Week 53 in Review: Recognizing local manufacturers, a shift in community education, and one of our own takes on the Dakar Rally.
‘Aramco appreciates the local manufacturers’ success in demonstrating resilience by maintaining a high-level of quality despite the ongoing pandemic.’
Here are some of the top stories of the past week. Also, check out our 2021 in review at the end of the article.
For a fourth consecutive year, Aramco’s Engineering Services conducted the Local Manufacturers Quality Excellence Awards, held this year at the Plaza Conference Center in Dhahran. The event is designed to promote a quality focused culture within the Saudi manufacturing industry that elevates the performance of local manufacturers allowing them to compete in regional and international markets.
The ceremony raises the bar for local manufacturers to:
- Attain an excellent service provision
- Optimize a significant level of Saudization
- Demonstrate a reliable supply chain; not only for the Kingdom, but also for the entire region under the slogan of “Saudi Made.”
Saudi Aramco’s Community Education is getting a refresh.
On Dec. 22, Saudi Aramco Expatriate Schools (SAES) Community Education anounced its new name, SAES Education Outreach (SEO). The renaming of the organization is designed to strengthen its vision of serving the community in Dhahran, Ras Tanura, ‘Udhailiyah, and Abqaiq.
“With this new name, we believe we better capture the essence of the program, which is all about education and learning opportunities that will enrich the lives of many,” said Faisal A. Hajji, executive director of Human Resources.
And the 2022 catalog promises to be, as usual, robust and interesting. Some of the interesting courses that will be provided include: Creative Writing for English, Japanese, and German (the last two recently coming back); Line Dancing; Flamenco Dance; Capoeira; Saudi and Latin American Culture; Improvisation; Excel; and Microsoft Access.
Aramco’s ongoing efforts to promote and sustain health and well-being among its contractor workforce have recently been showcased at a premier government health and safety event in Riyadh.
The company’s Project Management (PM) organization was invited to present at the International Workplace Health and Safety Conference event to share insights and experiences on the topic of “Contractors’ Roles and Responsibilities toward Workers’ Safety and Health.”
It marked the first time Aramco has shared its experience in the subject area at an event.
PM presented on the Aramco experience in managing the well-being of its contractor workforce as an integral part of its safety system.
Aramcon Tariq S. Al-Rammah will be participating in the Dakar Rally again.
This year’s the event, the 44th edition, will be hosted in the Kingdom for a third time, and this rally will include new routes and plenty of challenges for its participants. Scheduled Jan. 2-14, 2022, the event is expected to attract more than 550 participants from around the world to enjoy the thrill of rally sports and Saudi Arabia’s beautiful scenery.
And while the experience isn’t new for Al-Rammah, it is as exciting as it ever has been for veteran Dakar Rally participant.
“I found last year’s experience to be outstanding,” said Al-Rammah.
Saudi Arabian Airlines (SAUDIA) and the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra) have signed a preliminary memorandum of understanding (MoU) for a strategic cooperation.
The agreement reinforces Aramco’s initiatives to engage Ithra as a consultant in developing an interactive center that highlight SAUDIA’s corporate history and the history of aviation in Saudi Arabia.
The collaboration will focus on spreading awareness about Ithra’s cultural activities and steps to make its cultural and creative content accessible to the public through the in-flight entertainment system on SAUDIA’s aircraft, as well as launching holiday packages that promote and encourage cultural tourism. Also, SAUDIA will adorn one of its aircraft with Ithra livery.