Role of youth in confronting global issues highlighted at World Forum in Egypt

In this photo provided by Egypt's state news agency, MENA, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi addresses participants in the "World Youth Forum," a government-organized event, in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. (AP)
Updated 11 November 2017

Role of youth in confronting global issues highlighted at World Forum in Egypt

RIYADH: World peace, prosperity, harmony and progress were the ambitious aims of the World Youth Forum (WYF) attended by a Saudi youth delegation in Sharm El-Sheikh this week.
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi inaugurated the WYF, visited by 3,203 young men and women from 110 countries, in the presence of prominent Arab and international figures in the Egyptian resort city.
The Saudi youth delegation participated as speakers in a number of sessions including one on the “Role of Cinema in Terrorism and Extremism,” and “Volunteerism and Community Work.”
The Saudi delegation included 45 young men and women representing a group of Saudi universities, the King Abdul Aziz Center for National Dialogue and the Foreign Ministry, said Abdullah Al-Saqabi, director of the student activities and partnership department at King Saud University.
The WYF, which finished on Friday, consisted of four themes. The first theme, “Global Youth Issues”, included discussions on terrorism and how young people will play a meaningful role in confronting the issues of climate change, migration and refugees.
The second theme, “Sustainable Development, Technology and Entrepreneurship,” reviewed international experiences in achieving sustainable development and presented innovative youth experiences in entrepreneurship, while discussing the impact of technology on young people’s lives.
The third theme was about civilizations and cultures, and included subjects such as the arts and literature, cultural identity, how to integrate civilizations and cultures, and how to benefit from the rich diversity that results from dealing with the damage caused by conflicts and wars.
The final theme, “Making Future Leaders,” assessed experiences at the international level that will train youth to become future leaders.

FaceOf: Gen. Fayyad bin Hamed Al-Ruwaili, Saudi military chief of staff

Gen. Fayyad bin Hamed Al-Ruwaili
Updated 20 June 2018

FaceOf: Gen. Fayyad bin Hamed Al-Ruwaili, Saudi military chief of staff

The military Chief of Staff of Saudi Arabia, Gen. Fayyad bin Hamed Al-Ruwaili, relayed Eid Al-Fitr greetings from King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to members of the armed forces in the southern region.

Al-Ruwaili visited Prince Sultan Medical Military City in Riyadh to check on the wounded soldiers and relay the king's Eid greetings as well as his appreciation of their love for their country and the sacrifices they have made for the safety of the Kingdom.

Al-Ruwaili became Saudi Arabia’s chief of staff in February 2018 after the retirement of Gen. Abdulrahman Al-Bunayan.

Al-Ruwaili was born in Turaif, a small town in the Northern Borders region, in 1958. He went to school there, completing high school in Arar, then joined King Faisal Air Academy in Riyadh where he graduated as lieutenant pilot.

After that, he received a scholarship and traveled to the US to complete his flight training at Lakeland in Florida. He did a master’s in military science from Air Command and Staff College, and earned a second master’s degree in strategic studies from the US Air University in Alabama.

He returned to the Kingdom, and worked on several air military bases until he became a squadron commander and then a wing commander. He was an assistant at the air base in Taif, before he became commander of King Fahd Air Base in the western sector of Taif.

In 2012, Al-Ruwaili was appointed as commander of the Air Force, before King Salman issued the royal decree that promoted him to the rank of General Officer and made him the Kingdom’s chief of staff.