Emirates Skywards, the frequent flyer programme of Emirates Airline and flydubai, has teamed up with the Saudi British Bank (SABB) and Visa to roll out a co-branded credit card in Saudi Arabia.

The new offering, SABB Emirates Visa Signature Credit Card, enables cardholders to earn Skywards Miles whilst availing a number of benefits both in Saudi Arabia and overseas.

The card-owners can earn Skywards Miles on all their expenses, with a higher Skywards Miles earning rate on Emirates spends as well as foreign currency transactions.

The cardholders will get complimentary Emirates Skywards Silver status for a period of one year if they spend at least SAR1,500 ($399.3) in a single transaction with Emirates.

Users can earn 10,000 bonus Skywards Miles on a minimum spend of SAR10,000 ($2,662.64) within the first three months. The cardholders will not be charged any fee in the first year.

Additionally, customers will get free, unlimited access to more than 1,000 lounges across the globe through LoungeKey besides availing priority check-in when flying Emirates from airports in Saudi Arabia

SABB general manager of retail banking Naif Alabdulkareem said: “The co-branded credit card aligns perfectly with our objective to bring innovative new products to the market that offer customers value for money and are supported by the highest standards of service that you can expect to receive from SABB, Emirates Skywards and Visa.”

Visa regional president for CEMEA Andrew Torre said: “We are proud to collaborate with both SABB and Emirates to launch a co-branded credit card that brings together a compelling set of services to enhance the travel experiences of Saudi consumers while enabling them to earn special rewards on their travel and spend.

“The card offers travellers the benefits of Visa’s global acceptance at more than 46 million merchant locations worldwide, and the peace of mind of being protected by Visa’s global, secure network.”