Abdul Latif Jameel Land, Al-Muhaidib launch Muheel

Mohammed Abdul Latif Jameel, chairman of Abdul Latif Jameel, left; and Essam A.K. Al-Muhaidib, CEO of Al-Muhaidib, during the launch of Muheel company.
Updated 20 February 2019

Abdul Latif Jameel Land, Al-Muhaidib launch Muheel

Abdul Latif Jameel Land and Al-Muhaidib Group have launched a new joint venture — Muheel — an integrated facilities management company (IFM) in Saudi Arabia. Headquartered in Jeddah, Muheel aims to become one of the leading IFM companies in the Kingdom and across the Middle East.

The partnership is aligned with one of the core goals of Saudi Vision 2030, which is to create a thriving economy open for business, enabling the growth and international competitiveness of the national economy.

The partnership also reflects Abdul Latif Jameel Land’s commitment to expanding its breadth of capabilities into the facilities management sector as part of its strategy to become a leading player in the regional property and property services market. The partnership builds upon the extensive 40-year IFM experience and expertise of Al-Muhaidib Group.

Muheel aims to support vital economic growth industries including oil and gas, education, aviation, health care, infrastructure, government as well as commercial and residential sectors, delivering IFM services across Saudi Arabia’s rapidly diversifying economy.

The 1,600-staff company is led by CEO Jason Ruehland.

Essam A.K. Al-Muhaidib, CEO of Al-Muhaidib, said: “Our combined understanding of the successful growth and diversification of Al-Muhaidib Group and Abdul Latif Jameel is central to the strategy and future success of this partnership. We are confident that Muheel represents the best of both companies in approach, and name, and I’m confident that it will quickly become synonymous with high-quality service delivery in Saudi Arabia.”

Mohammed Abdul Latif Jameel, chairman and CEO of Abdul Latif Jameel, said: “Abdul Latif Jameel and Al-Muhaidib share a commitment to delivering high-quality, innovative solutions for clients. There are many players — big and small — in facilities management, but there is a demand in the market for a true one-stop, integrated solutions provider. The new venture is addressing this requirement, bringing our shared values and commitment to excellence to the facilities management sector in Saudi Arabia and beyond.”

Robotic-assisted surgery at JHAH a first for Kingdom

Updated 23 June 2019

Robotic-assisted surgery at JHAH a first for Kingdom

Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare (JHAH) has become the first hospital in Saudi Arabia to perform a robotic-assisted hysterectomy using fluorescent dye.

“The precision achieved through the use of robotic-assisted surgery has multiple benefits for patients,” said Dr. Turky Al-Rujaib, JHAH gynecologic oncologist, who along with Dr. Fahad Al-Mulhim, gynecologist, performed the procedure for endometrial cancer. “Women whose hysterectomies are robotic-assisted surgeries have less pain and blood loss, shorter hospital stays, require fewer narcotics and recover more quickly.”

JHAH’s robotic surgery program began in December 2016 when Dr. Tareq M. Al-Tartir, JHAH sub-specialist surgeon, and his team collaborated with Dr. Mohamad Allaf, professor of urology, oncology and biomedical engineering at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine (JHSoM) and director of minimally invasive urology, and his team. They jointly conducted the first surgeries in the Kingdom using the da Vinci Xi robotic surgical system. The program has since expanded and includes gynecological surgeries and bariatric surgery.

“This successful operation could not have been done without the support of the JHAH robotic team,” said Dr. Al-Mulhim. “We are pleased to report the patient is recovering well. This is a tremendous achievement that going forward will improve the outcomes for many of our patients here at JHAH.”

The robot’s “hands” have a high degree of dexterity, allowing surgeons the ability to operate in very tight spaces, for example the pelvis, that would otherwise only be accessible through open surgery with long incisions. Life after surgery is improved with this technique as there is minimal scarring, fewer postoperative complications and often a faster return to normal activities. 

JHAH is the result of a joint venture between Saudi Aramco, a world leader in energy, and Johns Hopkins Medicine, one of the world’s leading academic health systems. This health care organization is designed to drive and enhance the well-being of the community in an environment of growth and learning, by providing innovative, integrated and patient-centered care to Saudi Aramco’s employees and health care beneficiaries.