DiplomaticQuarter: Saudi Space Commission chief, EU envoy discuss space cooperation

Prince Sultan bin Salman meets Ambassador Michele Cervone d’Urso, head of the EU delegation to Saudi Arabia. SPA
Updated 09 May 2019
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DiplomaticQuarter: Saudi Space Commission chief, EU envoy discuss space cooperation

  • They reviewed various fields of cooperation between the Kingdom and the EU

RIYADH: Ambassador Michele Cervone d’Urso, head of the EU delegation to  Saudi Arabia, met Prince Sultan bin Salman, chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Space Commission.

D’Urso congratulated Prince Sultan on his role in supervising the Kingdom’s space sector, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

They reviewed various fields of cooperation between the Kingdom and the EU, particularly space science, communications and space programs.

D’Urso praised Prince Sultan’s supervision of the Kingdom’s tourism sector and national heritage.

Before joining the space commission last December, Prince Sultan was president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), the Kingdom’s main tourism body.

He is a former Royal Saudi Air Force pilot who flew on the American STS-51-G Space Shuttle mission as a payload specialist. 

He is the first member of a royal family to be an astronaut, and the first Arab and Muslim to fly in space.

The EU delegation to Saudi Arabia, a fully accredited diplomatic mission, was officially opened in Riyadh in 2004, and represents the bloc to the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Secretariat.

The delegation has a mandate to speak on behalf of EU member states when there is unanimous agreement on foreign policy issues.

With the aim of helping to integrate Gulf and European economies, the delegation facilitates trade relations with Gulf countries. The EU is the largest trading partner
of the GCC.


Jeddah Season provides seasonal employment for young Saudis

Updated 18 June 2019
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Jeddah Season provides seasonal employment for young Saudis

JEDDAH: The Jeddah Season festival has provided a wide range of seasonal employment opportunities for young Saudi men and women, helping them gain experience and prepare them to enter the job market.

More than 5,000 young Saudis are working around the clock, each in his or her field, to manage the festival’s activities.

The festival aims to highlight development opportunities in Saudi Arabia, introduce the Kingdom as one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, support the government’s efforts to empower Saudi youths, support local small and medium enterprises, develop Jeddah’s tourism sector and provide volunteer opportunities.

Jeddah Season, which began on June 8 and runs until July 18, has attracted thousands of visitors of all ages through its 150 local and international events and activities.

It is being held at five sites: King Abdullah Sports City, Al-Hamra Corniche, the Jeddah Waterfront, Obhur and Historic Jeddah (Al-Balad), which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Jeddah Season offers a wide range of tourism, entertainment and cultural events and activities, and sheds light on the city’s status as the Kingdom’s tourism capital. Most of its events are being held for the first time in Saudi Arabia.

Jeddah Season is in line with the Vision 2030 reform plan, which aims to advance the welfare of Saudi society, diversify local development opportunities, improve the Kingdom’s contribution to arts and culture, and create job opportunities for Saudi youths.