Bank granted SAMA approval to open 20 new branches in the Kingdom
Riyadh, 21 July, 2019: Emirates NBD, a leading banking group in the region, today announced plans for further expansion in The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), following approval from SAMA (The Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority) to open 20 additional branches in the Kingdom.
The announcement reflects KSA’s growing importance to Dubai’s biggest bank by assets as the United Arab Emirates (UAE) continues to strengthen long-standing strategic and economic ties with the Kingdom.
Emirates NBD currently operates four full-fledged branches across the Kingdom’s key regions with two branches in Riyadh, a branch in Jeddah and in the Eastern province in Khobar, providing a full offering to Saudi-based individual and businesses, including ......read more
Saudi - 02 July 2019: Geopolitical tensions and aggressive external cybersecurity environment are driving the need for highly skilled professionals inside the Kingdom.
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, July 2, 2019: SANS Institute, the global leader in cyber security training, announced SANS Riyadh 2019, a training event for cyber security professionals in Saudi Arabia. The event, which will be held at Burj Rafal Hotel Kempinski, Riyadh from July 28 to August 1, 2019, will focus on developing skills in critical security and strategic security planning.
SANS Riyadh 2019 will include two courses - Implementing and Auditing the Critical Security Controls; and Security Strategic Planning, Policy, and Leadership, conducted by global cybersecurity experts, Brian Ventura and Mark Williams respectively.
"Nation ......read more
Dubai, United Arab Emirates - 29 June 2019: We had reached out to you pre Ramadan Bonanza campaign announcing REDTAG’s giveaway prizes for Ramadan. 14 people across the GCC have won the mega draw AED/SAR 100,000 each and the details are as below.
We would like you to cover this mega giveaway done by REDTAG.
"REDTAG’s Ramadan Bonanza brought joy to 14 families all over the GCC with a mega prize of AED/SAR 1.4 Million cash! Over the course of five weeks, more than 50 REDTAG customers won AED/SAR 1,000 each every week.
In the last week of Ramadan Bonanza, the grand mega prize draw was held, and 14 winners across GCC were selected.
Below is the list of REDTAG’s lucky winners that took AED/SAR 100,000 home!
REDTAG would like to extend a big ......read more
Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 25 June 2019: Oracle and Saudi Arabia’s leading start up consultancy firm, OceanX today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to help Saudi entrepreneurs set up their startups and drive growth with latest digital technologies.
“Entrepreneur success is a key cornerstone of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 framework and vital for the creation of a thriving digital economy.
At Oracle, we are focused on supporting the development of Saudi Arabia’s startup community with unique cloud solutions that will allow entrepreneurs to benefit from a virtuous cycle of innovation and achieve desired goals” said Fahad Al Turief, Country Leader, Oracle Saudi Arabia.
“As a technology partner for OceanX, we will work directly with the startups and offer expert insights, ......read more
Dammam, Saudi Arabia, June 25, 2019: Tenaris, a leading supplier of tubes and related services for the world’s energy industry and other industrial applications, has announced that it will rebrand Saudi Steel Pipes (SSP), a welded pipe producer in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), to TenarisSaudiSteelPipes.
The decision follows the integration of SSP into the global commercial and industrial network of Tenaris, after the latter announced the closing of its acquisition of 47.79% of the shares in SSP on January 21, 2019.
“The rebranding symbolizes the official integration of Saudi Steel Pipe with Tenaris, marking an important step in our commitment to further expand our footprint and capabilities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” commented Mariano Armengol, Managing Director and Chief Executive ......read more
Cinépolis has announced that it will open 63 screens in six new cinemas across the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
The Cinemas will open in the cites of Riyadh, Jeddah, Dammam, Jazan and Najran
The first of the six cinemas will open in Lulu Mall, Dammam in early 2020
Cinépolis will invest USD 300million+ in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia over the next 3 years
Dubai, United Arab Emirates - 20 June 2019: Middle East, 20 June 2019: Cinépolis, the largest cinema exhibitor in Latin America and fourth largest exhibition circuit in the world, has announced the locations of six new movie theatres in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The six cinemas will be rolled out across the Kingdom over the next two years, with the first due to open in Lulu Mall, Dammam, at the end of this year, four scheduled for 2020 ......read more
Saudi - May 21, 2019: What happens when your yard falls smack dab in the middle of someone else’s Universe? You dig in and fight to hold your ground, much like Roman Reigns will look to do when he takes on Shane McMahon at WWE Super ShowDown in Jeddah.
