UAE event to celebrate women in sports

The program for the week will include the fifth editions of both the International Conference of Sports for Women and the Fatima bint Mubarak World Sports Awards, as well as an array of educational and mass participation sports events.
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Updated 03 March 2020

UAE event to celebrate women in sports

Sheikha Fatima bint Hazza bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, chairwoman of Fatima bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy (FBMA), and president of the Abu Dhabi and Al-Ain ladies clubs, has called the women of the UAE and around the world to be part of a week-long celebration of women in sports. A unique event is set to bring together world-famous athletes, industry leaders and like-minded women around the world to celebrate their achievements and motivate greater participation in sports.
The program for the week will include the fifth editions of both the International Conference of Sports for Women and the Fatima bint Mubarak World Sports Awards, as well as an array of educational and mass participation sports events.
Led by the FBMA and the Abu Dhabi Sports Council (ADSC), the women in sports celebration will take place from Nov. 13 to 20 in Abu Dhabi.
Sheikha Fatima said: “It is a pleasure and an honor to invite all of you to be part of an extraordinary celebration of women in sports. The initiative embodies not only UAE’s commitment to women’s development, but also brings to life our values of inclusion, innovation and healthy competition.”
“Since the inception of the Fatima bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy we have made it our mission to continuously create countless opportunities for women to participate in sports. We commit to keep passionately supporting the rise of inspirational leaders in the sports industry, both here in the UAE and globally. I call on you to join us in playing a key role in shaping the future of women’s sports.”


Positive social impact of COVID-19 in KSA: Survey

Updated 12 August 2020

Positive social impact of COVID-19 in KSA: Survey

A survey commissioned by Al-Aghar Group, an independent Saudi think tank, in partnership with global management consultancy Kearney, has revealed that most thought leaders and decision-makers in the Kingdom anticipate that COVID-19 will be a positive accelerant of the transformation already underway in the Kingdom. The survey focused specifically on the social impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the Kingdom through 2025.

Respondents believed that COVID-19 is accelerating the advent of the “future of work” in the Kingdom and more than 65 percent see this as fundamentally positive. About 69 percent see the growing need for the retraining of employees as positive, spurring national adaptation to the new normal. However, the survey also revealed some concerns regarding the security of formal employment and self-employment, with 37 percent seeing the effect of the crisis as negative.

Most survey respondents (70 percent) expect education in the Kingdom to undergo a positive transformation with the adoption of new, innovative, and inclusive modes of learning.

Seventy-eight percent of the respondents believe that the impact of the pandemic on the health care in the Kingdom through 2025 will be highly beneficial.

Fifty-eight percent of respondents believe there will be a wide adoption of telemedicine services in the Kingdom in the near future, as patients gain greater comfort and confidence in this method of consultation with their health providers.

Most respondents believe the health crisis has accelerated the process of digital transformation in the country, particularly in the finance and retail sectors. Seventy-five percent of respondents see the anticipated wider prevalence of e-commerce as positive, and 89 percent see as positive increasing use of cashless payments for face-to-face transactions by 2025.

By 2025, 78 percent of respondents expect that COVID-19 will lead to a significant and welcome (83 percent) step change in government preparedness for future crises. Meanwhile, 68 percent of respondents anticipate a significant impact on government information-sharing and 65 percent anticipate a moderate, but positive change in the willingness of citizens to contribute toward government efforts.

Prince Faisal bin Abdullah bin Mohammed Al-Saud, chairman, Al-Aghar Group, said: “Saudi Arabia has a proud history of resilience and has thrived even in the most challenging situations. While this pandemic has severely affected us all, the survey results confirm the depth of our intention to use this current situation to accelerate our national progress.”

Rudolph Lohmeyer, partner and head of National Transformations Institute at Kearney Middle East, said: “The survey results clearly reveal the deep, optimistic resilience of the Saudi people and their implicit commitment to the Kingdom’s national transformation. Despite the near-term hardships caused by the crisis, respondents anticipate that the most significant medium-term impacts will be positive.”