FaceOf: Dr. Yahya bin Junaid, head of the Saudi Center for Research and Intercommunication Knowledge

Dr. Yahya bin Junaid
Updated 06 September 2018

FaceOf: Dr. Yahya bin Junaid, head of the Saudi Center for Research and Intercommunication Knowledge

  • Yahya bin Junaid won the King Faisal International Prize in 1998 in the Islamic studies category

Dr. Yahya bin Junaid is the head of the Center for Research and Intercommunication Knowledge. He is a writer and scholar of Islamic libraries, and former head librarian of King Fahd Library in Riyadh. 

He worked as a professor of library science at the Department of Libraries at the Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud Islamic University, and as editor-in-chief of several publications.

He was elected to the Saudi Shoura Council between 1997 and 2000, a member of the board of trustees of the King Fahd National Library and a member of the advisory board of Al-Dera’iyah magazine.

Junaid was born in Makkah, Saudi Arabia in 1947. He graduated from the Department of Arabic Language and Literature at the Faculty of Arts, King Saud University, in 1969. 

He was awarded a master’s degree in libraries and information from the University of Missouri, US in 1976, and a doctorate degree in libraries and documents from the University of Cairo in 1983.

Junaid has authored more than 60 works on the history of libraries, Islamic civilization and cultural endowments. 

He won the King Faisal International Prize in 1998 in the Islamic studies category.

On Tuesday he met with the head of the political section of the Chinese Embassy in Saudi Arabia, Li Yu Jing Yong. The Chinese diplomat highlighted the interest of the embassy and scientific and academic institutions in China in the activities of the center.

MiSK, Qiddiya team up for internship program 

Updated 25 March 2019

MiSK, Qiddiya team up for internship program 

  • Interns will work on entertainment mega-project
  • Program open to university seniors and new graduates

RIYADH: A new internship program for young Saudis has been launched in the Kingdom, following a partnership between Misk Foundation and the Qiddiya Investment Company (QIC).

The program runs from June 16 to Aug. 31, 2019, and provides an opportunity for university seniors and recent graduates to be part of Qiddiya, an entertainment mega-project located 40 minutes from Riyadh.

Interns will have the chance to work at Qiddiya’s corporate offices alongside professionals from around the world and will be placed across 12 departments.

They will learn and develop skills that are required to succeed in their professional lives.

They will also gain exposure to QIC’s culture and learn from executives with over 20 years of experience across several sectors. 

QIC CEO Mike Reininger said: “We are contributing directly to the Saudi Vision (2030 reform plan) by creating a richer lifestyle for Saudi citizens while spurring innovation in the creative, hospitality and entertainment sectors. This unique opportunity allows students and fresh graduates to experience what it takes to be part of the change in Saudi by giving them the chance to work alongside a group of both local and international seasoned professionals. Thanks to this partnership with MiSK, we will be training the next generation of industry leaders.” 

Application to the program is open for those with fewer than two years of professional experience. Candidates must show strong academic credentials and submit a short video as part of their application.

King Salman led the Qiddiya ground-breaking ceremony in front of a global audience last April.

The project is aimed at helping to stem the $30 billion a year which Saudis currently spend abroad on tourism, and has the backing of the Kingdom’s Public Investment Fund.

It targets local, regional and international tourists and will be Saudi Arabia’s preeminent entertainment, sports and cultural destination.

It is expected to be the world’s largest entertainment city by 2030, with a total area of 334 square kilometers, surpassing Walt Disney World in Florida, which is only 110 sq. km.