Saudi entrepreneurs solve food surplus problem

A market research revealed that 40% of all food is wasted; in monetary terms, this amounts to $1.2 trillion globally and SR40 billion in Saudi Arabia. (Shutterstock)
A market research revealed that 40% of all food is wasted; in monetary terms, this amounts to $1.2 trillion globally and SR40 billion in Saudi Arabia. (Shutterstock)
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Updated 31 July 2022

Saudi entrepreneurs solve food surplus problem

A market research revealed that 40% of all food is wasted; in monetary terms, this amounts to $1.2 trillion globally.
  • The app began operations in selected zones in Jeddah this month, with many local restaurants partnering up with the app, such as COZ, Biscotti Amna Bakery, Broots, Meraki, and more

RIYADH: The growth of the restaurant industry has led to a significant amount of food waste at the end of the day, posing a challenge for restaurant owners.

A group of young Saudi entrepreneurs have set up an app called Barakah to help prevent food waste by creating a medium for restaurants to tell consumers about deals on cooked meals.

Rabah Habiss, one of app’s co-founders, said: “Barakah is a Saudi start-up that aims to harness innovation and social awareness to tackle food waste in restaurants, bakeries, hotels, and grocery stores by offering a discount on their surplus goods through an innovative mobile app in real-time.”

The app helps companies increase their revenue and enables them and their customers to take part in the global movement against food waste.

“What sparked this idea is that we identified an ongoing problem in the food service industry; fresh consumable food being thrown away. This is food that consumers can enjoy, guilt-free, and food that restaurants can still sell all while contributing to reducing our carbon footprint," Habiss said.

The startup founders, Abdulaziz bin Saud, Munira Almuammar, Rabah Habiss, were driven to create Barakah by a commitment to sustainability and a desire to address the widespread and systemic problem of food waste.

“We did market research and found out that 40 percent of all food is wasted. In monetary terms, this amounts to $1.2 trillion globally and SR40 billion in Saudi Arabia. Another significant factor that influenced the initiative was our Islamic teachings, which stress the value of preserving food rather than discarding it.”

Barakah has an impact that goes beyond financial savings and increased revenue; it fosters a sense of community and environmental stewardship, making it simple for both businesses and individuals to be more effective and sustainable.

The app began operations in selected zones in Jeddah this month, with many local restaurants partnering up with the app, such as COZ, Biscotti Amna Bakery, Broots, Meraki, and more.

The app will be scaling out across the Kingdom in the next few months, aiming to cover major cities in Saudi Arabia by the end of 2022.

“We target both businesses and consumers. For businesses, we work with restaurants, bakeries, cafes, hotels, buffets and grocery stores to put their surplus on the map, generating an untapped source of revenue for our vendors. For consumers, our app appeals to value discerning and eco-conscious customers,” Habiss added.

 


International Astronautical Federation elects first Saudi woman as vice president

International Astronautical Federation elects first Saudi woman as vice president
Updated 25 September 2022

International Astronautical Federation elects first Saudi woman as vice president

International Astronautical Federation elects first Saudi woman as vice president
  • The federation advances knowledge about space, supporting the development and application of space assets by promoting global cooperation

RIYADH: Aerospace engineer Mishaal Ashemimry has become the first Saudi woman to hold a leadership position at the International Astronautical Federation after being elected as one of the body’s 12 vice presidents.

Ashemimry was elected to the post at the world’s leading space advocacy body due to her enhanced vision for the development of the space sector globally, her contribution to the development and consolidation of the federation’s directions, and her role in strengthening the Kingdom’s leadership position in the aerospace sector, Saudi Press Agency reported.

The IAF has over 400 members from 71 different countries and they include leading agencies, space companies, industries, research institutions, universities, societies, associations, museums, and institutes.

The federation advances knowledge about space, supporting the development and application of space assets by promoting global cooperation.

As organizer of the annual International Astronautical Congress as well as other thematic conferences and workshops, the IAF actively encourages the development of astronautics for peaceful purposes and supports the dissemination of scientific and technical information related to space.


Saudi ministry, HR fund sign deal to train 20,000 graduates through Tamheer program

The deal signed by Ahmed Al-Qarawi, Undersecretary of MoMRAH (R) and Turki Aljawini, Director General of HRDF. (Photo/HRDF)
The deal signed by Ahmed Al-Qarawi, Undersecretary of MoMRAH (R) and Turki Aljawini, Director General of HRDF. (Photo/HRDF)
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Saudi ministry, HR fund sign deal to train 20,000 graduates through Tamheer program

The deal signed by Ahmed Al-Qarawi, Undersecretary of MoMRAH (R) and Turki Aljawini, Director General of HRDF. (Photo/HRDF)
  • The agreement aims to support the training and employment of national cadres in professions related to municipal and rural affairs and the housing sector

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Municipal, Rural Affairs and Housing and the Human Resources Development Fund recently signed a memorandum of cooperation to train 20,000 male and female graduates in government institutions and companies through the on-the-job training program Tamheer during the next two years.

