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Majlis Meethaq forum hosts Minister of Health

MUSCAT, 22 June 2016 – Coinciding with the Holy Month of Ramadhan, Meethaq, the pioneer of Islamic banking in Oman from Bank Muscat, hosted HE Dr. Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Saidi, Minister of Health, at the 10th Majlis Meethaq evening. The unique social forum is aimed at facilitating interaction with prominent personalities on inspirational aspects of their life and career as well as views and perspective on the economy and important social and cultural issues. The gathering held at Bank Muscat head office was attended by dignitaries and a large turnout of corporate representatives.

Reflecting the spirit of Ramadhan, Meethaq also utilised the opportunity for a charity exhibition of Arabic calligraphy in cooperation with the Omani Society for Fine Arts. The proceeds of the exhibition will benefit Al Wafa Centers.

Recalling his experiences in life and career, HE Dr. Al Saidi called on Omani youth to take advantage of the educational opportunities to achieve success in life. He also spoke about his personal and academic achievements.

Majlis Meethaq is a monthly gathering in which a well- known economic, social, religious or cultural persona having influence on Omani society from the Sultanate or abroad is hosted. The interaction between the guest and the audience is aimed at focusing on aspects of the presenter's personal life, success in career and views on issues facing the country and community.

Sulaiman Al Harthy, Deputy Chief Executive Officer – Islamic Banking, said: “Meethaq is proud to host the Majlis forum aimed at presenting successful role models to community and highlight their achievements to motivate and inspire citizens, especially youth, to attain success in life. We thank Dr. Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Saidi

for addressing the session and enlightening the audience on opportunities and challenges he faced in making crucial decisions in life which led to success. Meethaq, as part of its social development commitment, aims to develop the Majlis forum as an ideal platform to interact with prominent personalities and draw inspiration from their experiences in achieving success in life."

Al Harthy added: “Meethaq is the leading Islamic financial services provider in the Sultanate with many achievements contributing to the growth and development of the Sultanate's economy. Meethaq extends support to all key economic sectors in the Sultanate. Meethaq is focused on developing as a benchmark Islamic financial institution in Oman and the region. Within just three years of operations, Meethaq has attained the leading position in the Islamic banking industry in Oman in terms of financing receivables, branch network, products and services, IT infrastructure and human resources development. Meethaq not only provides benchmark Islamic financial solutions to support the country's development but also plays a key role in raising awareness and educating people on important aspects of Islamic banking and finance."

As the pioneer of Islamic banking in Oman, Meethaq has adopted the best practices in Islamic banking and finance worldwide to combine a robust model which protects customers and complements the Islamic banking industry. Every Meethaq product goes through the process of Shari'a compliance certification by the Shari'a Supervisory Board and is created in line with the guidelines of the Central Bank of Oman.

Meethaq offers a full suite of Islamic banking products and services, including savings account, current account, home finance, auto finance, credit card, mobile banking and internet banking. Presently, Meethaq has 18 branches across the Sultanate and plans to expand the network as well as launch new products and services to complement the unique Islamic banking experience.

Meethaq strategy is to sustain its leadership position and attract customers, distinguished by innovation of products and operational efficiency. Meethaq is well positioned to make a difference in Islamic banking with emphasis on social responsibility, economic justice and developmental commitment.