United Arab Bank (‘UAB’) is set to participate in the 2015 National Career Exhibition at the Sharjah Expo for the 17th consecutive year.
The Exhibition – an integral part of the UAE’s drive to promote and support Emirati nationals in the labour market – will be held from February 11-13 at Expo Centre Sharjah.
UAB has distinguished itself as an industry leader in providing opportunities to talented Emiratis, achieving 45 per cent Emiratisation last year – a record among UAE banks. In addition, the bank has expanded to 31 branches to date across the country, whilst maintaining 100 per cent Emiratisation of the Branch Manager positions. UAB intends to increase its network of branches to 35 by the end of this year.
In recognition of its efforts for the development of the Emirati community, the Bank has won the prestigious Human Resources Development Award in the Banking and Financial Sector in the Year 2014, presented at the 17th National Career Fair Exhibition. The award was presented by H.H. Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Muhammad Al Qassimi, Member of the Supreme Council, and Ruler of Sharjah. This is the second time UAB has received this award, having been recognised in 2012.
The bank recently saw two talented members of its team – Deira Branch Manager, Nasser Marzouqi, and Al Quoz Branch Manager, Amal Ahmad – show remarkable hard work and perseverance to successfully complete a rigorous 18-month Leadership Development program. Beginning in May 2013 after a rigorous selection process and psychometric assessment, both candidates attended monthly modules in Doha and Oman, graduating from the Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge in October 2014.
As part of a long-term drive to develop its next generation of leaders, UAB has also expanded its programmes designed to support the development of talented Emiratis. Under a recently implemented initiative called ‘Reyadah’, the bank will assess, identify and develop UAE Nationals that exhibit outstanding talent, and provide them with the opportunities they need to meet their aspirations and thrive at the highest levels. The target is for Emirati nationals to comprise 25 per cent of UAB’s most senior 50 employees by 2020.
Paul Trowbridge, Chief Executive Officer, United Arab Bank, said: “We are thrilled to once again participate in and support the National Career Exhibition, a valuable initiative to help and encourage young Emirati nationals to make the most of their talent. We particularly want to establish UAB as an employer of choice for Emiratis aspiring for a career in the banking industry. Ambitious and motivated candidates who are ready to take on new challenges are offered a diverse range of experiences, responsibilities and accountability, and excellent career progression prospects. We are very proud of the recent achievements of Nasser and Amal – they serve as just one illustration of what young Emirati nationals working at UAB can aspire towards.
Aside from the Reyadah program, other initiatives undertaken by UAB to support Emiratisation include an employee recognition scheme, the UAB Employee Awards, as well as a Chairman’s Award, granted to the Emirati employee of the year. Under the bank’s exclusive partnership in the UAE with Spain’s FC Barcelona, several local staff have been awarded sponsored trips to the club’s home ground, the Camp Nou.
In 2012, UAB won the prestigious Human Resources Development Award, awarded to the financial institution which has most excelled in the areas of Emiratisation, UAE National employment and training and development. The bank is also an active participant in the UAE Banks Federation Human Resources Committee, which discusses the major issues affecting Banks from a HR perspective, with a key focus on Emiratisation.
Last year, Yusra Abdul Ghaffar, Senior Vice President in Retail Branch Management, was named the “Distinguished Woman in the Banking and Finance Sector” by the Emirates Institute for Banking and Financial Studies. UAB is also the first bank in the UAE to have a female Emirati board member, Najla Al Midfa.
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