Saudi International a landmark moment for KAEC

Ryder Cup star Ian Poulter shows off his bunker skills for local KAEC youngsters.
Updated 20 February 2019

Saudi International a landmark moment for KAEC

Dustin Johnson’s victory at the inaugural Saudi International powered by SBIA has been heralded as the beginning of a new era for sport and entertainment in the Kingdom, delivering the first example of a modern Saudi lifestyle for global audiences. 

On a weekend which will be remembered in the annals of golfing history, four of the five best-ranked players on the Official World Golf Ranking joined the field at Royal Greens Golf & Country Club, a leisure development which epitomizes King Abdullah Economic City’s (KAEC) status as a champion of sports and entertainment in the Kingdom. 

As world Nos. 1, 2, 3 and 5, Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka, Johnson and Bryson DeChambeau blazed a new trail for golf on-course, history was being made away from it, as globally recognized entertainers Mariah Carey, Sean Paul and Tiesto performed in the Kingdom for the first time. 

Drawing over 10,000 revelers, the household stars headlined an entertainment program, which also saw the premiere of the critically-acclaimed film, Rise. 

“There is no question, the week of the Saudi International powered by SBIA will stand as one of the most important in KAEC history,” said Ahmed Linjawy, KAEC Group CEO. “For me, it has been an honor to see King Abdullah Economic City play a central role in proceedings and to set the stage for a moment which will live long in the memory of our nation, and hopefully with audiences worldwide.”


Dur Hospitality launches training academy for aspiring hoteliers

The announcement was made during a special event attended by the company’s CEO Sultan Al-Otaibi and a number of its senior officials.
Updated 15 September 2019

Dur Hospitality launches training academy for aspiring hoteliers

Saudi hospitality company Dur Hospitality has launched a training academy specialized in hospitality disciplines. The announcement was made during a special event attended by the company’s CEO Sultan Al-Otaibi and a number of its senior officials, in addition to a group of notable local and international hospitality sector professionals.
Dur’s CEO highlighted the importance of the academy, which he said aims to equip local talents interested in working in this sector with the necessary skills and qualifications. He added that the academy’s goals also include training current Dur employees and equipping them with knowledge and applied skills that they require to succeed. He elaborated that the academy will operate over two phases, with the first seeking to fulfill the company’s requirements and ensuring its staff is qualified to execute its future expansion strategy ongoing till 2020, while the second phase will contribute toward supplying the local hotel service sector with qualified and capable national talents.
Al-Otaibi said the academy’s ultimate objective is to equip trainees with world-class skills and provide them with guidance from local and international sector leaders to help them achieve excellence.
The academy will present a number of training programs that aim to raise the qualification and skill level among trainees, which will eventually reflect positively on the Saudi hospitality sector. These programs will cover three main parts, where the first part will include programs on leadership and supervision and will last for 12 months. It will cater to internal supervision and front desk employees, food and beverage production and service employees, and marketing and sales employees.
The second part will be dedicated to training new recruits and will last between three to six months. Likewise, it will include training front desk employees, internal supervision employees, food and beverage production and service employees, and marketing and sales employees.
The third part of the program will include shorter development courses that last between one and five days. It will cover topics including central management for internal and external operations, hotel management, customer service, and health and safety.
Established in 1976, Dur Hospitality has extensive record in managing, developing and operating a wide portfolio of hotels and residential compounds across the Kingdom.