Daesh-claimed Riyadh blast damages cars; no injuries

Updated 09 February 2016
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Daesh-claimed Riyadh blast damages cars; no injuries

RIYADH: An explosion damaged several cars in a residential area on Monday, SPA reported, an incident the Daesh terrorist group said was caused by a bomb one of its members had affixed to a vehicle. There were no injuries. A police spokesman said a citizen had reported at 8:40 a.m. that his car had been damaged by a blast while parked in front of his house in Al-Aziziya district, according to SPA. There were no injuries. Some nearby vehicles also were damaged. The spokesman said that bomb experts are still investigating the case. In a statement released on the Telegram social messaging platform, Daesh’s Amaq news agency said the blast was caused by a “sticky bomb” attached to the vehicle of a member of the Saudi armed forces, the SITE monitoring service reported. The Kingdom in 2014 declared Daesh a terrorist organization and has detained hundreds of its supporters. The group, which controls territory in Iraq and Syria, has staged a series of attacks in the country.


Misk Global Forum: UAE Higher Education Minister aces ‘job interview’

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Misk Global Forum: UAE Higher Education Minister aces ‘job interview’

  • ‘You need a core major. Academic background is still important’

RIYADH: The opening session on the second day of the Misk Global Forum began with a brain teaser – how many golf balls can you fit in a school bus? – as part of a job interview, but not just with any applicant.

Dr. Ahmad Belhoul Al-Falasi, the UAE’s Minister of State for Higher Education and Advanced Skills, talked about higher learning and his career in the format of a job interview, conducted by moderator Razan Alayed, an advisor to the Education and Human Resources Council in the UAE.

Al-Falasi said he was surprised that even though he went to very good schools and had a PhD in engineering, he got rejected when applying to many companies because they said he was overqualified. He realized he was underqualified in consulting, so he started to work on that. His learning? “People appreciated the skills I had, not my education.”  

Still, Al-Falasi said it’s important to have a specialization in higher education. “You need a core major. Academic background is still important.”  

To be successful, he said a person needs to be confident and passionate, and that it’s important to have skills of negotiation and articulation.

“I’m not the smartest person,” he said, rather modestly. “If I have to pick one skill, it will be my capacity to adapt.”

Al-Falasi said technology is helping education evolve: “Today with technology, you can have access to the best classes in the world. Data is also important, many say. A lot of technology is built on understanding.”  

At the end of his interview, when Al-Falasi was asked about his salary expectation. Without pause, he said if it’s for a job at Misk, the figure doesn’t matter.

“We all feel very passionate and positive today, especially with what’s happening in Misk,” he said. “All eyes are on Saudi Arabia today.”