Al-Akaria launches women-only panoramic elevator

Al-Akaria is a leading Saudi real estate development company.
Updated 08 November 2017
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Al-Akaria launches women-only panoramic elevator

Al-Akaria, a leading Saudi real estate development company, has launched a panoramic elevator dedicated to women in a commercial center in Olaya. The move aims to enhance the number of elevators for employees and visitors and to ensure privacy for female employees and trainees.
The new elevator also aims to meet the needs of Al-Akaria's clients from companies and business firms.
“Al-Akaria has continuously upgraded its services, maintained safety and security in its facilities using the latest safety systems. It has conducted emergency evacuation training for its employees to permanently ensure their safety. That is why Al-Akaria offices and commercial centers have become a permanent destination for business owners, shoppers and visitors,” the company said in a press statement.


Bank Al-Bilad leaders benefit from Ashridge program

Updated 19 July 2018
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Bank Al-Bilad leaders benefit from Ashridge program

More than 20 senior leaders from Bank Al-Bilad recently participated in an Ashridge Executive Education Leadership Development Program in Riyadh. With a focus on building 21st century leadership capabilities, this highly experiential and practical learning approach helped leaders communicate their strategic vision, set direction and develop high-performing teams to succeed within the dynamic and fast-moving Saudi banking sector.
With over 20 years of experience in developing regional business leaders, Ashridge delivered a highly customized program, designed not only to address the specific challenges facing the bank’s leaders today, but also to unlock emerging opportunities in the future.
Haitham Al-Medainy, general manager of Bank Al-Bilad, said: “Banking executives must constantly evolve their strategic platforms to keep pace with emerging challenges. In our sector, change is constant — from changing regulations to economic movements — and our leaders need to be prepared to tackle these issues with a focus on organizational leadership. The Ashridge program combined leadership development with strategic thinking and gave them hands-on development in solving their daily business challenges.”
The program was led by Ashridge’s international faculty team of Colin Williams and Tony MacRae. “This was an exciting collaborative partnership with Bank Al-Bilad, and a great opportunity to engage with and develop the bank’s leaders around their essential leadership and strategic capabilities necessary to successfully compete in today’s complex and challenging marketplace,” they said in a statement.
Established in 1959, Ashridge is a leading business school for working professionals with an international reputation for leadership development. It is among the 1 percent of business schools globally accredited by AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB; these are the highly regarded benchmarks of quality and standards in business education worldwide.
Each year it works with over 6,000 managers from 850 organizations in 60 countries by helping them to develop their leadership capabilities.
Regionally, Ashridge has over 20 years’ experience in the Middle East, designing and delivering senior leadership assessment and development projects.