04 Nov 2018
MANAMA, BAHRAIN – 4 November 2018 – Ithmaar Bank, a Bahrain-based Islamic retail bank, stressed the importance of team work, both at the bank and at the national and regional levels, as it celebrated some of its employees’ many achievements and pledged to continue its long-standing focus on inspiring, encouraging and continuously promoting teamwork at all levels.
Speaking at the Ithmaar Bank Annual Staff gathering, which was this year hosted at the Ritz Carlton Hotel, Chief Executive Officer Ahmed Abdul Rahim, paid rich tribute to employees thanking them for their contributions both to the Bank and, by extension, to the national economy.
“Together, we are each contributing directly and in an important way to Bahrain’s success as a regional banking and financial services hub,” said Abdul Rahim. “It is something we all take great pride in,” he said.
At event, which was attended by over 350 people, including Bank employees as well as third party contractors and outsourced staff, Abdul Rahim honoured long-serving employees, thanking them in particular for their dedication over the years.
“At Ithmaar Bank, we have long maintained that, ultimately, it is the quality of our people that drives our continued success,” said Abdul Rahim. “Our collective success, both as a financial institution and as a nation, is a direct result of our individual achievements. Today, we celebrate some of these many achievements, and we commit to continuing to work together, as a team, towards an even better, brighter future,” he said.
“This year has been a very successful year for us, with some very significant achievements,” said Abdul Rahim. “As part of our digital transformation strategy, for example, we launched a new state-of-the-art eBanking service earlier this year to offer customers a faster, friendlier and more secure online banking experience. We are now building on this major milestone, and working on continuously enhancing our customers’ experience,” he said.
“Most recently, we partnered with a Bahrain Fintech start-up, Eazy Financial Services, and announced plans to become the region’s first biometric enabled bank,” said Abdul Rahim. “The plans, which potentially brings revolutionary improvements in customers’ experience with banks, will provide consumers a safer, more convenient and more secure way to bank. The announcement also helped showcase Bahrain as a hub for innovation, specifically in the financial services industry,” he said.
The Annual Staff Gathering was organised by the Ithmaar Bank’s Human Resources, Administration, Information Technology and Marketing and Corporate Communications Departments.
“At Ithmaar Bank, we have long maintained that our employees are our most valued assets,” said Ithmaar Bank Head of Human Resources, Enas Mohamed Rahimi, who also heads the Bank’s Social Committee.
“The Annual Staff Gathering is an opportunity to celebrate our joint achievements and reinforce our shared commitments. It is also an opportunity to celebrate our long-serving employees – especially those who have completed 30, 25, 15 and ten years – as well as our long-serving office attendants and security guards who have served five years. The fact that so many of us have been with the Bank for so long is a reflection of the shared, mutual commitment between the employees and the Bank,” she said.