The partnership between the institutions to qualify human cadres is important, experts and specialists in the training sector said. “One of the most important steps to achieve success in such projects is the insistence of those wishing to work on developing themselves and their abilities through discipline and commitment during training courses,” one expert said.

The agreement signing was attended by Minister of Municipal, Rural Affairs and Housing Majid Al-Hogail, Minister of Transport and Logistics Services Saleh Al-Jasser, Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture Abdulrahman Al-Fadli and Minister of Tourism Ahmed Al-Khateeb.

It was signed by Turki Al-Jawini, director general of the Human Resources Development Fund, and Ahmed Al-Qarawi, undersecretary at the Ministry of Municipal, Rural Affairs and Housing.

The agreement aims to support the training and employment of national cadres in professions related to municipal and rural affairs and the housing sector; in addition to upgrading the skills of private and nonprofit sector employees and job seekers to enhance their employment opportunities in the labor market.

The memorandum launches joint initiatives to enhance the professions related to the sector, unifies efforts with the authorities to support the growth and sustainability of national cadres in the labor market, and promotes the localization of municipal, rural and housing professions in the private sector.

This come within the efforts of the two parties to support the employment of young men and women, and to achieve the goals of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 on human and economic development.

The memorandum includes several initiatives, inclduding on-the-job training program, electronic training, supporting the growth of small and medium enterprises operating in the sector, in addition to empowering the national workforce in the nonprofit and private sector by supporting their training and upgrading their professional skills to enhance their sustainability in the labor market and keep pace with changes.

The memorandum said that the two parties would work to hold meetings to promote the localization (Saudization) of professions in the sector, study the needs of the private sector, develop supportive plans to promote Saudization and develop national cadres, and raise the awareness of institutions operating in the sector about the fund’s programs and services and the mechanism for benefiting from them, through workshops and periodic meetings.

“Training, qualifying and supporting fresh graduates to get a job in the labor market is a great responsibility and is not an easy task, this is the answer of why the Ministry of Municipal, Rural Affairs and Housing seeks to train thousands of graduates in government institutions and distinguished companies,” said Awwad Al-Dhafeeri, CEO of Shabakat ABAD training institute.

He praised the support of several government agencies for the development and education process and the enrichment of electronic training content. “This will contribute to the providing of qualified cadres with strong scientific and practical skills and keep pace with the rapid development that is taking place in the market,” Al-Dhafeeri said.

“The step of the contributors will support the training process, employ national cadres, and raise the level of skills of private and public-sector employees and job seekers to enhance their employment opportunities and their sustainability in the labor market,” he said.

Al-Dhafeeri, who has been running training centers for 15 years, said that “launching joint initiatives to promote professions related to all sectors, and unifying efforts with relevant authorities to support the growth and sustainability of national cadres in the labor market and promote the localization (Saudization) of professions which stand as pillars of building and developing our dear Kingdom.”

“One of the most important steps to achieve success in such projects is the insistence of those wishing to work (job seekers) on developing themselves and their abilities through discipline and commitment during training courses,” he said.

Al-Dhafeeri urged new graduates to choose the right place and expert trainer to establish a solid base of information on which they could build on what they learned during their studies, and reinforce their accumulated experiences during their practical practice in their professions.

Majid Al-Ghamdi, presenter of MAHARAT Podcast, said that “the Saudi Vision 2030 focused on developing the human element, which is the basis of creativity and progress, so today we see such a high number, we are talking about 20,000 graduates of both sexes, who will receive on-the-job training.”

Al-Ghamdi, who previously headed the training and development department at the Saudi Broadcasting Authority, said: “As training specialists and workers in the training field, we consider the importance of building real skills in the practical field, which is a process of bridging between education and the career field and labor market, based on the existence of a related problem in the labor market.”

“Many parties (employers) demand previous experience as a requirement to employ new graduates, so this positive cooperation between many of the government agencies came to solve this real big problem and build the concept of on-the-job training on one hand, and building job experiences on the other,” he said.

“We live in a time of skills, not just certificates, because the field always requires practical skills, soft and hard skills, present and future skills, and all of this comes with continuous training and development,” he said.

 


KSRNR to showcase Saudi wildlife efforts at ADIHEX 2022

KSRNR to showcase Saudi wildlife efforts at ADIHEX 2022
Updated 25 September 2022

KSRNR to showcase Saudi wildlife efforts at ADIHEX 2022

KSRNR to showcase Saudi wildlife efforts at ADIHEX 2022
  • KSRNR aims to showcase itself as the world’s fourth-largest land reserve and the largest of its kind in the Middle East
  • Last March, the Saudi National Center for Wildlife, in cooperation with the KSRNR, released some 200 endangered species into the wild at Al-Tubayq natural reserve

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia begins its participation at the 19th Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition 2022 on Monday. 

The event will be held from Sept. 26 to Oct. 2 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center.

The Kingdom will be represented by the King Salman bin Abdulaziz Royal Natural Reserve.

