Saudi Arabia reveals Dubai Expo 2020 pavilion plans

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Saudi Arabia revealed the design of its pavilion for the upcoming Expo 2020 Dubai on Sunday. (WAM)
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Saudi Arabia revealed the design of its pavilion for the upcoming Expo 2020 Dubai on Sunday. (WAM)
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Saudi Arabia revealed the design of its pavilion for the upcoming Expo 2020 Dubai on Sunday. (WAM)
Updated 15 April 2019
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Saudi Arabia reveals Dubai Expo 2020 pavilion plans

  • The pavilion symbolizes Saudi Arabia’s “welcoming character, long heritage and unlimited drive”
  • Construction of the pavilion, designed by Boris Micka Associates, began in early February 2019

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia revealed the design of its pavilion for the upcoming Expo 2020 Dubai on Sunday.
The pavilion will be second in size only to that of the UAE pavilion, covering an area the size of two football pitches.
The pavilion, which symbolizes Saudi Arabia’s “welcoming character, long heritage and unlimited drive,” adopts a design that is “distinctive and memorable,” according to a statement detailing the reveal.
The facade opens like a large window into the future, soaring into the sky and reflecting a society deeply rooted in its culture with unlimited ambitions, the statement added.
The pavilion will give visitors an immersive experience of the Kingdom’s transformation and its rich tradition, ambition and innovation.
A path will lead visitors through exhibition displays which highlight the country’s openness to businesses and tourists, and its desire to build links and collaborate with countries to create a better future for everyone.
“This extraordinary and innovative design perfectly captures the determination of the Kingdom to fulfill its promise of being an ambitious nation while conveying a message of dynamism and partnership with the world,” said Mohammed Al-Tuwaijri, Saudi’s Minister of Economy and Planning and Chairman of the Supervisory Committee for the Kingdom’s participation in Expo 2020 Dubai.

 


He added: “All Saudis can be proud of the vision that this ground-breaking pavilion will deliver to the world, and we look forward to inviting global citizens to share in the exciting story of our thriving and vibrant society.”
Construction of the pavilion, designed by Boris Micka Associates, began in early February 2019.
Commenting on the design reveal, Reem bint Ibrahim Al-Hashemy, Minister of State for International Cooperation and Director-General of Dubai Expo 2020 Bureau, said: “The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s pavilion at Expo 2020 will offer visitors a chance to experience the country’s rich heritage and culture, while demonstrating how our region is working together to create a better future for everyone. We look forward to welcoming our brothers and sisters from the Kingdom as they join us for the first ever World Expo to be held in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia region.”
To date, 190 nations have confirmed their participation in Expo 2020. Organizers expect to record 25 million visits between 20th October 2020 and 10th April 2021, with 70 percent of visitors projected to come from outside the UAE – the highest proportion of international visitors in the 168-year history of World Expos.

 


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.