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.


Third annual Misk Global Forum launches with its youngest event yet

Updated 14 November 2018
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Third annual Misk Global Forum launches with its youngest event yet

RIYADH: The third annual Misk Global Forum opened Wednesday in Riyadh, with opening remarks by the forum’s executive manager, Shaima Hamidaddin.

The two-day event brings young leaders, creators and thinkers together to discuss the future, the challenges it holds and change.

“What does the future look like, in a world where everything is changing?” So began the opening video montage at the third annual Misk Global Forum on Wednesday, with the theme “Skills for Our Tomorrow.”

“We want you to be inspired, not just by our speakers, but by your fellow guests,” said Shaima Hamidaddin, the forum’s executive manager, in her opening remarks, inviting delegates to a series of skills garages and majlises. She was introduced by Waem Al-Dakheel, the first woman to anchor the main evening news on Saudi TV at the Saudi Broadcast Authority.

Hamidaddin asked for a show of hands from different parts of the world, showing that there were delegates from every continent except Antarctica (and she said the forum would work on that for next year). She then asked for a show of hands for those under the age of 35, pointing out that this is the youngest Misk Global Forum yet, with youth and women on every panel.

Hamidaddin pointed out that through technology, we are already more globally connected than ever before, but urged people to collaborate and interact with the speakers and guests from different cultures at the forum. “We must seize the opportunity for uniquely human collaboration,” she said.