KFC opens 700th branch with celebration

Updated 28 April 2015

KFC opens 700th branch with celebration

KFC MENA is now celebrating the opening of its 700th branch, the latest since the introduction of the brand to the region in Kuwait in 1973.
The franchisee of KFC is marking the celebration by rewarding its loyal customers with meals at "wow" prices.
KFC has reached a total of 700 outlets — each one representing an important stage in attracting more loyal customers to the brand — showcasing the brand’s achievements.
The gradual spread of the KFC brand over 40 years, with its stores spread throughout 104 cities in 12 markets, indicates the success of its various menu items that have captured wide segments of consumers, with the company committed to meeting the requirements of adults and youths across the region.
The distinction of KFC brand is the ‘so good’ taste of chicken that is derived from KFC’s secret recipe made of 11 herbs and spices, the flavor becoming a firm favorite for millions of fans in this part of the world.
KFC says each meal is delivered with greatest care following the highest standards for the different stages and processes of preparation, from choosing the best suppliers through to final delivery to the customer.
Throughout its 40 years of success, KFC MENA has reached several major milestones and a significant number of achievements. These include the KFC marketing team winning a number of international marketing awards, among them the Internationalist Award for Innovation in Media in New York in 2014 for the second time in a row and a win at the Effie Awards in 2013, and two wins at the Dubai Lynx Award in 2014, the region’s advertising awards program.
The chicken restaurant chain has a well-established program of hiring staff with speech and hearing impairment.

Emirates NBD opens branch in Alkhobar

Updated 20 September 2018

Emirates NBD opens branch in Alkhobar

Emirates NBD, a banking group in the Middle East, has expanded its presence in the Kingdom with the opening of its first branch in Alkhobar in the Eastern Province. Emirates NBD now covers three key regions in Saudi Arabia with a presence in Riyadh, Jeddah and Alkhobar. 

As Saudi Arabia progresses plans for economic reform, in line with its Vision 2030, Emirates NBD’s presence builds on the growing economic and trade ties between Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Following the establishment of the Saudi-Emirati Coordination Council, the UAE and Saudi Arabia recently announced The Strategy of Resolve, a joint vision for economic development through 44 joint strategic projects within a five-year time frame. 

UAE-based Emirates NBD is the first non-Saudi bank with a significant branch network across the Kingdom. The bank offers retail, private, business and wholesale banking across its network of three full-fledged branches in the Kingdom, in addition to corporate finance advisory, project and syndicated finance through Emirates NBD Capital KSA, the bank’s investment banking arm.

Emirates NBD also operates in Egypt, India, Singapore, and the UK with representative offices in China and Indonesia. 

“Our presence in Saudi is integral to Emirates NBD’s growth strategy as we continue to explore opportunities in the GCC region’s largest and most dynamic economy,” said Hesham Abdulla Al-Qassim, vice chairman and managing director of Emirates NBD. 

“Saudi Arabia is in the midst of a landmark economic transformation and we look forward to continuing to support Saudi individuals and businesses looking for a trusted banking partner.” 

Emirates NBD recently renewed its partnership with the Kingdom’s Kafalah Program, which aims to promote financing to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) within the country.

Loai Abduljawad, CEO of Emirates NBD KSA, said: “Emirates NBD’s expanded network strengthens our offering to individuals and corporates in Saudi Arabia looking to invest and trade across the MENA region and beyond. Our superior value proposition, built on the bank’s unique ‘high tech + high touch’ philosophy of offering customers a modern banking experience complemented by personalized advisory services, will enable us to strengthen customer acquisition in the Kingdom as we continue to support the country’s long-term growth and development goals, as outlined in Saudi Vision 2030.” 

Emirates NBD is a leading banking group in the region. As of June 30, 2018, its total assets were 477.5 billion dirhams, ($130 billion). The group has a significant retail banking franchise in the UAE and is a key participant in the global digital banking industry, with over 90 percent of all financial transactions and requests conducted outside of its branches. The bank was declared the “Most Innovative Financial Services Organization of the Year” at the 2017 BAI Global Innovation Awards.