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Deemah Al-Yahya setting an example for all young Saudi women

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Saudi’s largest initiative of its kind, the Misk foundation, had just recently celebrated the completion of its second edition of Saudi Codes.

The celebration was held last Saturday at an event ‘Saudi Codes’ in Riyadh, participants ranged from different ages, and the impressive part is that 53% of the attendees were women, who completed courses in JavaScript, MakeCode and Python programming languages. These courses were available all across the Kingdom, in 192 provinces, cities and villages.

And now, the Executive Manager of the foundation, Deemah Al-Yahya, is aiming to develop an innovative ecosystem that will allow Saudi talents to thrive and prosper in the entrepreneurial and tech businesses.

She took part in the event, during which she welcomed a new partnership between Misk, the Saudi Ministry of Education, the Saudi Ministry of Communications and Information Technology and Saudi Telecom Co., a partnership designed in the hope of teaching people about computer programming through an accessible and easy way.

“This partnership has brought new skills and opportunities to a wider array of people than ever before.” Said Al-Yahya.

Al-Yahya specializes in digital transformation, digital economy and literacy skills, with a bachelor degree from King Saud University, and a master’s degree from INSEAD. And currently, she’s working on obtaining her Ph.D from Harvard Business School.

Aside from her work in the Misk foundation, she’s also a member of the Global Future Council for Digital Economy and Society at the World Economic Forum, a member of the board of directors of the Saudi Federation for Cyber Security and Programming, and last but not least, a member to the advisory board at STC Academy.

And so as a tech pioneer, and the first Saudi female to be assigned as an Executive Director and leading Developer Experience & Digital Innovation at Microsoft; Al-Yahya is setting an example for many young women in the Kingdom to become like her. She is committed to supporting and encouraging these young Saudi women, and has already managed to launch and lead a number of initiatives that aim at including women in the IT industry and break the gender-based job roles.

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Marathon of Color: The Next Big Thing During Taif Season

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The Marathon of Color is one of the many events being hosted this year during Taif Season and it is to take place between August 15 and 17 on Al-Hada-Taif Road, the event combines sports and art to celebrate diversity through competitive running races and color.

The marathon starts each day at 4 PM with a number of tracks, on the first day of the event it will start with a family path that extends for 4 km for 4 hours. As for the second day, it will host the amateur path, which goes for 8 km for 2 hours, and the third marking closing day shall witness the path made for professionals, that runs for 21 km for 6 hours.

Participants are divided according to the age of each group, so for instance professionals must be of at least 17, while in the amateur category, participants need to be 15 and above. People with special needs can participate in wheelchairs on the 4-km path.

To make things even more exciting, the event will include drumming and musical performances that will lit up your day even more.

Winners will get to go home with medals, marathon participation certificates and more valuable prizes.

The marathon also hosts exciting activities for individuals and families that include food carts, live performances and dazzling fireworks! So if you’re as excited as we are, click on this link to register now.

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The Different Ways You Can Hike During Taif Season

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Taif Season is taking place in one of the Kingdom’s most beautiful destination and this year you can get to enjoy hiking among other activities, and here are our own picks and recommendation for you!

1- Hiking and Outdoor activities

In the midst of Taif’s mountains, you can enjoy hiking Al-Shafa and Al-Hada mountains and afterwards join the base camp at Sadat Al-Beid where there are plenty of activities and outdoor cooking.

2- Hiking and Musical Night

Instead of the outdoor cooking and activities and after finishing the long trail, you can sit back relax and join the base camp for a musical night around a bonfire.

3- Hiking and Scout activities

Try and save energy for this! Because after finishing your hike, you will join others for some scouting activities and exploring. Also in the Sadat Al-Beid base camp.

4- Hiking and Zip-lining

This one goes to all the adrenaline junkies and adventurer lovers, because what’s a better activity after a hike than flying down a zip line?

If you have found yourself in one of these activities, visit their website now to find out more and book your spot.

 

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Saudi Gamer Al-Dossary Wins Xbox Championship and Makes it to Fifa eWorld Cup

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Mosaad Al-Dossary, a Saudi gamer won on Sunday the Xbox World Champion which secured him a spot in the final of the FIFA eWrold Cup that is held in London.

Al-Dossary, who plays under the name Msdossary claimed the Xbox World Champion title after defeating his French opponent “Rafsou”.

 

Al-Dossary has also claimed last year’s title and the 19-year old was back to defend his title, now he has one final match left between him and the win.

Al-Dossary showed his appreciation and thanked his fans for their support on his twitter account.

“All praise be to God, I’ve made it to the Xbox final undefeated during this tournament. Tomorrow is a big day. Only two steps left to the gold, and by the grace of God and your support, I’ll be able to get there,” his statement read.

The final game is set to start at 5.48 PM. London time (7:48 p.m. Saudi time), and will be streamed live on Twitter, YouTube, and the FIFA website.

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