Project to employ 10,000 young men, women launched in Riyadh

Riyadh Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar speaks to media in Riyadh on Wednesday. (SPA)
Updated 01 February 2018

Project to employ 10,000 young men, women launched in Riyadh

RIYADH: Riyadh Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar launched a project on Wednesday to provide 10,000 jobs for young men and women in the capital and give self-help loans totaling SR11 million ($2.9 million) to unemployed youths.
Prince Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Abdul Aziz, deputy governor of the Riyadh region, and Prince Faisal bin Abdulrahman bin Abdul Aziz, chairman of the board of directors of the Association of Development and Financing of Productive Families in Riyadh, also attended the event.
Prince Faisal bin Abdulrahman announced the launch of more than 10,000 jobs for young men and women with the signing of 27 agreements with private-sector companies and the provision of loans to 180 young men and women with a total value of more than SR11 million.
He also announced the launch of the Prince Abdulrahman bin Abdul Aziz center for training and employment.
Saleh Al-Yousef, director general of Ensan Charity Committee for Orphans Care, launched a project called Ijdah, which will help Saudi male and female youths to gain skills for employment in the local market. Yousef said that some 6,000 young men and women will be trained under the program.
The governor signed several agreements including with Dr. Sulaiman Al-Habib Hospital to train and employ 1,055 beneficiaries, Riyadh United factory to employ 30 beneficiaries, as well as the Innovative Foods Company to train and employ 200 youths, and with the dates factory in Zulfi to enable 200 beneficiaries.
Saudi journalist, Musad Al-Zayani, who is based in Dubai, told Arab News that this was the need of the hour, and the projects would create a brighter future for youths who were going to be employed in various sectors in private establishments. “I am happier since they will be trained properly to suit their vocations and to get better outputs,” he said.

Saudi rural tourism recovers after months of forced isolation

Updated 11 July 2020

Saudi rural tourism recovers after months of forced isolation

  • Saudis turn to domestic traveling and flock to their nation’s cooler cities and rural areas

TAIF: As Saudi citizens turn to domestic tourism in the country’s summer resorts, adapting to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, rural areas have become targeted by local tourists wishing to get away from the soaring temperatures in most of the Kingdom’s cities.

Visitors are now choosing cold Saudi cities instead of Europe, which they are accustomed to visiting, such as Taif, Al-Baha, and Abha.

COVID-19 has postponed all plans to travel abroad, and attention has now focused on domestic tourism amid strict health protocols in parks, gardens and recreational areas.

Walid Al-Hamidi, vice president of the Tourism Development Council, confirmed to Arab News that Asir, with its facilities and attractions, was ready to receive summer visitors from across the country.

He said that under the directives of Asir's governor, who supervises all activities and events directly and constantly, many committees had been formed to prepare a successful summer tourism season, to optimize the opportunity and allow people to enjoy the exceptional ambiance of Asir.

“A comprehensive tourism plan was set up two years ago, which resulted in a successful Al-Soudah Season with the support of Asir’s Investment Authority,” Al-Hamidi added.

He noted that Asir’s directives aimed this year to build an exceptional tourism model that meets optimal health standards in dealing with COVID-19.

The model is supported by the “Nashama Asir” team — consisting of 4,000 volunteers — who have been trained for months and have all the necessary skills to make the season successful. Their work will continue until the end of the pandemic and throughout the summer.

“Everyone is ready at public facilities, gardens and parks, to serve tourists,” he said, adding “tourists coming from all the over the Kingdom will be welcomed with smiles, enhanced services, and warm welcomes.”

Dr. Sami Al-Obaidi, chairman of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Taif, told Arab News that the tourism sector was the economic backbone of any country or city.

He said that Taif was considered one of the most important tourist cities, given its many attractions  that made it top of any list of places to visit in the Kingdom.

“Suspending travel abroad, and limiting tourism … due to the coronavirus pandemic, makes us, as officials and citizens in Taif, well placed for a beautiful and safe tourism season for Taif’s citizens and visitors,” said Al-Obaidi.

“Meetings are held around the clock, headed by Saad Al-Maimouni, the governor of Taif, with the participation of the relevant authorities.”

He expected all sectors, especially tourism, hospitality and a few other businesses in Taif, to recover to some extent during this season, especially now tourists have already started flocking to the region, with numbers set to increase over the coming weeks.