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Kuwait: NBK launches “NBK Direct Remit” for immediate cross-border transactions using the RippleNet international network


Upholding its leadership position in Kuwait, National Bank of Kuwait (NBK) continues to offer the latest technological solutions in the sector of money transfers and has become the first financial institution in the country to launch the “NBK Direct Remit” for cross-border live payments which uses RippleNet’s enterprise blockchain technology solution to provide customers with a frictionless remittance experience and fast cross-border money transfer solutions.

The “NBK Direct Remit” is a fast remittance service available online 24/7 for all customers. NBK aims to continue launching innovative solutions for the growing needs of customers by adopting RippleNet’s network globally.

Commenting on the new milestone, Mr. Dimitrios Kokosioulis, Deputy CEO- Group operations & Technology Said: “This service is a significant achievement as it enables our customers to make money transfers within seconds, easily and at their convenience anytime of the day. The launch comes as part of our commitment to responding to the needs of our customers wherever they are around the world, providing them with safe solutions and a global presence in 15 countries.”

Mr. Kokosioulis added, “Focused on digital transformation, NBK has previously launched successful and innovative products that serve different segments, including the NBK Tap & Pay, QuickPay, NBK SelfiePay, cardless cash withdrawal, Biometric Cards, in addition to the continuous enhancements to the NBK Mobile Banking App and other services that make our customer’s banking experience an enjoyable one.”

He also said that the new service will be available for customers to make live payments to Jordan, and soon to other countries. 

"The National Bank of Kuwait (NBK) is an important partner in the region, and we're excited that they have begun moving live payments across our blockchain network on behalf of their customers," said Marcus Treacher, SVP of Customer Success, Ripple. "We will continue to work with NBK to connect them to more RippleNet partners so their customers can make quicker, cheaper payments to anywhere in the world."

NBK is the largest financial institution in Kuwait and enjoys a significant market share in the local commercial banking sector. NBK also maintains the highest credit ratings among banks in the region and from the world's leading credit rating agencies: Moody's, Standard & Poor's and Fitch.

NBK has a wide presence locally and internationally through its branches, subsidiaries and representative offices internationally in China, Geneva, London, Paris, New York and Singapore, as well as regionally in Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Turkey and UAE.


Kuwait: NBK Academy Welcomes the 23rd Batch of Fresh Graduates


National Bank of Kuwait (NBK) recently welcomed to its annual “NBK Academy” program the 23rd batch and the first in 2020 of fresh Kuwaiti graduates who have successfully met the acceptance criteria specifically designed for this intensive program.

The NBK Academy Program, launched 12 years ago, has been supporting NBK’s strategy to employ, train and develop the professional skills of newly graduated Kuwaiti talents, in addition to attracting them to work in the financial services industry.
The fresh group of trainees was welcomed by Mr. Emad Al-Ablani, Head, Group Human Resources and Mr. Mohamed Al-Othman, Head, Consumer Banking Group, in addition to several officials from talent management and training and development divisions.

The program that will be delivered to 20 participants, extends over a period of 4 months and covers various aspects of banking operations including: banking principles, risk management, financial accounting, marketing, negotiation, consumer and commercial lending.

It is worth noting that the program’s content is subject to constant revision and update in order to keep pace with the latest research and studies in the global banking sector. New and innovative elements were recently added to the program, including design thinking and banking simulation as well as creativity and innovation in the banking environment.

NBK Academy reflects NBK’s vision to support sustainable human capital development as one of its top strategic priorities and a shared responsibility between the various governmental institutions and the private sector.

NBK Academy was inaugurated in 2008 with the aim to pave the way for newly Kuwaiti graduates to join the banking sector. The Academy provides graduates with the best training programs developed in cooperation with leading international institutions and universities to meet the demands of the labor market.  

Kuwait: NBK and LOYAC arrange a cultural trip to Cambodia


National Bank of Kuwait (NBK) and LOYAC concluded their cultural trip to Cambodia. The trip goes with NBK’s support to LOYAC’s annual activities and events including the trips.

 A group of volunteers from different backgrounds ages between 14 and 18 participated in this trip which was designed to build the leadership skills in their personality. This 8 days trip included a group of social initiatives, interacting with different cultures, volunteering and donating. During this trip, Participants were introduced to the Cambodians’ different cultures and learn their daily life routine.

This support reflects NBK’s commitment to its Corporate Social Responsibility as well as the vital role it plays in supporting students, youths and self-building initiatives in Kuwait.

