Shell celebrates 75 Years of Partnership with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Mar 16, 2016
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia – March 16, 2016 – Shell in Saudi Arabia today commemorated its 75th anniversary at an event hosted by Shell’s CEO Ben van Beurden with HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman as guest of honour and attended by other dignitaries and the company’s partners in the Kingdom including Saudi Aramco, SABIC and the Al Jomaih family.
Shell’s journey in Saudi Arabia began with the refuelling of King Abdulaziz’s airplane. Today, Shell is active in refining, petrochemicals, aircraft refuelling services and the blending and marketing of lubricants. Shell employs more than 2,000 staff with its partners in the Kingdom, with approximately 80% staff being Saudi nationals.
The 75 year celebratory event took place at the National Museum and highlighted the longstanding partnership between Shell and the Kingdom, memorialised with the opening of the ‘SAUDIA’ photo exhibition. ‘SAUDIA’ showcases the Kingdom’s remarkable political, social and economic developments over the last seven decades through a series of historic images. The King Abdulaziz Foundation for Research and Archives was Shell’s partner in creating the ‘SAUDIA’ photobook and exhibition. The exhibition, which includes pictures never published before, will remain in the National Museum for another two weeks and is open to the public.
His Royal Highness Prince Sultan, President of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities and Chairman of the Disabled Children Association, commented on the occasion saying, “This partnership of more than seven decades reflects Shell’s ongoing commitment to the Kingdom not only in oil and gas developments, but also in social projects that promote entrepreneurship among Saudi youth including meaningful causes such as the “SAUDIA” exhibition and the jubilee book, proceeds of which will be used to raise funds to benefit the Disabled Children’s Association.”
Speaking at the commemorative event, Shell CEO Ben van Beurden said, “We are proud of our long-standing and successful partnership with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and with its people. As we have over the last 75 years, we are determined to use our innovative technology to support the Kingdom’s future energy needs,”
“We look forward to many more decades of success, progress and partnership,” he added.
Shell’s long-standing partners also participated in the commemorative event, including Saudi Aramco with whom Shell has established the Saudi Aramco Shell Refinery, one of the largest refineries in the Middle East, SABIC with whom Shell owns SADAF, one of the world’s largest petrochemical complexes, Peninsular Aviation Services Company Limited which provides fuel to international airports in the west of the Kingdom and the Al Jomaih family which has 50% shareholding in Jomaih and Shell Lubricating Oil Company (JOSLOC), which manufactures and distributes Shell lubricants in Saudi Arabia.
In attendance and the first to view the ‘SAUDIA’ exhibition were H.E. Khalid al-Falih, minister of Health and Chairman of the Board of Saudi Aramco, HRH Prince Mohammed K.A. Al-Faisal, CEO of Faisaliah Group, , HRH Abdulaziz bin Turki al Faisal, motorsports athlete, Amin Nasser, CEO of Saudi Aramco, and Sheikh Mohammed al Jomaih amongst 80 other guests.
About Shell in Saudi Arabia
Shell has been an active and reliable energy partner in Saudi Arabia, supporting the Kingdom’s oil sector growth for many decades and today supporting the country in its energy diversification objectives with projects in the refining, petrochemicals and lubricants sectors. Shell employs more than 2,000 staff with its partners in the Kingdom, the vast majority being Saudi nationals (80%).
Shell’s social investment projects are designed to support the country’s job creation goals. Its Intiliqaah project, now in its 6th year, empowers young Saudis with the skills necessary to become young entrepreneurs. The programme has already graduated 10,000 young men and women, and to date over 50% of the trainees have been women. This year, three student teams from Saudi Arabia participated in Shell’s global Eco-Marathon competition in Manila.
In another initiative targeting youth, Shell’s ‘Futbolnet’ programme with FC Barcelona uses one of the world’s most popular sports to empower youth with essential skills such as teamwork, respect and responsibility. Shell’s Road Safety education programme aims to support the Kingdom in making roads safer.
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