Jeddah festival event attracts 18,000 visitors

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Updated 28 July 2015
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Jeddah festival event attracts 18,000 visitors

JEDDAH: Jeddah has now witnessed two international circuses with the Italian Belucci Circus witnessing more than 18,000 visitors of different nationalities in past 10 days starting July 18 with the beginning of the 36th Jeddah festival.
The Italian Belucci Circus, with daring acrobatics, gymnastics, jugglers, a ring of death, balancing acts, dances of Argentina, acrobatic acts from Mongolia, a human pyramid from Columbia, the human canon and clown shows with 50 internationally acclaimed artists, linked satirical literature of ancient times with modern times and global culture.
The golden age of the circus began around the year 1870 and after that the circus around the world was a place where people expect amusement and laughter.
The small tents around the big tent of the main circus offer glimpses of different things such as the fire-breather, jugglers, the lion cage and animals used in the circus, and gives us the opportunity to learn about others’ lives.
Muna Rihan, a social worker said the world today is so miserable and sad that people need a laugh every now and then; laughing is a treatment to release tension.
The circus, and its acrobats and clowns let the audience forget their problems for a while, but that short amount of time is very important in life.
She also said that the existence of the international circus in Jeddah reflects the culture of other countries of the world and gives a chance to the people of Jeddah to experience these cultures.
Rana Riri, a businesswoman, also said that Arab communities need a great laugh at this moment and jugglers and jokers do it very well at the circus.
Christian Bellucci, the proprietor of the circus, said that holding the international circus in Saudi Arabia is a great opportunity for the Bellucci Circus.
Tickets are available on the spot outside the circus, SR50 for adults and children above six years, and children below six years are free. The first show starts from 9:30 p.m. and second show starts at 11 p.m.


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.