Alawwal Bank wins ‘CEO of the Year in Retail Banking’

Soren Nikolajsen has been awarded ‘CEO of the Year in Retail Banking’ at the Enterprise Agility Awards, 2018 held in Dubai.
Updated 23 December 2018

Alawwal Bank wins ‘CEO of the Year in Retail Banking’

Alawwal Bank Managing Director Soren Nikolajsen has been awarded “CEO of the Year in Retail Banking” at the Enterprise Agility Awards 2018 held in Dubai. The award recognizes a year of continuous improvements by the bank, investing in new digital services and modernizing its branch network to make it easier for customers to manage their day-to-day financial needs.

Nikolajsen said: “The Enterprise Agility Awards celebrate the spirit of entrepreneurship, recognizing many exciting new businesses that are shaking up the market. For a 92-year-old bank like ours to be awarded alongside such pioneers shows you’re never too old to innovate and be creative.” 

Alawwal Bank’s investment in retail banking and its digital services has led to tangible improvements in customer experience. The bank now boasts some of the Kingdom’s most modern branches, rolling out popular services like instant account opening and card issuance. 

Nikolajsen added: “We’ve had an exciting year of innovation, creating a lot of new services our customers really enjoy using. 


That takes a lot of hard work. Getting new ideas off the ground requires creativity, determination and collaboration between many individuals and teams. I am therefore very pleased to receive this award on behalf of everyone at Alawwal Bank. Our team’s determination to do what’s right for customers is what drives us to be a better bank.” 

‘Moments’ photo contest celebrates souqs of Middle East

Updated 10 min 28 sec ago

‘Moments’ photo contest celebrates souqs of Middle East

National Geographic Abu Dhabi (NGAD) and Almarai have announced the ninth edition of “Moments,” the annual regional photography competition calling all aspiring photographers from around the Arab world. 

The competition provides the winning contestants a chance to learn from National Geographic photography experts through a photography travel expedition.

The 2019 “Moments” edition is themed around the souks of the Middle East and invites photographers from the region to capture the diversity and stories of markets from around the Arab world, which have been at the heart of the region’s culture and history.

The competition is held in partnership with Almarai, which has been a strategic supporter of this platform for the last six years as part of a shared vision of nurturing youth and talent from the Middle East.

“Moments” will feature a returning category this year for photographers aged 13-17.

Almarai has been a strategic partner of the competition since 2014.

Abdulrahman Awadh Al-Harthi, acting executive director of television and executive director of Abu Dhabi Radio Network at Abu Dhabi Media, said: “The ‘Moments’ photography competition is part of our continued commitment toward nurturing talents across all segments of society and encouraging the community especially youth to express their creativity and reach their highest potential.

“The great success of the competition gives us a new challenge to ensure we reach the largest number of applicants from diverse backgrounds and give them the platform to express their creativity and stories to be shared across the region.” 

Al-Harthi commended National Geographic Abu Dhabi’s strive for leadership and influence toward professional and amateur photographers in the region. 

Hussam R. Abdulqader, CMO of Almarai, said: “We are delighted to be renewing our partnership with National Geographic Abu Dhabi for the 9th edition of the ‘Moments’ photography competition, through which we aim to inspire, encourage and celebrate youth across the Middle East and support them to achieve their highest potential through the art of photography.”

He added: “We remain committed to developing the photography industry in the communities we serve, and to providing opportunities for youth to flourish creatively and professionally as we have done across a wide spectrum of platforms as well.”

Attracting over 200,000 entries since its inception from across the Middle East and North Africa, “Moments” is part of a regional photography talent platform developed by National Geographic Abu Dhabi to promote and nurture local talents and help give them a voice and a platform to showcase the region and what they have.

This year’s judging committee will comprised Almarai CMO Abdulqader as well as Muhammed Muheisen, a National Geographic photographer, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner, and founder of Dutch non-profit organization Everyday Refugees Foundation.

In this year’s competition, each story will carry with it an authentic, detailed and complete description of the image.