Six deals signed to secure jobs for 10,000 Saudi youth

Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal at the ‘Tomouh Forum’ in Jeddah on Monday. (AN photo)
Updated 15 May 2018
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Six deals signed to secure jobs for 10,000 Saudi youth

  • Under the ‘Tomouh’ program, 10,000 young men and women will receive training and jobs by the end of 2020.
  • It will serve as a platform for the youth to connect to the job market.

JEDDAH: Makkah Gov. Prince Khalid Al-Faisal on Monday patronized the signing of six agreements for Prince Khalid Al-Faisal’s “Tomouh” project  to train and employ 10,000 young men and women before the end of 2020.

This came on the sidelines of the project’s workshop, the “Tomouh Forum,” which was organized by the Makkah Emirate in cooperation with King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC), with the participation of 200 companies as well as the province’s universities.

Prince Khalid said: “This project was achieved as a result of the wise policy adopted by the leadership of Saudi Arabia in all its previous, current and future plans. This is evident in the Kingdom’s Vision 2030, which was launched to set an example of a developing country that is quickly turning into a developed one.”

The Makkah governor patronized the signing of several partnership agreements with a number of firms for training a group of Tomouh’s young men and women.

Among these firms were Saudi Aramco’s National Power Academy, Creet International Contracting Co., Zuhair Ahmed Zahran and Partners Contracting and Trading Co., Salem Saleh Al-Hareth General Contracting Co., Yaghmour Contracting and Maintenance, and Roziq Al-Jadrawi Contracting Co.The project will provide training courses in the English language, computer programming, information technology, self-development, office management, and career management in addition to hands-on training at several firms.

The Tomouh Project connects qualified professionals with the job market by introducing them to major companies.  The group CEO and managing director of the KAEC, Fahd Al-Rasheed, said the governor’s patronage and visit to the forum was part of the continuous care and attention given to the KAEC and the prince’s efforts to develop the province.


Women ready for top jobs in SCTH, says Saudi Arabia’s first female tour guide

Saudi women are keen to shoulder responsibilities in high-profile jobs. AFP
Updated 26 May 2018
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Women ready for top jobs in SCTH, says Saudi Arabia’s first female tour guide

  • Saudi Arabia’s first female tour guide, Maryam Al-Harbi, who was named as the best tour guide for 2017 by SCTH
  • There was still a need to have more departments at Saudi universities where female students could study archaeology

JEDDAH: A prominent female tour guide has called on the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) to grant women leadership positions as they are now “qualified to shoulder high-profile jobs” within SCTH.
Saudi Arabia’s first female tour guide, Maryam Al-Harbi, who was named as the best tour guide for 2017 by SCTH, told Arab News that Saudi women are capable of being appointed to leadership positions.
Al-Harbi was one of two speakers at a workshop held on Thursday night.
The panel discussion was part of the Makkah Economic Forum 2018 activities. The other speaker was Maria Mahdaly, a Saudi entrepreneur.
“It is true that any successful work needs the full collaboration of both genders, but women in Saudi Arabia have shown great interest in learning and developing themselves in the field of archaeology,” said Al-Harbi, who recently obtained an MA degree from King Saud University’s college of tourism and archaeology.
Besides speaking Arabic and English, Al-Harbi also speaks Turkish and is working on improving her Chinese language skills.
She guides visitors to Madinah, including private delegations, school students and university groups, as well as Umrah and Hajj visitors, and helps delegations visiting the provinces of Al-Oula, Madain Saleh, Khaibar, and Badr.
Al-Harbi said that there was still a need to have more departments at Saudi universities where female students could study archaeology.
“We only have one college for archaeology studies at King Saud University. This department offers only MA and Ph.D. degrees,” she said.
She added that students in many universities had not found jobs in the tourism sector so they opted to join other sectors such as education.

Language skills
The workshop discussed the importance of languages for tour guides. Abeer Abu Suleiman, first Saudi woman tour guide and moderator of the gathering, said that a tour guide needed to be acquainted with as many languages as possible, but English was a must as it is so widely spoken.
The gathering discussed Saudi Arabia’s rich traditions and tourism sites and highlighted the country's competence to host hundreds of thousands of visitors. They gave the Hajj season as an example of the Kingdom's ability to host gatherings of people from different cultural backgrounds.