Many Saudis to participate in Dubai meet to explore ‘power within people’

Updated 08 February 2014
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Many Saudis to participate in Dubai meet to explore ‘power within people’

The 12th International Arabian Society of Human Resource Management (ASHRM) Conference and Exhibition is expected to attract participation of several personalities from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Abdulhadi Al-Mansoori, president of ASHRM told Arab News.
To be held under the patronage of Sheikh Majid bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, the event will take place in Dubai from Feb. 10-13, 2014 in Atlantis Hotel, The Palm Jumeirah.
The four-day function will focus on “The Power Within People; the Engine of Transformation” that aims to provide professionals in corporations and educational institutions as well as businessmen, students and academics in the field of human resources development and management the opportunity to connect, exchange experiences and provide an insight into Human Resource (HR) best practices and case studies with leading international figures.
He said that the senior HR figures from SABIC (Saudi Basic Industries Corporation) and Saudi ARAMCO from Saudi Arabia will participate with other high profile figures which also feature Kenexa CEO Rudy Karsan and Twitter co-creator Dom Sagola, LinkedIn’s Ben Casnocha and Patrick Harverson, Prince Charles’s former PR chief. Former BBC News journalist Gavin Esler will be facilitating the event.
“The organizing committee is pleased of His Highness Sheikh Majid Bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum’s patronage of the 12th International ASHRM Conference. We have come a very long way over the past decade and are now recognized as being the Arab world’s only dedicated HR conference,” said Al-Mansoori.
Adel Al-Mulhim, media and relations director of ASHRM, said they have secured a brilliant list of global speakers that he is really looking forward to hosting in Dubai next month and that they are ready to welcome the delegates to host the best HR conference in the region to date.


LuLu opens Saudi Arabia's largest store in Riyadh

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LuLu opens Saudi Arabia's largest store in Riyadh

JEDDAH: LuLu Group recently opened its 150th hypermarket in Riyadh. It was inaugurated by Ibrahim Al-Omer, governor of Saudi General Investment Authority (SAGIA); Ibrahim Al-Suwail, deputy governor of SAGIA; along with Sheikh Shakhbout bin Nahyan Al-Nahyan, UAE ambassador to Saudi Arabia; Yusuff Ali M.A., LuLu Group chairman; Shehim Mohammed, LuLu Saudi director; and other dignitaries and royal family members.
Located at the newly launched Atyaf Mall in Yarmouk, the hypermarket, the 13th in the country and the Kingdom’s largest, is spread across 220,000-square-feet.
Yusuff Ali M.A. said: “We are absolutely delighted to open our group’s 150th and Saudi Arabia’s 13 hypermarket in Riyadh and I am sure the shoppers here will be pleased by the new retail experience we have created. Through our internationally sourced quality products and enthusiastic staff, LuLu has been the most preferred destination for different nationalities and we will continue to preserve this identity with our new store.”
He added: “We see tremendous growth opportunities in the Kingdom and are glad to be part of the Vision 2030 by further expanding our presence here. We will open another 15 hypermarkets by 2020 at an investment of SR1 billion ($266 million) out of which five will be opened this year itself. This includes three hypermarkets in Riyadh followed by one each in Tabuk and Dammam. This is apart from the SR1 billion we have already invested in the Kingdom till now.”
The group currently employs more than 3,000 Saudi nationals, out of which 1,400 are women, amounting to 40 percent of Saudization.
“Our goal is to give employment to 6,000 Saudi nationals by the end of 2020. We have a very elaborate and effective multi-level training program, through which we not only train them here but also send the local recruits to other regions in the GCC and India for training in various departments. We have also tied up with Saudi vocational institutions and universities in this regard,” the LuLu Group chairman said.