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8 Qatar schools receive prestigious ECO-Schools Programme Awards from Doha Bank

  • Annual programme aims at encouraging students and schools across Qatar to contribute to environmental protection


  • Doha Bank launches new ECO-Schools logo to better reflect programme objectives

    Doha, 04 June 2016: Pressing ahead with its mission to groom a new generation of environmentally responsible citizens, Doha Bank today presented eight schools in Qatar with the ECO-Schools Programme Awards in recognition of their commitment to address environmental issues that impact their school and the community.

   The ECO-Schools Programme Awards are handed out annually by Doha Bank to recognize schools that play an active role in propagating eco-consciousness amongst students and which demonstrate a high degree of innovation and creativity in successfully completing their green projects as part of the ECO-Schools Programme.

   This year, Doha Bank unveiled a new ECO-Schools logo to better reflect the programme’s core objectives. The new logo artfully represents, in many distinct colors and forms, the four categories under the ECO-Schools Programme – the blue "D" sign of Doha Bank represents the “Water Management” category and the importance of water in our lives; the green leaves represent the “Environmental Health” category and serve as a reminder of the importance of nurturing Mother Nature; the yellow sun represents the “Energy Saving” category and its significance in sustaining life; while the overall freeform shape, denoting the ‘Waste Management” category, is a symbolic representation that human beings should take care of the environment,  including the waste they generate.

   Aimed at assisting and encouraging environmental education for students, the Programme presents schools in Qatar with the ECO-Star Trophy in different categories.

   Four schools were awarded the ECO-Star Trophy in the “Energy Saving” category: Birla Public School for their ‘Energy Saved is Energy Produced’ project aimed at educating students about the importance of saving electricity and water; Pakistan Education Centre for their ‘Save the Energy’ project that sought to create awareness among the students about the disadvantages of fluorescent and incandescent bulbs and the need to replace such bulbs with LED lights; Philippine International School Qatar (High School) for their ‘Energy Saving Campaign’ project to enhance students’ environmental awareness; and Al Ahnaf Bin Qais Independent Preparatory School for their ‘Save Lights for Dark Nights’ project that encouraged students to explore varied and creative ways to save energy.

   The ECO-Star trophies for the “Water Management” category went to Philippine School Doha for their ‘Water and Plastic Bottle Waste Management’ project; and to Philippine International School Qatar (Elementary) for their ‘Water Management’ project to promote water conservation practices.

   Al Tamakon for Comprehensive Education received the trophy in the “Environmental Health” category for their innovative ‘Create Bio-System’ project, while in the “Waste Management” category, the trophy was awarded to Shantiniketan Indian School for their ‘Best Out of Waste’ project.

   Commenting on the ECO-Schools Programme Awards, Dr. R. Seetharaman, CEO of Doha Bank, said, “At Doha Bank, our commitment to environmental stewardship goes beyond adopting green practices internally and extends to spreading the conservation message among various segments of society. The annual ECO-Schools Programme is a key pillar of our endeavor to sensitize future generations to the importance of sustainable living. In adopting a conservation-first approach, and in encouraging children to become environmental advocates at a young age, the programme helps students and schools reduce their carbon footprint while contributing to building environmentally responsible citizens for a better tomorrow.”

“I congratulate all recipients of the 2016 ECO-Schools Programme Awards and I hope the students that participated in the programme this year are able to sustain their commitment and continue using their creativity to find solutions to the environmental problems plaguing their school and their community,” he added.

   ECO-Schools is an award programme that guides student action teams within schools on their journey towards sustainability by providing a framework to help embed these principles into the heart of school life. It offers flexibility, allows creativity and encourages innovation on how the school plans to transform itself into becoming an eco-friendly institution.

   Schools anywhere in Qatar can join the programme free-of-charge.

   The ECO-Schools Core Process is very simple. Schools are asked to create a framework for student action and to make a commitment to the ECO-Schools Committee. Once approved, the schools implement the action plan. The Committee later monitors the progress made and awards ECO-Stars to successful schools and projects.







