Alkraidees: Education most powerful tool to change world

Updated 05 February 2014

Alkraidees: Education most powerful tool to change world

Delta schools have successfully carved a niche in the Saudi capital, offering high quality education.
Speaking to Arab News on Tuesday, Maha Alkraidees, owner and principal of Delta group of schools said, “Our vision is to make our schools the leading educational institutions in Riyadh. We offer Arabic and international curriculums as well as Islamic studies, creating a balanced education that suits our cultural values.”
Spelling out plans to open more schools in the Kingdom, she said, “Our schools currently consist of three campuses in Riyadh. We are investing approximately SR100 million in building a 25,000 sq. meter campus in the most prestigious area in Riyadh. The campus will have easy access routes and facilities built with the highest International standards of buildings, including classrooms, sport courts, playgrounds, labs, libraries, media centers and a theater.”
Education is the most powerful tool, with the power to change the world, she said.
“Education has the ability to build generations, depending on the manner in which it is provided. It can either establish a remarkable ground for students to develop their countries or become members of no account in society. The educational institution I work in, is proudly considered to be a promoter of the first,” she said.
Touching upon the challenges she faced, Alkraidees said, “In my field, space expansion is necessary for an educational campus to be efficient and provide the maximum benefit for the students, but the lack of municipality-approved lands for campuses places a restriction on schools.”
“Women are now encouraged to play a key role in business, and have been given the capacity to compete in the business market, which has resulted in astounding creativity,” she said.
The schools have 3,000 students and 600 employees. They consist of kindergarten, elementary, secondary and intermediate education levels.
Founded in 1999, the institution obtained accreditation of AdvancED — the largest educational institution in the world — for the school curriculum and teaching system in 2008.
In addition to the global acknowledgement, her schools received formal recognition from the Ministry of Education.
“We also provide UCMAS training for skills development, she said adding,
“We are proud to say that our students were awarded the highest ranking in an educational competition in Malaysia in 2010.”

Motorsport, rock bands, tourists … welcome to the new Saudi Arabia

There was an explosion of joy at the podium when Antonio Felix da Costa lifted the winner’s trophy at the conclusion of the Formula E Saudia Ad Diriyah E-Prix on Saturday. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 16 December 2018

Motorsport, rock bands, tourists … welcome to the new Saudi Arabia

  • Three-day event at Ad Diriyah reaches spectacular climax in an unprecedented spirit of openness

The driver with the winner’s trophy was Antonio Felix da Costa — but the real winners were Saudi Arabia itself, and more than 1,000 tourists visiting the country for the first time.

Da Costa, the Andretti Motorsport driver, won the Formula E Saudia Ad Diriyah E-Prix in front of thousands of race fans at a custom-built track in the historic district on the outskirts of Riyadh.

But in truth, the event was about much more than high-tech electric cars hurtling round a race track — thrilling though that was. The three-day festival of motorsport, culture and entertainment was Saudi Arabia’s chance to prove that it can put on a show to rival anything in the world, and which only two years ago would have been unthinkable.

The event was also the first to be linked to the Sharek electronic visa system, allowing foreigners other than pilgrims or business visitors to come to Saudi Arabia.

Jason, from the US, is spending a week in the country with his German wife, riding quad bikes in the desert and visiting heritage sites. “I’ve always wanted to come for many, many years ... I’m so happy to be here and that they’re letting us be here,” he said.

Aaron, 40, a software engineer, traveled from New York for two days. “Saudi Arabia has always been an exotic place ... and I didn’t think I’d ever be able to come here,” he said.

About 1,000 visitors used the Sharek visa, a fraction of what Saudi Arabia aims eventually to attract. 

“Hopefully we will learn from this and see what we need to do for the future, but I can tell you from now that there is a lot of demand,” said Prince Abdul Aziz bin Turki Al-Faisal, vice chairman of the General Sports Authority.

His optimism was backed by Kirill Dmitriev, chief executive of the Russian Direct Investment Fund and a visitor to Ad Diriyah. “Such events will attract tourists and are a true celebration for young Saudis who desire a bright future,” he said.

“The vision of moderate Islam, promoted by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, is important both for the region and the entire world, and its realization needs to be appreciated, respected and supported.”

The event ended on Saturday night with a spectacular show by US band OneRepublic and the superstar DJ David Guetta. “Just when you think things can’t get better, they suddenly do,” said concertgoer Saleh Saud. “This is the new Saudi Arabia, and I can’t wait to see what’s going to happen next.”