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.


KAUST honors 243 students at graduation ceremony

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KAUST honors 243 students at graduation ceremony

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) awarded 243 master’s degree and Ph.D. candidates with their diplomas during its ninth commencement ceremony on the KAUST campus on Friday. 

The ceremony was presided over by members of the KAUST Board of Trustees, including Board Chairman Khalid A. Al-Falih, minister of energy, industry and mineral resources and chairman of Saudi Aramco, and attended by senior KAUST leadership and faculty members. 

Commencement 2018 highlights included the official inauguration of KAUST’s third president, Dr. Tony Chan, and conferral of the university’s first honorary doctoral degree to Ali Ibrahim Al-Naimi, former chairman of the KAUST board of trustees, former minister of petroleum and mineral resources and commencement 2018 speaker. The event also included remarks by 2018 student speaker and KAUST Ph.D. graduate Nada Aljassim, the first KAUST Gifted Student Program participant to receive her Ph.D. from the university. 

In his chairman’s address, Al-Falih said the event was “an occasion … to mark a number of milestones and celebrations … In the past year alone, KAUST has … achieved important advances in research, education, innovation and talent, all while making an impact … in Saudi Arabia and globally.” 

“KAUST has taken its place on the world’s scientific and academic landscape,” Al-Naimi said. “Ideas and innovations (from KAUST) … make a difference when they soar above our nation and around the world.” 

“As a university, we are looking forward to our next decade,” said President Chan, a member of the university’s Board of Trustees for seven years. “In my new position, I am really looking forward to the opportunity and challenge and becoming engaged with Saudi society in general.” 

President Chan noted one aim of his presidency is “to align KAUST’s mission with the Kingdom’s priorities — and in particular Vision 2030. The Kingdom is moving to diversifying the economy and toward innovation and technology, which align with KAUST.” 

Chan said: “We have formed a NEOM Center of Excellence at KAUST with the express purpose of working together with NEOM. One of our senior faculty members, Professor Carlos Duarte, is on the advisory board for the Red Sea Project. We have a KAUST Red Sea Research Center and we are located next to the Red Sea, which is a treasure for the Kingdom. We consider it one of our missions to support the projects going on in the Kingdom.” 

“KAUST is still very young, but we see ourselves as contributing to the innovation and economic development of the country and the development of human talent,” he added.