KSA’s giga-project’s internship program ready for new batch of talent

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Updated 01 June 2020

KSA’s giga-project’s internship program ready for new batch of talent

  • The program initially selected 12 interns, who were given training across all business areas for six months

RIYADH: The Misk/AMAALA Corporate Internship Programme is set to induct 30 new interns by the end of June once the first dozen have graduated.
AMAALA, a luxury destination located along Saudi Arabia’s northwestern coast, launched a youth empowerment program to develop local talent by providing on-the-job training to boost skills and expertise. It reflects the Kingdom’s drive to nurture and prepare Saudi talent to step into leadership roles in established and new economic sectors.
The program initially selected 12 interns, who were given training across all business areas for six months.
The batch of 30 interns will be introduced to a variety of roles across the organization in July. Future programs will be rolled out in six-month cycles, with numbers expected to grow alongside the business.
“AMAALA is committed to supporting and nurturing Saudi talent,” AMAALA CEO Nicholas Naples said.

AMAALA is committed to supporting and nurturing Saudi talent.

Nicholas Naples, AMAALA CEO

“We are firmly focused on helping these young, ambitious minds reach their full potential. Investment in our youth is key to the success of our business, and our partnership with the Misk Foundation will help us to identify and recruit the leaders of tomorrow. Our collaboration with Misk will secure the future of the AMAALA workforce, and the future of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for generations to come.”
AMAALA is launching a second initiative — the AMAALA Future Leaders Programme — in late 2020.
It has been designed to identify and recruit top-performing graduates to become part of the senior management team.
The 18-month program will see participants based at AMAALA’s headquarters for a six-month immersion, before embarking on a year of specialist training in their field of expertise.


US court orders Iran to pay $879 million to 1996 Khobar bombing survivors

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US court orders Iran to pay $879 million to 1996 Khobar bombing survivors

  • The court ruled that the Iranian government directed and provided material for the attack
  • The Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia were housing US forces when it was bombed in 1996

DUBAI: A United States federal court held Iran responsible for the 1996 bombing of the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia where US forces were housed, and ordered Tehran to pay $879 million to survivors. 

The Khobar Towers was a housing complex in the eastern city of Khobar, near the Abdulaziz Air Base and Saudi Aramco’s headquarters in Dhahran, that housed American servicemen working on Operation Southern Watch.

A truck bomb was detonated on June 25, 1996, near an eight-story building of the housing complex, which killed 19 US Air Force personnel and a Saudi national and wounded 498 others.

The court ruled that the Iranian government directed and provided material support to Hezbollah who detonated the 5,000-pound truck bomb, a Chicago law firm press release said. The attackers reportedly smuggled the explosives used in the attack from Lebanon. 


The lawsuit was brought under the terrorism exception of the US Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act by the 14 injured US airmen and 21 of their immediate family members.

The defendants in the case were listed as the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps and the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence and Security.

“We will continue to seek to hold the Government of Iran accountable for this terrorist attack as long as is necessary,” said Adora Sauer, the lead attorney of MM LAW LLC.

US District Judge Beryl A. Howell found the defendants liable and awarded the plaintiffs $132 million for pain and suffering, as well as prejudgment interest, for a total compensatory damage award of $747 million and $132 million for punitive damages.


The court also said the plaintiffs are eligible for partial payments from the US Victims of State Sponsored Terrorism Fund, which compensates American victims of acts of international terrorism with funds obtained from fines and forfeitures levied against companies caught illegally laundering money for sanctioned countries and persons. 

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The attorneys also intend to pursue enforcement of the judgments through litigation intended to seize Iranian assets.

“The physical and psychological toll on our families has been extremely high, but this judgment is welcome news. More than 20 years on, we want the world to remember the evil that Iran did at the Khobar Towers. Through the work of our attorneys, we intend to do just that,” said Glenn Christie, a retired Air Force staff sergeant crew chief who was severely injured in the bombing.


“The massive explosion took so much from their minds and bodies on the day of the attack in 1996 and every day and night since then. They can now live with that balance justice provides,” according to John Urquhart of the Urquhart Law Firm, who also represents the bombing victims.