EVENT: Star-studded turnout for ABA Gala Dinner
Date: 5th November, 2015 Time: 07:30 pm - 11:30 pm
The Arab Bankers Association's 2015 Gala Dinner was a star-studded affair that included a former Prime Minister, a former Finance Minister and the head of one of the Middle East's biggest banks.
More than two hundred and seventy guests attended the dinner, which was held at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower in London's Knightsbridge on 5 November.
During the dinner, George Kanaan, the Association's CEO and Abdulaziz Al-Khereiji, the Chairman, presented the Association's Award for Distinguished Service to Arab Banking to Adel El-Labban, the CEO and Managing Director of Bahrain's Ahli United Bank. In his acceptance speech, Mr. El Labban highlighted, inter alia, the increasing burden of banking regulation in cities such as London.
Before the award to Adel El-Labban, Lord Lamont, the former British Chancellor of the Exchequer (Finance Minister) introduced H.E. Shaukat Aziz, the former Finance Minister and Prime Minister of Pakistan. In his speech, Mr. Aziz described a recent meeting he had attended with very high level Chinese officials, in which they expressed their concern that China's increasing economic and political weight could, unnecessarily, lead to regional and international tension. He also explained the reasoning behind the recent creation of the Asian Infrastructure Bank.
Towards the end of the evening, guests were entertained by Farrah El-Dibany, an opera singer, and pianist Leoardo Reyna. Farrah El-Dibbany is Egyptian (although she has been based for some time in Germany) and her performance included an Egyptian song as well as songs from the classical repertoire.
Five banks took Premium tables at the Dinner: National Bank of Kuwait International, Europe Arab Bank, Riyad Bank, National Bank of Abu Dhabi and British Arab Commercial Bank. Twelve institutions took standard tables: Jordan International Bank, Arab National Bank, Ahli United Bank, Gulf International Bank, KPMG, Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank, Qatar Islamic Bank (UK), Byblos Bank, Bank ABC, Emirates NBD, Mishcon de Reya and Curtis Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle. Many other guests attended individually or with friends and family.
Photographs from the evening can be seen on our new "Gallery" tab or by clicking on this link. http://arab-bankers.co.uk/posts/gallery/403/Annual-Gala-Dinner-5-November-2015
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