Reigns made a jarring first impression during his first night on SmackDown LIVE when he straight up Superman Punched Mr. McMahon. The shocking act caught the attention of not just the WWE Universe, but also The Chairman’s son Shane.
Not pleased with The Big Dog’s blatant disrespect for his father, Shane-O-Mac immediately put Roman in his crosshairs, targeting him at every chance for weeks, with some assistance from his new running buddy and the Mr. McMahon-anointed “biggest acquisition in SmackDown LIVE history,” Elias.
However, after ......read more
Will create a diversified, pan-regional drilling powerhouse with 58 onshore and 9 offshore rigs and decades of experience across Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, Iraq and Pakistan.
Fully aligned with Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030, the transaction expected to demonstrate TAQA’s delivery on its transformation strategies to unlock value and drive growth.
Dammam, April 29, 2019 - Saudi Arabia’s Industrialization and Energy Services Company (TAQA) announced today that its drilling subsidiary, Arabian Drilling Company (ADC), has agreed to acquire Schlumberger’s Middle East onshore drilling rigs business in Kuwait, Oman, Iraq and Pakistan for $415 million (SAR 1.56 billion). The transaction transforms ADC into a regional drilling leader with one of the largest rig fleets, client portfolios and geographic ......read more
UL runs full day training sessions with the customs officers at King Abdulaziz Airport and Jeddah Islamic Sea Port
Customs officers briefed on the registered Marks owned by UL
Officials were also shown counterfeit products previously seized in the region
Jeddah, 25 April 2019: Global safety science company, UL, is helping KSA implement an array of anti-counterfeiting solutions that help safeguard customers from counterfeit products.
UL's Global Security and Brand Protection team hosted training sessions for customs officials from King Abdulaziz Airport and Jeddah Islamic Sea Port who were briefed on the registered Marks owned by UL.
During the training programme, which took place in Jeddah, the officials were also shown counterfeit products which ......read more
Saudi Arabia, April 10, 2019: Profitability in the Saudi Arabian insurance sector continued to weaken in 2018. The "Saudi Insurance Market Sees Another Profit Decline In 2018" report, published April 10, 2019, on RatingsDirect, details how the 33 listed re-insurance companies saw pre-tax income fall 28% last year and 55% in 2017. "We expect conditions to remain challenging in 2019 due to market competition, but new business from female drivers, a clamp down on uninsured motorists, and the extension of mandatory medical insurance cover could provide a boost to companies," said S&P Global Ratings' credit analyst Emir Mujkic.
Visa’s partnership with Starbucks and Hardee’s entitles Visa cardholders in KSA and UAE to upsize their orders for free when paying with Apple Pay
17 March 2019: Visa (NYSE:V), the world’s leader in digital payments, today announced partnerships with Starbucks and Hardee’s to accelerate the use and adoption of Apple Pay in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates. With Apple Pay, Visa cardholders and iPhone users can make instant payments using their phone via app or on web.
As part of Visa’s partnership with Starbucks, the world leading coffee chain and Hardee’s, one of the world’s most popular food and beverage service chains, Visa cardholders will get free upsize/upgrades on their orders when paying with Apple Pay.
The promotion with Starbucks ......read more
Transforming mobile payments with an easy, secure, and private way to pay
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; 19 February 2019: Visa (NYSE:V), the world’s leader in digital payments, today brings Apple Pay to its Saudi-based cardholders. Apple Pay allows prepaid, debit and credit cardholders to make easy, quick and secure purchases using their iPhone and Apple Watch in stores that accept contactless payments. Visa cardholders can also make payments with Apple Pay in-app or on the web.
