Emirates Islamic commended for efforts to advance inclusion of People of Determination in the UAE

Salah Mohammed Amin, Chief Executive Officer, Emirates Islamic

Dubai: Emirates Islamic, one of the leading Islamic financial institutions in the UAE, and the preferred bank for UAE nationals, has been honoured by the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE) for its leading role in advancing the inclusion of people of determination in the UAE.

The bank was recognised by His Excellency Naser Bin Kharbash, Undersecretary for Emiratisation Relations at the MoHRE, and Assistant Undersecretary for Communication and International Relations His Excellency Abdullah Ali Al Nuaimi, at an event for UAE Government Accelerators.

The bank participated in a high-level delegation led by UAE’s Government Accelerators last year focused on enhancing workplace inclusion of people of determination (people with disabilities). The delegation, which visited several leading institutions in the United Kingdom specialised in providing services to people of determination, was commended for its work in undertaking a rigorous benchmarking analysis in the UK and developing a comprehensive list of 17 recommendations on how the UAE can further enhance the development of inclusive workplaces as part of the nation’s sustainability agenda. The team’s work included studying examples of early intervention programmes, education, training and employment processes, and policies, to strengthen inclusion of people with physical and cognitive disabilities.

“We are honoured to receive recognition from the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation for our efforts to further inclusion, for people of determination in the UAE,” Salah Mohammed Amin, Chief Executive Officer at Emirates Islamic, said. “As a home-grown bank and a leading Islamic financial institution in the UAE, we take our role in advancing inclusion very seriously and have always played an active role in fostering an environment that celebrates differences and encourages opportunities to empower all segments of our society. In addition to simply being the right thing to do, we strongly believe that the integration of people of determination positively impacts talent resourcing and cultivates an innovative, productive business environment. Only through benchmarking and concrete action plans can we continue furthering inclusion and our participation in UAE Government Accelerators paves the way to lead us forward.”

Emirates Islamic’s participation is part of the bank’s continued commitment to further the inclusion of people of determination in the UAE, aligned to the ‘#MyCommunity’ initiative launched by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council. As part of its commitment, the bank has also launched several affiliated programmes, including transformation of select branches in its network to better suit the needs of people of determination.

About Emirates Islamic:

Emirates Islamic (DFM: EIB), part of Emirates NBD Group, is one of the fastest growing banks in the UAE. Established in 2004 as Emirates Islamic Bank, the bank has established itself as a major player in the highly competitive financial services sector in the UAE.

Emirates Islamic offers a comprehensive range of Shari’a-compliant products and services across the Personal, Business and Corporate banking spectrum with a network of 41 branches and 177 ATMs/CDMs across the UAE. In the fast-growing area of online and mobile banking, the bank is an innovator, being the first Islamic bank in the UAE to launch a mobile banking app and offer Apple Pay, as well as being the first Islamic bank in the world to launch Chat Banking services for customers via WhatsApp.

Emirates Islamic has consistently received local and international awards, in recognition of its strong record of performance and innovation in banking. The Bank won international acclaim as the ‘Most Innovative Islamic Bank’ at the Islamic Finance Awards 2020 by World Finance, in addition to being named the ‘Best Islamic Bank, UAE’. The Bank was also awarded the title of ‘Most Innovative Islamic Bank’ by Islamic Finance News and ‘Islamic Bank of the Year – UAE 2020’ by The Banker. Additionally, New York-based Global Finance magazine recognised Emirates Islamic as the ‘Best Islamic Financial Institution, UAE’ for a second year in a row on its list of the ‘World’s Best Islamic Financial Institutions’.

As part of its commitment to the UAE community, the Emirates Islamic Charity Fund provides financial aid to those in need, with a focus on food, shelter, health, education and social welfare contributions.