King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture ITHRA scouting for next gen contemporary artists

Updated 19 November 2017
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King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture ITHRA scouting for next gen contemporary artists

JEDDAH: King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture ITHRA has launched an artists’ competition set to bring in a new generation of young contemporary artists. The first of its kind, the competition aims to provide a wider platform for more innovation and creativity among the art community. Further enriching and helping transform society to a more art savvy community.
In collaboration with Art Dubai, ITHRA is calling for all Saudi contemporary artists to partake in the competition. The center is intended to foster local talents and present them on an international scale.
Founded in 2007, Art Dubai is a leading international art fair that takes place every March. Art Dubai’s Executive Director Benedetta Ghione said: ‘We are delighted about the collaboration with ITHRA. The collaboration is at its early stages, and we are looking forward to seeing the final outcome of the competition.’
ITHRA will include the winning artwork in its prestigious permanent collection, sufficient funding for developing and shipping fees, and will also showcase their work at Art Dubai from March 21-24, 2018.
“We are excited at the prospect of discovering a new generation of contemporary artists as well as developing existing ones. We look forward to keep inspiring and supporting local talent,” said a representative at ITHRA.
ITHRA, a bold initiative by Aramco, was a specialized center set on to promote cultural development in the Kingdom. Located in Dhahran, the center features an auditorium, library, cinema, exhibition hall and a museum. Its art center features four halls; a contemporary art gallery, an Islamic Heritage gallery, Saudi Heritage and a geology and geography hall showcasing an immersive journey in Saudi Arabia’s topography. The speculated official opening is set for 2018.


Saudi Arabia plans to create 561,000 jobs under new digital employment initiative

Updated 24 April 2019
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Saudi Arabia plans to create 561,000 jobs under new digital employment initiative

  • Qiwa program aims to achieve the Vision 2030 goal of reducing unemployment rate to 7 percent

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has revealed ambitious plans to create more than 561,000 private-sector jobs by 2023 as part of a new digital era for the Kingdom’s labor market.

Minister of Labor and Social Development Ahmad Al-Rajhi made the announcement at the launch of the Qiwa online platform, which aims to combine all the country’s employment services under one electronic roof.

Through digitalization, the Ministry of Labor and Social Development hopes to not only boost job opportunities for Saudi men and women, but also improve workplace efficiency and productivity, and attract international investment.

Al-Rajhi said: “The ministry has entered into partnerships and agreements to settle more than 561,000 job opportunities in the private sector until 2023,” and the minister added that 45,000 Saudis had entered the labor market in the last three months.

The new labor force platform will consolidate employment-related e-services already offered to job seekers, employees and employers and plans are in the pipeline to plug a further 71 services into the system.

The Qiwa program aims to provide Saudi government officials with a data mine of statistical information to tackle business challenges facing employers and employees, help create new job opportunities, and achieve the Vision 2030 goal of reducing the country’s unemployment rate to 7 percent. Another key objective is to strategically enhance the Kingdom’s business environment to make it more attractive to local and international investors.

A ministry statement issued to Arab News, said: “The Qiwa platform will have an impact on motivating investors. It will also re-engineer policies and procedures for all services provided to individuals and enterprises on a strong platform that will make a quantum leap in the business world and turn the Saudi market into an attractive market for opportunities and potential for competencies.

“The services are provided in both Arabic and English in order to enable foreign investors to benefit from the services of a strong platform,” the statement added.

The e-services include programs to encourage Saudis to access jobs in their locality by improving the workplace environment and making it more appealing to men and women.

The Kingdom’s public sector is quickly adapting to international standards and labor market demands by digitalizing services, while the ministry is using the latest business management methods to help public organizations increase the competency and productivity of workers while creating a competitive labor market that can partner with the private sector.