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
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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.


Dhaka-bound passengers from Jeddah reach home

Updated 24 May 2018
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Dhaka-bound passengers from Jeddah reach home

  • All 141 passengers and 10 crew members onboard were evacuated safely, and were cared for by the airline’s ground operations team and airport personnel.
Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia), the national flag carrier of the Kingdom, greeted passengers returning to Dhaka following a brief stay in Jeddah due to an irregular occurrence on one of its aircraft.
Flight SV3818 operating from Madinah to Dhaka on Monday diverted to Jeddah for an emergency landing due to nose gear malfunction, which became apparent mid-flight. The aircraft was an Airbus A330-200, wet-leased to Saudia.
All 141 passengers and 10 crew members onboard were evacuated safely, and were cared for by the airline’s ground operations team and airport personnel.
Upon concluding all safety and health checks, the passengers were cleared to fly the next day. The Saudia ground operations team conducted all formalities and clearances in order for the guests to fly to Dhaka at 7:30 p.m. Jeddah local time on Tuesday.
Greeting the guests at King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah prior to departure was Director General of Saudi Arabian Airlines, Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser, along with representatives from the airline, civil aviation authority and crew.
“Saudia thanks the onboard crew, General Authority of Civil Aviation, and King Abdul Aziz International Airport control for providing their cohesive, full support and cooperation during the event,” the airline said in a statement.
The flight arrived in Dhaka at 4:48 a.m. Dhaka time on Wednesday where they were met by the Saudia country manager and the station staff.
Currently in its 73rd year of operations, Saudia is a member of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the Arab Air Carriers Organization (AACO).
The airline currently flies to 90 destinations across four continents with a fleet of 147 narrow and widebody aircraft.
At the 2017 Skytrax Awards held at the Paris Air Show, Saudia was awarded the “World’s Most Improved Airline” of the year.