Google launches Arabic online safety course for teachers

The digital citizenship course is found on the Google for Education website.
Updated 08 February 2018

Google launches Arabic online safety course for teachers

On Safer Internet Day — February 6 — Google announced the launch of an online safety course in Arabic ( The course is designed to help teachers and parents learn how to create a safe and positive experience online for students. By taking the course, teachers will learn how to integrate online safety learning and activities into their classroom curriculum. Google also published localized video tutorials on YouTube that will offer children online safety tips like how to protect their devices, how to strengthen their sign-ins and how to avoid scams.
The digital citizenship course, which is found on the Google for Education website, focuses on four areas:
l Safety on the go — importance of strong passwords, how locking the mobile device helps protect personal information, how to avoid potentially harmful downloads, understanding the difference between private and public WiFi networks, and how to use the latter safely.
l Safe browsing — how to distinguish between legitimate and dubious sources of information and how to incorporate best practices to critically evaluate online sources of information.
l Safety from phishing and scams — how to recognize potential scams that happen on the web and through email, learning how to avoid them, understanding what encryption is, and how to check if a web page is encrypted.
l Online reputation management — understanding why privacy matters, how to help students identify and report inappropriate behavior, and help them think about how to conduct themselves online, even in the face of difficult situations.
Joyce Baz, head of communications at Google in MENA, said: “As people do more online everyday, they need to be able to connect and explore the web with confidence and trust to get the most out of it. We want to build a safer web for everyone so that it remains a positive, safe place that inspires everyone to do and discover more. We take online safety and the safety of the Internet seriously with our products, tools, shared resources, as well as industry partnerships.”
According to a 2017 YouGov poll that surveyed 1000 millennials (ages 18-30) in the UAE, 56 percent of respondents said their parents or school teachers never spoke to them about the importance of strong passwords and online safety (54 percent in Saudi Arabia, 60 percent in Egypt).

SRECO to build world-class city

Updated 14 August 2018

SRECO to build world-class city

Al-Akaria Saudi Real Estate Company (SRECO), a real estate developer listed on the Saudi stock exchange (Tadawul), has announced plans for a 7 million square meter mixed-use development called “Al-Widyan,” in a strategic location of Riyadh. 

The announcement is part of a new business direction for SRECO — a Saudi developer with 40 years’ experience, partially owned by the Public Investment Fund (PIF). SRECO’s renewed business plan embarks on a journey to deliver a new generation of large scale, mixed-use real estate developments across the country where Saudis can enjoy the social and economic transformation brought by Vision 2030. 

Al-Widyan is the first private real estate project to be granted the status of a self-regulatory organization (SRO), which de-risks the project for investors, reduces complexity in the development phase and fast tracks permit services. Co-developers and sub-developers will be able to enjoy significantly shorter go-to-market timelines, making the project an attractive investment opportunity with fast and efficient procedures that will cut through bureaucracy and remove the need to engage with central government authorities. 

SRECO has also registered a company to execute the project — Al-Widyan Co. — which is 100 percent owned by SRECO. 

“Al-Widyan will be a new paradigm for community living in the Kingdom and will embody the spirit of new Saudi Arabia, the power of human talent to conceptualize and develop the future that we aspire to for our children, communities and nation,” said Abdulrahman Almofadhi, chairman of the board of directors of SRECO.

“With Al-Widyan, we are taking a new approach to real estate development. We have focused on putting people’s wellness at the center of the conception, design and creation of this project. Al-Widyan is the proof of concept of the future of building, living in healthy and innovative environment, where it’s design is aligned with the world wellness lifestyle real estate principles,” he added.

“We are building legitimate proof of concept, locating key partners and investors and beginning construction. In line with this approach, our operations and projects are increasingly independent of public sector funding, and open to investors from all over the world. We look forward to revealing more details to the public in October.”