Firm wins SR900,000 grant for Saudization efforts

Updated 07 August 2015
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Firm wins SR900,000 grant for Saudization efforts

RIYADH: The Human Resource Development Fund (HRDF) has awarded a grant worth SR900,000 ($250,000) to Mondez Arabia, the Saudi Distribution company of Mondez International, for its continued commitment to training and development of Saudis nationals.
The HRDF award forms part of a series of grants and incentives aimed at increasing Saudi participation in the private sector. It supports the government’s efforts to increase the share of Saudi manpower while expanding work opportunities for Saudi women and boosting youth employment.
Saudi Nationals made up over 50 percent of new hires at Mondez Arabia, including regional business managers and national key account manager. This demonstrates the company’s dedication to developing a talented local workforce in a critical market, and highlights its support for the Ministry of Labor’s Saudization program.
In less than three years, Mondez Arabia has exceeded its employment targets by hiring over 90 full-time Saudi national staff.
This is the second milestone reached by Mondez Arabia in the Kingdom, where the global snacking firm had previously been recognized for its gender diversity, and hiring, training and development of women across both business and production functions. “We are extremely grateful to the government of Saudi Arabia and HRDF for this generous grant. It underlines our long-standing commitment to support the national effort to develop world-class, home-grown Saudi talent. The grant will help us attract the best candidates to launch and advance the careers of Saudis, while also supporting the country’s fast-growing food and beverage sector.”
Mondez International’s largest-selling iconic brands have been sold in the Kingdom for decades through its subsidiary Nabisco Arabia. Mondez International operates one of the largest internationally owned food and beverage plants in the Middle East.
Mondelez International, Inc. is a global snacking powerhouse, with revenues of $34 billion in 2014.
Mondez International and its predecessor, Kraft Foods, have been operating in the Middle East for more than a century, ever since Kraft Foods sold its first can of cheese in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in 1912.
Mondez International’s regional hub, located in Dubai, is responsible for operations, sales and distribution in more than 15 countries in the region, including Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Pakistan, Iraq and Algeria.


Saudi crown prince calls for establishing health center dedicated to Pakistani hero

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Saudi crown prince calls for establishing health center dedicated to Pakistani hero

  • The directive was issued during the crown prince’s visit to Pakistan on the first leg of his Asia tour
  • Khan managed to save 14 lives, but he drowned as he attempted to rescue the 15th person.

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has called for the creation of a health center in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province dedicated to the memory of a Pakistani hero who saved 14 lives in Jeddah’s 2009 floods, Saudi state-news agency SPA reported.

The directive was issued during the crown prince’s visit to Pakistan on the first leg of his Asia tour.

In November 2009, as flash floods roared through the port city, Farman Ali Khan secured a rope to his waist and jumped into the water to rescue people.

He managed to save 14 lives, but he drowned as he attempted to rescue the 15th person.

He was posthumously awarded the King Abdul Aziz Medal of the First Order by the Saudi government and Pakistan’s Tamgha-e-Shujat by then President Asif Ali Zardari. 

“What this man displayed is a rare act of heroism,” said Rania Khaled, an account executive in Jeddah. “He didn’t pause to think of where these people came from or their nationality — all he cared about was that everyone survived the terrible flood. As a result, he lost his life and that’s what makes his tale so heroic. He cared for humanity, not just his own well-being and safety.
“He set a very high example of what a human should aspire to be. Your background, race and nationality shouldn’t matter; what matters is that we all stand together and help each other. I think if people lived with a similar mindset to that of Khan, the world would be a better place.”
Razan Sijjeeni, a photography instructor in Jeddah, said: “I think what Khan did was not only heroic but also human. It says a lot about the kind of person he was in that moment when he chose to risk his life to save others. He gives us a lot to reflect on — who we are today and how much we should value human lives that are not necessarily related to us.”
Nora Al-Rifai, who is training to be a life coach, said that she hopes Khan’s widow and three daughters continue to receive the help and support they deserve.
“It’s a nice gesture that a Jeddah street was named after him as a reminder to all of us and the next generations of his selflessness and heroism.”