Ever since our first branch was established in Jeddah by Citibank in 1955, we have upheld a history of excellence. Samba came into being through a Royal Decree in 1980 and has now expanded into one of the foremost financial institutions in the Middle East.

Our journey


Citibank opens Jeddah Branch.


Citibank opens Riyadh Branch.


Citibank becomes Saudi American Bank following a Royal Decree. Citibank retains 40% ownership and manages the bank through a Technical Management Agreement. The remaining majority shareholding was owned by Saudi.


Samba opens its first international branch in London, UK.


Citibank reduces its shareholding to 30%.


Samba merges with United Saudi Bank creating one of the largest financial institutions in the Middle East, of which Citibank owned 22.83%.


Citibank reduces its shareholding to 20%.


The Technical Management Agreement with Citibank ends and Samba comes under full local management on October 31, 2003. To mark this important milestone, the business is officially renamed Samba Financial Group or Samba - a name that its loyal customers


Citibank sells its last remaining 20% shareholding to local investors.

  • Samba acquires a majority stake (68.4%) in Crescent Commercial Bank in Pakistan,
  • Obtains a branch banking license to operate in Dubai.
  • Samba creates Samba Capital, a new specialized investment house in Saudi Arabia.

Samba Financial Group launches a new Corporate Social Responsibility strategy with a series of training programs for university and institute graduates to promote their employment opportunities through comprehensive training courses.


Samba opens its branch in Qatar, becoming the first Saudi bank to establish a presence in Qatar with core operations including corporate and investment bankin