10 million Saudi smokers by 2020

Updated 03 June 2013
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10 million Saudi smokers by 2020

The number of Saudi smokers is expected to rise from the current 5 million to 10 million by 2020, according to the Saudi Diabetes and Endocrine Association in the Eastern Province.
It said the projected rise is based on the lack of awareness programs on the dangers of smoking in Saudi society. It said government should take drastic action to counter this trend because of the major health and economic costs associated with the addiction.
In a study published in a book entitled “Smoking in the Saudi Community” by Salman Al-Omari, it was found that 37.9 percent of Saudis said they were influenced by their peers to start smoking; 12.26 percent started on their own initiative; 22.61 percent were influenced by their parents and family members; and 16.21 said they started smoking to show more assertiveness among their peers.
On the occasion of “World No Tobacco Day” held by the World Health Organization (WHO) on May 31 every year, the association highlighted the message of the campaign, which calls for a ban on all tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship. An estimated 15 billion cigarettes, worth up to $ 1.3 billion is sold in Saudi Arabia a year. The Kingdom is the fourth-highest importer of cigarettes and ranks 23 on the list of the world’s highest consumers of tobacco.
The head of the association, Abdulaziz Al-Turki, told a local newspaper that WHO has the best tools to help control tobacco use. “If we can manage to control the habit of smoking, we will be able to address many of the chronic diseases related to it, including cancer and heart disease.” He said WHO provisions are being sed by many countries around the world to protect their citizens. This includes raising cigarette prices, imposing constraints on advertising and sponsors, and placing warning messages on every pack of cigarettes.
Al-Turki said there should also be measures taken to ensure diabetes patients stop smoking.
The general secretary of the association, Kamel Salameh, urged all diabetes patients who are smokers to enroll in a program to help them quit the deadly habit.


MiSK, Qiddiya team up for internship program 

Updated 25 March 2019
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MiSK, Qiddiya team up for internship program 

  • Interns will work on entertainment mega-project
  • Program open to university seniors and new graduates

RIYADH: A new internship program for young Saudis has been launched in the Kingdom, following a partnership between Misk Foundation and the Qiddiya Investment Company (QIC).

The program runs from June 16 to Aug. 31, 2019, and provides an opportunity for university seniors and recent graduates to be part of Qiddiya, an entertainment mega-project located 40 minutes from Riyadh.

Interns will have the chance to work at Qiddiya’s corporate offices alongside professionals from around the world and will be placed across 12 departments.

They will learn and develop skills that are required to succeed in their professional lives.

They will also gain exposure to QIC’s culture and learn from executives with over 20 years of experience across several sectors. 

QIC CEO Mike Reininger said: “We are contributing directly to the Saudi Vision (2030 reform plan) by creating a richer lifestyle for Saudi citizens while spurring innovation in the creative, hospitality and entertainment sectors. This unique opportunity allows students and fresh graduates to experience what it takes to be part of the change in Saudi by giving them the chance to work alongside a group of both local and international seasoned professionals. Thanks to this partnership with MiSK, we will be training the next generation of industry leaders.” 

Application to the program is open for those with fewer than two years of professional experience. Candidates must show strong academic credentials and submit a short video as part of their application.

King Salman led the Qiddiya ground-breaking ceremony in front of a global audience last April.

The project is aimed at helping to stem the $30 billion a year which Saudis currently spend abroad on tourism, and has the backing of the Kingdom’s Public Investment Fund.

It targets local, regional and international tourists and will be Saudi Arabia’s preeminent entertainment, sports and cultural destination.

It is expected to be the world’s largest entertainment city by 2030, with a total area of 334 square kilometers, surpassing Walt Disney World in Florida, which is only 110 sq. km.