Ascott spearheads Saudi recruitment drive

Ascott is committed to playing an active role in facilitating women’s access to the employment market.
Updated 18 June 2019

Ascott spearheads Saudi recruitment drive

The Ascott Limited is developing its training program across the group’s properties in Jeddah, whereby high-achieving Saudi nationals are trained in the array of skills needed to succeed in top managerial positions within the Kingdom’s burgeoning hospitality sector. 

To be eligible to join Ascott’s Saudi Graduate Program, Saudi graduates must have at least a bachelor’s degree with honors and be willing to learn and develop their career within an international group. The program comprises theory and practical training across all departments and is followed by overseas training in one of Ascott’s properties.

“We’re in the midst of an exciting period of growth in Saudi Arabia,” said Vincent Miccolis, Ascott’s regional GM for the Middle East, Africa, Turkey and India. “The Kingdom’s tourism industry is growing at an exponential rate and is creating many new jobs within the hospitality sector. We launched Ascott’s Saudi Graduate Program in line with the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage to promote, nurture and develop this valuable homegrown pool of young talent and offer successful individuals a dynamic career path within the Ascott group.

“In just a short amount of time the program has made a significant impact. Our turnover ratio of Saudi colleagues has fallen from 58 percent in 2016 to less than 15 percent to date in 2019; staff loyalty has been positively affected and guest satisfaction levels have increased. What’s more, Ascott Sari Jeddah was recently named as Saudi Arabia’s Leading Serviced Apartments 2019 for the second consecutive year in the annual World Travel Awards.

“We are also proud to announce that one of our current trainees who will shortly take on the running of a property, is female. A key element of Saudi Vision 2030 is job diversification and women’s access to the employment market, and at Ascott we are committed to playing an active role in making this a reality,” added Miccolis.

From on-the-job training in housekeeping, handling reservations, checking-in and checking-out procedures and managing VIP guests, Ascott’s graduates must master the day-to-day facets of how to run an international-standard serviced residence, in addition to behind-the-scenes essentials such as HR, sales and marketing, finance and procurement. 

While the Saudi Graduate Program is currently available only within Ascott’s Jeddah cluster of properties, plans are in the pipeline to roll out the scheme to all of the group’s residences in the Kingdom, including Riyadh, Alkhobar and Abha.

Ascott’s Jeddah properties include Ascott Tahlia Jeddah, Ascott Sari Jeddah, Citadines Al-Salamah Jeddah and Spectrums Residence Jeddah.

The Ascott Limited is a Singapore company that has grown to be one of the leading international lodging owner-operators. It has more than 58,000 operating units in key cities of the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, as well as over 42,000 units, which are under development, making a total of more than 100,000 units in over 660 properties.


Al-Khomra to transform KSA into global logistics hub

Al-Khomra Logistics Zone is expected to open up new investment and business opportunities and promote strategic partnerships with the private sector.
Updated 21 October 2019

Al-Khomra to transform KSA into global logistics hub

The Saudi Ports Authority (Mawani) has announced the launch of Al-Khomra Logistics Zone, Saudi Arabia’s largest integrated logistics zone, during its participation in the Saudi Logistics Conference, which took place between Oct. 13 and 15th in Riyadh.
The first phase of the project is set to cover a land area of over 2 million square meters, with over 1 million square meters of gross flat area that will be made available to investors under a lease model.
Al-Khomra seeks to provide an advanced infrastructure and added-value services that will actively contribute toward positioning Saudi Arabia as a global logistics hub while raising its competitiveness on investment and services fronts as outlined within Saudi Vision 2030.
President of Mawani Saad bin Abdul Aziz Alkhalb described Al-Khomra as a major leap for the logistics sector in Saudi Arabia. He said the new logistics zone is expected to open up new investment and business opportunities and promote strategic partnerships with the private sector that will further contribute toward the development of the maritime trade and enhance the quality of operational and logistics procedures and services.
Alkhalb underlined the significance of Al-Khomra Logistics Zone due to its proximity to international trade routes, its strategic location in Jeddah and proximity to the Jeddah Islamic Port, making it a global logistics platform and a major hub connecting the Middle East, Africa and Europe.
“Al-Khomra is characterized by its highly efficient road network connecting Jeddah Islamic Port, King Abdul Aziz International Airport and the upcoming Saudi Landbridge Project, along other various main roads in the Kingdom,” he added.

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The first phase of the project is set to cover a land area of over 2 million square meters, with over 1 million square meters of gross flat area that will be made available to investors under a lease model.

Al-Khomra’s location along the Red Sea coast, a major passageway for more than 13 percent of global maritime trade, will make it a vital hub on the Silk Road maritime trade route launched within the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
Moreover, Saudi Arabia’s strategic location as a hub connecting Middle East with Europe and Africa, alongside its robust economy, will help transform the Kingdom into a pioneering global logistics hub. These factors offer an attractive package for investors interested in capitalizing on the lands owned by Mawani and building partnerships with the authority to develop full-fledged logistics zones, including the newly announced Al-Khomra Logistics Zone.
Mawani had launched a strategic plan to optimize the massive potential and capacity of Saudi Arabia’s ports, which outperform the local demand by 50 percent, through offering integrated logistics services, advanced bonded and re-export zones and competitive world-class services to the private sector aiming to facilitate global trade exchange.