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July 30th, 2018 at 12:41pm

Wikipedia is the most referred encyclopedia. It’s online, anyone can access it. The only requirements are an internet connection and an internet browser. It’s updated many times each day, unlike a print version. Fresh facts are added to the pages, almost every day, making Wikipedia the most updated Encyclopedia or reference hub in the world today. An army of editors ensure that the information is not only updated but also that it is trustworthy. Therefore, only notable organizations and individuals have a presence on Wikipedia. The barrier to getting a page in Wikipedia is extremely high and stringent. Majority of the attempts at creating Wikipedia pages fail since quality, credibility, notability, and references do not meet the exacting requirements of the Wikipedia Editorial team.

UAE Banks with Wikipedia presence

Banks are the very backbone of the economy of a nation. They are well represented on Wikipedia. In this post, we cover UAE based banks, i.e. banks formed in UAE and having their headquarters in the United Arab Emirates.

Since banks are institutes which operate under a great degree of trust, their Wikipedia page needs to be up-to-date. The people who steward the institution – the CEO and the Director board members are to be individuals of reputation and credibility – with each person having their own respective Wikipedia pages.

Sidetracking a bit, the banking climate in the UAE is all set to roar in terms of asset growth and profitability during 2018 and 2019 owing to changes in the banking guidelines. This year, the implementation of the International Financial Reporting Standard 9 (IFRS 9) requires that the banks set aside provisions for loss expectations. In turn, ensuring banks are better at managing their provisions. The banking sector in UAE consists of 45 commercial banks, out of which 50% are foreign banks. This post focuses only on UAE based banking entities.

What makes a good Wiki page?

A bank’s Wikipedia page provides the key information of the bank – all on one page. It should contain a short note on its history, key facts as well as the information of the stakeholders of the bank. Prudence to provide brief, credible information makes the page a popular reference point for people in UAE, and globally, to get unbiased information.

Thus a good wiki page will have a detailed info box, an intro, a box of contents, overview about the entity including the history of the entity. References to latest news will also be provided. The page is also required to have an external link to the bank’s website. The carefully curated information should gain attention of the visitors to the page.

Above all, a good Wikipedia page should have useful, trustworthy and insightful information in a nutshell.

An analysis of Wikipedia pages of UAE Banks

We have compared and analyzed a few good Wikipedia pages and some others which lack even the basic components of a Wikipedia page.

  1. Info Box

The Info Box should ideally carry the logo of the bank, the number of employees, assets, areas of operation, the year the bank was established, the number of branches etc. A visitor to the bank’s Wiki page will gain in-depth understanding and in turn the bank will garner appreciation from the visitor.

The info box of some of the banks in Wikipedia as of 26th July 2018 is provided below. While some of these are impressive, a few others are weak.

A good Info Box will look like this:

A weak Info Box looks like the ones below:

  1. Content Index box

A good Content Index box should look like sample below:

National Bank of Abu Dhabi

A weak Content Box will look like the ones below:

In fact, some pages of some banks like The Sharjah Islamic Bank does not have a content box at all. (Refer picture below)

Wikipedia pages provide quick insightful information, which can be otherwise elusive. Wikipedia can thus be a quick barometer which can help a person access a banking institution easily. For example, BBC reported a story of a man called Foutanga Babani Sissoko swindling the Dubai Islamic Bank of $242 M using “black magic”. This improbable story would have been difficult to dig up. Sissoko’s Wikipedia page has all the details about it along with a link to Dubai Islamic Bank’s Wikipedia page.

Hazards of not updating your Wiki page

Like any institution, banks undergo transformation, takeovers and mergers. When these are not updated, it communicates a lax management style and careless attitude towards digital media. All mergers and acquisitions are not to be limited to tangible physical assets alone but one should also consider the bank’s online real estate like websites, Wikipedia and social media pages.

The Dubai Bank was taken over by the Emirates NBD but the Wikipedia page of Dubai Bank continues without any updates about this development. The link to the website on the Wikipedia page does not exist and points to the negligent attitude of the Emirates NBD. In this day and age where cyber crimes thrive, creative criminal syndicates can potentially exploit this situation.

Listing of UAE Banks with Wiki pages

The banks with well-crafted Wiki pages are listed on top. Some banks do maintain Wiki pages, but can do a lot in improving and enhancing the existing content on their pages. Some other do have pages without any content on it.

Banks with Headquarters in Dubai

Name of the Bank Headquarters Wikipedia page
Dubai Bank Dubai https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dubai_Bank
Dubai Islamic Bank Dubai https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dubai_Islamic_Bank
Mashreqbank Dubai https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mashreqbank
National Bank of Dubai Dubai https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Bank_of_Dubai
Noor Bank Dubai https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noor_Bank
Commercial Bank of Dubai Dubai https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commercial_Bank_of_Dubai
Emirates NBD Bank Dubai https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emirates_NBD
Emirates Islamic Bank Dubai https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Emirates_Islamic_Bank&redirect=no
Commercial Bank International Dubai (incorporated in RAK) No content on page. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commercial_Bank_International
Arab Emirates Investment Bank Dubai No content on page. https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Arab_Emirates_Investment_Bank&action=edit&redlink=1

Banks with Headquarters in other Emirates and their respective Wikipedia Page :

Banks with Headquarters in Abu Dhabi

Name of the Bank Headquarters Wikipedia page
Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank Abu Dhabi https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abu_Dhabi_Commercial_Bank
Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank Abu Dhabi https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abu_Dhabi_Islamic_Bank
First Gulf Bank Abu Dhabi https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Gulf_Bank , https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Abu_Dhabi_Bank
National Bank of Abu Dhabi Abu Dhabi https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Bank_of_Abu_Dhabi
Union National Bank Abu Dhabi https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Union_National_Bank
Arab Bank for Inv.& Foreign Trade (Al Masraf) Abu Dhabi No content on page. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arab_Bank_for_Inv.%26_Foreign_Trade
Al Hilal Bank Abu Dhabi https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_Hilal_Bank
First Abu Dhabi Bank Abu Dhabi https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Abu_Dhabi_Bank

Banks with Headquarters in Sharjah

Name of the Bank Headquarters Wikipedia page
Sharjah Islamic Bank Sharjah https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sharjah_Islamic_Bank
Bank of Sharjah Sharjah No content on page. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bank_of_Sharjah
United Arab Bank Sharjah No content on page. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Arab_Bank
Invest Bank Sharjah No content on page. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/InvestBank


Banks with Headquarters in Ajman

Name of the Bank Headquarters Wikipedia page
Ajman Bank Ajman Content in the page is blank. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ajman_Bank

Banks with Headquarters in Fujairah

Name of the Bank Headquarters Wikipedia page
National Bank of Fujairah Fujairah https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Bank_of_Fujairah

Banks with Headquarters in Ras Al Khaimah

Name of the Bank Headquarters Wikipedia page
RAKBANK (The National Bank of R.A.K) Ras Al Khaimah https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAKBANK

Banks with Headquarters in Umm Al Quwain

Name of the Bank Headquarters Wikipedia page
The National Bank of Umm Al Qaiwain Um Al-Quwain No content on page. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Bank_of_U.A.Q

If you are looking at improving your existing Wikipedia page or need help in creating one, then we can help you out. With over 16 years of experience in digital technologies, web development and design, GMI’s teams of experts can create and edit pages in line with Wikipedia’s rules and policies. Talk to us today.

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