Saudisation of vital importance to Conrad Makkah

Conrad Makkah

Conrad Makkah, which opened in June of this year, has expressed its firm commitment to Saudisation.

The high-end property has attracted an impressive number of highly-qualified Saudi nationals who work in the security, F&B, housekeeping, concierge, administration, front office and HR departments.

In order to further boost these Saudisation efforts, which fall in line with the government’s Vision 2030, Conrad Makkah has revealed that it will be offering a two-year training programme to talented, recently graduated Saudi nationals to fast track them to management positions under Hilton’s Mudeer Al Mustaqbal (Manager of the Future) Programme, which is offered at all 11 Hilton properties in the country.

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During the programme, participants will learn how to work in F&B, front office and housekeeping departments, while working within the hotel’s main operational areas.

General manager, Conrad Makkah, Ismail Sirry remarked: “There is a great opportunity for the private sector of the hospitality industry to invest in the national workforce of the Kingdom.

“Our strategy has always been focused on attracting highly-educated Saudi nationals and empowering them with necessary skills and expertise to pursue a successful career in hospitality. As a group, we encourage qualified Saudi jobseekers to undertake all kinds of positions in the hospitality sector, because we believe that the national workforce is the sound voice of their local culture and the true advocates of their country’s growth and development,” Sirry added.

Also commenting was human resources director, Conrad Makkah, Hattan Ahmed Ba’akadah – a Saudi national with almost 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry: “At Conrad Makkah, we are committed to creating promising job opportunities and solid working environment for Saudi nationals to help them enhance their skills and expertise and move up in their career ladder.

“We truly believe that there are many well-educated Saudi graduates who value the effort it takes to build a globally-recognised hospitality experience and acquire crucial managerial competences. Those are the ones we are looking for as team members and those are the ones we are ready to invest in and train as we aim to cultivate and sustain a resilient Saudi workforce in our hotel,” he added.

During the Manager of the Future programme, participants will be granted access to Hilton Worldwide University, an online learning platform offering participants more than five million hours of training through 2,500 courses in various formats.