EFS Facilities Services wins KAEC contract

A view of the King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC).
Updated 03 January 2018

EFS Facilities Services wins KAEC contract

EFS Facilities Services has won a contract to launch an integrated facility management venture worth SR13 million at the King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC).
EFS will provide integrated facilities management services across the city, including catering, transportation and value-added services such as the integration of smart technology and Computer-Aided Facility Management (CAFM). The contract will run over an initial period of three years.
“King Abdullah Economic City is a major social and economic growth driver for Saudi Arabia. As the city grows in complexity so too does its need for state-of-the-art integrated facilities management,” said Tariq Chauhan, group CEO, EFS Facilities Services.
“With our expertise and experience in managing world-class facilities and technology-driven processes, we aim to maintain the highest standards of service.”
“The complexity of operating a development on the scale of the KAEC demands the highest levels of expertise across multiple business verticals. We selected EFS as our integrated facilities management service provider based on their expertise and their proven track record throughout the region,” said Ayman Mansi acting CEO of KAEC’s Industrial Valley and senior director of New Business Ventures. “We have confidence in our new partner and look forward to a long and happy working relationship.”
KAEC is the largest privately funded new city development in the world, covering an area of 181 sq. km on Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea Coast. The city’s King Abdullah Port is one of the world’s top 100 container ports and feeds a growing logistics and light manufacturing hub.
The city is also the largest residential real estate company in Saudi Arabia in terms of sales and operates a wide range of commercial, leisure and retail outlets.


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.”