Noor Islamic Bank and Noor Takaful, leaders in online financial services and owners of ShapeYourCountry.com, the social media online forum, today announced the long awaited list of winners in their photography competition.
Since its launch on 7 January, ShapeYourCountry.com has proved to be a phenomenal hit with UAE-based photographers, attracting more than 1000 photographs and over 50,000 votes.
The jury panel for the contest, which closed on 18 February, included Khalil Abdul Wahid, Manager of Visual Arts, Dubai Culture and Arts Authority; Dariush Zandi, Founder, Total Arts Gallery; Nayla Al Khaja, D-SEVEN Motion Pictures, and Mhic Chambers, UAE-based freelance photographer. Assisting in the judging process and representing both the Bank and Takaful arm was long time photography enthusiast, James McPherson Head of Business Risk & Review.
Evaluated on the basis of originality, creativity and depth, Mr. Joel Olonan won the top prize worth photograph; Mr. Noushas Pallikkal received the second place prize worth AED7,550 , while Mr. Kareem C Hamza was awarded the third place prize worth AED5,250.
The contest, which captures pictures of the UAE’s uniqueness, is in line with ShapeYourCountry’s (SYC) mission to link communities living within the UAE, irrespective of nationality, age or economic status, as well as Emiratis residing abroad. The country-wide competition also aimed to shape participants’ preferences for their preferred financial institution.
Hussain Al Qemzi, Group Chief Executive, Noor Investment Group and Noor Islamic Bank, said: “We would like to congratulate the winners on a job well done. We also thank all the other contestants and the judges for helping us make the first phase of the forum a huge success”.
“This photo competition has paved the way for us to embark on our journey towards establishing a first of its kind online forum by a regional financial institution. It will provide a vehicle for people to voice their preferences and views on how the financial industry, at large, should develop and what services need to be provided.”
ShapeYourCountry.com is aimed at broadening the scope of outreach by Noor Investment Group to create an entirely new model for customer and public service best practices, as well as peer and investor relations. The forum will also serve as a thought-provoking platform for shaping and enhancing industry perceptions.
The launch and adoption of the online medium is in line with Noor’s core values centered around innovation and part of a comprehensive strategy on bringing to market the next generation of products and services that would be considered mandatory for banks of the future.
Launched in January 2008, Noor Islamic Bank has earned a solid reputation for performance, premium service and customer care and augmented its electronic banking network to cover more than 84 ATMs across the UAE.
In addition, the bank also provides round-the-clock accessibility and convenience to its clients through its branch located at the Dubai International Airport Terminal 3, its self service facilities of Internet banking, phone banking, SMS as well as electronic cash and cheque deposit services.
Noor Takaful was launched in January 2009, following Noor Investment Group’s realization of untapped opportunities for insurance and takaful products in the GCC region and beyond. Noor Takaful Family PJSC and Noor Takaful General PJSC have a combined paid-up capital of AED150 million. Both offer a comprehensive suite of general and family takaful coverage for individuals, businesses and corporate clients. The insurer aims to eventually expand the reach of these operations to cover the Middle East and North African region.
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