Dar Al-Hekma launches 7th Ideal Teacher Program

Dr. Suhair Al-Qurashi, second from right, with participating staff members at the launch of the Ideal Teacher Program Seventh Session.
Updated 20 November 2018
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Dar Al-Hekma launches 7th Ideal Teacher Program

The Ideal Teacher Center, an affiliate of Dar Al-Hekma University, marked World Teachers’ Day by launching the Ideal Teacher Program Seventh Session under the theme “Innovative Learning Institution.”

Monetary prizes for innovative schools and teachers were announced — SR10,000 ($2,665) for first place; SR7,000 for second; and SR5,000 for third. A large number of faculty members attended the event. 

Dr. Sanaa Askool, director of the consultation and business development center, delivered the opening speech on behalf of Dr. Suhair Al-Qurashi, president of Dar Al-Hekma University, in which she talked briefly about the history of the nonprofit center, which was established in 2015. 

Dr. Askool stressed the important this partnership between Dar Al-Hekma and the Jeddah Educational Office, noting that this partnership is based on the importance of creating an innovative learning institution where each member plays a role in producing knowledge. Around 20,000 men and women have benefited from the various programs offered by the Ideal Teacher Center. The center’s mission and objectives focus on developing and training leaders and faculty members in order to prepare modern teachers who will in their turn prepare a promising generation, she said. 

Dr. Mona Karim, director of the Ideal Teacher Center, gave a short brief about the center’s programs, the courses and educational workshops offered by the center, which focus on meeting the needs of female teachers. The center organized trips for teachers to travel to Japan, Finland and other countries to hone their skills over there and apply international experiences to local schools when they return home, Dr. Karim said.

Different segments were organized during the event such as “The Best Nation” play, supervised by Samira Fikri, and “Blessing of Change” initiative, which reflects the social partnership between Dar Al-Hekma University and various educational institutions. 


Real estate landscape to be explored

Updated 17 February 2019
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Real estate landscape to be explored

Informa Middle East, organizer of the Cityscape portfolio of events, will roll out a trio of back-to-back events across Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the UAE between March 24 and April 18.

With the specific market dynamics of each destination being explored through dedicated country events, the 2019 Cityscape series springs into action with Cityscape Egypt at the Egypt International Exhibition Center (EIEC) in Cairo. A two-day conference kick-starts the Egypt schedule on March 24 and 25, before the exhibition takes centerstage from March 27 to 30. 

Cityscape then moves to the Center for Forums and Events in Jeddah, which includes an exhibition from April 5 to 7, before a one-day workshop on April 7. Finally, a return to Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) includes a three-day exhibition from April 16 to 18 with an influential agenda on the lineup at the conference set for April 16.

“It’s a packed three-week schedule with a very distinct market approach and program for each destination,” said Chris Speller, Cityscape group director. “This year more than ever, Cityscape will drill down into the specifics and varied issues affecting each market. While opportunities continue to abound across the region, each market requires very different approaches from consumers, government entities and private developers to realize them. 

“With each market at varying stages of maturity and subject to very different developmental concerns, the conference and exhibition stops in Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi enable industry professionals and public investors to engage with people at the sharp end of the business, understand and seize opportunities, and network for future growth,” added Speller.

In Egypt, the conference will focus on “Energizing the Market and Reinstating Confidence” with government authorities, experts, and market influencers scheduled to spell out the country’s strategic vision to achieve real estate market maturity. 

Expecting a turnout of more than 40 exhibitors and over 8,000 visitors, Cityscape Jeddah this year looks to align with the goals of the Kingdom’s real estate market in light of its Saudi Vision 2030 economic diversification plan.

“Vision 2030 reforms are expected to attract major investment into a Saudi real estate sector predicted to double its contribution to the national economy right through this decade,” said Speller. 

“Over the past few years, we have witnessed Saudi Arabia make significant strides in attracting foreign and local investment, implementing various urban regeneration initiatives, and investing in infrastructure.”

This recent progress, when aligned with the various projects being green-lit, will no doubt transform the country into a global investment powerhouse. We believe Cityscape Jeddah will help drive investment in the Saudi sector by enhancing its standing as a crucial meeting point for regional and international leaders who can contribute to making Vision 2030 a reality.”

With a focus on “Achieving Diversification and Energizing the Market,” the Jeddah workshops will feature prominent investment panel discussions which dive into how the country’s tourism and hospitality sector agenda can impact Vision 2030. The Cityscape outings in Cairo and Jeddah will both feature dedicated editions of the Cityscape Awards, which recognize and celebrate excellence in real estate development and architecture. 

The UAE capital’s official real estate event platform, Cityscape Abu Dhabi is held under the patronage of Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, crown prince of Abu Dhabi and deputy supreme commander of the UAE Armed Forces. The one-day conference agenda will explore the future of regulatory and technological innovation with a strong focus on the government sector’s growth strategy for the UAE capital.