Community Jameel launches ‘kaizen’ program in Saudi schools

Community Jameel launches ‘kaizen’ program in Saudi schools
Community Jameel Saudi intends to implement the lean management approach at the school level in Saudi Arabia, to build new capabilities and skills.
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Updated 26 April 2022

Community Jameel launches ‘kaizen’ program in Saudi schools

Community Jameel launches ‘kaizen’ program in Saudi schools

As part of its efforts to provide training programs that enhance practical skills and reduce waste of time, effort and money, Community Jameel Saudi, in partnership with the General Administration of Education in Jeddah and Four Principles Company, is introducing the Kaizen Lean Management Program in Saudi schools. The aim is to consolidate the understanding of the continuous improvement approach (kaizen) and build the foundations of lean management in schools, in line with the vision of the Ministry of Education and the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 to address existing challenges, reduce waste and restore the competitive strength of schools.

Community Jameel Saudi intends to implement the lean management approach at the school level in Saudi Arabia, which includes three phases: A detailed analysis of the school’s current situation, designing solutions and experimental implementation, and measuring performance.

The first trial will be launched in May at Qurtubah Private School in Jeddah. Volunteers from the school will be selected and trained during the pilot phase and included as leaders in the following stages to disseminate the working mechanism, solutions and tools to other schools in the region. The specialized Four Principles team will lead the analysis, solution design, and implementation stages. It will also train volunteers from the school and ensure their readiness with an advisory team to replicate the experience in other schools.

Mansour Al-Qahtani, principal of Qurtubah Private School, said: “The lean management approach applies to a wide range of administrative and educational processes. We hope to achieve good results by improving the quality of administrative and educational processes. The lean management approach in educational institutions will help redesign working methods, build new capabilities and skills, and increase its organizational capacity to ensure quality in our joint efforts toward achieving the goals of our national agenda and providing a world-class education system.”

Hassan Jameel, vice chairman of Community Jameel Saudi, said: “In an era of unprecedented national and institutional transformation under Vision 2030, we believe now is the right time to talk about how the kaizen culture of continuous improvement can help drive the excellence and competitiveness of Saudi Arabia’s education sector. That is why we are proud to introduce the Kaizen Lean Management Program in partnership with the General Administration of Education in Jeddah and Four Principles Company, which will serve to strengthen the quality of education in schools across the Kingdom. With this program, Saudi students, teachers, and the school management can strive to improve performance, achieve greater competitiveness and increase efficiency.”

The lean management experience is a set of approaches that seek to improve business processes by making simple changes to achieve more with fewer resources and achieve transformation by striving for perfection in performance by focusing on reducing waste, eliminating redundant activities or procedures, and creating a smooth and logical path of procedures and processes focused on value and ensuring the sustainability of service provision.


ROSHN announces first integrated community in Jeddah, Al-Arous

ROSHN announces first integrated community in Jeddah, Al-Arous
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ROSHN announces first integrated community in Jeddah, Al-Arous

ROSHN announces first integrated community in Jeddah, Al-Arous
  • First integrated community in Jeddah will extend over approximately 4 million square meters

JEDDAH: ROSHN, Saudi Arabia’s national mixed-use developer, and a fully owned company by the Public Investment Fund, chaired by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, announced its new venture, the Al-Arous community, during the Al-Hilal and Al-Ittihad match in Prince Mohammed bin Salman Cup Professional League.
The Al-Arous community will extend over approximately 4 million square meters, and includes more than 18,000 different residential units to suit all segments of society. Al-Arous is ROSHN’s second community, and part of a larger strategy of developing modern and vibrant neighborhoods in four regions and nine cities in the Kingdom.

The Al-Arous community will extend over approximately 4 million square meters, and includes more than 18,000 different residential units. (Supplied)


Al-Arous is located in north Jeddah, at a site that connects the population with the city’s main roads and public transportation network. The community will include parks, pedestrian walkways, bicycle paths, restaurants, cafes, schools and mosques, all of which will be developed to the highest standards. Like other ROSHN communities, Al-Arous is designed to offer a modern, open lifestyle, while preserving the Kingdom’s rich heritage and local urban designs. 
The development of ROSHN’s latest community is another important step toward the Vision 2030 ambitions of raising the quality of life of all Saudi citizens and boosting homeownership levels across the country.


