OSN marks 43% growth, opens new office in Jeddah

Updated 14 July 2014

OSN marks 43% growth, opens new office in Jeddah

OSN has underlined its credentials as Saudi Arabia’s fastest growing pay-TV network recording an impressive 43 percent year on year growth in subscribers.
Highlighting the increasing demand for premium and exclusive content and the latest television technology, OSN’s growth is also led by the network’s strong presence in the Kingdom.
OSN has invested in expanding its retail network across the Kingdom with 34 new locations added last year taking OSN’s total retail footprint to 74 touch points serving residents in remote areas as well. OSN also recently opened a new office in Jeddah, taking the total number of corporate offices in the Kingdom to six.
Bandar Al-Sunbuly, GM for OSN’s Saudi business, said: “We are focused on aggressively expanding our presence through new retail touch points, bringing us closer to our customers and provide an enriched experience."
He added: “Saudi Arabia is one of the fastest growing and most important markets, with a large segment of discerning television viewers, who demand high quality entertainment across multiple platforms. We recorded a healthy 43 percent growth in our subscriber base, and investing in establishing a new office in Jeddah reflects our continued commitment to provide Saudi residents world-class premium entertainment with the highest standards of service.”
With over 400 employees already recruited, and a further 100 in progress, OSN’s new office in Jeddah and continued investment in retail expansion will create additional job opportunities for skilled Saudi youth in a number of job functions, including direct sales and customer operations.
OSN’s commitment to the Kingdom goes beyond sales and revenue. The network has also been actively investing in talent and content production in Saudi Arabia to create relevant and meaningful programming for the region. OSN’s latest production includes Saudi Doctors. Season 1 is currently on-air and the show will return with a new season post Ramadan.

AbbVie spotlights pharma sector at KAU workshop

Updated 20 January 2020

AbbVie spotlights pharma sector at KAU workshop

In partnership with AbbVie, a global biopharmaceutical company, King Abdul Aziz University (KAU) hosted an educational workshop to encourage more of its students to enter pharmaceutical careers after graduation. The workshop offered unique insights into the scientific role of a pharmacist to more than 100 male and female students from the university. 

Dr. Hani Asfour, dean of the College of Pharmacy at KAU, said: “It was a rewarding experience to see our students participate in this workshop for the first time. With the support of AbbVie, our students were able to learn more about the promising careers which await them in the pharmaceutical sector. They are now extremely eager and excited about their future prospects. I look forward to seeing what the future holds for them.” 

Ashraf Daoud, general manager of AbbVie in Saudi Arabia, said: “At AbbVie, we are proud to continue investing in the Saudi national pharmacists of tomorrow. Through our many partnerships with local universities, such as KAU, we are highly dedicated to supporting the Kingdom’s goals, as expressed in Vision 2030, and helping our aspiring Saudi pharmacists in reaching their full potential.” 

The workshop covered topics such as an overview of the pharmaceutical industry landscape, the importance of the medical representative role, key marketing concepts in pharma, as well as tips and advice on how to write a CV and prepare for interviews. Students also had the opportunity to speak to the AbbVie in-field team of pharmacists who answered their career questions and queries.

Khaled Fageha, HR director of AbbVie in Saudi Arabia, said: “As a global pharmaceutical company, there is an ever-growing need to attract the brightest Saudi talent and increase the talent pool of pharmacists. There is so much potential in the Kingdom, which we are always striving to unlock at AbbVie. Through initiatives like this, we are able to equip students across Saudi Arabia with the tools and knowledge to help them thrive in the health care industry, as well as ignite their passion for a career in pharmacy.”

Students said they found the workshop informative. “I’ve always been passionate about a role in pharmacy, but I was a bit unsure about what awaits after graduation. Thanks to this workshop, I was able to hear about the exciting prospects of working at a pharmaceutical company, such as AbbVie. I was able to ask all my questions, and now I am excited to continue working hard so I can begin my journey as a pharmacist,” said Sondos Alkhthlan, a student.

Another student, Nawaf Alharthi said: “This was an engaging workshop which has cemented my interest in becoming a pharmacist after graduating from KAU.”