Jeddah Season receives 6 million visitors

The season created numerous opportunities for partnerships with the private sector. (SPA)
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The season created numerous opportunities for partnerships with the private sector. (SPA)
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The season created numerous opportunities for partnerships with the private sector. (SPA)
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The season created numerous opportunities for partnerships with the private sector. (SPA)
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Updated 03 July 2022

Jeddah Season receives 6 million visitors

The season created numerous opportunities for partnerships with the private sector. (SPA)
  • Jeddah Season began in May and ended on Saturday, July 2

JEDDAH: Jeddah Season set a new attendance record over its 60 days of events this year. Organizers said 6 million people had visited the season — the highest number in its short history.

Jeddah Season began in May and ended on Saturday, July 2. The number of visitors it attracted suggests the Kingdom’s drive to boost its tourism and entertainment sectors is a success.

The season created numerous opportunities for partnerships with the private sector, as well as a wide range of employment opportunities for young Saudi men and women in stores, restaurants, cafés, markets, or other organizational or logistical services.

More than 80 percent of all employees involved in Jeddah Season were Saudis.
 

 


Aysh Academy aims to bridge skills gap for people with culinary interests

Aysh Academy aims to bridge skills gap for people with culinary interests
Updated 17 August 2022

Aysh Academy aims to bridge skills gap for people with culinary interests

Aysh Academy aims to bridge skills gap for people with culinary interests
  • Kingdom opened its Culinary Arts Commission in 2020, and first cohort graduated from Saudi Culinary Academy this year
  • Aysh was one of the first academies of its kind to open in Saudi Arabia, bringing baking into the mainstream

JEDDAH: Food is an important part of any culture, and Saudi Arabia has been focusing on creating an education system that will equip people with enough knowledge to excel in the culinary arts.
This year saw the first graduation ceremony of students from the Saudi Culinary Academy.
The Culinary Arts Commission in Saudi Arabia was established February 2020 to strengthen the food sector, creating a source of income for many people.
Speaking to Arab News, Summaiya Suhail, the founder and general manager at Aysh Academy, a specialized baking institution, said that when she was starting out, there were rarely any places available that provided culinary education.
Her own journey consisted of workshops and short courses in baking all over the world. After accumulating enough knowledge, she decided to spread it in Jeddah.
“My dream … was to make this path easy for my community and me, as well as (to) empower them by providing this skill set and knowledge,” Suhail said.
The main goals of the academy are become a hub for all people interested in this aspect of cuisine in Saudi Arabia, to create recipes that will be used as references for baking, and to create a framework for future businesses.
The academy offers baking courses and shorter masterclasses that are focused on different areas and techniques.
Classes cater to people at different levels, teaching how to bake from scratch. These classes cover sweet and savory bakes, bread, cakes, pastries, croissants, and much more.
The academy also offers courses related to starting food businesses, food photography, plating, and marketing.
“The name is inspired by aysh, the word for bread in Arabic. Another meaning of aysh in Arabic is also ‘the living’,” Suhail said.
Becoming one of the first certified baking academies in the Kingdom was not easy. “It felt like we had to walk and pave the road for all the people behind us. It was not easy, but I can’t say that it wasn’t enjoyable as well,” Suhail said. “Aysh was really made by the people here.
“When someone comes up to us and says that they are very happy that we exist, people say that they have been looking for something like this for a very long time.”
Another thing that the founder looks forward to is when people graduate and receive their certificates, the happiness is clear on their faces.
“Sometimes there are tears and once they are done they go around hugging others. These are the things that make me want to keep going on this journey.”


Saudi wildlife agency discovers skeletons of extinct cheetahs

Saudi wildlife agency discovers skeletons of extinct cheetahs
Updated 17 August 2022

Saudi wildlife agency discovers skeletons of extinct cheetahs

Saudi wildlife agency discovers skeletons of extinct cheetahs
  • Find shows the big cats must have once migrated across the Arabian Peninsula

RIYADH: Experts from the National Center for Wildlife in Riyadh have discovered the ancient skeletons of 17 cheetahs in a cave in Rafha, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The center said the find was significant because it provided rare evidence of hunter-gatherer activity in the Arabian Peninsula.

The discovery was made during research into the biodiversity of caves and bodies of water in the area.

The center’s CEO Dr. Muhammad Ali Qurban said cheetahs had been extinct on the Arabian Peninsula for more than 50 years and that even specimens kept in museums and research centers were very rare.

The discovery of the skeletons, some of which had been mummified, provided the first definitive evidence that cheetahs once migrated across the peninsula to the north of Saudi Arabia, Qurban said.

He added that the find would provide valuable information to support captive breeding and resettlement programs, as well as future research.

The National Center for Wildlife has shelters for cheetahs all over the world, as it works to breed and resettle the animals in Saudi Arabia.


65 countries import dates during Unaizah season

65 countries import dates during Unaizah season
Updated 17 August 2022

65 countries import dates during Unaizah season

65 countries import dates during Unaizah season
  • Saudi dates exported to Gulf Cooperation Council states, Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, and the US
  • Sukkary rutab, suqai, and medjoul dates are the most popular with foreign buyers

RIYADH: 65 countries including Arab states have imported Saudi dates since the beginning of the Unaizah international dates season, Saudi Press Agency reported on Wednesday.

