Abdullah Aldubaikhi, CEO of Bahri, KSA’s national shipping carrier

Abdullah Aldubaikhi
Updated 08 April 2019

Abdullah Aldubaikhi, CEO of Bahri, KSA’s national shipping carrier

Abdullah Aldubaikhi is the CEO of Bahri, a leading global transportation and logistics company positioned as the national shipping carrier of Saudi Arabia. The company structures its operations around six business units — oil, chemicals, logistics, dry bulk, ship management, and data.

Bahri recently hosted its customers and partners at a gala dinner in Mumbai, India, underlining the company’s commitment to strengthening partnerships and enhancing customer satisfaction and shareholder value. More than 250 senior leaders, executives and representatives from across the shipping and logistics industry in India, as well as major export-import trading companies, attended the event on March 29 at the Taj Mahal Palace.

Speaking at the event, Aldubaikhi said: “As one of the mainstays of India’s rapidly growing economy, the domestic maritime logistics and shipping sector has been witnessing tremendous growth in recent years.”

Al-Dubaikhi has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, and an executive MBA from Oxford University.

He has more than 30 years of executive experience in communications, IT, banking, commerce and investment. He was the CEO of Saudi Agricultural and Livestock Investment Company and held senior management roles at Afwaf Investment, AwalNet, and DowLog. He was appointed CEO of Bahri in January 2018 and is a member of the joint business councils between Saudi Arabia and Canada, Russia and France.

Saudi Arabia plans to create 561,000 jobs under new digital employment initiative

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Saudi Arabia plans to create 561,000 jobs under new digital employment initiative

  • Qiwa program aims to achieve the Vision 2030 goal of reducing unemployment rate to 7 percent

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has revealed ambitious plans to create more than 561,000 private-sector jobs by 2023 as part of a new digital era for the Kingdom’s labor market.

Minister of Labor and Social Development Ahmad Al-Rajhi made the announcement at the launch of the Qiwa online platform, which aims to combine all the country’s employment services under one electronic roof.

Through digitalization, the Ministry of Labor and Social Development hopes to not only boost job opportunities for Saudi men and women, but also improve workplace efficiency and productivity, and attract international investment.

Al-Rajhi said: “The ministry has entered into partnerships and agreements to settle more than 561,000 job opportunities in the private sector until 2023,” and the minister added that 45,000 Saudis had entered the labor market in the last three months.

The new labor force platform will consolidate employment-related e-services already offered to job seekers, employees and employers and plans are in the pipeline to plug a further 71 services into the system.

The Qiwa program aims to provide Saudi government officials with a data mine of statistical information to tackle business challenges facing employers and employees, help create new job opportunities, and achieve the Vision 2030 goal of reducing the country’s unemployment rate to 7 percent. Another key objective is to strategically enhance the Kingdom’s business environment to make it more attractive to local and international investors.

A ministry statement issued to Arab News, said: “The Qiwa platform will have an impact on motivating investors. It will also re-engineer policies and procedures for all services provided to individuals and enterprises on a strong platform that will make a quantum leap in the business world and turn the Saudi market into an attractive market for opportunities and potential for competencies.

“The services are provided in both Arabic and English in order to enable foreign investors to benefit from the services of a strong platform,” the statement added.

The e-services include programs to encourage Saudis to access jobs in their locality by improving the workplace environment and making it more appealing to men and women.

The Kingdom’s public sector is quickly adapting to international standards and labor market demands by digitalizing services, while the ministry is using the latest business management methods to help public organizations increase the competency and productivity of workers while creating a competitive labor market that can partner with the private sector.