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18 December 2019

Shareholders of Dubai Islamic Bank approve acquisition of Noor Bank

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  • Noor Bank’s operations are to be fully integrated into DIB
  • DIB is set to position itself as one of the largest Islamic Banks in the world with total assets exceeding AED 275 billion
  • Acquisition will strengthen Dubai’s position as a global centre for Islamic finance
  • Deal offers opportunities for DIB to further its successful growth strategy

Following the conclusion of its General Assembly Meeting (GAM), Dubai Islamic Bank (DIB) announced that the assembly has approved the recommended acquisition of Noor Bank.  

The acquisition cements DIB’s position as one of the world’s largest and most influential Islamic finance institutions, and is expected to enhance Dubai’s position as the capital of Islamic economy by creating the region’s most progressive Shari’a banking group.

Shareholders gave their approval for the acquisition, through the increase of bank’s capital from 6,589,585,179 Bank shares to 7,240,744,377 shares in line with the approved share swap ratio of 1 new share in DIB for every 5.49 Noor Bank shares which translates into an issuance of 651,159,198 new DIB shares.

DIB has consistently outperformed the market over last few years and, with the planned acquisition, DIB is set to consolidate its position as one of the largest Islamic banks in the world with combined assets of over AED 275 billion.

H. E. Mohammed Al Shaibani, Chairman of DIB, commented:

“DIB has enjoyed another outstanding year of growth and success, and we remain determined to continue making our mark both locally, and globally. DIB is now the UAE's biggest Islamic lender with AED 230 billion of assets as of September 30, 2019 and, with the acquisition of Noor Bank, we are on track to expand our footprint in the region and beyond. Completion of this deal will provide opportunities for economic growth, ensuring that the UAE’s financial sector remains at the forefront of the Islamic economy.”

Dr. Adnan Chilwan, Group CEO, Dubai Islamic Bank, commented:

“We are confident that this acquisition will build upon the already strong foundations we have established and accelerate our growth in the sector. With a strong track record and a robust platform, the future can only be positive with the additional scale and reach that we will gain as a consequence of this deal.

We anticipate that integrating the two operations will generate significant synergies, leading to improved efficiencies and greater contribution to profitability with positive impact on shareholder returns.”

DIB remains one of the UAE’s fastest growing financial institutions and, the new larger entity, is expected to maintain its performance leadership heralding further success for the UAE as a hub for the growing Islamic economy.