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Emirates incentives for small businesses

Airline helps connect SMEs to growth opportunities


To mark UN Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Day and the vital role that SMEs play in post-pandemic recovery, Emirates is empowering small companies to get back into the skies and turn their travel budgets into rewards by offering a Business Rewards incentive for new members who sign up for the program.

SMEs that sign up for an account with Emirates’ Business Rewards corporate loyalty program between 27 June and 27 July 2021 will receive a bonus of 10,000 Business Reward Points, the equivalent of one Economy Class return ticket to selected destinations in Europe.

Emirates currently has over 20,000 SMEs enrolled in its Business Rewards program, and is providing a gamut of benefits including simplified enrolment, easier earning and redemptions, greater flexibility on retaining and using points, as well as upgrade opportunities, even on last-minute bookings.

With countries easing their entry restrictions, business travel has begun accelerating, and SMEs have become key drivers of demand with the flexibility to make travel plans quickly as new opportunities emerge.

Business Rewards members are taking advantage of the airline’s flexible booking policies, which are among the most generous in the industry for stress-free travel planning, in addition to its multi-risk insurance cover. Since the outset of the pandemic, Business Rewards members were provided additional reassurance with extensions on their points validity if travel plans needed to be adjusted.

Top destinations that Business Rewards members have been frequenting during the pandemic include London, Manila, Paris, Cairo, Milan, and Beirut. Dubai also continues to be a key destination regularly visited by Business Rewards members, mainly due to its open business environment throughout the pandemic, world-class infrastructure, and thriving startup ecosystem.

In the UAE, Emirates prioritizes SMEs as part of its tendering process and is actively committed to working with government stakeholders like Dubai SME in identifying businesses and evaluating the performance of active suppliers on a regular basis. According to the Dubai SME Report 2020, which summarizes support provided to SMEs, Emirates ranked first among semi-governmental organizations, investing in procurement contracts worth over AED 79 million. It also ranked among the top five organizations supporting SMEs in Dubai.