Bank Sohar was presented with the “Strategic Award” under “Banks & Financial Institutions” Category for their corporate website (www.banksohar.net) from the Lebanon based Pan Arab Excellence Awards Academy. The award was handed over to the Bank at the 11th Pan Arab Web Awards held recently in Al Bustan Rotana Hotel – Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Representing the Bank at the event were Mr. Mustafa Bin Ali Mukhtar, Sr. AGM & Head of Large Corporate Banking Department & Ms. Shaima Al Saleh Assistant Manager Marketing Department at Bank Sohar. The event also played host and attracted a number of senior representatives from different organizations from different parts of the region. Mr. Pierre Moukarzel, President of Tatweej Academy and numerous Arab Ambassadors, Award Winners, and VIPs in the ICT field, Governmental personalities as well as economists, academics, diplomats, bankers, media and other reputable guests were some of the people present at the event.
Commenting on the achievement, Dr. Mohamed Abdulaziz Kalmoor, CEO, Bank Sohar said, “Bank Sohar is honored to have been recognized for its corporate website. This award marks the 11th award our website has won since the Bank’s establishment. Each of these awards stand as a testament to our ongoing commitment to continually improve our customers’ banking experience by developing and delivering high quality products while at the same time keeping abreast of the latest developments in technology.”
The 11th PAN Arab Web Awards Academy had a distinguished panel of judges who took into account a number of key factors of all websites entered into the competition before reaching their decision and shortlisting over 325 entries. These were then evaluated based on selected criteria. Bank Sohar website scored consistently high marks across all parameters to emerge as the overall winner of the Strategic Award under Banks & Financial Institutions Category in the region.
Ms. Munira Abdulnabi Macki, DGM HR & Corporate Support, Bank Sohar said, ‘‘Development through technology is key to success in any business in today’s world. This is why we continue to invest heavily in both; our website and internet banking services. Doing so enables us to continually improve on the customer experience, offering the ability to conduct banking transactions anywhere, anytime while at the same time promote our services to our clients. This award is a significant validation of our efforts in keeping the website user friendly and attractive as well as continuously updating it with the latest information.”
In addition to this its latest award, Bank Sohar and the CEO were also recently named ‘Best Financial Brand Oman 2014’ and ‘Best Banking CEO Oman 2014’ respectively by renowned UK based Global Brands Magazine. The Bank recently also received ‘The Diamond Eye Award for Quality, Commitment & Excellence’ from the French based Otherways Management & Consulting Association. These awards, and the others achieved by the Bank in the recent past are a testament to the solid foundation that the Bank has been built upon and a reflection of the leadership style as well as its strong position as both, a financial institution and brand within the financial sector in the Sultanate.
The Pan Arab Web Awards has been created to recognize excellence in web design, development and web ownership skills and to showcase creativity in a competition for the best website in the Arab Region. The Pan Arab Web Awards is also considered to be one of the premiere award programs in the industry and aims to serve as an inspiration, and at the same time reward web creators for their outstanding skills. It is also designed to promote the innovative spirit of web designers to meet professional and international standards, and to promote intellectual and production opportunities. Through the Pan Arab Web Awards, participants have the opportunity to widen contacts and networks, foster co-operation, enhance knowledge, build capabilities and exchange information. It is a platform for creative people to showcase their works and attain significant market recognition.
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