Al-Muhaidib Group advances its digital transformation strategy

From right, Ahmed Al-Faifi, managing director, SAP Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Yemen; Abdulkareem Al-Khalawi, vice president of IT, Al-Muhaidib Group; Steve Tzikakis, president of Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) South, SAP; and Bassel Alomari, senior strategic sales executive — consumer, wholesale, life sciences industries, SAP Saudi Arabia.
Updated 18 December 2017

Al-Muhaidib Group advances its digital transformation strategy

One of the Kingdom’s largest conglomerates and investment companies, Al-Muhaidib Group, launched its digital business strategy, with digital transformation enabler SAP in an enterprise agreement signed by Abdulkareem Al-Khalawi, vice president of IT at Al-Muhaidib Group, and Steve Tzikakis, president of Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) South at SAP.
Al-Muhaidib Group is undergoing digital transformation across its 93 affiliates, covering five key sectors: Building materials, food, contracting, utilities and infrastructure and real estate.
This is in line with the Saudi Vision 2030, which is calling on private sector contribution to GDP to grow from 40 percent to 65 percent.
As part of its digital transformation, Al-Muhaidib Group’s eight largest entities will run on the SAP HANA in-memory platform.
“Saudi’s largest organizations need to run in real-time to enhance their business competitiveness. Using SAP HANA, Al-Muhaidib Group now has the real-time analytics to ensure our customers have the right products at the right time. We have enhanced our performance, improved our reporting time, and can better fuel our regional and international expansion,” said VP Al-Khalawi.
One of the oldest and largest conglomerates in the Kingdom, Al-Muhaidib Group was founded in 1943. Its most prominent investments include Mayar Foods, Savola Group, Masdar Building Materials and Thabat Construction, Saudi Tharwa in real estate, and ACWA Holding.
“Al-Muhaidib Group is at the cutting edge of Saudi organizations undergoing digital transformation. Conglomerates are the lifeblood of the Saudi economy, across a wide range of industry verticals. SAP is committed to exchanging global best practices in enabling Saudi Vision 2030’s nationwide digital transformation and private sector companies to take their business plans to the next level,” said Ahmed Al-Faifi, managing director, SAP Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Yemen.

DHL KSA ‘best place to work’ in Saudi Arabia

Updated 22 January 2019

DHL KSA ‘best place to work’ in Saudi Arabia

DHL Saudi Arabia has been recognized as the “best place to work” in Saudi Arabia in 2018 by a survey undertaken by the American Institute “Best Places to Work.” The initiative conducts surveys that collect employee-provided information on companies in 60 countries around the world and then evaluates them on a country-by-country basis. 

What makes this achievement outstanding is that DHL was ranked first among other top companies that were awarded the “Best Places to Work” certification.

“This recognition is not just an award but a testament to employee satisfaction at DHL Saudi Arabia,” said Faysal El-Hajjami, country general manager. “We are very proud to be named as the ‘best place to work’ in Saudi Arabia, especially as it is based on the assessments of our own workforce in comparison with others in the Kingdom.”

El-Hajjami said the award is a reflection of the efforts put into DHL Arabia’s strategic plan to become the “employer of choice” in Saudi Arabia through the implementation of a well-structured motivation program designed to empower employees and engage their hearts and minds in providing extraordinary service to its customers at every step of the supply chain.

Participating companies agree to conduct the Employee Engagement and Satisfaction survey that asks 36 questions across eight areas, including leadership, compensation and benefits, corporate social responsibility, employee engagement, personal growth, HR practices and the workplace. The HR assessment presents 154 questions across six categories, including information about the company, HR practices, personal growth, engagement, well-being and leadership. 

The initiative provides companies an opportunity to learn more about the engagement and satisfaction of their employees while ultimately celebrating companies whose employees say they are engaged in their work and feel connected to their place of employment.

DHL is a leading global brand in the logistics industry. Its portfolio of services include national and international parcel delivery, e-commerce shipping and fulfillment solutions, international express, road, air and ocean transport, and industrial supply chain management. “With about 350,000 employees in more than 220 countries and territories worldwide, DHL connects people and businesses securely and reliably, enabling global trade flows,” a press statement said. 

The “Best Places To Work” program certifies and recognizes leading workplaces in many countries including leading programs in Africa, Europe, Middle East and Asia. The program focuses on eight workplace factors including workplace culture, opportunities for growth and overall employee satisfaction with the company’s people practices. An HR audit is also conducted to examine HR practices within the organization.