Saudia Cargo wins International Air Cargo Marketing Award at ACI 2018

Saudia Cargo was honored for its innovative campaigns and thematic booth designs across various global exhibitions.
Updated 03 March 2018
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Saudia Cargo wins International Air Cargo Marketing Award at ACI 2018

Saudia Cargo has received the International Air Cargo Marketing Award at this year’s Air Cargo India (ACI 2018).
At the gala awards night during the ACI 2018 held on Feb. 21 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel Mumbai, Saudia Cargo was honored for its innovative campaigns and thematic booth designs across various global exhibitions that have stirred business results.
These include Fly Fashion in Paris, which is specifically tailored for the global garment industry, Fly Perishables and Fly Flowers in Johannesburg for the African market, Fly Pharma in Munich and so on.
Saudia Cargo’s Global Marketing Manager Adel Sallam said: “It’s all about reading the trends of what the cargo customers will need in the future by building marketing infrastructure and engaging with their experience.”
He added: “Our tagline ‘Aspire to Cargo Anything, Anywhere, Anytime’ is taken quite literally by Saudia Cargo. It has made the customers understand the challenge we put ourselves through. When we are in sync with our customers, they realize that Saudia Cargo is coming closer to them like never before.”
R.K. Patra, group editor-in-chief of STAT Media Group, organizers of the event, said: “Our voters saw that Saudia Cargo’s marketing campaign went through and delivered the message and that we have started to approach the customers’ needs at an insightful level facilitating customers to find and understand more about the company’s services and facilities.”
Saudia Cargo is now the leading freight carrier serving the industry.
An independent company with more than 20 freighter destinations with its own fleet modern freighters, it also operates using the cargo bay of Saudi Arabian Airlines’ 127 mostly wide-body passenger aircraft plying across 52 destinations in four continents.
In 2017, Saudia Cargo won the International Cargo Airline of the year in Africa in February and the Air Cargo Industry Achievement Award in Munich in May.


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.