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

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:

MiSK, Qiddiya team up for internship program 

Updated 25 March 2019

MiSK, Qiddiya team up for internship program 

  • Interns will work on entertainment mega-project
  • Program open to university seniors and new graduates

RIYADH: A new internship program for young Saudis has been launched in the Kingdom, following a partnership between Misk Foundation and the Qiddiya Investment Company (QIC).

The program runs from June 16 to Aug. 31, 2019, and provides an opportunity for university seniors and recent graduates to be part of Qiddiya, an entertainment mega-project located 40 minutes from Riyadh.

Interns will have the chance to work at Qiddiya’s corporate offices alongside professionals from around the world and will be placed across 12 departments.

They will learn and develop skills that are required to succeed in their professional lives.

They will also gain exposure to QIC’s culture and learn from executives with over 20 years of experience across several sectors. 

QIC CEO Mike Reininger said: “We are contributing directly to the Saudi Vision (2030 reform plan) by creating a richer lifestyle for Saudi citizens while spurring innovation in the creative, hospitality and entertainment sectors. This unique opportunity allows students and fresh graduates to experience what it takes to be part of the change in Saudi by giving them the chance to work alongside a group of both local and international seasoned professionals. Thanks to this partnership with MiSK, we will be training the next generation of industry leaders.” 

Application to the program is open for those with fewer than two years of professional experience. Candidates must show strong academic credentials and submit a short video as part of their application.

King Salman led the Qiddiya ground-breaking ceremony in front of a global audience last April.

The project is aimed at helping to stem the $30 billion a year which Saudis currently spend abroad on tourism, and has the backing of the Kingdom’s Public Investment Fund.

It targets local, regional and international tourists and will be Saudi Arabia’s preeminent entertainment, sports and cultural destination.

It is expected to be the world’s largest entertainment city by 2030, with a total area of 334 square kilometers, surpassing Walt Disney World in Florida, which is only 110 sq. km.