36 Saudis graduate from AbbVie’s pharma training program

Basma Al-Buhairan, managing director for health care and life sciences at SAGIA.
Updated 11 December 2017
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36 Saudis graduate from AbbVie’s pharma training program

AbbVie, a global research-driven biopharmaceutical company, has concluded its pharma training program with a graduation ceremony in Riyadh to inspire future Saudi pharmacists.
The program returned this year to train 36 female and male students from various universities across Saudi Arabia.
The five-week program comprised a series of intensive, hands-on courses to develop a range of knowledge and skills needed for successful careers as pharmacists.
Students participated in the ceremony also attended by their parents and delegates from the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA), King Saud University and Princess Nourah University at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Riyadh.
Since the program’s inception in 2015, it has trained 87 pharmacy students and graduates. In fact, a number of graduates from this year’s training have already accepted full-time positions with AbbVie.
Sari Hindi, one of the students who attended the Jeddah sessions, said: “This practical training experience was invaluable as it helped me to solidify the knowledge I had learned in the classroom and showed me, as a pharmacist, what my career potentials would be like. I’ve always been passionate about pharmacy but this experience has fueled my passion even more and helped me start my career with a global biopharmaceutical company after graduating from King Abdulaziz University. I am very excited about my new job at AbbVie to help make a remarkable impact on the lives of patients in Saudi Arabia.”
Basma Al-Buhairan, managing director for health care and life sciences at SAGIA, who addressed the graduates, said: “Learning and development in the health care sector is key in equipping young and bright Saudi talent with the tools they need to face the ever-changing dynamics of health care in Saudi Arabia. The cohort of pharmacists graduating at this event are an example of the many rising stars in Saudi pharmacy who will pave the way in helping the government achieve its Vision 2030.”
Aws Alshamsan, dean of the College of Pharmacy at King Saud University, said: “It is rewarding to see our students’ passion and flair for pharmacy being celebrated at the event today. It is our role, as a university, to prepare students with the academic and science backgrounds necessary to become pharmacists. Thanks to AbbVie, our students experienced first-hand what to expect from a career in the pharmaceutical sector as well as learned about the various career paths that await them. ”


Emirates NBD opens branch in Alkhobar

Updated 20 September 2018
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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.