Doha Bank Announces the Annual

Summer Cash Back Offers


Credit cardholders can enjoy 5% cash back on overseas spending, 3% cash back on local spending and get valuable rewards from Booking.com & Dohasooq.com


     Doha, Qatar May 30, 2016 - For the sixth consecutive year, Doha Bank’s credit cardholders will have numerous reasons to celebrate the summer, Ramadan and Eid season, with the opportunity to take advantage of some of the most rewarding offers in the region.


    Throughout the holiday season – from the beginning of May until 31 July 2016, hotel, resort and villa bookings made with an eligible Doha Bank credit card on www.booking.com of up to QR 2,500 or more in value, will entitle the cardholder to a QR200 shopping voucher from Qatar’s first and only e-mall – www.dohasooq.com.


    All eligible cardholders passing through the Hamad International Airport en route to their flights can enjoy a 10% discount across all Qatar Duty Free retail outlets and kiosks at the Departure Terminal.


    Upon arrival at their destination, Doha Bank credit cardholders travelling on holiday or business in June will be rewarded with 5% cash back on all foreign currency transactions each time they use their credit cards overseas. From purchases made while dining in London, buying designer wear in chic Manhattan boutiques or shopping for local delicacies at a supermarket in Thailand – any purchase or cash withdrawal made internationally while on holiday will be handsomely rewarded.


    Those returning to Qatar in time to celebrate the holy month of Ramadan, and using their credit cards for a minimum of QR5, 000 per month – be it on new clothes, groceries, dining, electronics, home furniture, or more, will also have a chance to be rewarded with 3% cash back on all local spending in Qatar during the month of June 2016.


    Commenting on the launch of the campaign, Doha Bank Group CEO, Dr. R. Seetharaman, said: “Doha Bank’s summer credit card offers have been the most successful and rewarding promotions of their kind in recent years and each year the Bank strives to deliver new and exciting propositions that help our customers gain more value from their vacation spending and summer purchases made locally or internationally. By providing Doha Bank customers with attractive cash back rewards, discounts and gift vouchers, we reaffirm our commitment to customer satisfaction and loyalty.”  


    In addition to a multitude of dining offers, loyalty redemption options at travel agencies, complimentary travel insurance cover on air tickets, and 0% payment plans on tickets and holiday packages make Doha Bank the only financial institution offering the most rewarding cash back programme in Qatar.  


    Dream, Green, LULU, Asriya, Platinum or Infinite cardholders must spend at least QR 5,000 each month to be eligible for cash back for that particular month.

To apply for a Doha Bank credit card and make use of the cash back rewards this summer, SMS ‘DREAM’  ‘PLAT’ OR ‘LULU’ while Ladies may SMS ASRIYA to 92610   to arrange for a visit to their home or office by our sales team. Alternatively, visit any Doha Bank branch to apply.


            For full details of the promotion including T & C, visit: www.dohabank.com.qa







DOHA BANK CEO HONOURED WITH

“GREEN ECONOMY VISIONARY AWARD”

AT UAB SUMMIT

      Doha, 30 May 2016: The 2016 Union of Arab Banks (UAB) International Banking Summit was held under the Auspices of the Prime Minister of Italy H.E Mr. Matteo Renzi on May 29- 30, 2016 at Rome Cavalieri Waldorf Astoria Hotel Rome – Italy. Dr. R. Seetharaman,

    CEO of Doha Bank was honoured with the “Green Economy Visionary Award” at the Summit on 30th May 2016. He received the award from  Mr. Mohammed Jarrah Al-Sabah, Chairman, Union of Arab Banks in the presence of Mr. Wissam H. Fattouh, Secretary General Union of Arab Banks, H.E. Mr. Mohammad Machnouk, Minister of Environment, Lebanon, Mr. Sarkis Yoghourtdjian, Advisor, Federal Reserve Board, Washington DC, Mr. Mustapha Bakkoury, President du Directoire, MASEN, Morocco Mrs. Michele Caparello, Advisor to the Executive Board, European Central Bank, Mrs. Michele Caparello, Advisor to the Executive Board, European Central Bank and Mr. Eric Usher, acting Head of the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP-FI), Switzerland. The award was given for his outstanding contribution close to two decades towards environment friendly activities and thereby promoted Green economies. He was a recipient of multiple doctorates including the Ph.D. Degree on “Green Banking and Sustainability” from Sri Sri University, India in 2015. Recently he was also recommended for “Nobel Peace Prize“by H.E Nassir Abdul-Aziz Al- Naseer, United Nations High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations.

