • Earn 1.5 Skyward Miles on all Emirates spends
  • Earn 1 Skyward Mile on all foreign currency spends
  • Earn 0.75 Skyward Miles on all local currency spends

MINIMUM SALARY

AED 5,000

RATE

3.25%

ANNUAL FEE

AED 525

  • Golf offers
  • Cinema Tickets
  • Dining Offers
  • Balance Transfer
  • Purchase Protection
  • Extended Warranty
  • Contactless Tech
  • 5,000 Bonus Skywards Miles
  • Earn Skywards Miles on all spends

MINIMUM SALARY

AED 5,000

RATE

3.25%

ANNUAL FEE

AED 525

Non AED Transaction Fee

2.26%

Cash Advance Fee

- / -

Joining Offers

Earn bonus Skywards Miles:

5,000 bonus Miles on card activation.

Key Features

  • Earn 5,000 Bonus Emirates Skywards Miles
  • Earn Skyward Miles on all spends
  • Easy 0% payment plan on Emirates tickets
  • Buy 1 Get 1 at Vox on Standard tickets on Sundays and 20% off on weekdays at Ultra Premium, Platinum Plus and Classic Silver Plus at Roxy
  • Enjoy 25% dining discounts on online orders through Zomato
  • Customers can avail discounts from several Golf courses across the world with this card. There are 14 Clubs in the UAE
  • Luxury Hotel Collection offers from Visa
  • Balance transfer facility
  • Medical and legal referral services
  • Complimentary 365 days purchase protection
  • Global Customer Assistance Services
  • Extended warranty that doubles the original manufacturer warranty
  • Visa PayWave contactless technology
  • Access to over 200 airport restaurant offers globally
  • 8% discount on hotel bookings made at Hotels.com
  • 2-for-1 ENTERTAINER Offers with Visa Offers MENA mobile app
  • 4 free months of Anghami Plus

Reward Features

Earn Skyward Miles per 1 USD spend:

  • Earn 1 Skyward Mile on all Emirates spends
  • Earn 0.75 Skyward Miles on all foreign currency spends
  • Earn 0.5 Skyward Miles on all local currency spends

MINIMUM SALARY

AED 35,000

RATE

3.25%

ANNUAL FEE

AED 2,625

  • Golf offers
  • Valet Parking
  • Cinema Tickets
  • Dining Offers
  • Health & Fitness
  • Balance Transfer
  • Airport Lounge Access
  • Travel Insurance
  • Purchase Protection
  • Extended Warranty
  • Contactless Tech
  • Air Miles
  • Earn up to 75,000 Bonus Skywards Miles
  • Earn Skywards Miles on all spends
  • Premium Lifestyle benefits

MINIMUM SALARY

AED 35,000

RATE

3.25%

ANNUAL FEE

AED 2,625

Non AED Transaction Fee

2.26%

Cash Advance Fee

- / -

Joining Offers

  • Earn up to 75,000 bonus Skywards Miles with the Emirates Skywards DIB Infinite Credit Card
  • 25,000 bonus Miles on card activation.
  • 25,000 bonus Miles when you spend an equivalent of USD 20,000 or more in the first 4 card statements.
  • 25,000 bonus Miles on balance transfer.

Key Features

  • Earn up to 75,000 Bonus Emirates Skywards Miles
  • Earn Skyward Miles on all spends
  • Complimentary Emirates Skywards Silver membership
  • 20% off at Roxy on weekdays on Ultra Premium, Platinum Plus and Classic Silver Plus
  • Customers can avail discounts from several Golf courses across the world with this card. There are 14 Clubs in the UAE
  • Complimentary access to over 850+ VIP lounges globally for cardholder plus a guest
  • Easy 0% payment plan on Emirates tickets
  • Enjoy 25% dining discounts on online orders through Zomato
  • Complimentary access to the Emirates Towers Health Club
  • Luxury Hotel Collection offers from Visa
  • Up to 4 free valet parking services per month in Dubai & Abu Dhabi
  • Balance transfer facility
  • Travel insurance cover upto $1,000,000 covering the cardholder & family for trips upto 90 days in duration
  • 24-hour personalised premium concierge service
  • 8% discount on hotel bookings made at Hotels.com
  • Medical and legal referral services
  • Complimentary 365 days purchase protection
  • Global Customer Assistance Services
  • Extended warranty that doubles the original manufacturer warranty
  • Visa PayWave contactless technology
  • 2-for-1 ENTERTAINER offers with Visa Offers MENA mobile app for exclusive offers & over 5000+ travel discounts
  • Subscribe to Anghami Plus and enjoy upto four months free for the first year

