Saudi heritage workers to be trained in France

Updated 12 April 2018
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Saudi heritage workers to be trained in France

  • The first 200 recruits have already begun their basic training in hospitality in Riyadh
  • Training will start from autumn this year

The first employees hired to work at Saudi Arabia’s premier heritage site will be partly trained in France, starting from autumn this year.

The Royal Commission of Al-Ula (RCU) has signed an agreement with Campus France, described as the leading international academic and vocational public institution in France, to train young Saudis who will work at the soon-to-be-developed tourism business in the northwest of the country. The first 200 recruits — all high school graduates or university students — have already begun their basic training in hospitality in Riyadh, studying foreign languages, technology and the history of the 22,000 square kilometers that make up a vast region packed with archaeological and cultural treasures from the ancient world. 

The memorandum of understanding was signed by RCU Gov. Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan (also the owner of Arab News) and Jean-Yves Le Drian, France’s minister for Europe and foreign affairs, in the presence of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and French President Emmanuel Macron. Although it is with a French educational establishment, Amr Al-Madani, CEO of the RCU, said young Saudis would also be sent to Britain and the US to further their training. 

Under the Saudi-French cooperation deal, French expertise will guide the development of tourism in Al-Ula, preservation of the ancient sites and protection of the natural environment and also nurture the local economy, such as the production and marketing of handicrafts.

Gérard Mestrallet, appointed President Macron’s special envoy for Al-Ula, said: “The signing of this agreement is the birth of a historic project that binds our two countries through an in-depth cultural dialogue.”

The RCU is also joining forces with the Arab World Institute in Paris to produce a touring exhibition on the civilizations of Al-Ula, which will open in spring 2019.


Saudi Aramco recognized as a leader in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Updated 22 January 2019
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Saudi Aramco recognized as a leader in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

JEDDAH: Saudi Aramco’s Uthmaniyah Gas Plant (UGP) has been recognized by the World Economic Forum (WEF) as a “Lighthouse” manufacturing facility and a leader in technology applications of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. 
Saudi Aramco is the first energy company globally to be included in this select group of manufacturing sites. The plant is also the only facility in the Middle East to be recognized by WEF. 
The announcement was made ahead of WEFs annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland.
The gas plant is one of the world’s largest gas processing plants and was commissioned in 1981 as part of Saudi Aramco’s Master Gas System to process associated gas from oil wells. 
The use of drones and wearable technologies to inspect pipelines and machinery has helped cut inspection time by 90% in this industrial facility.
“The recognition of the Uthmaniyah Gas Plant demonstrates Saudi Aramco’s shift to transform and adapt in the rapidly changing global energy landscape. Uthmaniyah is only one part of our large integrated energy value chain where IR 4.0 technologies are playing a critical role to enable significant capital and operational efficiencies,” said Amin H. Nasser, Chief Executive Officer of Saudi Aramco.
The seven new facilities join nine other “Manufacturing Lighthouses” which WEF unveiled in September 2018. The 16 factories were selected from an initial list of 1,000 manufacturers based on their successful implementation of cutting-edge technologies of the future that drive financial and operational impact.
The “Lighthouse” program was conducted by WEF in collaboration with McKinsey during a year-long study. A study team visited UGP in Saudi Arabia and performed a thorough audit.