Ascott Rafal Olaya Riyadh boosts Saudisation efforts

George Sell By George Sell
12 September 2018 | Updated 12 September 2018

KSA: Ascott has welcomed two new Saudi nationals to key roles at Ascott Rafal Olaya Riyadh, in line with the company’s continued Saudisation efforts.

As KSA celebrates its 86th National Day this month, Ascott says it has placed a key focus on training and recruitment of Saudi nationals. Along with the required Saudisation obligations in the Kingdom, Ascott has introduced traineeships and development training for career growth tailored to the requirements of young  people wanting to work in the hospitality industry.

Ibrahim Tawfig joins as executive assistant manager, overseeing guest services, security and HR as well as assisting the property's GM with daily operations. Tawfig has more than 16 years of hospitality experience, specifically within the 5-star hotel market in KSA, having most recently been the executive assistant manager at Le Meridien Madinah. Tawfig holds an executive Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration (Marketing) from King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah, and a High Diploma in Hospitality from Cornell University.

Abdulrahman Al Mansour has been appointed as the property's assistant director of sales. Mansour has been in the hospitality industry for six years. He is currently completing his MBA via correspondence at the University of Liverpool and has, since 2011, completed several sales, PR, and marketing courses.

Vincent Miccolis, Ascott's regional GM for the Middle East, Africa and Turkey, says: "We are proud to welcome two new team members to Ascott Rafal Olaya Riyadh. They each bring valuable experience and a set of key skills to their roles, and we are confident that this growth is another step to continue providing an outstanding level of service and customer satisfaction to our guests."

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