Reward Features

Earn Skyward Miles per 1 USD of spend:

  • Earn 2 Skyward Miles on all Emirates spends
  • Earn 1.5 Skyward Miles on all foreign currency spends
  • Earn 1 Skyward Mile on all local currency spends

MINIMUM SALARY

AED 12,000

RATE

3.25%

ANNUAL FEE

AED 700

  • Golf offers
  • Valet Parking
  • Cinema Tickets
  • Dining Offers
  • Balance Transfer
  • Airport Lounge Access
  • Travel Insurance
  • Purchase Protection
  • Extended Warranty
  • Air Miles
  • Complimentary Valet Parking Service
  • Complimentary golf any day of the week
  • Enjoy unlimited comp. access to over 1000 airport lounges
  • Earn additional Skyward Miles with ExtraMiles App

MINIMUM SALARY

AED 12,000

RATE

3.25%

ANNUAL FEE

AED 700

Non AED Transaction Fee

3.49%

Cash Advance Fee

3.00 % / Min 199

Key Features

  • Earn EI SmartMiles for every retail spend on your card
  • Earn double Skyward Miles for spends at Emirates Airlines
  • 20% off on weekdays at Ultra Premium, Platinum Plus and Classic Silver Plus at Roxy
  • Complimentary Valet Parking Service
  • Earn additional Skyward Miles with ExtraMiles App
  • Complimentary access to 1000+ lounges globally for the cardholder (via Loungekey)
  • Mazaya Offers Programme
  • Visa Luxury Hotel collection offers
  • Complimentary rounds twice a month at the Arabian Ranches or Track Meydan. Discounts at 14 clubs in UAE and Muscat
  • Balance transfer facility
  • Medical & Legal referral assistance
  • Travel insurance cover upto $500,000 covering the cardholder & family for trips upto 90 days in duration
  • 24-hour personalised premium concierge service
  • 8% discount on hotel bookings made at Hotels.com
  • Fraudulent card misuse protection cover ($2,500 per occurrence with $4,000 annual aggregate limit)
  • Extended warranty & purchase protection on purchases made on the card
  • 2-for-1 ENTERTAINER offers with Visa Offers MENA mobile app for exclusive offers & over 5000+ travel discounts
  • Subscribe to Anghami Plus and enjoy upto four months free for the first year

Reward Features

On your Emirates Islamic Skywards Signature credit card earn Emirates Skywards Miles on all spends

  • Earn 0.75 Miles for every USD 1 spent on local transactions
  • Earn 1.1 Miles for every USD 1 spent on international transactions
  • Earn 1.5 Miles for every USD 1 spent on all Emirates Airlines transactions
  • Earn additional Skyward Miles with ExtraMiles App

Things To Be Aware Of

  • Specific categories of spend have lower earn rates

MINIMUM SALARY

AED 5,000

RATE

3.25%

ANNUAL FEE

AED 700

  • Golf offers
  • Balance Transfer
  • Purchase Protection
  • Extended Warranty
  • Earn Skywards Miles on all spends
  • Double Miles on spends at Emirates Airlines
  • Complimentary golf offers

MINIMUM SALARY

AED 5,000

RATE

3.25%

ANNUAL FEE

AED 700

Non AED Transaction Fee

3.49%

Cash Advance Fee

3.00 % / Min 199

Key Features

  • Enjoy earning Miles for every USD 1 spend on all local and international transactions
  • Additional Skywards Miles for all spends at Emirates Airlines
  • Access to over 200 airport restaurant offers globally
  • Visa Luxury Hotel collection offers
  • 8% discount on hotel bookings made at Hotels.com
  • Mazaya Offers Programme
  • Exclusive golf offers
  • Extended warranty & purchase protection on purchases made on the card
  • Balance transfer facility
  • Golf offers across the globe
  • 2-for-1 ENTERTAINER Offers with Visa Offers MENA mobile app
  • 4 free months of Anghami Plus

