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Banks are committed to serve customers with full force

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Banks have also announced that all their branches will remain open to serve customers.

UAE banks have come together to announce relief package for customers to ease the financial pressure they are experiencing due to current economic environment in the wake of coronavirus outbreak.

Bank heads and officials have expressed their views on the current situation and relief package, they have announced:

Hesham Abdulla Al Qassim, Chairman of Emirates Islamic said: “We are grateful for the trust our clients and teams place in us during this exceptional situation. Emirates Islamic is ready to continue to serve our customers with the full strength of our organisation’s dedicated leadership, management and wider team, and we will continue to create meaningful additional measures to support those affected. We remain proactive through this rapidly evolving period and are among the first in the Islamic banking sector to recognise the needs of our customers”

“Emirates Islamic’s relief measures reinforce the plans that have already been put in place by our nation’s wise leadership to keep the UAE safe and prosperous. The incredible guidance and example set by our leaders show us the way forward with unity, strength and compassion. I am certain this challenge will encourage us all to support one another. We would also like to reassure our customers that they can continue to bank with us safely through our convenient digital banking solutions. Our proactive measures, combined with our digital banking expertise, financial strength and liquidity, give us confidence to continue serving you with the same high standards you are accustomed to from us,” added Al Qassim.

Chairman of Commercial Bank of Dubai Humaid Al Qutami, stated: “In these challenging times, like in the past 50 years, CBD stands by its customers. Our measures, which are fully aligned with the guidance of the government and the Central Bank of the UAE, will ensure our clients will continue to operate successfully. The combination of deferring payments, reducing or waiving selected fees, and supporting those whose jobs have been affected will enable corporations and individuals throughout the UAE to weather these unprecedented challenges. We encourage our customers to reach out to us, preferably through our award-winning digital channels, to utilise the measures implemented today.”

Specific measures announced by Commercial Bank of Dubai include providing easy instalment plans for school fees and other essential expenditure at no fees; facilitating home buyers by reducing the required down payment and waiving select fees; and offering SME accounts with no requirement for a minimum balance at no additional fees.

Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair, Chairman of Mashreq Bank said: “Mashreq Bank is pleased to be part of the consortium leading this important and significant initiative supporting the UAE’s businesses, consumers and communities and aimed at alleviating some of the financial pressure and potential negative impact resulting from the COVID-19 situation.

 “As one of the UAE’s oldest banks, we have a proud legacy of supporting the nation and those who live and do business here. We fully recognize the importance of assisting our customers, businesses and communities in these challenging times through these relief measures and we place the highest priority on ensuring the welfare and happiness of the society and all those living in the country.”

“In accordance with this announcement, banks will show more flexibility to stressed customers during this difficult time and support its retail, SME and corporate customers through several specific initiatives targeted at reducing their financial burdens. This is also in line with the UAE’s leadership and their efforts to support the UAE banking sector which in turn will have far reaching positive impact on various sectors that underpin the economy. This relief package will also reduce the risk many customers face of being exposed to temporary cash flow shortfalls during this trying period.”

“Our key priority is the safety and well-being of our people, our customers and our community. Mashreq is operating according to the highest safety and security standard to keep our clients’ businesses running smoothly and without unnecessary disruptions globally - whether our employees are operating from home or other office locations. We are ready to cater to the financial needs of our customers and partners with the same superior levels of quality and service we have always provided across our available channels,” Al Ghurair added.

The Dubai banks have also announced that all their branches continue to remain open to serve customers. The banks have undertaken precautionary measures across their branch network, ATM & cash deposit machine locations, including additional deep cleaning and sterilisation protocols. Furthermore, they have implemented training on safety guidelines, social interaction and preventative hygiene practices for all frontline staff. The banks are also encouraging customers to bank safely via their digital banking platforms. Customers practicing social distancing can carry out everyday transactions such as making transfers, remitting funds or paying bills conveniently via the Mobile Banking Apps or Online Banking platforms.

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