TheFace: Nedaa Zohair Fatani, hospitality executive

Nedaa Zohair Fatani an assistant convention manager at the Jabal Omar Hilton Makkah Convention Hotel. (AN photo by Ziyad Alarfaj)
Updated 03 February 2019
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TheFace: Nedaa Zohair Fatani, hospitality executive

  • With the support of her husband and family, her dream of working in hospitality has become a reality

Nedaa Zohair Fatani During my university years, I opted for a career in hospitality, a sector not widely popular among my fellow Saudi female students.

But I was energetic and ambitious, and I viewed the industry as offering me the opportunity to expand my horizons.

With the support of my husband and family, my dream of working in hospitality has become a reality. 

I am now an assistant convention manager at the Jabal Omar Hilton Makkah Convention Hotel. I am very passionate about my job, and I am enjoying the challenge of working for an organization that strives to become the best in the business. I have found that one of the key aids to running a successful business is networking. 

I enrolled in the Oxford School of Hospitality Management at Oxford Brookes University, in the UK, and graduated in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in international hospitality management. I took advantage of the knowledge gained from my university studies to start my career at the entry level, working at the InterContinental London Park Lane Hotel.

Working at such a prestigious hotel provided me with unparalleled experience and set me on the way to becoming a hotelier.

During my employment at the luxury flagship hotel in London, I moved between different departments, each time gaining a better understanding of the workings of the industry and the requirement for professionalism and high standards.

I learned how to deal with guests and create my own personal touch. Meeting with more than 70 nationalities taught me how to celebrate cultural differences and develop the skills to work in group settings with people from a range of backgrounds.

I was honored to be chosen as the first Saudi female to be nominated and to take part in the Hilton’s Shine 4D manager development program. It aims to provide industry staff with the support and skills needed to build self-confidence during their climb up the hospitality career ladder. 

My work experience in London was different from my time in Makkah. I believe that working in such a well-organized, feverish environment taught me how to become a leader and influence others to join the field of hospitality. Both experiences taught me that.

With the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 reform plan and Saudi government support for the hospitality sector and tourism, I feel the industry offers a great career-building opportunity. 


Hajj Ministry: More than 7.46m Umrah visas issued so far

Updated 25 May 2019
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Hajj Ministry: More than 7.46m Umrah visas issued so far

  • The largest number of pilgrims are from Pakistan
  • The Vision 2030 reform plan aims to attract more than 30 million Umrah pilgrims, and provide them with excellent services and an outstanding experience

RIYADH: The number of Umrah visas issued this year has reached 7,463,259, of which 6,964,943 pilgrims have arrived in the Kingdom, according to data provided by the Hajj Ministry.
There are 925,246 pilgrims still in the Kingdom, with 679,929 in Makkah and 245,317 in Madinah, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
Most pilgrims — 6,185,504 — came to the Kingdom by air, while 671,356 entered by land and 108,083 arrived by sea.
The largest number of pilgrims are from Pakistan (1,530,855) followed by Indonesia (934,827), India (635,675), Egypt (524,728), Algeria (353,425), Yemen (323,083), Turkey (300,517), Malaysia (26,9554), Iraq (268,179) and Jordan (194,908).
The weekly data also included the number of Saudi staff within Umrah companies and institutions. They are 10,852 Saudis including 8,978 males and 1,874 females.
Developing Hajj and Umrah organizations and services in the Kingdom is among the top priorities of the Saudi government.
The Vision 2030 reform plan aims to attract more than 30 million Umrah pilgrims, and provide them with excellent services and an outstanding experience.