Apple Pay will allow Visa cardholders across the Kingdom to make payments using their Apple devices while ensuring that their financial details are private and secure. Security and privacy are at the core of Apple Pay. When you use a credit or debit card with Apple Pay, the actual card numbers are not stored on the device, nor on Apple servers. Instead, ......read more
IDC Survey commissioned by Citrix analyzes the Kingdom’s readiness to build the future workplace
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia – 19 February 2019: An IDC survey commissioned by Citrix (NASDAQ:CTXS) found security and data leaks to be a key concern in adopting intelligent workplace strategies. The survey results were presented at an event at the Riyadh Four Seasons.
With face-to-face input from over 100 CIOs in KSA, the survey’s corresponding white paper examines the evolution of the intelligent workspace and IDC's "Future of Work" concept. It further highlights the role of intelligent workplace technologies in Saudi Arabia, and covers their drivers, benefits, security implications, and challenges.
With a key concern being security, the survey also found that over ......read more
7 February 2019, Saudi – MUFG Bank announces the appointment of Tariq Al Ghaziri as Head of Corporate Banking for MUFG’s Riyadh branch.
Prior to joining MUFG in Riyadh, Tariq has held various positions at Riyad Bank for the past 15 years, most recently as Head of Corporate Finance.
Various functions, including Trade Finance, Treasury and Credit Analysis, will report into Tariq in his new capacity.
Elyas Algaseer, Head of Corporate Banking for MUFG in MENA said: “Appointing Tariq to his new position is an important step in the development of our business in Saudi Arabia.”
MUFG obtained a full commercial license from the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA) in January 2017 and commenced operations in October 2018.
January 24, 2019: Speaking to Bloomberg Television’s Francine Lacqua and Haslinda Amin, Saudi Arabia Finance Minister Mohammed Al-Jadaan said he expects 2.6% GDP growth in 2019.
Other highlights include:
• Saudi may issue non-USD bonds this year
• Looking at Euro or other currencies for bond
Saudi Railway Company, Fawaz A. Alhokair & Co, Saudi Telecom Company and SADAFCO among others awarded for their outstanding performance and exceptional leadership
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, December 17, 2018: Held alongside the 6th Annual Saudi Trade Finance Summit, organized by QNA International, at the Al Faisaliah Hotel in Riyadh, the second day witnessed the recognizing and awarding of great finance leadership and initiatives supporting the vision and innovation of the finance leaders in the Kingdom for fulfilling key strategies in line with Saudi Vision 2030. The event highlighted, honored and celebrated path breaking achievements of public & private sector organizations and individuals who have contributed significantly to achieving the Kingdom’s Vision through sustainable ......read more
Marafiq, a utility business in Saudi Arabia, is embarking on a journey to enhance its intelligent, digital-utility enterprise using SAP
SAP’s intelligent enterprise enables customer centricity, growth agility, holistic visibility, and differentiate innovation to digitize utility businesses in the Kingdom
December 17, 2018: As the Saudi Arabian utility sector undergoes digital transformation to optimize its operations, modernize its infrastructure, and reshape offerings, all aligned with Saudi Vision 2030, Saudi Arabian utilities provider, Marafiq, has embarked on enhancing its digital intelligence with SAP.
Marafiq provides power and utility infrastructure to industrial cities within Saudi Arabia, which hosts some of the world’s largest hydrocarbon conglomerates in Yanbu and Jubail. Digital ......read more
December 15, 2018: Some media have reported incorrectly that UAE and Saudi Arabia have started using digital currency for cross-border settlements which will be backed by fiat currencies of the 2 nations.
The Central Bank of the UAE (CBUAE) would like to clarify that CBUAE is working with the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA) on a joint project which constitutes a Proof-of-Concept (PoC) for experimenting with Blockchain technology to facilitate cross-border payments between the two countries.
The PoC is still at an early stage and will help CBUAE gain a deeper understanding of the feasibility of distributed ledger technology in this field and explore the potential opportunities and benefits of a digital currency.
CBUAE and SAMA have selected a tech company to support the implementation of this PoC, which ......read more
December 10, 2018: Saudi Arabia has experienced tremendous transformation in 2018, bouncing back from low oil prices with the largest expansionary budget and history-making reforms. King Salman’s Vision 2030 was a guiding principle for many of the country’s reforms along with Crown Prince Mohammed’s leadership has lead Saudi Arabia to modernise the Kingdom. Reviewing 2018, we can see major shifts that will impact Saudi Arabia’s future.
