Red Sea Mall sponsors Retail ME Awards 2019

Red Sea Mall is one of the largest malls in Jeddah, home to 521 retail outlets, in addition to a seven-floor office building for the parent company SEDCO Holding Group.
Updated 20 March 2019
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Red Sea Mall sponsors Retail ME Awards 2019

The Red Sea Mall of Jeddah, owned by Red Sea Markets Company Ltd., has announced its sponsorship of the Retail ME Awards 2019. For the first time, Retail ME Awards will be taking place in Jeddah at the Ritz-Carlton in April. The awards will recognize top-performing retailers and best practices in the industry and reward excellence across a range of retail categories. 

Al-Rayan Gadouri, general manager of Red Sea Mall, said: “We know very well that Retail ME Awards is one of the renowned events in the Middle East and we are proud to sponsor the event, in a step to contribute to the retail industry and entertainment.”

He added: “Red Sea Mall will provision the industry by all means, and we will continue to develop and support through our different approaches, in order to achieve our objective as well as the Saudi Vision 2030 and the Saudi prospects toward the general economy and not just the retail sector.” 

Retailers can nominate one or more of their unique stores/concepts, their brand campaigns that could be a multi-channel campaign using above or below-the-line media or a campaign using social media and CRM channels, as well as their store design concepts across all retail formats and the e-commerce space, including brick and mortar retailers now selling online. Furthermore, retailers can also nominate their store managers for outstanding performance, in addition to entries that demonstrate how design is delivering a delightful customer experience, enhancing the retail brand’s visibility and drawing significant media and consumer attention.

“The retail industry is our main goal and Red Sea Mall has been achieving its objectives for the past years and will continue to support, develop and contribute to the industry to ensure a great retail experience, transforming the sector from traditional into a new concept of an overwhelming customer experience,” Gadouri said.

Red Sea Mall is one of the largest malls in Jeddah, home to 521 retail outlets, in addition to a seven-floor office building for the parent company SEDCO Holding Group. 

The mall has a mix of international and local brands, with a range of options for restaurants and cafes.


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.