GAA holds training for new Saudi recruits

GAA’s training program was attended by its newly recruited Saudi employees.
Updated 11 September 2018
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GAA holds training for new Saudi recruits

Gulf Advantage Automobiles (GAA) recently held a training program for its newly recruited Saudi employees. The company said the initiative aimed at supporting the Kingdom’s goal of “building a vibrant society, which preserves its heritage while ensuring a good quality of life in today’s competitive world.”

The training is part of the company’s continuous efforts to attract and nurture Saudi talents in support of Saudi Vision 2030’s overarching aim to create new job opportunities, achieve job stability, and ensure promising and prosperous careers for the Saudi youth. Through these programs, GAA also aims to improve its services and increase the level of satisfaction provided to its customers. “These programs will reflect positively through the quality of services offered to all Renault customers across the Kingdom,” the company said in a press release.

GAA emphasized the importance of the training courses to qualify new employees, provide them with essential career opportunities and the chance to develop their skills and capabilities. The company aims to provide the best services to its customers while nurturing a suitable and encouraging environment where Saudi talents can grow and flourish.

The training program held in Riyadh for one week included improving sales skills, product knowledge, customer service, and after-sales services. 

“Gulf Advantage Automobiles continuously seeks to attract Saudi talents, male and female, across its showrooms in the various cities of the Kingdom. It strives to provide a stimulating work environment for them, and offer many excellent training programs to encourage them for career advancement in reaching senior management positions,” the company said.

“By organizing an employee training program, GAA spurred positive employee competitiveness and enthusiasm for higher efficiency and better effectiveness transforming Renault’s team in Saudi Arabia into a more customer-centric unit,” the press release said.

 


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.