New scholarship for Saudis at London’s Royal College of Music

World-famous singer Andrea Bocelli and Fady Jameel, president, International of Community Jameel, at the Royal College of Music (RCM) in London.
Updated 01 December 2019

New scholarship for Saudis at London’s Royal College of Music

Saudi singers seeking to study at the Royal College of Music (RCM) in London, one of the world’s greatest conservatoires, can apply for a new scholarship launched by Community Jameel and the Andrea Bocelli Foundation (ABF). Open to students from around the world, including Saudi Arabia, the Andrea Bocelli Foundation-Community Jameel Scholarship supports students who study full-time at the RCM and will be awarded on merit at audition and need. 

Andrea Bocelli is one of the world’s most famous singers, a tenor who has performed in the greatest opera houses and is one of the highest-selling artists of all time.

Many of the ABF’s core values are shared by Community Jameel, a global philanthropy that focuses on creativity, entrepreneurship, innovation and youth. In January, on stage at the Winter in Tantora festival in AlUla, Bocelli explained how Mohammed Jameel, Community Jameel’s founder, had inspired him to pursue philanthropy and found the ABF. 

Speaking at the launch of the scholarship in London, Fady Jameel, president, International of Community Jameel, said: “With our goal of innovating for a better future, we have found in the Royal College of Music a global institution taking a creative approach to delivering musical education for all. In partnership with the Andrea Bocelli Foundation, and inspired by maestro Bocelli himself, we are launching this scholarship so that students from Saudi Arabia and around the world can have access to the best music education in the world.”

RCM Director Professor Colin Lawson said: “We are extremely grateful to the Andrea Bocelli Foundation and Community Jameel for their powerful commitment to the Royal College of Music’s More Music Campaign. This new scholarship will give young singers each year the remarkable opportunity to study at the RCM without financial burden. One of the More Music Campaign’s key aims is to make musical education available to all; philanthropic partnerships such as this is vital to this vision.”


Zain KSA celebrates key 5G milestone

Updated 14 December 2019

Zain KSA celebrates key 5G milestone

Zain KSA celebrated the finalization of the first phase of the Middle East’s largest 5G network in a special event on Dec. 8 at the Hilton Riyadh. The ceremony, held under the patronage of Minister of Communications and Information Technology Abdullah bin Amer Al-Sawaha, was attended by Zain KSA Chairman Prince Nayef bin Sultan bin Muhammed bin Saud Al-Kabeer, Governor of Communications and Information Technology Commission Dr. Muhammed bin Saud Al-Tamimi, Deputy Minister of Communications and Information Technology Haitham bin Abdulrahman Al-Ohali, and Zain KSA CEO Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Al-Deghaither, along with other dignitaries in the ICT sector.

Prince Nayef said: “Zain KSA’s achievement accompanies the speedy development and innovative services of the digital revolution that the world around us is witnessing. This achievement is significant in its timing, as it coincides with the rapid rise of the Kingdom’s ranking in several prestigious international reports, specifically in the ICT sector. Another aspect that makes this achievement noteworthy is its size, as it offers the broadest coverage of the 5G network, which has positioned the Kingdom as the first in the Middle East, Europe and Africa.”

Prince Nayef pointed out the concurrence of Zain KSA’s accomplishment with the Kingdom’s growing pivotal role at the global economic level, and in becoming the first Arab country to preside over the G20 summit. He affirmed Zain’s commitment to keeping pace with the Kingdom’s economic ambitions in line with its position in employing young national talent. He said the Saudization rate in the company has reached 86 percent, with young Saudis assuming 92 percent of leadership positions.

CEO Al-Deghaither said through its completion of the first phase of the 5G network, Zain KSA confirms its commitment to becoming a key player in the ICT sector. “Zain KSA has made several significant achievements since its inception. Today, we proudly announce that the company has the widest 5G network coverage in the Kingdom and the region.” 

He added that the 5G technology will lead the Kingdom toward a new world with its substantial technologies and capabilities, which will be evident in various sectors through the Internet of Things and the business sector, in addition to other daily functions that will make customer experience easier and more effective.”

Al-Deghaither said that this step comes at a time when Zain KSA is witnessing its best operational performance by reaching the highest profit over the past two years, with SR380 million ($101.3 million) during the first nine months of 2019, and a total of SR332 million for 2018.

With the completion of the first phase of the 5G network, Zain KSA is now offering a range of packages of 5G services for individuals and businesses through a network of 2,600 towers distributed across 27 cities.