One of the major business reforms this year was the introduction of VAT. We also saw other GCC countries undergo the shift with Saudi Arabia. The tax was set at a standard rate of five percent however, there were some exemptions. The exemptions are basic necessities and medical, cultural and educational products, financial and insurance services. The tax helped ......read more
Held Under the Patronage of His Highness the Amir of the State of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah
25 November 2018: INJAZ Al-Arab – member of Junior Achievement Worldwide – is hosting their 12th Annual Young Arab Entrepreneurs Competition in Kuwait between November 26 and 29, 2018. The competition will see 80 students from 11 countries across MENA compete over 12 award categories before their peers and a panel of high-profile judges.
Held under the patronage of His Highness the Amir of the State of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, the event will welcome over 180 attendees from INJAZ teams, volunteers and chaperons. The competition will conclude with a glittering award ceremony to be held on November 28, welcoming over 400 guests, including high-school and university ......read more
Ashridge to coach HR Leaders on maximizing company business value and their strategic impact
October 23, 2018: Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 challenges HR leaders in Saudi to take progressive steps to bring about organizational changes aimed at ensuring greater business success. Ashridge Executive Education has launched a five-day transformational programme aimed at providing insights and practical skills for HR leaders within the context of leveraging the human network in an organization to adapt to changing business conditions and achieve sustainable business success.
The programme will be held from 4 to 8 November 2018 in Ashridge campus Dubai. Ashridge can also conduct the programme on location for Saudi companies that prefer to host it at their premises.
According to Rory Hendrikz, Managing ......read more
RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA - September 26, 2018: Thomson Reuters inaugurated the 10th Compliance and Anti-Money Laundering Seminar in association with the Institute of Finance and under the patronage of His Excellency Dr. Ahmed Abdulkarim Akholifey, Governor of the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA) and Chairman of Anti-Money Laundering Permanent Committee (AMLPC)
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Dr. Fahad AL Shathri, Deputy Governor for Supervision, SAMA, said: “Saudi Arabia have been instrumental in directing all financial institutions to abide by the policies that meet the compliance standards including reporting and uncovering financial crime. In the past few years, we have seen more deployment of state-of-the-art technologies by financial institutions as they continue to roll out strict anti-money ......read more
Multi-platform Arabic-language business and financial news service renamed and headquartered in the U.A.E.
Saudi Arabia, 17 September, 2018: Following the announcement made last September by Bloomberg, the global business and financial information and news leader, and Saudi Research and Marketing Group (SRMG), the Middle East's biggest publishing group to launch Bloomberg Al Arabiya, a new multi-platform Arabic-language business and financial news service, Bloomberg and SRMG today announced that the news service has been renamed to Bloomberg Asharq.
Peter Grauer, Chairman of Bloomberg L.P., and Dr. Ghassan Alshibl, Chairman, SRMG, met yesterday in Dubai to officially announce Bloomberg Asharq. They also unveiled the platform’s logo, which incorporates Arabic characters with Bloomberg’s global brand ......read more
FII 2018 advisory board comprised of eleven global executives with diverse insights and expertise
Advisory board provides strategic guidance on the development of FII as a platform to help shape the future of global investment
Riyadh, 29 August 2018: The Public Investment Fund (PIF) of Saudi Arabia has today announced the formation of an advisory board, comprised of eleven of the most influential global executives from technology, finance and business, that will support the ongoing development of the program for the 2018 Future Investment Initiative (FII).
The second edition of FII is taking place in Riyadh from October 23rd-25th 2018 and will explore how investment can be used to drive growth opportunities, fuel innovation and shape future economies.
With a wealth of ......read more
July 18, 2018: More than 20 senior leaders from Bank Al Bilad recently participated in an Ashridge Executive Education Leadership Development Program in Riyadh. With a focus on building 21st Century Leadership capabilities, this highly experiential and practical learning approach helped leaders communicate their strategic vision, set direction and develop high performing teams to succeed within the dynamic and fast moving Saudi banking sector.
With over 20 years of experience in developing regional business leaders, Ashridge delivered a highly customized program, designed not only to address the specific challenges facing the Bank’s leaders today, but also to unlock the emerging opportunities in the future.
