BAE Systems renames Saudi office

In a file photo taken on October 1, 2009 a BAE Systems plant is pictured in Warton near Preston, north-west England. (AFP)
Updated 21 November 2017
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BAE Systems renames Saudi office

LONDON: BAE Systems has renamed its US office in Saudi Arabia as it targets increased industrial partnerships in the Kingdom.
The US office of BAE Systems, formerly known as Land Services Arabia, is now called BAE Systems Saudi America.
According to a statement from BAE Systems, the new name “reflects the all-encompassing nature of the organization for providing in-country services and interfacing with Saudi customers and partners, and supports key products developed by BAE Systems in the United States”.
These include combat vehicles, artillery systems, protection systems, electronic warfare capabilities, precision guidance, and aircraft survivability systems.
The renaming formally took place during a recent reception hosted by the US Embassy in Riyadh.
John Godfrey, acting deputy chief of mission, said at the event: “President Trump’s ground-breaking visit to Saudi Arabia seven months ago laid the groundwork for the cooperation we see today and for stronger US-Saudi partnerships in the years to come. BAE Systems Saudi America has plans underway for significant industrial partnerships here in Saudi Arabia.”
BAE Systems this year delivered the final four aircraft of the 72 planes ordered under its Salam Typhoon program in the Kingdom.
It also has a Typhoon support program, and agreed an additional 20,000 flying hours under a contract amendment signed in April.


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.