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Baby banking steps
The Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank launched a product named ‘Banoun’ which is an account for children aged 8 and above. To appeal and grab their imagination, they created a character called Darhoom that tells the kids stories about how to save and manage their allowance.
Why it matters
Not only does this program help kids understand the concept of finance at an early age, it encourages parents to become more responsible by investing into their kids’ future. While this concept may be familiar in many western markets, it’s an innovative one for an Islamic bank in the Middle East. Will this encourage all other banks to open up to a new, even younger, Arab generation?
To understand the growing Gen Y segment, DBS bank in Singapore decided to ask them what they wanted from their banking experience by creating the ‘I designed a bank’ competition. The winning designs included cutting-edge 24-hr banking services and a dynamic space that transforms from a day banking lounge into a youth hangout at night. DBS will be incorporating elements from the various design submissions into a special youth branch, set to open in 2011.
Portugal’s Banco Espirito Santo (BES) are currently promoting ‘BES Arte & Finance’, a space where contemporary art mingles with financial services. Located in Lisbon’s financial district, the initiative is aimed to bring modern art to the masses and give something back to the community.