Aramco marks National Day with expo on role in development of Saudi Arabia

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The interactive exhibition included a children's section where they enjoyed visual presentations about Saudi Arabia. (Supplied )
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Saudi Aramco held an exhibition at the Mall of Arabia in Jeddah city in celebration of Saudi Arabia's National day. (Supplied)
Updated 26 September 2018
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Aramco marks National Day with expo on role in development of Saudi Arabia

  • The exhibition featured the role and contributions of Saudi Aramco in nation building within the frame of Vision 2030
  • The exhibition also showcased the activities of King Abdul Aziz International Cultural Center (Ithraa)

JEDDAH: Saudi Aramco held a five-day exhibition in celebration of Saudi Arabia's National Day at the Mall of Arabia in Jeddah city from Sept. 21.

The exhibition featured the role and contributions of Saudi Aramco in nation building within the frame of Vision 2030.

The exhibition, which ended on on Monday, took as its slogan: "Expressing a national power .. and translating an ambitious vision." It was divided into five sections including citizenship, which represented initiatives for create innovative solutions to create economic participation in the community and to push it forward.

Another section looking at empowerment focused on women, young people and successful entrepreneurs. It included programs for the knowledge economy and spreading the culture of entrepreneurship.

In the Creative expression section, heritage and modern art were represented through Saudi artists who embody Saudi Arabia's heritage and its promising future.

The exhibition also showcased the activities of King Abdul Aziz International Cultural Center (Ithraa), a portal for knowledge and creativity, which was selected as one of the world's top 100 sites for 2018 by Time magazine.

Interactive visual presentations were laid on embodying the spirit of creativity and empowerment in young people. It also allowed visitors to see the company's development initiatives in the field of community service.

Reem Ahmad, who attended the exhibition, told Arab News: "I was delighted to visit the Saudi Aramco exhibition today, I enjoyed the interactive experience, everything is beautifully presented. It makes me proud to see such huge achievements presented to the public in an interactive way to visitors of different ages."


Al-Ula Royal Commission launches second phase of university scholarship program

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Al-Ula Royal Commission launches second phase of university scholarship program

  • High-quality education will make students ‘valuable assets’ in transformation of the region
JEDDAH: The Royal Commission for Al-Ula has launched the second phase of its overseas scholarship program, giving students the chance to study at universities in the US, UK, France and Australia.
The program is intended to broaden the horizons of Saudi students, creating more rounded graduates with wider experiences of foreign cultures and practices.
The students will also learn the languages of their host countries, which will aid them in later life depending on what path they choose, and encouraging interaction and exchanges between the Al-Ula region and the rest of the world.
Rami Al-Sakran, capabilities development manager for the commission, said the Al-Ula scholarship program was one of four strands in a community development plan.
“We have four different units, sector planning and business licensing so that covers economic development, with community engagement and human capability under the social development plan,” he told Arab News.
The second phase of the scholarship program will run for five years following the positive response to the first phase, which was launched last year. The second phase has been expanded to accommodate 300 students and is open to all genders.
Last September, 165 students were sent to the US, UK and France with Australia to focus on fields such as hospitality, tourism, agriculture, archaeology and heritage.
Many residents from the area had migrated to larger cities because of the lack of job opportunities, he said, so it was important to engage and employ locals first.
“We’ll flood the equation. We’ll see people coming in and our priority is the local community and to provide them with jobs. We want these jobs that we’ll create to be filled by the locals first.
“We’ve currently provided jobs, whether directly or indirectly, some of them temporary and others permanent. At Winter in Tantora, we have volunteers, ushers, drivers as this is seasonal but we’ve established a database and some jobs are permanent, whether they’re directly employed by our CEO or some contract.”
Al-Sakran said locals were key to the success of turning Al-Ula into a major tourist destination.
“Locals, locals, locals. Without the locals, we can’t succeed. We have a very transparent relationship, it’s a two-way street with them. We cooperate with them and communicate with them on every basis. We have a strong relationship with the governor of Al-Ula and we listen to the locals.
“Whether it was our social or economical development, as you can see Winter in Tantora has a major socio-economic impact on the area and ... the locals are working everywhere here and that’s what we want. It’s theirs. We’ll unveil it to the Kingdom ... that’s the idea, to make it a strong and significant destination for all.”