Mouwasat picks Honeywell for energy digitization

Mouwasat picks Honeywell for energy digitization
Mouwasat Medical Services is a leading healthcare provider in Saudi Arabia, with its facility in Alkhobar being the first digital hospital in the Eastern Province.
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Updated 14 March 2021

Mouwasat picks Honeywell for energy digitization

Mouwasat picks Honeywell for energy digitization

Honeywell, a global technology company, has been awarded a contract for the installation of integrated building management systems across all Mouwasat Medical Services (MMS) hospitals. The contract, which supports the Kingdom’s focus on advancing the country’s healthcare sector, will enable MMS to optimize its energy usage and building maintenance across its six hospital locations in Saudi Arabia.

Honeywell’s contract is part of MMS’ “digital-first” approach and involves the deployment of the company’s Honeywell Forge enterprise performance management solutions to enable better management of assets. It includes:

• Honeywell Forge Energy Optimization, which autonomously and continually optimizes a building’s internal set points across hundreds of integrated assets — constantly evaluating weather, occupancy levels, tariffs, time of day and other data — and makes adjustments every 15 minutes to improve a building’s HVAC system for peak efficiency, without compromising occupant comfort. It can increase comfort performance and improve energy savings by double digits. The solution also provides intuitive dashboards as well as full visibility of energy performance across all six MMS buildings and facilities in the Kingdom.

• Honeywell Forge Digitized Maintenance, which changes the way buildings and assets are maintained through a proactive maintenance process of curated recommendations. Using sensors and system integration to analyze building controllers and mechanical assets, intuitive dashboards provide near real-time insights to track building performance and reduce unplanned reactive work on building systems.

• In addition to the Honeywell Forge solutions, the company will also integrate proprietary and third-party systems across the six MMS locations, including its Enterprise Buildings Integrator (EBI) building management system to improve building system control, and a portfolio of security and fire alarm systems to maximize occupant safety.

George Bou Mitri, vice president and general manager, Honeywell Building Technologies, Middle East, Turkey and Africa, said: “With more than 60 years’ experience in hospital environments and in Saudi Arabia, we understand the complex, challenging and highly regulated world of healthcare within the Kingdom, and our collaboration with MMS demonstrates our commitment to furthering the government’s vision for the healthcare sector. We are proud to build on our long-term relationship with MMS to deploy fully integrated solutions to further its strategic goals for enhanced patient experience and energy saving optimization in line with the objectives of the Saudi Vision 2030.”

“At Mouwasat Medical Services our mission is to provide sustainable, first-class medical services that will aid the economic advancement of the country’s healthcare sector. At the heart of this mission is our digitization drive across all aspects of our operations, to enhance efficiency, and ultimately to help us deliver the best possible care to our patients. This latest agreement with Honeywell is a reflection of our commitment to digitize operations, helping us optimize energy consumption and maintenance that will lower operating cost, increase comfort and maximize uptime across our facilities,” said Mohammed Sulaiman Al-Saleem, managing director at MMS.

MMS is a leading healthcare provider in Saudi Arabia, with its facility in Alkhobar being the first digital hospital in the Eastern Province. Honeywell has previously played a key role in the digitization of MMS’ Alkhobar and Madinah hospitals, and its long-term care facility at Dammam, through the installation of building management systems, and security, fire, voice alarm, intrusion detection and video surveillance solutions.


New Tous jewelry featuring palm tree celebrates National Day

New Tous jewelry featuring palm tree celebrates National Day
Updated 22 September 2021

New Tous jewelry featuring palm tree celebrates National Day

New Tous jewelry featuring palm tree celebrates National Day

Global jewelry brand Tous has launched an exclusive jewelry collection to mark Saudi Arabia’s 91st National Day. The Spanish brand continues to celebrate special occasions around the world and this time shares the joy of the National Day with Saudi women.

The new collection includes a variety of golden necklaces, earrings, bracelets and rings with elegant designs. The gemstones reflect the different shades of green representing the Saudi flag while the palm tree — the iconic Saudi logo — is featured in 18-carat yellow gold to express pride and glory in Saudi Arabia.

“The National Day collection by Tous is dedicated to the inspiring and confident Saudi women who are looking for jewelry to complement their appearance in a way that expresses their national pride. This extraordinary green collection with all its unique details including the golden palm tree is a timeless and priceless gift to all citizens and residents celebrating their love for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” the jeweler said in a statement.

While the new collection has especially been launched for the occasion, its pieces can make at any time the perfect gift from Saudi men to express their love and affection to the special women in their lives.

Since 1920, Tous has been considered as one of the top brands in the jewelry making industry, celebrating special occasions with its customers around the world while promoting national identities in the form of both contemporary and classic designs. The centenary brand has a presence in 45 countries, with more than 700 stores.


