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National Bank of Kuwait (NBK)

Foundation of National Bank of Kuwait started in 1952 when a prominent Kuwaiti merchant went to the British Bank of the ME to open a Letter of Guarantee for the amount of 10,000 Indian Rupees, (which is equivalent today to 750 KD). Much to his surprise, his request was rejected, on the condition he provides a guarantor. This well known merchant was shocked and appalled by the treatment that he had received, and news of this was all over town.

This incident gave rise to the question and the idea of having a national bank with a mission to serve the national needs as its priority, help the economic growth of the country, and look after the savings of its clients. In fact, a meeting was held with the late Amir of Kuwait, H.H. Sheikh Abdullah Al-Salem Al-Sabah, who congratulated them on the idea and promised them his complete support. An Amiri decree was issued on May 19, 1952 to open the National Bank of Kuwait, and NBK started operations on November 15th 1952.

Since its incorporation in 1952 as the first indigenous bank and the first shareholding company in the entire Gulf region, NBK has been known as ‘The Bank You Know And Trust’. Thanks to the recognized excellence of its very stable management along with its unequivocal strategy, consistent profitability, high asset quality and strong capitalization, NBK, throughout the years, succeeded in building an advanced banking institution that offers a full spectrum of innovative and unrivalled financial and investment services and solutions to inpiduals, corporate and institutional clients. NBK enjoys a dominant market share with a large and ever expanding local and regional clientele. NBK also boasts the largest overseas branch network spanning many of the world financial and business centers

NBK's Vision:

  • To be the premier Arab Bank
  • To achieve consistently superior return for our shareholders
  • To deliver world-class products and services to our customers
  • Invest in people
  • Benefit the communities in which we operate

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