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The event was held at the Dubai World Trade Centre and was attended by members of Emirates NBD Board of Directors, Senior Executives and Members of Top Management from the Group as well as more than 8500 employees and their families.
H.H Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Emirates NBD said in a speech delivered by Hesham Abdulla Al Qassim, Vice Chairman: "On the occasion of Emirates NBD Staff Annual Gala Dinner, It is my pleasure to welcome you all in this joyful evening where our employees are celebrating their achievements and successes of the year. I am also pleased to extend a special welcome to the participating brides and grooms who come from 20 different countries which reflects the cultural diversity we pride ourselves of in Emirates NBD in particular and Dubai and the UAE in general. I sincerely wish them good fortune and may God bless them with a happy married life. We are very proud of the achievements and successes of our employees and their dedication to achieve the vision of Emirates NBD to be globally recognised as the leading and most dynamic financial services provider based in the Middle East."
H.H. Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum added: "Over the years, the emirate of Dubai and the United Arab Emirates have embodied the spirit of innovation, diversity, tolerance, ambition, success and insightful vision under the guidance of its prudent leadership and wise government who made every possible effort to keep up with the regional and global developments as well as provide a safe environment for residents and businesses. Despite the global economic challenges and turmoil, our economy remains strong and resilient to a large extent, as we have reaffirmed our position as a regional and global economic, touristic and trade hub."
H.H. Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum concluded: "These efforts resulted in good financial results for our shareholders, as well as a broad and diverse range of banking products and services for our valued customers. We are committed to continuously enhance our products and services and expand our branch network and electronic services to provide our customers with superior customer experience up to their expectations, in addition to achieving their goals and developing their businesses wherever they are."
Abdulhakim Binherz, President of Emirates NBD Social & Sports Club said: "Emirates NBD Social & Sports Club organizes the annual Staff Gala Dinner and Wedding reception every year as part of its corporate social responsibility programme towards the public in general and its employees in particular. Emirates NBD provides financial support to the newly wed couples and will give them the chance to celebrate their union in a family atmosphere among all staff from all nationalities. The success of the previous ceremonies has encouraged the Group to hold this event for the eighth year in a row".
Rick Pudner, Group CEO Emirates NBD said: "This is a very special moment that gathers us all, and I would like, on this occasion, to congratulate all our members of staff who got married this year and are celebrating with us."
Rick Pudner added: "The global economic environment continues to pose challenges on the region and the world at large. But against this challenging economic backdrop, Emirates NBD was able to deliver a robust set of financial results with operating profits for the period up 5% at Dhs3.3bn and a net profit of Dhs1.3bn. Our resilience and our robust financial position have enabled Emirates NBD to make significant progress towards our strategic imperatives and remain committed to providing the highest standards of service and most innovative products to our customers, and ensuring the most professional and rewarding experience and working environment to our members of staff".