36 Saudis graduate from AbbVie’s pharma training program

Basma Al-Buhairan, managing director for health care and life sciences at SAGIA.
Updated 11 December 2017
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36 Saudis graduate from AbbVie’s pharma training program

AbbVie, a global research-driven biopharmaceutical company, has concluded its pharma training program with a graduation ceremony in Riyadh to inspire future Saudi pharmacists.
The program returned this year to train 36 female and male students from various universities across Saudi Arabia.
The five-week program comprised a series of intensive, hands-on courses to develop a range of knowledge and skills needed for successful careers as pharmacists.
Students participated in the ceremony also attended by their parents and delegates from the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA), King Saud University and Princess Nourah University at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Riyadh.
Since the program’s inception in 2015, it has trained 87 pharmacy students and graduates. In fact, a number of graduates from this year’s training have already accepted full-time positions with AbbVie.
Sari Hindi, one of the students who attended the Jeddah sessions, said: “This practical training experience was invaluable as it helped me to solidify the knowledge I had learned in the classroom and showed me, as a pharmacist, what my career potentials would be like. I’ve always been passionate about pharmacy but this experience has fueled my passion even more and helped me start my career with a global biopharmaceutical company after graduating from King Abdulaziz University. I am very excited about my new job at AbbVie to help make a remarkable impact on the lives of patients in Saudi Arabia.”
Basma Al-Buhairan, managing director for health care and life sciences at SAGIA, who addressed the graduates, said: “Learning and development in the health care sector is key in equipping young and bright Saudi talent with the tools they need to face the ever-changing dynamics of health care in Saudi Arabia. The cohort of pharmacists graduating at this event are an example of the many rising stars in Saudi pharmacy who will pave the way in helping the government achieve its Vision 2030.”
Aws Alshamsan, dean of the College of Pharmacy at King Saud University, said: “It is rewarding to see our students’ passion and flair for pharmacy being celebrated at the event today. It is our role, as a university, to prepare students with the academic and science backgrounds necessary to become pharmacists. Thanks to AbbVie, our students experienced first-hand what to expect from a career in the pharmaceutical sector as well as learned about the various career paths that await them. ”


ADIB becomes first bank to join UAEIIC

Updated 23 June 2018
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ADIB becomes first bank to join UAEIIC

Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank (ADIB), a leading financial institution, has joined the UAE International Investors Council (UAEIIC), making it the first bank in the UAE to become a member in the council. This comes following an approval from the board of directors of the UAEIIC, headed by Sultan bin Saeed Al-Mansoori, UAE minister of economy.

Through this membership, ADIB will join government decision-makers, locally and internationally, with the support of the UAE’s minster of economy, to help remove obstacles, strengthen foreign investment relations and support sustainable economic development.

Khamis Buharoon, vice chairman and acting CEO at ADIB, said: “We are proud to be the first bank to join the UAE’s Investors Council. We are also committed to the development of Emirati investments, which are critical to economic diversification and the UAE’s global economic competitiveness. Important measures have already been taken to secure support and protection and to overcome any challenges faced by Emirati investors abroad, and we look forward to playing an instrumental role in building on these efforts.”

He added: “The establishment of the UAE International Investors Council forms part of broader efforts to advance economic diversification policies that complement the expansion and growth of the UAE’s private sector as well as create a favorable environment that supports national companies investing abroad. The council provides a vital link between investors interested in promising opportunities available in countries with close ties to the UAE and governmental and semi-governmental entities to streamline the investment process. It also serves as a pillar for ensuring the protection of UAE capital abroad through advice, guidance, and logistic support.”

Jamal Saif Al-Jarwan, secretary-general of the Emirates Council for overseas investors, said: “We have the honor to join Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank as an active member of the council, which contributes to enhancing the role of the council’s working environment to support the state’s economic development and to keep pace with developments in the economic, investment and banking sectors in general, since the measure of success depended not only on financial results but also on how it dealt with the needs changing markets, innovative and sophisticated solutions that keep pace with rapid global changes and shifts in those sectors.”

He added: “Emirati investment abroad plays a vital role in more than 70 countries in the world and has a great impact on the soft and reputed power of our young state in the world, which is a great achievement and a strong demonstration of the path of investment of the Emirati investors in the right direction.”