Jassem Al Bloushi, Head of Retail Banking Group, Sharjah Islamic Bank
Sharjah Islamic Bank has won recently the ‘Best Structure Award’ under the Islamic banks category and received a Certificate of Excellence by Pan Arab Web Awards 2012.
Pan Arab Web Awards was created to recognize excellence in web design, development and web ownership skills to showcase their creativity in a competition for the best website in the Pan Arab Region.
Sharjah Islamic Bank had been entered into the competition with many prominent banks from the region including Kuwait, Egypt, Jordan, Bahrain, Lebanon and Oman. The banks hope their participation will open up a gateway to the global banking community, and allow them to market their services globally and thus foster cooperation with international banks, increase employees’ knowledge and work capacity as well as build greater liaison with customers.
Head of Retail Banking Group Jassem Al Bloushi said: “We are honoured to receive this award, which reflects the banks positive approach of keeping abreast of developments in technology aimed to project and promote our services to our clients, and ensuring we reach a wider audience. Development through technology is the future and businesses today are mainly conducted through computers and websites. Therefore we take our website very seriously continually updating it with latest information of our services and have structured it so it’s easy to access”.
He also said that winning the award has many benefits, the main one being that it will enhance the reputation of the bank and enable it to market its services to a more international arena.
The Competition is part of Pan Arab Web Awards Academy which is in association with AYNA, MICROSOFT, BSA and MSN and their aim is to promote banks and financial institution’s websites along with improving creativity in web design and web development in constructing a banking e-world that is easily accessible and delivers banking and financial services.
The competition aims to create a global proactive banking community that encourages communication and interaction in the banking finance sectors as well as providing advanced and latest data along with services to meet customers’ needs.
Sharjah Islamic Bank has been going from strength to strength; it was awarded the Sharjah Economic Excellence Award 2008 for the finance sector of large enterprises. In the same year it was awarded the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Business Award organized by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry and also the Dubai Quality Award organized by Dubai Economic Development Department.
The bank's most recent awards include being named "Best Islamic Bank in UAE" for the fifth consecutive year by Islamic Finance News; "Best Islamic Bank" in the UAE for 2010 by NY-based Global Finance magazine; "Best Islamic Bank in the UAE" by Asiamoney Magazine, and being named winner of the first-ever Pan-Arab EMEA Finance award for corporate social responsibility.