US training offered to male and female Saudi youths in transport engineering

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Saudi Arabian youth will be given training in the US under an agreement between Misk Foundation and US-based Virgin Hyperloop One (File Photo)
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Saudi Arabian youth will be given training in the US under an agreement between Misk Foundation and US-based Virgin Hyperloop One (File Photo)
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Saudi Arabian youth will be given training in the US under an agreement between Misk Foundation and US-based Virgin Hyperloop One (File Photo)
Updated 21 February 2018
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US training offered to male and female Saudi youths in transport engineering

RIYADH: A group of Saudi male and female youths will be sent to the United States for training in transport engineering under an agreement between the Misk Foundation and US-based Virgin Hyperloop One.
The agreement was inked during the Misk Global Forum in Riyadh in November last year and signed by Bader Al-Asaker, secretary general of the Prince Mohammed Bin Salman Bin Abdulaziz Philanthropic Foundation, known as Misk Foundation, and Founder of Virgin Hyperloop One Josh Giegel on the sidelines of the MGF.
The training program is designed to provide students with a unique opportunity to work closely with the world’s leading engineers working on the development of the Hyperloop operating systems, a new and safe means of transportation.
Chief Marketing Officer of Misk Foundation, Mohammed M. Abuazzah, told Arab News on Wednesday that his organization has already called for applicants from male and female Saudi youths who are graduates/undergraduates involved in transport engineering fields of study.
He said the number of people selected for the program will be determined on applications received for the training. However, he assured that there will be a mix of male and female youths in the group, which will be selected for training at the headquarters of the of Virgin Hyperloop One in Los Angeles from June 25 to Aug. 31.
“We do not promise any employment for the successful trainees. However, their expertise could be well harnessed in the Kingdom by the transport and aviation sectors,” he said.
Students will also enjoy the weekly events organized by the management team, which provide a unique opportunity to participate in shaping the future of transport and communications around the world and gain experience and knowledge in the world’s leading engineering companies.
The agreement is intended to seed long-lasting economic, social, and innovation benefits for the Kingdom by developing a highly skilled, knowledge-based, cutting-edge workforce in an innovative area of growth. This is central to Misk’s mission to empower Saudi youth to become active participants in the knowledge economy.


Hollywood star Cuba Gooding Jr. shares career at Saudi Film Festival

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Hollywood star Cuba Gooding Jr. shares career at Saudi Film Festival

  • He said he hopes to support Saudi filmmakers through his recently launched production company
  • The festival, at Ithra, is part of the Sharqiah Season in the Eastern Province

DHAHRAN: Oscar-winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr. talked about his experiences in Hollywood, and the challenges he has faced during his career, when he appeared on Monday night at the fifth Saudi Film Festival, which is part of the Sharqiah Season in the Eastern Province.
Known for his roles in movies such as “Men of Honor”, “A Few Good Men” and “American Crime Story,” among others, he has appeared in more than 85 films during a 30-year career on screen and stage. He won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his performance in the 1996 film “Jerry Maguire,” alongside Tom Cruise and Renee Zellweger.
Gooding Jr. arrived for the event, at the King Abdul Aziz World Center for Culture (Ithra), accompanied by Claudine De Niro, the estranged wife of actor Robert De Niro’s son, Raphael. They were greeted by renowned Saudi film producer and Hollywood businessman Mohammed Al-Turki.
Gooding Jr. spoke to the audience at Ithra for almost 60 minutes about his long career and the challenges and pitfalls he had experienced on the road to success in the film industry. He also offered some advice to anyone interested in following in his footsteps.
“No one prepares you for success,” he said. “That’s why you see a lot of actors that star in movies, then disappear. Or you see athletes that make a $100 million and then they disappear, too. They weren’t ready for it.
“You have to envision yourself standing on that stage, holding an Oscar over your head, saying, ‘This is for the Middle-East’. You have to envision the script that you will write and envision being on that stage, holding that Oscar.
“People asked me after I won that Academy Award if I ever thought I would be on that stage. I always said, ‘Not in a million years.’ But that’s a lie. You have to envision yourself on that stage, winning that award, so that when you succeed it will feel normal, not like it’s something special, so that you can do it again.”
The actor also said that he intends to support filmmakers from Saudi Arabia and other countries through his recently launched production company.
Asked if he had any projects planned in the region, and Saudi Arabia in particular, he said: “I do, actually. I have a couple of things. I don’t want to give it away but let’s just say that there is a lot of great literature that I’ve read, a lot of different books, including Arabian Nights. It’s hard to talk about the things in development because you don’t want to give it away but there is definitely something in development.”