Saudi citizen receives LG Righteous Person Award for heroic act

Saudi citizen receives LG Righteous Person Award for heroic act
Updated 22 September 2021

Saudi citizen receives LG Righteous Person Award for heroic act

Saudi citizen receives LG Righteous Person Award for heroic act

A Saudi citizen has been recognized by LG Electronics for his valiant efforts after heroically protecting his community. Mohammad Al-Alit, residing in Dammam city with his family of six, works as the director of the department of hygiene and markets in the municipality. On an early June morning, Al-Alit noticed smoke emerging from a car that was parked among five other cars in front of an apartment building. The fire immediately caught on the shade that was above the cars. He promptly thought of possible options to approach the situation: (1) Evacuate the apartment building and risk tenants’ lives; (2) call the fire department and wait until they arrive or alternatively (3) risk his life and resolve the issue on his own. 

Al-Alit chose the heroic and utilitarian act, and saved the apartment building tenants by risking his own life. He immediately drove the burning car away which exploded moments later. His heroic efforts saved the lives of the residents. 

“I developed a brave heart through my family. My father influenced and taught me how to be courageous. My father followed this principle: ‘If you see any issue that you can resolve, immediately take action and resolve it, even if it means risking your own life.’ Although June 1 was the most terrifying day for me, I am very happy and thankful to God that everyone was ok. Heroism is all about acting on the spot and thinking of others rather than of personal interests and achievement. Heroism starts from the community. It’s the humanitarian effort that shows concern for each other and the willingness to take action in the face of challenges,” said Al-Alit.

Al-Alit was recognized for his efforts by LG. LG has long aimed to create values needed by society through constant interaction with the communities it operates in. One of those cultivations is to reward people who are dedicated to social justice through their own willingness to spread positive influence. This recognition is known as the LG Righteous Person Award. The award was created in 2015 and has been recognizing righteous citizens around the world and upholding them as role models of society and more. 

The award has come to Saudi Arabia for the first time. LG evaluated a number of individuals who most matched with LG’s social contribution criteria before zeroing in on Al-Alit.

“I am humbled to be recognized by LG for this and hope my story inspires others to care for their communities,” he said. 

Yeon-Wook Jeong of LG Electronics said: “The LG Righteous Person Award would continue to develop and expand its responsibilities as a social enterprise.”

For more information on LG’s Righteous Person Award, please visit: https://www.lgcorp.com/csr/responsibility/lg


Thakher Makkah to host three new Radisson hotels

Thakher Makkah to host three new Radisson hotels
Updated 22 September 2021

Thakher Makkah to host three new Radisson hotels

Thakher Makkah to host three new Radisson hotels

Radisson Hotel Group has announced the signing of three hotels within the Thakher Makkah megaproject, an urban development in the holy city. The Park Inn by Radisson Makkah Thakher City Tower West, the Park Inn by Radisson Makkah Thakher City Tower East and the Radisson Hotel Makkah Thakher City are set to open in Q4 2022. The new signings will add a total of 992 rooms and apartments, doubling the group’s portfolio in Makkah, a key target growth market in Saudi Arabia.

Elie Younes, executive vice president and chief development officer EMEA, Radisson Hotel Group, said: “We are delighted to announce this portfolio of three new hotels, as it not only accelerates our growing presence in Makkah, but also reaffirms our commitment toward the country and its future. The Thakher Makkah megaproject is designed to attract millions of pilgrims every year and will positively contribute to the country’s ambitious plan that aims to host 30 million Umrah visitors, as well as, hosting 6 million Hajj pilgrims by the year 2030. We remain committed to the country’s Vision 2030 and its initiatives to significantly increase the contribution of leisure and business tourism to the country’s economy. We would like to thank our business partners for their trust in our brands and teams as we look forward to an exciting and rewarding journey.”

Located within the Thakher Makkah megaproject, a mixed-use development comprising hotels, residential and retail units, the hotels are just a stone’s throw away from the holy site.

Abdulaziz Al-Aboudi, CEO of Thakher Development Co., said: “The keenness of international hotel companies to provide their services to the Thakher Makkah Project reflects the importance and value of the project as a prominent tourism destination in the holy city. Such cooperation gives an indication that we are on the right path to providing new distinctive hospitality and housing options, which is in line with Vision 2030. We are excited to announce the launch of further cooperation with Radisson Hotel Group, which we anticipate will be a fruitful endeavor.”

A combination of both hotel and residential options, the Radisson Hotel Makkah Thakher City will consist of 440 rooms and 206 branded residences, a lobby café, and an all-day dining restaurant. For leisure and recreation, the hotel will feature separate ladies and male gym facilities, while the meeting and event spaces will include five meeting rooms as well as three conference rooms.

Park Inn by Radisson Makkah Thakher City Tower West and Park Inn by Radisson Makkah Thakher City Tower East are designed to facilitate pilgrims’ stay and experience in the Kingdom. With clever use of color, contemporary design, and friendly and personalized services, guests can relax while fully embracing their pilgrimage.

