Chalhoub Group signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with King Abdulaziz University in Saudi Arabia to bridge the gap between academia and the industry – creating a pool of talented graduates who can actively contribute to the sector’s growth and expansion.

The MoU was signed at King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah with the presence of Mohammad Aldabbagh, Deputy Country Manager at Chalhoub Group and Prof. Dr. Ahmed Al-Ghamdi, Dean of the Research and Consulting Institute at King Abdulaziz University. This partnership aligns with Chalhoub Group’s goals of strengthening its contribution to youth employability and career opportunities in the Kingdom by providing sector-related workshops and mentorship training to enhance skills and encourage career growth within the fashion sector. Chalhoub Group will also work closely with the University to develop a fashion curriculum that aligns with the evolving needs of the fashion industry in the region and globally.

Mohammad Aldabbagh, Deputy Country Manager of Saudi Arabia at Chalhoub Group said: “Chalhoub Group is dedicated to driving nationalisation, nurturing talent development, advancing youth employability, and developing exciting platforms to promote youth education in the retail and fashion sectors. This partnership supports our commitment to the Kingdom in developing talent and supporting bright talents throughout their career journeys.”

Prof. Dr. Ahmed Al-Ghamdi, Dean of the Research and Consulting Institute at King Abdulaziz University said: “At King Abdulaziz University, we are committed to helping our students excel in their careers following their graduation. This partnership with Chalhoub Group will provide our students and graduates with invaluable knowledge and experiences through new internships, trainings, and career openings as well as event and networking opportunities. This is designed to enhance our students’ technical and soft skills and prepare them for successful careers in the industry over the long term.”

As part of its continuous efforts to support career development amongst Saudi youth, Chalhoub Group launched earlier this year “My Bold Future” campaign to highlight limitless career opportunities for the new generation of Saudi youth in the retail sector.



For over six decades, Chalhoub Group has been a partner and creator of luxury experiences in the Middle East. The Group, in its endeavour to excel as a hybrid retailer, has reinforced its distribution and marketing services with a portfolio of eight owned brands and over 300 international brands in the luxury, beauty, fashion, and art de vivre categories. More recently, the Group expanded its expertise into new categories of luxury watches, jewellery, and eyewear. 


Every step at Chalhoub Group is taken with the customer at heart. Be it constantly reinventing itself or focusing on innovation to provide luxury experiences at over 750+ experiential retail stores, online and through mobile apps, each touch point leads to delighting the customer.  


Today, Chalhoub Group stands for 14,000 skilled and talented professionals across seven countries, whose cohesive efforts have resulted in the Group being ranked third in the Middle East and first in Saudi Arabia as a Great Place to Work®. 


To keep the innovation journey going, the Group has set up “The Greenhouse”, which is not just an innovation hub, but also an incubator space and accelerator for start-ups and small businesses in the region and internationally. This is just one of the several initiatives taken by the Group to reinvent itself, catalysed by forward thinking and future proofing. The Group has also been embedding sustainability at the core of its business strategy with a clear commitment towards people, partners and the planet, and by being a member of the United Nations Global Compact Community and signatory of the Women’s Empowerment Principles. 

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