Reward Features

  • Earn 0.6 Miles for every USD 1 spent on local transactions
  • Earn 0.75 Miles for every USD 1 spent on international transactions
  • Earn 1 Mile for every USD 1 spent on all Emirates Airlines transactions

Things To Be Aware Of

  • Specific categories of spend have lower earn rates

MINIMUM SALARY

AED 25,000

RATE

3.09%

ANNUAL FEE

AED 2,000

  • Golf offers
  • Valet Parking
  • Cinema Tickets
  • Dining Offers
  • Balance Transfer
  • Airport Lounge Access
  • Travel Insurance
  • Purchase Protection
  • Extended Warranty
  • Air Miles
  • Complimentary Emirates Skywards Silver Membership
  • Complimentary Valet Parking Service
  • Enjoy unlimited comp. access to over 1000 airport lounges
  • Earn additional Skyward Miles with ExtraMiles App

MINIMUM SALARY

AED 25,000

RATE

3.09%

ANNUAL FEE

AED 2,000

Non AED Transaction Fee

3.49%

Cash Advance Fee

3.00 % / Min 199

Key Features

  • Automatic upgrade offer to Emirates Skywards Silver membership.
  • Free Valet parking up to 2 times per month
  • 20% off on weekdays at Ultra Premium, Platinum Plus and Classic Silver Plus at Roxy
  • Complimentary access to 1000+ lounges globally for the cardholder PLUS a guest (via Loungekey)
  • Up to 2 Skywards Miles per USD spent on your Emirates Islamic Skywards Infinite Credit Card
  • Earn additional Skyward Miles with ExtraMiles App
  • Travel insurance cover upto $1,000,000 covering the cardholder & family for trips upto 90 days in duration
  • Fraudulent card misuse protection cover ($3,000 per occurrence with $5,000 annual aggregate limit)
  • Extended warranty & purchase protection on purchases made on the card
  • Unlimited Complimentary Golf at Arabian Ranches and Track Meydan Clubs. Discounts at 14 clubs in UAE and Muscat
  • 8% discount on hotel bookings made at Hotels.com
  • 24-hour personalised premium concierge service
  • Visa Luxury Hotel collection offers
  • Visa Premium Concierge service
  • DragonPass 'Dine & Fly' airport dining program
  • Mazaya offers
  • 2-for-1 ENTERTAINER offers with Visa Offers MENA mobile app for exclusive offers & over 5000+ travel discounts
  • Subscribe to Anghami Plus and enjoy upto four months free for the first year

Reward Features

On your Emirates Islamic Infinite Skywards Credit card you will earn Emirates Skywards Miles on all spends

  • Earn 1 Mile for every USD 1 spent on local transactions.
  • Earn 1.5 Miles for every USD 1 spent on international transactions.
  • Earn 2 Miles for every USD 1 spent on all Emirates Airlines transactions.
  • Earn additional Skyward Miles with ExtraMiles App.

Things To Be Aware Of

  • Specific categories of spend have lower earn rates

MINIMUM SALARY

AED 5,000

RATE

3.25%

ANNUAL FEE

AED 400

  • Balance Transfer
  • Earn Skywards Miles on all spends
  • Dining & shopping discounts in dubai and across UAE

MINIMUM SALARY

AED 5,000

RATE

3.25%

ANNUAL FEE

AED 400

Non AED Transaction Fee

3.49%

Cash Advance Fee

3.00 % / Min 199

Key Features

  • Enjoy earning Miles for every USD 1 spend
  • Mazaya Offers Programme
  • Balance transfer facility
  • 8% discount on hotel bookings made at Hotels.com

Things To Be Aware Of

  • Skywards Miles will not be earned for some categories

“Mirror, mirror on the wall - which is the best Emirates Skywards Credit Card of them all?”

The Emirates Skywards miles programme is one of the best, premium airmiles programmes offered by any airline in the world. It gives members the opportunity to redeem their Skywards miles against flight ticket purchases and ticket upgrades on Emirates airlines in addition to other options such as hotels and travel bookings.

Skywards miles programme members can earn miles by purchasing tickets on Emirates airlines, however, another popular option to earn miles used by thousands of UAE residents is by using an Emirates Skywards co-branded credit card. These credit cards are issued as part of a joint arrangement between Emirates Airlines and the banks issuing the credit cards.

