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AlUla Is Giving Its Residents a New Design and Feel to Their Homes

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AlUla, one of the Kingdom’s most beautiful spots and a stunning heritage place, will not only be sharing its historic treasures with the world but will soon give residents a new design and feel to their homes.

Besides invigorating tourism, generating jobs and reviving the economy by drawing in thousands of tourists, the Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU) is now working towards enhancing the lives of residents by designing their homes as part of a major urban regeneration project for the historic Saudi location.

The AlUla Design Studio (UDS), launched by RCU, is a new public service that is working towards reshaping the future development of the local community.

“We’re driven by good design, good outcomes, by protecting our heritage, the environment, and by making sure that we create sustainable infrastructure,” Stephen Murray, chief of county zoning and planning at the RCU, told Arab News.

“We would like to be a model not only for Saudi Arabia but also the world (on) how you can design new places, live with the environment, be sustainable and protect it, but also open it to the world.” He added.

The RCU aims at promoting AlUla town as a model of urban planning, regeneration and quality of life in the Kingdom. The UDS initiative will provide residents of AlUla South with the chance to have an opinion in the property styles that suit their locality.

“One of the things we’ve looked at, at the royal commission, is creating great places to live, creating neighborhoods, places where people enjoy and the community can grow together,” said Murray.

We can’t wait to see the results of such a beautiful project.

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Women of Saudi Arabia Played an Exceptional Role at at W20 Summit

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During the W20 Summit, women of Saudi Arabia played an exceptional role and the efforts they exerted in the fight against the virus have been praised by King Salman.

King Salman praised their role during a speech that he delivered at the end of the W20, the G20 women’s engagement group, on Wednesday, King Salman said: “I would like to express my gratitude to the Women 20 Engagement Group for their remarkable efforts and commitment to deliver their agenda during these unprecedented times caused by the COVID -19 pandemic.”

The king further spoke on the role of women in general and how they’re the source of any development and evolution of the society, he also added that empowered women are the ones who reform societies.

“Women are the main source of development for any society. Hence, without empowered women, it is almost impossible to implement any societal reforms given that women form half of the societies and they are the ones who raise up generations. Women has proven through history their remarkable role in leading change and in decision making.”

The king noted that Saudi Arabia’s presidency of the G20 has helped dedicate a special attention to policies that relate to women across different ministerial and working group meetings.

 

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Amal Al-Moallimi Is Now the Second Female Ambassador to the Kingdom

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The Kingdom just appointed yet another woman for the position of an ambassador!

Amal Yahya Al-Moallimi has been appointed by Saudi Arabia as the ambassador to Norway, which makes her now the Kingdom’s second female ambassador after Princess Reema Bint Bandar.

Al-Moallimi took the oath of office among others in an online ceremony that was held on Tuesday, in the presence King Salman and in the presence of Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman.

Saudi’s second ambassador started her career as a teacher 20 years ago and got involved in the fields of education, training and social development.

She also served as general manager of international cooperation and organizations at the Saudi Human Rights Commission (SHRC) since 2019.

We’re eternally grateful for the constant pride that women of Saudi Arabia keep on giving us! We wish her the best of luck.

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Saudi Arabia Join Forces With Google to Launch Several Projects

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A number of Saudi ministries joined teams with tech giant Google to kick off several projects, with the vision of helping the economic strategy of the Kingdom.

According to Google, these initiatives will highlight the MENA region and the Kingdom, in an attempt to boost the economy of both, which have been greatly affected because of the coronavirus.

The program, named “Grow stronger with Google,” will include a comprehensive list of grants, digital tools and training opportunities, all of which will support the local businesses across the region.

In the Kingdom, Google will following sectors: retail, tourism and technology including Saudi Post, which will list 100,000 local entities on the company’s digital platform and train employees in online marketing.

“We are proud to partner with Google in this initiative to bring value to Saudi nationals, residents and local businesses, especially SMEs through bringing them together using the Google ‘My Business’ platform,” said President of the Saudi Post Anef Abanomi.

“Through this partnership we aim to list up to 100,000 businesses in the first phase in line with Saudi Post’s strategic transformation objectives to improve quality of life and help SMEs achieve their e-commerce and digitization goals,” he added.

Lino Cattaruzzi, managing director for Google in MENA, said in a press release: “During the pandemic, online tools have been a lifeline for many in Saudi Arabia. Making the most of the online opportunity can help Saudi people, businesses and communities and in the wider region bounce back stronger.” He said the program will equip businesses and individuals in the Kingdom with digital skills, especially in sectors that have been most affected by the pandemic, such as retail and tourism.

 

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