UAE minister opens ArabPlast 2019 in Dubai

Dr. Abdullah bin Mohammed Belhaif Al-Nuaimi, UAE minister of infrastructure development, toured the exhibition.
Updated 07 January 2019
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UAE minister opens ArabPlast 2019 in Dubai

Dr. Abdullah bin Mohammed Belhaif Al-Nuaimi, UAE minister of infrastructure development, opened on Sunday at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Center ArabPlast 2019, the biggest plastics, petrochemicals and rubber industry exhibition in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. 

“Petrochemicals, plastic and rubber are the key drivers of the economic growth for any country, and exhibitions such as ArabPlast not only offer a strategic platform for participants and visitors to explore groundbreaking solutions and cutting-edge technologies, but also serve as a medium to promote international alliances and sales,” said Al-Nuaimi.

Petrochemicals, components derived from oil and gas are used in all sorts of daily products including packaging, plastics, clothing, detergents, tires and much more.

According to a study by International Energy Agency (IEA), petrochemicals are becoming the largest drivers of global oil demand, in front of cars, planes and trucks.

“Most economies rely on petrochemicals given how prevalent they are in everyday products. The Gulf has a high potential to grow, given the advancement surrounding the petrochemical industry,” said Satish Khanna, general manager, Al-Fajer Information and Services, organizers of ArabPlast 2019.


Ascott spearheads Saudi recruitment drive

Updated 18 June 2019
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Ascott spearheads Saudi recruitment drive

The Ascott Limited is developing its training program across the group’s properties in Jeddah, whereby high-achieving Saudi nationals are trained in the array of skills needed to succeed in top managerial positions within the Kingdom’s burgeoning hospitality sector. 

To be eligible to join Ascott’s Saudi Graduate Program, Saudi graduates must have at least a bachelor’s degree with honors and be willing to learn and develop their career within an international group. The program comprises theory and practical training across all departments and is followed by overseas training in one of Ascott’s properties.

“We’re in the midst of an exciting period of growth in Saudi Arabia,” said Vincent Miccolis, Ascott’s regional GM for the Middle East, Africa, Turkey and India. “The Kingdom’s tourism industry is growing at an exponential rate and is creating many new jobs within the hospitality sector. We launched Ascott’s Saudi Graduate Program in line with the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage to promote, nurture and develop this valuable homegrown pool of young talent and offer successful individuals a dynamic career path within the Ascott group.

“In just a short amount of time the program has made a significant impact. Our turnover ratio of Saudi colleagues has fallen from 58 percent in 2016 to less than 15 percent to date in 2019; staff loyalty has been positively affected and guest satisfaction levels have increased. What’s more, Ascott Sari Jeddah was recently named as Saudi Arabia’s Leading Serviced Apartments 2019 for the second consecutive year in the annual World Travel Awards.

“We are also proud to announce that one of our current trainees who will shortly take on the running of a property, is female. A key element of Saudi Vision 2030 is job diversification and women’s access to the employment market, and at Ascott we are committed to playing an active role in making this a reality,” added Miccolis.

From on-the-job training in housekeeping, handling reservations, checking-in and checking-out procedures and managing VIP guests, Ascott’s graduates must master the day-to-day facets of how to run an international-standard serviced residence, in addition to behind-the-scenes essentials such as HR, sales and marketing, finance and procurement. 

While the Saudi Graduate Program is currently available only within Ascott’s Jeddah cluster of properties, plans are in the pipeline to roll out the scheme to all of the group’s residences in the Kingdom, including Riyadh, Alkhobar and Abha.

Ascott’s Jeddah properties include Ascott Tahlia Jeddah, Ascott Sari Jeddah, Citadines Al-Salamah Jeddah and Spectrums Residence Jeddah.

The Ascott Limited is a Singapore company that has grown to be one of the leading international lodging owner-operators. It has more than 58,000 operating units in key cities of the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, as well as over 42,000 units, which are under development, making a total of more than 100,000 units in over 660 properties.