Nissan X-Trail and Nissan Kicks gifted to winners of inaugural Riyadh International Marathon

From left, Abdullah Alissa, board member at Alissa Group; Prince Abdulaziz Turki Al-Faisal, vice president of GSA; and Abdallah Bakhashab, president of the organizing committee of the marathon.
Updated 17 March 2018
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Nissan X-Trail and Nissan Kicks gifted to winners of inaugural Riyadh International Marathon

Nissan Saudi Arabia has awarded a Nissan X-Trail and two Nissan Kicks cars to the winner and runners-up of the inaugural Riyadh International Marathon, held on Feb. 24, in the Kingdom’s capital.
The cars were given to the three victorious contestants as part of Nissan Saudi Arabia’s commitment to sports and youth throughout the country.
The first edition of the marathon, organized by the chairman of the General Sports Authority, Turki Al-AlShaikh, saw more than 30,000 participants from Saudi Arabia and the region take to the streets of Riyadh. Cash prizes of SR2 million ($533,340) were also given to event winners.
As part of its sponsorship, Nissan Saudi Arabia provided a fleet of vehicles for official use throughout the marathon, as well as holding three days of activities and shows for families and children in the build-up to the event.
Bader Al-Houssami, chief operating officer of Nissan Saudi Arabia, said: “This has been a truly engaging and successful sporting event, and Nissan Saudi Arabia is proud to have played a role in bringing the inaugural Riyadh International Marathon to life.
“Nissan plays a prominent role in Saudi society, where our heritage dates back to the 1950’s, and we are responsible for delivering some of the best-loved cars, including the Nissan X-Trail and Nissan Kicks. As such, Nissan Saudi Arabia’s sponsorship of this event reflects our deep commitment to the Saudi nation and the entirety of its population.”


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.