Doha, 6 November, 2019 – QNB Group, the largest financial institution in the Middle East and Africa, has recently signed a contract with Porsche Centre Doha to install a number of electric vehicle charging stations at its Head Office and selected branches.
The move was one of a number of initiatives launched during Qatar Sustainability Week as part of the Group’s sustainability program. Commenting on the installation of the charging stations, Mr. Abdulla Kamal, General Manager Group Administration & General Services from QNB, said: “We are pleased to sign the contract with Porsche Doha for the installation of the charging stations in Head Office and selected branches as part of our joint sustainability efforts which will help facilitate the growth of low emission vehicles for the benefit of the environment.”
He added: “This is only one of the many projects and initiatives our Bank is undertaking in partnership with leading organizations in Qatar and across our international network to promote sustainability, considering it an inseparable part of our strategy, and as one of the pillars of the Qatar National Vision 2030.”
On his part, Salman Jassem Al Darwish, Chairman and CEO of Porsche Centre Doha, Al Boraq Automobiles Co. w.l.l said: “It is important that we support the country’s vision around the shift towards electric mobility now and in the coming years. We are delighted to be the first automotive manufacturer to work with QNB to ensure owners have the opportunity to conveniently charge their EVs during a visit at its headquarters and branches.”
He adds: “With our first destination charging station, we’re facing the future head-on here in Qatar and prepare for the arrival of the all-new Taycan next year. Our first fully electric model is a true Porsche for the age of electromobility. The newly installed charging station is part of ‘Porsche Destination Charging’ facilities in Qatar that is connected with a Global Porsche network.”
Porsche Centre Doha, Al Boraq Automobiles Co. w.l.l., currently has three charging stations, one at each of the organization’s locations. QNB’s partnership with Porsche Doha is part the Group’s ongoing plan to enhance the ownership of electric vehicles (EV) in the country, which guarantees the reduction of air pollution levels and a smaller carbon footprint. Located at the QNB’s head office building on Corniche Road, the 11-kW charger, which is compatible with a range of EVs, will be available to staff and members of the public.
QNB Group’s presence through its subsidiaries and associate companies extends to more than 31 countries across three continents providing a comprehensive range of advanced products and services. The total number of employees is more than 29,000 operating through 1,100 locations, with an ATM network of more than 4,300 machines.