Emirates welcomes its 100th A380 aircraft with special deals

Emirates Airbus A380
Updated 16 September 2017
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Emirates welcomes its 100th A380 aircraft with special deals

Emirates will celebrate a milestone in aviation history when it welcomes the delivery of its 100th A380 aircraft later this year. The airline is calling Saudi travelers to join in the celebration with special fares to the Middle East, Southeast Asia, Indian Ocean, Europe, UK and North America.
Bookings have to be made from Tuesday to Sept. 21, for travel between Friday and Dec. 7.
Celebratory A380 fares to popular destinations from Saudi Arabia include Dubai, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Maldives, Munich, Paris, London, Canada, Los Angeles and New York while prices start from SR880 ($235) for economy class and SR3,480 for business class.
The Emirates A380 has been in service for over nine years, and Emirates claims to be the world’s largest operator of the aircraft. The airline now operates A380 flights to 48 destinations across six continents, almost a third of its global network. This year Emirates introduced the A380 on routes to Sao Paulo, Casablanca and Nice.
On the Emirates A380, first class passengers can relax in one of 14 flat-bed, massage-equipped private suites. The cabin also has two onboard shower spas. Business class passengers can relax in seats that convert to flat beds up to 87 inches long, whilst those traveling in economy class can stretch out in seats with a pitch of up to 33 inches. Across all classes, travelers can enjoy a selection of over 2,500 channels on its inflight entertainment system, ice. The airline said its newest version of the Emirates A380 features the widest individual in-seat economy class screens in the industry, measuring in at 13.3 inches.
Emirates operates to four gateways in Saudi Arabia: Riyadh, Jeddah, Dammam and Madinah utilising its Boeing and Airbus fleet.


Ascott spearheads Saudi recruitment drive

Updated 18 June 2019
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Ascott spearheads Saudi recruitment drive

The Ascott Limited is developing its training program across the group’s properties in Jeddah, whereby high-achieving Saudi nationals are trained in the array of skills needed to succeed in top managerial positions within the Kingdom’s burgeoning hospitality sector. 

To be eligible to join Ascott’s Saudi Graduate Program, Saudi graduates must have at least a bachelor’s degree with honors and be willing to learn and develop their career within an international group. The program comprises theory and practical training across all departments and is followed by overseas training in one of Ascott’s properties.

“We’re in the midst of an exciting period of growth in Saudi Arabia,” said Vincent Miccolis, Ascott’s regional GM for the Middle East, Africa, Turkey and India. “The Kingdom’s tourism industry is growing at an exponential rate and is creating many new jobs within the hospitality sector. We launched Ascott’s Saudi Graduate Program in line with the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage to promote, nurture and develop this valuable homegrown pool of young talent and offer successful individuals a dynamic career path within the Ascott group.

“In just a short amount of time the program has made a significant impact. Our turnover ratio of Saudi colleagues has fallen from 58 percent in 2016 to less than 15 percent to date in 2019; staff loyalty has been positively affected and guest satisfaction levels have increased. What’s more, Ascott Sari Jeddah was recently named as Saudi Arabia’s Leading Serviced Apartments 2019 for the second consecutive year in the annual World Travel Awards.

“We are also proud to announce that one of our current trainees who will shortly take on the running of a property, is female. A key element of Saudi Vision 2030 is job diversification and women’s access to the employment market, and at Ascott we are committed to playing an active role in making this a reality,” added Miccolis.

From on-the-job training in housekeeping, handling reservations, checking-in and checking-out procedures and managing VIP guests, Ascott’s graduates must master the day-to-day facets of how to run an international-standard serviced residence, in addition to behind-the-scenes essentials such as HR, sales and marketing, finance and procurement. 

While the Saudi Graduate Program is currently available only within Ascott’s Jeddah cluster of properties, plans are in the pipeline to roll out the scheme to all of the group’s residences in the Kingdom, including Riyadh, Alkhobar and Abha.

Ascott’s Jeddah properties include Ascott Tahlia Jeddah, Ascott Sari Jeddah, Citadines Al-Salamah Jeddah and Spectrums Residence Jeddah.

The Ascott Limited is a Singapore company that has grown to be one of the leading international lodging owner-operators. It has more than 58,000 operating units in key cities of the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, as well as over 42,000 units, which are under development, making a total of more than 100,000 units in over 660 properties.