Saudis bid to beautify their cities with street art

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Top Saudi graffiti artists are taking part in the beautification drive in Riyadh. (SPA)
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Top Saudi graffiti artists are taking part in the beautification drive in Riyadh. (SPA)
Updated 15 April 2019
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Saudis bid to beautify their cities with street art

  • The campaign is also meant to raise citizens’ awareness, public ethics, and responsibility toward public places
  • Last month, the Kingdom launched an ambitious  $23 billion project to create vast open green areas in Riyadh

RIYADH: Riyadh Municipality launched on April 10, the “Beautifying Riyadh’s Murals” events that aim to beautify public places and spheres in the capital city, as part of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.

The events, that witness the participation of top Saudi artists in the art of graffiti, are divided into two stages; the first consists of removal of distorted scriptures off the city’s walls by volunteers, while the second consists of covering the walls with murals painted by famous Saudi artists.

These events come as part of Riyadh municipality’s campaign to beautify the city, to raise citizens’ awareness, public ethics, and responsibility toward public places, in addition to involving citizens in activities with aesthetic dimensions.

Last month, the Kingdom also launched an ambitious  $23 billion project to create vast open green areas in Riyadh including the world’s biggest city park.

Construction will begin this year on four schemes — King Salman Park, Sports Boulevard, Green Riyadh and Riyadh Art — which will create sustainable communities, drive action against climate change and provide up to 70,000 new jobs.

The aim of the project is to “significantly improve the lives of its citizens, transform the city into an attractive destination and make it one of the world’s most livable cities,” the government said.

The four projects — King Salman Park, Sports Boulevard, Green Riyadh and Riyadh Art — will complement the Saudi Vision 2030’s “Quality of Life” program and are aligned with UN Sustainable Development Goals, to create sustainable cities and communities, while driving urgent action against climate change.

Developed with a government investment of $23 billion, the four projects will offer opportunities worth $15 billion for the private sector to invest in residential, commercial, recreational and wellness projects. As well as creating tens of thousands of new jobs, the project will also help boost efforts to improve the city’s health and well-being with a commitment to wellness, health, sports, culture and the arts, underpinned by a commitment to environmental sustainability.

 

Beautifying Makkah Road

The Committee of Fine Arts and Arab Calligraphy has started its campaign to beautify Makkah Road, in the center of Sakaka city, as artists of Al-Jouf area started to paint a huge mural under its auspices, as part of the agreement signed with Al-Jouf municipality and the Saudi Arabia Society for Culture and Art.  

Khaled bin Abdul Rahman Al-Issa, director of culture and arts in Al-Jouf, said that the aim of the mural is to expose and show the cultural, historical, touristic and agricultural landmarks, in addition to the artifacts of Al-Jouf.

 


Saudi Arabia plans to create 561,000 jobs under new digital employment initiative

Updated 24 April 2019
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Saudi Arabia plans to create 561,000 jobs under new digital employment initiative

  • Qiwa program aims to achieve the Vision 2030 goal of reducing unemployment rate to 7 percent

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has revealed ambitious plans to create more than 561,000 private-sector jobs by 2023 as part of a new digital era for the Kingdom’s labor market.

Minister of Labor and Social Development Ahmad Al-Rajhi made the announcement at the launch of the Qiwa online platform, which aims to combine all the country’s employment services under one electronic roof.

Through digitalization, the Ministry of Labor and Social Development hopes to not only boost job opportunities for Saudi men and women, but also improve workplace efficiency and productivity, and attract international investment.

Al-Rajhi said: “The ministry has entered into partnerships and agreements to settle more than 561,000 job opportunities in the private sector until 2023,” and the minister added that 45,000 Saudis had entered the labor market in the last three months.

The new labor force platform will consolidate employment-related e-services already offered to job seekers, employees and employers and plans are in the pipeline to plug a further 71 services into the system.

The Qiwa program aims to provide Saudi government officials with a data mine of statistical information to tackle business challenges facing employers and employees, help create new job opportunities, and achieve the Vision 2030 goal of reducing the country’s unemployment rate to 7 percent. Another key objective is to strategically enhance the Kingdom’s business environment to make it more attractive to local and international investors.

A ministry statement issued to Arab News, said: “The Qiwa platform will have an impact on motivating investors. It will also re-engineer policies and procedures for all services provided to individuals and enterprises on a strong platform that will make a quantum leap in the business world and turn the Saudi market into an attractive market for opportunities and potential for competencies.

“The services are provided in both Arabic and English in order to enable foreign investors to benefit from the services of a strong platform,” the statement added.

The e-services include programs to encourage Saudis to access jobs in their locality by improving the workplace environment and making it more appealing to men and women.

The Kingdom’s public sector is quickly adapting to international standards and labor market demands by digitalizing services, while the ministry is using the latest business management methods to help public organizations increase the competency and productivity of workers while creating a competitive labor market that can partner with the private sector.