Alshaya supports Saudization goals

Alshaya’s portfolio of global retail brands includes Debenhams, a British multinational retailer operating under a department store format.
Updated 08 September 2018
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Alshaya supports Saudization goals

In support of Saudi Vision 2030, and its related call for diversification of youth employment opportunities in the Saudi private sector, Alshaya International Trading Company, a leading international franchise operator, has this week announced excellent progress in the hiring of Saudi retail staff in all customer-facing roles.

Following the government’s announcement of further nationalization targets early in 2018, Alshaya has delivered a compelling recruitment campaign designed to showcase the opportunities of a career in the fast-growing retail sector. 

Over 3,250 successful applicants have been offered roles within Alshaya’s portfolio of leading global retail brands, which includes Mothercare, Debenhams, H&M, American Eagle Outfitters, Victoria’s Secret, Bath & Body Works, Starbucks, West Elm and Vision Express. 

The company said in a statement that Alshaya strongly supports the creation of private sector employment and learning opportunities for young Arabs across the region, and that it has supported Saudi nationalization initiatives for many years as the retail sector has evolved. 

“We have worked in close cooperation with the Ministry of Labor over recent months to support the latest government targets and are delighted with the progress we are making in attracting Saudi nationals to our business. 

We have been very impressed with the caliber of talent and the passion for development that candidates have demonstrated,” said Faisal Alshaya, general manager, Alshaya International Trading Company.

The company’s current recruitment drive in the Kingdom builds on its existing success in employing Saudi nationals — over 5,000 Saudis now work for the company.

Alshaya has supported their development through dedicated retail academies in Riyadh at the Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University, in Jeddah and Dammam, as well as through learning programs and knowledge transfer, which is helping aspirational Saudi men and women develop new skills and grow their career with the company. 

Saudi nationals who want to pursue a career with Alshaya can discover more by visiting www.careers.alshaya.com/ksa-nationalization 

Alshaya International Trading Co. is a leading international franchise operator of some of the world’s most recognized retail brands including Starbucks, H&M, Mothercare, Debenhams, American Eagle Outfitters, P.F. Chang’s, The Cheesecake Factory, Victoria’s Secret, Boots and Pottery Barn. 

The company operates stores across diverse customer sectors: Fashion and footwear, health and beauty, food, optics, pharmacy and home furnishings.


Zain advocates ‘New Kuwait’ vision at GITEX

Zain’s dedicated booth at the GITEX Technology Week. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 16 October 2018
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Zain advocates ‘New Kuwait’ vision at GITEX

Zain Kuwait inaugurated its dedicated booth at the Gulf Information Technology Exhibition (GITEX Technology Week 2018). The international event is hosted in Dubai until Oct. 18, where technology leaders and pioneers gather under one roof for five days to showcase the latest tech applications that will enrich the digital world’s revolution. 

The opening ceremony witnessed the visit of Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, crown prince of Dubai and chairman of the Executive Council of Dubai, where he was welcomed by Zain Group’s Vice Chairman and Group CEO Bader Nasser Al-Kharafi and Zain Kuwait’s Chief Executive Officer Eaman Al-Roudhan. The ceremony was attended by Kuwaiti Consul General in Dubai Diab Al-Rashidi, as well as Zain’s executive management and strategic partners from global firms.

During his tour at Zain’s booth, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed expressed his admiration of the role Zain plays in transforming the telecom sector in the Middle East, as well as the company’s efforts in advancing innovation within the enterprise sector that witnesses constant leaps of change in the region’s markets. 

GITEX Technology Week, organized by the Dubai World Trade Center and featuring the biggest global companies, organizations, and entities from the telecom and IT industry, is considered one of the biggest events in the industry around world. 

Through its participation in GITEX, Zain aims to showcase its capabilities as an active partner in achieving the goals of the Kuwait National Development Plan (New Kuwait 2035) that stems from Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah’s conceptualized vision of a new Kuwait by 2035, which is based on five expected outcomes and seven key pillars. Through its booth at GITEX, Zain provides the technologies required under each of the seven pillars to achieve the goals of the Kuwait National Development Plan. 

At GITEX, Zain offers its latest innovative solutions based on the seven pillars of the Kuwait National Development Plan, which are Smart Security, Smart Education, Smart Health, Smart Mobility, Smart Living, Smart Economy, and Smart Infrastructure. 

The smart solutions Zain showcases at GITEX include solutions for Smart Security, like access control, identity management, mass notification, video surveillance, intercampus communications, and business intelligence. Solutions for Smart Education include connected classrooms and virtual classrooms. Solutions for Smart Health include remote chronic illness management, remote medical collaboration solutions, health care cloud services, and more. 

Zain’s smart solutions also feature solutions for Smart Mobility, including smart parking, remote monitoring, and smart public signage. Solutions for Smart Living include smart districts, energy management, facility management, smart metering, smart lighting, smart benches, digital signage, and smart waste bins. Smart Economy solutions include the smart investment platform, E-Wallet, payment platform, and smart retail. Finally, Smart Infrastructure solutions include the integrated DNX Platform, which enables all individual services to run in a cohesive environment, and synergizes across applications by fusing data and analysis to provide a 360-degree platform view for digital service development, management, and operations.