“Cambodia is truly an inspiring cross-cultural learning experience that added profound value to the young people involved”, said Asmaa Bin Hussain, NBK Public Relations Officer. “This is the first-time we go with Loyacers to Cambodia. We were happy to join Loyacers in lots of inspiring cultural trips around Asia and Africa.  In Cambodia , we visited Phnom Penh, Kampong Cham and Siem Reap. We hung out with the youth, contributed to the community and explored the treasures of its cities”.

  “NBK always strives to empower Kuwaiti youth to realize their potentials, build their personalities and motivates their ambition. This trip with LOYAC comes in line with our strategy to invest in youth and develop their capabilities,” Bin Hussain added.

Throughout the program, Loyacers and Cambodian youth were engaged in stimulating discussions about various aspects of each society to gain a deeper understanding of what makes our cultures unique and beautiful.  In addition, the trip included historic tours and urban adventures exploring the bazaars, and landmark.

LOYAC is a nonprofit organization that runs several programs for the youth to develop their professional skills, enhance their personal growth and help them find their sense of purpose by extending themselves to others.

Kuwait: NBK Group Human Resources discusses means to boost strategic partnership with KOC


A staff mission from the Group Human Resources at the National Bank of Kuwait (NBK) has made a visit to the Kuwait Oil Co. (KOC) to discuss means to boost strategic partnership between both parties especially in field of development.

During the visit, NBK’s staff mission discussed the Group Human Resources’ business model, in addition to the bank’s development tools, best methods to enhance positive behavior as well as employees’ incentive plan. The mission also touched upon methods to bolster the teamwork, productivity, comprehensive quality system in addition to the best digital solutions.

Then, the staff mission comprising Anwar AlSabti, Team Leader – Personnel Services; Haneen Al-Mansour, Senior MIS Officer - Group Human Resources; Sarah Al-Rayes, Employee Relations Officer and Faisal Dashti, Manager in Foreign Corporate, Oil and Trade Finance Group, has paid a visit to KOC Ahmed Al Jaber Oil & Gas Exhibition. This exhibition represents a prominent cultural icon that helps the documentation of the oil history in Kuwait, in addition to the latter’s role in the petroleum industry.

NBK continues to play a key role for the oil sector companies, given its strong commitment to KPC and its affiliated units, together with its prominent role in developing the human capital in the state-owned entities, thanks to being the strategic partner to public sector.


The NBK is also keen on developing the human capital especially in the state-owned entities in line with its social responsibility framework. The NBK’s annual initiatives underline its profound strategy aimed at investing in the human resources, and further echo its primary role in the community service for decades.  NBK’s programs continue to reflect the leadership role it has undertaken for decades in the local sector.

Last year, the bank’s Human Resources completed the second phase of the training program held for employees of the Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC) and its subsidiaries. The program was aimed at developing the technical skills of KPC employees and covered several business divisions including treasury, finance and accounting.

Kuwait: NBK Reveals Winner of the KD 250,000 Prize in Al Jawhara’s Quarterly Draw


National Bank of Kuwait announced the winner of the KD 250,000 prize in Al Jawhara Account’s Quarterly draw for the month of December 2019. The winner, Amnah Abdullateef Mohammad Abduljader, was announced live on FM 88.8 Kuwait Pulse, in the presence of a representative from the Ministry of Commerce and Industry as well as representatives from NBK. Al Jawhara monthly and quarterly draws are supervised and audited by Deloitte.

Al Jawhara Account customers are automatically entered in Al Jawhara’s weekly, monthly and quarterly draws, giving them the chance to win KD 5,000 weekly, KD125,000 monthly and the grand prize of KD 250,000 quarterly. Every KD 50 deposited in the Al Jawhara Account gives customers one entry into the draw. The minimum opening amount for the account is KD 400 while the maximum amount that can be held is KD 500,000. Customers’ chances of entering the draws double for every KD 50 when no debits are done for a given period of time.

“We seek to reward our customers, especially Al Jawhara Account clients, with a diversified package of prizes throughout the year, in line with their interests. We also provide them with the safest and the most innovative banking services,” stated Bader AlJanah, Consumer Banking Group at National Bank of Kuwait, while commenting on the quarterly draw.

“We are committed to develop the money-saving culture among the different categories of the retail clients, which will reflect positively on our products and services. Al Jawhara Account is one of the key tools that boost the money-saving culture,” AlJanah added.

In addition to the draws, Al Jawhara Account gives customers access to many features and benefits which include a free NBK Visa Debit Card that can be used anywhere around the word,

Since 2012, NBK has rewarded loyal customers with prizes worth a total of up to KD 2,200,000 annually through its weekly, monthly and quarterly Al Jawhara draws.

In addition to its attractive and most innovative and safe products and services, NBK is committed to providing customers with ongoing offers and rewards in line with the needs and lifestyles of its customers.