Mr. Haitham Al-Medainy, General Manager of Bank Al Bilad, said: “Banking executives must constantly ......read more
Under the patronage of the Deputy Governor of Medina Region
Medina, KSA – June 14, 2017: Under the Patronage of H.R.H. Prince Saud Bin Khalid Al-Faisal, Deputy Governor of Medina Region, the Chairman of the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) Group, H.E Dr. Bandar bin Mohammed Hamza Hajjar and the Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Madinah H.E Mr. Munir Mohammed Nasser ......read more
Supporting access to energy through importing petroleum products and electricity are vital to economic growth and foster the socio-economic conditions in Mali.
Jeddah, May 21 2017: The International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC), a member of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) Group, signed a € 40 million Agreement with the Government of Mali, which was signed by Dr. ......read more
In support of Saudi Vision 2030:
Agreements drive economic diversification in power, healthcare, oil and gas, mining and digital transformation of industry.
Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. May 21, 2017: Building on its more than 80 years of partnership and experience in the Kingdom, GE [NYSE: GE] has taken significant steps in supporting the delivery of Saudi Vision 2030, today ......read more
Jeddah – May 16, 2017 (Hilton – Al Qasr Hall): ITFC has organized a side-event during the IDB Group Private Sector Forum, in conjunction with the IDB Group 42nd Annual Meeting held in Jeddah-Saudi Arabia. Given the importance of this forum and the high profile audience that this event has attracted, ......read more
May 09, 2017- Dhofar Global, a leading supplier of hygiene products in the Middle East, has marked its 10th anniversary with a celebration of its decade-long accomplishments and the unveiling of a more ambitious expansion plan to fully cement its market footprint across the region. The company recently hosted an event for their suppliers, clients and employees at the Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi ......read more
Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – 08 May 2017: Alawwal bank was named the 'Best Retail Bank' in Saudi Arabia 2017 at the Asian Bankers, International Finance Excellence Awards held at the Ritz Carlton in Dubai on 20 April.
The award recognises Alawwal bank's customer centric approach and focus on innovation in products, services and its digital ......read more
QNB Group CEO: Entry into the Saudi market is due to QNB’s competitive edge
Riyadh, 6th May 2017: QNB Group, the largest financial institution in the Middle East and Africa, has inaugurated its branch in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). Senior bank officials and distinguished representatives from the banking and business sectors attended an inauguration ceremony held under ......read more
Kingdom biggest spender in GCC for FM services
Saudi Arabia, May 03, 2017
The facilities management (FM) sector in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) remains a largely untapped market, an ‘emerging giant’ that offers huge growth opportunities for regional FM players looking to expand and innovate on their services in the Kingdom, highlighted experts from the Middle East Facilities ......read more
Ajman, April 27, 2017- In line with its commitment to promote the competitiveness of Ajman's real estate segment, the Department of Land and Real Estate Regulation in Ajman has concluded its successful participation at this year's edition of the Riyadh Real Estate & Urban Development Exhibition 2017 (Restatex Riyadh 2017), the largest annual Real Estate event of its kind in the ......read more
April 27, 2017– Genetec Inc. (“Genetec”), a leading provider of open architecture security and public safety solutions, will be highlighting solutions that can help address the challenges presented by the changing nature of cyber threats and hazards in the Middle East region during its participation at the first Intersec KSA, the Saudi edition of the biggest trade fair for ......read more
Cross-border M&A made up 49% of all deal value and 35% of all deal volume in Q1 2017
North America was a safe haven for deals in Q1 2017
UAE dominates deal volume for cross-regional Middle East M&A
KSA leads by deal value for cross-regional Middle East M&A
Jeddah: Global cross-border M&A activity continued to dip as political turbulence and economic ......read more
Wadi.com, KSA’s fastest growing e-commerce platform, announces its latest and first of its kind partnership with KSA’s leading bank
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, April 9, 2017 – Wadi.com, KSA’s home-grown online shopping marketplace, today announced a new strategic partnership with one of KSA’s most trusted banks, Al Rajhi Bank. This unique collaboration between the ......read more
Dubai, UAE/Saudi Arabia, 9th April 2017 – Xylem Inc. (NYSE: XYL), a leading global water technology company, today announced the opening of a new office in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The new office is part of Xylem’s $35 million investment in the Middle East North Africa region, which includes additional resources to help provide localized products, services and capabilities in key markets ......read more
Damman, KSA –April 06, 2017: Gulf Lifting Financial Leasing Company (GLFL), a subsidiary of Kanoo Group of Companies, recently implemented 3i Infotech's Kastle® Universal Lending Solution (Kastle® ULS) and integrated financial suite to streamline its business processes as well as automate the end to end operations right from origination to collection.