Riyadh Luxury Week to spotlight watch & jewelry trends

Riyadh Luxury Week to spotlight watch & jewelry trends
Updated 23 May 2022

Riyadh Luxury Week to spotlight watch & jewelry trends

Riyadh Luxury Week to spotlight watch & jewelry trends

The second edition of Riyadh International Luxury Week will kick off today in the Saudi capital, with an exciting lineup of watch and jewelry brands showcasing their creations, as well as a host of interactive experiences for guests. The event will run from May 24-27.

As part of its wide-ranging program, and for the first time ever in Saudi Arabia, two specialized seminars supported by Sotheby’s and the National Committee for Precious Metals and Gemstones will be held. Open to the public, the talks will be run by international and regional experts who will touch on trends, creativity, and innovation within the watch and jewelry industry, presenting real-life cases of excellence and discussing industry directions and real-life case studies. 

The first seminar, titled “Jewelry Industry” will take place on Day 2 of Riyadh International Luxury Week on May 25, and will see Nezar Jamil Mukhtar, member of Saudi Arabia’s National Committee for Precious Metals and Gemstones and member of Gold and Jewelry Committee of Riyadh Chamber; Sophie Stevens, jewelry specialist at Sotheby’s; Nadine Attar, founder and designer of Nadine Jewellery; and Seema Haji, designer, blogger, and journalist, take to the stage. Topics will include an introduction to gemstones, traditional hand-drawing vs 3D jewelry design, e-commerce and conventional trading, how to start up a jewelry workshop, and introducing collections to international auction houses among others.

On May 26, Frederic Watrelot, watch specialist at Sotheby’s, and Khalid Al-Seif, watch collector and blogger, will host a talk on “Watchmaking and Collecting,” with Evelyne Genta, wife of the late Swiss watch designer Gerald Genta, participating virtually, live from London. They will guide guests on how to start a collection, buying and selling at auctions, the pre-owned market, complications, global watch exhibitions, watch influencers, the rise of digital media, and more.

The seminars will kick off on May 25 with a keynote speech by Krayem Al-Enazi, president of the National Committee for Precious Metals and Gemstones. Both sessions will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Al-Faisaliah Hotel.


Izhaar Urdu Talkmasters celebrates 10 years in Jeddah

Izhaar Urdu Talkmasters celebrates 10 years in Jeddah
Updated 23 May 2022

Izhaar Urdu Talkmasters celebrates 10 years in Jeddah

Izhaar Urdu Talkmasters celebrates 10 years in Jeddah

Izhaar Urdu Talkmasters Club, said to be the world’s first Urdu language Toastmasters club, recently celebrated its 10th anniversary in Jeddah.

Indian Consul General Mohammed Shahid Alam was the chief guest. Veteran media analyst Khaled Almaeena and the commercial consul at the Indian Consulate in Jeddah, Hamna Mariam Khan, were the guests of honor.

The event began with the reading of the mission of the Toastmasters by the sergeant-at-arms, Abu Bakr Syed.

Delivering his welcome speech, Izhaar Urdu Talkmasters Club President Abdul Rahman M. Baig used an Urdu couplet stressing the importance of the mother tongue and the sweetness of the Urdu language. He welcomed the Indian consul general, the guests of honor, Toastmasters District 104 officials, and all the guests.

Dr. Khaja Yaminuddin, Area 34 director and vice president (education) of the club, was the master of ceremonies. The Toastmaster of the evening was Division H Director Mohammed Farhan Sohail Malik.

He spoke about the 10 years of the journey of the Izhaar Urdu Talkmasters Club. A documentary was also screened that showcased the achievements of the club during the last 10 years.

The international speech was presented by Dr. Yaminuddin and the humorous speech by Amrina Qaisar.

In the table topic speech, the contest master was Abdul Malik, where Syed Nasir Khursheed was called to speak on the instant topic given in Urdu while Sara Ansari spoke on the instant topic given in English.

In the evaluation speech segment, the test speaker was Mohammed Aslam Afghani while his evaluator was Khurram Jah Nasir.

Earlier, the Indian consul general felicitated the achievers of Izhaar Urdu Talkmasters for the last 10 years, District 104 director Mohammed Nasrudeen Hawsawi, program quality director Basheer Ambalavan, and club growth director Sara Ansari as well as the supporters of the Urdu club and language, while Almaeena along with the District 104 director felicitated the other Toastmasters. Hamna Mariam Khan presented appreciation plaques to all sponsors.

An online quiz, featuring questions on Izhaar Urdu Talkmasters Club, was hosted at the event by Asim Zeeshan in which Sara Ansari won the top prize while Mohammed Kunhi and Ambalavan were the first and second runners-up, respectively.

