Registration begins for Misk-UNESCO training program

Updated 18 September 2019

Registration begins for Misk-UNESCO training program

  • The Misk Fellowship grants participants a monthly salary over the course of the 12-month program

RIYADH: The Initiatives Center at Mohammed Bin Salman Charitable Foundation (Misk), through the fellowship and training initiative, has announced the start of registration for the Misk-UNESCO Cooperative Training Program.

This gives newly graduated students the opportunity to train in one of the areas of work of UNESCO and gain a career opportunity to strengthen international cooperation in education, science and culture under the umbrella of the international organization.

The announcement of the program for registration, which continues until Sept. 22, comes after the success of the first batch, which saw the participation of 10 young Saudis of both sexes last year.

The training program for nine of them has been extended for another year at UNESCO, a specialized agency of the UN that has 50 offices and several teaching institutes around the world. Its main objective is to contribute to peace and security by raising the level of cooperation between states in the fields of education and culture.


The Misk Fellowship grants participants a monthly salary over the course of the 12-month program.

The Misk-UNESCO training program targets Saudi students between the ages of 20 and 30 who are recent graduates of a bachelor’s degree in education, culture, natural sciences, humanities, social, communications or any field related to the management of international organizations.

The program is held for one year at one of the UNESCO headquarters in France, Italy, China, Egypt and Jordan and represents an opportunity for Saudi youth to learn about the organization’s programs and play a role in spreading the culture of international peace and security by qualifying to work within UNESCO.

The program has 10  tracks, most notably international relations, public information, scientific policies and partnerships, development and implementation of communication, advocacy and resource mobilization strategy, strategic education plan, and universal access.

The Misk Fellowship grants participants a monthly salary over the course of the 12-month program, in addition to health insurance and follow-up and guidance from the program’s supervisory staff. More information and conditions of joining, training tracks and application are available on the Misk Foundation website (

The Initiatives Center at Misk Foundation launches programs through several initiatives such as the fellowship and training initiative, community outreach initiative, Misk innovation initiative, Misk values initiative and Misk global forum initiative. This is part of the charitable vision of the Misk foundation in encouraging learning and developing leadership skills of youth for a better future in Saudi Arabia.

Among the initiatives of the center is the fellowship and training initiative, which enjoys global and local partnerships that have exceeded 70 partnerships with universities, institutes and international and local organizations.

More than 9,000 young men and women have benefited from these programs.

Easing visa regulations makes Russia big attraction for Saudis

Russia witnessed a 10 percent increase in international tourists in 2018. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)
Updated 11 min 23 sec ago

Easing visa regulations makes Russia big attraction for Saudis

  • Tourists can visit the country’s regions by simply applying online

MOSCOW: Walking the cobblestone streets around Moscow’s Red Square, tourists from far and wide enjoy the crisp, cool fall air, surrounded by architectural wonders dating back hundreds of years.
Similar to Saudi Arabia, which has begun promoting tourism for the first time, Russia has opened its doors wider to the world by easing visit restrictions, increasing the flow of tourists.
Zarina Doguzova, head of the Federal Agency for Tourism of the Russian Federation, explains to Arab News the dynamics behind it all. “Russia is now very focused on easing visa restrictions and formalities. At the moment, an electronic visa is used for tourists coming to the regions of the Far East, as well as to the Kaliningrad region. And just a very short while ago, an electronic visa regime went live in the territory of St. Petersburg and the Leningrad region,” said Doguzova.
Doguzova stressed to Arab News the importance of working with Saudi Arabia to increase mutual openness and to develop a successful travel industry in both countries.
“Saudi Arabia is on the list of countries whose tourists can visit Russian regions using an electronic visa. We are always happy to see tourists from your country visiting us. Moreover, from Jan. 1, 2021, an electronic visa will work throughout Russia, and we consider it a real breakthrough for global tourism. The same can be said about Saudi Arabia — the things you are doing are a new step in the development of global tourism,” she added.
Doguzova went on to explain that a significant easing of visa restrictions increases incoming tourism by an average of 10-15 percent for a country.
“Tourism is at the intersection of the economy and the country’s image, and that is why its value is even higher. Therefore, we are now developing the concept of Russia’s systematic promotion in international markets in terms of tourism potential.”
Russia is one of the 49 countries on the list recently announced by Saudi Arabia whose citizens will be able to apply for tourist visas to the Kingdom for the first time.
Ahmed Al-Khateeb, president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), announced on Sept. 27, 2019, at an event held in the Kingdom’s capital that international investors agreed to invest SR115 billion ($30 billion) in the tourism sector.
Al-Khateeb and Doguzova met at the 23rd session of the General Assembly of the UN World Tourism Organization held in St. Petersburg in September, the first high-level event hosted by Russia for the UN in the field of tourism.


14,000 Saudis attended the 2018 FIFA World Cup using FanID, an identification document required by the Russian authorities that provided visa-free entry to Russia for foreigners that purchased tickets to the match.

At 6.6 million sq. miles, Russia is the largest country in the world in terms of landmass and an exotic destination for many. The 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia gave it a serious incentive to develop tourism, with 14,000 Saudis arriving under the FanID visa that was launched before the start of the games. The e-visa system allowed fans to enter Russia visa-free once they had purchased their match tickets.
The number of tourists has soared since then, placing Russia on the global travel map. Russia saw a 10 percent increase in international tourists, with 4.2 million tourists overall in 2018, the state-run Vesti news website reported, citing the Federal Security Service (FSB) border guards.
Doguzova said there are many points of interest for both Saudi Arabia and the Russian Federation to maintain a mutual tourist flow.
With President Vladimir Putin’s state visit to Saudi Arabia, Doguzova hopes that both countries will sign the first framework agreement on tourism.
“For the first time, the Russian Federal Agency for Tourism has drafted such a document and agreed on it with the interested parties. This agreement will create a legal basis for further cooperation in tourism and will contribute to the development of tourism between our countries,” she said.
Doguzova noted that Russia has previously raised the issue of a possible visa-free regime between both countries and will continue to discuss the issue. “We are excited about Saudi Arabia’s efforts to promote tourism. A trend to lift visa restrictions is underway in the world because people want to cross the borders at will in order to travel. Visa liberalization is now taking place all over the world, and both Saudi Arabia and Russia are making significant progress in this field.”
“We want millions of tourists from all over the world, including Saudi Arabia, to discover our country,” she added.