Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh celebrates 15 years

The milestone was celebrated with a special gathering for all hotel employees.
Updated 12 March 2018
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Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh celebrates 15 years

Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh recently celebrated its 15th anniversary. The hotel first opened doors on Feb. 28, 2003.
This milestone was celebrated with a special gathering for all employees, followed by a cake-cutting ceremony hosted by the hotel’s planning committee. The committee thanked the staff members for their dedication and contribution.
“With Four Seasons standards as a base and the true essence of Arabian hospitality reflected by the team in Riyadh, the property proudly achieved high merit locally and globally,” the hotel management said.
Rolf Lippuner, general manager, said: “It gives me great pride to celebrate this important day with our team members who always seek new ways to create unique, memorable, personalized and innovative experiences for our guests.
“Our 15th anniversary is another exciting milestone at Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh, as we embark on our upcoming guest room renovation slated for October. The transformation will showcase modern yet sophisticated interiors incorporating environmentally friendly furnishings, new technology as well as heritage elements unique to Saudi Arabia.”
Over the years, Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh has become a symbol of hospitality and excellence in the country.
Set in the capital’s most iconic landmark, Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh at the Kingdom Centre brings together a variety of luxurious suites and guest rooms to suit every traveler. The hotel’s prime location makes it a favorable destination for business and leisure. It is close to key business areas, shopping centers, as well as artistic and cultural sites. The Kingdom Centre Mall, an upscale three-level shopping center, can be accessed directly through the hotel lobby.
The hotel has 274 guest rooms including 37 suites and occupies the 30th to 50th floor of the Kingdom Tower.


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.