Jabal Omar Development Co. appoints new CFO

Hani Abdulwahab Zahran
Updated 04 September 2018

Jabal Omar Development Co. appoints new CFO

Jabal Omar Development Company (JODC) has announced the appointment of Hani Abdulwahab Zahran as the company’s chief finance officer.

Zahran comes with substantial banking experience within the Kingdom. Most recently, he was the regional head of corporate banking in the western province. He was also responsible for providing comprehensive and diverse solutions for money markets, trade, liquidity management and digital, as well as leasing with an investment banking subsidiary. He was a member of SABB’s various operational and strategic steering committees.

With an experience of 18 years, Zahran has extensive knowledge of corporates of different sizes and sectors, as well as business banking segments.

JODC Chief Executive Officer Yaser Al-Sharif said: “I am delighted to welcome Hani to the Jabal Omar family. Recruiting and developing local male and female talent is a strategic initiative for JODC, to lead the company to achieve its strategies and deliver its future plans.”

Zahran holds a bachelor of science in finance and economics from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM), and has trained at various world-class institutions and schools.

VFS Global opens visa application center in Riyadh

Updated 23 September 2018

VFS Global opens visa application center in Riyadh

VFS Global, the world’s largest outsourcing and technology services specialist for diplomatic missions, has announced the opening of a UK visa application center in Riyadh, close to the diplomatic quarter.

VFS Global said the new center, which will serve travelers to the UK and Australia, is equipped to handle more visa applicants conveniently with increased seating capacity and ample parking space, while also offering ancillary travel services within the premises for a seamless customer experience.

Officially inaugurating the center, Ambassador of the UK to Saudi Arabia Simon Collis said: “‘Our customers in Saudi Arabia are extremely important to us, and we continually look for new and innovative ways to improve the visa service we offer, both to Saudi nationals and local residents. We offer an excellent visa service for those who choose to apply for a UK visa. 

For Saudi nationals, the average processing time for non-settlement visas is less than five days. Whether speed, convenience or comfort is the priority, we hope that this new VAC — and indeed the visa services available across the whole of Saudi Arabia — provide our customers with a Great British welcome from the very start of their journey to the UK.”

The new center is located at 2591, Al-Hada District, besides Courtyard Marriott Hotel and close to Ritz Carlton, Riyadh. Visa applicants to the UK and Australia can access details on visa application procedures at www.vfsglobal.co.uk/sa/en

Located on the Makkah Road, the center is also well-connected to the city center and other neighboring towns.

Vinay Malhotra, regional group COO for Middle East, South Asia and China, VFS Global, said: “The new standalone center has been designed with a view to provide a comprehensive experience to applicants in terms of visa processing and accessing necessary travel services under one canopy. The UK continues to remain a popular destination for tourism, business and student visitors from Saudi Arabia. The latest visa figures show that over 130,000 Saudi nationals were issued a UK visa in the last year.We are confident that the new center for the UK and Australia visa applicants will provide enhanced convenience and ensure customer delight.”

Managed by professionals, the center also offers the comfort of a Premium Lounge for more personalized service as optional service.