In the UAE there are several such co-branded airline credit cards offered by many banks. While the main objective to apply for an miles credit card is primarily to earn rewards in the form of “miles” and use those miles for flight tickets and upgrades there are other unique benefits offered by these cards which also vary significantly from one credit card to another. The focus of this article are Emirates Skywards co-branded credit cards and to help readers understand which of the many options available are best suited to them.

Banks in UAE that currently offer Emirates Skywards co-branded credit cards are – 

  • Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank (ADIB)
  • Citibank
  • Dubai Islamic Bank
  • Emirates Islamic Bank
  • Emirate NBD
  • RAKBANK.

Across these 6 banks there are currently a total of 14 different Emirates Skywards credit cards offered. These are broadly categorised based on the minimum income required to be eligible for each credit card, the features and benefits offered, annual fees charged and so on.

Income Eligibility

The monthly minimum income requirement for Emirates Skywards credit cards are as below: 

As can be seen from the table above, there is an Emirates Skywards credit card option available for customers with income segments starting from as low as AED 5,000, which incidentally is also the minimum monthly salary required as per UAE Central bank regulations for a credit card.

Which is “The Best Emirates Skywards credit card” in the UAE?

While many readers would want to scroll directly to this section to find out the ‘best’, the reality, as is often the case, is that among the many options available there is no single “Best Emirates Skywards credit card” for everyone. Different Skywards credit cards offer different benefits. In the sections below we will help you identify which one is the “the best Skywards credit card for you” based on your specific needs, spend patterns and priorities as an individual.

Please note that the best credit cards identified tend to be ‘premium’ credit cards as they understandably have the highest rewards as well as features and benefits that the bank can offer. As such, these Skywards cards are likely to have higher annual membership fees. However, the benefits offered by these credit cards most often can easily justify the annual fees charged. This is especially true if the cardholder takes advantage of the specific features and benefits on offer - another reason to ensure they apply for credit cards most suited to their specific needs. However, there are also a few Emirates Skywards credit cards which have very low annual fees while still offering good benefits which can also be considered.

In a nutshell:

Best for – Maximum Skywards Miles earning potential:

  1. ADIB Emirates Skywards World Elite credit card

  2. Emirates Islamic Bank Emirates Skywards Black credit card

  3. Citi Emirates Skywards Ultima credit card

Best for – Earning miles from even regular ‘everyday’ spends:

  1. Dubai Islamic Bank Skywards Infinite credit card

  2. RAKBANK Emirates Skywards World Elite credit card

  3. Dubai Islamic Skywards Signature credit card

Best for – Earning ‘Bonus’ Skywards Miles:

  1. ADIB Emirates Skywards World Elite credit card

  2. Emirates NBD Emirates Skywards Infinite credit card

  3. Dubai Islamic Bank Skywards Infinite credit card

Best for – Joining offers:

  1. Citi Emirates Skywards Ultima credit card

  2. Citi Emirates Skywards Ultimate credit card

  3. Citi Emirates Skywards World credit card

Best for – Emirates Skywards Gold Tier Membership:

  1. ADIB Emirates Skywards World Elite credit card

  2. Emirates Islamic Bank Emirates Skywards Black credit card

  3. RAKBANK Emirates Skywards World Elite credit card

Best for – ‘Low-fee, high-value’ offered:

  1. Citi Emirates Skywards Ultimate credit card


Best for “MAXIMUM MILES EARNING POTENTIAL”:

This is perhaps the most important feature to be considered for any Emirates Skywards co-branded credit card as the main purpose for a cardholder is to maximize Skywards miles earned by using their credit cards. 

This is also an aspect where there are significant differences in earning rates and eligibility requirements between the different Skywards credit card options available. Readers are advised to review the conditions carefully before arriving at a decision on which card is best suited to their specific spend patterns. 

It is important to note that the cards in this category typically do not offer high earn rates on some regular, day-to-day categories such as groceries, utilities, fuel, school fees etc. but instead offer very high earn rates on almost all other types of spends - think electronics, clothes, luxury, travel, dining and most other categories. Depending on the individual’s spend patterns these cards are potentially the best options to earn the absolute maximum Skywards miles from your credit card spends.

