Abdul Rahman Al Harbi, director of Saudisation. Abdul Rahman Al Harbi, director of Saudisation.

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has appointed Abdul Rahman Al Harbi, a human resources professional, as its new director of Saudisation.

Al Harbi brings more than 14 years of experience, including roles with Mövenpick in Saudi Arabia. In his new role, Al Harbi will lead the hotel’s Saudisation strategy, which is aligned with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.

The strategy includes leading Mövenpick’s Saudisation programmes and practices across its 11 current and five upcoming properties in Saudi Arabia. The strategy is expected to “ensure a consistent, strategic and coordinated country-level approach is delivered and that Saudi talent is nurtured with long-term career prospects in mind”, a statement said.

Educated in both Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom, with a focus on HR and communication skills, and fluent in both Arabic and English, Al Harbi started his career as a human resources specialist with Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts in Saudi Arabia. He later worked in senior HR roles for several hospitality firms and private sector business groups in the kingdom before returning to the Swiss hospitality firm in 2015 as HR manager for Mövenpick Hotel City Star Jeddah.

Al Harbi also recently participated in the company’s Saudi Development Centre (SDC) – an intensive training programme that provides career development coaching for nationals with strong leadership potential.

Commenting on the hotel’s Saudisation strategy Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts VP Human Resources Alex Rawson said: “Mövenpick has made strong headway with is Saudisation strategy to date and appointing a Director of Saudisation will further enhance and streamline our activities in this area, ensuring we continue to employ more Saudi talent in a variety of roles and provide them with accelerated career progression opportunities.”

As director of Saudisation, Al Harbi will liaise with all hotel HR departments in Saudi Arabia and ensure training programmes are developed and delivered according to Mövenpick’s Saudisation Strategy as well as lead the Saudi National recruitment drive for the company.

Saudi Arabia’s tourism sector, as part of its Vision 2030 economic diversification strategy, is expected to generate around 1.2 million jobs for Saudis from now until 2030, the statement added.

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