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.”


KSA, Mauritania sign MoU to promote moderate values in society

Saudi Islamic Affairs Minister Sheikh Abdulatif Al-Asheikh and his Mauritanian counterpart Ahmed Ould Ahl Dawood at the Ministry of Islamic Affairs headquarters in Riyadh on Sunday. (SPA)
Updated 10 December 2018
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KSA, Mauritania sign MoU to promote moderate values in society

  • The Mauritanian minister hailed the strong bonds and historical relations between the two countries and their cooperation in many fields

JEDDAH: The Saudi Islamic Affairs Ministry on Sunday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Mauritania’s Islamic Affairs Ministry to increase cooperation in different fields and to promote the concepts of moderation in Islam.
The MoU was signed between Saudi Islamic Affairs Minister Sheikh Abdulatif Al-Asheikh and his Mauritanian counterpart Ahmed Ould Ahl Dawood at the Ministry of Islamic Affairs headquarters in Riyadh.
The MoU included nine main articles. It envisages cooperation in introducing Islam and its position on contemporary issues, serving the Holy Qur’an and the Sunnah, and cooperation in mosque affairs, their construction and maintenance.
In addition to that, the two sides will work under this MoU to adopt and propose programs to explain and promote concepts of moderation in Islam and assist the progress and advancement of Muslim nation in various fields.
The two sides will also share information, coordinate their efforts during international events, and cooperate in preparing studies and conducting research related to protecting, reviving and spreading Islamic heritage.
The MoU also stated that the two sides shall encourage the exchange of visits at various levels, participate in Islamic seminars and conferences held in both countries, and form a joint committee for the implementation of the MoU’s content.
The MoU concluded that the Hijri date is to be used in all correspondence between the two sides. The MoU shall enter into force on the date of its signature between the two sides and it shall be implemented within five years and will be automatically renewed for the similar duration unless one side informs the other that they wish to amend or terminate it.
Al-Asheikh said: “This memorandum of understanding comes under the guidance of King Salman and Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz in the framework of the distinguished historical relations between the two countries, especially in serving Islam and Muslims.”
He referred to what has been achieved through Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s recent visit to Mauritania, which was the first visit of a senior Saudi official to Mauritania in four decades to strengthen relations between the two countries to unprecedented levels.
Al-Asheikh pointed out that the MoU will promote joint cooperation in various fields.
The Mauritanian minister hailed the strong bonds and historical relations between the two countries and their cooperation in many fields.
He also praised the articles of the MoU, which he described as important and historical.