Under the patronage of its Dean, Dr. Sultan bin Ayedh Al-Baqmy, the College of Business Administration signed three new partnership agreements with leading institutions within the business community in Makkah. The institutions were the Coordination Council of Local Hajj Operators, Hilton Makkah Jabal Omar, and Dur Hospitality Company.
The event was honored with the attendance of the Head of the General Authority for Tourism and National Heritage in Makkah accompanied by his delegation. In addition, the event started with a speech by Dr. Sultan Al-Baqmy in which he expressed UQU President’s welcome to the esteemed attendees. He also spoke about the significance of such partnerships to build sustainable bridges with the industry and to meet the requirements of the Saudi Vision 2030.
In the same context, the Head of the General Authority for Tourism in Makkah demonstrated the role of such partnerships to develop touristic services and support different initiatives of the Authority. Then, the General Director of Hilton Jabal Omar hailed the role played by Umm Al-Qura University (UQU) and its graduates of senior positions in more than one country around the world. He added that the Hilton Hotels had been looking forward to supporting Saudi young students of both genders in Makkah. Moreover, he pointed out that the Saudi woman had become the manager of many of the Hilton hotel departments and that the hotel series had looked forward to supporting more BA College graduates and students. This was followed by the speech by the Head of the Coordination Council of Local Hajj Operators. He hailed the initiative, the dire need for the Saudi young competencies, as well as the necessity of starting and continuing cooperation with the College in the industry of Hajj and Umrah. In turn, the Director of Dur Hospitality Company hailed the quality of the College’s graduates who were used to leave positive impressions and obvious marks at their work places. He also said that his hotel group had aspired to expand cooperation with the College and support Saudi young men and women. Afterwards, the Head of the Tourism and Hotel Management Department expressed the College’s satisfaction with building partnerships with businessmen, resuming work to achieve the Saudi Vision 2030, and launching towards greater horizons for the College’s students. Then, the Heads of the Business Administration and Marketing Departments explained the significance of unending cooperation with such significant sectors. He added that this aimed to achieve quality, contributed in the National Transformation Program and created a flow of job opportunities for the College’s students. In turn, the Head of the Business Administration of Hajj and Umra Department stated that the challenge was to turn such constructive agreements into fruitful results. He added that this needed non-stop hard work, to which the College proved to be fully ready. He also said that the College welcomed full cooperation with the business community and the Hajj and Umrah institutions.