As part of the group’s strategy of continued expansion in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Radisson Hotel Group (RHG) remains committed to developing Saudi nationals working in the hospitality industry. To further consolidate its intensive recruitment efforts in one of its key market drivers, the group has launched “A Brilliant Pathway of Advanced Development Program” (ABJAD), targeting Kingdom employees to develop their leadership profile and skills. help advance in their roles through its portfolio of 26 operational hotels.
Alongside Radisson Hotel Group’s strong expansion plans, ABJAD aims to develop talent by producing qualified, well-trained and talented Saudi managers. The name “ABJAD” is derived from the articulation of the first letters of the Arabic alphabet in its original order, and is often used to symbolize the beginning of learning something new, which in this case alludes to leadership. Through ABJAD, talent in all departments currently at the supervisory level will receive the tools, resources and guidance needed to prepare for the next stage of their hospitality career.
ABJAD intends to nurture talent by focusing on the following pillars: Own, Deliver, Collaborate, Lead. This initiative is also aligned with the Saudi Vision 2030 to increase the contribution of the tourism sector to the domestic product to more than 10% and provide one million job opportunities. It further solidifies the group’s commitment to the region, in line with its new office in the Kingdom, which should be operational by the end of the year.
Basel Talal, Managing Director, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Levant at Radisson Hotel Group comments: “Saudi Arabia remains a key market for us at Radisson Hotel Group and we aim to further strengthen our presence in this market through property expansion and talent development. With this in mind, we ensure that the team has the resources it needs to grow and provide the highest level of service to our customers. With the ABJAD program, Saudi talents will receive the appropriate coaching to ensure their development in their careers.
Recently, Radisson Hotel Group was ranked fourth in Forbes’ ranking of the best employers in the travel and leisure industry worldwide. The people continue to be the band’s greatest asset, providing memorable moments every day. With this, Radisson Hotel Group has made considerable efforts to implement a vigorous engagement plan to motivate, develop and connect the team to the company’s business objective.
“The Kingdom’s Human Capital Development Sub-Division within the Ministry is always pleased to see the immense efforts of international hotel groups as they engage and implement tremendous efforts to develop Saudi nationals. The Saudi Vision 2030 continues to be at the forefront of the Kingdom’s goals, and we remain committed to supporting unparalleled learning opportunities in dynamic and culturally diverse work environments,” said Princess Noura bint Khalid Al-Saud, responsible for learning and development partnerships at the Ministry of Tourism of Saudi Arabia.
The Radisson Hotel Group currently has 43 hotels and over 8,000 rooms in operation and under development in Saudi Arabia alone.