KSA adopts animal welfare guidelines

Updated 25 July 2013
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KSA adopts animal welfare guidelines

Saudi Arabia has developed an animal welfare system of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member countries in which animal abusers face fines and have their names published in the media.
According to the system, animals must be kept in a safe place, be provided suitable facilities and the necessary living conditions to accommodate them, Al-Hayat daily newspaper said.
The system stipulates that there must be a sufficient number of qualified employees who have the ability, knowledge and professional competence in matters related to animal welfare. Workers must check the conditions of the animal at least once a day.
The violators of the provisions will be fined a minimum of SR50,000, which will be doubled following each incident until the penalty reaches SR200,000. The animal facility could face closure and permanent cancellation of licenses if the offenses are repeated more than four times during the same year.
Punishments shall be published in two local newspapers. One publication should be in the region where the offender resides and at his own expense following a verdict by the Board of Grievances.
A three-member committee to be formed by the Minister of Agriculture will look into violations and will have the right to issue penalties. The penalties, which are normally approved by the minister, could be appealed to the Board of Grievances.
The system spells out guidelines on how to organize public shows or competitions for animals for commercial purposes.


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.