Muscat, March 25, 2018: As part of its commitment towards conservation of the environment, Oman Arab Bank (OAB) commemorated Earth Hour this year by switching off all lights at its head office for one hour on Saturday, March 24. In addition, OAB staff and their families were also invited to a candle-lit event in commemoration of the event and to spread awareness on the need to conserve energy.
Commenting on the Bank’s participation in Earth Hour, Hilal O. Al Siyabi, Head of Corporate Communication said, “There is much more to the Earth Hour than just switching off lights. By hosting such an event, we are not only showing our commitment and support towards protecting our planet, but are also helping spread awareness on the impact wasteful energy consumption has on our environment. However, this year we wanted to take it a step further. This is why we decided to invite our staff, together with their families, to join us in a celebratory candle-lit event at the head office.”
This two-part event comes as part of OAB’s ongoing CSR initiatives, reflecting its commitment toward environment conservation. The Earth Hour event saw the Bank switch off all lights at its Head Office, from 8:30pm to 9:30pm, on March 24. During this time, only candle lights were used for lighting and a live band, who used no electrical equipment or instruments whatsoever, provided the entertainment for the evening.
“As with most of our other initiatives we once again encouraged our staff to participate and make this initiative a success. As such, would like to take this opportunity to thank each of them, as well as their families for their attendance. We sincerely hope that this initiative inspires others to do the same and we ourselves look forward to once again hosting similar initiatives in the future,” added Hilal Al-Siyabi.
In addition, OAB has continued to introduce a number of technology driven initiatives that aim to protect the environment while interacting with its customers including e-statements and SMS notifications among others, in order to save on paper. It also fallows a similar principal for internal communications amongst staff, keeping paper usage to a minimum. The Bank’s focus on environment and energy conservation is also evident in the environmentally friendly technology installed at its Head Office. These include auto sensors throughout all offices and corridors, which means that lights are automatically switched off when no one is present and as a result, a considerable amount of power is saved on a regular basis.
OAB is one of the first banks to be established in Oman, with a rich and proud history. Today, the bank operates a nationwide network of 65 branches and representative offices and 148 ATMs spread across the Sultanate. OAB provides the complete range of financial products and services for personal banking, corporate and investment clients.