Huawei to feature at Saudi-Chinese job fair

During the job fair, 70 participants of Huawei’s Future Leaders Program were awarded graduation certificates.
Updated 18 September 2018
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Huawei to feature at Saudi-Chinese job fair

Huawei, a global provider of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure and smart devices, recently took part in the Saudi-Chinese job fair to promote the employment prospects of Saudi nationals. During the job fair, 70 participants of Huawei’s Future Leaders Program were awarded graduation certificates from Dennis Zhang, CEO of Huawei Saudi Arabia.

“We are committed to supporting Saudi Arabia as it forges ahead on the road to digital transformation,” said Zhang.

The Chinese Embassy collaborated with the Saudi Center for International Strategic Partnerships (SCISP) to jointly organize this recruitment fair in Riyadh. The aim of the initiative is to increase Chinese-Saudi cooperation and promote China’s contribution in the fields of employment, talent cultivation and knowledge transfer. 

One key example for such contribution is Huawei’s Future Leaders Program, an initiative which provides technical education to Saudi nationals, particularly fresh university graduates, in order to prepare them to become engaged members of the workforce in line with Saudi Vision 2030. The program provides students with three months of technical training and hands-on practice on ICT projects. 

At the end of their training, students have the possibility to become official Huawei employees.

Since the start of the program in 2016, Huawei has graduated four batches of students comprising a total of 125 trainees. Out of the total graduates, 97 percent were hired as official employees at Huawei.

Yassir Abdel Rahman Al-Dahim, executive vice president of the SCISP, said: “We are grateful to Huawei for their outstanding contribution to promoting the employment prospects of fresh graduates, and their activities in talent cultivation and knowledge transfer for young Saudis.”

Li Huashin, ambassador of China to Saudi Arabia, said: “The Saudi-Chinese job fair is another example of the close relationship between China and Saudi Arabia, and I am proud of Huawei’s commitment to implementing its social responsibility programs in aiding the development of Saudi youth.”

Faisal Ayad Al-Otaibi, HR and Future Leaders Project director, Huawei Tech Investment Saudi Arabia, said: “As a Saudi national myself, I am proud to play a role in providing the youth of my country with opportunities and creating a generation ready to build a better tomorrow.”


Marriott hotel, apartments open in Riyadh’s DQ

Updated 21 March 2019
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Marriott hotel, apartments open in Riyadh’s DQ

Marriott International and Dur Hospitality this week celebrated the opening of the Riyadh Marriott Hotel Diplomatic Quarter and Marriott Executive Apartments Riyadh, Diplomatic Quarter. The complex is strategically located in the heart of one of the most sought-after areas in the city with easy access to key embassies and major corporate headquarters, and a 30-minute drive from King Khalid International Airport. 

“We are delighted to enhance our footprint in Saudi Arabia with the opening of two strategically important hotels that not only complement each other but also deliver very distinct brand experiences. Saudi Arabia continues to be one of our key markets and we are delighted to further strengthen our partnership with Dur Hospitality,” said Alex Kyriakidis, president and managing director, Middle East and Africa, Marriott International.

The hotel is inspired by Wadi Hanifa, a beautiful desert oasis running through Riyadh. The low-rise hotel resembles the smooth, dry canyon walls that make for a dramatic arrival experience. Once you step inside, the waterways guide the way into the building, ushering guests through the arrival court into the palm-dotted oasis in the hotel’s courtyard. Planted cacti, flowering vines, plentiful blooming desert flora and native date palm trees create a calming ambiance, providing shade from the desert sun. 

The complex is the first five-star full service hotel in the Diplomatic Quarter and features 80 spacious modern rooms, and 140 fully equipped apartments. The deluxe rooms feature modern décor and ample work space, allowing guests to stay connected with in-room technology, including high-speed WiFi and bedside USB outlets. Guests staying in one of the six Premium Suites or the Presidential Suite can enrich their experience in the M Club Lounge offering an international buffet, hors d’oeuvre and local specialties 24 hours a day. 

The Riyadh Marriott Hotel Diplomatic Quarter houses three dining venues, Goji Kitchen — an all-day dining destination, a la carte restaurant Mesquite and Agave Café located in the lobby. The hotel offers multiple recreational areas surrounded by lush greenery. 

Muin Serhan, general manager of Marriott Hotels in Riyadh, said: “The opening of Marriott Riyadh and Marriott Executive Apartments Riyadh Diplomatic Quarter is considered an important milestone in our developing journey in the hospitality field; we are keen to provide a very special experience to our valuable guests whatever they are traveling for — business or leisure.”

He added: “And we are very proud to be part of the new Marriott travel program ‘Marriott Bonvoy,’ built on the belief that travel enriches its members and the world around them. Launching in February 2019, Marriott Bonvoy replaces Marriott Rewards, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG).”