Gulf Bank wins ‘Best Nationalization Initiative in the Private Sector’ award

Bank recognized for Kuwaitization achievements at prestigious GOV HR summit

Salma Al-Hajjaj receives the award

KUWAIT: Gulf Bank was chosen as this year’s recipient of the “Best Nationalization Initiative in the Private Sector” award during a prestigious awards ceremony hosted by the GCC GOV HR Awards at Rixos Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi, UAE on October 16. The award recognizes Gulf Bank for its various Kuwaitization achievements throughout the past year.
Supporting the region’s vision of building a robust & future ready workforce, the prestigious GCC GOV HR Awards, recognizes the GCC region’s leading organizations, HR leaders and decision makers for ground-breaking innovations, their significant growth strategies, for exemplary leadership in the industry and for raising the benchmark of people performance.


The 7th Annual GOV HR Summit was hosted under the theme “Because Nation Building is about Developing Human Capital”. The summit emphasized the importance of a diversified and innovative approach to attracting talent, work force optimization, and tackling the challenges that lie ahead.


During the GCC HR Awards, Gulf Bank won “Best Nationalization Initiative in the Private Sector” award, in recognition of its various Kuwaitization achievements. Throughout the past year, Gulf Bank has launched various educational programs, targeting executives and mid-management employees. Gulf Bank has also pioneered the recruitment process investing in an innovative and inclusive approach to achieve its objective of attracting and developing local talent. This includes Gulf Bank’s exclusive AJYAL program, a six-month training program aimed to help employees develop key banking skills and unleash growth potential.
The award was presented to General Manager of Human Resources at Gulf Bank, Salma Al-Hajjaj, who stated: “We are proud to have been recognized for our achievements regarding Kuwaitization at this year’s GCC GOV HR Summit, an annual event that brings together brilliant minds and key stakeholders in human resources across the region. We are delighted that Gulf Bank’s strategy is in alignment with not only that of the country, but of the entire region as well. At Gulf Bank, we believe the key for a bank with our local and historical ties rests with our national manpower.”