KSA’s entertainment authority inks deal with Colleges of Excellence to promote national talent

The agreement aims to promote cooperation between both parties by attracting students to programs supervised by the CoE. (SPA)
Updated 03 July 2019

KSA’s entertainment authority inks deal with Colleges of Excellence to promote national talent

  • GEA would partake in outlining the standards and skills required for workers in the entertainment industry

RIYADH: The General Entertainment Authority (GEA), represented by its chief sector development officer Ahmed Al-Sharqi, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Colleges of Excellence (CoE), represented by its CEO, Dr. Fahad Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Tuwaijri, to enhance cooperation between the two bodies and transfer expertise in the fields of training, education and human resources development.
The MoU was signed at GEA’s headquarters in Riyadh on June 30. The agreement aims to promote cooperation between both parties by attracting students to programs supervised by the CoE and engaging them in practical training programs through the events licensed by GEA. Throughout the agreement, GEA would also partake in outlining the standards and skills required for workers in the entertainment industry in accordance with CoE’s curricula, which is aligned with global vocational training institutions.
This step reflects GEA’s aim to promote the entertainment sector by enrolling young Saudi talents.


The Hajjana: heritage of Saudi Arabia’s camel riding border patrol honored

Updated 30 October 2020

The Hajjana: heritage of Saudi Arabia’s camel riding border patrol honored

The Hajjana — fearless camel riders who patrolled the Kingdom’s borders — helped pave the way for the establishment of the modern Saudi state.
Their story goes back almost 90 years when a Hajjana border patrol was established during the reign of King Abdul Aziz in 1933.
After the Kingdom’s founder reclaimed Al-Ahsa, he ordered sea and land patrols to be carried out to tighten security in the region’s border areas.
Patrols were led by camel riders, so a military sector was formed at that time known as Hajjana. Its name was derived from their means of transport — camels.
Now, nine decades later, the Camel Club has established the Royal Hajjana to commemorate the group’s distinguished cultural heritage.
Since its creation in April, the Royal Hajjana has been preparing to take part in official reception ceremonies for King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s guests as well as national festivals sponsored by the king and crown prince.
It will also perform in Saudi heritage shows and represent the Kingdom in local and international camel festivals.
Hajjana officers became famous throughout the country after acquiring their name from the “hejin,” or camel. They protected the Kingdom’s residents from the south of the Empty Quarter to north of the Nafud Desert.
One of the founding king’s priorities was to provide security and protect the nation’s borders, so the Border Guard was among the first military sectors created.
The Coast Guard’s budget also included allocations for Hajjana officers, known as the Hajjana patrol commanders, whose role was part of the Frontier Corps.
Patrols continued to operate in southern regions until recently. However, the memory of the Hajjana remains fresh in the minds of the Kingdom’s border guards.