Hessa H. Almazroa

In a landmark event for Saudi Arabia’s hospitality sector, Hessa Almazroa has made history as the first Saudi female General Manager to open a hotel property in the Kingdom. Her remarkable journey led to the launch of Novotel Riyadh Sahafa, Accor’s flagship hotel, featuring 232 rooms and suites.

A Milestone Achievement

“I had always dreamed of this moment. Leading the opening of Novotel Riyadh Sahafa is not only a personal achievement but also a testament to the expertise and capability of Saudis in the hospitality industry,” Almazroa expressed.

Driving Hospitality Forward

In alignment with Vision 2030, Almazroa has positioned Novotel Riyadh Sahafa as a model of inclusivity and diversity, with women making up 30 percent of the workforce and Saudisation levels exceeding 50 percent. She envisions the hotel as a platform for nurturing leadership and community development, particularly among Saudi women.

Contributing to Saudi Arabia’s Development

“Riyadh generates 50 percent of Saudi Arabia’s non-oil economy and aims to be one of the world’s top ten economies, with numerous mega-projects and initiatives underway. This growth is expected to significantly impact Riyadh’s hotel industry. I aim to support this economic development through initiatives like talent development,” Almazroa noted.

Inspiring Future Leaders

As General Manager, Almazroa focuses on empowering Saudi women to take on leadership roles through mentorship programs. Her goal is to create a lasting legacy of competitive Saudi talent and transform the hospitality sector by empowering Saudi women to lead confidently and excellently.

Advice for Saudi Hoteliers

Almazroa believes in the inherent potential of Saudis to shape the future of the hospitality industry. She emphasizes: “Hospitality is part of Saudi DNA. All Saudis need is determination, a commitment to continuous growth through education and mentorship, and the courage to take on leadership roles. The landscape is evolving, and their contributions can drive significant change.”

Novotel Riyadh Sahafa Hotel

Situated in the Al Sahafa district, Novotel Riyadh Sahafa is now open to guests. It is Novotel’s ninth property in the Kingdom and the first led by a female Saudi general manager. The hotel features 232 modern rooms and suites with views of Olaya Street, blending contemporary design with traditional Saudi elements. It also offers a fitness center, spa, outdoor swimming pool, and nine versatile meeting spaces ideal for corporate events and private celebrations. Guests can enjoy a variety of dining options, enhancing the hotel’s appeal.

Paul Stevens, Chief Operating Officer for the Premium, Midscale, and Economy Division at Accor, commented: “This launch is a testament to our commitment to excellence and innovation in hospitality. Our efforts go beyond expanding our portfolio; we are actively enriching the local economy and cultural landscape. We are proud that this flagship hotel is led by a female Saudi general manager, exemplifying our commitment to diversity and inclusion in leadership roles as we also aim to nurture Saudi talents through Tamayyaz by Accor.”

A New Chapter in Saudi Hospitality

Hessa Almazroa’s leadership and the opening of Novotel Riyadh Sahafa mark significant milestones in Saudi Arabia’s hospitality industry. Her vision and dedication are set to inspire and elevate the standards of hospitality in the Kingdom, contributing to its dynamic and evolving landscape.

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