Salalah resort all set to welcome Khareef

Wadi Darbat Salalah is a must visit destination during the Khareef season.
Updated 18 June 2018
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Salalah resort all set to welcome Khareef

With this year’s monsoon season well underway, the Crowne Plaza Resort Salalah, owned by Oman Tourism Development Company (OMRAN) and managed by InterContinental Hotels Group, is all set to welcome the annual Khareef season.
This year, the resort was named “Oman’s Leading Resort 2018” by the World Travel Awards.
Manuel Levonian, general manager of the resort, said: “We are optimistic that this Khareef season will be different compared to last year when Cyclone Mekunu hit the Dhofar region. Many people from across the globe are more curious and eager to find out about Salalah. Hence, we anticipate a high demand of accommodations from tourists and our tailor-made packages will address the immediate needs of our guests.”
“As Cyclone Mekunu struck Salalah in the last week of May that brought heavy rains and strong winds, we are blessed that there were no major damages in our resort. This allows us to recover fast from the aftermath and accommodate early inquiries and bookings of our Khareef packages. Due to heavy rainfall, most of the terrains and mountains have started to turn to lush green earlier than expected and the natural beauty has been enhanced by overflowing springs and waterfalls.” he added.
Monsoon is a great time to visit Salalah. Hundreds of GCC nationals and locals from the north of Oman flock to Salalah to escape the soaring summer temperature. Visitors will also be able to enjoy the annual Khareef Festival that features traditional folklore, dancing and fashion shows.  
Crowne Plaza Resort Salalah is a well-recognized resort in the Dhofar region. The resort is set across 45 acres of private tropical gardens with its own stretch of pristine white sandy beach and offers 153 rooms, suites and family villas.


Pharmaceutical giant Allergan to train KSU pharmacy students

Updated 23 April 2019
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Pharmaceutical giant Allergan to train KSU pharmacy students

Global biopharmaceutical company Allergan has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with King Saud University (KSU) that focuses on developing a robust student-exchange program by facilitating training opportunities for Saudi nationals.

The agreement was signed by Ramsey Morad, Allergan’s vice president for India, Middle East and Africa, and Dr. Aws Al-Shamsan, dean of the College of Pharmacy at the university. The MoU is in line with the Kingdom’s overall efforts to drive more cooperation levels between the public and private sectors, with the underlying objective to integrate Saudi nationals into various fields within the health-care sector.

Under the agreement, Allergan will provide training courses on an annual basis for students at the College of Pharmacy as well as programs to develop their scientific and medical knowledge and align them to international industry best practices. Students will be assessed according to set parameters, and the top performers will earn an internship opportunity with the company

In addition, Allergan will run courses for faculty members at the College of Pharmacy with a focus on leadership skills.

Morad said: “We have used practical methods to express our commitment toward the Kingdom and toward the realization of Vision 2030. We are placing a very high emphasis on developing the local capabilities of Saudi nationals within the health-care sector, and this partnership with a leading university in the region is one of the steps we are taking. Saudi Arabia is at the heart of our operations in the region, and this MoU represents a key milestone in our efforts to attract the young minds of tomorrow and integrate them as core members of our Allergan team.” 

Al-Shamsan said: “We are proud to partner with Allergan to implement internationally recognized knowledge-based programs for the development of our students. With this MoU, we are focusing on the enhancement and development of the pharmaceutical sector across the Kingdom. We are guided by the mission to provide students experiences to learn from international best practices and, at the same time, work toward the improvement of the quality of the pharmaceutical sector in the Kingdom.”

Allergan said it is committed to a wide range of programs with health-care professionals, patients and national entities across the Kingdom. The company’s investments through its joint venture, Allergan Saudi Arabia, include the development of medical training centers focused on training health-care professionals in medical aesthetics.