Forum highlights job opportunities of the future for Saudi youth

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Omar Al-Battati, governor of the Job Creation Commission, signing agreement in cyc2030. (AN photo)
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The evening brought together more than 4,000 female and male students at the crossroads of their professional lives. (AN photo)
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Updated 09 December 2017
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Forum highlights job opportunities of the future for Saudi youth

RIYADH: Job-seekers and professional guidance counselors discussed employment opportunities at the CYC 2030 Forum, which debuted on Thursday in Riyadh.
The forum is a platform to help Saudi youth choose appropriate academic disciplines that will propel them toward future career opportunities on a global standard.
“We have two main objectives to ensure that we are on par with Vision 2030. One is to reduce unemployment among nationals. As of today, their rate for unemployment is 12.8 percent,” the senior director of strategies at the recently created Job Creation Commission (JCC), Abdullah Al-Harbi, told Arab News at the forum.
The second objective is to raise the participation of women in the labor force, he said. “Today the rate of women in the workforce is the lowest in the world at 17.8 percent; we want to raise it to 30 percent as we reach 2030.”
The forum aims to introduce young people to areas of specialization that they have never considered before, and also to convey opportunities on how to build skills, which will, in the long run, reduce the waste of human resources.
The forum had plenty of inspirational words from participating speakers.
A specialist in artificial intelligence, Dr. Mazen Melibari, said during a session: “There are great things, but we only realize their greatness when we see them closely.”
Other speakers at the CYC forum shed light on more obscure industries that could provide jobs.
Dr. Moaz Bouaisha, an expert in 3D printing, said that mastering three-dimensional modeling in industries was one of the most important skills of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
Ahmed Ba Rabaa, an international consultant in career counseling, urged attendees not to neglect their hobbies but rather to use them to enhance their work.
“Passion is the cornerstone on which your specialty is based; it is what gives you energy,” Ba Rabaa said.
He also advised job-seekers to look at career opportunities in the labor market to help identify the most suitable work for them.


Saudi Arabia’s up-and-coming energy park set to transform KSA into a global industrial powerhouse

Situated in the Kingdom’s Eastern Province, between Dammam and Al-Ahsa, the project will be developed in three phases. (Supplied)
Updated 12 December 2018
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Saudi Arabia’s up-and-coming energy park set to transform KSA into a global industrial powerhouse

  • The first phase is scheduled for completion by 2021
  • SPARK will localize more than 300 new industrial services and facilities and will have specialized training centers to cater to the huge influx of manpower

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia is fast catching up with the world’s ever-growing energy and technology scene ahead of 2030. In fact, the King Salman Energy Park (SPARK) may soon prove a global destination for energy industry investors.

The new energy city mega-project is being developed by Saudi Aramco, which received authoritization to embark on the initiative in the summer, and is operated, managed and maintained in partnership with the Saudi Authority for Industrial Cities and Technology Zones (MODON). 

With projections that the megacity will create more than 100,000 jobs, it is considered one of the most up-and-coming energy parks in the world.

SPARK will localize more than 300 new industrial services and facilities and will have specialized training centers to cater to the huge influx of manpower.

Situated in the Kingdom’s Eastern Province, between Dammam and Al-Ahsa, the project will be developed in three phases. 

The first phase is scheduled for completion by 2021, while the final phase of the project is set for completion in 2035. With all this on track, the 50-square-kilometer project is poised to be a magnet for foreign and domestic investment. 

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman inaugurated the King Salman Energy Park at the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra) on Monday. (SPA)

What’s more, Aramco’s espousal of SPARK will also help businesses indulge in technological development, manufacturing and exports channels and build a world-class energy supply chain. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman inaugurated the King Salman Energy Park at the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra) on Monday.

During the groundbreaking ceremony, Energy Minister and Aramco Chairman Khalid Al-Falih declared SPARK a special economic zone (SEZ) in which businesses can enjoy exclusive benefits. 

“We are looking forward to collaborating with our first anchor partners at SPARK,” said Saudi Aramco President and CEO, Amin Nasser.

SPARK has already attracted investment from foreign and local companies to produce and manufacture goods and services. The first phase of the project is expected to cost about $1.6 billion. 

The park is set to attract industrial investors in the water, power, petrochemical and wastewater sectors, among others. 

Facilities at SPARK will also help investors bridge gaps in local production back home, increasing competition in the long run. 

“This energy city is exciting because it brings together a multitude of businesses,” Mark McCollum, president and CEO of Weatherford Corp, told SPARK.

“We firmly believe that collaboration and cooperation among service companies and individual providers to the energy sector is vital in breaking new ground.”

The King Salman Energy Park is also set to promote small and medium-sized enterprises. With focus on energy production, it also provides opportunities for investment in residential and commercial real estate projects.

Nasser said that the “King Salman Energy Park will spur a new era of growth for one of the Kingdom’s already thriving sectors. What’s more, it will serve as a central gateway to the region’s economies since Aramco is at the heart of the global oil and gas industry.”