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.


King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed ‘lend new dimension to unification’

Millions of citizens plan to celebrate the Saudi national day on Sunday. (SPA)
Updated 23 September 2018
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King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed ‘lend new dimension to unification’

  • More than 900,000 fireworks will light up the sky from 58 locations across the Kingdom

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s National Day, celebrated every year on Sept. 23, has come a long way in broadening the concept of unification over the years.
Though the National Day meant unifying disparate sheikhdoms under the nation’s founder, the late King Abdul Aziz, its implications across the political, socioeconomic and cultural spectrum have not been lost on successive rulers.
It was King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman who fine-tuned the definition of unification as an operating philosophy. This is why millions of citizens plan to celebrate the Saudi National Day on the streets on Sunday.
The capital city, along with other Saudi cities, will witness fireworks and the unfurling of the largest national flag. More than 900,000 fireworks will light up the sky from 58 locations across the Kingdom.
Car owners, limousine drivers and young Saudi motorcyclists said that they planned to go for drives, particularly on the fashionable streets of the capital city, to celebrate. Grocery shops, stationery shops and vendors were selling bunting, flags, banners and pictures of national heroes.
“We went around the city to see the lighting and fireworks,” said Saleh Al-Omri, a local pharmacist. “Green and white balloons fill either sides of Riyadh streets,” he said.
In his National Day congratulatory message, Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah Al-Sheikh, Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, said: “The wise policy of the leaders of this country contributed to peace, security and stability.”
Fakhr Al-Shawaf, chief executive of Al-Bawani Contracting Co., said: “We are celebrating the 88th anniversary of our unification, a day when the late King Abdul Aziz established the Saudi nation.”
Ali Al-Othaim, a member of Riyadh Chamber’s board of directors, said: “The Kingdom is on the path of comprehensive economic and social development under Vision 2030.”
Shafik Namdar, a taxi driver, said that he had bought an SR10 flag for his car and planned to work and also drive with his friends to look at the city and its landmark buildings.
Several young boys, including Arslan, 12, and Mishal, 14, said that they had bought bunting, badges and flags to decorate their houses. They planned to celebrate with a special meal at home with relatives, before going into the city streets for dance and music. Some of them had plans to organize celebrations in public parks.