After a sumptuous repast, curtains were drawn on the event.


Community Jameel Saudi takes orphans around the world 

Community Jameel Saudi takes orphans around the world 
Updated 23 May 2022

Community Jameel Saudi takes orphans around the world 

Community Jameel Saudi takes orphans around the world 

Community Jameel’s Tanweer Orphan Support Program is returning this year with two new international trips for deserving young students. The program will be organized with the support of the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development, following a two-year pause due to COVID-19 restrictions. Comprising cultural, scientific, recreational and educational visits outside Saudi Arabia, the 2022 program will feature a host of once-in-a-lifetime activities designed to nurture and develop all participants’ sporting, mental and intellectual abilities.

The 2022 edition comprises two trips, one for boys and the other for girls, featuring 40 students aged between 13 and 18 years from orphanages across the Kingdom, all of whom demonstrated exceptional ability, commitment, and performance over the academic year. The trips aim to encourage students to maintain their high academic standards while providing essential skills to communicate with others and build personalities.

Nasser bin Saleh Al-Marshoudi, director of residential care at the General Department for the Care and Empowerment of Orphans at the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development, said: “We are pleased to be the permanent partner of this program since its launch, as part of the cooperation between the private and public sectors, and in line with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030. The initiatives benefit our young male and female orphans and positively contribute to developing their capabilities. They help adjust their behavior, motivate them for academic excellence, and help them gain new experiences through visits to new countries.”

Abdallah Talab, manager for social programs at Community Jameel Saudi, said: “The return of Community Jameel’s Tanweer Orphan Support Program this summer represents a big step forward toward achieving our primary goal of serving and developing the skills of our nation’s young men and women across various fields, including training programs which combine education and entertainment to positively impact their lives. The program’s relaunch in 2022 manifests our long-held belief in the importance of guiding and mentoring young orphans and supporting them on their journey to a promising future while contributing to society.”

Commenting on Tanweer Jameel’s 2019 trip, one of the male participants said: “The Tanweer program’s international trip to Malaysia in 2019 was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that offered me the chance to gain essential life skills and to learn about new cultures. I am pleased to learn that the program is coming back this summer — I wish the next group of participants the best of luck on their journey.”

A female participant of the 2018 trip to the UAE said: “As a participant in the Tanweer program, I developed a better understanding of other cultures and gained a new perspective on life. I am grateful for the opportunity and continue applying the skills I learned in my daily life.”

Since the launch of Community Jameel’s Tanweer Orphan Support Program in 2005, 320 students have successfully participated. Past Tanweer international trips include visits to European countries, such as France and Spain, as well as Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Turkey and other Arab countries.


stc pay commits to creating a cashless society

stc pay commits to creating a cashless society
Updated 22 May 2022

stc pay commits to creating a cashless society

stc pay commits to creating a cashless society

Saudi Arabia’s leading payments solutions provider stc pay has underlined its commitment to working closely with the local leadership to create a cashless society. Participating in the 2022 edition of Mobile 360, one of the region’s most influential connectivity events, the brand reiterated its aim to develop an inclusive digital economy, pioneering online banking services that transform lives and realizing the goals of Saudi Vision 2030.

Attended by more than 70 percent of major mobile network operators and developers of technical infrastructure services, Mobile 360 Riyadh brought stakeholders from ministries, regulatory bodies, and the broader mobile ecosystem together to drive the growth of the digital economy.

Joined by a lineup of experienced industry leaders, stc pay’s Vice President of Business Saad Al-Muhanna took part in a panel discussion addressing the future of fintech and financial services in the region. The session explored the impact of COVID-19 on the digital transformation of the MENA economy, spotlighting the advances made by regional startups and scale-ups following investments of more than $200 billion in 2021.

During the panel, Al-Muhanna emphasized that innovative companies and brands will be instrumental to safeguarding the Kingdom’s future, calling attention to the contributions made by digital wallets and financial firms, such as stc pay, to the development of the Kingdom as a world-class commercial hub.

He said: “The pandemic was a difficult test for many sectors and entities in terms of going digital. There was also the struggle of providing their services to customers even at the time of the pandemic, and perhaps the digital payments sector was one of the readiest sectors that was not affected by the consequences of the pandemic. The fintech sector is led by stc pay, and we were ready to grow, progress, and continue to provide our services to customers and different sectors. This was only capable of being done due to the proactive development and adoption of digitization and regulatory support.”

Al-Muhanna added: “The pandemic has a major role to play not only in ensuring the continuity of the sector, but also in helping other sectors continue and grow.”