Siemens builds partnerships to advance training in line with Saudi Vision 2030

The first generation of gas turbine experts briefing Khalid Al-Falih, minister of energy, industry and mineral resources, at the Siemens Dammam Energy Hub.
Updated 25 October 2016
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Siemens builds partnerships to advance training in line with Saudi Vision 2030

Vision 2030 is providing the momentum to propel the nation Saudi Arabia toward a new era of prosperity and the government is therefore working side-by-side with the private sector in fields such as education and training, infrastructure and health care.
It is in the context of this emerging scenario that Siemens has been building partnerships to advance education and training in line with Vision 2030.
Arja Talakar, CEO, Siemens Saudi Arabia, says: “The National Transformation Program (NTP 2020) aims to increase the number of young Saudi citizens enrolled in vocational training programs from 104,000 to 950,000.”
Vision 2030 aims to realize a more competitive and skilled Saudi labor force. From a baseline of 7 percent, the Kingdom is targeting 12.5 percent of high school graduates to be in vocational training programs by 2020.
A recent feasibility study confirmed a widening skills gap equivalent to 65,000 full-time skilled workers in the Kingdom’s energy sector over the next two decades.
This prompted the establishment of a National Power Academy (NPA) to substantially address the skills requirements across the energy value chain.
Siemens is a founding stakeholder of the NPA and is therefore working closely with Saudi Aramco, Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) and the Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC).”
Siemens Saudi Arabia’s HR Head Waleed Hefni said: “Siemens thinks and acts in the interests of future generations because responsible conduct is the only way to balance long-term growth with the aspirations of Saudi Arabia. The development of our youth is especially important in achieving the goals of Vision 2030 and further strengthening the Kingdom’s position as a major global player.”
Together with its local shareholder and partner, E.A. Juffali & Bros, the company is leveraging its collective strength in support of Vision 2030 because ultimately what is important to Saudi Arabia matters to Siemens, the company stated.


Marriott hotel, apartments open in Riyadh’s DQ

Updated 21 March 2019
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Marriott hotel, apartments open in Riyadh’s DQ

Marriott International and Dur Hospitality this week celebrated the opening of the Riyadh Marriott Hotel Diplomatic Quarter and Marriott Executive Apartments Riyadh, Diplomatic Quarter. The complex is strategically located in the heart of one of the most sought-after areas in the city with easy access to key embassies and major corporate headquarters, and a 30-minute drive from King Khalid International Airport. 

“We are delighted to enhance our footprint in Saudi Arabia with the opening of two strategically important hotels that not only complement each other but also deliver very distinct brand experiences. Saudi Arabia continues to be one of our key markets and we are delighted to further strengthen our partnership with Dur Hospitality,” said Alex Kyriakidis, president and managing director, Middle East and Africa, Marriott International.

The hotel is inspired by Wadi Hanifa, a beautiful desert oasis running through Riyadh. The low-rise hotel resembles the smooth, dry canyon walls that make for a dramatic arrival experience. Once you step inside, the waterways guide the way into the building, ushering guests through the arrival court into the palm-dotted oasis in the hotel’s courtyard. Planted cacti, flowering vines, plentiful blooming desert flora and native date palm trees create a calming ambiance, providing shade from the desert sun. 

The complex is the first five-star full service hotel in the Diplomatic Quarter and features 80 spacious modern rooms, and 140 fully equipped apartments. The deluxe rooms feature modern décor and ample work space, allowing guests to stay connected with in-room technology, including high-speed WiFi and bedside USB outlets. Guests staying in one of the six Premium Suites or the Presidential Suite can enrich their experience in the M Club Lounge offering an international buffet, hors d’oeuvre and local specialties 24 hours a day. 

The Riyadh Marriott Hotel Diplomatic Quarter houses three dining venues, Goji Kitchen — an all-day dining destination, a la carte restaurant Mesquite and Agave Café located in the lobby. The hotel offers multiple recreational areas surrounded by lush greenery. 

Muin Serhan, general manager of Marriott Hotels in Riyadh, said: “The opening of Marriott Riyadh and Marriott Executive Apartments Riyadh Diplomatic Quarter is considered an important milestone in our developing journey in the hospitality field; we are keen to provide a very special experience to our valuable guests whatever they are traveling for — business or leisure.”

He added: “And we are very proud to be part of the new Marriott travel program ‘Marriott Bonvoy,’ built on the belief that travel enriches its members and the world around them. Launching in February 2019, Marriott Bonvoy replaces Marriott Rewards, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG).”