16 students to join drone sport training courses at King Abdullah Economic City in Jeddah

The DRL and accompanying training program are being held for the first time as joint events. (Supplied)
Updated 12 September 2018
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16 students to join drone sport training courses at King Abdullah Economic City in Jeddah

  • Hosting DRL2018 will also grant Saudi youth the opportunity to meet and encounter the sport’s top competitors

JEDDAH: Sixteen students will participate in drone sport training courses at King Abdullah Economic City, Jeddah province, from Sept. 12 to 14.
The training courses, in conjunction with Saudi Arabia’s hosting of the Drone Racing League (DRL) finals, will be run by leading engineers and programmers.
The courses will focus on drone sports and their future role in changing traditional speed-racing concepts. They will also explain the mechanics of manufacturing and building a prototype drone aircraft, and how to install, program and use autopilot to follow the movement of drones in the field.
The DRL and accompanying training program are being held for the first time as joint events. This reflects the keenness of the government of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to implement the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.
Hosting DRL2018 will also grant Saudi youth the opportunity to meet and encounter the sport’s top competitors, as well as attending training sessions in how to control drones using augmented-reality technology.
The upcoming event will be the third edition of DRL and will witness the participation of professionals from the US, Germany, France and Holland.


Majlis culture brings a little Saudi warmth to freezing Davos

At a five-star hotel in Davos, the Saudi Arabia General Investment Authority has sponsored a prominent display proclaiming ‘The future-forward economy — Invest Saudi.’ (AN photo)
Updated 23 January 2019
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Majlis culture brings a little Saudi warmth to freezing Davos

  • The Misk Pavilion is one of the many signs of the Kingdom’s enthusiastic involvement in the world’s biggest gathering of political, business and thought leaders

DAVOS: From the sub-zero temperatures of the icy Davos Promenade you are ushered through a glass door into the warmth of a desert majlis, with works by young Saudi artists on the walls and traditional Arabian delicacies being served. It is quite a culture shock.

The Davos majlis is the work of the Misk Global Forum (MGF), the international arm of the organization founded by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to promote youth empowerment. 

The Misk Pavilion is one of the many signs of the Kingdom’s enthusiastic involvement in the world’s biggest gathering of political, business and thought leaders.

“The Kingdom’s participation in WEF 2019 highlights its role in developing the regional and global economy, and reflects the nation’s continuing ambition for sustainable development,” said Bader Al-Asaker, head of the crown prince’s private office and chairman of the Misk Initiatives Center. 

The Saudi delegation’s HQ overlooks the main congress hall, inside the Davos security cordon. 

At a nearby five-star hotel, the Saudi Arabia General Investment Authority has sponsored a prominent display proclaiming: “The future-forward economy — Invest Saudi.” 

This is the second year Misk has been prominent at Davos. As well as the majlis, its pavilion offers visitors the chance to immerse themselves in modern Saudi art via a virtual reality tour of the work of four young artists.

Misk is organizing daily events there, building up to a power breakfast with leading executives on Friday on the theme of youth empowerment.

“In an age of profound economic disruption, we regard young people as the problem-solvers, not a problem to be solved,” said MGF executive manager Shaima Hamidaddin.

“We’re holding interactive discussions on how to empower young people to be the architects of the future economy, not the tenants of it.”