    On receiving the award Dr. R. Seetharaman stated he would like to dedicate this award to His Excellency Sheikh Abdulla Bin Saoud Al-Thani, QCB Governor, Sh. Fahad Bin Mohammad Bin Jabor Al Thani, Chairman of Board of Directors, Doha Bank, Sh. Abdul Rehman Bin Mohammad Bin Jabor Al Thani, Managing Director, Doha Bank and other members of the Doha Bank's Board of Directors and his family for their continued support in pursuing environment friendly activities. He also gave insight on Green Banking and said, “Green Banking promotes environmental-friendly practices and reducing carbon footprint from the banking activities. The Global financial crisis has made me rethink on Green Banking. Banks as Socially responsible citizens should earmark capital for Green Banking apart from capital for regulatory requirements. The Banking environment operates within the global standards of lending or investing and such standards have been revised after the Global financial crisis both in terms of liquidity and capital adequacy. The going –concern and gone concern capital has been redefined and suitable buffers have also been developed taking into consideration the liquidity and systematic issues. However in addition to above Banks as socially responsible citizens have a role to play on protecting environment and contribute to sustainable development. Hence every Bank should earmark minimum 10% of Tier 1 capital subject to a cap of 10% of risk weighted capital towards Green banking or Clean development mechanism (CDM) or any Sustainable development projects taking into consideration the carbon emissions prevailing in the economy in which the bank operates. The Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions need to be estimated for major economic sectors in areas of operation to determine the carbon footprint. Based on the carbon footprint in various economic sectors various initiatives be proposed to promote Green economies such as Lending for Green projects, CDM scheme and Paperless banking. The allocation matrix should be such that greater the carbon footprint in the relevant economic sector, the higher the allocation of capital for Green Banking and Sustainable projects. The carbon footprint will be different across various geographies and economic sectors and hence country wise and sector wise allocations should be explored. This forms the basis for Green banking and brings prudency into the capital framework. Green Banking is the solution for sustainable development.”

    Dr. R. Seetharaman also highlighted the initiatives undertaken under his leadership as part of Green Banking by Doha Bank. He said “Doha Bank has promoted paperless banking, Internet Banking, SMS Banking, Phone Banking and ATM Banking as well as online channels such as Doha Souq, E-Remittances and Online Bill Payments. It has launched Green Credit Card and Green Account. It also has a dedicated Green Banking Website which integrates the bank’s initiatives in promoting environmental safety with the community by reaching out to both the public and private sectors. Doha Bank conducted Green Quiz with Global warming and climatic changes as a central theme to spread awareness in various countries across the Globe. Doha Bank was involved in Project financing for supporting the construction of Qatar General Electricity & Water Corporation’s Water Security Mega Reservoirs Project. It has also provided term loan for Emirates Central Cooling Systems, which provides Efficient District Cooling Services (DCS) to developments in Dubai and the surrounding region. Doha Bank has tracked the developments pertaining to various Conference of Parties (COP) meetings of United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).”






Doha Bank Announces the Annual Summer Cash Back Offers


Credit cardholders can enjoy 5% cash back on overseas spending, 3% cash back on local spending and get valuable rewards from Booking.com & Dohasooq.com


     Doha, Qatar May 30, 2016 - For the sixth consecutive year, Doha Bank’s credit cardholders will have numerous reasons to celebrate the summer, Ramadan and Eid season, with the opportunity to take advantage of some of the most rewarding offers in the region.


     Throughout the holiday season – from the beginning of May until 31 July 2016, hotel, resort and villa bookings made with an eligible Doha Bank credit card on www.booking.com of up to QR 2,500 or more in value, will entitle the cardholder to a QR200 shopping voucher from Qatar’s first and only e-mall – www.dohasooq.com.


