Murooj Jeddah project on track, officials say

Updated 07 September 2015

Murooj Jeddah project on track, officials say

JEDDAH: Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal was briefed Thursday about Murooj Jeddah residential project, located in the eastern part of the governorate.

Representatives of the Jeddah Development and Urban Regeneration Company, the executing company owned by Jeddah mayoralty, told Prince Khaled that the company has finished the largest administrative parts of the project and the primary schematics that include the infrastructure and the future vision of the Murooj Jeddah.
With a total area of 132 million square meters, the project has all elements that offer a new lifestyle of the area, including entertainment venues, nature reserves, gardens, educational and health facilities.
The project is based on sustainable infrastructure system of services to deal with flooding, which offers multiple investment opportunities that has the ability to offer job opportunities for 12,000 young people.
Murooj Jeddah includes a variety of municipal services of parks and green areas that were designed to accommodate more than 170,000 residents living in more than 42,000 residential units distributed in 134 residential suburbs that are supported with social and entertainment services.
The project aims to transform the eastern part of the city to a refreshing venue for Jeddah residents by keeping harmony with the Western Corniche, increasing the Green areas, and finding more places for entertainment, sports and tourism for residents.
An oasis for the wildlife at the site will serve as an educational place to teach students about wildlife. The Murooj includes a number of projects including the eastern wood 1 and 2, Safari Park, the National Park and the Muzarin village.
The project will include a 1.5 million square meter horse-racing track, a 22 million square meter area for residential land, 16 residential neighborhood, universities, health centers and three football stadiums for Al-Itihad, Al-Ahli and Al-Rabei clubs accommodating 7,000 fans each.

Saudi Arabia plans to create 561,000 jobs under new digital employment initiative

Updated 24 April 2019

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.