Firms offer English language courses for Saudi employees

Updated 08 December 2013
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Firms offer English language courses for Saudi employees

With the Saudi economy growing, companies in the Kingdom have realized that proficiency in the English language is one of the best ways to communicate with the world.
And with Saudis being hired in various job positions, corporate leaders have stressed the need for them to learn English, although many citizens are yet to realize the importance of the language.
The government has made its policy known to international companies that they should employ Saudis and help them improve their English language skills, and even fund such training courses.
Training courses offered by various firms are aimed at honing the skills of Saudi employees and arming them with knowledge that is important for their professional and personal growth and development.
Dawoud, from the training department of International Charity Organization, said: “We have developed an in-house English training course, especially for Saudi employees whose communication skills are weak. We are trying to ensure that they can converse in English comfortably, more so as their work requires them to express themselves in English at a national or international level.”
“The course also covers writing skills and business presentations,” Dawoud said, adding that the language training will be imparted during office hours. On completion of the course, the employees will receive official certificates.
Likewise, Majed Hanouf, human resources manager at a car dealership, believes that almost every job demands knowledge of English these days. It is in this context that the company appointed professional teachers to conduct an English training course for its employees.
Saleh Balilah, general manager of the Oxford Academy, said: “We are training several Saudi employees from different companies such as National Commercial Bank, chambers of commerce, banks and Saudi Arabian Airlines, not only to make them proficient in English but also to achieve the highest level of professionalism.”
Noticing the demand for English, companies and organizations have instructed employees to have a sound knowledge of the language to do well in their jobs.
Mansour Ahmed, manager at a Star coffee shop, said: “We have organized English sessions for new Saudi staff. This is true for all retail outlets where managers and employees need to talk confidently with the customers in English, a skill that is growing in importance.”
Saud Bassam, a sales manager, said: “I could speak a little bit of English earlier but with the support of my company, I have not only learnt to read and write but gained business knowledge.”
Jamal Eddin, an instructor at an English Learning Institute, said people from all walks of life visit the institute to sharpen their spoken and written English. Companies have hired the institute to provide English training to Saudi employees.
“In accordance with the new rule, several Saudis have started working but they lack communication skills. We discuss their needs and train them at different course levels, which optimize their learning ability and help in confidence-building,” he said.


Photos of Al-Khandaq mosque during Ramadan highlight historic importance of Madinah

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Photos of Al-Khandaq mosque during Ramadan highlight historic importance of Madinah

MADINAH: The holy city of Madinah in Saudi Arabia continues its centuries’ old tradition of receiving visitors and pilgrims who enjoy visiting its famous mosques and landmarks dating back to the time of the Prophet Muhammad.

Al-Khandaq Mosque or the Mosque of the “Trench,” which is also referred to as the “Mosque of the Conquest,” is one of the historical sites that visitors to Madinah have high on their list of “must-sees.” It is connected to the Battle of the Trench, which took place during the time of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

The mosque is located in the trench northwest of Madinah where the events of the Battle of the Trench took place.

A few years ago Saudi Arabian authorities expanded the mosque. It is built in a modern architectural style that highlights the aesthetic value of the area and the value of the trench, which is situated at the foot of Jabal Sal’a mountain.

Madinah’s battle of the trenches marked the consolidation of the Prophet’s tenure when he was faced with an attack on Madinah made by an alliance of Jewish and non-Muslim Arab tribes to unseat him.

The digging of the trench around the city saved the day and denied the effective use of cavalry in storming the city by 10,000 attackers who besieged Madinah for more than 30 days.

The Saudi Press Agency recently captured the daily influx of visitors to Madinah during the holy month of Ramadan.

Photos show activity in Al-Khandaq Mosque and seven other mosques in its vicinity. The photographs are a reportage of activities ranging from praying and sightseeing to learning about the mosque’s history, and help put them into the context of the role played by the mosque and the city in spreading the values of Islam and its religious message.