How can I help you? More women join Saudi tourism and hospitality industry

The tourism and hospitality sector is one of the fastest developing sectors in Saudi Arabia.
Updated 08 January 2018

How can I help you? More women join Saudi tourism and hospitality industry

JEDDAH: The number of Saudi women working in the tourism and hospitality sector is rapidly growing.
Many have begun to work at five-star hotels in positions ranging from receptionists to public relation managers, customer services, bookings and other jobs.
Ibraheem Al-Sini, dean of the tourism and hospitality college at King Abdul Aziz University (KAU) in Jeddah, told Arab News: “In 2019, a special degree for females will be offered, and a tourism and hospitality major will form one of the specialties under the department of events management.”
A study conducted by Al-Sini over the past 12 years has shown that a huge transformation has taken place in terms of improvements in qualifications and employee performance.
He added that another study was conducted globally on the number of people working and studying in the events management sector which revealed that more than 75 percent of employees in this field are female.
“Thus, we decided to have events management as a department for female students at KAU.”
Asked about qualifications for working in the tourism and hospitality sector, he said: “Employees have to have practical experience, not only theoretical, to be able to cope with hotel rules and understand how to deal professionally with consumers.”
Language and communication skills are also important, he added: “Mastery of the English language is one of the basics in such jobs, and speaking more than one language will make the employee more confident when communicating with customers.”
The recruitment department at a 5 star Jeddah hotel told Arab News: “Many females are occupying jobs at Hilton hotels such as guest relations, receptionists on the businessmen’s floor, and other administrative positions.
“Conditions of recruitment depend on the employee’s English language skills. Also, priority goes to tourism and hospitality graduates. We have two female employees for now and look forward to increasing the number.”
As the tourism sector is one of the fastest developing sectors in the country and in the world, it should offer graduates ample opportunities for work.


Arabic anime voice actors prepare for new show at Riyadh expo

Updated 17 November 2019

Arabic anime voice actors prepare for new show at Riyadh expo

  • Waheed Jalal's voice acting as “Treasure Island” antagonist John Silver has captivated generations

RIYADH: Visitors to Riyadh’s first anime expo stopped by the first panel on Saturday unaware that they would be leaving the stage with memories renewed of their favorite voice actors of all time.

Waheed Jalal and Jihad Al-Atrashi will forever live on in the hearts of fans of “Grendizer” and “Treasure Island (Takarajima),” the two shows that introduced the Arab world to anime in the 1970s.

Jalal, whose voice acting as “Treasure Island” antagonist John Silver has captivated generations, expressed how delighted he was to be with the audience.

“I want to thank you and your Kingdom of generosity and culture,” he said.

Al-Atrash, who portrayed Duke Fleed, echoed his sentiments: “You are great people with great values, thank you to the people of the Kingdom that stand next to people of all nations.”

Jalal was touched by the audience’s love and warm welcome, “You guys are the reason we continued this far, without you it wouldn’t have been possible,” he told them.

“We’re persevering to this day because people loved these characters we portrayed so much, our other works pale in comparison,” he added.

Jalal said that the reason “Grendizer” remained with so many people is because of the values and morals depicted in the show, teaching generations to be loyal and loving to their nation and their people.

Artist and creator Ibrahim Al-Lami. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)

The voice acting pair talked about the importance of speaking in formal Arabic in these shows. Jalal said it’s because “you’re presenting to the entire Arab world.”

Local dialects would be difficult for others to understand, so we must all aspire to perfect our formal Arabic, added Jalal.

Before concluding the talk, a teaser was played of the first Saudi anime “Makkeen” by artist and creator, Ibrahim Al-Lami, who announced that 60 percent of the work was completed through local efforts.

“We’ll introduce a new work that is by our people, written by our people and voiced by our people,” he said to the audience.

The work will feature characters voiced by Jalal and Al-Atrash, who have become symbolic to the Arab anime world. “I told them, this work wouldn’t be complete without you two,” said Lami on his choice of voice actors. “We want these works to see the light of day. We need to provide the new generations with tales of our own,” added Al-Atrash when asked why he wanted to partake in the anime.