DOHA, Qatar--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Reaping the benefits of the strategy it introduced in 2015, Qatar First Bank (QFB), Qatar’s leading Shari’ah compliant bank, has been named exclusively 2016’s ‘Best Up-and-Coming Islamic Financial Institution’ in Global Finance magazine’s ninth annual awards for the World’s Best Islamic Financial Institutions.
QFB won the prestigious award after Global Finance had extensive consultations with bankers, corporate finance executives and analysts throughout the world.
In selecting the world’s top Islamic Financial Institutions, Global Finance considered a wide range of quantitative factors including growth in assets, profitability, geographic reach, strategic relationships, new business development and product innovations, as well as informed subjective criteria such as reputation, customer satisfaction, and the opinions of analysts and industry experts.
The esteemed global award comes on the heels of QFB several milestones across all its business lines, while reporting continued profitability for the bank’s seventh full year of operation, as released in March.
Commenting on winning the acclaimed award, Mr. Ziad Makkawi, QFB’s Chief Executive Officer, said:
“We are honored to be named 2016’s ‘Best Up-and-Coming Islamic Financial Institution’ by the renowned, authoritative Global Finance magazine. The prized global award is a translation of QFB’s winning strategy and innovative approach to Islamic Finance.”
“Our strategy focuses on the bank’s role as a trusted advisor, a gateway for investors who wish to tap into innovative, Shari’ah-compliant, financial solutions and investment opportunities in local, regional and global markets. We are at the beginning of a new era for our bank and have already started reaping the benefits of our ambitious strategy, as each area of the Bank performed well, bringing growth and generating new recurring income. This celebrated global award is a confirmation that QFB is on the right path, as it continues to identify and seize new, attractive opportunities, deliver excellence for both private and corporate clients, build a strong brand, and provide shareholders with robust returns,” Makkawi added.
Last year was a milestone year for QFB. The bank confirmed its strategy and streamlined its businesses to offer Shari’ah compliant services including alternative investments with a focus on private equity and real estate, as well as corporate & institutional banking, private banking & wealth management, and treasury & investments.
A full report on the Global Finance World’s Best Islamic Financial Institutions selections will appear in the June issue of the magazine and online at GFMag.com. The Winners, including QFB, will also be honored at an Awards Ceremony conducted in October during the IMF/World Bank Annual Meetings in Washington, DC.
*Source: ME NewsWire