Swatch launches Spring-Summer 2018 collection

Designs from the Spring-Summer 2018 collection
Updated 16 December 2017
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Swatch launches Spring-Summer 2018 collection

Swatch has introduced its Spring-Summer 2018 collection, which dives into the Swiss watchmaker’s DNA. Spring and summer are all about the outdoors, and Swatch takes the party from the garden to the street before heading to the beach. Created with a glance at the past, the brand’s newest styles reinterpret its design icons with inspiration from the latest trends.
Swatch released the following guide on the three themes of the collection:
Brit-in: At a fantasy picnic, floral patterns are in full bloom, exotic frill meets daringly dashing and 5 o’clock calls for tea. The Brit-in collection takes the best quintessential elements of British culture and recreates them with modish motifs and a little tongue-in-cheek humor that is understood around the world. Keep calm and wear Swatch!
The Swatch Vibe: The Swatch Vibe reflects the sportive and colorful side of Swatch. Flashing neon signs light up the night but the watches in The Glow Vibe collection are the real stars with fluorescent straps, energetic glow-in-the-dark details and powerful 3D structures. Combining athletic styles with uplifting everyday looks, this collection is buzzing with energy and ready to go. The X-Vibe looks back at iconic Swatch models, with bold colors and a statement X on the dial.
Mediterranean Views: Setting the scene for summer with easy, breezy looks inspired by the place where the Mediterranean meets the sky, Mediterranean Views is a collection fluent in the language of stripes. Ship-shape nautical designs inspire marine dreams in the shade and in all shades of blue. Sizzling from beach house to beach towel, this bubbly collection celebrates dolce vita and luxuriously lazy days by the sea.
“The energetic, eclectic Spring-Summer 2018 collection is a call to live in the moment, to be authentic and to embrace things that shatter monotony. From Brit-in to Mediterranean Views, this collection proves that every cool lifestyle can be Swatch-y,” the watchmaker said in a press release.


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.