Saudi Minister of Communications and Information Technology tours ITC site

Minister of Communications and Information Technology Abdullah Amer Al-Sawah inspected the progress of a project in Dammam’s Al-Nakheel neighborhood.
Updated 06 March 2018
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Saudi Minister of Communications and Information Technology tours ITC site

During a recent field visit, Minister of Communications and Information Technology Abdullah Amer Al-Sawah saw the progress of the urban fiber optic broadband services initiative — one of the initiatives of the National Transformation Program 2020 and part of Vision 2030.
Al-Sawah inspected the progress of the project in Dammam’s Al-Nakheel neighborhood, which is supervised by the Integrated Telecom Company (ITC).
This is the minister’s second visit to ITC projects after the previous one in the central region.
Ghassan Itani, CEO of ITC, explained the details and different stages of the project within the planned schedule to the minister. ITC oversees several neighborhoods in Dammam, including Al-Nakheel, Al-Khaleej, Anoud, Salam, Aziziyah, Qadisiyah and Al-Faisaliah.
Abdullah Al-Kanhal, deputy minister of infrastructure, and several other officials from the ministry joined Al-Sawah in this visit.
ITC is working on covering 640,000 households in different cities across the Kingdom.


Shell KSA supports special needs children

The event organized by the Disabled Children’s Association was held on Nov. 12.
Updated 09 December 2018
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Shell KSA supports special needs children

Shell Saudi Arabia has announced the continuation of its sponsorship for the Disabled Children’s Association (DCA) art program for two years (2018-2019). The announcement, made at an event organized by the DCA on Nov. 12, is part of Shell Saudi Arabia’s ongoing support for children with special needs.

Since its establishment in 1981, the Disabled Children’s Association has become one of the largest institutions specialized in the care of children with special needs in the Arab world.

The program held last month promoted the skills and artworks of such children.

To mark the collaboration between the two organizations, Abdulrahman bin Abdul Aziz Al-Suwailim, vice chairman of the Disabled Children’s Association’s executive committee, presented a commemorative shield to Mohammed Al-Zomaia, Shell Saudi Arabia’s general manager for corporate development.

“At Shell, we believe in creating an inclusive culture where everyone can thrive. Today’s talent is more diverse than ever before. An inclusive environment is key to innovating, developing and retaining talent, and it begins with the youngest members of our communities,” said Al-Zomaia.

Shell has been active in the Kingdom for over seven decades and has a wide variety of social investment activities in the country, many of which are centered around youth empowerment, such as Shell Intilaaqah and FutbolNet.

Shell Intilaaqah aims to strengthen young people’s career options by enabling them to switch from being an employee to becoming an employer, or making the transition from seeking employment to creating employment. Shell’s trainees have set up 1,100 businesses, in addition to 500 existing small and medium businesses. Together, they created over 3,000 jobs. Shell Intilaaqah has been training Saudi entrepreneurs since 2010. Over the past years, Shell Intilaaqah trained, supported and mentored 10,000 Saudis — the majority of whom were women. 

Shell and Football Club (FC) Barcelona Foundation work together and use football to teach children the importance of values. The FutbolNet program is a 12-week football training course for children supported by dedicated coaches. Futbolnet aims to infuse values like respect, teamwork and commitment, which are key for the children to develop as happy, healthy and value-adding individuals.