Bupa Arabia supports female staff with day care facility

The staff to children ratio at the day care center is in accordance with the international standards, which means that each specialist corresponds to four children.
Updated 11 March 2019
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Bupa Arabia supports female staff with day care facility

Bupa Arabia for Cooperative Insurance has designed a day care facility in accordance with the international standards for its female employees who have children aged between three months and two years.

In October 2017, the Ministry of Labor and Social Development issued a ministerial resolution under Section 9 of the Labor Code for the Employment of Women, in which the employer is obliged to provide a suitable place and caretakers if there are 50 female employees or more and at least 10 children. 

Tariq Alamoudi, chief HR officer at Bupa Arabia, said the idea of workplace day care centers had been applied at Bupa Arabia in 2011 — six years before the ministerial decision, because “we strongly believe in empowering women and providing care for the children of working mothers.”

“We are delighted that Bupa Arabia supports the country’s plans to empower working women by setting up children’s day care, which is in line with the Saudi Vision 2030 and the National Transformation Program 2020,” he added.

The National Transformation Program 2020 has succeeded in supporting and empowering Saudi women and increasing their participation in the labor market by providing nurseries for working mothers within the workplace.

Many private sector companies have established nurseries within the working environment, thereby saving SR52,000 spent on private nurseries. 

According to the International Labor Organization (ILO), availability of nurseries for female employees at the workplace has played a vital role in increasing their productivity, improving their job performance and alleviating the challenges they face, especially when their monthly salary does not cover day care expenses.

Alamoudi said that Bupa Arabia has designed its day care based on international standards, without charging any additional fees to its employees.

“Bupa Arabia has succeeded in providing an intelligent model to support its working mothers through Saudi women, who have had prior experience of working with children and teaching positive behaviors. Therefore, it is essential for them to have advanced certificates in Montessori education, an approved certificate from the Ministry of Education, first-aid license, training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation methods from one of the approved health sectors, a health certificate stating that she is free from any infectious diseases, in addition to training in the development of children and infants, and a training certificate in environmental health and safety,” he said.

The staff to children ratio at the center is in accordance with the international standards, which means that each specialist corresponds to four children. 

One of the most important features of the nursery is a medical center, which is supervised by pediatricians round-the-clock.


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).”