Winning cup: 20 Saudi students complete 3-month coffee training program

Winning cup: 20 Saudi students complete 3-month coffee training program
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More and more Saudis are taking up jobs in the Kingdom's growing coffee industry. (AN file photo)
More and more Saudis are taking up jobs in the Kingdom's growing coffee industry. (AN file photo)
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Updated 12 January 2023

Winning cup: 20 Saudi students complete 3-month coffee training program

Winning cup: 20 Saudi students complete 3-month coffee training program
  • The program trains Saudi youth in the techniques required to work in the coffee industry, focusing on interpersonal skills, coffee preparation, customer service and entrepreneurship

JEDDAH: Twenty Saudi students can look forward to a future in the fast-growing coffee industry after celebrating their graduation on Wednesday from the pilot phase of a specialist  training scheme.  

The three-month Coffee Preparation Program was organized by Community Jameel Saudi and Bab Rizq Jameel in partnership with the Arabian Coffee Institute. 

The program trains Saudi youth in the techniques required to work in the coffee industry, focusing on interpersonal skills, coffee preparation, customer service and entrepreneurship.

Graduates received a certificate accredited by the Arabian Coffee Institute and will have the opportunity to secure jobs with Al-Ezdhar & Al-Rafah Trading Ltd, steered by Bab Rizq Jameel Recruitment.

Mohammed Abdul Ghaffar, general manager of Entrepreneurship and Social Initiatives at Community Jameel Saudi, said: “Our strategy is to achieve social economic and environmental prosperity while contributing to the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.

“This partnership with the Arabian Coffee Institute encouraged us to deliver training programs that will equip young men and women with the skills necessary to succeed in this sector, enabling them to work in hotels, restaurants and cafes throughout the Kingdom.”

The program will welcome 20 new participants in its second edition this month. 

Al-Muhannad Al-Marwai, executive director of the Arabian Coffee Institute, said: “We have a team of experts, researchers and more than 13 certified trainers who provide accredited training courses in the fields of coffee cultivation, processing, roasting, grinding and distillation, as well as sensory and barista skills.”

One of the graduates, Aseel Zaki Anbul, said that he is confident of excelling in the job market, and described the program as a golden opportunity to learn and develop his abilities.

“I am very pleased with the diversity of topics and skills covered in the training program. I look forward to providing customers with an enjoyable coffee experience,” he said.

Under the umbrella of the Year of Saudi Coffee initiative, the program is supported by the Culinary Arts Commission at the Ministry of Culture, which focuses on developing and celebrating the coffee sector in Saudi Arabia, and exporting its products as an essential component of Saudi culture.


Saudi Digital Cooperation Organization unveils 2030 road map

Saudi Digital Cooperation Organization unveils 2030 road map
Updated 06 February 2023

Saudi Digital Cooperation Organization unveils 2030 road map

Saudi Digital Cooperation Organization unveils 2030 road map
  • ‘We can unlock the full potential of the global digital economy,’ says DCO secretary-general

RIYADH: The Digital Cooperation Organization called for global collaboration to bridge the technological divide as it announced its 2030 road map at its second annual general assembly in Riyadh.

The plan aims at an ambitious future in which the digital economy contributes 30 percent to the global gross domestic product, and creates 30 million jobs worldwide.

It is designed to promote common interest, advocate for advanced cooperation, build regulatory framework and business environments, and ensure the inclusive and trustworthy nature of the digital economy at local, regional, and global levels.

DCO Secretary-General Deemah Al-Yahya told Arab News: “The beauty of this road map is it’s very agile and very nimble.

“It looks at all the challenges that we are facing now in our member countries. It goes in depth into what the needs are, and what reforms we should change, and what initiatives we should run to achieve these targets.

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The plan aims at an ambitious future in which the digital economy contributes 30 percent to the global gross domestic product, and creates 30 million jobs worldwide.

“We really believe that with the right cooperation between the governments, in the private sector and civil society, we will actually overachieve by 2030.”

The call to action mirrors the goals of the organization to create a space that promotes underrepresented groups, such as women and youth, and helps to affirm their value within the digital infrastructure.

In its first in-person meeting, the DCO brought together member nations from across the globe to discuss the current condition of digital economies and the roadblocks faced by countries in an effort to achieve growth.

Al-Yahya added: “By fostering and facilitating cooperation and expanding transformation across all sectors, we can unlock the full potential of the global digital economy.”

As governmental and industrial digital transformation accelerates as a result of the pandemic, a key challenge is to recognize the essential role of technologies in fostering sustainable growth across formal and informal economies.

Al-Yahya said:“[The pandemic] tested the resilience to digitally transform very quickly, which is a huge agenda. No country alone can transform quickly and harness this opportunity of digital economy without putting hands in hands together and sharing best practices.”

In other strategic announcements, the DCO established new organizational bylaws, including the approval of the Stride Association, which will work to empower micro, small, and medium enterprises between member states.

Al-Yahya explained that empowering MSMEs, which make up 90 percent of all businesses, is crucial for success and growth in a dynamic digital economy.

