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Honeywell has opened a research and training facility in Dhahran that it hopes will open career opportunities up to Saudi Arabian nationals
Located in the Dhahran Techno Valley business cluster, the centre will offer a platform for engineering research and training for Honeywell's employees, its industrial partners and its customers.
The educational facility, the firm's first outside the USA, will offer a range of industrial research and development courses, as well as customer training for Honeywell’s UOP oil and gas technology businesses.
The global technology and manufacturing firm has said that it hoped that the opening of the centre would act as a foundation for its regional growth over the coming years, as well as providing employment opportunities to the local population.
Mohamed Al Mousa, Saudi Arabia country manager for Honeywell, said, "The opening of this new research and training facility, here in Dhahran, enables Honeywell to provide career-path opportunities for Saudi nationals.
"This centre provides a base to develop stronger relationships with our industrial partners and universities like King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM). The scholarships and internships we are providing to Saudi students also form part of our long-term investment in the country and its future.”
The Fortune 100 company said that the new facility would provide innovative solutions to challenges facing companies in Saudi Arabia, as well as helping engineers in the region develop new technologies.
Honeywell chairman and CEO Dave Cote remarked, "We expect a lot of great new products and technologies to emerge from this new centre, as it will offer a platform for engineering and research excellence for employees and customers in the region."
His Excellency Khaled Al-Sultan, rector and CEO of KFUPM, added, “The company’s training activities and scholarships for young Saudis, as well as our on-going advanced joint research projects, demonstrate the company’s commitment to innovation and a knowledge-based economy.”