Salam project trains dozens of young Saudis

The trainees would play a great role in positively representing their country. (SPA)
Updated 13 May 2019
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Salam project trains dozens of young Saudis

  • ‘Kingdom’s current global status must be a source of pride for every citizen’

RIYADH: A training program, Salam for Cultural Communication, which aims to help portray Saudi Arabia positively, concluded on Saturday in Riyadh, the Saudi Press Agency reports.
60 trainees received instruction through practical exercises to present the Kingdom’s projects promoting humanitarianism, the Vision 2030 reform plan, Saudi society, women’s empowerment and co-existence with people from different religions and cultures.
Trainees also gained insight into working within diverse teams, in addition to acquiring a multitude of interpersonal skills, including in verbal communiction.
Dr. Fahd Al-Sultan is CEO of Salam for Cultural Communication which, according to its website, aims to present the “real image of the Kingdom and break down cultural stereotypes that can lead to bias.”
Al-Sultan said the information and skills acquired by the trainees would give them the opportunity to represent Saudi Arabia at international events and highlight its cultural status.
The trainees will, he said, play an influential role in positively representing and promoting their country, through their refined communication skills, with different people and cultures.
The Kingdom’s current global status must be a source of pride for every Saudi citizen, he added, because of the pace at which it is progressing on an almost daily basis, well on the way to cementing its place as a global leader.
Saudi Arabia aims to promote the use of dialogue to prevent and resolve global conflicts to enhance understanding and cooperation. In January, the Salam for Cultural Communication organized the two-day Saudi Salam Forum with a reminder of the importance of peaceful coexistence and communication between people of all nations and faiths.


Bassam Ghulman, deputy minister at the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah

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Bassam Ghulman, deputy minister at the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah

Bassam Ghulman has been deputy minister for transportation affairs at the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah since February 2018.

Previously, he was general manager of the Haramain High-Speed Rail Project, which links the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah.

He was also a professor of contracts and construction project management at Umm Al-Qura University in Makkah.

He first joined the university as an assistant lecturer in 1994, and held several positions there, including head of the civil engineering department.

Ghulman serves as vice chairman of the board of the Saudi Council of Engineers. He was an adviser to the secretary of Makkah, having first joined the municipality there as an assistant civil engineer in 1991.

Ghulman holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Umm Al-Qura University. He earned his master’s and Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of Oklahoma in the US.

He has participated in local, regional and international events and conferences, and has published numerous academic papers and books.

Ghulman is a member of several government committees, including the advisory board for development in the Makkah region.

He recently met with members of the transport sector at the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah to discuss early preparations for this year’s season.

Ghulman said the meeting was in line with the ministry’s vision to improve and develop services to transport pilgrims to holy sites.