SAIF Zone hosts region’s first dedicated lifting webbing factory

Updated 07 May 2015

SAIF Zone hosts region’s first dedicated lifting webbing factory

The first dedicated lifting webbing factory in the Middle East and North Africa region has started its operations in Sharjah Airport International Free Zone (SAIF Zone).
Saud Salim Al Mazrouei, director of SAIF Zone and Hamriyah Free Zone Authority (HFZA) officially opened the UK-based Bash-P International- FZE, in the presence of Mohamed Basheer, president, Safety Services Group, senior representatives of the company and dignitaries.
“We welcome Bash-P International’s Nylon Webbing Manufacturing Facility to SAIF Zone and it is encouraging to see more international companies flocking to SAIF Zone, which is surely a sign that we are progressing in the right direction,” Al Mazrouei said after the opening.
The $20 million facility in SAIF Zone will manufacture nylon/ polyester webbing material ranging from 25 mm to 300 mm wide to meet the group’s in-house and market demands.
Bash-P International is the flagship lifting equipment manufacturing company of the Safety Services Group which was established in 1979 and is a conglomerate of establishments within the UAE, UK, India, Iraq and the GCC. Based at Papworth, Cambridgeshire, Bash-P manufactures a wide range of products utilizing foundries and quality eco-compliant facilities worldwide.
“We are always striving to provide innovative and the finest lifting products and services to meet the current and future needs of the market. Materials are manufactured as per international and British standards with a safety factor exceeding 7:1.Top quality lifting webbing materials will now be available locally, to meet the ever-growing needs of the market,” said Mohamed Basheer.
“We are keen to set up this facility which can cater to the GCC market and help in expanding our reach to MENA other countries. Saudi Arabia is one of our main market and we have plans to focus more on the Saudi market,” he added.
The $210 million net-worth Safety Services Group has major expansion projects coming up across Middle East and Asia within the next two years.
“We are planning to have another Grade-80 Chain manufacturing unit factory similar to the one we commissioned in Cochin (India) early this year,” said Basheer .
Safety Services Group is the first organization in the Middle East to provide and implement international, commercial and industrial safety standards locally.
From over 3 decades since its establishment, the company has been able to mark their footsteps in the international marketplace with quality products, inspection and testing services, design and engineering services, fire and safety training services, safety audits, oilfield supplies and a comprehensive range of personnel protective equipment.

New IHG office, leadership to drive growth in Saudi Arabia

Updated 26 January 2020

New IHG office, leadership to drive growth in Saudi Arabia

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), a global hotel company, has announced plans to open an office in Riyadh in March. The news comes as IHG continues to expand its portfolio in the Kingdom in response to Vision 2030 and the opportunities it presents to the tourism and hospitality sector. The new office will also drive the performance of IHG’s existing estate further in the country and simultaneously support the expanding portfolio, as well as the company’s ambition toward leading Saudization efforts in the industry, a statement said. 

To lead IHG’s business in Saudi Arabia, Bastien Blanc has been appointed as managing director, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, effective March 1. In his current role with IHG, Blanc is responsible for leading the operations across IHG’s portfolio of hotels in the Middle East and Africa, including Saudi Arabia. He will also be responsible for driving both growth and performance for IHG in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. With extensive experience of working in the Kingdom, Blanc has been deeply ingrained into the market. He has also been leading IHG’s Saudization efforts, which he will continue to drive further in his new role. Blanc will continue to report to Pascal Gauvin, managing director, IMEA, IHG. 

IHG has also appointed Saad Al-Ahmari as director of HR and government affairs, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. Al-Ahmari joins IHG from Boeing, Saudi Arabia where he served as the head of human resources. As a senior HR practitioner and Saudi national, he is well versed with the transformation taking place in the Kingdom and has expertise in HR strategy, Saudization, change management, employee engagement, government relations, employment law, and talent management. 


The Riyadh office will be further supported by new roles, across functions including commercial, financial and procurement, learning and development and IT. 

Managing director Gauvin said: “Saudi Arabia is a key market for IHG in the Middle East. With Saudi Vision 2030 and the rapid socioeconomic transformation in the country, we believe the tourism and hospitality industry will continue to be presented with unparalleled opportunities. We are therefore, pleased to solidify our presence in the country with the opening of a new office in the capital city, and appoint a talented team led by Bastien, to drive our growth and performance in the market. We also have strong commitment and an ambition toward leading Saudization in the industry and the new structure will help us engage with and facilitate the development of Saudi talent.”

He added: “This is an important next step in our growth in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and is a truly significant move to solidify IHG’s position as one of the leading hospitality companies in the country.”