Misk Global Forum urges region’s youth to ‘think big’

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“The Big Now” theme aims to inspire young people to think big and take quick action to solve problems proactively. (Supplied)
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Badr Al-Badr, CEO of the foundation, said that this year’s gathering celebrates the promising potential of people, especially the youth. (Supplied)
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Updated 15 November 2023
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Misk Global Forum urges region’s youth to ‘think big’

Misk Global Forum urges region’s youth to ‘think big’
  • Inspirational theme mirrors Saudi Vision 2030, says foundation CEO
  • Discussions, exchange of ideas, and networking opportunities play a key role in the forum’s success

RIYADH: The Misk Global Forum has returned for its seventh session to help and encourage the region’s younger generations to develop their potential, promote collaboration, and instigate positive change on a global scale.
The event, the largest youth forum in the Middle East, is being held at Bujairi Terrace in Riyadh from Nov. 15-17, and is organized annually by the foundation to empower and unite young leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs worldwide.
Discussions, exchange of ideas, and networking opportunities play a key role in the forum’s success.
In an opening speech, Badr Al-Badr, CEO of the foundation, said that this year’s gathering celebrates the promising potential of people, especially the youth.
“These potentials lead me to four questions: Is it possible for one person to change the face of the world? Is it possible for a country to transform and develop itself economically in a short period? Is it possible to plan for the future in a turbulent world? How can one move from an ordinary situation to an exceptional space?”
Al-Badr said that these subjects are reflected in this year’s theme, “The Big Now,” which aims to inspire young people to think big and take quick action to solve problems proactively.
“Big” symbolizes having ambitious thoughts and ideas, while “Now” emphasizes timely action, he said.
The sub-theme of the forum, “Think Big, Act Now,” encourages young leaders to set daring goals, and take immediate and purposeful steps to realize their visions.
Al-Badr added: “Vision 2030 is the most eloquent example of this slogan, as it set very ambitious goals and developed a clear implementation plan with them, and urged everyone to work and take the initiative without procrastination.”
He added that between the great dream and the lived reality, there is a bridge.
“That bridge is planning and implementation, which is what we learned in this vision, and now we see its achievements on the ground in tourist destinations or global sports activities, NEOM, or others, each of us must ask ourselves: Will I just stand by, watching and listening, or will I be an active and decisive element in implementing this vision?”
The forum’s activities are supported by knowledge partners, including the UN, UNESCO, Saudi Fashion Commission, Apple Developer Academy, Meta, Adidas, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, LinkedIn, Zoom, National Geographic Channel, LVMH, University of Cambridge, and creative media studio Telfaz11.
With more than 100 panels featuring local and global CEOs and influencers, the forum will provide a link for ambitious youth, leaders, innovators and creative figures.
This is facilitated through the participation of the Prince Mohammed bin Salman Foundation, or Misk, and its subsidiaries Manga Productions, Misk Art Institute, Misk Schools, Riyadh Schools, Mohammed bin Salman Nonprofit City, and ilmi Science Discovery and Innovation Center.
More than 50 workshops will be conducted for visitors to attend in person or through the virtual platform.
For more details, visit miskglobalforum.com.


Kawin Incubator Program looks to empower Saudi culinary talents

Kawin Incubator Program looks to empower Saudi culinary talents
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Kawin Incubator Program looks to empower Saudi culinary talents

Kawin Incubator Program looks to empower Saudi culinary talents
  • Event supports talented chefs, entrepreneurs

RIYADH: The Culinary Arts Authority is hosting the fourth Kawin Incubator Program from June 11 to Aug. 15. The initiative aims to boost culinary skills by supporting talented chefs and entrepreneurs in the food and beverage sector, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Tuesday.

The incubator consists of three main programs. The first is the Kawin Culinary Arts Incubator, featuring six courses. Each course starts with a three-day virtual competition for 80 participants, followed by a two-month, in-person incubation phase for 40 projects, concluding with the graduation of 120 projects.

Participants must be Saudi nationals — aged 18 or above — and passionate about the culinary arts and able to attend the entire program. They must also have an innovative recipe or product.

Kawin, which means create, aims to raise standards in the culinary sector by nurturing startups with innovative concepts, fostering a supportive entrepreneurial environment.

It aims to empower both male and female entrepreneurs in the culinary arts while enhancing the Kingdom’s global reputation in gastronomy.

Those Interested can learn more at https://engage.moc.gov.sa/kawn/.


Saudi Red Sea Authority issues first license for tourist cruise agent to Cruise Saudi company

Saudi Red Sea Authority issues first license for tourist cruise agent to Cruise Saudi company
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Saudi Red Sea Authority issues first license for tourist cruise agent to Cruise Saudi company

Saudi Red Sea Authority issues first license for tourist cruise agent to Cruise Saudi company

JEDDAH: The Saudi Red Sea Authority issued on Tuesday the first tourist cruise agent license for Cruise Saudi, owned by the Public Investment Fund.

