AccorHotels hosts women’s empowerment and integration forum

Participants of the first ever Women Empowerment and Integration Forum held at the Sofitel Jeddah.
Updated 20 December 2016

AccorHotels hosts women’s empowerment and integration forum

AccorHotels, one of the world’s leading hotel operators, held its first ever “Women Empowerment and Integration Forum” at the Sofitel Jeddah. The event is also the first to be organized by a private sector entity, focused on inspiring a new generation of young Saudi women to reach the highest levels of professional development.
The forum, which was open to the public, attracted over 300 participants including local businesses, NGOs as well as students from the University of Business & Technology (UBT) Jeddah and Dar Al Hekma University. Government officials from the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage and the Human Resources Development Fund were also on hand in addition to the participation of Princess Noura bint Khalid Al-Saud, representing the Saudi Commission for Tourism & National Heritage (SCTNH).
Princess Noura Al-Saud said: “As outlined in the Saudi Vision 2030, the empowerment of women is an area that is vital for the further development of the Kingdom. The SCTNH is delighted to support AccorHotels in this noble endeavor aimed at helping to inspire young women in establishing their careers”.
The Women Empowerment and Integration Forum is linked to AccorHotels’ commitment toward diversity and providing equal opportunity across the organization. Through the Women at AccorHotels Generation program, the group is dedicated toward increasing the percentage of women across the organization.
Salah Oumoudden, vice president of Operations at AccorHotels KSA & Egypt, said: “Initiatives such as the Women Empowerment and Integration Forum reflect AccorHotels’ core philosophy and our commitment to develop the local human resources of communities which we operate in thereby encouraging women to join the workplace and the hospitality industry.”
Amar Belgat, director of Human Resources & Training at AccorHotels KSA & Egypt, said: “As the leading hotel operator in Saudi Arabia with 20 hotels and 40 in development, we are committed to empowering young female talent; enhancing their skills and helping them reach their full potential within the workplace. We are dedicated to hiring more than 5,000 Saudi nationals over the next five years out of which 30 percent will be made up of female employees.”


Entertainment hub ‘Xtreme Play’ opens in Jeddah

Updated 26 November 2020

Entertainment hub ‘Xtreme Play’ opens in Jeddah

Xtreme Play, the newest children’s indoor games hub in Jeddah, is offering visitors never-seen-before inflatable attractions, available for the first time in the Kingdom. The family-friendly entertainment center is spread over an area of 2,500 square meters at the Sultan Mall complex on Prince Sultan Street.

Xtreme Play consists of two main sections, namely the Trampoline Main Arena and Inflatable Ninja Warriors. The Trampoline Main Arena consists of several free-jumping zones, including a dodgeball and volleyball court, trampoline basketball court, slam dunk area, and airbag jump, while the Inflatable Ninja Warriors area includes different action games, such as bouncing, jumping, climbing, dodging, foam pit, sliding, maneuvering challenge and sledding challenge. The inflatable equipment has been brought in from specialized international gaming manufacturers and is suitable for children aged six and above.

The center has three halls — all designed in an attractive modern style — that will be used for hosting birthdays parties and events, as well training sessions by instructors specialized in judo, karate, taekwondo, ballet, gymnastics and other sports.

The center is well-equipped for school trips and corporate events. It has an upper viewing lounge overlooking a park, where visitors can enjoy food and drinks. Events for adults and Ninja Warrior tournaments are also held in this area. The management has ensured that all games are completely safe and that children are not exposed to any hard surfaces, which can lead to injuries.

Khalid Souri, board member and CEO of VIM Entertainment Company, which owns Xtreme Play in Jeddah, said: “The launch of the Xtreme Play center promotes the family entertainment industry in Jeddah, and provides world-class indoor entertainment services to all ages, the likes of which are available only in the world’s finest cities.”

He added: “We aim at making the Xtreme Play visit a unique experience for all family members, as it combines entertainment and safety at the same time. We also aim to expand in the rest of the Kingdom’s cities and provinces soon.”