     All eligible cardholders passing through the Hamad International Airport en route to their flights can enjoy a 10% discount across all Qatar Duty Free retail outlets and kiosks at the Departure Terminal.


     Upon arrival at their destination, Doha Bank credit cardholders travelling on holiday or business in June will be rewarded with 5% cash back on all foreign currency transactions each time they use their credit cards overseas. From purchases made while dining in London, buying designer wear in chic Manhattan boutiques or shopping for local delicacies at a supermarket in Thailand – any purchase or cash withdrawal made internationally while on holiday will be handsomely rewarded.


     Those returning to Qatar in time to celebrate the holy month of Ramadan, and using their credit cards for a minimum of QR5, 000 per month – be it on new clothes, groceries, dining, electronics, home furniture, or more, will also have a chance to be rewarded with 3% cash back on all local spending in Qatar during the month of June 2016.


     Commenting on the launch of the campaign, Doha Bank Group CEO, Dr. R. Seetharaman, said: “Doha Bank’s summer credit card offers have been the most successful and rewarding promotions of their kind in recent years and each year the Bank strives to deliver new and exciting propositions that help our customers gain more value from their vacation spending and summer purchases made locally or internationally. By providing Doha Bank customers with attractive cash back rewards, discounts and gift vouchers, we reaffirm our commitment to customer satisfaction and loyalty.”  


     In addition to a multitude of dining offers, loyalty redemption options at travel agencies, complimentary travel insurance cover on air tickets, and 0% payment plans on tickets and holiday packages make Doha Bank the only financial institution offering the most rewarding cash back programme in Qatar.  


     Dream, Green, LULU, Asriya, Platinum or Infinite cardholders must spend at least QR 5,000 each month to be eligible for cash back for that particular month.

To apply for a Doha Bank credit card and make use of the cash back rewards this summer, SMS ‘DREAM’  ‘PLAT’ OR ‘LULU’ while Ladies may SMS ASRIYA to 92610   to arrange for a visit to their home or office by our sales team. Alternatively, visit any Doha Bank branch to apply.


For full details of the promotion including T & C, visit: www.dohabank.com.qa





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Doha Bank Relocates City Centre Mall Branch to the Ground Floor


   Doha, 23 May 2016: Doha Bank has announced the official opening of its new branch, which has been relocated from the first floor of the popular City Centre Mall, located in the heart of West Bay, to the ground floor.

   The opening of the relocated branch is in line with Doha Bank’s strategy to meet the needs of its customers more efficiently, and comes just a week after the inauguration of the Bank’s state-of-the-art Al Gharafa Dahl Al Hamam branch.

   Commenting on the opening of the branch, Dr. R. Seetharaman, CEO of Doha Bank, said, “Our national branch network is of vital strategic importance to us and forms an integral part of our multi-channel approach to serving our customers.  Our continued investment in expanding our branch network is designed to ensure we are embedded in the local communities while consolidating our position as one of the most committed providers of financial services to customers throughout the State of Qatar.”

   He continued: “The move also falls in line with our strategy to expand in a way that best meets our customers’ needs and requirements while reaffirming our commitment to providing them with a wide range of advanced banking solutions.”

   Customer convenience is at the heart of operations at Doha Bank. The relocation of the City Centre Mall branch to the ground floor will make it easier for cardholders and customers to access banking services, affording them greater convenience and flexibility.

   Upholding its core promise to deliver innovative products and services in a customer-friendly environment, the new City Centre branch signifies Doha Bank’s commitment to its most valuable asset – its customers.

   With 30 branches, Doha Bank boasts of the second largest banking network in Qatar. Doha Bank branches are designed to deliver a superior on-premise banking experience to customers, and are envisioned to be in congruence with Qatar’s booming real estate industry and the growing mall culture, all while maintaining a focused approach on being positioned as one of the leading banks in the GCC region, delivering world-class products and services in a world-class environment.

