The 6 Saudi companies highlighted as the best places to work

Time: 21 December 2020

Companies can gain the ‘Best Places to Work’ certification after a rigorous survey of their human-resources operations, as well as an analysis of employee satisfaction. (Shutterstock)
  • Novo Nordisk Saudi, an affiliate of the international healthcare company, was ranked first place for the second year running due to its strides to empower its female employees

JEDDAH: An annual international certification program has chosen six companies considered to have the best work environments in the Kingdom during 2020.

Companies can gain the “Best Places to Work” certification after a rigorous survey of their human-resources operations, as well as an analysis of employee satisfaction, covering areas such as culture, people practices, leadership and growth opportunities.

Hamza Idrissi, the program manager in the Kingdom, said that the top six companies all had an 82-percent engagement level, in spite of the pandemic.

“This is something to be proud of — an elite group of employers making sure that their employees are happy, healthy, and enjoy coming to work,” he said.

Novo Nordisk Saudi, an affiliate of the international healthcare company, was ranked first place for the second year running due to its strides to empower its female employees.

Corporate Vice President at Novo Nordisk, Saudi Arabia, Melvin D’Souza said: “It is a real pleasure to see Novo Nordisk recognized as the No. 1 Best Place to Work in Saudi Arabia.

We are happy to see Novo Nordisk is seen as a female-enabling environment where emerging female talents build their future careers.”

Johnson & Johnson Saudi ranked second, which is “a clear testament to the work [changing] the trajectory of health for humanity,” said Head of Talent Acquisition Ehab Abdel Hafez.

In third place was Tamkeen Technologies. The company’s General Manager Mohammed Al-Shaibi said that the label “demonstrates that initiatives are heard and appreciated and we are committed toward creating the right employee experience.”

Coming in at fourth place was International Maritime Industries, while Al Safi Danone ranked fifth. Al Safi Danone CEO Tolga Sezer said the company was happy to create an environment where people can “develop, prosper and fulfill growth ambitions.”

MSD Animal Health completed the top six. The country lead of their Saudi Arabia operations Mohammed Osman said: “I am very delighted to see MSD AH in KSA among the top list of the best [places] to work in 2020 despite the challenges we all faced during this year.”

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Saudi Arabia, Google partner in plan to ‘level-up’ Mideast

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Lino Cattaruzzi, managing director for Google in MENA. (Supplied)

  • The program includes cloud training for local businesses, as well as workshops on advanced digital skills, such as a machine learning platform that will teach about 140,000 developers with a focus on women

DUBAI: Several Saudi ministries have teamed up with tech giant Google to launch a set of projects aimed at helping the Kingdom’s economic strategy and digital transformation.

Google said the initiatives will focus on Saudi Arabia and the MENA region and will boost economic recovery amid the coronavirus pandemic. The program, named “Grow stronger with Google,” will include a comprehensive list of digital tools, grants and training opportunities to support local businesses and job seekers across the region. In the Kingdom, Google will target the retail, tourism and technology sectors, including Saudi Post, which will list 100,000 local entities on the company’s digital platform and train employees in online marketing.
“We are proud to partner with Google in this initiative to bring value to Saudi nationals, residents and local businesses, especially SMEs through bringing them together using the Google ‘My Business’ platform,” said President of the Saudi Post Anef Abanomi.
“Through this partnership we aim to list up to 100,000 businesses in the first phase in line with Saudi Post’s strategic transformation objectives to improve quality of life and help SMEs achieve their e-commerce and digitization goals,” he added.
Lino Cattaruzzi, managing director for Google in MENA, said in a press release: “During the pandemic, online tools have been a lifeline for many in Saudi Arabia. Making the most of the online opportunity can help Saudi people, businesses and communities and in the wider region bounce back stronger.” He said the program will equip businesses and individuals in the Kingdom with digital skills, especially in sectors that have been most affected by the pandemic, such as retail and tourism.

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In the Kingdom, Google will target the retail, tourism and technology sectors, including Saudi Post, which will list 100,000 local entities on the company’s digital platform and train employees in online marketing.

The tech giant has also partnered with several Saudi bodies — including the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology and the Ministry of Tourism — to implement the programs. One project is set to train 50,000 students and businesses in digital marketing.
“We remain fundamentally optimistic about the future of this region, and we’re confident that by working together with local partners, we can boost recovery and build on the rapid acceleration of tech adoption we’ve seen during the crisis,” Cattaruzzi said.
The program also includes cloud training for local businesses, as well as workshops on advanced digital skills, such as a machine learning platform that will teach about 140,000 developers with a focus on women.
Google said it wants to help 1 million people and businesses throughout the MENA region learn digital skills and grow businesses by the end of 2021.

