Saudi university teams up with HRCI for Vision 2030

The University of Business and Technology (UBT) and its Continuing Education Center (CEC) in Jeddah will soon offer international human resource management credentials from HRCI.
Updated 17 January 2018
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Saudi university teams up with HRCI for Vision 2030

The University of Business and Technology (UBT) and its Continuing Education Center (CEC) in Jeddah has announced it will soon offer international human resource management credentials from the HR Certification Institute (HRCI), provider of the HR credentials for professionals in more than 100 countries.
Credentials from Alexandria, Virginia-based HRCI include US-based and internationally focused designations that recognize various levels of HR professional excellence in the US and abroad. Providing international HRCI certifications and certification preparation expands the university’s executive education offerings in response to the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 mission to raise the standards of HR performance in the public and private sectors.
“The HR body of knowledge is essential for driving business results through the establishment of performance management standards, employee training and development, leadership development and the creation of work environments that provide equal opportunities for all workers,” said Amy Schabacker Dufrane, SPHR, CAE, CEO of HRCI. “The UBT CEC alliance will greatly expand the reach of HRCI certifications and HR excellence in Saudi Arabia and the Middle East.”
UBT CEC will initially offer the Associate Professional in Human Resources — International (aPHRi) to its university seniors and MBA students with a major in human resources. The university will also make the Professional in Human Resources — International (PHRi) and Senior Professional in Human Resources — International (SPHRi) available to HR professional candidates and senior professional candidates with strategic HR leadership roles.
No prerequisite HR experience is required for candidates to apply for the aPHRi, a knowledge-based certification. The PHRi and SPHRi, which demonstrate knowledge and practice-based competencies, require prerequisite levels of HR experience and education. Certification candidates must also demonstrate HR knowledge and competency by successfully passing HRCI exams. Certification preparation courses will also be available from UBT CEC. “The highly reputed, credible and career-oriented certifications from HRCI will offer significant added value to HR professionals in line with the country’s Vision 2030,” said Amir Dhia, UBT CEC director. “To address the strategies, challenges and changes of work, human resources, more than ever, is a top priority for organizations and management, whether in Saudi Arabia or elsewhere around the world.”


Lamborghini wows luxury car show in Jeddah

Updated 24 March 2019
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Lamborghini wows luxury car show in Jeddah

Lamborghini Saudi Arabia participated in the EXCS International Luxury Motor Show, which was held in Jeddah March 14-17.
Wayne Banoub, COO of Samaco Automotive Company, the exclusive dealer of Lamborghini in the Kingdom, said: “Lamborghini cars are known worldwide as one of the most sophisticated cars, this famous brand has wide recognition in Saudi Arabia in particular and in the region in general; in view of its deep roots, elegance and development, it is one of the first luxury car brands that appeared in the Saudi market.”
Banoub said Lamborghini’s sales have doubled in Saudi Arabia since Samaco acquired its distribution rights last year.
“Over the years, this brand has played hard to fortify its place in the market and achieve a substantial portion in the market of luxury sports cars. Since Samaco got its dealership in Saudi Arabia, its sales have doubled and even exceeded our quota.”
Launched in 2018, the Urus is the world’s first sport SUV, delivering best-in-class lightweight technologies, with innovation in design and engineering.
The Urus features a 4.0 liter V8 twin-turbo engine delivering 650 hp at 6,000 rpm, maximum 6,800 rpm, and 850 Nm of maximum torque already at 2,250 rpm. With 162.7 hp/l, the Urus claims one of the highest power outputs in its class and the best weight-to-power ratio.
Claimed as the Nürburgring-Nordschleife production car record holder, completing a 20.6 km lap in just 6:44.97 minutes, the Aventador SVJ is fitted with a naturally aspirated V12 engine which produces 770 HP and torque of 720 Nm partied with a 7-speed automatic transmission model ISR.
The Aventador SVJ is designed to achieve high performance and accelerates from 0 to 100 km/hour in 2.8 seconds with a top speed of 350 km/hour. The car is limited to 900 production units only.
The 12th edition of EXCS was held amid intense competition in the Saudi luxury car sector. The motor show provides a platform for luxury car companies and dealers in Saudi Arabia to showcase the latest models that arrived in the Kingdom during the year.
The luxury car sector is one of the fastest growing sectors of the automotive industry in Saudi Arabia, thanks to the increasing demand for this category of vehicles.
Lamborghini Car Owners Club organized a visit for a number of the club members to Lamborghini’s pavilion at the International Luxury Motor Show, where they interacted with other visitors, discussing the many features of Lamborghini cars.