Sunday 28, May 2017 by Georgina Enzer

Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank celebrates UAE National graduates from its leadership programmes

Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank (ADIB), has celebrated the graduation of 29 employees from two of its flagship leadership programmes. Waheeb Al Khazraji, Head of HR at ADIB, and Professor Muthanna G. Abdul Razzaq, President at the American University in the Emirates (AUE) conferred certificates to the graduates at a ceremony held on AUE’s Dubai campus.

Tamkeen, now in its second year, is an innovative leadership training programme dedicated to preparing ADIB’s female UAE national employees for senior management roles. In 2017, 17 candidates graduated through the scheme, providing them with the skills and knowledge to progress their careers and take up leadership positions within the bank.

Qiyadat, which had 12 graduates this year, is an 18 month programme which provides specific training to enable participants to manage teams and deal with challenges effectively, such as problem solving, relationship building, and motivating employees.

“As one of the leading financial institutions in the UAE, it is essential that we play a significant role in developing the immense talent the UAE possesses. This comes hand in hand with our efforts to promote diversity within our organisation, not only through hiring talented individuals, but by harnessing the potential of employees within the bank. ADIB’s Tamkeen and Qiyadat leadership programmes are helping us build a stronger, younger and more energetic workforce that is ultimately contributing to the overall growth of their country,” Waheeb Al Khazraji, Head of HR at ADIB, said.

UAE nationals make up over 40 per cent of ADIB’s employees contributing to the bank’s strong performance-based culture. The bank has also adopted the new points-based system approved by the UAE government to promote the entry of UAE nationals into the financial sector and promote career development.

ADIB has received numerous awards for its Emiratisation programmes, including the award for Best nationalisation Initiative and Excellence in Talent Management from the MENA HR Awards, and the Human Resource Development Award from the Emirates Institute of Banking and Financial Studies.

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