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Vision 2030: How Saudi Arabia is Moving on Track

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The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), was represented by the National Center for Human Resources Development (Takamul), in the third employment forum in Taif, that was organized by the Technical and Vocational Training Corporation.

During which, representatives from Takamul presented to the audience training and employment panels, for the youth who are seeking job opportunities in the field of tourism.

The director of SCTH, Mohamed Al-Boqmi, said that ,“Our objective is to raise the number of Saudi nationals in tourism, and to raise local public awareness about the prospects of tourist activities, which are considered one of the most important sectors of employment for young Saudis.”

Takamul is currently cooperating with the Ministry of Labor and Social Development; in an attempt to encourage and push Saudi youth to apply for jobs in tourism. Just recently, three Saudi women were given the license to become tour guides after completing a special training, and the aim is to increase the number of applicants.

According to a report done by Takamul, since the launch of the training programs, around 474 female students had benefited from the “Your Job … Your Scholarship” program, and 9,631 individuals have taken part in training provided as part of the National Transformation Program 2020. Also, 205 female tour guides have taken part in the workshops that are provided by Takamul.

These efforts of Saudi Arabia come as part of the 2030 Vision to boost the tourism sector, in order to diversify the economy of Saudi Arabia to not be exclusive to a certain avenue.

Besides the focus on tourism, the Kingdom is also investing billions of dollars in the sports and entertainment sector, attempting to reform this field. The Vision 2030 program was first introduced by Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman and it’s fair to say that it has been so far going on the right direction.

Turki Al-Sheikh, chairman of the General Entertainment Authority, said that this year’s infrastructure investments would reach SR240 billion ($64 billion) in the next decade; thus contributing SR18 billion to the Saudi economy and generating 224,000 new job opportunities by 2030.

In doing so, the country hopes to increase soon the number of foreigners, and create a number of job opportunities for the Saudi youth that will further develop domestic tourism.

 

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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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