Maisarah Islamic Banking Services, the Islamic banking window of BankDhofar of Oman, has partnered with Ethica Institute of Islamic Finance to train its team members.

As a part of the agreement, the bank’s employees will enroll in Ethica’s online Certified Islamic Finance Executive (CIFE) program.

The program is designed to take those new to Islamic finance to an advanced level of practical knowledge in four months or less.

In Oman, Ethica’s exclusive partner is Excel Institute for Administrative Training, and globally Ethica’s clients include several global banking firms, most notably Mashreq Bank in Dubai, where 1,000 bankers were trained.

Sohail Niazi, chief islamic banking officer at Maisarah, said, "We feel the partnership with Ethica shows our commitment to the ongoing training and professional development of our team members. A knowledgeable team plays a major role in giving customers the proper guidance. This role becomes even more important when the products and services are new to the market."