40 Saudis undergo training in preparation for jobs at Riyadh Metro

Saudi trainees will undergo training in a number of basic skills, including English language, computer skills and safety rules. (SPA)
Updated 23 October 2017
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40 Saudis undergo training in preparation for jobs at Riyadh Metro

RIYADH: Forty young Saudi men have entered the Saudi Technical Institute for Railways to undergo specialized training in railway operations and maintenance.
Chairman of the Public Transport Authority (PTA), Rumaih Al-Rumaih, said: “The training is in preparation for them to work at the Riyadh Metro, also called the King Abdul Aziz Project for Public Transport in Riyadh.”
In the first year, the trainees will undergo training in a number of basic skills, including English language, computer skills and safety rules.
From there, they move to the stage of specialization and training on the job during the last six months of the training period in preparation of assuming jobs such as train engine driver, assistant driver and control managers.
Al-Rumaih said that the young Saudis’ training is within the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 and its initiative to staff a number of industries through the rehabilitation of Saudi youths in various technical disciplines.
He added that such training will contribute to creating a national cadre capable of operating and maintaining major state projects such as railways.


FaceOf: Khalid bin Qarar Al-Harbi, commander of the Hajj Security Forces

Updated 26 min 6 sec ago
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FaceOf: Khalid bin Qarar Al-Harbi, commander of the Hajj Security Forces

Khalid bin Qarar Al-Harbi has been serving as the commander of Special Emergency Forces and commander of the Hajj Security Forces since July 2017.

He graduated from King Fahd Security College in 1982 with a bachelor’s degree in security sciences. After his graduation, he joined the Emergency Forces for the Madinah region. He worked in different departments of the forces and held different positions, including company commander, battalion commander, the commander of the recruitment and training center and the operations manager. 

Subsequently, Al-Harbi was promoted as the force commander for Madinah city. In 2006, he was appointed as the operations director at the Saudi Special Emergency Forces headquarters. He was later promoted as the commander of the Special Emergency Forces in 2010. 

He completed several courses on different areas of security sciences in Saudi Arabia and from different institutions in the UK, France, Egypt, Indonesia and China. The courses pertained to combating terrorism, special operations, riot control, and security leadership. 

He participated in many counterterrorism operations. 

Al-Harbi also has extensive experience in the organization and management of Hajj and Umrah seasons in Makkah and Madinah. He has contributed in laying the foundations plans of crowd management and organization in Jamarat during Hajj. 

On Friday, he visited  the “Kafa” exhibition held in Makkah. The event was organized by the Kafa Anti-Smoking Association to raise awareness about the dangers of smoking and drugs. The association offers its services to pilgrims who wish to quit smoking and spreads awareness among them.  “Kafa” annually organizes campaigns and programs during the Hajj season to educate pilgrims about the dangers of smoking, and they reportedly treated about 500 pilgrims in Mina last year.