The application tackled ......read more
2nd meeting of the LLF Impact Committee in Riyadh approves major pipeline of $242.6 million in development projects for 2017
Representatives from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Islamic Solidarity Fund for Development, and the Islamic Development Bank agree on project pipeline to lift poorest OIC countries out of poverty
Projects approved in ......read more
Event will gather together CEOs, CMOs, Presidents and VPs from across the region and beyond
Riyadh KSA, April 1 2017: For the first time, Saudi Arabia will host the ‘Top CEO Conference and Awards’ – an event which will see CEOs, CMOs, Presidents and VPs from across the Arabian Gulf region and beyond gather together on 10th and 11th April 2017 at Bay La Sun Hotel & ......read more
Next-generation technology allows customers to benefit from faster, more advanced services
Dubai, UAE, March 30, 2017: Accenture (NYSE: ACN), the global professional services company, has successfully completed the core system replacement of the retail banking operations at the National Commercial Bank (NCB). The highly complex project which took approximately two years to complete, was ......read more
Dubai, UAE, March 29, 2017: Amazon (AMZN) today announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire SOUQ.com, an e-commerce leader in the Middle East. Joining the Amazon family will enable SOUQ.com to continue growing while working with Amazon to bring even more products and offerings to customers worldwide.
“Amazon’s entry into the region reflects the visionary foresight ......read more
ITFC and ATTIJARIWAFA BANK (AWB) to strengthen partnership by signing a letter of intent for supporting trade between Arab and African countries
ITFC and ATTIJARIWAFA BANK (AWB) sign a Letter of Intent within the Framework of the Arab Africa Trade Bridges (AATB) Program for supporting trade between Arab and African countries during the 5th International Africa Development ......read more
Government Leaders and Senior Bankers will Review Progress of National Transformation Programme and Opportunities for Businesses
Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, March 14, 2017: One year on from the official announcement of the “Saudi Vision 2030” to diversify the economy and reduce the Kingdom’s reliance on oil, The Euromoney Saudi Arabia Conference is set to ......read more
The leading business support service provider for corporate entities in Saudi Arabia
Providing turn key solutions for companies working within or looking to set up in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Specialising in range of services from corporate immigration to company representation and employee outsourcing
Dubai, 14 February 2017: Founded in 2009, Proven delivers ......read more
Jeddah, KSA, February 13, 2017: Baker McKenzie advised a consortium led by Arab Bank Chairman Sabih al Masri, in acquiring a 20% stake in Arab Bank Group from Oger Middle East Holdings.
A consortium of investors bought a 20 percent stake in Arab Bank Group for $1.12 billion. These were led by Arab Bank Chairman Sabih al Masri, a businessman with stakes in other banks and the hotel ......read more
February 06, 2017 - Cognizant (NASDAQ: CTSH) announced that it has been selected by Riyadh International Catering Corporation (RICC) as a strategic partner to enable McDonald’s restaurant chain in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) to become a digital enterprise, transforming customer experience and service agility.
