Saudi Arabia through the eyes of Saudi students in London

Ph.D. student Mohammed Al-Enezi. (AN Photo)
Updated 08 March 2018
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Saudi Arabia through the eyes of Saudi students in London

LONDON: Saudi students discussed their visions for a future Saudi Arabia at the inaugural Misk Talk in London on Wednesday evening. During a series of presentations at the Dorchester Hotel, 12 young Saudis studying in London took the stage to discuss their ideas for realizing Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 goals.
Misk, also known as the Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Foundation, is a non-profit organization that aims to empower youth to become active participants in Saudi Arabia’s emerging knowledge economy, focusing on four key areas: Education, creative and digital media, technology, culture and the arts.
Presentations covered a range of subjects relevant to realizing the crown prince’s national agenda, including a talk on future technology by Ph.D. student Mohammed Al-Enezi, who highlighted the rapidly evolving requirements of the modern Saudi city. “A smart city is much less than what we need — we need a new city just like NEOM,” he said, in reference to the $500 billion smart city planned by Saudi Arabia.
Health care student Wareed Al-Enaini highlighted the importance of “making Saudi Arabia a pioneer in health care.” Describing some of the new medical technologies available to address the Kingdom’s high obesity and diabetes rates, she said: “One of the goals of the vision is to have a vibrant society with a very strong foundation … together we can create a health care system that respects individual needs and promotes a healthy vibrant kingdom.”
Fashion student Eman Al-Khalifah said doing a fashion Ph.D. was a “big turning point” in her life. Discussing the future of Muslim attire, she outlined the opportunity for the Saudi market to develop the modest fashion sector. “Many Muslim women feel unhappy with the products available to them at the moment … no big competitor has emerged in this market yet, it is a big opportunity for our community to focus on this market.”
The event coincided with the crown prince’s visit to London this week.
Mohammed Abuazzah, chief marketing officer of the Misk Foundation, said in a statement: “Misk is proud to bring together these young Saudis living in Britain for an event showcasing Saudi talent and celebrating cross-cultural dialogue, during Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s UK visit. We want to celebrate young people from Saudi Arabia who are advancing humanity through their commitment to knowledge, innovation and importantly, dialogue and exchange with people around the world.”
“These young Saudis are a testament not just to their country, but to their generation internationally. It’s often said that youth are the future. Guests at our Misk Talk will hear stories of young people leaving their comfort zone, moving beyond defining the challenges of today, to shaping the solutions of tomorrow.”


Turkey and US strongly deny sharing 'any audio recording'

Updated 19 October 2018
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Turkey and US strongly deny sharing 'any audio recording'

  • Secretary of State says report he had listened to a recording of Jamal Khashoggi’s death was false
  • Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu also denied sharing any audio recordings with US officials

LONDON: Turkey and the United States denied on Friday that Ankara had shared with Washington an audio recording related to the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said an ABC News report, citing an unnamed source, that he had listened to a recording of Khashoggi’s death while in Istanbul on Wednesday was false. 

Pompeo, who also visited Saudi Arabia this week, said he had neither seen nor heard such a recording.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu also denied sharing any audio recordings with US officials.

“It is out of the question for Turkey to give Pompeo or any other US official any audio recording,” Cavusoglu said during a visit to Tirana, Albania. “It is out of the question for us to share with any country this or that information.”

“Of course, as a result of the investigation so far, Turkey does have some information and evidence," he said. "We will share them with the world when they become fully clear because the whole world, understandably, wants to know what happened to Khashoggi and how it happened.”

Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist who lived in the US, disappeared on Oct. 2 after visiting the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul to complete paperwork related to his divorce. 

Saudi Arabia and Turkey are carrying out a joint investigation into the disappearance.

On Thursday, Turkey called on the public to ignore any information claiming to be leaked from the case.

Since Khashoggi’s disappearance there has been a flurry of stories claiming to be based on leaks from the probe.

Pompeo said on Thursday they had given Saudi Arabia more time to complete the investigation to make sure they have a complete understanding of the facts.