Dubai Islamic Bank (DIB), the largest Islamic bank in the UAE, commemorated the 43rd UAE National Day by organising a special ceremony held recently in Dubai. Senior management and staff, representing a number of diverse nationalities, gathered to mark the history of the nation by celebrating the UAE’s rich heritage.
The ceremony started with the UAE national anthem and included a series of activities reflecting the country’s culture, ranging from falconry, henna, folk dancing and music, to live cooking stations with traditional food.
Speaking at the ceremony, Dr. Adnan Chilwan, Chief Executive Officer, DIB, said: “Since the UAE was founded 43 years ago under the guidance of His Highness the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the country has grown to become a contemporary hub for business, trade and culture. Given its unparalleled success in this regard, today, the country is recognised as a beacon of social and economic prosperity across the world. In fact, as DIB was established nearly 40 years ago as the first fully-fledged Islamic bank in the world, it is symbolic of the UAE’s success in providing an environment that supports pioneers and fosters growth.”
DIB has also played an important role in the ongoing development of the UAE by providing individuals, companies and the government access to a range of innovative financial services that have spurred the growth of the local economy. Additionally, the bank has enacted a series of initiatives to support the country’s Emiratisation efforts, as it looks to develop a sustainable pipeline of leaders for the local community.
Dr. Chilwan added: “We would like to congratulate His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the President of the UAE and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, The Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai on another successful anniversary of the UAE. Their vision has set the country on an ambitious growth trajectory, while ensuring that the fundamentals of the economy continue to remain strong. Emblematic of these aspirations is Dubai’s unmatched success over the past year in positioning itself to become the global capital of the Islamic economy. Given DIB’s unrivalled expertise and deep heritage in this area, the endeavor falls in line with our objective of supporting the overall development of the UAE; a goal that continues to inspire and drive us forward.”