Major Abu Dhabi lenders merge to create UAE’s largest bank

Abdulhamid Saeed, group CEO of First Abu Dhabi Bank, rings the opening bell at an event held to mark the launch of the UAE’s largest bank on Sunday. (WAM photo)
Updated 03 April 2017
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Major Abu Dhabi lenders merge to create UAE’s largest bank

ABU DHABI: Two major lenders in the UAE, the First Gulf Bank (FGB) and the National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD), have completed a merger to become the largest bank in the country under the name First Abu Dhabi Bank.
The new bank has total assets of $180 billion and capital of nearly $3 billion, making it one of the largest banks in the Middle East as well.
Sheikh Tahnoon bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, chairman of the new bank, said: “Today marks the start of another historic chapter in the story of the UAE. Embodying the UAE’s vision for growth and prosperity, we are confident that, the First Abu Dhabi Bank will create new opportunities for our nation and support the growth ambitions of our shareholders, customers and employees, around the world.”
“This is a transformational moment for Abu Dhabi, the region and beyond and is an extension of the legacy of both banks, which spans over a period of 50 years,” Abdulhamid Saeed, group chief executive of the new bank, said in a statement.
The First Abu Dhabi Bank began trading Sunday on the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX) under the symbol “NBAD.”
“The start of trading on the shares of the new bank should reflect positively on the overall trading on the exchange … and should attract more investors, whether local or foreign, individuals or institutional,” said ADX chief Rashed Al-Baloushi.
The plan for a merger was first announced in July.


Saudi Aramco, Mcdermott sign deal for new oil services facility

Updated 26 March 2019
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Saudi Aramco, Mcdermott sign deal for new oil services facility

  • Aramco signed the lease with McDermott Arabia, a subsidiary of McDermott International Inc

CAIRO: Saudi Aramco signed a land lease agreement with McDermott Arabia Company on Tuesday to establish an engineering, procurement, construction, and installation facility in the King Salman International Complex for Maritime Industries in Ras Al-Khair, Saudi Arabia. 

A joint press release said that Aramco signed the lease with McDermott Arabia, a subsidiary of McDermott International Inc, to establish a fabrication facility that will be used for large scale fabrication of offshore platforms and onshore/offshore modules. 

Saudi Aramco Senior Vice President of Technical Services, Ahmad Al Sa’adi said the facility would serve as a major engineering, procurement, construction, and installation hub not only the Kingdom, but for the GCC region.