Madinah governor honors student innovators

Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman also toured an exhibition of the innovation projects. (SPA)
Updated 06 April 2019

Madinah governor honors student innovators

  • The contest is expected to establish 10-15 innovative startups

MADINAH: Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman honored the winners of an innovation competition at Taibah University on Saturday, in the company of Prince Saud bin Khalid Al-Faisal, deputy governor of the region, and Mohammed Al-Mutairi, secretary-general of the Shoura Council.

Prince Faisal toured an exhibition of the innovation projects and discussed them with their creators. 

On the occasion, a documentary film was also screened that highlighted the goals of the contests and its importance to developing the capacity of the youth.

He said innovation and entrepreneurship are important for creating jobs and promoting sustainable development in Madinah, as he addressed students who had participated in the Taibah University Innovates competition.

Abdulaziz Al-Sirani, president of the university, said Prince Faisal’s sponsorship of the event confirmed the Saudi leadership’s interest in motivating young people and providing opportunities for them.

Dr. Sultan Al-Amri of Taibah University said: “The contest is expected to establish 10-15 innovative startups … that serve the region.”

He said the contest consisted of several phases including registration, preparation, design and development. The event, he said, concluded with presentations of the projects to a number of potential investors.


Passionate Saudi musicians Jwa ready to take the world by storm

The group has plans to perform in Jordan, Egypt, Dubai and Bahrain, as it awaits the release of its first album before exploring new horizons. (Photo/Supplied)
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Passionate Saudi musicians Jwa ready to take the world by storm

  • Jwa’s first album is due to be released on Feb. 25
  • The word “jwa” in Arabic means the “highest levels of passion and love,” which embodies how the quintet feel about Indie music — the thing that brought them together

RIYADH: The music scene in the Kingdom is exploding, with young, talented Saudis taking full advantage of the developments in the country by showcasing their talent.
 In a limited time, young Saudi musicians have proven that they are equal to any other young cohort of musicians anywhere in the world.
 One of those talents is a young band from Dhahran, Jwa. Currently performing locally in Riyadh, Jeddah and other cities in the Eastern Province, the group has plans to perform in Jordan, Egypt, Dubai and Bahrain, as it awaits the release of its first album before exploring new horizons.
 The band, formed in 2018, is composed of Methgal Al-Shammari on drums, Mohammad Al-Nahas (bass and vocals), Arkan Al-Zahrani (guitar), Mansour Al-Gallaf (guitar) and Fawaz Baasem (keyboard).
They have had two local hit singles, “Ya Safina” and “Min Jadeed.” Methgal and Mohammad, the founders of Jwa, say that at first they “performed at numerous local events and parties” across the Kingdom. It did not take them long to become popular among Saudis.

FASTFACTS

• Jwa was formed in 2018.

• Since its launch it has two local hit singles.

• The band’s first album is due to be released on Feb. 25.

The word “jwa” in Arabic means the “highest levels of passion and love,” which embodies how the quintet feel about Indie music — the thing that brought them together.
However, they have faced many challenges in the last two years. Methgal and Mohammad said initially a “lack of support for independent bands” and “weakness of the nurturing music environment” within the country halted their progress.
However, due to the steps taken by the General Entertainment Authority, bands like Jwa have become able to make their voices and music heard. In the future, they are looking to go international, to “make their band known not only to different regions of Saudi Arabia but also abroad to gain more momentum and attraction.”
Jwa’s first album is due to be released on Feb. 25.