Tuwaiq Academy trains Saudi youth in advanced technologies

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Updated 18 August 2022

Tuwaiq Academy trains Saudi youth in advanced technologies

Tuwaiq Academy trains Saudi youth in advanced technologies

RIYADH: The Tuwaiq Academy, under the Saudi Federation for Cybersecurity, Programming and Drones, is hosting 36 educational programs, 30 courses and six boot camps this week as part of its training program strategy for 2022. 

The academy is the first in the Kingdom to train people interested in advanced technologies. 

Its program includes training in mobile app development with Kotlin, Android systems, digital design and manufacturing, Python Backend for advanced levels and Python for data science.

Three cyber boot camps and three training classes are being held for drone programming.

Abdulaziz Al-Hammadi, CEO of Tuwaiq Academy, said that the academy aims to train around 28,000 men and women every year in programming, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence and other emerging technology fields that meet the needs of the labor market. 

More than 5,660 people have benefited so far from the training sessions, and 1,605 have benefited from the Tuwaiq Academy’s technology courses for juniors.

The Tuwaiq Academy was launched with the aim of teaching programming, web development and mobile app development through the “Satr” platform in Arabic. It has, so far, benefited more than 400,000 participants. 

The academy is committed to discovering and developing trainees’ technical skills to achieve the federation’s goal of having one programmer for every 100 Saudi citizens by 2030.

CoderHub, a platform specializing in solving coding challenges, supports youth through student clubs. More than 63,746 challenges have been undertaken. 

BugBounty is another platform that aims to use cybersecurity researchers’ skills to discover security bugs in products and technical sites. More than 15,000 researchers have benefitted from the platform. 

The Tuwaiq Academy has partnered with multinational corporations including Google, Amazon, IBM, Cisco, Apple, Alibaba Cloud, Oracle, Microsoft, Trend Micro and Offensive Security to launch training programs.

The academy has become Apple’s first authorized educational training center in the Middle East, with more than 100 students graduating from the program’s first class.

The participants received “App Development with Swift Certification” certificates — an achievement that puts the Kingdom on the map of technological advancement. 

Those interested in participating in the Tuwaiq Academy’s programs, boot camps and courses can register on https://bootcamp.sa.


King Salman receives message from Azerbaijan President

King Salman receives message from Azerbaijan President
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King Salman receives message from Azerbaijan President

King Salman receives message from Azerbaijan President
  • Message was received by Saudi Foreign Minister during meeting with Azerbaijani Ambassador in Riyadh

RIYADH: King Salman bin Abdulaziz received a written message from President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan regarding the two countries’ strong relations.

Foreign Affairs Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan received the message when he met the Azerbaijani Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Shahin Abdullayev, on Sunday. 

They discussed strengthening relations and issues of mutual interest, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

 


Sustainable development of Saudi island will boost economy

Darin and Tarout is among the most archaeologically significant islands in Eastern Province. (SPA)
Darin and Tarout is among the most archaeologically significant islands in Eastern Province. (SPA)
Updated 27 November 2022

Sustainable development of Saudi island will boost economy

Darin and Tarout is among the most archaeologically significant islands in Eastern Province. (SPA)
  • Dr. Saad Dahlawi: 'The Kingdom is witnessing unprecedented economic and developmental growth and following the standards of sustainable development'

RIYADH: Economists and environmentalists say sustainable investment is important for an island north of Dammam allocated billions of riyals for development.

Experts told Arab News that the SR2.64 billion ($703 million) granted to Darin and Tarout island by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman last week has much potential to boost the Eastern Province’s economy.

Darin and Tarout is among the most archaeologically significant islands in the region, with evidence of 5,000 years of continuous human habitation and around a dozen heritage sites, including a fortress dating back hundreds of years.

Officials aim to improve the quality of life for its 120,000 people while preserving its cultural and historical heritage, revitalizing its natural beauty sites and enhancing its tourism economy.

As much as 48 percent of its 32 sq. km area will be dedicated to public parks, waterfronts, roads, and facilities. The island hopes to boost the number of tourists to 1.36 million by 2030 and generate thousands of jobs.

“This project represents the first strategic works and initiatives done by the Eastern Region Development Authority,” said Eastern Province Development Authority CEO Fahad Al-Mutlaq.

He said that work would start next year on a program to gradually improve social and economic conditions after comprehensive studies were completed.

Fadhel Al-Buainain, a member of the Shura Council, said that the island had historical importance.

“Developing Darin Castle and Darin Airport as heritage tourist destinations will enhance the cultural side,” he said. “The establishment of the largest forest on the banks of the Gulf will contribute to enhancing the environmental goals of the Kingdom.

“If eco-hotels are developed in natural areas, this will be an important base for eco-tourism, which will support the economy of the island.”

Al-Buainain, who is also a member of the Saudi Economists Association, said that the development plan would make an important economic contribution to the region.

