KUWAIT: In celebration of Kuwaiti customs and traditions, and in support of small and medium-sized enterprises, Gulf Bank is organizing a weekly "Naqsat Al-Khamis" initiative on Thursdays during Ramadan. Gulf Bank is collaborating with various Kuwaiti restaurants and bakeries as part of an ongoing series of community events that the Bank hosts for customers and the local community throughout Ramadan.

"By reviving this authentic Kuwaiti custom, we aim to communicate with our local community during the holy month. At the same time, the initiative is a wonderful opportunity to support bakeries and restaurants by helping them to market and advertise their products," said Duaa Sheshtari, Senior Corporate Communications Officer at Gulf Bank.

She indicated that the Bank has collaborated with multiple shops and bakeries in preparing "Naqsat Al-Khamis" during Ramadan, an initiative that has been widely greeted and by members of the local community who are eager to encourage young entrepreneurs.

She noted that "Naqsat Al-Khamis," a valuable local custom, has evolved from its earlier form of distributing simple dishes of home food, and embodies the spirit of brotherhood and neighborly love. Today, the custom is also celebrated by major community institutions, including Gulf Bank in collaboration with SMEs, and falls within Gulf Bank's framework of goals to communicate with the local community and distribute SME products to individuals and families.

Shashtari also noted that "Naqsat Al-Khamis" is one of the charitable events organized by Gulf Bank during the holy month of Ramadan. The initiative reflects the Bank's sixty year-long history of serving the local community, and highlights Gulf Bank's role in Kuwait's economic and social history.

Shashtari reiterated Gulf Bank's keenness to promote and implement various sustainability initiatives at the environmental, societal and economic levels, in keeping with the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the national development plan (Kuwait Vision 2035), and Gulf Bank's 2025 Strategy.

Gulf Bank's vision is to be the leading Kuwaiti Bank of the Future. The Bank is constantly engaging and empowering its employees as part of an inclusive and diversified workplace in recognition of every employee's role in delivering customer excellence and serving the community at large. With its extensive network of branches and innovative digital services, Gulf Bank is able to give its customers the choice of how and where to conduct their banking transactions, all while ensuring a simple and seamless banking experience.

Gulf Bank is committed to maintaining a robust sustainability program at the community, economic, and environmental levels through sustainability initiatives that are strategically selected to benefit both the country and the bank. Gulf Bank supports Kuwait Vision 2035 "New Kuwait" and works with various parties to achieve it.