Red Sea Project nursery welcomes 45 employees from Saudi Arabia’s Umluj

The new employees will begin their work at TRSDC’s nursery. (Supplied)
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Updated 17 February 2020

Red Sea Project nursery welcomes 45 employees from Saudi Arabia’s Umluj

  • The program was launched following the awarding in April 2019 of a contract for a joint venture between Saudi Arabia’s Nesma Trading Company and the UAE-based Professional Landscape Company to build the 100-hectare nursery

Forty-five Saudis from the Umluj and Al-Wajh communities are preparing to begin work at the Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC), after completing an intensive training program in landscaping.
Following a graduation ceremony at the Umluj campus of the University of Tabuk, the new employees will begin work at TRSDC’s million-square-meter landscape nursery.
The facility will eventually provide more than 15 million plants required to landscape the Red Sea Project, one of the world’s most ambitious tourism initiatives.
The project to train and employ members of the local community at the nursery was managed in collaboration with the NGO Sakan, Umluj Municipality and the University of Tabuk.
“This initiative is part of TRSDC’s commitment to provide opportunities for those living in close proximity to our destination, to ensure that these communities are among the first to benefit from the development,” said John Pagano, CEO of TRSDC. “It is exciting to see our new employees graduate with the skills they need to increase their income and build career paths within the Red Sea Project,” he said.
The graduation ceremony, held at the Umluj campus of the University of Tabuk on Sunday, Feb. 16, was attended by TRSDC representatives, including Ahmed Ghazi Darwish, chief of staff for TRSDC, Faisal bin Mohammed Abu Dahir, undersecretary of academic affairs at the University of Tabuk, and Ahmed Alhmidi, Sakan CEO.
“I am honored to stand alongside a group of young people who have worked tirelessly to prove their determination and abilities, and who will now join our organization to operate one of the key facilities at our ambitious project,” Darwish said.
“This pioneering program provided training that emphasized the core skills needed to excel in their work at the nursery, narrowing the skill gap between theoretical training and on-the-job experience,” he said.

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• Each trainee received theoretical and on-site training at Umluj Municipality’s nursery. Groundsmen completed a six-week course and the five supervisors completed a nine-week course for a total of 216 training hours.

• Following a graduation ceremony at the Umluj campus of the University of Tabuk, the new employees will begin work at TRSDC’s million-square-meter landscape nursery.

Each trainee received theoretical and on-site training at Umluj Municipality’s nursery. Groundsmen completed a six-week course and the five supervisors completed a nine-week course for a total of 216 training hours.
The study schedule also comprised 144 hours of additional theoretical training at the Umluj campus, where trainees completed a conversational English course, including key words, terms and phrases related to agriculture, plant nursing and irrigation.
The program was launched following the awarding in April 2019 of a contract for a joint venture between Saudi Arabia’s Nesma Trading Company and the UAE-based Professional Landscape Company to build the 100-hectare nursery.
Construction of the nursery is complete and it is expected to begin operations in the first quarter of 2020.


Hana Abdullah Alomair, Saudi film director

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Hana Abdullah Alomair, Saudi film director

Hana Abdullah Alomair is the director of Netflix’s first Saudi thriller original series, titled “Whispers,” which is due to begin streaming in 190 countries on June 11. 

A Saudi writer, filmmaker, and movie critic, Alomair won the Silver Palm Tree Award for best script at the Saudi Film Competition in 2008.

She gained a bachelor’s degree in Arabic-English translation from King Saud University in 1992 and four years later a master’s degree in the same field of study from Heriot-Watt University, in Scotland.

Her documentary “Beyond Words” was screened during the Gulf Film Festival in 2019 and was selected for the main competition in this year’s Muscat International Film Festival.

A member of the Saudi Arabian Society for Culture and Arts, she has worked as a head writer in writing workshops for several TV series. She was a jury member at the Saudi Film Festival held by Rotana in 2013. Her second
flick, “The Complaint,” was selected in the main competition of Tessa’s Festival for Asian and African Films in Morocco in 2014 and it won the Golden Palm
Tree Award for best short fiction film in the Saudi Film Competition in 2015.

In 2016, Alomair, together with Hind Al-Fahhad, scooped the prize for best script for the short film “Peddlers” at the King Fahd Center Short Film Competition.

She recently published a book about the Japanese film director Akira Kurosawa, and in 2017 wrote a play called “Qat Oqat.”

Last year, she wrote and directed her latest short film “Swan Song,” which won the Golden Palm Tree Award for best actor in the Saudi Film Festival.