Percentage of female employees in the banking sector of the United Arab Emirates has kept rising, state news agency WAM reported on Sunday.
Jamal Al-Jasmi, General Manager of the Emirates Institute for Banking and Financial Studies (EIBFS) said in the UAE sheikhdom of Sharjah that this share was "among the highest of any sector in the country."
Al-Jasmi released the study in the run-up to Emirati Women's Day, which is marked every year on Aug. 28 to celebrate the achievements of UAE women.
He added the rise of the country's women is a result of continued "encouragement and support from the UAE's leadership."
He said that at EIBFS, education and training programs have also witnessed the increasing participation of Emirati women.
Women accounted for 43 percent, or 9,977 out of a total 23,197 participants, in the institute's training courses and workshops in 2016.
In the academic education programs, women's participation increased to 55 percent of the total students registered for the 2016 academic year.
According to the UAE central bank's website, a total of 28 foreign banks and 23 local Emirati commercial banks operate in the Gulf state.
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