Alsharif Khalid Al-Ghalib, head of the retail banking group at National Commercial Bank

Updated 03 May 2019

Alsharif Khalid Al-Ghalib, head of the retail banking group at National Commercial Bank

  • He joined National Commercial Bank in 2000
  • Al-Ghalib began his career in the investment services department of Riyad Bank in 1986

Alsharif Khalid Al-Ghalib is the head of the retail banking group at National Commercial Bank, the largest bank in Saudi Arabia and a leading financial services group in the region. He was appointed to this position in August 2018. 

After completing his MBA at the College of Notre Dame in 1985, Al-Ghalib began his career in the investment services department of Riyad Bank in 1986 and progressed to become executive vice president in charge of the bank’s branch network Kingdom wide.

He joined National Commercial Bank in 2000, where he held a number of prominent roles and managerial responsibilities, including head of the individual banking sector, head of retail distribution, head of the customer management group, head of the private banking division and head of the corporate banking group.

As senior executive vice president and head of the retail banking group, Al-Ghalib is a member of NCB’s higher management team. In his current role, his areas of responsibility include private banking, consumer finance, lease finance, Quick Pay, branch banking and special accounts.

Recently, Al-Ghalib addressed the Financial Sector Conference in Riyadh. During one of the sessions, Al-Ghalib spoke about the development of the Saudi mortgage market. 

The session discussed how the secondary mortgage market developing and whether the quality of the underlying assets is now sufficient for real estate investment trusts to gain more traction with investors.


Madinah museum showcases over 2,000 rare artifacts

Updated 23 August 2019

Madinah museum showcases over 2,000 rare artifacts

  • The museum has issued more than 44 books and publications on Madinah’s architecture

MADINAH: Dar Al-Madinah Museum offers visitors the opportunity to view historical pieces associated with the Prophet’s life. It features artifacts that capture the history, heritage, social life and culture of Madinah.

The museum’s executive director, Hassan Taher, said that it aims to promote the noble values of the Prophet Muhammad, encourage a sense of belonging and capture the history, culture and heritage of Madinah. The exhibits start with the Prophet’s life and end with the Saudi era.

Taher said: “The museum carries out specialized research in Madinah’s architectural heritage. It contains a library of relevant books, research and magazines, all of which are accessible to researchers.”

He said that the museum has issued more than 44 books and publications on Madinah’s architecture.

Taher explained that when preparing the museum’s narrative, it was necessary to reconcile temporal and spatial contexts so they created an added moral and intellectual value for the visitor.

He added: “There are around 2,000 artifacts in the museum’s exhibition halls. These include antiquities, extremely accurate models, handicrafts, manuscripts, documents, correspondence, old publications, postage stamps, photographs and artworks.”

One of the museum’s most valuable exhibits is a large collection of rare pieces associated with important moments in the Prophet’s life and the history of Madinah. 

These include various parts of the Kaaba, rare coins used in Madinah during different eras, ancient pottery, Islamic manuscripts, jewelry and collectibles from the pre-Islamic era.

Taher said that the museum has a professional team of guides who speak several languages, including English, Turkish, Urdu and Malay.