The National Bank of Oman (NBO) opened its spectacular new headquarters building at a glittering function last week.
The unveiling ceremony was held at a special event under the auspices of His Highness Sayyid Asaad bin Tareq al Said, Deputy Prime Minister for International Relations and Cooperation Affairs and Personnal Representative of His Majesty the Sultan.
For more than four decades, NBO has continuously invested in strategically important pillars of the economy, and embraced its key roles and responsibilities to help improve and add value to communities across the country.
The bank’s decision to build a new head office, located opposite the Grand Mosque, and between the airport and City Centre, was a vote of confidence in the future of Oman’s banking industry, and testament to the wisdom and leadership of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said.
The unique celebration took place on November 8 as Oman leads into its 47th National Day.
The bank wanted to commemorate this landmark achievement for the country by honouring its progression with the unveiling of its new head office — a symbolic of a step in the same direction.
Addressing the guests, Sayyidah Rawan al Said, Chairperson of NBO, said: “Today is not just a celebration for National Bank of Oman, it is a spectacular occasion for everybody across the Sultanate. It is an absolute honour to be a part of this milestone, in what is a vote of confidence in the strength of the people and the wisdom and leadership of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said. This building is emblematic of our resilience, and testament to our commitment, conviction and unshakeable faith in the future of this country.”
In the bank’s show of commitment to driving innovation and demonstrating technological leadership, the Sultanate’s first 3D light projection was displayed on the building for all the guests to see, visually articulating the new headquarters’ journey from concept to completion
Ahmed al Musalmi, CEO of NBO, said: “This new facility has been inspired by the country’s world-famous landscape while showcasing the key cultural elements that define Oman. It is a prestigious new landmark on Muscat’s skyline, and is the platform for the next era of NBO’s growth. We look forward to serving our nation and our customers from our new world-class headquarters, while creating a truly exceptional work environment for our employees as we continue to drive our vision to be the ‘bank of choice’ forward.”
From its new home, NBO will continue to drive innovation, support entrepreneurs, finance education programmes, promote Omani sport, and help organise assistance for the least able in the community. The bank remains fully committed to making a positive impact and helping to transform the Sultanate to a sustainable knowledge-based society.
Founded in 1973, National Bank of Oman was the Sultanate’s first local bank.
Today, it is one of the largest institutions in Oman offering financial solutions to fulfil the needs of its customers. The unveiling of the new headquarters is representative of a new era for the bank, as it continues on its mission to deliver a consistently superior customer service, drive value for its shareholders, and contribute to the nation’s growth and prosperity for many years to come.
The bank has had an international presence in the UAE (Abu Dhabi) and Egypt for over 10 years. NBO is also the only Omani bank licensed to operate in Dubai, and has a significant competitive advantage for the development of its international operations.