Bank Nizwa brought home the highly coveted ‘Best bank in Oman’ award from the Islamic Finance News (IFN) Awards ceremony which took place recently at the Ritz Carlton Dubai International Finance Centre.
The glittering award ceremony paid homage to the best banks across the region and was attended by the world’s top Islamic financial institutions as well as law firms and rating agencies. Bank Nizwa was given exclusive rankings for playing a pioneering role in the development of Islamic finance and banking in the Sultanate.
Bank Nizwa’s exceptional growth story since its launch in January 2013, was a key factor in winning the category. The bank was also praised for the innovation it has shown through its expansion program as well as the significant investment it has made in its technology.
Commenting on the award, Dr. Jamil El Jaroudi, CEO, Bank Nizwa, said “This award from such a merited organization as the IFN speaks volumes for our progress since we opened our doors just over a year ago. We have just celebrated our first birthday and this is a very fitting gift for our bank. I am proud to bring this award home to our team. We have a very valuable staff at Bank Nizwa, made up of some of the best professionals in the industry and it is their hard work and dedication as well as their belief in a transparent and fair means of banking that keeps us at the top of our game.” Bank Nizwa has also won a number of high profile awards over the past year which is testament to it being the leader in Islamic finance in the Sultanate. These accolades include; the prestigious ‘Upcoming Bank in Islamic Finance’ award at the 3rd annual Global Islamic Finance Awards 2013(GIFA), The Oman Excellence Award, The Oman Web Award and the Arab Golden Coin Award.
Part of the banks winning combination is its long-term strategy is to be ‘A global leading Islamic bank born in Oman’. It continues to increase its product offerings to ensure that its customers can familiarize themselves with the principals of Shari’a compliant banking. To date it has launched a number of innovative products to meet the lifestyle needs of its customers. With seven fully serviced branches and a dedicated phone banking center the bank is available to its customers 24 hours a day, throughout the year.
The IFN Best banks poll award is one of the most prestigious awards and highly recognized by the global Islamic capital markets. Established In 2005, the awards pays tribute to those banks who provide best in class services across a series of markets and sectors.