Iranians to come for Haj from other countries: Riyadh

Iranian female pilgrims walk outside the Grand Mosque in the holy city of Makkah, Saudi Arabia, in this Sept. 15, 2015 file photo. (AP)
Updated 20 August 2016
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Iranians to come for Haj from other countries: Riyadh

MADINAH: A number of Iranian pilgrims will be coming to perform Haj from other countries, even though Iran has refused to send pilgrims this year.
A source at the Ministry of Haj and Umrah has revealed that arrangements have been made to receive the Iranian pilgrims in accordance with usual procedures made for countries from where they are coming.
This itself is proof that Saudi Arabia never discriminates between pilgrims, whichever nationality they belong to.
Iran was bent on depriving its citizens from performing Haj. The Kingdom has blamed Tehran for politicizing the issue and making unjust demands for the pilgrimage.
The ministry, meanwhile, announced that 129,442 pilgrims had arrived in the Kingdom as of Wednesday night, of which 44,56 came via the Jeddah airport and 88,833 via the Madinah airport.
A noticeable increase in flights is expected, with around 1,438 Haj flights, an increase of about 4 percent compared to last year.
The operational movement at the airport increases gradually as international flights from 37 airlines are received, reaching a peak of 99 flights on the 15th of Dul Qaada, said.
Flights then continue to decline gradually until the 4th of Dul Hijjah, with about 43 flights, thus marking the completion of the Haj reception plan, the ministry added.


MiSK, Qiddiya team up for internship program 

Updated 25 March 2019
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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.