Preparing Emiratis for leadership roles in banking

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Dubai Islamic Bank (DIB) announced today the launch of its second Qiyadee programme to develop a core group of employees to assume managerial positions within the organisation. The selected Emiratis, from both inside and outside the bank, will now embark on a 36 month-long training programme to develop the necessary knowledge and skills to become the future leaders of DIB.

DIB’s second Qiyadee programme has been developed in partnership with Zayed University and was officially launched at a ceremony last week.

Introduced in 2006, the Qiyadee programme consists of theoretical and practical courses, each designed by experts in the fields of Islamic banking, finance and management. Students are trained in a range of core business and support functions, preparing them to take managerial positions within the field of retail banking, corporate banking, wealth management, central operations information technology and risk management.

Abdullah Al Hamli, CEO of DIB, said: “The Qiyadee programme is central to DIB’s long-term strategy for acquiring and developing the bank’s future leadership. We consider developing the talents and skills of UAE nationals to be one of our most important priorities, and programmes such as this will provide the platform for the continued growth of DIB.”

Dr. Sulaiman Al Jassim, Vice President of Zayed University, said: “Zayed University values its relationship with Dubai Islamic Bank, one of the leading economic and financial institutions locally and internationally. Its status as the first Islamic bank in the world underlines its distinguished place in the banking sector. Through its training programmes, the bank is committed to the philosophy of continuous education which is vital in order to keep pace with the continuous technical advances in the world.”

The Qiyadee programme is a key component of DIB’s long-term strategy to meet its ambitious Emiratisation target. The bank has already achieved 100% Emiratisation at branch manager level and, across the organisation, Emiratisation stands at an impressive 46%, an increase of 5% in 2010.

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