The Helicopter Company celebrates GACA recognition

The Helicopter Company Chairman Eng. Fawaz Alsharabi and The Helicopter CEO Yahya AlGhoraibi
Updated 05 September 2019

The Helicopter Company celebrates GACA recognition

The Helicopter Company has obtained a license to operate commercial flights from the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA), and in celebration of this milestone the company hosted a dinner ceremony on July 28 at Crowne Plaza RDC Hotel and Convention Center in Riyadh.
Chief Executive of The Helicopter Company Yahya Al-Ghoraibi was presented with the Air Operator Certificate (AOC) during the ceremony by Yasir Al-Mayoof, assistant to GACA president for aviation standards, making the company Saudi Arabia’s first national commercial helicopter operator.
During his speech, Al-Ghoraibi said that getting the Air Operator Certificate is a badge of honor and puts great responsibility on the company as the first commercial helicopter operator in the
Kingdom.
“The Helicopter Company is aligned with the Saudi Vision 2030 to provide the best support services to the transportation industry in general, and the aviation industry specifically, as a major pillar pushing the development of both the business and tourism sectors,” he said. Al-Ghoraibi concluded his speech by thanking the GACA for their support and trust in
the company.
Fully owned by the Public Investment Fund (PIF), The Helicopter Company was established in 2018 with an initial capital of SR565 million ($151 million). The company will provide private transportation services within the main cities of Saudi Arabia, as well as sightseeing trips to various tourism attractions around the Kingdom.
Moreover, it will provide access to remote destinations, offering a high-end experience on a par with other global destinations.
The launch of The Helicopter Company is in line with PIF’s strategy to generate sustainable returns, establish and develop new sectors in Saudi Arabia and support the realization of Vision 2030 by acting as a catalyst for the Kingdom’s nascent tourism sector.


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.