ADIB Emirates Skywards World Elite Credit Card

The ADIB Emirates Skywards World Elite credit card is an excellent option to maximise your Skywards miles earnings as it offers 3 Skywards miles per USD spent at Emirates Airline as well as offering 2 Skywards miles/USD for foreign currency spends and 1.5 Skyward miles/USD for domestic purchases.

Earn rates are lower for specific everyday categories such as groceries, utilities, government spends, fuel, school fees, Salik etc. but for almost every other type of spend category this is an excellent option. In addition to the high Skyward miles earn rates, this card also has other very compelling features including complimentary Emirates Airlines home check-ins, Skyward Gold tier membership and so on.

All relevant features of this credit card, along with side-by-side comparisons can be seen at: www.soulwallet.com

Emirates Islamic Bank Skywards Black Credit Card

The Emirates Islamic Bank Skywards Black Credit Card offers 3.5 Skywards miles for every 1 USD spent at Emirates airlines. This is the highest offered by any credit card in the UAE currently. 

In addition to this, it also offers 2 Skyward miles per USD equivalent of foreign currency spends and 1.5 Skyward miles per USD of domestic spends. This is again the highest offered by any Skywards credit card in the UAE (along with the ADIB World Elite Skywards credit card which also offers the same).

While this card has lower earn rates for some specific every day categories (grocery, fuel, utilities etc.) for all other purchases this is indeed a really powerful option to maximise your Skywards miles earnings.

All relevant features of this credit card, along with side-by-side comparisons can be seen at: www.soulwallet.com

Citibank Emirates Ultima credit card

The Citibank Ultima credit card offers an extremely attractive combination of a high miles earn rate along with very minimal spend category restrictions. This credit card offers an even better earning rate on purchases made at Emirates as compared to the DIB Skywards Infinite credit card (which is also a great option). So, if you are a big spender at Emirates then this is the card to get to maximise your Skywards rewards. Compared to the Dubai Islamic bank Skywards Infinite card, it pays a lower earnings rate on two specific categories.

Emirates Skywards miles earned per USD (equivalent) spent on the card:

  • 2.5 Skywards miles for purchases made at Emirates online or at Emirates sales offices
  • 1.5 Skyward miles for purchases made in foreign currencies
  • 1 Skyward mile for all other local purchases
  • Spends at groceries/supermarkets and related to real estate will earn 0.5 Skywards miles per USD of spend and government services and utilities spends earn no miles

All relevant features of this credit card, along with side-by-side comparisons can be seen at: www.soulwallet.com


Best for “EARNING SKYWARDS MILES FROM EVEN REGULAR ‘EVERY DAY’ SPENDS”:

These credit cards have the most ‘coverage’ of spend categories, that is they hardly exclude any category of spends from earning miles. Hence these cards have the advantage of ensuring that you earn Skywards miles no matter whether you’re buying groceries or paying for your child’s school fees. Depending on your individual spend patterns, these cards could potentially save you the most of all the Skywards credit card options available. To see your specific individual savings on each please use the Savings Calculator on www.soulwallet.com

Dubai Islamic Bank Emirates Skywards Infinite Credit Card

The Emirates Skywards Dubai Islamic Bank Infinite Credit Card is arguably the best credit card to maximise Emirates Skywards miles earnings as it offers an excellent combination of high earn rates on specific categories as well as no excluded spend categories. This is indeed a rarity as almost all other Emirates Skywards credit cards have restrictions on some segments of spend (such as groceries, utilities and so on) which have a lower earning rate.

The Emirates Skywards Dubai Islamic Bank Infinite Credit Card awards miles per USD (equivalent) spent on the credit card as below:

  • 2 Skywards miles for purchases made at Emirates online or at Emirates sales offices
  • 1.5 Skyward miles for purchases made in foreign currencies
  • 1 Skyward mile for all other local purchases
  • A cap of AED 25,000 on government spends per statement (which we believe is quite generous!)

All relevant features of this credit card, along with side-by-side comparisons can be seen at: www.soulwallet.com

RAKBANK Emirates Skywards World Elite Credit Card

The RAKBANK Emirates Skywards World Elite credit card is also a great option to earn rewards on regular everyday spends. This card has a different way of awarding points – a fixed number of points are awarded for specific spend ranges. While this may seem a bit confusing it is actually simple because you can easily assess the number of Skywards miles you have earned by seeing your card statement balance. As the number of Skywards miles are fixed for a specific spend range the actual earn rate can vary depending on how much you have specifically spent within that range but rest assured that it is very competitive with other options available and again with the key benefit of not excluding several regular day to day spend categories (groceries, fuel, telecom, utilities etc.). This card does, however, have a maximum cap of 40,000 Skyward miles per month.

