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.”


Germany, Saudi Arabia agree to turn page after diplomatic row

We should have been clearer in our communication and engagement, said Maas. (AFP)
Updated 26 September 2018
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Germany, Saudi Arabia agree to turn page after diplomatic row

  • The Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs, Adel Al-Jubeir, extended an invitation to his German counterpart, Heiko Maas, to visit the Kingdom at the earliest opportunity
  • We aim for close cooperation between our two countries and to this end seek to intensify our dialogue on a broad range of topics: Maas

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia on Tuesday welcomed a statement by the German foreign minister pledging his intention to work toward strengthening ties and enhancing cooperation between the two countries. 

Riyadh said the relationship between Saudi Arabia and Germany was a “historic and important” one, and the countries played a leading role in bolstering international security and stability, and the global economy. 

The Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs, Adel Al-Jubeir, extended an invitation to his German counterpart, Heiko Maas, to visit the Kingdom at the earliest opportunity, “so that both countries may begin a new phase of close cooperation in all areas to the benefit of both our countries and peoples.”

Earlier, the German foreign minister said relations had “witnessed misunderstandings” in recent months “which stand in sharp contrast to our otherwise strong and strategic ties. We sincerely regret this.”

The minister said: “We should have been clearer in our communications and engagement in order to avoid such misunderstandings.

“We aim for close cooperation between our two countries and to this end seek to intensify our dialogue on a broad range of topics.

“Saudi Arabia plays an immensely important role for peace and stability in the region and the world. As there is a broad range of bilateral and international issues to discuss, we will do our best to make this partnership with the Kingdom even stronger than before.

“Considering our role in Europe and the world, improving our ties with Saudi Arabia will serve the interest of both nations and peoples.”