Jobs boost as HRDF signs deals with 23 universities

Updated 13 August 2015
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Jobs boost as HRDF signs deals with 23 universities

RIYADH: The Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF) has signed agreements with 23 universities in the Kingdom to help graduates find jobs in the local market, thanks to the initiative by the Ministries of Labor and Education.

Ibrahim Al-Moaiqel, director general of HRDF, signed the accords with the representatives of the universities in the presence of Labor Minister Mufarej Al-Haqabani and Education Minister Azzam Al-Dakhil recently.
An official from the Ministry of Labor said the idea is to harmonize the educational programs of the universities with the requirements of the Saudi labor market which would pave the way for young graduates to find employment in the private sector.
Under the program, he said, the skills of the undergraduates will be honed through short-term courses during summer and encourage them to participate in the national program.
Sahl bin Nashaat Abdel Jawad, vice chancellor of King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals Research, said such a program was a long felt need for the benefit of the Saudi youth.
Mahroos Bin Ahmed Gabban, deputy chancellor of Taibah University for Development and Quality, said the agreement will bridge the gap between universities and the local labor market .
The establishment of the HRDF, with its legal and administratively and financially independent statuS, was to intensify Saudization in the private sector. It is one of the effective mechanisms to train and prepare male and female Saudis to take up jobs in the private sector.
The HRDF has been given the responsibilities that have been drawn from Resolution No. 107 of the Council of Minister, dated July 2000, and in the Royal Decree No. 18M, dated on August 2000. It was decided that the Fund will be a legal entity that enjoys administrative and financial independence. This status will enable those who run it to translate the policies of the government into reality; and they are supposed to do this by offering the essential knowledge and skills, which will help them to get jobs in the private sector to Saudi youths.
The HRDF continues to invest in state of the art information and communication technologies to develop skills of the national work force in the Kingdom for public and private sector employment purposes.


Motorsport, rock bands, tourists … welcome to the new Saudi Arabia

There was an explosion of joy at the podium when Antonio Felix da Costa lifted the winner’s trophy at the conclusion of the Formula E Saudia Ad Diriyah E-Prix on Saturday. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 16 December 2018
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Motorsport, rock bands, tourists … welcome to the new Saudi Arabia

  • Three-day event at Ad Diriyah reaches spectacular climax in an unprecedented spirit of openness

AD DIRIYAH: The driver with the winner’s trophy was Antonio Felix da Costa — but the real winners were Saudi Arabia itself, and more than 1,000 tourists visiting the country for the first time.

Da Costa, the Andretti Motorsport driver, won the Formula E Saudia Ad Diriyah E-Prix in front of thousands of race fans at a custom-built track in the historic district on the outskirts of Riyadh.

But in truth, the event was about much more than high-tech electric cars hurtling round a race track — thrilling though that was. The three-day festival of motorsport, culture and entertainment was Saudi Arabia’s chance to prove that it can put on a show to rival anything in the world, and which only two years ago would have been unthinkable.

The event was also the first to be linked to the Sharek electronic visa system, allowing foreigners other than pilgrims or business visitors to come to Saudi Arabia.

Jason, from the US, is spending a week in the country with his German wife, riding quad bikes in the desert and visiting heritage sites. “I’ve always wanted to come for many, many years ... I’m so happy to be here and that they’re letting us be here,” he said.

Aaron, 40, a software engineer, traveled from New York for two days. “Saudi Arabia has always been an exotic place ... and I didn’t think I’d ever be able to come here,” he said.

About 1,000 visitors used the Sharek visa, a fraction of what Saudi Arabia aims eventually to attract. 

“Hopefully we will learn from this and see what we need to do for the future, but I can tell you from now that there is a lot of demand,” said Prince Abdul Aziz bin Turki Al-Faisal, vice chairman of the General Sports Authority.

His optimism was backed by Kirill Dmitriev, chief executive of the Russian Direct Investment Fund and a visitor to Ad Diriyah. “Such events will attract tourists and are a true celebration for young Saudis who desire a bright future,” he said.

“The vision of moderate Islam, promoted by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, is important both for the region and the entire world, and its realization needs to be appreciated, respected and supported.”

The event ended on Saturday night with a spectacular show by US band OneRepublic and the superstar DJ David Guetta. “Just when you think things can’t get better, they suddenly do,” said concertgoer Saleh Saud. “This is the new Saudi Arabia, and I can’t wait to see what’s going to happen next.”