All relevant features of this credit card, along with side-by-side comparisons can be seen at: www.soulwallet.com

Dubai Islamic Bank Emirates Skywards Signature Credit Card

The Emirates Skywards Dubai Islamic Bank Signature Credit Card is a great option just like it’s bigger “brother” the DIB Skywards Infinite credit card. While it offers a slightly lower earn rate it also has a lower annual fee (AED 1,500 vs. AED 2,500) and also has the added benefit of having a lower minimum salary requirement (AED 15,000 vs. AED 35,000 for the Infinite). It also offers an excellent combination of high earn rates on specific categories as well as no excluded spend categories. 

The Emirates Skywards Dubai Islamic Bank Infinite Credit Card awards miles per USD (equivalent) spent on the credit card as below:

  • 1.5 Skywards miles for purchases made at Emirates online or at Emirates sales offices
  • 1 Skyward miles for purchases made in foreign currencies
  • 0.75 Skyward mile for all other local purchases
  • A cap of AED 25,000 on government spends per statement (which we believe is quite generous!)

All relevant features of this credit card, along with side-by-side comparisons can be seen at: www.soulwallet.com


Best for “EARNING BONUS SKWARDS MILES”:

Several credit cards award “bonus” Emirates Skywards miles based on specific criteria, such as a minimum spend levels achieved on the credit card within a specific time period. In this category, there can be varying opinions on which is the “best” option as some cards award higher total maximum bonus miles but at the same time require higher spend levels and over shorter time periods as well. The “best” option here would be determined by the individual’s specific spend patterns.

ADIB Emirates Skywards World Elite Credit Card

Cardholders can get up to 120,000 bonus Emirates Skywards miles with this card. 50,000 welcome bonus Emirates Skywards miles are awarded plus an additional 70,000 bonus miles if a minimum retail spend of AED 140,000 is achieved within 6 months of card issuance.

This credit card has a good combination of the total bonus miles awarded and the overall minimum spend requirement over a period of 6 months. In addition, there are no specific spend category restrictions.

All relevant features of this credit card, along with side-by-side comparisons can be seen at: www.soulwallet.com

Emirates NBD Skywards Infinite Credit Card

The Emirates NBD Skywards Infinite credit card offers cardholders the opportunity to earn up to 100,000 bonus Emirates Skywards miles:

  • 35,000 “Welcome Joining Miles” on payment of the joining fee
  • 40,000 additional “spend based miles” if cumulative retail spend of USD 20,000 is achieved within 3 months
  • “Annual miles”: 25,000 miles will be credited if USD 7,500 is spent at Emirates (online or at sales offices) within the first 12 months

All relevant features of this credit card, along with side-by-side comparisons can be seen at: www.soulwallet.com

Dubai Islamic Bank Emirates Skywards Infinite Credit Card

This credit card offers cardholders the opportunity to earn up to 75,000 Emrates Skywards Miles. Earn up to 75,000 bonus Emirates Skywards miles: 

  • 25,000 miles on card activation
  • 25,000 miles if spend of USD 20,000 is achieved in the first 4 statements
  • 25,000 on balance transfer (minimum balance transfer of AED 50,000)

All relevant features of this credit card, along with side-by-side comparisons can be seen at: www.soulwallet.com


Best for “JOINING OFFERS”:

While it is usually not advisable to apply for a credit only to take advantage of a specific joining offer by the bank, it is worthwhile considering the joining offers in addition to all other benefits and features offered by these credit cards.

Citibank Emirates Ultima credit card 

Customers that apply online can get AED 2,000 back as a statement credit if a minimum retail spend of AED 25,000 is made within 90 days of the credit card being approved.

All relevant features of this credit card, along with side-by-side comparisons can be seen at: www.soulwallet.com

Citibank Emirates Ultimate credit card

Customers that apply online on Citibank UAE can get AED 800 as a statement credit if a minimum retail spend of AED 20,000 is made within 90 days of the credit card being approved.

