BPG Group holds 25th company offsite in Dubai

Over 150 staff from BPG’s Dubai and Kuwait offices participated in the event.
Updated 08 September 2018
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BPG Group holds 25th company offsite in Dubai

The BPG Group, an integrated marketing communications company, celebrated its recently refreshed and re-imagined business structure by staging its 25th annual staff offsite in the iconic surroundings of the QE2 floating hotel in Dubai.

The company recently announced its new look and stronger integrated and client-centric approach with the creation of three core businesses — BPG Orange, BPG Max and BPG Kuwait.

To celebrate the re-energised business, over 150 staff from its Dubai and Kuwait offices participated in two days of innovative and creative team-building exercises using the cruise liner-turned-hotel as its inspiration for filmmaking and problem-solving.

BPG Group CEO Avi Bhojani said: “This was the 25th time we have held our offsite and it has been the most successful and popular event to date. This year has helped to bring our fantastic creative, energetic and creative teams even closer together and reinforce the complementary but distinctive nature of the three marketing services brands within the BPG Group.”

He added: “The talent of our multinational team is at the heart of delivering successful solutions and a client-centric focus to our clients and working together to stimulate and generate innovative ideas is integral to the shared success of the BPG Group and our clients.”


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.