FAB granted commercial banking licence in Saudi Arabia

Tuesday 20 March 2018
Abu Dhabi - MENA Herald:

First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB), the UAE’s largest bank and one of the world’s largest and safest financial institutions, has secured a licence from the Saudi Arabia Monetary Authority (SAMA) to establish a commercial banking business in KSA as part of its organic growth strategy.

The current licence allows FAB to operate up to three branches across the Kingdom, and follows the recent approval from the Capital Market Authority (CMA) for the bank to establish an investment banking subsidiary in Saudi Arabia, FAB Investment KSA.

Commenting on the licence, His Highness Sheikh Tahnoon Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of FAB, said: “We are very proud to announce this approval to extend our corporate and personal banking franchises to Saudi Arabia, which is an important milestone for FAB and a key element of our evolving international strategy. In light of the recent securities licence approval secured earlier this year, FAB is moving forward with the next phase of our growth plan for the KSA market. By providing new opportunities for customers in the region to grow stronger, this new addition to the banking landscape will be another catalyst for the continued advancement of the KSA economic agenda, and will further reinforce the UAE and Saudi Arabia’s solid relationship.”

Abdulhamid Saeed, Group CEO of FAB, said: “I would like to express my gratitude to the Saudi Arabia Monetary Authority for their continuous support and for providing us with the licence in record time. This is a fantastic development for the FAB Group, which complements the investment banking licence we received in February and allows us to provide a comprehensive proposition to customers throughout the Kingdom. These developments give us the platform to tap into the region’s largest economy with the full strength and capabilities of the FAB offering, and build on the strong potential of the KSA market. We’re confident that our expansion into Saudi Arabia will enhance our regional presence and will provide an important contribution to our international network, as we continue to meet the needs of our customers and help them to grow stronger.”

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