All relevant features of this credit card, along with side-by-side comparisons can be seen at: www.soulwallet.com

Citibank Emirates World credit card

Customers that apply online on Citibank UAE can get AED 400 as a statement credit if a minimum retail spend of AED 10,000 is made within 90 days of the credit card being approved.

All relevant features of this credit card, along with side-by-side comparisons can be seen at: www.soulwallet.com


Best for “EMIRATES SKYWARDS GOLD MEMBERSHIP TIER MEMBERSHIP”:

As most readers are probably aware the Emirates Skywards Miles programme offers different “Tiers” of membership – Blue, Silver, Gold and Platinum. Each of these tiers offer different benefits to members, with the type and number of benefits increasing in that order – starting with Blue and ending with Platinum which offers the maximum benefits.

An important feature offered by some Emirates Skywards co-branded credit cards is automatic membership for the cardholder into a higher tier of the Emirates Skywards programme simply by virtue of having the credit card. This saves cardholders from having to meet the minimum “tier” miles required to be eligible for the specific tier level, obtained normally through purchase of tickets on Emirates airlines. 

In this aspect as well, there are a few differences in the options available among the various Emirates Skywards credit cards. Many cards offer direct membership to the Silver Tier for the primary cardholder. A few credit cards also provide supplementary card holders the opportunity to enjoy Silver status, subject to a few conditions being met. However, only 3 credit cards offer cardholders the option to upgrade to the Gold Tier Skywards membership. This can be considered to be a significant perk of having the card by people who value the Gold membership tier in the Emirates Skywards program (which offers, among other benefits, 16kgs of excess baggage allowance, guaranteed seats even on fully booked flights and so on).

ADIB Emirates Skywards World Elite Credit Card 

This card offers cardholders Skywards Silver Tier membership as a basic feature of the card. However, in addition it also offers cardholders the option to upgrade their Silver Skywards membership tier to the Gold tier if they spend AED 5,500 at Emirates Airlines within 12 months of getting the card. What’s more this card also offers the supplementary cardholder with the opportunity to upgrade to Gold tier status if a total spend of AED 200,000 is achieved in 12 months and 5,500 of that is spent at Emirates Airlines.

All relevant features of this credit card, along with side-by-side comparisons can be seen at: www.soulwallet.com

Emirates Islamic Bank Skywards Black Credit Card

This card offers customers Silver membership as a default tier for maintain the card. However, similar to the ADIB Emirates Skywards World Elite credit card the Emirates Islamic Bank Skywards Black credit card offers customers the opportunity to upgrade to the Skywards Gold tier status by simply spending AED 5,500 at Emirates on their credit card (no additional spend criteria required). 

This card also provides the option for the supplementary to be upgraded to the Skywards Gold tier membership by spending AED 5,500 at Emirates and by paying an annual membership fee of AED 4,000.

All relevant features of this credit card, along with side-by-side comparisons can be seen at: www.soulwallet.com

RAKBANK Emirates Skywards World Elite Mastercard Credit Card

The RAKBANK Emirates Skywards World Elite Mastercard offers cardholders Silver tier membership as a default offering. Additionally, it also offers the opportunity to fast-track to Skywards Gold tier membership based on the below criteria being met:

  • Placing a deposit of AED 500,000 in the customer’s RAKBANK Emirates Skywards savings account.

This credit card also offers supplementary cardholders the option to enroll in the Skywards Silver Tier membership at a fee of AED 900 per year.

All relevant features of this credit card, along with side-by-side comparisons can be seen at: www.soulwallet.com


The below Emirates Skywards credit cards all offer the primary cardholder complimentary Skywards Silver Tier membership as a benefit:

  • Citibank Emirates Ultima credit card
  • Dubai Islamic Emirates Skywards Infinite credit card
  • Emirates Islamic Skywards Infinite credit card
  • Emirates NBD Skywards Infinite credit card
  • ADIB Emirates Skywards World credit card

All relevant features of this credit card, along with side-by-side comparisons can be seen at: www.soulwallet.com


Best “LOW-FEE, HIGH VALUE OFFERED”

Citi Emirates Ultimate Credit Card

While most of the above credit cards are premium credit cards and have reasonably high annual fees, the Citi Emirates Ultimate credit card offers excellent benefits for a very reasonable annual fee of only AED 800. Not only is this among the lowest fees on an Emirates Skywards credit card, this card also offers customers to earn the annual fee back as a statement credit if retail spend of AED 20,000 is made within 90 days of getting the card.

