Flynas trip showcases tourist sites of Tbilisi

The Saudi media professionals toured a number of prominent landmarks of Georgia.
Updated 09 September 2018
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Flynas trip showcases tourist sites of Tbilisi

Saudi Arabian budget airline Flynas recently organized a trip to Georgia for journalists working in the Saudi media. The trip aimed to introduce the airline’s new destination of Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, and exploring important tourist and historical sites in the country, in cooperation with the Georgian National Tourism Administration. 

A special program spread over six days from Aug. 26-31, was organized for the media professionals’ trip. The attendees toured prominent landmarks, such as the Georgian National Museum, the Narikala fortress, the sulfur baths of the city’s ancient Abanotubani district, the Bridge of Peace and the Gergeti Trinity Church. 

During their visit, the journalists met with officials from the Georgian National Tourism Administration and discussed a number of issues related to tourism in the country. Later, they toured the eastern Georgian city of Gori and met with Georgian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia George Jangava and Flynas CEO Bandar Al-Muhanna.

Al-Muhanna welcomed the delegation and praised the generosity of the Georgians. 

Director of Corporate Communications and Spokesperson of Flynas Ahmad Al-Musained said the trip aimed to introduce the Saudi media to Flynas’ new destination — Tbilisi. He said the trip is an important opportunity for Flynas guests to discover the country, get acquainted with its cultures and benefit from the airline’s special offers. 

Al-Musained added that the move also aims at enhancing tourism cooperation between Saudi Arabia and Georgia and supporting the Kingdom’s tourism industry by building partnerships with other countries to motivate its citizens to visit the Kingdom.

In June, Flynas launched direct flights from Riyadh to a number of new destinations, including Tbilisi, as part of its expansion plan to reach more destinations to meet Saudi market requirements. It is the first national airline to offer direct flights to Tbilisi.

Established in 2007, Flynas is a leading low-cost airline in the Middle East with a fleet of 30 Airbus A320 Aircraft, operating over 1,100 flights weekly to 17 domestic and 53 international destinations. Since its launch, Flynas has successfully carried more than 38 million passengers from its bases of Riyadh, Jeddah, Dammam and Abha. 

The airline has been named the Middle East’s Leading Low-Cost Airline by the World Travel Awards in 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018, and also won the Skytrax Award for the Middle East’s Best Low-Cost Airline in 2017 and 2018.


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.