The latest landmark to complement Muscat’s skyline took centre-stage at a special VVIP event under the auspices of H H Sayyid Asaad and is emblematic of the country’s push to achieve its wider social and economic objectives.
The bank’s decision to build a new head office was a vote of confidence in the future of Oman’s banking industry, and testament to the wisdom and leadership of His Majesty, according to a press release issued by NBO.
NBO on Thursday also organised an exclusive media tour of its new state-of-the-art headquarters for journalists.
NBO’s new headquarters is a 50,000sqm, nine-storey landmark. The building provides high-quality office space and innovative support facilities as the bank enters a new phase of growth in line with Oman’s economic diversification agenda.
Located opposite the Grand Mosque, the building reflects the landscape, architecture and culture of the sultanate. Omani stone is used in large deep blocks at the bottom to evoke the qualities of a natural landform.
The unique celebration took place on Wednesday as Oman leads into the 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. Various VVIP guests from across the sultanate were in attendance, and witnessed the unveiling of NBO’s new headquarters.
Addressing the guests, Sayyidah Rawan al Said, chairperson of NBO, said, “Today is not just a celebration for NBO, it is a spectacular occasion for everybody across the sultanate. It is an absolute honour to be a part of this milestone, which 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 headquarters, 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.