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Helicopter Company hauls largest airborne Saudi flag across the Kingdom’s skies

Time: 29 September 2020

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  • Impressive spectacle marked the start of a first-of-its-kind airshow, as part of the Kingdom’s 90th National Day celebrations

RIYADH: The Helicopter Company (THC) helped Saudi Arabia’s 90th National Day Airshow get off to a flying start by displaying the largest airborne Saudi flag in the skies above the Kingdom.

The impressive spectacle marked the start of the first-of-its-kind event, which combined military and civil aviation displays in a single show. The week-long airshow, organized by the General Entertainment Authority, began in Jeddah on Sept. 21, before moving on to Riyadh and concluding in Al-Khobar.

It began with a THC AgustaWestland AW139 helicopter towing the 2,000-square-meter flag across the sky. At the end of each day’s airborne entertainment, THC took the skies again to display a banner decorated with the slogan of the 90th National Day, “mettle to the top.”

THC, which is wholly owned by the Kingdom’s Public Investment Fund, recently launched its banner-towing service. It offers clients the chance to display messages and advertise products on huge customized banners towed across the sky by a helicopter. The company’s participation in the National Day Airshow was the first official use of the service. THC has also introduced aerial photography, in addition to other recently announced aerial business services.

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Boehringer Ingelheim hosts health care summit

Time: 25 August, 2020

The online summit, organized by Boehringer Ingelheim — a pharmaceutical company — utilized virtual technology to create a live environment for health care professionals to share their experiences.

Boehringer Ingelheim brought together 3,000 health care professionals in Saudi Arabia this week to a virtual deep dive into the latest evidence-based updates in the therapeutic areas of diabetes, cardio-metabolism, respiratory diseases, and stroke management.

The online summit, organized by Boehringer Ingelheim — a pharmaceutical company — utilized virtual technology to create a live environment for health care professionals to share their experiences. Cardiologists, endocrinologists, neurologists, and other experts registered at the virtual reception and walked through the hall before choosing their preferred conference room in a unique digital experience.

Cardiovascular disease (CVD), which accounts for almost 36 percent of all annual deaths in Saudi Arabia, was one of the primary topics discussed at the conference, with a special focus on the link between cardiovascular complications and the new classes of oral antidiabetic drugs.

The implementation of telemedicine in stroke care was discussed while with respect to respiratory diseases, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) was underscored, currently prevalent among 2.4 percent of the general population and 14.2 percent among smokers over 40 years of age, with cases expected to increase.

“Digitization is fundamentally changing the pharmaceutical industry and we at Boehringer Ingelheim are embracing its role as an intrinsic part of our business development,” said Waleed Mashak, general manager and head of Human Pharma at Boehringer Ingelheim Saudi Arabia. “We are delighted to be organizing digital events of quality in the Kingdom, to deliver on our promise of providing health care professionals throughout the COVID-19 pandemic with continuous and uninterrupted updates on the latest medical and scientific evidence in different medical fields, which will undoubtedly be of great benefit for the patients of Saudi Arabia.”

“Summits such as these are vital as they allow the exchange of knowledge and provide the opportunity for health care professionals to share best practices with one another and keep up-to-date on the latest information and findings,” said Dr. Hussein Elbadawi, consultant endocrinologist at My Clinic International Center Jeddah.

The summit was held in collaboration with the Saudi Heart Association, Saudi Scientific Diabetes Society, Saudi Stroke Society, and Saudi Society of Internal Medicine.

Dr. Saeed Alghamdi, consultant stroke and cerebrovascular diseases neurologist and president of the Saudi Stroke Society, said: “Through this multi-therapeutic event, health care professionals from across the Kingdom were able to gain valuable and reliable information, which will ultimately benefit Saudi Arabia’s health care offering. It was especially insightful with regards to the field of stroke and neurology given that the occurrence of strokes is considered a major challenge to the health care system in Saudi Arabia, with the incidence rate of first-time stroke standing at 57.64 per 100,000.”

The summit is one of a series of virtual events launched by Boehringer Ingelheim in the region as part of its commitment to providing a continuous source of reliable education for health care professionals specializing in various disease areas and focuses.

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