Sushi class held at Rosh Rayhaan by Rotana in Riyadh

The session was held at the luxury dining restaurant, Spectrum.
Updated 13 March 2018
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Sushi class held at Rosh Rayhaan by Rotana in Riyadh

Rosh Rayhaan by Rotana — Riyadh recently hosted a cooking class for the wives of the ambassadors in the Saudi capital, including those from Finland, Mauritius, Greece, Argentina, India, Turkey and the UK.
The session was held at the luxury dining restaurant, Spectrum. The chef demonstrated the various steps involved in making sushi.
Participants, dressed in Spectrum aprons, volunteered to join the chef. Everyone showed great interest and energy in making their own sushi.
Later, the ladies shared their plates with each other to taste the sushi made by different participants.
Located in Riyadh, Rosh Rayhaan by Rotana is the second property to open in Saudi Arabia under the Rayhaan Hotels & Resorts by the Rotana brand. The hotel offers 236 rooms and suites spread over eight floors ranging from classic rooms to royal suites in addition to the Club Rotana rooms that specifically meet the needs of a business traveler.
Conveniently located on the popular Olaya Street, the hotel is surrounded by shopping districts and is only a 20-minute drive from the airport.


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.