Boasting 203 rooms, the Park Inn by Radisson Makkah Thakher City Tower West offers its guests a lobby cafe and an all-day dining restaurant. The upcoming Park Inn by Radisson Makkah Thakher City Tower East houses 143 rooms, a lobby lounge, and one restaurant.

The city of Makkah, situated 70 km southeast of Jeddah, is known as the holiest city in Islam. The main sources of economic activity in Makkah are the Hajj and Umrah pilgrimage, with millions flocking to Makkah each year for worship and devotion. Since the seventh century, Muslims all over the world have visited Makkah, the birthplace of Islam. It is a pilgrimage that marks their observance of one of the five pillars of Islam and the fulfillment of a once-in-a-lifetime ritual.


KPMG Graduate Program hones Saudi talents

KPMG Graduate Program hones Saudi talents
Updated 21 September 2021

KPMG Graduate Program hones Saudi talents

KPMG Graduate Program hones Saudi talents

KPMG in Saudi Arabia has announced that a good number of Saudi nationals joined its graduate program this year, with many taking up internship positions across the firm’s various functions and offices in the Kingdom.

The KPMG Graduate Program is part of the company’s commitment to Vision 2030 and to developing and training Saudi talents. The program provides exceptional learning and professional development opportunities for young Saudis. It further aims to build a foundation of expertise for KPMG’s business through a combination of diverse assignments and a concentrated on-the-job development plan.

The three-year graduate program starts with attracting and recruiting top graduate talents, followed by on-the-job training, exam preparation training and mentorship. KPMG ensures young Saudi talents feel settled and have the required knowledge to perform their daily tasks up to a high standard. The ultimate goal of this program is to support young nationals to acquire knowledge, experience and pass the professional qualification that will help them start successful careers.

“Investing in our young Saudi talents is a strategic priority for KPMG. We want to nurture our young and dynamic local talents that will empower and equip the leaders of tomorrow,” said Dr. Abdullah Al-Fozan, chairman of KPMG in Saudi Arabia.

“The aim of our graduate program is to develop the next generation of leaders through challenging and interesting assignments, accompanied by comprehensive training sessions. They will be able to boost their resumes with solid work experience and accreditation,” he added.

KPMG in Saudi Arabia was established through its member firm KPMG Professional Services and has operated in the Kingdom since 1992. It has grown to become one of the largest professional service providers in the country, reaching a workforce of nearly 1,300, based in Riyadh, Jeddah and Alkhobar.


Bupa Arabia launches innovative telehealth platform for seamless customer experience

Bupa Arabia launches innovative telehealth platform for seamless customer experience
Updated 21 September 2021

Bupa Arabia launches innovative telehealth platform for seamless customer experience

Bupa Arabia launches innovative telehealth platform for seamless customer experience

Bupa Arabia for Cooperative Insurance has launched a new telehealth platform that delivers value-added healthcare services such as doctor-patient video consultations (telemedicine) and appointment bookings. The move is in line with the Ministry of Health’s “E-Health Strategy” and specifically, its efforts to expand the scope of telemedicine services in the Kingdom, especially after these services have proven their effectiveness and success during the COVID-19 pandemic. It also aligns with Bupa Arabia’s digital transformation objectives.

The Kingdom’s National Digital Transformation Unit recently lauded in a tweet the efforts made by Bupa Arabia in driving innovation in the Saudi healthcare sector in line with Vision 2030 and elevating the standards for digital health through its app.

Mohamed El-Missaoui, chief operating officer at Bupa Arabia, said: “Digital transformation is a key pillar in our strategy. We are committed to transforming the delivery of healthcare services by expanding our digital leadership and creating sustainable and accessible technological solutions.”

He said that Bupa Arabia, through its new telehealth platform, focuses on delivering the best customer experience for its members, directly connecting major healthcare providers with members to enable a seamless experience, and positioning Bupa Arabia as a pioneer of digital transformation in the Kingdom’s health insurance industry.

Commenting on Bupa Arabia’s digital transformation plans, El-Missaoui said: “We are proud to be working with the most prestigious partners from the healthcare sector in the Kingdom that include major hospitals and healthcare professionals while also further advancing our capabilities by partnering with other health tech platforms such as Okadoc and Sanar.”

Bupa Arabia’s new partnerships will contribute to creating a better healthcare experience as it will allow users to book instant appointments with doctors through Okadoc and stay connected to hundreds of specialists and doctors online with Sanar.

The introduction of the innovative telehealth platform completes the Bupa Arabia healthcare ecosystem, which also includes the Tebtom program. This unique program allows members to refill and receive medication, conduct home labs, and download the results, schedule a vaccination appointment, and conduct live chat sessions with Tebtom doctors to manage their chronic conditions, or receive maternity or childcare coaching with comfort and ease. Furthermore, members can access their electronic health records to download e-prescriptions and manage all other health-related documents. All these features are supported by best-in-class technology that integrates their information and documents in a single app.