The organization also established a new observer committee, as well as a new executive committee with representatives from member countries including Bahrain, Jordan, Nigeria, and Oman, and with a representative from the Kingdom as the chairperson until 2030.

Recalling an anecdote to reveal the power of digital economies, Al-Yahya told Arab News: “I met a woman before in Taif, and she used to create goods from Taif flowers. She was a widow with six children and she didn’t have any sources of revenue but the products that she created from the roses.”

After coming up with an e-commerce solution, the woman started selling to 100 locations across the globe, and recruited 60 other women to work for her business.

Al-Yahya said that the digital economy would grow by enabling the underrepresented communities that make up the majority of our populations.

The DCO council also formally welcomed two new member states: Gambia and Ghana. The organization now represents 13 nations and serves around 600 million people, with a collective gross domestic product of more than $2 trillion.


Saudi Arabia’s DGDA launches Handicraft School training program

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(Twitter @DGDA_SA)
Updated 06 February 2023

Saudi Arabia’s DGDA launches Handicraft School training program

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  • The DGDA has committed to involving residents in events and activities in order to bring valuable contributions to the area’s construction and redevelopment

RIYADH: The Diriyah Gate Development Authority launched its Handicraft School, a 12-week training program that seeks to strengthen residents’ connection to the past by teaching the skills and mastery of local handicrafts.

The program provides training each week across 12 professions: Carpentry, plastering, decoupage, palm leaf weaving and braiding, perfume making, bead making, brass arts, pottery, bisht embroidery, leather burnishing, gypsum arts, and artifact documentation and photography. The training sessions are led by Saudi experts.

Aspiring craftspeople are encouraged to apply to the program through the DGDA website. They will be trained in each of their chosen trades for a week across multiple in-person workshops.

The program comes as part of the authority’s goal to engage with the Diriyah community and promote culture and heritage.

The DGDA has committed to involving residents in events and activities in order to bring valuable contributions to the area’s construction and redevelopment.

“Traditional handicraft practices can help give voice to a nation’s culture and the stories of its people,” said a statement by the DGDA.

The program also aims to preserve Saudi Arabia’s heritage by highlighting its wealth of handicraft knowledge and preserving it for future generations.

The Handicraft School is one of several DGDA programs that aims to foster a supportive, growth-oriented environment within Diriyah.

“Ultimately, reconnecting the people of Diriyah with their ancestors’ practices also gives them the ability to showcase their national heritage to visitors, tourists and enthusiasts of older, simpler times from around the world,” the statement added.

 


Noor Riyadh light exhibition extends until March

Saudi artist Huda Al-Aithan’s ‘Numinous Najd’ artwork takes inspiration from the Kingdom’s central region. (Supplied)
Saudi artist Huda Al-Aithan’s ‘Numinous Najd’ artwork takes inspiration from the Kingdom’s central region. (Supplied)
Updated 06 February 2023

Noor Riyadh light exhibition extends until March

Saudi artist Huda Al-Aithan’s ‘Numinous Najd’ artwork takes inspiration from the Kingdom’s central region. (Supplied)
  • Massive public interest in the show, say organizers
  • 30 intricate artworks on display at Diriyah’s JAX district

RIYADH: Noor Riyadh, the largest light festival in the world, has extended its accompanying exhibition titled “From Spark to Spirit” until March 10 at Diriyah’s JAX district due to its incredible success, Riyadh Art officials said.

The exhibition, originally set to run until Feb. 4, features innovative work by artists from across the globe in their exploration of three themes — technology, architectonics, and consciousness of light.

Khaled Al-Hazani, executive director for Riyadh Art, said: “‘From Spark to Spirit’ is a beautiful and thought-provoking exhibition that aptly follows the success of the Noor Riyadh festival, which almost tripled in size from the inaugural edition.

Diana Thater’s ‘A Cast of Falcons’ is one of Noor Riyadh’s artworks you can continue to experience until March 10. (Supplied)

“Light is a universally appreciated medium, which is incredibly moving and engaging. But it is perhaps only when you see the range of inspirations within the three themes at ‘From Spark to Spirit’ that you appreciate our relationship with light, which spans from the dawn of times to the digital age.”

The second annual Noor Riyadh festival, held by the first national public art initiative Riyadh Art, has planted light installations across the Kingdom’s capital. It is an initiative to beautify the city under the theme “We Dream of New Horizons,” but now it furthers its seasonal offerings to ensure that art is indeed for all.

“As engaging for the art aficionado as it is for children or first-time art gallery visitors, ‘From Spark to Spirit’ is a wonderful addition to both Riyadh and the Kingdom’s burgeoning art and culture scene and recommended for all,” Al-Hazani added.

American artist Jim Campbell's artwork titled 'Eroding Wave' mimics the movement of swimming through water using clustered LED bulbs, highlighting the cycle of the tides. (Supplied)

At the Riyadh Art hub in the JAX district lies 30 intricate light works, focusing on the role of light in shaping the way we experience the world. Light itself is used as a tool for change in initiating cross-cultural dialogue.