During the exhibition, KSRNR aims to showcase itself as the world’s fourth-largest land reserve and the largest of its kind in the Middle East, with its striking geographical diversity and ancient inscription art sites. KSRNR will also highlight the presence of the rarest endangered animals, such as the Arabian oryx, the houbara bustard and the slender-horned gazelle.

The Saudi participation will focus on the country’s natural treasures and characteristics, besides raising awareness about the importance of wildlife and its role in maintaining environmental balance and biodiversity.

Last March, the Saudi National Center for Wildlife, in cooperation with the KSRNR, released some 200 endangered species into the wild at Al-Tubayq natural reserve in the northwest of the Kingdom. The number included 50 Arabian oryxes, 100 antelopes, 30 houbara birds and 20 mountain ibexes.

Mohammed Qurban, CEO of NCW, said that the release of the animals was part of its initiatives to resettle local endangered species, restore biodiversity, enhance the ecological balance and improve environmental sustainability.

Qurban was also quoted by the Saudi Press Agency as saying that the center had released 785 animals in reserves and national parks in the Kingdom last year, adding that NCW had plans to release more than 1,000 in 2022.

KSRNR has recently conducted its first extensive bird baseline survey to observe migratory, visiting birds and waterbirds, as well as resident species. The study aims to estimate the number of these birds and the resident, migratory and visiting birds. The scientific overview also considers the abundance of these birds and their distribution. It came after discovering large numbers of nestled eagles in several places at the reserve.

This year’s annual ADIHEX, considered the largest of its kind in the MENA region, targets the hunting and equestrian sectors. The event aims to promote and conserve cultural heritage.

The event, held under the theme “Sustainability and Heritage. . . A Reborn Aspiration” will be patronized by Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, the ruler’s representative in the Al-Dhafra Region and chairman of the Emirates Falconers’ Club.

According to the organizers, ADIHEX 2022 will bring together more than 105,000 visitors to explore the 11 sectors across the 50,0000 sq. m. exhibition. More than 680 exhibitors and brands showcasing the latest technologies, innovations and trends in equestrian, hunting and camping gear, as well as accessories and traditional and modern hunting methods are on show. The exhibition will also include falcon, camel and horse auctions. It will include several competitions.


King Salman receives Bahrain king, holds luncheon in his honor

King Salman receives Bahrain king, holds luncheon in his honor
Updated 25 September 2022

King Salman receives Bahrain king, holds luncheon in his honor

King Salman receives Bahrain king, holds luncheon in his honor
  • Bahraini king arrived in Jeddah earlier on Sunday

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman received Bahrain’s King Hamad and held a luncheon in his honor at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah on Sunday.

The Bahraini king arrived in Jeddah earlier on Sunday, Saudi Press Agency reported.

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman welcomes Bahrain’s King Hamad at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah on Sunday. (SPA)

The reception and luncheon were attended by a number of officials including Minster of State Prince Turki bin Muhammad and the Bahraini ambassador to the Kingdom Sheikh Ali bin Abdulrahman bin Ali Al-Khalifa.

King Hamad was received at King Abdulaziz International Airport by Makkah Gov. Prince Khalid Al-Faisal and Minster of State Prince Turki bin Muhammad earlier on Sunday. (SPA)

On arrival in Jeddah, the king was received at King Abdulaziz International Airport by Makkah Gov. Prince Khalid Al-Faisal and Minster of State Prince Turki bin Muhammad.


Saudi Arabia to participate in ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2022 

Saudi Arabia to participate in ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2022 
Updated 25 September 2022

Saudi Arabia to participate in ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2022 

Saudi Arabia to participate in ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2022 
  • Saudi Arabia’s delegation will be headed by Minister of Communications and Information Technology Abdullah Al-Sawaha
  • The Kingdom will formulate the strategic and financial plan for the ITU and discuss international public policies for the internet

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia will participate in the Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunication Union, which will be held in the Romanian capital Bucharest from Sept. 26 to Oct. 14, 2022.

The Kingdom’s delegation is headed by Minister of Communications and Information Technology Abdullah Al-Sawaha and will see the participation of Governor of the Communications and Information Technology Commission Dr. Mohammed Al-Tamimi.

At the conference, the Kingdom will formulate the strategic and financial plan for the ITU and discuss international public policies for the internet and the union’s role in these.

In addition to cybersecurity, artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things will be discussed, along with plans for the World Summit on the Information Society and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao said: “Countries will unite at the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2022 to set the direction of digital transformation for years to come, for the benefit of our planet and humanity.”

According to SPA, Saudi Arabia is one of the most important member states in the ITU council due to its international and regional leadership position, its active role in creating international consensus, and its support for partnerships and cooperative work with member states in building the union’s present and future.

In 1947, the ITU became the UN’s agency for information and communication technologies.

The Plenipotentiary Conference, which is held every four years, is the highest policy-making body in the ITU, through which general policies are determined to achieve the goals of the union and the strategic and financial plans of the union for the next four years are approved.