ADA lists Riyadh Metro benefits for residents

Updated 02 October 2014

ADA lists Riyadh Metro benefits for residents

The Arriyadh Development Authority (ADA) unveiled a host of new benefits of the Riyadh metro to the capital city’s residents, in addition to what had earlier been announced.
“There are 5.7 million residents in Riyadh,” an ADA spokesman said. “This population is expected to reach 8.3 million by 2030.”
He said that the project will render speedy and economical transportation services by 2016, with the new bus network, and in 2018 with the commissioning of the metro system.
It has been earlier reported that the Riyadh metro would ease traffic congestion and reduce pollution by cutting the number of vehicles on the city roads.
the whole aim of the project is to provide a better transportation alternative, which is more relaxed, cleaner, efficient and on time, according to the spokesman.
“An employee going to work could drive his car to the nearest station, park it, take the metro and go to work and relaxed on an air-conditioned coach, thanks to 24 park & ride facilities across the city,” he said.
Residents without a car or have problems with their cars can call a metro center for help. The metro would then send a van to fetch residents from their homes. The minivan will also have a room in the back to accommodate a wheelchair if the person ordering a ride has a physical disability, he said.
Any resident who has no access to a bus or metro station within 400 meters from his home can call the Transport Control Center (TCC) and order an eight-person minivan, which will take him to the closest station.
Asked if there’s an extra cost for this, the spokesman said that it’s part of the service of the Riyadh Metro on behalf of the ADA and the local government.
However, fees that may become applicable to the service would be nominal. He added that the project will also ensure a cleaner environment, as metro cars will be electrically-operated, hence minimizing environmental pollution that has exacerbated global warming.
He added that Riyadh metro is also efficient as a means of transportation and time of travel is assured as it arrives at every station according to pre-determined schedule.
“That’s how good and comprehensive the project is. Studies continue to further improve it until operation 48 months from now,” he said. The spokesman added that based on studies which the ADA has undertaken, the project will triple the cost of investment in terms of benefits that will redound to the economy.
For every SR1 spent on Riyadh Metro, he said, SR3 will be generated in terms of savings from direct and indirect costs due to pollution, energy consumption, road accidents, lack of efficiency, and lack of performance.
He said there will be six routes, which will be designated by different colors: Line 1 (blue) is the Olaya-Batha route, line 2 (red) is King Abdullah Road, line 3 (orange) is Madinah Road, line 4 (yellow) is the King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) to the airport, line 5 (green) is King Abdulaziz Road and line 6 (purple) is KAFD to Abdulrahman bin Ouf & Sheikh Hassan Bin Hussein Bin Ali Road.


Misk Initiatives Center signs 12 deals to develop youth talent

Updated 15 November 2019

Misk Initiatives Center signs 12 deals to develop youth talent

  • MoUs with top firms such as Chinese tech giant Huawei, French oil major Total open new opportunities

RIYADH: The Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s Foundation Misk Initiatives Center has signed 12 memorandums of understanding (MoU) on the sidelines of the Misk Global Forum in Riyadh with local and international companies to support and develop youth talent.

Among the companies were the Chinese tech giant Huawei, the French oil firm Total, the Emirati Federal Youth Authority, and the Ministry of Economy and Planning.

The agreements stipulated joint work between the two parties in the fields of talent development in Saudi Arabia and information and communications technology, in accordance with the National Transformation Program 2020 and the Kingdom’s Vision 2030. 

This initiative aims to find ways of cooperation and employment opportunities between the two parties.

The MoU signed between the center and the Emirati Federal Youth Authority provides for the enhancement of joint cooperation in support of youth. 

The two parties will seek to discuss future cooperation, to build a strategic partnership between the two parties in exploring potential cooperative opportunities and setting a framework for such cooperation, in addition to organizing the exchange of technologies and innovations through the joint organization of courses, forums and workshops.

The MoU aims at creating a specialized scientific dialogue between the two parties, conducting joint research at the institutes in the field of entrepreneurship and the skills of the future, considering launching joint initiatives, and examining the possibilities of cooperative programs based on the extensive experience of Misk and the Federal Youth Authority.

Misk’s Initiatives Center agreement with Total will promote joint cooperation, find training opportunities for Saudi talent at the company’s headquarters and facilities, and cooperate on educational programs that support entrepreneurship and an ecosystem for startup companies, especially in the fields of energy and technology.

The Misk Global Forum also witnessed the signing of a MoU with “Hub71” to promote learning and leadership among Saudi youth, and enhance opportunities for joint collaboration, in addition to two MoUs with 500 startups and seed stars “to promote joint cooperation between the two parties, to develop and grow the business of startups and provide them with the necessary
environment.”

Misk also signed a MoU with the Public Institution for Education and Global Leadership to promote joint cooperation and achieve the objectives of both sides, to support innovation initiatives that instill the entrepreneurial mindset of young people, as well as the establishment and organization of entrepreneurship approaches. 

Both parties agreed to focus on exploring potential collaborative opportunities related to the Entrepreneurship World Cup, and establish a competition with competitors coming from 170 countries.

Both parties also agreed to support international competitions aimed at identifying the best solutions in various fields and sectors, as well as exchanging programs on entrepreneurship and innovation.

The center has signed a MoU with the Saudi Industrial Development Fund to discuss the possibility of providing training programs and courses for the center’s employees of the Fund and the relevant authorities. In addition to discussing available opportunities for cooperative training within the Fund, and providing opportunities for participation and contribution of the Fund’s staff in Misk’s programs.

The MoU aims to explore the benefits of existing agreements between the two parties with international financial and educational institutions, in order to find opportunities that provide programs, training and educational courses, and granting cooperative trainings for Saudi youth in those global institutions.

The center also signed a MoU with the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), aiming to enhance joint cooperation on educational technology and its integration into the educational systems in the Islamic world.

An MoU with King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) will enhance the cooperation between the two parties in several initiatives, including academic development, training, entrepreneurship and innovation programs.

An MoU with Endeavor Saudi Arabia will support the Kingdom’s youth, enhance their talents and potential, stimulate economic growth, and find ways of cooperation between the two parties that serve their common interests.

The center’s MoU with the Ministry of Economy and Planning aims to spread awareness, provide new information on the education and training of human resources in the administrative and economic fields, youth empowerment, and coordinate efforts to raise their abilities.

The MoU aims to create cooperative training opportunities in local and international institutions with the purpose of workforce growth in the Kingdom’s economic sector, contributing to the development of national competencies in the economy, policies and procedures, strategic planning, in addition to providing job opportunities for graduates from areas that serve the interests of both parties and support the achievement of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.