The Saudi Instagram account that’s fostering sharing, storytelling and support

‘Saudi Beings’ is helping youngsters see each other as role models. (Supplied)
Updated 02 January 2019
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The Saudi Instagram account that’s fostering sharing, storytelling and support

  • ‘Saudi Beings’ serves as a medium to inspire locals within the community and help them view each other as role models and inspirational individuals”

JEDDAH: Saudi entrepreneur Shahla Nazer enjoys listening to stories about people’s upbringings and how they became who they are.
“We all go through hardships and events that change us as individuals, both mentally and emotionally,” she told Arab News. “I believe that every person I cross paths with and listen to ends up inspiring me in some way, and you never know what a person has gone through to become the person they are.”
The Instagram account “Saudi Beings” is a representation of Nazer’s belief. She wants it to help people engage more with each other, enabling them to tell their own stories in order to be heard and seen at a local and international level.
“Saudi Beings” focuses on stories that made people who they are today, where each individual has their own meaning and definition of success and failure. It supports the concept that no one is alone in what they are going through because others are going through a similar hardship, Nazer explained.
“Saudi society is changing. People now want to talk about and speak up about their ideas, values and interests. ‘Saudi Beings’ serves as a medium to inspire locals within the community and help them view each other as role models and inspirational individuals.”
She said “Saudi Beings” is like a TED Talk in written form: Motivating people to open up and share their struggles, achievements, ups and downs.
It features people from different walks of life — innovators, thought leaders, creatives, doctors, entrepreneurs — but most importantly it sheds light on people whose stories have never been heard before.
One of the posts is about a woman, Asma, who became vegan while another is about a life coach called Noorah. Lian posted about her experience with depression, overcoming her health issues to complete an architecture degree in Texas, while Hashem wrote about falling in love with dance.
Posts are in Arabic or English, attracting enthusiastic responses in both languages.
Storytelling helps individuals make sense of their surroundings, said Nazer. If each person narrates their own story and learns from other people’s paths, they can they connect with each other and also with themselves.
“Saudi Beings” can be found at: instagram.com/saudibeings/


Saudi Aramco recognized as a leader in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Updated 22 January 2019
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Saudi Aramco recognized as a leader in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

JEDDAH: Saudi Aramco’s Uthmaniyah Gas Plant (UGP) has been recognized by the World Economic Forum (WEF) as a “Lighthouse” manufacturing facility and a leader in technology applications of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. 
Saudi Aramco is the first energy company globally to be included in this select group of manufacturing sites. The plant is also the only facility in the Middle East to be recognized by WEF. 
The announcement was made ahead of WEFs annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland.
The gas plant is one of the world’s largest gas processing plants and was commissioned in 1981 as part of Saudi Aramco’s Master Gas System to process associated gas from oil wells. 
The use of drones and wearable technologies to inspect pipelines and machinery has helped cut inspection time by 90% in this industrial facility.
“The recognition of the Uthmaniyah Gas Plant demonstrates Saudi Aramco’s shift to transform and adapt in the rapidly changing global energy landscape. Uthmaniyah is only one part of our large integrated energy value chain where IR 4.0 technologies are playing a critical role to enable significant capital and operational efficiencies,” said Amin H. Nasser, Chief Executive Officer of Saudi Aramco.
The seven new facilities join nine other “Manufacturing Lighthouses” which WEF unveiled in September 2018. The 16 factories were selected from an initial list of 1,000 manufacturers based on their successful implementation of cutting-edge technologies of the future that drive financial and operational impact.
The “Lighthouse” program was conducted by WEF in collaboration with McKinsey during a year-long study. A study team visited UGP in Saudi Arabia and performed a thorough audit.