Princess Noura University hosts heritage festival

The traditional Saudi Arda dance was a key feature at the festival. (AN photo)
Updated 16 December 2017
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Princess Noura University hosts heritage festival

JEDDAH: The Saudi Heritage Preservation Society (SHPS) opened the Iqletto food festival at Princess Noura University on Wednesday. 
The event, which ends on Saturday, had many sponsors, and the guest of honor was the UAE.  
The family-friendly event featured dishes from each Saudi region and booths representing each city and its heritage. 
The booths hosted chefs flown in from their cities to provide exceptional dishes that people could sample for free. 
“The point of the tasting was to encourage people to get to know different Saudi dishes,” said SHPS member Sara Al-Karedeiss.
“We plan to expand this event to various cities in the Kingdom. Professional Saudi chefs cook in front of an audience, after which cooking workshops are held.” 
There were various performances, including the traditional Saudi Arda dance and a special heritage dance from the UAE.


Saudi Arabia's civil service ministry launches national training program for public sector employees

Updated 21 January 2019
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Saudi Arabia's civil service ministry launches national training program for public sector employees

  • The “National Program for Rehabilitation and Training of Human Resources Personnel and Leaders in Government Agencies” which aims to expand the skills of government personnel
  • The training program is in line with the Saudi Vision 2030

JEDDAH: A national program aimed to train public sector employees in the field of human resources management has been inaugurated by the Ministry of Civil Service on Sunday.

The “National Program for Rehabilitation and Training of Human Resources Personnel and Leaders in Government Agencies,” which aims to expand the skills of government personnel, is in line with the country’s Vision 2030, according to the ministry.

“The Ministry of Civil Service will spare no effort in carrying out the roles entrusted to it to advance administrative development, including the modernization of the working environment in the public sector,” said Minister of Civil Service Suleiman bin Abdullah during the inauguration.

The program will explore best practices in human resources management in the public sector, and will discuss the basic principles of the employee life cycle. It will also train employees on methodologies of workforce planning, how to motivate employees to achieve their career objectives, how to foster a culture of group work, as well as highlight the role of digital technology in human resource.

Only Saudi nationals who have a college degree are eligible to join the program.

Government agencies will nominate the eligible employees, who will then be enrolled in a five-day course on human resource, where their abilities to obtain a certificate from UK-based Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development will be assessed. Successful candidates will finish a one-year training module, consisting of classroom and on-site activities.