Bank Aljazira (BAJ) is recognized as one of the leading Shari'ah compliant fast growing financial institutions in Saudi Arabia, client-driven and service-oriented Saudi Financial Group which provides individuals, businesses and institutions with innovative Shari'ah compliant financial services through professional and dedicated staff.
In April 2018, the Capital Market Authority (CMA) approved the request of Bank Aljazira to increase its capital through a rights issue of SR 3 billion to increase its capital from SR 5,200,000,000 to SR 8,200,000,000
In April 2017 the CMA has issued its resolution approving Bank Aljazira’s request to increase its capital from SAR (4,000,000,000) to SAR (5,200,000,000) through issuing three bonus shares for every (10) existing shares owned by the shareholders who are registered in the shareholders registry at the closing of trading on the day of the extraordinary general assembly.
BAJ is a Joint Stock Company incorporated in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and formed pursuant to Royal Decree No. 46/M dated Jumad Al-Thani 12, 1395H (i.e. June 21, 1975). BAJ commenced its business on Shawwal 16, 1396H (i.e. October 9, 1976) with the takeover of The National Bank of Pakistan's (NBP) branches in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and operates under commercial registration No. 4030010523 dated Rajab 29, 1396H (i.e. July 27, 1976) issued in Jeddah.
BAJ began a restructuring process in 1992 with subsequent increases in capital in 1992 and 1994. The increased capital has come entirely from the Saudi shareholders, which resulted in significantly diluting NBP's shareholding.
A new management team was appointed in 1993 to continue the restructuring effort. BAJ successfully introduced state of the art technology, modern banking products and services and revamped its staffing portfolio. As a result, the bank became profitable in 1997.
In 1998, BAJ's Board of Directors took a strategic decision to convert the Bank from conventional banking into Shari'ah-compliant banking. This is the greatest challenge that any traditional bank can take as it requires mass changes to its infrastructure, offerings, legal environment, staff potentials, corporate values, etc.
To ensure compliance with Shari'ah principles, BAJ established a Shari'ah department within its organic structure and formed a Shari'ah Advisory Board (SAB) composed of a number of scholars specialized in Islamic Banking to screen, monitor and endorse Bank's operations and spread-wide the Shari'ah principles throughout the working environment. The SAB includes Sheikh Abdulla Bin Suleiman Al-Mane'e as the SAB Chairman, Dr. Abdulla Bin Mohammed Al-Mutlaq as the Vice Chairman, Dr. Fahad Al-Elayan as the SAB Rapporteur, with the memberships of Dr. Mohammed Ali El-Gari, and Dr. Abdulsatar Abu-Ghuddah.
BAJ with its consistent endeavors succeeded in turning all its branches in 2002 to operate as per Shari'ah rules and principles.
BAJ started then to cultivate the results of its strategic conversion into Shari'ah-compliant banking and service excellence approach, and achieved progressive growth, remarkable market image and presence, which was mainly due to its continuing efforts to improve.
In 2006, BAJ launched its program " Khair Aljazira Le Ahl Aljazira " with 100 million SR fund in support of BAJ's social responsibility towards the community. Since then, BAJ has been implementing a range of activities designed to support the community. BAJ has been providing financial assistance to various charitable societies, launching apprenticeship programs to train young Saudi men and women; thus providing them with working opportunities, and sponsoring programs to train the handicapped, blind and deaf. Through many programs, BAJ successfully promoted family welfare by sponsoring a huge number of productive family projects and cultural events.
In 2007, BAJ witnessed its full conversion into a Shari'ah-compliant institution and simultaneously increased its paid up capital to become SR 3 Billion which came entirely from the Bank's profits.
To take the Bank to the next level of development, BAJ's management has embarked on an ambitious transformation plan called AFAQ2012 by the end of 2008. The objective of this four-year strategic plan is to transform the bank into a “multi-specialist” Shari'ah compliant bank through a set of identified strategic initiatives and enablers, involving every single business and support line by the end of 2012.
2009 could best be described as a year for building a foundation for BAJ's future growth and diversification of its offerings, a period in which great progress was made in equipping the Bank and its employees with the capabilities to take full advantage of the opportunities that lie ahead.
Notable among such remarkable achievements was the doubling of BAJ's retail network in 2009 from 24 branches to 94, resulting in attracting new customers and serving the existing ones better through its expansion to new areas throughout the Kingdom. Within its ATM network re-structuring effort, BAJ relocated some ATMs to other locations though which better service would be offered to its clients. Also, all BAJ's delivery channels were significantly enhanced including BAJ's online banking, telephone banking, and credit card offerings.
In promoting its image as a multi-specialist Shari’ah-compliant Bank, BAJ has been able to effectively communicate its new market positioning and comprehensive range of products and services. Among these is BAJ's ‘Mortgage Factory’, so named because of the speed and efficiency with which applications are processed – giving BAJ a distinct market edge.
To better serve corporate customers, BAJ has set up Corporate Regional Offices in Riyadh, Jeddah, and Dammam to provide a one-stop service with a dedicated team of experts and a full range of products. Cash Management and Trade Finance are new established areas within corporate business.
Moreover, Aljazira Capital (AJC), the investment arm of BAJ, continued to strengthen its brokerage offerings through the introduction of other tradable securities, enhancing its award-winning TadawulCom platform to offer online trading across multiple regional and international markets. AJC also reinstated its sell-side research capacity by introducing a best-of-breed array of economic, technical, company, and sector reports. AJC has maintained its market leadership position in the Saudi share trading market over the last seven years.
BAJ was the first banking institution in Saudi Arabia to introduce Takaful Ta'awuni (TT) in 2002 as a full-fledged Shari'ah-compliant alternative solution for the traditional life insurance. Since then, TT proved itself as a market leader and has been growing fast to satisfy clients' needs. TT underwent dynamic improvements in infrastructure, offerings, and resources.
In 2009, TT was again awarded the “Life Insurer of the Year” award by the Middle East Insurance (Insurex) for the 3rd consecutive year, adding to the great number of awards the organization has been awarded from various international and local bodies.
As the first bank in Saudi Arabia, BAJ started in 2009 the implementation process of the ISO certification program on its operations to ensure adoption of best practices on the services provided to its external and internal clients. Since then, a number of its operational areas have received certification and all efforts are on-going to ensure all the other operational areas will be ISO certified by the mid of 2010. BAJ, within this endeavor, is looking forward to enhancing the level of confidence and trust of its customers.