barclays celebrates uae national dayOn Thursday 29th November, Barclays celebrated the 36th UAE National Day with a gathering for its Emirate colleagues and local dignitaries at the Fairmont Hotel in Dubai.Barclays was honoured by the presence at the event of His Excellency Ahmad Humaid Al Tayer, Chairman of Emirates NBD and Chairman of the Human Resources Development Committee, Mr Jamal Al Jassmi, General Manager of Emirates Institution for Banking and Financial Studies, and Mr Majid Belselah, Training and Development Manager.Opening the proceedings, Ahmed Khizer Khan, Chief Executive of Barclays Global Retail & Commercial Banking Emerging Markets, spoke about the great success story that is the UAE. He referred to the visionary leadership of Sheikh Mohammed Ruler of Dubai that has resulted in the UAE becoming one of the most developed countries in the world and the “shining star” of economic achievement in the Middle East. All of this has been accomplished in only 32 years.“That’s why Barclays believes the UAE offers outstanding growth and development opportunities,” Mr Khan said. “Barclays is a leading global bank, with operations in over 50 countries. Over the last year, we have been expanding our business extensively in the Emerging Markets by setting up our regional office here and aggressively expanding our retail network across the UAE. This is an indication of our commitment to this market.”Mr Khan concluded by emphasising how strongly Barclays supports Emiratisation and the UAE government in its efforts to proactively employ its citizens. Barclays continuously seeks highly motivated UAE nationals to join the Bank and be part of its ambitious growth plans in the UAE and across its Emerging Markets operations. Amin Habib, Managing Director of Barclays UAE and GCC countries closed the event along side His Excellency Ahmad Humaid Al Tayer, Ahmed Khan and Hani Hirzallah Head of Human Resources. As part of its expansion plans, Barclays recently opened a new service centre in the UAE. Barclays has been expanding its business extensively in the region and increasing its exposure to attractive and dynamic emerging markets.