“Providing small and medium investment and employment opportunities will have an important socio-economic impact,” he said, adding that the development would contribute to achieving the goals of Vision 2030.

Dr. Saad Dahlawi, an assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Health at Imam Abd al-Rahman bin Faisal University, said he believed that the development announcement came at the perfect time.

“The Kingdom is witnessing unprecedented economic and developmental growth and following the standards of sustainable development,” he said.

Dahlawi added however that project leaders needed to assess impacts on the environment and especially on marine life to ensure that endangered species are not put at further risk.

“Such a study would provide decision-makers with a clear picture of how to implement the project sustainably,” he said.

Dahlawi said it was important to follow international environmental standards, as well as the standards and requirements of the National Center for Environmental Compliance, to avoid any damage to the environment.

Abdullah Al-Khuzam, a member of The National Handicraft Development Program, said the intention to turn Darin Airport into a heritage museum “means that a new prosperity period is being written on one of the oldest inhabited islands in the Arabian Gulf.”

He said that the museum and planned art festivals would help present “our ancient culture and civilization to the world.”

 

 


Jeddah hosts 2nd Global Conference for Giftedness and Creativity

Jeddah hosts 2nd Global Conference for Giftedness and Creativity
Updated 27 November 2022

Jeddah hosts 2nd Global Conference for Giftedness and Creativity

Jeddah hosts 2nd Global Conference for Giftedness and Creativity
  • Event aims to enhance Kingdom’s global leadership by nurturing youth

RIYADH: Makkah Governor Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, on behalf of King Salman bin Abdulaziz, is set to attend the Global Conference for Giftedness and Creativity, in Jeddah, which runs from Dec. 10 to 14.

The conference, now in its second edition, is organized by the King Abdulaziz and His Companions Foundation for Giftedness and Creativity, and will be held under the theme “Journey Toward the New Future.”

Mawhiba Secretary-General Amal Al-Hazzaa said that the conference aims to enhance the Kingdom’s global leadership by supporting and nurturing talented youth.

It will bring together young creative minds from all over the world to form teams to work on forward-thinking solutions to the global challenges of sustainable development.

Many world experts are participating, along with representatives from leading companies and universities, including SABIC, Aramco, NEOM, the King Abdullah University, and the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology.

The conference will feature an “idea-thon,” in which more than 100 participants from the world’s top 50 universities will use collective thinking principles to create innovative solutions to challenges.

Keynote speakers include Saudi Minister of Education Yousef Al-Benyan,  Professor of Collective Intelligence, Public Policy & Social Innovation at University College London Sir Geoff Mulgan, and NASA astronaut and orthopedic surgeon Dr. Robert Lee Satcher.


Saudi Arabia launches Aquatic Animal Diseases Network in the Middle East

Saudi Arabia launches Aquatic Animal Diseases Network in the Middle East
Updated 27 November 2022

Saudi Arabia launches Aquatic Animal Diseases Network in the Middle East

Saudi Arabia launches Aquatic Animal Diseases Network in the Middle East
  • Aim is to ensure sustainable growth of aquatic, marine species in food production
  • Members include countries bordering Red Sea, Arabian Gulf

RIYADH: Saudi Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture Abdul Rahman bin Abdul Mohsen Al-Fadhli launched the Aquatic Animal Diseases Network in the Middle East on Sunday in Riyadh, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The network aims to strengthen the aquaculture industry and the role of aquatic and marine species in food production, as well as control the spread of diseases to ensure sustainable growth in the region’s aquaculture production. 

It also aims to train veterinarians and aquatic health specialists, and to coordinate the efforts of international organizations providing aquatic health services. 

Members of the network include countries bordering the Red Sea and the Arabian Gulf, including Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Somalia, Sudan, the UAE and Yemen.

The Fish Health and Safety Laboratory in Jeddah will serve as a reference laboratory for member states. 

The network was launched in the presence of Dr. Monique Eloit, director general of the World Organization for Animal Health. 

Saudi Arabia and the organization are collaborating on several projects, including the Kingdom’s rabies, foot-and-mouth disease and peste des petits ruminants programs. 

They are also working together on a project to evaluate veterinary services in the Kingdom, as well as a veterinary laboratory twinning program with reference laboratories in France and Italy.

 


Saudi deputy foreign minister meets with Chinese ambassador to Kingdom

Saudi deputy foreign minister meets with Chinese ambassador to Kingdom
Updated 27 November 2022

Saudi deputy foreign minister meets with Chinese ambassador to Kingdom

Saudi deputy foreign minister meets with Chinese ambassador to Kingdom
  • Officials reviewed bilateral relations and ways of enhancing them to serve common interests

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s deputy foreign minister met with the Chinese ambassador to the Kingdom in Riyadh on Sunday, Saudi Press Agency reported.

During the meeting, Waleed Al-Khuraiji and Chen Weiqing reviewed bilateral relations and ways of enhancing them to serve common interests. They also discussed issues of common interest.