V-LINE marks anniversary with conference, party

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The party host with Shahzad Haider, CEO of V-LINE MIDDLE EAST, Klaus Menzel, COO of V-LINE EUROPE, and Detlef Daues, CEO of V-LINE EUROPE, on stage.
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Lively discussions took place during the conference: Keynote speaker Jeff Scott, Vice President of Business Development at SMART Software (right), discusses with Naleem Bukari (left) and Rizwan Nawab, Managing Director and Chief Information Officer at V-LINE’s technology partner CODASOL. (Supplied)
Updated 03 October 2019

V-LINE marks anniversary with conference, party

“The future won’t wait. It starts today.” This quote of Detlef Daues, chief executive of V-LINE EUROPE GmbH, best describes the spirit of the user conference and anniversary party, which happened Sept. 4-6 to celebrate the 30/40 anniversary of V-LINE. 

Daues said: “Thirty years V-LINE, 40 years’ experience in MRO supply — we took this as a chance to explore the future internally as well as with our customers. Forty years in MRO supply and a strong belief that big data will readjust the ownership within the supply chain: We will make sure to not give up our pole position in this industry.”

During the three-day program titled “User Conference: Spare Parts Inventory Planning and Optimization,” topics like vested outsourcing and digital MRO supply chain orchestration were discussed.

Phillip Slater, MRO spare parts optimization expert; Jeff Scott, vice president of business development at SMART Software; Kate Vitasek, educator at University of Tennessee; and Gary Cohen, executive coach, gave their keynotes addresses.

The diverse audience consisted of international V-LINE management. Some of V-LINE’s biggest customers came especially from Saudi Arabia to jointly discuss current and future topics in the field of MRO. 

“Different perspectives and insights made the exchange really fruitful. I am thankful and proud that we were able to attract so many participants especially from Saudi Arabia to discuss about our future topics. This underlines our commitment to Vision 2030 of Saudi Arabia,” said Shahzad Haider, chief executive of V-LINE MDDLE EAST. 

More than 400 guests were welcomed in Hannover, where they enjoyed an evening full of varying speeches, good food and stimulating chats. Daues also made a big announcement that from November, he will take up the role of chairman of the group, while Tilman Mieseler will be the new CEO of V-LINE EUROPE.

Daues established V-LINE EUROPE GmbH in the late 1970s to participate in the industrial surge of Saudi Arabia. He then moved to the Kingdom where he spent several years striving to identify what value a small German trading company could create for the country. V-LINE has since that time developed into a group of companies employing more than 200 people worldwide with nearly 150 million euros ($205 million) of revenues.

V-LINE EUROPE GmbH, which is headquartered near Hannover in Germany, offers end-to-end supply chain solutions in 20 different countries primarily in the Middle East, through its Saudi Arabia subsidiary, and also via its customer service centers in other GCC countries, the US, Mexico and Brazil.

Russia’s cultural capital beckons GCC travelers

Updated 17 October 2019

Russia’s cultural capital beckons GCC travelers

  • Citizens of Oman, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia can now benefit from fast and convenient 
eVisa portal when arranging their next visit to the city of St. Petersburg.
Guarded by two marble lions at the entrance, the Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg sits within the walls of a 19th-century royal palace in the beautifully preserved imperial city of St. Petersburg. Celebrated globally for its history and architecture, Russia’s cultural capital recently became an even more attractive destination for GCC travelers thanks to the introduction of a convenient new online eVisa process.
Launched at the beginning of October, the St. Petersburg eVisa portal enables citizens from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Oman to enjoy the benefits of fast and simple online visa applications. Travelers can simply fill in the online form, upload a photograph, and can complete the entire process in just a few clicks. Applications can be made within 20 days of traveling, and up to four days before arrival. The visa is valid for stays of up to eight days in St. Petersburg and the surrounding Leningrad Region.
Felix Murillo, general manager of Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg, said: “The introduction of the eVisa portal offers a new level of convenience for international travelers, making it easier than ever for GCC citizens to arrange a trip to our wonderful city. Our concierge team takes great pleasure in highlighting St. Petersburg’s historical and cultural visitor attractions, and will be happy to arrange anything our guests may require to turn every trip into an unforgettable experience. We look forward to welcoming visitors from the Middle East to our beautiful hotel to share cherished moments and create memories that will last a lifetime.”
The Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg is located in the upmarket Admiralteysky district and was originally constructed in the early 19th century for Prince Alexander Yakovlevich Lobanov-Rostovsky.
Since first opening its doors to guests in 2013, the property offers 183 rooms, including 26 sumptuously decorated suites.
Perhaps the most stunning of the hotel’s accommodations is the one-of-a-kind Lobanov Presidential Suite, where guests can gather by the living room fireplace for a night of intimate conversation, host an al fresco dinner party on the expansive private terrace with stunning views of the Admiralty building and the surrounding park, or retreat to the grand master bedroom for a quiet and cosy evening.
The hotel is inviting guests to embark on a range of culinary adventures across its three restaurants. Diners can experience pan-asian fusion flavors at Sintoho, authentic Italian dishes at Percorso and modern Russian cuisine at The Tea Lounge.
Catering to the needs of visitors from the Middle East, halal meat is available on request.