Campaign to boost Saudization

Updated 13 December 2013

Campaign to boost Saudization

Ibrahim Al-Muaiqel, general director of the Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF), said Sunday that a number of initiatives will be launched soon to support Saudi youth in the local job market. The programs will be implemented in coordination with government bodies and the private sector.
In his speech at the inauguration of the Jeddah Human Resources Forum 2013 here, Al-Muaiqel said: “We will initiate a program called the National Employment System that will create and maintain a database for Saudis who are enrolled in the public and private sectors and are looking for jobs.
The program aims to create a labor market for Saudis who need to be hired according to their qualifications.”
He said that there are also a number of Saudization programs under way which will provide on-the-job-training that will help Saudis gain hands-on experience in private companies. This program will be implemented under the supervision of the HRDF which will coordinate with private companies. The HRDF will also pay transportation costs to the enrolled Saudis who need to travel to other cities for job interviews.
Al-Muaiqel stated that Saudis are at a disadvantage when it comes to salaries. Expatriates are willing to work for much less and are therefore more in demand by companies. That said, at least 76 percent of Saudi women offered to work in the public education sector which does not pay much.
But many qualified Saudi women can’t work owing to social restrictions.
Talaat Hafez, secretary-general of the Media and Banking Awareness Committee of Saudi Banks, told Arab News on the sidelines of the forum: “The local labor market will take time to organize itself and to replace the expat workers who have left the Kingdom with Saudis.”
Hafez, who presided over the second session on the first day of the forum added: “There will a vacuum in the local labor market because of the inspection campaign. However, there are many Saudis who are qualified enough to be hired by private companies and many firms will be obliged to hire them.”


Riyadh roads turn green as world’s largest urban greening project branches out

Based on experience, roads and streets without trees contain eight to 10 times the amount of dust compared with streets lined with trees on both sides. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 03 August 2020

Riyadh roads turn green as world’s largest urban greening project branches out

  • Capital gets a facelift as Vision 2030 program works to plant 7.5 million trees
  • Most of the tree species used in the project are from a well-developed local environment with low agricultural service and care

RIYADH: The Green Riyadh project, one of the world’s largest urban greening initiatives, is rapidly bearing fruit as it transforms main roads in the capital.

Major thoroughfares, including King Khalid, Makkah and King Salman roads, are getting a facelift as part of the Vision 2030 goal of improving quality of life in the city.
Dr. Fahad Al-Mana, a professor of Ornamental Plants, Gardens and Green Areas at King Saud University, told Arab News that native tree species being used for the project include Ziziphus spina-christi, Acacia gerrardii and Prosopis cineraria, commonly known as the ghaf tree.
According to Al-Mana, the trees can survive in harsh desert conditions and will grow without intensive agricultural care.
“Most of the tree species used in the planting of the Green Riyadh project are from a well-developed local environment with low agricultural service and care,” he said.
Environmental conditions in Riyadh were taken into account during the tree selection process. The species can grow to a large size in only three years.
“In some locations, they have moved large 3-year-old local trees that were taken care of in plant nurseries to new locations where they are growing successfully,” Al-Mana said.
Green Riyadh will increase the amount of greenery in the city and augment the green cover in the Saudi capital with the planting of 7.5 million trees around the city’s main features and facilities.
The project will reduce the average ambient temperature by 2 degrees Celsius and improve air quality, encouraging people to follow a healthier lifestyle by walking or cycling.

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• The project will reduce the average ambient temperature by 2 degrees Celsius and improve air quality, encouraging people to follow a healthier lifestyle by walking or cycling.

• The project will maximize the use of recycled water in irrigation works by increasing usage from 90,000 cubic meters per day to more than 1 million cubic meters per day through the construction of a new recycled water network.

• Green space in the city will increase from 5 percent to 9 percent by 2030

“The aim of planting trees in the streets is to provide shade and moderate the temperature, especially in summer, which contributes to the purification of air and reduces environmental pollution by protecting the city from sand storms, winds and dust. In addition, it gives an aesthetic view and the element of nature enters the city and nearby structures,” said Al-Mana.
He added that trees, especially those planted in central street islands, must have long trunks and high branches to avoid hindering the movement of pedestrians and cars. The trunk must measure at least 3 to 4 meters and the size of the trees planted must be proportional to the width of the island.
Al-Mana said green space in the city will increase from 5 percent to 9 percent by 2030.
According to the Green Riyadh website, the project will maximize the use of recycled water in irrigation works by increasing usage from 90,000 cubic meters per
day to more than 1 million cubic meters per day through the construction of a new recycled water network.
Al-Mana said the Green Riyadh project will also reduce carbon dioxide and impurity levels in the city.
“Based on experience, roads and streets without trees contain eight to 10 times the amount of dust compared with streets lined with trees on both sides,” he said.