Kingdom to build 10 mosques in Maldives

Updated 03 March 2014
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Kingdom to build 10 mosques in Maldives

Crown Prince Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, has pledged to build 10 world-class mosques in Maldives, an island nation in Asia that is closely working with Saudi Arabia in the field of Islamic affairs.
“Crown Prince Salman also donated $1 million to the Maldivian Ministry of Islamic Affairs for various projects,” said Sheikh Mohammed Shaheen Ali Saeed, Maldivian minister of Islamic Affairs, via phone from Male on Saturday.
Minister Saeed said “the crown prince also donated $1.5 million for financing health projects in this Asian Islamic nation.”
This is in addition to the aid announced by the crown prince for the education sector, said the Maldivian minister, who left Male for Makkah on Saturday to attend a conference on Islamic solidarity.
The three-day conference, to be inaugurated Sunday, is being organized by the Makkah-based Muslim World League.
Spelling out the details of the projects in Maldives being funded by Saudi Arabia, Saeed, who held talks with Crown Prince Salman, pointed out that the crown prince assured all-out support to the Islamic Affairs Ministry in particular and to the Maldives in general.
The crown prince also extended an invitation to the Maldivian minister to visit Saudi Arabia and to discuss ways and means to bolster ties “in matters related to religion and education.”
He said that his ministry would be announcing the locations of the proposed mosques to be funded by Crown Prince Salman in the near future. “We also sought cooperation from the Kingdom’s leadership in areas such as Haj affairs, the establishment of ‘awqaf’ and a center for Qur’anic studies,” said Saeed, while referring to the policies and programs of the Maldives Islamic ministry for the current year.
The Maldives, which is spread over 1,200 islands, officially declared itself an Islamic state in 1997.
The country requires mosques to be built on every inhabited island. The capital, Male, currently has over 30 mosques. The most recognizable is the Islamic Center in Male, whose golden dome dominates the low-slung skyline. Equally stunning is the ornate Hukuru Miskiiy, or “Friday Mosque,” which was built in 1675.
According to reports published in section of press, Crown Prince Salman will return to the Kingdom after holidaying for a few days in Maldives.
It was not immediately known whether the two sides discussed the Maldivian proposal that seeks $300 million in soft credit line facility from the Kingdom. The idea to generate funds from Saudi Arabia to meet the budgetary shortfall of that Asian nation was first discussed during the visit of former Maldivian President Mamoun Abdul Gayoom to Riyadh last year.


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.