Saudi Arabian Airlines displays new products

Saudi Arabian Airlines stand at the Arabian Travel Market in Dubai.
Updated 24 April 2018
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Saudi Arabian Airlines displays new products

Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia), the Kingdom’s national carrier, is participating in the Arabian Travel Market (ATM), taking place in Dubai this week. This year marks the 25th edition of the show. Saudia has participated consistently throughout the years.
The airline has rolled out many new products and onboard amenities this year, including a new Business Class Porsche Design Men’s kit and Furla Ladies kit, as well as new children’s characters and kits.
Saudia is debuting a new exhibition stand design (9 x 30.5 meters) along with many interactive features and products on display. These include all the latest seats on static display — First Suite (first class), Business Class, and the Guest Class (economy) seats.
Also on display is a “smart model” experience, which provides a 3D interactive tour through the new Jeddah King Abdul Aziz International Airport.
Saudia is currently in the midst of a rapid transformation, fleet and network expansion program.
The airline has achieved double-digit growth in international passenger traffic, flying to 89 destinations across four continents. Saudia is receiving on average, one new aircraft every 12 days. Currently at 147, by the end of 2020 the fleet is set to reach 200 aircraft.
“Saudia looks forward to welcoming its travel retail partners, media and hospitality guests at ATM. The airline’s stand is located at ME 4310,” the airline said in a press release.
Currently in its 73rd year of operations, the airline is a member of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the Arab Air Carriers Organization (AACO).
Saudia carried 30 million passengers in 2016, and was named the 2017 World’s Most Improved Airline by Skytrax, an independent global aviation industry monitor.
The airline has 11 codeshare partners including: Garuda Indonesia, China Southern Airlines, Air France, Royal Air Maroc, Alitalia, Korean Airlines, KLM, Middle East Airlines, Aeroflot, Air Europa and Oman Air.


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.