20 teams progress in KAUST Hajj and Umrah contest in Jeddah

Participants including Saudi women attend a hackathon in Jeddah on August 1, 2018, prior to the start of the annual Hajj pilgrimage in the holy city of Makkah. (AFP)
Updated 26 February 2019

20 teams progress in KAUST Hajj and Umrah contest in Jeddah

  • It will culminate with the selection of six winners — three from the innovation and three from the entrepreneurship tracks — each of which will receive SR 40,000 ($10,000) to support their work
  • The initiative is part of KAUST’s contribution to the Makkah Cultural Forum

JEDDAH: Twenty teams have been chosen to progress to the next phase of an innovation and entrepreneurship initiative at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), which aims to support and develop projects to deliver smart services for pilgrims in Saudi Arabia during Hajj and Umrah.
They were selected from 40 teams, with 66 participants in total, after a nine-day preliminary program at the university’s campus in Thuwal, Jeddah. The initiative is part of KAUST’s contribution to the Makkah Cultural Forum. It will culminate with the selection of six winners — three from the innovation and three from the entrepreneurship tracks — each of which will receive SR 40,000 ($10,000) to support their work.
“The entrepreneurship and innovation initiative, under the umbrella of Makkah province, is one of KAUST’s most important partnerships,” said Hattan Ahmed, the head of the university’s Entrepreneurship Center.
“We are organizing this event for the second year in partnership with the municipality of Makkah, and we have together trained more than 120 entrepreneurs under this program. These are very innovative ideas and we look forward to providing guidance and continued support to the founders of these startups.”
The participants included four faculty members, three teachers, seven engineers and 30 students, along with members of four startups.
Dr. Najah Youssef Ashri, the vice president for Saudi affairs at KAUST, said she is happy that the university is supporting and training young Saudi men and women to become entrepreneurs.


Ivanka Trump applauds Saudi Arabia’s reforms advancing economic role for women

Updated 17 January 2020

Ivanka Trump applauds Saudi Arabia’s reforms advancing economic role for women

  • Saudi women in business have lauded the Vision 2030 strategy for being the key driver in helping them to realize their ambitions

The United States President’s daughter and advisor, Ivanka Trump, praised on Friday Arab states for the progress they have made in their reforms highlighted in a World Bank Report.

“Great seeing some big progress in countries with the most improved scores this year in the World Bank WBL (Women, Business and the Law) report,” she said, referring to several countries mentioned in the report, including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Jordan and Tunisia.

 

The World Bank’s annual “Women, Business, and the Law” report ranked Saudi Arabia top among 190 countries for its progress in bringing about reforms related to female involvement in economic development and entrepreneurship.  

According to the World Bank’s figures for 2020, Saudi Arabia scored 70.6 out of 100 for progress achieved in the integration of women into the labor market. The report’s findings also placed the country first among Gulf states, and second in the Arab world for meeting the criteria.

Saudi women in business have lauded the Vision 2030 strategy for being the key driver in helping them to realize their ambitions.