Saraya Aqaba, in collaboration with the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research and the Ministry of Education in Jordan, launched an educational road show in Aqaba to introduce high school (Tawjihi) students to Saraya Scholarship Fund in the fields of hotels & hospitality.
Dr. Khalid Wazani, General Manager of Saraya Aqaba, and representatives from Saraya Aqaba and Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA) participated in the road show, which aims to introduce students to the Scholarship Fund that Saraya Aqaba offers and the conditions of the participation in the scholarship program. The road show comprises of ten sessions for a period of five days from July 9-13.
Dr. Khaled Wazani said, "The workshop's program includes sessions and debate circles to answer students' questions and queries and take note of their views regarding topics that tackle their present, educational and professional future and help place them on the right path towards realizing their ambitions and dreams". He added "This road show is one of a series of Saraya's endeavors to serve and support the local communities in order to implement its vision in contributing to securing better lives for Aqaba's community". Wazani indicated that it is vital to provide various forms of support and care to the kingdom's students, particularly in this critical secondary level which constitutes a pivotal point in determining students' future.
The educational cooperation agreement for Saraya Scholarship Fund was signed earlier this year by His Excellency Dr. Khalid Touqan, Minister of Education and Higher Education & Scientific Research, and Mr. Ali Kolaghassi, Saraya Vice Chairman and CEO. Saraya will present 10 undergraduate university scholarships to high school graduates from Aqaba residences who are interested in pursuing careers in the fields of hotels and hospitality.
The scholarships will go to students with Tawjihi grades over 70%, and will support them in obtaining their university degrees in the mentioned fields outside of Jordan. Scholarships will cover university fees and all additional expenses accrued over the course of the four-year university period. Upon graduation, students will be employed for a set period at one of Saraya Aqaba's six 5-star hotels.
Saraya is a tourism and real estate development holding company established in 2005 under the chairmanship of Sheikh Saad Rafic Hariri. Saraya's mission embraces contributing to the growth of local economies through delivering profitable projects to investors and local communities.
With further expansion intended in the near future in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), and through strategic collaboration with local authorities and investors in public and private partnerships, Saraya announced four projects until now; Saraya Aqaba and Saraya Dead Sea in Jordan, Saraya Islands in Ras Al Khaimah – UAE, and Saraya's project in Muscat – Oman.
Saraya seeks to identify and assess unique undiscovered sites in order to transform them into world-class tourist attractions, achieving its vision of creating “cities within cities.” This vision includes establishing superb hotels, retail facilities, entertainment, leisure and sport facilities, conference centers, as well as luxurious residential units set up on natural beaches or around man-made lagoons. Saraya's projects are built according to the highest international standards that cater to the needs of local residents, as well as tourists and businessmen.
All projects under Saraya's umbrella will be developed in an environmentally-friendly and culturally-conscious manner. To ensure the highest specifications and construction standards, Saraya opted for Saudi Oger Ltd- which has extensive global expertise in the construction of complex and technologically advanced projects- to be the exclusive design and build contractor for all of its projects.