TVTC and Siemens bolster workforce development in line with Vision 2030

The collaboration agreement was signed by Ahmad Fahad Al-Fahaid, governor of TVTC, and Joe Kaeser, president and CEO of Siemens AG.
Updated 07 May 2017
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TVTC and Siemens bolster workforce development in line with Vision 2030

The Technical and Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC) in Saudi Arabia and Siemens signed a collaboration agreement to pioneer the implementation of a vocational education concept, introduce the Siemens Mechatronics curriculum to the Saudi Arabian education system and drive leadership excellence among vocational training managers in the Kingdom.
The collaboration agreement was signed by Ahmad Fahad Al-Fahaid, governor of TVTC, and Joe Kaeser, president and CEO of Siemens AG, in the presence of King Salman and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
The collaboration agreement will pioneer the implementation of a vocational education concept, modelled around the German dual education system, and see Saudi students being trained in electrical, mechanical and business administration disciplines. Furthermore, Siemens will introduce its Mechatronics curriculum to the Saudi Arabian education system and cooperate with TVTC to drive leadership excellence among vocational training managers across the Kingdom.
Al-Fahaid said: “I strongly believe that the Saudi youth are our most valuable assets and their potential must be realized on the path to Vision 2030. With this agreement we are providing a platform through which they can hone their skills and be counted among tomorrow’s industrial leaders and experts. The collaboration with Siemens will contribute significantly toward developing the skill sets that are required by a diversified Saudi economy.”
Arja Talakar, CEO of Siemens Saudi Arabia, said: “The German dual education system combines theoretical, practical and on-the-job phases in an interwoven approach that provides graduates with a certified profession. Siemens has a proven track record in exporting and adapting this vocational education approach in several countries, and our courses are constantly being updated in a way that prepares young people for the challenges of digitalization.”
The MoU outlines the focus areas that will drive the strong partnership between TVTC and Siemens. Firstly, the strategic intent to jointly roll out the first phase of a vocational training concept, starting later this year, is very much aligned with the Kingdom’s goal to significantly increase the number of Saudi citizens that are enrolled in vocational training programs — from 104,000 to 950,000 by 2020.
Secondly, the imperative to diversify the Saudi economy presents an opportunity to pioneer the implementation of Siemens’ Mechatronics curriculum and prepare Saudi youth for the workplace of the future. Today, companies are increasingly deploying more complex manufacturing, transport, water and energy technologies to secure their competitiveness, drive efficiencies and address growing demand.


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).”