Saudi Comic Con all set for stronger comeback

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Updated 19 March 2018

Saudi Comic Con all set for stronger comeback

JEDDAH: After a successful first edition, and more than 22,000 comic fans visiting from all around the GCC, Saudi Comic Con is making a stronger comeback on a second round with the best entertainment in their territory.
Tickets will be available at all Virgin Megastores branches across the Kingdom and online on
With tickets starting at 115 SAR, comics, anime, manga art, pop art, celebrity appearance, video gaming, competitions, cosplay, books and challenges all under Saudi Comic Con ceiling.
Obada Awad, TIME Entertainment CEO, expressed the huge demand for such an event. “Saudi Comic Con is a phenomena that changed the entertainment seen in the country and plays the trail for different type of entertainment offerings in the kingdom”, he said.
The event is supported by the General Entertainment Authority (GEA), which had a great impact on facilitating and empowering the entertainment industry since it started its official operation on 2016.
Saudi Comic Con is independently organized by TIME Entertainment, one of the pioneers in the entertainment industry in the Kingdom that played an essential role in the early stages of establishing the entertainment industry by penetrating successful and very high-quality events in the Kingdom.

Emirates NBD opens branch in Alkhobar

Updated 20 September 2018

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.