   Previously located on the first floor of the mall, facing Carrefour, the new, modern Doha Bank branch nestled in the G36 banking section offers the added convenience of proximity to the parking lot for busy, on-the-go customers. The branch features an increased number of counters to process customer transactions, thereby reducing waiting times significantly, as well as a novel and easy-to-navigate layout with convenient access to a comprehensive range of digital banking solutions, including the DBank Mobile service and Apple Watch banking, in line with the Bank’s endeavor to provide an omni-channel customer experience that allows customers access to Doha Bank services globally, round the clock.

   In addition to the new full-service branch, Doha Bank also has an auxiliary branch located at the City Centre Mall entrance, which handles cards services covering debit card issuance and delivery, credit card replacements, as well as chequebook collection.

   The relocated Doha Bank City Centre Mall branch will be open seven days a week, from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm from Saturday to Thursday and from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Friday, and will offer competitive loans, a range of deposit facilities and specialized services including personal banking, corporate banking, investment banking, asset management and much more.







    Doha Bank Inaugurates a State of The Art Branch in Al Gharafa

The Opening Ceremony Presided by Doha Bank Chairman

H.E. Sheikh Fahad Bin Mohammad Bin Jabor Al Thani

New Branch to Cater to Residents and Companies in Dahl Al Hamam Vicinity

Doha, 17 May 2016: Adding a new chapter to its growth story, Doha Bank, one of the largest private commercial bank in Qatar, today officially inaugurated its new, state-of-the-art branch in Al Gharafa.  

The new spacious branch will serve both corporate and retail banking customers, offering a full spectrum of banking solutions, including account services, corporate banking services and exclusive financial solutions to high net worth (HNW) customers, in a soothing lounge environment that caters to their need for privacy.

In addition, customers banking at the new branch will have access to a comprehensive range of digital banking solutions offered by Doha Bank, including the DBank Mobile service and Apple Watch banking, in line with its endeavor to provide an Omni-channel customer experience designed to provide access to Doha Bank services globally around the clock.

The event was presided by H.E. Sheikh Fahad Bin Mohammad Bin Jabor Al Thani, Chairman of the Board of Doha Bank, along with members of the Doha Bank’s executive team led by CEO Dr. R. Seetharaman and other senior bank officials. The ribbon cutting was attended by loyal customers who enjoyed a morning cocktail reception, while they shared their latest projects and their personalized banking experiences, needs and aspirations with Doha Bank.


H.E. Sheikh Fahad Bin Mohammad Bin Jabor Al Thani, Chairman of the Board of Doha Bank said at the inauguration of Al Gharafa Branch : “On behalf of myself and the members of the Board of Directors (BOD), I would like  to thank our customers for their confidence in us in improving their financial well-being through various products and services. Gharafa is a centre of many ongoing development projects, which will reflect positively on the performance of the banking industry in Qatar in general and of Doha Bank in particular.  Doha Bank is keen on building a strategic network across Qatar considering the banking needs of customers within the scope of the changing market dynamics.”  

At the forefront of the Al Gharafa branch operations, Al Riyada premium banking services will offer bespoke solutions,  full range of account services as well as advanced financial counsel including loans and investment solutions for Doha Bank’s high net worth customers both individual and corporate. “

Dr. R. Seetharaman added; “We are proud to announce yet another addition to our network midst of fierce competition in the market and the tough economic climate and the challenges and difficulties faced by capital markets worldwide.  Qatar continues to grow at a steady pace across diverse sectors and this has created greater demand for loans and more sophisticated financial services. Our new branch will offer a full suite of banking products that cater to the needs of corporate, SME and individual customers in and around Al Gharafa, and provide customers with the highest quality of service developing regions of the country. ”

Also, Doha Bank’s Tatweer solution for SMEs provides a wide range of banking and financial services to help SMEs grow beyond their potential. With Tatweer SME customers can secure financing for operational needs, use an array of products and services to drive growth and improve efficiency, and bank without leaving their place of business. The Bank’s specialized staff provides efficient handling combined with fast-track approval and processing, making Tatweer the one-stop-shop solution for business growth and expansion.

