IHCC wins ‘Best Work Environment Award’ in KSA

International Hospitals Construction Co. (IHCC) is a turnkey solutions provider that specializes in health care, education and mixed-use projects.
Updated 05 February 2019

IHCC wins ‘Best Work Environment Award’ in KSA

International Hospitals Construction Co. (IHCC), a turnkey solutions provider that specializes in health care, education and mixed-use projects, has won the “Best Work Environment Award” in Saudi Arabia. The award introduced by “Great Place to Work” evaluates the applicants’ HR standards and practices, and their role in improving the work environments, to decide the winner in each sector. The winners are selected through a questionnaire on job satisfaction filled out by company staff. It evaluates justice, respect, pride and cooperation.

The “Best Work Environment Award” aims to identify the best working environments in local enterprises that are capable of attracting and developing national cadres of young men and women, empowering Saudi women and enhancing the efficiency of the labor market. The classification of enterprises is based on best working environments, reflecting the extent of their impact and the strength of their performance in the sector.

IHCC was chosen from 120 participating companies in all sectors of small- and medium-sized companies representing the private and public sectors as well as nonprofitable sectors.

Sultan Batterjee, CEO of IHCC, praised the staff and management of the company. “It is high time we won this prestigious award. Our primary conviction is that the role of human capital is paramount and that everyone has the opportunity to improve and develop professionally. We are proud that we have been members of IHCC team for several decades, many of us are involved at the senior management level. Our company has a workforce constituting different nationalities and sharing their opinions and experiences are an important part of our development.”

He said encouraging and rewarding the human element and maintaining a good working environment are some of the main pillars of the company’s values. 

“We believe that we are one of the most advanced entities in following these principles. I am very happy to achieve high rates in the Saudization process through which almost half of the human element is from our nation. IHCC will continue to promote this environment by developing training, career development and employment policies that motivate employees to do their best,” Batterjee added.

IHCC has more than 25 years of experience as a design-build company in the MENA region with extensive knowledge and experience in delivering turnkey solution projects. The company manages projects from inception to completion, including comprehensive feasibility studies, conceptualization, architectural and engineering design to civil and electro-mechanical construction, financing including complete procurement, equipping, furnishing and installation and operational management services.

Resort in Oman offers camping adventures

Updated 19 August 2019

Resort in Oman offers camping adventures

Al-Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara in southern Oman has unveiled its new Luxe Mobile Camping Adventures. In collaboration with travel specialist Oman Expeditions, this offering is the first bespoke luxury mobile camping experience to take guests across the diverse terrain of the Dhofar province from the mountains to the desert to the sea. 

Set between a relaxing stay at the beachside resort in Salalah, the camping adventures offer tailored itineraries of varying lengths. Activities and camp locations allow guests to discover a wilderness of star-studded skies, vast deserts, rugged mountains and long, empty beaches. Southern Oman is said to be an uncharted destination and one of the only places where the true culture of old Arabia is still alive.

Drawing on the vast country knowledge and experience of Oman Expedition’s founder Sean Nelson, these new experiences weave in the rich, traditional heritage and magnificent natural environment of the region to create rare and memorable expeditions for resort guests while continuing to provide the luxury and comfort they desire. 

A former officer in the British Royal Marines and Royal Army of Oman’s Desert Regiment, Nelson has been nominated annually for the Conde Nast Top Travel Specialist for Oman since 2012. A leading private travel specialist, he is renowned for his rich and varied experience of the country. Before setting up Oman Expeditions, Nelson founded Hud Hud Travels in 2006, Oman’s northern-based provider of professionally run private luxury camps and events. 

Traveling via luxury 4x4 vehicles, a sample itinerary would include two nights camping with three days of various activities. Guests may choose to venture deep into the most remote parts of the world’s largest sand desert to find peace and solitude amidst magnificent sweeping dunes reaching up to 200 meters in the Empty Quarter. For a seaside option, guests can camp on a stretch of wild and secluded beach along the Dhofar coastline where they will encounter an array of wildlife including spinner dolphins, green turtles and coastal bird life as well as swim and snorkel in the crystal clear water 30 meters from their tent. In the foothills of the Dhofar mountains, guests can step back in time on a trek with camels along the same ancient frankincense trading routes that these prized animals have been following for over 2,000 years.

Oman Expeditions also brings together Dhofar’s top local contacts from guides, drivers and chefs to camel herders, artisans and religious scholars to ensure clients have an enriching and authentic experience. In addition, expeditions are accompanied by members of the Mahrah, a tribe who have traveled along frankincense trading routes with their camels since the time of the Queen of Sheba.