7th Gulf Education Conference and Exhibition, to be held in Jeddah, offers lessons in growth

Updated 15 February 2018

7th Gulf Education Conference and Exhibition, to be held in Jeddah, offers lessons in growth

JEDDAH: More than 25,000 people are expected to attend the 7th Gulf Education Conference and Exhibition at the University of Business and Technology (UBT) on Feb. 20 and 21.
Council of Saudi Chambers Secretary-General Dr. Saud Al-Mishari said the conference will help develop education in a variety of fields, and encourage scientific and research partnerships with international universities inside and outside the Kingdom.
The conference and its associated exhibition have become one of the most important education forums in the region. The event is being held this year under the patronage of Education Minister Ahmed Al-Issa. Education policymakers and experts, as well as students and parents, will be among the visitors.
Speakers will discuss a range of education strategies for achieving innovation, employment, and economic growth.
An exhibition promoting more than 150 universities and companies from at least 30 states will run in conjunction with the conference, offering academic opportunities for universities and other institutions.
Education ministries from Gulf countries, the Association of Arab Universities and UBT have been involved in organizing the conference.
Al-Mishari highlighted the Kingdom’s interest in education as part of its Vision 2030 plan to diversify the economy and encourage private-sector investment.


Saudi rail chief visits Haramain stations

Updated 44 min ago

Saudi rail chief visits Haramain stations

  • Visit is part of project management’s plans for the Haramain station in Al-Sulaimaniyah and Jeddah airport
  • Railway inaugurated by King Salman on Sep. 24, 2018

JEDDAH: Saudi Transport Minister and Director-General of the Saudi Railway Organization (SAR), Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser, visited the Haramain High-Speed Railway’s Al-Sulaimaniyah station and the King Abdul Aziz International Airport station in Jeddah on Thursday to check on preparations to resume operations at the two sites.

Al-Jasser was accompanied by Public Transport Authority Chairman Rumaih bin Mohammed Al-Rumaih, SAR CEO Bashar Al-Malik and other officials.

The visit is part of project management’s plans for the Haramain station in Al-Sulaimaniyah and Jeddah airport to serve airline passengers and Jeddah residents.

The service was halted on Sept. 29, 2019 after a fire broke out at the station in Jeddah, which left 11 people injured. The blaze, which was centered in the roof of the station, lasted for 15 hours.

As the first high-speed electric train in the region, the Haramain High-Speed Railway spans over 450km, connecting five stations across Makkah, Jeddah, King Abdul Aziz International Airport, King Abdullah Economic City and Madinah.

The railway was inaugurated by King Salman on Sep. 24, 2018. 

The project is in line with the objectives of the Vision 2030 reform plans, the main goal of which is to increase the number of pilgrims and visitors to the holy places. Officials described it as the biggest transportation project of its kind in the region.