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Saudi Arabia Launches an Extended Stay Program for Foreigners

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The Ministry of Labor and Social Development has launched a new program named ‘The Gold Card‘ which offers an Extended Residence Program for international talents.

The program is launched in an attempt to attract the best of international talents and encourage them to come work in the Kingdom.

Understanding that the program alone isn’t enough, the ministry invited agencies and consultants to provide for an analysis and reports on the kind of incentives that a foreign talent would want; in order to come to Saudi Arabia. The plan also includes an implementation program for these ideas.

The initial phase of the project will run over the next 32 months, from pilot phase to the final launch. It will help the ministry identify the persona of the talents that the program is targeting, and thus offering suitable candidates.

The Extended Residence Program comes as part of the Quality of Life Program 2020, that aims at creating a better life for the citizens, the program that was launched just last year by the Council of Economic and Development Affairs. 

Besides the attraction of foreign talents, the program also promotes for the acceptance of other cultures, and the engagement of expats with the Saudi culture.

The Quality of Life Program 2020 includes other various initiatives, such as a “national plan for human development;” the preparation of a “future workforce,” suitably qualified to participate in the “fourth industrial revolution;” education reform.

The education reform initiative will focus on youth development, starting from pre-school to high school, the program includes a review of opportunities and challenges that face the Saudi youth during this time of their lives, and how to develop their talents and help them overcome these challenges; through incentive programs and investment.

 

 

 

 

 

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Saudi Rania Nashar Makes it to Forbes’ List of The World’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women”

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The Kingdom’s own Rania Nashar has made it to Forbes’ annual list of “The World’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women” and we can’t help but feel so much pride!

Nashar was ranked the 99th in the list that includes prominent names such as Angela Merkel, Kamaala Harris, Melinda Gates, Rihanna, & many other global female trailblazers.

Nashar is the first female to hold the position of CEO CEO of Saudi commercial bank, Samba Financial Group. She also made it to this ranking through her tremendous efforts in implementing changes that empower women of Saudi Arabia, all of which comes as part of the 2030 Vision.

Nashar has exceeded 20 years of experience in the field of commercial banking and has been inspiring young Saudi women to take on the challenge as well and break the glass ceiling and for that, we congratulate her.

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This Saudi Landmark Just Won a Prestigious Award for Its Innovative Architectural Design

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The King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC) has received the American Concrete Institute (ACI) award for concrete construction excellence.

The building, which is designed by Zahra Hadid Architects (ZHA), is one of the most well-known landmarks in Riyadh. It’s known for its unique architectural design.

The structure features an hexagonal honeycomb structure which stands out with hexagonal cell openings providing shade from the harsh sun. “ZHA projects have always been unique and creative in an unprecedented, nontraditional way. There’s no other structure like it in the entire world,” Saudi architect Mokhtar Al Shoaibi told Arab News.

The building is made of extremely complex steel, said Saudi architect Mukhtar Al-Shoaibi.

“The contractor working on the job must have gone through so much to install the joints and then apply the sheets over it and now it acts as a monument in the Kingdom,” he told Arab News.

It’s also worth mentioning that KAPSARC won the title of ‘smartest building’ in Saudi Arabia from the Honeywell Smart Building Awards program.

“I’m proud to see Saudis accomplish that. There are many more major projects coming up in the Kingdom as well, and I can’t wait to see what they’ll present,” Mukhtar Al-Shoaibi said.

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Women’s Participation Rise 120% in Saudi Industries

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Women of Saudi Arabia are claiming their rightful role in private and government sectors, as these sectors strive to hire qualified women in different fields.

According to the Saudi Authority for Industrial Cities and Technical Zones (MODON), the number of Saudi women taking part in the industrial cities it oversees has seen a significant increase by around120 percent, bringing the total number of female workers 17,000 by the end of March this year.

Khalid Al-Salem, director general of MODON, said that the authority “has come a long way” and still aims at encouraging the female participation in the industrial sector.

“These oases host clean industries such as medical and food industries, rubber and high-tech industries, as well as prefabricated factories supporting women entrepreneurs and small and medium enterprises,” he said.

He said: “MODON seeks to support the productivity of women by providing an optimal environment for their work. Therefore, it signed a memorandum of understanding with a building development company to implement nursery and kindergarten programs in industrial cities and oases under the Ministry of Education’s guidance.” He added.

This strategy of activating the role of women in industrial development goes along with the Saudi Vision of 2020 that aim at enhancing women’s role in the Kingdom’s economy.

 

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