McDonald’s promotes ‘A Day Offline’

Updated 18 September 2012

McDonald’s promotes ‘A Day Offline’

McDonald’s in the GCC has announced the launch of its second annual Family Time Forever campaign. This year’s campaign is entitled ‘A Day Offline’.
The initiative encourages families from Jeddah and across the entire GCC to turn off their mobile phones, computers and television sets for one entire day on Friday September 28, and instead spend time together as a family.
With last year’s initiative reaching thousands of families across the region, the 2012 edition is expected to generate even more awareness and bring attention to an issue which, according to the 2012 Regus Work-Life Balance Index, affects the majority of UAE business people.
According to the study, 57 percent of respondents believe they spend more time devoted to their work than to their families.
Abdulrahman Alireza, general manager and development licensee, Reza Food Services Company Ltd, commented on the importance of the campaign, said: “This initiative reflects McDonald’s’ ongoing commitment to strengthening family relationships — both locally and on a global scale. We understand the demands on modern parents, but we also recognize the importance of making family time a priority.”
To maintain interest and awareness throughout the remainder of the year, McDonald’s last September launched its highly successful Family Fridays initiative which features weekly in-store activities and entertainment for parents and children of all ages.
Mohamed Alireza, marketing manager, stressed the value of uninterrupted family time, commenting: “The McDonald’s’ A Day Offline initiative offers an exciting and worthwhile opportunity for parents and children to bond. This is one day when families can truly enjoy one another’s company without any distraction, but it has the potential to act as an inspiration for family bonding throughout the remainder of the year.”


Hyatt Regency program supports Saudi Vision 2030

Updated 18 February 2020

Hyatt Regency program supports Saudi Vision 2030

Hyatt Regency Riyadh Olaya has announced a partnership with the Hotel and Tourism Management Institute Switzerland — Saudi Arabia (HTMi), and the international nonprofit Education for Employment (EFE), in an effort to support the Kingdom’s Vision 2030. With the help of EFE and HTMi, the hotel will sponsor various groups of women throughout the year, each for four months of training at HTMi — Riyadh. The hotel will then recruit them in various departments where they will be able to contribute to the best of their abilities. 

“I’m thrilled to be here today to celebrate with the team of Hyatt Regency Riyadh Olaya their new initiative to support Hyatt’s global program ‘RiseHY,’ which is designed to introduce youth to hospitality and provide needed employment opportunities,” said Giuseppina Bavasso, Hyatt’s director of human resources — Middle East, Africa and South West Asia. “The RiseHY program builds on our long-standing commitment with our existing or new relationships with community-based organizations across the world to provide vocational training and career readiness programs. We understand the challenges young people face and we believe that hospitality is one of the few industries where entry-level opportunities can lead to long-life career chances.”

RiseHY is a global program designed to pair the hospitality industry’s career opportunities with young people who need them. As part of the initiative, Hyatt hotels around the world commit to hiring 10,000 opportunity youth by 2025.

“The Kingdom’s Vision 2030 aims to boost women’s participation in the local labor market and provide equal and rewarding opportunities for everyone, so that they may use their talents and abilities to contribute to the Kingdom’s economy,” said Walid El-Awadly, Hyatt Regency Riyadh Olaya’s general manager. “Building an inclusive and diverse workforce has always been an integral part of Hyatt’s DNA and our commitment toward RiseHY is a chance to bring employment opportunities to the members of the communities in which we operate. This commitment brings Hyatt’s purpose — to care for people so they can be their best — to life in the Riyadh community.”

Hyatt Regency Riyadh Olaya opened its doors to guests in January 2017. The hotel offers 260 guest rooms, including 39 suites, spread across 28 floors.

Hyatt Regency’s strategy is aligned with Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030, which focuses on stimulating tourism and boosting the Kingdom’s economy. The current Hyatt portfolio in the country comprises Park Hyatt Jeddah, Jabal Omar Hyatt Regency Makkah, Hyatt Regency Riyadh Olaya, Hyatt Place Riyadh Al-Sulaimania, and Hyatt House Jeddah Sari Street.