Mohamed Bokhari, VP for Coastal Tourism Operations in the Saudi Red Sea Authority, handed over the tourist navigation agent license to Barbara Bozic, CEO of Destination Experiences at Cruise Saudi, at the company’s headquarters in Jeddah.

This comes as part of the authority’s efforts to build a thriving coastal tourism sector, which includes issuing licenses and permits to organize coastal tourism activities, Saudi Press Agency reported. 

The tourist cruise agent provides services to yachts and cruise ships, in addition to facilitating and supporting the vessels’ movements within the Kingdom.


KSrelief, WHO sign program to improve water, sanitation services at Yemeni health facilities

Agreement is signed by KSrelief General Supervisor Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Rabeeah and WHO director-general.
Agreement is signed by KSrelief General Supervisor Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Rabeeah and WHO director-general.
Updated 28 May 2024
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KSrelief, WHO sign program to improve water, sanitation services at Yemeni health facilities

Agreement is signed by KSrelief General Supervisor Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Rabeeah and WHO director-general.
  • Under the agreement, solar-powered wells complete with pumps, water tanks, and connection pipes will be drilled in 10 health care facilities
  • Potable water supplies will be provided at 60 health care facilities where water quality monitoring and treatment will be carried out

RIYADH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center signed a joint executive program with the World Health Organization worth $3,750,000 on Tuesday, Saudi Press Agency reported.

The agreement, signed on the sidelines of the 77th WHO Health Assembly in Geneva, aims to improve water and sanitation services at health care facilities and provide sustainable water supplies to the most needy in Yemen.

Under the agreement, solar-powered wells complete with pumps, water tanks, and connection pipes will be drilled in 10 health care facilities.

Potable water supplies will be provided at 60 health care facilities where water quality monitoring and treatment will be carried out.

Training for the operation and maintenance of water supplies will also be carried out and a tower tank in Al-Khawkhah district in Hodeidah will be constructed.

Steps will also be taken to improve water, sanitation and hygiene services in Ma’rib Governorate Hospital and Matnah Hospital in Sanaa.

The agreement was signed by KSrelief General Supervisor Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Rabeeah and WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.


First group of Syrian pilgrims arrives in Makkah

The first group of Syrian pilgrims arrives in Makkah on Tuesday, Saudi Press Agency reported. (SPA)
The first group of Syrian pilgrims arrives in Makkah on Tuesday, Saudi Press Agency reported. (SPA)
Updated 28 May 2024
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First group of Syrian pilgrims arrives in Makkah

The first group of Syrian pilgrims arrives in Makkah on Tuesday, Saudi Press Agency reported. (SPA)

RIYADH: The first group of Syrian pilgrims, consisting of around 200 people, arrived in Makkah on Tuesday, Saudi Press Agency reported.

Rawaf Mina for Pilgrims Services, a company that provides services to Hajj pilgrims and is licensed by the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, is working to provide the Syrians with the best services from the moment they arrive until they complete their pilgrimage.

A total of 532,958 pilgrims had arrived in Saudi Arabia for this year’s Hajj as of Sunday, the General Directorate of Passports has reported.


Saudi Red Crescent Authority deploys more than 2,500 staff ahead of Hajj

The Saudi Red Crescent Authority has deployed 2,540 staff across nearly 100 ambulance centers ahead of Hajj 2024. (@mediasrcaen)
The Saudi Red Crescent Authority has deployed 2,540 staff across nearly 100 ambulance centers ahead of Hajj 2024. (@mediasrcaen)
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Saudi Red Crescent Authority deploys more than 2,500 staff ahead of Hajj

The Saudi Red Crescent Authority has deployed 2,540 staff across nearly 100 ambulance centers ahead of Hajj 2024. (@mediasrcaen)
  • The staff will be strategically positioned across 98 ambulance centers, covering entry points, pilgrim routes, and holy sites

RIYADH: The Saudi Red Crescent Authority has deployed 2,540 medical professionals, ambulance technicians, and administrative staff across nearly 100 ambulance centers ahead of Hajj 2024.

The move will ensure the well-being of pilgrims and deliver high-quality medical care during the upcoming pilgrimage, Saudi Press Agency reported.

The staff will be strategically positioned across 98 ambulance centers, covering entry points, pilgrim routes, and holy sites.

SRCA has dedicated a significant portion of its ambulance fleet to the Hajj mission to strengthen its frontline response.

This includes 320 ambulances,13 advanced response vehicles, a dedicated air wing with seven air ambulances, and two medical evacuation helicopters.It will also provide a support fleet of 15 motorcycles, 150 golf carts, 150 electric scooters, 27 electric bicycles, ten ambulance buses, and additional service vehicles.

Translators will be available to support ambulance calls, ensuring seamless communication for various medical situations encountered during Hajj.

More than 595 volunteers will assist the SRCA with ambulance services at various locations while educating pilgrims about essential preventive measures that should be taken to safeguard their health during Hajj.