Posted on December 28, 2010

al khaliji award-winning website topped Halvarsson & Halvarsson’s (H&H) “GCC Webranking” survey of listed companies in Qatar and banks across the GCC for the second year in a row. www.alkhaliji.com has also been elected number 2 website among all GCC listed companies, up from the 7th position in 2009. Sites are assessed according to 140 criteria derived from H&H’s survey of business journalists, analysts and investors to identify the most highly valued information and functionality from a corporate website. Christiaan de Beer, Group Chief Financial Officer, and Charbel Cordahi, Head of Investor Relations, received the certificate on behalf of al khaliji at the awards gathering and workshop organized in coordination with the Middle East Investor Relations Society at the occasion of the announcement of the 2nd Annual “GCC H&H Web Ranking Survey” results in Abu Dhabi.

Robin McCall, acting Chief Executive Officer of al khaliji commented on this achievement: “As part of al khaliji’s objectives and strategy, we strive to adopt transparency in our financial statements, processes, plans and programs, and make every effort to provide our investors with sufficient information on the Bank’s plans and strategy through regular postings on our website and reporting in GCC and international dailies. We are delighted to see that our efforts to implement a higher degree of transparency via our website have been recognized for the second year by Halvarsson & Halvarsson”.

al Khaliji team receiving the award

Charbel Cordahi, Head of Investor Relations commented: Since its establishment, al khaliji has adopted an effective communication policy with its investors, as well as with analysts, shareholders, and the financial media. We have created a specialized Investor Relations Unit and website, set a clear policy with respect to good corporate governance and disclosures, and strive to align al khaliji’s activities and management with international best practices”. www.alkhaliji.com is available in both Arabic and English and provides a wealth of information and details relevant to investors and financial analysts, including constantly updated news, presentations and Q&A section. The Share Details and General Assemblies sub-section provides detailed information on general assemblies and general assembly minutes, along with share details, trading information, foreign ownership limits, and trading value. The Major Shareholders sub-section furnishes information on the major shareholders and the distribution of shares among nationalities, as well as among companies, government and individuals. All press releases issued by the Bank are available online, as well as the Board of Directors’ resolutions and the Bank’s policies and procedures relating to the protection of investors’ rights and interests. In addition to the H&H Webranking Survey Award, al khaliji last month won the first prize and the coveted title of ‘Best Visual Website’ in the Middle East at the 3rd Banking Web Award competition organized in Beirut (Lebanon) by the Pan Arab Awards Academy, in association with Microsoft Corporation and BSA. For further information on al khaliji, please visit www.alkhaliji.com.

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