The exhibition showcases works for all ages. From Turkish artist Refik Anadol’s interactive chamber of infinite motion titled “Machine Dreams: Space,” to Saudi Moath Alofi’s flaming light sculpture inspired by the Kingdom’s dormant volcanoes, “Thnan,” visitors can venture into undiscovered worlds.

Neville Wakefield led the curation of the exhibition with Gaida Al-Mogren as associate curator.

The exhibition showcases works for all ages. From Turkish artist Refik Anadol’s interactive chamber of infinite motion titled ‘Machine Dreams: Space,’ to Saudi Moath Alofi’s flaming light sculpture inspired by the Kingdom’s dormant volcanoes, ‘Thnan,’ visitors can venture into undiscovered worlds. (Supplied)

Al-Mogren said: “The journey across the three zones in ‘From Spark to Spirit’ is a dialogue between the generations, lighting up inspirations from both Saudi Arabia and across the world, and from both established and emerging artists. In addition, the exhibition also shines a light on the rapid cultural transformations shaping the Middle East, particularly here in the Kingdom.

“Light is the source of all life on the planet and essential to our health and well-being. ‘From Spark to Spirit’ illuminates how we see distinguishing details, individual colors, movement, brightness and more, and the feedback we have received from the many members of the public attending the exhibit so far has been excellent.”

 


OIC reaffirms support to resolve Libyan crisis

OIC Secretary-General Hissein Brahim Taha. (@OIC_OCI)
OIC Secretary-General Hissein Brahim Taha. (@OIC_OCI)
Updated 06 February 2023

OIC reaffirms support to resolve Libyan crisis

OIC Secretary-General Hissein Brahim Taha. (@OIC_OCI)
  • Unity, sovereignty critical, says SG Hissein Brahim Taha
  • Meeting held with official from Foreign Affairs Ministry

JEDDAH: The Organization of Islamic Cooperation remains committed to resolving the crisis in conflict-ridden Libya, according to the organization’s Secretary-General Hissein Brahim Taha.

At a meeting in Jeddah recently, Taha met Saif Ahmed, director of the Islamic affairs department at the Libyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

During the meeting, Taha stressed the OIC’s position with regard to the support of Libya’s unity and territorial integrity.

In accordance with the OIC Charter and its principles, and the resolutions of the Islamic Summit and the Council of Foreign Ministers, Taha said the aim is to ensure a political solution in the North African nation, in line with the aspirations of its people.

Earlier, the OIC chief held a meeting with Abdullah Al-Washmi, secretary-general of the King Salman Global Academy for the Arabic Language.

This was on the sidelines of the celebration of World Arabic Day for the Muslim Ummah organized by the OIC in collaboration with the academy in Jeddah.

Arabic is the language of the Qur’an and an important component of Arab-Islamic culture.

The officials discussed ways to strengthen cooperation between the OIC and the academy, including joint action with various partners to promote and support the use of Arabic in international fora.

They also discussed ways to strengthen the identity and solidarity of the Islamic community.

They agreed to further develop a vision for creating programs and activities that would contribute to achieving their common objectives.

 

 


Indian companies eye more tech collaboration with Saudi Arabia under Vision 2030

Indian companies eye more tech collaboration with Saudi Arabia under Vision 2030
Updated 06 February 2023

Indian companies eye more tech collaboration with Saudi Arabia under Vision 2030

Indian companies eye more tech collaboration with Saudi Arabia under Vision 2030
  • Over 45 Indian companies are participating at LEAP tech conference in Riyadh
  • ‘Huge potential’ for collaboration between India and Saudi companies, embassy says

NEW DELHI: Indian companies are setting their sights on more tech collaboration under Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030, the Confederation of Indian Industry said on Monday, as a delegation from the South Asian nation visited the Kingdom to explore new opportunities.

The Indian delegation, comprising unicorns and tech startups and led by CII, is in Riyadh to attend the second LEAP tech conference in the Saudi capital, where more than 100,000 global innovators and experts are expected to gather from Feb. 6-9.

Over 45 Indian companies are participating at the event, where the embassy in Riyadh launched a pavilion on Monday to facilitate potential collaboration between India and Saudi Arabia.

The Kingdom’s Vision 2030 holds potential to boost cooperation in tech between the two countries, CII said.

“This Vision 2030 is very important, and this is one of the areas where they are trying to collaborate,” Manish Mohan, CII senior director, told Arab News.

“We are looking for partnership in the growth story of India’s startup ecosystem, how Indian companies can collaborate with Saudi Arabia also in a big way,” he said.

The Kingdom is projected to spend over $24 billion on various technologies by 2025, according to the Saudi Press Agency.

“They are trying to move from oil economy to non-oil economy, they are trying to look at collaboration in sectors like IT, they are also trying to look at infrastructure…If you see Vision 2030, they are trying to expand and collaborate in various fields,” Mohan said.

As Indian companies hope to tap into potential cooperation in IT, technology and startups, the LEAP conference served as a good platform, he added.

During the Riyadh visit, the Indian delegation plans on taking part in various networking opportunities with global venture capitalists while also connecting with various Saudi businesses.

“There is a huge potential of IT business between India and Saudi Arabia,” the Indian Embassy in Riyadh said in a tweet.