Riyadh gears up for Eid

Updated 15 July 2015
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Riyadh gears up for Eid

RIYADH: Riyadh is gearing up for the Eid Al-Fitr with special decorations and lights on city roads and main intersections to mark the annual festival with grandeur.

The Riyadh municipality, in collaboration with a number of official and nonofficial bodies, have lined up a series of programs to entertain at various public places such as malls, parks and shopping centers.
Main roads in the city, including King Fahd Road and Khurais Road, have been festooned with colorful flags with Eid Al-Fitr greetings, while many roads have been decorated with colorful lights to mark the annual festival.
With the Eid holiday starting from Friday, citizens and expatriates were seen in a festive mood as they prepare to mark the special occasion with religious fervor and traditional gaiety. The city’s malls were full of shoppers trying to complete their Eid preparations with many families seen with children buying clothes.
The toy souk in Batha is full of Saudi women purchasing various toys to be given as gifts to children who visit their homes to offer Eid greetings on the festival day.
There is also an increase in the activity in perfume shops where men and women are buying perfumes for their family members.
To give a festive religious atmosphere, mosques are being illuminated and new carpets laid to give a new look to the places of worship. An imam of a mosque in Nasseriyah told Arab News that new carpets are usually provided by the department of mosques of Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Dawah, Guidance, and Endowments. However some philanthropists living in the neighborhood of the mosques volunteered to donate new carpets to mosques that need replacement. “Some of them came forward to color wash the whole buildings before the advent of the holy month,” he said.
There are more than 3,000 mosques in the Riyadh region and the majority of them are owned and maintained by the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Dawah, Guidance and Endowments. The others are built and maintained by members of the Royal family and prominent philanthropists who had built and maintained them in memory of their loved ones.
Meanwhile, due to the days of Lailathal Qadr, there is a larger congregation in the mosques for daily Taraweeh and Qiyam Al-Layl prayers. The areas around mosques are turned into markets by vendors who try to sell fancy items and fruits to worshippers.
All parts of the city are heavily policed to maintain security in the area, and in neighborhoods where people leave their homes, either to shop or pray in the mosque until 2 a.m.


MiSK, Qiddiya team up for internship program 

Updated 24 min 12 sec ago
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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.