The countries include Gulf Cooperation Council states, Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, and the US.

The head of the agricultural committee at the Unaizah Chamber and the season’s president of external export, Abdul Rahman Al-Karida, said that sukkary rutab dates are the most popular with foreign buyers due to their quality and availability, while the suqai and medjoul types took second and third place.

He added that some traders received the Saudi date mark, a quality mark that shows that products are safe. The mark is granted to certain institutions after checks are made to ensure that they meet the requirements of food safety and global markets.

Al-Karida added that special vehicles transport the dates from Unaizah every morning by land to their destination in less than 12 hours, while dates headed for countries further afield in the Arab world, north Africa and Europe are transported by sea.

Saudi date exports from the season have also been received for the first time this year in South Korea, he added.


President of Uzbekistan arrives in Jeddah after visiting Prophet’s Mosque

President of Uzbekistan arrives in Jeddah after visiting Prophet’s Mosque
Updated 17 August 2022

President of Uzbekistan arrives in Jeddah after visiting Prophet’s Mosque

President of Uzbekistan arrives in Jeddah after visiting Prophet’s Mosque
  • Earlier, Mirziyoyev visited the holy city of Madinah where he paid his respects to Prophet Muhammad and visited his mosque

RIYADH: The president of Uzbekistan arrived in Jeddah on Wednesday, Saudi Press Agency reported.

Shavkat Mirziyoyev was received on arrival at King Abdulaziz International Airport by the deputy governor of the Makkah region Prince Badr bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz, the Minister of Investment Khalid Al-Falih, and other officials.

Earlier, Mirziyoyev visited the holy city of Madinah where he paid his respects to Prophet Muhammad and visited his mosque.

The President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev visits the International Fair and Museum of the Prophet’s Biography and Islamic Civilization in Madinah. (SPA)

While in Madinah, Mirziyoyev and his delegation also visited the International Fair and Museum of the Prophet’s Biography and Islamic Civilization.

Mirziyoyev was received on arrival at Prince Mohammed bin Abdulaziz International Airport by the acting governor of the Madinah region Prince Saud bin Khalid Al-Faisal and other officials.


GCF 2022 to focus on reconsidering global cyber arrangements

GCF 2022 to focus on reconsidering global cyber arrangements
Updated 17 August 2022

GCF 2022 to focus on reconsidering global cyber arrangements

GCF 2022 to focus on reconsidering global cyber arrangements
  • Forum to discuss geopolitical, strategic changes and prospects for shaping future of cybersecurity
  • Abdulrahman Alquaari: AI can be a powerful protective tool against cyber-attacks

RIYADH: The Global Cybersecurity Forum 2022, to be held Nov. 9-10 in Riyadh, will discuss accelerating geopolitical and strategic changes, and prospects for shaping the future of cybersecurity under the theme “Reconsidering the Global Cyber Arrangements.”  

Organized by the National Cybersecurity Authority under the patronage of King Salman, the forum is a leading global platform that opens horizons of knowledge on cybersecurity issues and builds the foundations of cooperation.

This year’s forum will witness the participation of elite decision-makers and executive officers, senior government officials and representatives of the most prominent international companies, non-governmental organizations and academic entities from around the world.

The presence of the GCF 2022 in Riyadh confirms the position of Saudi Arabia as a global leader in unifying international strategic discussions over issues related to cyberspace.

Sessions will cover a wide range of issues to promote development and enhance cooperation and partnerships between government and private entities around the world.

Five main discussions will be addressed in depth: "Prospects for Change in the Cyber Landscape,” which will deal with current and future cybersecurity threats; “Cyber Economies,” which will deal with areas benefiting from market forces, incentive programs and economic governance in shaping cyberspace; “Geo-Cyber Evolution,” which will deal with ever-changing global cyber arrangements; “Future of Cyber Work,” which will address ways to attract, develop and preserve talent; and “Cybersecurity — No One Left Behind,” which will deal with the search for practical solutions to bridge the cyber gap globally.

During the two-day forum, participants will look for solutions to all concerns in cybersecurity. The registration procedures for attending the GCF, as well as the names of local and international speakers, will be announced soon.

Abdulrahman Alquaari, a data science specialist, told Arab News: “Integration and use of software, technical solutions, and databases must be accompanied by relevant security measures

“Cybersecurity is an ever-growing industry. Notably, as technology evolves, artificial intelligence is becoming an integral part of cybersecurity, which helps organizations of different sizes and industries to promote cybersecurity efficiency. Therefore, it is inevitable to use artificial intelligence techniques to enhance and support cybersecurity,” he said.

“AI is a critical asset for organizations that use automation to increase the productivity and effectiveness of their operations,” Alquaari added, confirming that cybersecurity is one of the applications benefiting most from AI.

With the massive spread of internet of things devices, the number and sophistication of data breaches is increasing, but AI can be a powerful protective tool against cyber-attacks, he added.

“Where many people feel fear about AI in automating cybersecurity for several reasons — the most important of which is reducing job opportunities — I see exactly the opposite, as AI may take job opportunities while providing others, and it also helps in providing protection for data and information, and making decisions that may be made too late (by humans),” he explained.