New menu at Zafran puts contemporary spin on the traditional

Zafran is located in Riyadh’s Rubeen Plaza.
Updated 20 February 2018
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New menu at Zafran puts contemporary spin on the traditional

Zafran, the popular Indian bistro in Riyadh’s Rubeen Plaza, has launched a new menu.
The front cover features a collage of art and culture of India, a perfect illustration of the culinary journey one takes when indulging in the new menu.
Chef Gaurav Singh has conceptualized a menu with regional favorites making a comeback and new, innovative dishes that promise to delight.
From starters such as the Yakhni Shorba, a rich lamb broth, to home-style Onion Pakoras and Rawa Fish Fry, the new starters are not to be missed. The success of previous limited menus has also prompted Zafran to include The Kebab Feast, which includes chicken, lamb and seafood. Other new main courses to try include the Raan Zafran, a braised lamb dish, and the Ajwaini Prawns known for their distinct carom flavor.
The Corn and Spinach Kebabs and the Paneer Tikka are certain to be popular with those looking for good, wholesome vegetarian fare, not to mention main courses such as the Mirch Baingan Ka Salan and Bhindi Masala that take vegetables such as eggplant and okra to another level.
The true Indian food connoisseur, according to Chef Gaurav, will appreciate the generous amount of heat in some of the new curries. In particular he suggested trying the classic Gosht Nihari and the Gosht Kairi Ka Keema, with the acetic flavor of the green mangoes in the latter adding a distinctive kick.
The dessert menu has been enhanced to include Mango Malai Kulfi, Phirni and a Flourless Chocolate Cake.
“I am always looking for inspiration from my guests and my surroundings to ensure that the food we serve at Zafran is constantly evolving. This menu is inspired by my travels in India and the discerning palate of our ardent fans who asked us to bring back dishes that they have enjoyed from the limited menus we have served in the past year,” said Chef Gaurav.
Rakshak Puri, general manager, Asian Dining-Foodmark, said: “Combining a contemporary service culture with traditional Indian hospitality, Zafran Indian Bistro has managed to win the hearts and stomachs of diners across the region with its distinctive philosophy and palate. And this new menu will not disappoint! It is refreshing, varied and truly has something for everyone.”


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.