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NBAD Wins Best Local Bank Award

National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD), the Number One Bank in the UAE, was awarded the Best Local Bank in the UAE Award from emeafinance, the prestigious publication. emeafinance’s Middle East Banking Awards recognize the leading banks across the Middle East; the banks that stand out among their peers, demonstrate leadership in their home markets, top the performance and deal-making tables both in individual countries and across the Middle East. The awards consider various performance and structural factors such as market share, growth in important product classes, profitability, and corporate strategy. NBAD was recognized as the best local bank in the UAE due to the fact that it has managed to establish itself as the leading bank in the country amid this difficult market conditions and the bank’s capability to weather the storm. “We are delighted that National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD) has been honored with Best Local Bank in the UAE Award”. “We consider this award to be valuable recognition of the overall results NBAD has achieved during 2008 and over the longer term as well, in the highly competitive financial services environment of the UAE,” said Mr. Michael Tomalin, NBAD’s Chief Executive. “We believe customers should be at the core of each business to ensure success. Therefore, we are constantly seeking new ways to provide our valued customers with the highest standards of service,” said Mr. Saif Al Shehhi, Senior General Manager of NBAD’s Domestic Banking Division. “NBAD is now a top 250 bank in the world and one of the largest banks in the Middle East sharing a AA- credit rating with only a few banks. It currently operates across eleven countries on four continents. The Bank has one of the largest branches and ATM networks in the UAE with more than 85 branches and 250 ATMs all over the country. It has a wide range of products and services tailored to cater for wholesale and consumer clients; from credit cards to corporate finance, from financial markets to car loans. The bank employs more than 3000 employees of more than 50 nationalities, with many multi talented, highly gifted and qualified people. Proudly, we are serving over 300,000 customers and top institutions around the world,” he added. “Since its inception in 1968, NBAD has been playing significant and leading roles in the economic and social development of the UAE as well as fulfilling our customers’ requirements. Winning the Best Local Bank in the UAE encourages us even further to leave no stone unturned in meeting and surpassing the expectations of our valued customers,” Al Shehhi confirmed. “At NBAD, we pledge to provide innovative, efficient and secure products and services to allow our valued customers to enjoy the most convenient banking experience. Pursuing this approach has made NBAD an award winning leader in the UAE and the Middle East financial services industry” said Mr. Abdulla Ghobash, NBAD’s Regional Manager in the Northern Emirates, after receiving the Award at a glittering award ceremony in Dubai. “NBAD has won numerous awards such as the Sheikh Khalifa Excellence Award, UAE Banks Corporate Governance Award in 2008, the Middle East Excellence Award 2008, the Mohamed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Business Award 2007, Dubai Quality Award, ‘Best Bank in UAE’ from Euromoney and Banker publications, ‘Human Resources Development Award’ from the Emirates Institute for Banking & Financial Studies, the ‘Middle East e-Banking Country Award’, the ‘Outstanding use of IT in Financial Services Award, ‘Best use of Technology’ and ‘ Best Personal Loan in the Middle East’ from Banker Middle East” he added.

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