Misk Academy launches interactive platform in Saudi Arabia

Misk Academy has worked since its inception to launch a number of educational and development programs in the Kingdom. (SPA)
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Updated 29 January 2020

Misk Academy launches interactive platform in Saudi Arabia

  • Misk Academy has worked since its inception to launch a number of educational and development programs in technical skills

RIYADH: The Misk Academy, part of the Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz Foundation (Misk), launched on Monday the Misk Academy Forum “1 Hour Panel Talk,” a regular monthly interactive discussion platform, featuring a group of experts and specialists on various topics including technology, leadership and digital media.

The platform aims to transfer expertise and raise awareness of digital media fields, and to provide young people interested in the world of media with the information they need to develop the future of the sector in the Kingdom.
The first panel discussion that took place at Prince Sultan University, under the theme “The Future of Animation in Saudi Arabia”, hosted the CEO of Manga Production Company, Essam Bukhari, filmmaker and director Ayman Jamal, whose film “Bilal” topped the list of the top 10 animated films of 2018, the designer, creative director and animation producer Malik Nejer, owner of the “Masameer” (Nails) series, and Umar Ben Dahloos, the noted painter and artistic director of Ubrand.

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In the presence of more than 100 young filmmakers and media professionals, the panel discussion assessed local experiences compared to global ones, presenting the challenges facing animators in the Kingdom.

In the presence of more than 100 young filmmakers and media professionals, the panel discussion assessed local experiences compared to global ones, presenting the challenges facing animators in the Kingdom.
Misk Academy has worked since its inception to launch a number of educational and development programs in technical skills, financial technology programs and creative digital media, with the aim of training and qualifying young Saudis to become the country’s next generation of entrepreneurs, developers, creatives and engineers.
To date, its programs have taught more than 9,000 people in more than 30 cities and provinces in the Kingdom, with a career development success rate of 80 percent.


Saudi Arabia eases coronavirus lockdown restrictions

Updated 27 min 3 sec ago

Saudi Arabia eases coronavirus lockdown restrictions

  • Curfew to be eased on Sunday, except in Makkah, as domestic travel permitted
  • All curfews in Saudi Arabia to be lifted by June 20

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia announced the easing of restrictions that has halted much of the activity in the country due to the coronavirus pandemic.

As of Sunday 31, May, the curfew on all areas of the Kingdom will be eased, except Makkah. Movement in cities and within the regions of the country will again be permitted, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Tuesday.

The easing will mean the Kingdom’s 24-hour lockdown is relaxed with a curfew from 3 p.m to 6 a.m until Sunday, after which the hours will change to 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.. Makkah will remain under a full 24-hour lockdown.

On June 21, all curfews in the Kingdom will be lifted and prayers at Makkah’s mosque will be permitted.

Before then, social distancing guidelines must continue to be adhered to and gatherings of more than 50 people will continue to be banned.

Authorities have also allowed the attendance at ministries, government agencies and private sector companies, and the return of their office activities.

Some economic and commercial activities will also be allowed to take place including those at wholesale and retail shops, as well as malls. Cafes will be permitted to operate once more.

However, all job sectors where social distancing rules are harder to achieve such as beauty salons, barbershops, sports and health clubs, recreational centers and cinemas will remain closed.

Umrah pilgrimage and international flights will continue to be suspended until further notice.

The new rules are subject to constant evaluation at the health ministry and can be changed if the situation warrants it.

Earlier, Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah, the health minister, said: “The phases start gradually until we return to normalcy, with its new concept based on social distancing.” 

He added that the precautionary steps taken by the Kingdom early in the outbreak helped to limit the spread of the virus. 

Now, he said, the ministry has developed a plan for the next phase that relies on two main factors: The capacity of the health care system to cope with critical cases, and the expansion of testing to identify new infections as soon as possible.

Reassuring the Saudi nation on Monday, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said: “The bad conditions will pass, God willing, and we are heading toward the good, God willing.” 

The Kingdom recorded 2,235 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, taking the total to 74,795, and the death toll rose by nine to 399. Worldwide the virus has infected more than 5.5 million people and killed nearly 350,000.