The National Bank of Dubai or NBD as it is commonly known, is the largest bank in the Middle East. It was formed in October 2007 with the amalgamation of UAE’s second and fourth largest banks creating a bank with the largest asset base in the region. Currently the bank has operations everywhere in the UAE with 141 branches, in Saudi Arabia, the UK and Jersey and has offices in India, Iran and Singapore and provides commercial banking products and services. The bank is made up of several core companies and a slew of subsidiary and associate companies. It is recognized as an outstanding private bank in the UAE.
The Head Quarters of the National Bank of Dubai in Deira is one of the Dubai Creek’s most recognisable buildings. At 125 meters and 47 floors above ground it is Deira’s tallest building. Designed by Carlos Ott and completed in 1998 it houses office space, banking facilities and underground parking for staff. The unique building serves as an iconic symbol for the financial district of the city state. The architect is said to have been inspired by the sails of a dhow, the traditional sailing vessels of the region. The bronze / gold glass curtain wall representing the sail appears to billow in the breeze between two granite faced towers on either side housing the elevators representing the masts. The main banking hall below in glazed green glass is said to represent the water of the gulf. The building is seen at its best at sunset when the changing colours are reflected on its curtain wall and takes on a surreal aspect particularly viewed from a boat on the creek. It is said to be one of the most photographed buildings in the city and is one of the buildings that set off the trend in the construction of super tall buildings in the city. An interesting fact about the building is that about 6 kg of gold went into getting the colour of the glass curtain wall right. Although many more striking and taller buildings have been constructed in the city the NBD head quarters remains one of the most striking and much viewed buildings in Dubai.
Housed in a 65 floor tower the Millennium Plaza Hotel Dubai is the newest addition to the city’s luxury hotel category. Its location on Sheik Zayed Road, easy access to transport facilities and its collection of 413 spacious guest rooms and suites all with fantastic city views, makes this one of the top 5 star hotels Dubai has in store for its visitors. Whether on a business trip or a shopping expedition take advantage of the special offers at one of eminent Dubai luxury hotels and experience its excellent facilities and amenities.
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