This card also has a very healthy Skyward miles earning rate of 1.25 Skyward miles per USD for all international spends and 1 Skyward mile per USD of domestic spends. Other benefits include free VIP airport lounge access for the cardholder plus a guest at over 1,000 lounges worldwide and golf and movie offers in the UAE.

Unique benefits offered by some Emirates Skywards credit cards:

  • Complimentary Emirates Airlines home check-in 4 times a year - ADIB Emirates Skywards World Elite Credit Card.
  • Complimentary access to Emirates Towers Health Club at any time, any day – Dubai Islamic Skywards Infinite Credit Card.
  • 15% discount on buying Emirates Skywards Miles – RAKBANK Emirates Skywards World Elite Credit Card.


Best for “ASSOCIATION FEATURES AND BENEFITS”:

Credit card associations refer to organizations that set common transaction terms for merchants, issuing banks and acquiring banks. The associations we are referring to in our context here are Visa and Mastercard. All the Emirates Skywards credit cards issued in the UAE are either associated with Visa or Mastercard.

The relevance of this for a cardholder is that there are specific benefits and features offered by these associations to the cardholder by virtue of the partnership between the bank and the association. Similar to the different tier levels available in the Emirates Skywards miles programme, both Visa and Mastercard offer different “tiers” or levels of benefits for different credit card types. 

Please note that these association features are offered in partnership with the banks and are for the most part a standard offering for the specific credit card type across all banks. Examples of these include VIP airport lounge access, travel insurance cover, car rental offers and so on. Please note that the type of benefits offered vary significantly between Visa and Mastercard.

These (Visa/Mastercard) features must not be confused with specific features offered by banks directly to their cardholders which are not part of the Visa or Mastercard benefits. Examples of such bank-specific features include complimentary valet parking, cinema tickets, airport transfer offers and so on.

Customers are advised to review closely all the features offered for each credit card to understand all the benefits available before arriving at the best credit suited to them. 

Below is a categorization of the available Emirates Skywards options based on their Visa or Mastercard credit card association type:

Mastercard 

1. Mastercard World Elite:

This is the top-of-the-line tier of credit card benefits offered by Mastercard and are available in the following credit cards:

  • ADIB Emirates Skywards World Elite credit card
  • Citibank Emirates Ultimate credit card
  • RAKBANK Emirates Skywards World Elite Mastercard credit card

2. Mastercard World:

This is the second highest tier of credit card benefits offered by Mastercard and are available in the following credit cards:

  • ADIB Emirates Skywards World credit card
  • Citibank Emirates World credit card

All relevant features of this credit card, along with side-by-side comparisons can be seen at: www.soulwallet.com

Visa

1. Visa Infinite:

This is the top-of-the-line tier of credit card benefits offered by Visa and are available in the following credit cards:

  • Citibank Emirates Ultima credit card
  • Dubai Islamic Emirates Skywards Infinite credit card
  • Emirates Islamic Skywards Infinite credit card
  • Emirates NBD Skywards Infinite credit card

2. Visa Signature:

This is the second highest tier of credit card benefits offered by Visa and are available in the following credit cards:

  • Dubai Islamic Emirates Skywards Signature credit card
  • Emirates Islamic Skywards Signature credit card
  • Emirates NBD Skywards Signature credit card

3. Visa Platinum:

This is the third highest tier of credit card benefits offered by Visa and are available in the following credit cards:

  • Dubai Islamic Emirates Platinum credit card

All relevant features of this credit card, along with side-by-side comparisons can be seen at: www.soulwallet.com

We hope this article has been useful in giving you a better understanding of the various Emirates Skywards miles credit card options available in the UAE. While we have highlighted the best options for specific benefits offered by these credit cards we highly recommend that you review all the features in detail before deciding which is the best credit card for you. After all, the process of identifying the best option and applying for a credit card is not something undertaken regularly and therefore getting it right will not only help you maximise potential saves but will also help you enjoy specific benefits most relevant to your individual preferences.

Detailed features and benefits along with side-by-side comparisons of all these credit cards and more can be found at www.soulwallet.com.