New Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody completes Dodge’s strongest muscle car lineup ever

The new 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody is available in Dodge showrooms across the Middle East.
Updated 13 March 2018
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New Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody completes Dodge’s strongest muscle car lineup ever

The success of the Dodge range across the Middle East continues, thanks in particular to the popularity of the Charger and Challenger models.
The latest of these, the new 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody — now available in Dodge showrooms across the Middle East — completes the brand’s strongest Dodge muscle car lineup ever.
“The Dodge engineering and design teams, put a lot of effort into making the new SRT Demon the world’s fastest quarter-mile production car, and have leveraged that know-how in creating the Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody, which offers improved performance on the street along with a bolder, more aggressive new look,” a press release said.
The Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody model features the same fender flares first shown on the SRT Demon. These wider fender flares add 3.5 inches to the SRT Hellcat’s overall width, covering the 20 x 11-inch “Devil’s Rim” split-five spoke aluminum wheels, which ride on wider 305/35ZR20 Pirelli P-Zero tires.
An electric power steering (EPS) system with SRT Drive Modes adds selectable steering tuning for the first time on a Hellcat model. In addition to its wider, more menacing stance, the Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody delivers improved lap times, lateral grip, acceleration and braking, compared with the performance numbers of the Hellcat. Quarter-mile elapsed time (ET) has been improved by approximately 0.3 sec (10.9 ET on the Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody -v- 11.2 ET on the standard Challenger SRT Hellcat.
With the Widebody fender flares that add 3.5 inches to the overall width of the Challenger Hellcat, the Widebody model joins the Challenger SRT Demon as the widest Challengers ever. The flares are expertly integrated into the body design with concealed attachments to amplify the Challenger SRT Hellcat’s menacing stance, while making room for the 20 x 11-inch “Devil’s Rim” split-five spoke aluminum wheels that ride on 305/35ZR20 Pirelli tires for improved performance while filling the wheel wells for a stronger planted appearance. The front side marker lights are styled to flow with the shape of the fender flares.
The Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody is powered by the 6.2-liter supercharged HEMI V8 with 707 horsepower and 650 lb.-ft. torque, paired to either the Tremec six-speed manual or TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission.


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.