RICC owns and operates McDonald’s in the Central, Eastern and ......read more
STC moves up the ranks to assume the position of most valuable brand in The Middle East
Emirates retains most valuable brand position in the UAE
Etisalat rises 113 places with 45% increase in brand value
Qatar National Bank enters the list for the first time with 56% increase in brand value
Apple falls from world’s most valuable brand after 5 years at the summit
Dubai, UAE, ......read more
KSA, 18 January, 2017: Greater private sector engagement in education reform in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is expected in coming years as the country proceeds with its Vision 2030 and National Transformation Program (NTP), which set out ambitious targets for economic development and greater fiscal balance. Reform of the education sector is integral to Vision 2030 as a means to improve ......read more
January 17, 2017: As part of its ‘Digital Future Tour’, Software AG recently held its marquee event, the ‘Digital Business Day,’ in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in association with the Kingdom’s National Information Center (NIC). Executives from leading Saudi organizations gathered for the one-day event to learn how to effectively harness the power of cutting-edge ......read more
Dubai, UAE, December 15, 2016: Deutsche Bank’s 2017 Market Outlook conference, titled “Global and Regional Investment Perspectives 2017”, the third event of its kind for Deutsche Bank in Saudi Arabia, opened yesterday at the Park Hyatt Hotel in Jeddah-Marina. The single day (December 13) conference explored pressing macro issues affecting economies, capital markets, ......read more
KSA, December 12, 2016: Al Habtoor continued its KSA expansion plan with the opening of Riyadh’s biggest truck servicing operation, by inviting 200 of KSA’s largest Truck Operators to view the world class facility and meet the AL Habtoor Saudi Arabia management team.
The open event was held on Wednesday, 22nd Safar 1438 AH, corresponding 23rd November, 2016. The ......read more
December 06, 2016 - Cognizant (NASDAQ: CTSH), a leading global provider of information technology, consulting and business process services, today announced the expansion of its operations in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) with the opening of a new office in Riyadh.
Cognizant’s expanded presence in KSA will enhance its existing operations in the Middle East and further enable ......read more
(Jeddah, 15th November 2016) - The only premier initiative for Trade Finance Development in the Kingdom will open its doors today at Le Meridien – Jeddah with the official endorsement of Jeddah chamber. With Saudi Arabia going through a major transformation and the National Transformation Plan attracting the public interest and inspiring private sector to contribute to the ......read more
The UAE and KSA secured 10th and 11th place from 22 countries assessed in terms of opportunity for ‘significant premium growth’ and 6th and 7th place respectively in terms of ‘least amount of risk’
Premiums in the UAE are projected to grow by 12% CAGR to 2020
Premiums in the KSA are projected to grow by 9% CAGR to 2020
Rise of internet and mobile technologies to ......read more
Zara, Virgin, Eataly and PAUL dominated the 6th edition of the of the renowned RetailME Awards in Dubai
Dubai, UAE, October 20, 2016: Azadea Group, the premier lifestyle retail company that owns and operates more than 50 leading international franchise concepts across the Middle East and Africa, has announced winning 6 awards through its prominent brands at the ......read more
“Fulfilled by SOUQ” and “SOUQ Selling Center” especially designed to support Sellers to grow their businesses and provide exceptional shopping experiences to the customers
Dubai, UAE, October 12, 2016: SOUQ.com, the largest online and marketplace platform in the Middle East hosted a highly engaging event to enable and empower sellers and ......read more
October 05, 2016 - Demonstrating its commitment towards the highest standards in quality, technology and hygiene, Dhofar Global, a leading supplier of hygiene care products in the Middle East, has signed a strategic partnership with ffuussTM, a hand dryer manufacturer and part of Spain-based OTS Group. The contract awards Dhofar Global the exclusive distributorship of ffuussTM air dryers in ......read more
MECSC’s Next Generation Events – connecting retail professionals across the Middle East
Dubai, UAE, October 4, 2016: The Middle East Council of Shopping Centres and the International Council of Shopping Centers gear up to host the much awaited Next Generation Networking Reception at Park Hyatt Hotel in Jeddah, KSA on Monday 10th of October from 6:30pm till ......read more
Third Annual Investment Conference to be held 5-6 October
McKinsey & Co to present key findings from the new‘Lions on the move II’ report
HE Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan to attend as guest of honour
Dubai, UAE, October 4, 2016: Close to 400 business leaders and government representatives will meet in Dubai next week to discuss foreign investment ......read more
UAE, October 2, 2016 - The Arab Region’s most talked about CSR Forum will be happening on October 19, 2016 in Dubai. Taking place annually for the past six years, the forum has become known all over the Region and even beyond as a platform that promotes latest thinking and current philosophies around CSR and sustainability.
