Hilton maintains position as Saudi Arabia’s best place to work

Our team members are our greatest asset. — Kamel Ajami, vice president operations, Saudi Arabia and Levant, Hilton
Updated 13 May 2019
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Hilton maintains position as Saudi Arabia’s best place to work

Hilton has maintained its position as the No.1 “Great Place to Work” in Saudi Arabia for the third year in a row. The news follows the announcement earlier this month that Hilton was recognized as the third best workplace in the UAE, as well as recognized as the No.1 “Great Place to Work” in Turkey last week.
Kamel Ajami, vice president operations, Saudi Arabia and Levant, Hilton, said: “As we enter our centenary year, we’re proud of the culture we have created and are delighted to have been recognized as the No.1 ‘Great Place to Work’ in Saudi Arabia. Our team members are our greatest asset, and our ambition to be the most hospitable company in the world starts with them. We are committed to providing all team members with the support they need to achieve their career ambitions, and continue to innovate our working culture in order to create an environment in which they can thrive and progress.”
Hilton currently has 12 open hotels across Saudi Arabia and expects to more than quadruple that number to some 50 hotels in the next five years. This will create thousands of career opportunities for those living and working in the country, including for Saudi Arabian team members.
“Hospitality will continue to create great career opportunities and exciting roles for both men and women in the country as Hilton provides a range of career opportunities to suit all ambitions, from front of house, kitchen and F&B, to housekeeping, management, finance and sales, and even engineering and interior design,” the US hospitality giant said.
In its first century, Hilton served three billion guests, employed 10 million people, and had an estimated $1 trillion economic impact globally. As part of its commitment to supporting team members, Hilton launched [email protected] in 2017. The workplace wellness initiative seeks to help team members feel more resilient, focused and optimistic about their work, putting the approach firmly into their hands.
To help its team members achieve their ambitions, Hilton provides learning and development opportunities including access to Hilton University, an online platform offering more than 5 million hours of training through 2,500 courses. In addition, it offers rewards and benefits such as Go Hilton, its team member travel program.


Role of Indian engineers in KSA lauded at IEF meet

Updated 17 July 2019
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Role of Indian engineers in KSA lauded at IEF meet

Indian Engineers Forum (IEF) Jeddah Chapter recently held its 13th annual general meeting at Hotel Ramada Continental.

Ambassador of India to Saudi Arabia Dr. Ausaf Sayeed graced the event as chief guest and Consul General of India Noor Rahman Sheikh was guest of honor. IEF President Mohammed Sayeeduddin presided over the function.

Expressing appreciation for the activities of the forum, Ambassador Dr. Sayeed recalled its foundation in 2016 during his tenure as consul general of India in Jeddah.

He lauded Sayeeduddin, Amir Khan, Shuja Sheriff and other members and engineers for the activities of the forum and their contribution to the development of Saudi Arabia. Dr. Sayeed highlighted scarcity of water as an acute problem in the world in general and in India in particular. He shared his experience of interacting with engineers in the US, who developed a water condensation machine to extract water from humid air.

Consul General Noor Rahman Sheikh applauded IEF for its services to the engineering community in Saudi Arabia. He highlighted how the excellence of Indian engineers in each sector has impacted society. 

“Our zeal to be the best in whatever we do was demonstrated during last year’s Hajj. The mobile app developed by the Consul General of India is going to help the 200,000 pilgrims expected to come this year,” he said.

Amir Khan, founder and chairman of IEF, said IEF provides a platform for networking, career advancement, community service, and technology exchange. He urged Indian engineers to play a vital role in the development of Saudi Arabia, which he said would help strengthen the relations between India and the Kingdom.

Sayeeduddin thanked Dr. Sayeed for his support in the foundation of IEF. He announced that, having served as founding president for the last 13 years, he is now stepping down and the new president, unanimously elected, will be Khan Mustafa.

Nadeem Ahmed Ali, executive member of IEF, delivered a presentation on digital disruption.

Syed Nasir Khursheed, IEF general secretary, conducted the program.

Indian real estate advisory firm/ institutional channel partner 360 Realtors LLP participated in the event and were the main sponsors. A presentation covering major construction, residential and commercial projects in India was made by S. K. Vivek Kumar, head of international sales, 360 Realtors. Amit Hariyal also delivered a presentation on residential projects across the Indian cities of Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad and Pune. 

Abdul Rahman, general manager of TA Infra Projects, expressed happiness to be part of the IEF.

Khader Memon made a presentation titled “Special Investment Plan.”

The chief guest, guest of honor and sponsors were presented mementoes as a token of appreciation by the IEF president and executive committee. This was followed by the release of the annual magazine of the forum, Spectrum 2019, edited by Muazzam Sayeed.

A lively session of quiz was conducted by Munnawar Amafh. 

The event was attended by a number of guests from across the Kingdom, including Abdul Haseeb Hazari, Danish Ghafoor, Siadat Ali Khan, Shameem Kausar and Ahmed Omais.

The program started with a recitation of the Holy Qur’an by Talha Khan. Ashraf Nawaz Qureshi, IEF treasurer, welcomed the guests.

IEF Vice President Abu Bakar Sherkhan introduced the chief guest while Mohammed Shoebuddin, IEF chief coordinator, presented a vote of thanks.