Leading Kuwaiti lender Gulf Bank said its Al Danah Account (with prize money of KD1 million ($3.2 million) has set new Guinness World Record for ‘The Largest Prize Linked to a Bank Account’ at its annual millionaire draw event held on January 5 at the Avenues Mall in Kuwait.
The award was presented to Salma Al Hajjaj, the general manager (Human Resources) at Gulf Bank by Guinness World Records representatives Hoda Khachab, official adjudicator, and Talal Omar, the country manager for Middle East and North Africa (Mena).
Gulf Bank solidly beat the previously established world record of $2.1 million linked to a bank account.On the win, Al Hajjaj said: "Our Al Danah account prize of KD1 million has long been known to be the largest annual prize in Kuwait, but to now know that we are the largest prize linked to a bank account in the world is truly terrific news. Or, as the Guinness officials said, Gulf Bank is now ‘officially amazing’."
Kuwait’s new Al Danah millionaire, Salary and Red cash and car winners, and winners of “Catch the Cash” money box competition were also announced at the event hosted by famous radio host and media personality Khaled Al Ansari and Gulf Bank team member Mohammad Al Sarraf.
It was held in the presence of special guest for the evening - popular Kuwaiti actor/comedian “Weld Al Deera” - Khaled Al Agrooga.With his signature humour and effusive persona, Weld Al Deera had the audience laughing and enjoying the event, said the bank in a statement.
As with all Gulf Bank draws, this entire event was conducted in the presence of a representative from the Ministry of Commerce Abdulaziz Ashkanani, it added.For the first time in Kuwait, Gulf Bank introduced the ‘Catch the Cash’ competition during Al Danah Millionaire Draw adding even more excitement to the event.
The bank offered attendees the chance to win up to KD3,000 in this unique challenge. Attendees signed up to participate in the competition prior to the start of the draw. Names were then selected at random by the event hosts and the competitors entered the box and tried to catch as many flying notes as possible in 10 seconds. These notes were then counted on stage and exchanged on the spot for cash.
Halima Waleed Saleh Baroon, holder of a salary account and Huda Hussein Mohammad Mohammad, holder of red account both walked away with the KD1,000 prize money.The draw was open to all Al Danah customers who had a minimum of KD200 in their accounts. They could boost their chances of winning by adding to the amount deposited in Al Danah account.
This will also maximize their chances of winning up to KD500,000 quarterly, and one of the two KD1,000 cash prizes which are drawn each working day.Meanwhile, Fahed Mohammad Al Azmi was the proud winner of a brand new Cadillac Escalade.
Attendees were also treated to a special musical performance by “The Concert”. They also enjoyed the photo booth attraction and the social media competition that went along with the photo booth.
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