Sahat CEO named ‘Retail Professional of the Year 2019’

Wail Mobarak Balkhair, CEO of Sahat Property Management Co., received the ‘Retail Professional of Year 2019’ award from Younis Al-Mulla, chairman of the MECS+R.
Updated 18 November 2019

Sahat CEO named ‘Retail Professional of the Year 2019’

Wail Mobarak Balkhair, CEO of Sahat Property Management Company specializing in the management of shopping centers, received the “Retail Professional of the Year 2019” award at Retail Congress MENA 2019. The event, organized by the Middle East Council of Shopping Centers and Retailers (MECS+R), was held in Dubai on Oct 29.
This award for the best CEO was presented by Younis Al-Mulla, chairman of the MECS+R.
Balkhair started his career working as a maintenance controller on minimum wage in 1999. He eventually moved up the career ladder, taking up important posts such as chairman of the Shopping Centers Committee, member of the Entertainment and Tourism Committee at the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and board member of the MECS+R in Dubai.
“I am honored to receive this prestigious award and this appreciation, following the evaluation conducted by the International Jury of Shopping Centers in the MECS+R, according to criteria that focused on excellence in the shopping center sector,” Balkhair said.
The award, he said, also took into consideration the contribution of his team in making a difference to the company, the company’s outstanding financial status, and the initiatives that have been put into practice.
“I am especially thankful to Almighty Allah, the prayers of my mother, the support of my family and the efforts of my colleagues. I hope that my story inspires young men and women approaching this field; no matter how modest one’s beginnings are, success is not impossible,” said Balkhair.
This award is a testament to the efforts of the entire team of Sahat under the leadership of Chairman Mohamed Iqbal Alawi, he added.
The company aims to develop the shopping center sector in Saudi Arabia, especially in the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah, in line with Vision 2030.


Saudi health service gets nearly 3m calls in one month

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Saudi health service gets nearly 3m calls in one month

RIYADH: The Saudi Ministry of Health’s 937 Service Center received 2,903,676 calls in the past month amid growing concern over the coronavirus pandemic.

According to the center, the calls included 898,039 medical consultations, 179,267 appointment requests and 287,836 coronavirus inquiries.

The service center answers health queries as well as questions on the coronavirus.

The ministry also announced the launch of the first phase of “Ishara,” a sign language service for the center that is provided directly to people with hearing difficulties.

Users can benefit from the center’s services, including general inquiries, booking appointments, and around-the-clock medical consultations.

Coronavirus inquiries covered home isolation procedures, whether the virus is transmitted by shipments and goods, symptoms, and what to do if a person comes in contact with someone who has the virus or has been traveling.

Service at the center is provided by over 3,000 employees, including doctors and customer service professionals, 24 hours a day throughout the week through the center’s multiple channels. These include the unified number 937, a Twitter account (@saudimoh937), email address ([email protected]), and the instant chat feature available on the ministry’s website.