management office in the Dubai International Finance Centre (DIFC) and it has complimented its Bahrain based regional processing capabilities with a second platform established in Knowledge Village in Dubai.

Timeline

1962 Ottoman Bank opens a branch in Abu Dhabi. Daniel Bédin, Head of Export Finance Operations in the Paribas Department of

Commercial Affairs and Foreign Banking Relations (DACRE), travels to Abu Dhabi.

1966 Daniel Bédin, Head of Export Finance Operations in the Paribas Department of Commercial Affairs and Foreign Banking Relations (DACRE), travels to Abu Dhabi.

1972 Paribas President, Jacques de Fouchier, makes official request to open a branch in Abu Dhabi.

1973 Paribas receives authorisation to open a branch in Abu Dhabi. Paribas opens a branch in Sharjah. Bank of Sharjah is founded in Sharjah, Paribas holding a 20 percent stake.

1974 Paribas receives authorisation to open a branch in Dubai. Paribas Abu Dhabi branch is inaugurated by H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al

Nahyan. Paribas President, Jacques de Fouchier, pays courtesy calls to H.H. Sheikh Khalifa

bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the first Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, H.E. Saif Saeed bin Ghubash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, and H.E. Mohammed Habroush Al Suweidi, Minister of State for Finance and Industrial Affairs.

Sharjah Branch is inaugurated by the Emir of Sharjah, H.H. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al-Qasimi, the Honorary President of the bank.

Paribas President, Jacques de Fouchier, meets the Emir of Sharjah, H.H. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al-Qasimi in Paris.

1975 Paribas President, Jacques de Fouchier, is received by the Emir of Dubai, H.H. Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum.

1979 BNP opens a representative office in Abu Dhabi.

1985 A branch of MeesPierson BGL S.A. (Fortis International Wealth Management) opens in Dubai.

1994 André Lévy-Lang, Paribas Chief Executive, visits Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah with Claude de Kémoularia and meets various government and central bank officials, as well as representatives of major companies in the region.

1998 André Lévy-Lang, Paribas Chief Executive, visits Dubai to open the branch s new premises with H.H. Sheikh Hasher bin Maktoum Al Maktoum, Director of the Dubai Department of Information.

2000 Banque Nationale de Paris (BNP) and Banque de Paris et des Pays-Bas (Paribas) merge to form BNP Paribas.

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