Dr. R. Seetharaman continued: “Doha Bank has over the years strived to exemplify the highest level of customer service while also focusing on innovation in delivering financial services to our customers and clients. Today, with full branches in  India, Kuwait, Dubai and Abu Dhabi, supported by twelve international representative offices, Doha Bank is truly positioned as a multinational GCC-based bank with stakeholders across the region and internationally.

The branch will remain open six days a week, from 7:30 am to 1: 00 pm from Saturday to Thursday, and will offer loans, deposits and a range of specialized services covering personal banking, corporate banking, investment banking, asset management, and much more.

The Bank is also aggressively expanding its international footprint, and currently has operations in 15 countries worldwide.








Doha Bank named ‘Best Regional Commercial Bank’ at The Banker Middle East Industry Awards 2016

                                            This is the 4th straight year that Doha Bank has won the prestigious industry accolade
Doha Bank has been named - for the fourth year in a row - the “Best Regional Commercial Bank” at The Banker Middle East Industry Awards, considered the most important recognition of financial excellence in the Middle East.
    The Banker Middle East Industry Awards 2016 were presented at a glittering ceremony held on 12th May 2016 at the Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel in Dubai, which was attended by leading names from across the region’s banking and financial services industry.  Dr. R. Seetharaman, CEO of Doha Bank received the award on behalf of Doha Bank.
     “To be awarded the foremost commercial bank in the Middle East for a fourth straight year is a firm acknowledgement of the effectiveness of Doha Bank’s business strategy and the value we bring every day to our customers throughout Qatar, the GCC and beyond. Through the efficient asset allocation model the return on average Shareholders’ equity is 16.1% as at December 2015 one of the best in the industry. The Bank has achieved a very high return on average assets of 1.73% as at December 2015, which is a clear demonstration of the effective utilization of shareholder’s funds,” said Dr. R. Seetharaman, Group CEO of Doha Bank. “The Banker Middle East Industry Awards has taken into consideration innovation, customer service and sustainable financial performance of nominated institutions. The award is a reflection of Doha Bank’s leadership on sustainable growth.”

    “This award will act as an enabler to meet our customers’ financial needs more effectively and provide them with unmatched, continuously improving levels of service,” he added.


    The award is the latest in a string of prestigious regional and international accolades received by Doha Bank over the past year.  The Bank also won the ‘Product of the Year in Middle East 2016 for Doha Bank’s Mobile Banking Experience’ from ‘The Asian Banker’ in recognition of the superior service offered through the mobile banking application. Also, on account of displaying best practice and transparency in investor relations, Doha Bank was awarded as the best Qatari company for ‘Excellence in Investor Relations’ under the mid-cap category.


















Doha Bank participates in Career Fair organised by Education City

Qatar’s leading private bank offers internship and scholarship programs to
talented Qatari undergraduate students


Doha, 14 February 2014: Doha Bank recently participated in a career fair organized by Education City that featured leading Qatari universities. Hosted at Education City premises, the career fair sought to bring together campus students and employers to facilitate networking and employment opportunities.

Commenting on the event, Dr. R. Seetharaman, Group CEO of Doha Bank, said, “As an organization that has always taken the lead in creating rewarding career opportunities for promising Qatari talents, Doha Bank is very excited to have joined forces with Education City for this important initiative. The career fair provided us the opportunity to gain access to and connect with a large pool of qualified candidates, and served to underline the wealth of talent we now have in the universities and colleges of Qatar.”

Leading educational institutions that participated in the career fair included Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar, Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar, Texas A&M University at Qatar, Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar, Northwestern University in Qatar, HEC Paris in Qatar, and UCL Qatar.

Doha Bank capitalized on the opportunity offered by the career fair platform to attract a large number of potential candidates and offer internship and scholarship programs to talented Qatari undergraduate students. Doha Bank received over 90 applicants who showed interest in becoming part of the Bank’s dynamic workforce.

“Doha Bank today is the first choice for candidates looking for exciting career opportunities among the Qatari banks, and we are delighted to receive the overwhelming interest from students at the career fair,” said Dr. Seetharaman.

Doha Bank representatives present at the career fair also provided career consultation to graduate and undergraduate students.





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