Hussein Hatata receives commendation at World Travel Awards in Morocco

Updated 29 December 2015
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Hussein Hatata receives commendation at World Travel Awards in Morocco

The crème de la creme of the travel industry gathered at Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort in Morocco on Dec.12 to honor individuals and companies for their distinctive contribution to international hospitality at the World Travel Awards 2015.
Guests of honor at the event included Moroccan Minister of Tourism Lahcen Haddad and Maldives Minister of Tourism Moosa Zameer.
The awards celebrate the personalities and commercial successes of the travel industry.
At the 2015 ceremony, the World Travel Awards Academy honored Hussein Hatata, VP, hospitality division, Al Khozama Management Company, whom they considered to be one of the industry’s most influential characters.
Named as the World's Leading Exemplary Hotel Personality, Hatata has been formally recognized for his distinctive contribution to hospitality excellence over the past years.
Hatata is a seasoned hospitality professional with almost four decades of experience. Over the last 10 years, Hatata has been instrumental in developing and activating Al Khozama’s expansion strategy at a domestic and international level.
A holder of a Bachelor’s degree in hotel management, after studying at Lausanne Hotel Management School, Hatata has completed management programs at the US-based Cornell University and the American Hotel & Motel Association’s hotel operations program.
Hatata commented: “It is with great honor that I receive the award bestowed on me by the World Travel Awards Academy. I have long admired the World Travel Awards as an institution and recognize the value and accreditation it brings to the industry. Throughout my career I have been privileged to work with an excellent team and witness the great strides and developments in the hospitality industry.”
World Travel Awards President Graham Cooke said: “This special award recognizes Hatata’s contribution as equal to a company. His visionary approach has made it possible for the group to have 10 properties under its hotel management portfolio.”


SABB becomes ICAEW authorized training employer

Updated 26 June 2019
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SABB becomes ICAEW authorized training employer

The Saudi British Bank (SABB) has joined forces with Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW) to become the first bank in the Kingdom to be an ICAEW authorized training employer. The partnership will help SABB attract and retain talented individuals by offering ICAEW’s ACA qualification.

The new partnership is part of the SABB’s strategy to become a best-in-class international finance organization, but most importantly by supporting the Saudi Vision 2030. By providing Saudi nationals access to internationally recognized qualifications and training, supporting development of their skills and abilities, SABB aims to help them achieve a better future that matches their qualifications and ambitions.

Matthew Pearce, chief financial officer at SABB, said: “By partnering with a world-leading accountancy and finance organization that maintains the highest professional standards, SABB is very proud to become the first bank in the Kingdom to be an authorized training employer with ICAEW. This partnership aligns with SABB’s vision and strategy to be internationally connected while developing Saudi nationals and supporting Vision 2030.”

Completing the ACA qualification enables professionals to use the title “ICAEW Chartered Accountant.” 

Michael Armstrong FCA, ICAEW regional director, Middle East, Africa and South Asia, said: “ICAEW works with employers to support the professional development of their teams. In Saudi Arabia, ICAEW works alongside the national profession to complement the important national accountancy qualification and equip finance talent with the broad range of technical knowledge and professional skills they need to make a great contribution to their organizations. 

“As an authorized training employer, SABB will be able to prepare employees for the internationally recognized ACA qualification. Throughout the world, our training partners benefit from being able to attract the best talent and develop the next generation of business leaders. Our partnership with SABB underscores its commitment to remain at the forefront of the fast-paced banking industry and contribute to the growth of Saudi Arabia’s financial services industry.”