ACWA Power highlights role in sustainable development

Saudi Energy Minister Prince Abdul Aziz bin Salman toured the Saudi pavilion at the 24th edition of the World Energy Congress in Abu Dhabi. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 12 September 2019

ACWA Power highlights role in sustainable development

Saudi Energy Minister Prince Abdul Aziz bin Salman toured the Saudi pavilion at the 24th edition of the World Energy Congress (WEC). The flagship event is being held in Abu Dhabi for the first time in the Middle East, Sept. 9 to 12th at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center.
ACWA Power, a leader in water desalination and power generation, joined over 15,000 attendees and 66 ministers at this year’s World Energy Congress (WEC) to highlight ACWA Power’s position as a global total solution provider across the power and water sectors.
On the sidelines of the Congress, ACWA Power signed a memorandum of understanding with King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), inaugurating the KAUST-ACWA Power Center of Excellence for Desalination and Solar Power. The center will prioritize research in water quality monitoring and system performance modeling using several KAUST research centers.
The collaboration between ACWA Power and KAUST marks the beginning of a long-term research and innovation alliance between the two organizations that will place the Kingdom at the forefront of international scientific advancements in water desalination and solar power technology.
Mohammed Abunayyan, chairman of ACWA Power, said: “We are honored to be part of the Saudi energy platform within the Kingdom’s pavilion as a proud Saudi company that is very much at the forefront of the energy transition globally.  We are happy to share our experiences with global leaders and exchange ideas in pursuit of sustainable energy for the development of people, communities and nations.  This is very much the model we follow at ACWA Power as we partner with communities with our long-term thinking and value proposition based on excelling at every aspect of the value chain. Our focus is situated toward the crucial themes of the congress, including energy security, promoting environmental sustainability, and the deployment of innovative technologies that elevate efficiencies of energy systems — themes that ACWA Power has pioneered through its effective models and experiences in projects and businesses across three continents. We are looking forward to sharing our leading models with the global energy industry as a proof of the capabilities and role of the Saudi economy in powering and achieving the theme of the Congress, “Energy for Prosperity.”
Abunayyan took part in a panel session titled “Financing Energy: Closing the Clean Energy Investment Gap.” Paddy Padmanathan, president and CEO of ACWA Power, participated in a panel discussion on “Scaling New Heights: Global Renewables Outlook,” which addressed the opportunities, challenges, and solutions to the most pressing energy issues the world faces today.
The company also highlighted its work in the sustainable development of countries around the world and its program to invest in enhancing the local employment and talents in the communities it operates in.


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.