African Energy Forum reviews Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030

The African Energy Forum was held in the Portuguese capital city Lisbon.
Updated 23 June 2019

African Energy Forum reviews Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030

The African Energy Forum, which was held in the Portuguese capital city Lisbon, reviewed the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 concerning adopting and supporting solar energy projects and Saudi Arabia’s goal to lead internationally in producing solar energy.
The event was attended by a number of ministers of energy and industry of African countries, representatives of the European Commission’s energy sector, officials of the National Office of Moroccan Hydrocarbons and Minerals, the World Bank, and representatives of private sector institutions leading in the field of renewable energy.
Participating in the session was Saudi businessman Khaled Ahmad Sharbatly, executive partner of Desert Technologies, which specializes in solar energy. He said the overall national development strategy in Vision 2030 focuses on the Kingdom’s commitment to providing upcoming generations a brighter future dependent on clean energy.
Sharbatly said Saudi Arabia has the ability to develop and manufacture solar panels and the equipment to export solar energy through the solar energy project announced last year by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The project is expected to produce 100,000 jobs in Saudi Arabia, $12 billion in GDP, and $40 billion annually.
Sharbatly also spoke about the future of energy in the African continent, especially in villages, and the importance of developing miniature solar energy power plants.


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.