Commemorating its second anniversary, Bank Nizwa hosted a special event under the patronage of H.E. Sheikh Hamad bin Hilal Al Maamari, Undersecretary of Cultural Affairs at the Ministry of Heritage and Culture, to unveil the design concept for the monument that will honour Nizwa as the ‘Islamic Culture Capital’ for 2015. Held at the historic Nizwa Fort, the evening gathered members of the local community and government representatives to celebrate the Wilayat that His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said called “The homeland of great leaders, scientists, scholars, intellectuals and literati.”
“It is a great pleasure for us to celebrate such a great achievement and historic moment with the people of Nizwa, while also recognizing the Bank’s second anniversary. As the Islamic Bank carrying the name of this remarkable Wilayat, it is our responsibility to continue to contribute to its rich history. Since our inception, I am proud to say that we have been able to achieve this goal by becoming the Bank of choice for thousands of citizens across the country,” said Dr Jamil El Jaroudi, Chief Executive Officer of Bank Nizwa.
Scheduled to be built in the heart of the community next to the infamous Nizwa Souq, the monument design is inspired by ancient Islamic architecture and references two historical landmarks in Oman, the dome of the Sultan Qaboos Mosque and Nizwa Fort. The official Nizwa Islamic Capital Culture logo will be inscribed on the dome in intricate Arabic calligraphy.
“The Wilayat of Nizwa was selected as the Islamic Culture Capital for 2015 for its significant influence and stature in the history of Oman. We wanted to rejoice and pay tribute to our hometown for this international distinction by the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation which is also the birthplace of the virtues, knowledge and strong cultural and religious traditions that forms the bedrock of our operations and service philosophy,” said Dr Ashraf Al Nabhani, General Manager of Corporate Support at Bank Nizwa. “This celebration is two-fold, as we also mark our second year anniversary and recognize our efforts towards becoming the leading Islamic bank in Oman.”
Bank Nizwa’s event falls in line with a long-term strategy it has put in place to engage with the community and instil knowledge on the potential of Islamic banking in Oman. The Bank will continue working closely with the Ministry of Heritage and Culture and the Wali of Nizwa’s Office to ensure the successful implementation of the Nizwa Islamic Culture Capital program.
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