Banker Middle East Industry Awards 2020

For over 20 years, Banker Middle East has been serving the banking and financial community in the region. We are the longest-running GCC-based banking publication, continuously supporting the industry, providing informed commentaries, news, in-depth articles and analyses. As part of our integral role in the region’s banking sector, we benchmark, recognise and actively encourage excellence within institutions.


The Banker Middle East Industry Awards 2020 will give due recognition to the outstanding institutions that have shaped and continue to shape the financial landscape.


Such achievements should be lauded accordingly, and as we have grown with the industry, we would like to thank you for your continuous support for the Banker Middle East Industry Awards, without which we would not be able to produce the most prestigious event in the banking calendar.





After each and every awards ceremony, together with feedback from the industry, throughout the year, we conduct our own research to ensure that our awards categories accurately reflect the current banking landscape and comprehensively recognise the achievements of the industry.


As a result, we have expanded to 47 award categories that provide regional recognition to exceptional financial institutions across the wide spectrum of banking and finance, with added focus on technology to reflect the industry’s ongoing transformation.


Institutions can nominate themselves in all relevant categories as deemed appropriate, provided the submission is sent in before the deadline, and in the required format. Award submissions will be critically evaluated and mutually analysed, utilising market knowledge, marketing materials, research and relevant company financial statements, before a shortlist is made. The editorial team will then create the shortlist based on those submissions and all submitted materials will be given to the judging panel which comprises senior executives from research and rating agencies, management consultancy firms as well as accountancy and auditing firms.


The judging panel will then score each shortlisted institution for each category from 1-5, with scores sent back to the editorial team, which will tabulate the scores, along with independent scores from the editorial team itself. Each institution will be judged on five criteria: financials, corporate strategy, marketing strategy, digital adaptation and client care*, all of which will carry a 20 per cent weightage per criteria in the scoring system.


The institution in each category with the highest score will be declared the winner. Winners will be notified in advance and trophies will be presented at the awards ceremony.


 *client care will require submission of testimonials and/or accolades.


Adjudication criteria:

  • Financials: Financial statements are important in assessing the true strength of a financial institution. Amongst other indicators, the assessment will take a look at what’s driving revenue, net interest income and provisions.
  • Corporate strategy: A winning corporate strategy defines an organisation’s goals and builds the roadmap to achieve them. It incorporates forward-looking themes ensuring growth and sustainability whilst have the agility to maneuver in volatile operating conditions.
  • Marketing strategy: An all-rounded marketing plan is one of the key factors to the success and profitability of a bank. A successful marketing strategy is one that not only attracts and retains clients, but also establishes a unique market position for the financial institution.
  • Digital adaptation: Technology is an element that is now extremely essential in any business. A financial institution must demonstrate exceptional adaptability to technology and the changing nature of the financial business.
  • Client care: In a landscape where personalisation is becoming a requirement in any service-related industry, fast, competent and efficient customer service is a key determining factor in valuable client interactions. To ensure business continuity, proactive and innovative customer service solutions are of high importance in measuring success.




14 OCTOBER 2020

Dubai, United Arab Emirates


 Award Categories

Leaders in Banking and Finance

  1. Best Bank in the Middle East
  2. Lifetime Achievement Award
  3. Banker of the Year
  4. Outstanding Contribution to Banking & Finance
  5. Leadership Excellence Award


Financial Services

  1. Best Retail Bank
  2. Best Islamic Bank
  3. Best Corporate Bank
  4. Best Commercial Bank
  5. Best SME Bank
  6. Best Insurance Provider
  7. Best Takaful Provider
  8. Best Private Bank
  9. Best Trade Finance Institution
  10. Best Bank for Sustainable Financing
  11. Best CSR Programme
  12. Fastest Growing Bank
  13. Capital Market Transaction of the Year
  14. Best Marketing Campaign
  15. Best Brand Positioning



  1. Best Investment Bank (Conventional)
  2. Best Investment Bank (Islamic)
  3. Best REIT Manager
  4. Best Wealth Management Firm
  5. Best Private Equity Firm
  6. Best Project Finance Institution
  7. Best Brokerage Solutions Provider
  8. Best Investment Management Firm


Service Providers for the Banking Sector

  1. Best Audit Firm
  2. Best Accountancy Firm
  3. Best Law Firm
  4. Best Management Consultancy
  5. Best Research & Consultancy Firm
  6. Best Ratings Agency



  1. Best Digital Bank (Neobank)*
  2. Best Mobile Banking Solution
  3. Best Online Banking Service
  4. Best Innovation in Digital Banking
  5. Best User-Experience
  6. Best Digital Transformation
  7. Best Cybersecurity Implementation
  8. Best Cybersecurity Provider
  9. Best Payment Solutions Provider
  10. Best Communications Infrastructure Provider
  11. Best Core Banking Service Provider
  12. Best Digital Banking Innovation Provider
  13. Special Achievement in Digital Innovation


 *Our interpretation of a digital bank is a bank that operates exclusively on a 100% digital and mobile platform with no physical branches—which is now often referred to as a Neobank. A digital bank is NOT a bank that offers digital and mobile solutions in addition to its traditional banking services.


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