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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 Arabia Made it to the Top of List for Safest G20 Countries

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The Kingdom has made it to the top of list for the most secure G20 countries, according to international indicators related to security, allowing Saudi Arabia to outperform the other five permanent members of the UN Security Council.

Five security indicators included in the Global Competitiveness Report 2019 and the Sustainable Development Goals Index 2020 were the ones to reveal these results.

Saudi Arabia came the first among the G20 countries, ahead of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, surpassing China and Canada among the G20, and surpassing China and the US in the “Feeling safe while walking alone at night” index for this year.

It’s also worth mentioning that the Kingdom came first in the index for the citizens’ confidence in police services, an index that measures the citizen’s confidence in security and law enforcement. Moreover, it ranked first in the reliability of police services index,

Just recently, the Kingdom came in the 6th position as the safest country to travel during the pandemic.

 

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Entertainment Activities Resume in the Kingdom with The Opening of 11th VOX Cinema

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After months of lockdown, Saudi Arabia has finally resumed entertainment activities and Sunday witnessed the opening of VOX Cinemas’ 11th movie theater in Saudi Arabia.

This marks the Kingdom’s ambitious plans for expanding cinemas across Saudi Arabia, and at the same time maintain a safe experience for visitors.

Speaking to Arab News, Mohamed Al-Hashemi, country head of Majid Al-Futtaim Ventures in Saudi Arabia, said that visitor numbers are increasing, and “the main aim nowadays is that visitors come back to cinema with confidence that the place they are visiting is clean and safe.”

He also said that since the lockdown has been eased drastically, there are promising indication that number of visitors will increase.

“After each show, we insist on social distancing and have the surfaces cleaned and the seats sterilized. In fact, we take all the precautionary health measures to ensure our visitors have a safe and comfortable cinema experience. This has caused a spending upsurge, but that was a necessity,” he said.

Majid Al-Futtaim’s VOX Cinemas is keen on answering to the Saudi’s thirst for cinema experiences.

 

 

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The Kingdom’s Public Prosecution Sets Strict Penalties to Protect Women From Abuse

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In an attempt to protect women of Saudi Arabia from all forms of violence against them, the Kingdom’s Public Prosecution has set a maximum jail term of one year and a SR50,000 fine.

Violence against women comes in different shapes and it’s not just physical, violence includes psychological, sexual abuse and threats of any kind. The perpetrators, those accused of causing violence, will face imprisonment for a period of at least one month and up to one year and a fine of no less than SR5,000 and up to SR50,000.

In case the predator repeat the crime, the penalty will then be doubles.

The Public Prosecution said that the Law of Protection from the Abuse will help in eliminating violence cases against women, with the establishment of a package of criminal procedures and penalties.

 

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