KFC celebrates founder’s 128th b’day across region

More than 1,000 drivers across the three markets will be personally greeted with ‘Cool-ness Kits.’
Updated 10 September 2018
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KFC celebrates founder’s 128th b’day across region

KFC, the world’s largest chicken restaurant, has announced a new annual initiative in honor of Col. Harland Sander’s 128th birthday, celebrating “Acts of Colonel-ness” that radiate kindness, inspire positive change within the community and remind people to be generous in thoughts and actions. 

The initiative, which was launched on Sunday around the globe, called on over 300,000 employees in 131+ countries to rally together to pledge toward committing “Acts of Colonel-ness” — whether through a formally organized team volunteer event or to simply lending a hand to a neighbor in need.

To kick off this initiative in the region, KFC teams in Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Egypt, will set out to recognize the efforts of the unseen heroes in the food delivery teams. Staff members from flagship stores across the three markets will extend a warm-hearted thank you to all delivery drivers who arrive for pickup at KFC flagship stores.

More than 1,000 drivers across the three markets will be personally greeted with “Cool-ness Kits” throughout the Colonel’s birthday month. These kits have been created with the aim of providing drivers with a boost of refreshment in the scorching heat, featuring various cooling products, as well as a special thank you note as a token of appreciation for their continued efforts.

Saber Sami, general manager, MENAPAK, KFC, said: “As the world’s largest chicken restaurant, we believe it is our responsibility to give back to the communities where we live and work — especially as we continue to recognize the relentless efforts of our food delivery teams who have long been the backbone of our network. Taking this one step further, we want to dedicate this year’s initiative as a special token of appreciation for our delivery drivers, particularly for their unwavering strength despite tough weather conditions and heavy traffic.”

 

 

 


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.