IFID to spotlight ‘Next Generation Finnovators’

Updated 06 November 2018
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IFID to spotlight ‘Next Generation Finnovators’

The 2nd Annual Islamic Finance Innovation Day (IFID) forum is set to take place in Bahrain on Nov. 26. The event will look at the important role of “Next Generation Finnovators” in the drive for fintech development and adoption in the Islamic banking and finance industry. The event is supported for the second year by strategic partner Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB), which has played a central role in establishing Bahrain as a fast growing regional fintech hub in addition to a leading Islamic finance center. 
The event, taking place at the Wydham Grand, Bahrain Bay, will offer a fresh perspective into the Islamic fintech debate by showcasing the voices of rising stars in the industry. It will feature a series of discussions that explore the views of young Islamic finance professionals on the pace and impact of fintech innovation on the industry today, existing obstacles and new methods and approaches for growth and development. 
“We are pleased to be once again supporting IFID. We’re particularly excited this year to be giving young professionals in Islamic fintech a platform to voice their views and discuss the development and sustainable growth of the industry,” said David Parker, executive director, financial services, EDB.
He added: “Over the past year, there have been significant strides made in fintech innovation in Bahrain by both the private and public sectors, including the launch of the region’s largest fintech hub, and we are proud to back initiatives that encourage and foster the growth of the ecosystem.” 


Al-Habtoor receives members of Dubai Police’s Esaad

Updated 15 January 2019
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Al-Habtoor receives members of Dubai Police’s Esaad

Khalaf Al-Habtoor, founding chairman of the Al-Habtoor Group, received a delegation from the Dubai Police Esaad Program Committee at the Al-Habtoor Group head office on Monday. Mona Al-Ameri, head of the happiness committee, Dubai Police, thanked Al-Habtoor for his continuous support for the Dubai Police employee happiness initiative and presented the Al-Habtoor Group chairman, and Vice Chairman and CEO Mohammed Al-Habtoor with their personalized Esaad cards.

Dubai Police representatives included Masoud Ibrahim Alhammad, Khalid Alsuwaidi, Ahmed bin Ghafan, Ibrahim Alblooshi, Salah Amin, Mohammed Shoaib Albalooshi, Gaafar Salim, Sayed Ibrahim, Abdullah Haidarah, Hasan Saleh, Thureya Balhoul, Waheeda Abbas, Waheeda Abdulqadir, Mariyam Saeed Abdulhakeem, Khalil Ibrahim Ali and Mahmood Ibrahim. Also present was Abdul Salam Marzooqi, director of UAE affairs and community relations, Al-Habtoor Group.

Khalaf Al-Habtoor said: “I am happy to collaborate with the Dubai Police in their Esaad program and be able to show our men and women in the Dubai Police corps our appreciation for their commitment to our safety.

“Dubai’s appeal as an investment haven is in its stability, and that is largely due to the safety and security the Dubai Police provides. I commend them for their continued service to our community.”

Al-Habtoor called for the private sector to work closely with the public sector and commended the Esaad program committee for their efforts to reward employees for their performance, commitment and dedication to the job. 

Al-Ameri, head of the happiness committee, thanked Al-Habtoor for the warm welcome and gave a detailed brief about the Esaad card and its uses across various sectors including: Education, tourism, hospitality, aviation, entertainment and leisure, real estate and retail.

She said: “The Esaad card is trusted by the civil servants in Dubai and the UAE. The number of Esaad cardholders is currently at 108,498 employees from 128 governmental and semi-governmental departments.”

Al-Ameri commended the Al-Habtoor Group for its continuous support for community activities, noting that the Esaad program is an innovative program designed to achieve happiness in the community.

Al-Habtoor Group joined the Esaad program in October 2017 offering Dubai Police staff extended benefits and discounts at Habtoor Hospitality and Real Estate properties, including hotels, restaurant, leisure and entertainment facilities in the UAE and abroad. Dubai Police staff are offered a 50 percent discount at Al-Habtoor Group hotels in Dubai and internationally, as well as a 20 percent reduction at the group’s leisure and entertainment facilities. It also includes special rates on the new apartments at Al-Habtoor City Residence Collection.