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12 May 2016 - UAB Introduces the Second Wave of Reyadah Candidates

Sharjah, UAE, 8th May 2016 - United Arab Bank P.J.S.C ("UAB" or “the Bank”) continues to advance in its progressive Emiratisation efforts, selecting the second wave of National talent for its “Reyadah” program.

“Reyadah” program was launched in November 2014 to develop the Bank’s future Emirati leaders. The first wave of candidates included 15 promising UAE Nationals who participated in comprehensive career development training sessions aimed at creating a highly competent and skilled talent pool of future leaders.

Samer Tamimi - Acting Chief Executive Officer at UAB said: “Our success as an organization has been built on the quality of our human capital. Thus, we regard Emiratisation at UAB as an investment rather than an exercise to reach a specific percentage. Investing in the development of our UAE citizens through identifying their talents, training their skills and guiding their progress, creates suitable job opportunities for them and, simultaneously, enhances our performance as a bank and boosts our competitive advantage.”

Throughout 2015, UAB continued to observe and assess high potential talent among UAE Nationals within the Bank. During the first quarter of 2016 UAB selected 30 high potential candidates to undergo a series of assessments for further leadership evaluation. These evaluations included psychometric testing on numerical, attitudinal and language based assessments, followed by one-to-one interviews with candidates regarding their career plans, growth paths and personal objectives, as well as an assessment center in the form of a leadership simulation and engagement event.

The result of these wide-ranging assessments saw the top 15 candidates selected as the second wave of UAE National talent to participate in the “Reyadah” program. The program has also been enhanced with further technical, professional and soft skills training aimed at building 8 critical leadership competencies. The learning experience will be delivered through multiple channels including classroom, off-site and digital tools. This program has the advantage of technology utilization to create a digital collaboration platform for the Bank’s UAE Nationals to exchange and share critical information about the program, as well as best practices and feedback about their journey to inspire others.

This approach is aims at nurturing and developing National talents while achieving the Central Bank mandate of growing UAE National headcount in key senior positions in the private sector.

Samer Tamimi – Acting Chief Executive Officer said: “As a proud contributor to the growth and development of UAE Nationals in the financial sector, we are aligning our objectives with the “UAE Vision 2021” to encourage more participation of UAE citizens in the labor market through providing them with a high performance culture that attracts, develops, and rewards talent and contribution.”

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