Football legend Rio Ferdinand talks travel, inflight entertainment and Dubai

Rio Ferdinand and British Airways Captain Rick Basnett enjoy a friendly kickabout outside British Airways’ First Wing in London Heathrow.
Updated 08 November 2017
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Football legend Rio Ferdinand talks travel, inflight entertainment and Dubai

Former England international and Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has been showing off some of the football skills that saw him play in three FIFA World Cups and win six Premier League titles during his trip to Dubai.
Ferdinand, who helped launch the first-ever Dubai fitness challenge, an initiative by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, crown prince of Dubai, encouraging residents to do 30 minutes of exercise for 30 days, has also spent a week in the emirate training aspiring footballers at an exclusive training program hosted by the Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach.
Ferdinand chatted with British Airways about the highlights of his Dubai trip, and urged others to follow the emirate’s lead with a city-wide fitness challenge.
“The Dubai Fitness Challenge was really fun and I was happy to be involved,” said Ferdinand. “Fitness is a way of life, you can’t just wake up and be fit. I train regularly, not just for fitness but for the mind too.”
Prior to Ferdinand’s flight to Dubai, Rio and British Airways Captain Rick Basnett enjoyed a friendly kickabout outside British Airways’ First Wing at Terminal 5 in London Heathrow, with Ferdinand displaying some of the deft touches that saw the London-born center-half earn 81 England caps.
“Your 30 minutes a day can be anywhere, as we showed in the airport. Just grab a ball, a group of friends and have a kickabout; even on your own, kick a ball against a wall, run along the beach with it. Anything, just get into the habit of being active and make it part of your routine.”
Ferdinand added: “Over the past week, I saw a city come together to encourage each other to adopt a healthier lifestyle. You don’t find such determination and leadership in many places and I’m keen to see more cities around the world, including us in London, challenge ourselves to stay fit and support each other.”
“When I fly I usually look forward to settling down and getting into a good action or thriller movie,” he said. “I’ve got into documentaries recently though and I really enjoyed I am Bolt! — the Usain Bolt documentary; he’s a massive Manchester United fan. Then I’ll most likely eat and have a snooze; I don’t think I’ve ever flown without sleeping, I always get my sleep in and put my cap over my face, hoody up and sleep.”


FNRCO signs partnership agreement with TUV NORD

The deal was signed by Ali Jaber Al-Mahan, chairman of the board of directors of FNRCO, and Jamal Al-Baeejan, CEO of FAHSS/TUV NORD Saudi Arabia.
Updated 13 November 2018
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FNRCO signs partnership agreement with TUV NORD

The First National Company for Human Resources (FNRCO) has signed a strategic partnership agreement under which it will represent the National Inspection & Technical Testing Company (TUV NORD), a company specialized in management systems, certification and HSE training in the Middle East. The agreement seeks to explore a business relationship that will bring value to FAHSS/TUV NORD, the FNRCO and its mutual customers in Saudi Arabia, in terms of HR services and recruitment of Saudi and non-Saudi cadres.

The agreement was signed by Ali Jaber Al-Mahan, chairman of the board of directors of FNRCO, and Jamal Al-Baeejan, CEO of FAHSS/TUV NORD Saudi Arabia. 

FNRCO said in a statement that the partnership is part of the company’s strategy to exchange expertise in different fields with international institutions and companies, in line with Saudi Vision 2030.

“The strategic partnership aims to enhance the levels of joint work between the two companies through the exchange of information and engage in future activities and projects in the fields of Saudi and non-Saudi HR services,” it said.

The FNRCO has considerable experience in providing business and project development services in the Kingdom.

The company is registered and licensed by the Saudi Ministry of Labor and provides training for all professional and administrative specialties under the authorization of the General Organization for Technical Education and Vocational Training. The training covers maintenance and inspection services for electrical, mechanical and electronic works for industrial, petroleum and petrochemical companies.

FNRCO works in cooperation with the Human Resources Development Fund and Saudi Ministry of Labor to support the national vision and increase the employment of Saudi nationals.