Umm Al-Qura to help with Haram crowd management

Updated 20 February 2013
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Umm Al-Qura to help with Haram crowd management

The Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques Affairs yesterday signed an agreement with Umm Al-Qura University for conducting research on crowd management and translating the presidency’s Arabic documents into other languages.
The signing ceremony took place at the university’s headquarters in Abidiya. Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais, head of the presidency, and Umm Al-Qura President Dr. Bakri Assas, signed the deal.
Addressing the ceremony, Al-Sudais commended the Saudi government’s efforts in the service of pilgrims and development of the two holy mosques in Makkah and Madinah in order to expand facilities for worshippers.
“The presidency receives all-out support from the government to carry out its mission in the best manner,” Al-Sudais said while highlighting endeavors to develop the organization.
He said the agreement with Umm Al-Qura was in line with the presidency’s partnership with various civilian and government institutions in order to improve its services.
Under the agreement, Umm Al-Qura will conduct research on crowd management at the two holy mosques and will translate all the documents of the presidency, including Friday sermons and other religious statements, into other languages.
Umm Al-Qura’s teachers will give lectures at the two holy mosques on various Islamic topics. The university will be able to make use of the expertise of the scholar under the presidency.
Students of Makkah Haram institute and college will be able to pursue their higher studies at the university.
The Haram Library will also receive Umm Al-Qura’s support. Assas underscored the importance of the five-year agreement, saying it would facilitate the exchange of knowledge and expertise for the benefit of two sides. He said the university would conduct research and provide consultancy services for the benefit of the two holy mosques and their visitors.


Elite leaders and inventors gather in Riyadh for global youth forum

This year’s schedule is being kept under wraps until Wednesday. (AFP)
Updated 14 November 2018
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Elite leaders and inventors gather in Riyadh for global youth forum

  • Keynote speakers at previous events have included the UAE Minister State for Youth Affairs, Shamma Al-Mazrui, Queen Rania of Jordan and Microsoft founder Bill Gates
  • The foundation will present the Global Youth Index, covering youth trends across 25 countries

RIYADH: The Misk Global Forum will open in Riyadh on Wednesday with an eye on the future, reflected in the theme for the third annual event: “Skills for Our Tomorrow.” 

The theme is very much in keeping with the aim of the Misk Foundation, a non-profit organization established by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in 2011 to develop and empower Saudi youth to become active participants in the future economy.

Also at this year’s forum, the foundation will present the Global Youth Index, covering youth trends across 25 countries.

Since its first year in 2016, the forum has become an anticipated event for young Saudis, who get to connect with leaders and innovators from around the world in a series of workshops and panels.

“In addition to hosting an elite group of speakers, the forum also offers a unique opportunity for young leaders, inventors and creators to interact with renowned global leaders and inventors,” Shaima Hamidaddin, the forum’s program lead, explains on the website.

“Throughout the interactive sessions, youth from all over the world can discover, experience and experiment new concepts and insights to meet the challenge of change.”

Each year, MGF chooses a different theme. In 2016, it was “Young Leaders Together,” aimed at empowering a generation of entrepreneurs in the region, while in 2017 it was “Meeting the Challenge of Change.” 

Keynote speakers at previous events have included the UAE Minister State for Youth Affairs, Shamma Al-Mazrui, Queen Rania of Jordan and Microsoft founder Bill Gates. 

This year’s schedule is being kept under wraps until Wednesday, but workshops and panels will address three key points: Thriving as adaptable individuals, adjusting to the human-machine partnership and revamping uniquely human collaboration. 

These are broken down into five core skills that will enhance the way young people live and work in the future: Novel thinking, social intelligence, judgment and decision making, adaptability and resilience, and initiative and self-direction.   

More than 3,500 delegates and 100 speakers are expected to attend this year’s forum at Four Seasons Riyadh on Wednesday and Thursday.