CORPORATE REBRANDING VIVA Bahrain has changed its corporate identity to STC Bahrain, referring back to its parent Saudi Telecom Company. Speaking at the rebrand event, Eng Nezar Banabeela, CEO of STC Bahrain, stressed that the move will further contribute to achieving the company’s vision to lead the digital transformation in Bahrain, by focusing on growth in new unconventional paths and providing digital solutions that enrich the lives of its customers, as well as providing innovative services and products that enable the business sector to operate more effectively and economically. Since its launch, as VIVA, in 2010, STC Bahrain is credited with revolutionising Bahrain’s telecom landscape with investments worth BD700 million in infrastructure and resources thereby contributing to the Kingdom’s ICT development and growth. Concluding the announcement on brand transformation, Eng Nezar Banabeela said: “We are excited about the new future ahead of us and the opportunities that it has to offer. Together with STC group, we are committed to bringing greater dimension and richness to Bahrain’s social and economic development as we continue to advance Bahrain’s digital future.”
A NEW CUPPA
Costa Coffee, the iconic UK-based coffee shop company, and Al Zayani Investments Group, have announced a new franchise partnership. The newly established Al Zayani Investments F&B arm – Al Zayani Foods SPC, has been granted exclusive development rights to Costa Coffee in the Kingdom. The first store under the new partnership, which opened at the beginning of the month in Bahrain City Centre, will reflect local tastes and preferences, including homegrown specialities and twists on old classics, backed by talented baristas, great service and an ambience of comfort. Al Zayani Foods will be building new Costa Coffee stores across Bahrain which reflect these joint values and commitment to great tasting coffee.
BEST BANK Bahrain-based GFH Financial Group (GFH) was named Best Islamic Investment Bank at the Performance Awards 2019 which were part of the 26th Annual World Islamic Banking Conference (WIBC) held under the patronage of HRH the Prime Minister, Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa. The honours, which are based on objective data sourced from nominated institutions, are the flagship awards for WIBC and are granted to the top financial institutions based on their aggregate performance scores against multiple measures on a global and regional level. Each financial institution receives an aggregate score based on financial stability, financial performance and governance and social responsibility. Award recipients are those that secure the top aggregate score at the global and regional level. Those that make it in the top 10 at the global level and top five at the regional level are nominated.
OPEN FOR BUSINESS Esol Education’s American School of Bahrain (ASB) has commenced enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year, offering children in the Kingdom a top-tier international education within its state-of-the-art facility. With an expansive 60,000sq/m campus catering to 1,200 students, ASB will be home to one of the most advanced learning environments in Bahrain. Located in Wadi Al Buhair, near the Bahrain National Stadium, the premium K-12 American preparatory school is set to open its doors in September 2020 with a challenging standards-based US curriculum, leading to the option of an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma in Grades 11 and 12. 46 January 2020
ASB is a joint venture between Esol Education and Elm Education Fund, a Bahrain-based education platform, established by Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Company. www.bahrainthismonth.com
January 2020 ~ Vol.24 ~ Issue 1 - Your guide to a great way of life