This year too, the forum will present fresh thinking and ......read more
EXTON, Pa., U.S.A.– July 13, 2016 – Bentley Systems, Incorporated, a leading global provider of comprehensive software solutions for advancing infrastructure, today announced a new Global Framework Agreement with Shell. The agreement serves to improve Shell’s capital project construction execution through automated 4D/5D construction management solutions provided by Bentley as a ......read more
UAE, June 29, 2016– The Arab-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce (ABCC) has revealed that major importers of pharmaceutical products from the UAE and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia held fruitful discussions with Brazilian pharmaceutical manufacturers during a business matchmaking event in São Paulo -- a strategic meeting that could help further boost the two Arab countries’ trade ties ......read more
UAE ranked 7th in A.T. Kearney’s 2016 Global Retail Development Index (GRDI)
Saudi Arabia closely followed the UAE, ranked 8th
The GRDI evaluates the global markets offering retailers prime opportunities for growth
Dubai, UAE, 7 June 2016: The UAE was named as a leading global retail market in A.T. Kearney’s 2016 Global Retail Development Index (GRDI), titled ......read more
Vision 2030 and public investment fund reform could be a unique opportunity to reduce oil dependence and contribute to global effort for carbon emissions reduction, says London Business School expert
Dubai, UAE, 25 May 2016 – A successful restructure of the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund (PIF) would represent a great opportunity for Saudi Arabia to have a positive impact not only ......read more
UAE, May 23, 2016–Al Ansari Exchange, the UAE-based foreign exchange and worldwide money transfer company, commemorates the 50thAnniversary of its establishment. To mark the occasion and in line with the wise directions and vision of the UAE’s leadership to consolidate the country’s prominent position in the region and the world, the company is poised to establish new ......read more
Pearl Initiative collaborates with Siemens Integrity Initiative and SABIC to host interactive workshops highlighting necessity for compliance and ethics
Majority of participating business leaders believe that the Saudi private sector will significantly advance corporate accountability practices within next five years
Riyadh-KSA: 17 May 2016 - Companies in Saudi Arabia are ......read more
Award launched in collaboration with the Saudi Society for Environmental Sciences - King Abdulaziz University sees participation from over 120 students across the Kingdom
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, May 11, 2016: Binzagr Unilever Limited, the Saudi Arabian arm of one of the world’s leading FMCG companies, has announced the winners of its Environmental Research Award, an initiative that ......read more
Industry research reveals increased cyber-security threats in GCC
MENA compliance programs demand a balance of technology with human intervention
More regional countries will engage with risk national assessments in 2016
Compliance knowledge is about the right people not only the systems in place
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: May 10, 2016 - Thomson Reuters, the world's leading source of ......read more
S&P Global conference to be held in Saudi Arabian capital for the first time
Forum to discuss ‘Economic Sustainability Through Strengthened Financial Markets’
Symposium takes place amid plans for sweeping economic reforms in Saudi Arabia
Dubai, UAE, May 9, 2016: S&P Global (formerly McGraw Hill Financial) will host its sixth annual Financial Leaders’ ......read more
Special Panel on Digital Ecosystem Planned for Euromoney Saudi Arabia Conference
Doha, Qatar: The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s financial sector is likely to encounter significant disruption from new financial technologies in the coming years, but could emerge stronger and more streamlined, according to experts gathering for the Euromoney Saudi Arabia Conference this May.
Financial ......read more
18 January, 2015 – Jubail, Saudi Arabia: Following the successful start-up of the first Solution Polyethylene facility in the Middle East in December, Sadara Chemical Company (Sadara) is well on track to set new paradigms in both Saudi Arabia’s and the region’s downstream industry.
The company, which sponsored and participated in the GPCA PlastiCon 2016 under the theme ......read more
14 December, 2015 – Jubail, Saudi Arabia: Sadara Chemical Company (Sadara), the world’s largest chemical complex ever built in a single phase, has successfully started up its first production plant, moving on schedule from the construction to the operational phase.
Sadara’s first product – Linear Low Density Polyethylene (LLDPE) – was produced in the ......read more
UAE, December 8, 2015 – Brazil and Saudi Arabia signed recently a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) to open the Middle East to Brazilian beef exports, effectively drawing to a close a ban that has been in force for almost three years. The initiative was commemorated by a sanitary certificate handed by Brazil’s Minister of Agriculture Kátia Abreu, who represented the interests of ......read more