Enhanced Misk-Qiddiya internship program commences second intake 

The program was developed to create the Saudi workforce of the future, helping to bridge the current gap between education and employment. (Photo/Supplied)
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Updated 23 January 2020

Enhanced Misk-Qiddiya internship program commences second intake 

  • The program was set up to create the Saudi workforce of the future

RIYADH: Sixteen interns were welcomed to the Qiddiya Investment Company’s (QIC) offices this week, at the start of the second internship program between Qiddiya and the Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz Foundation (Misk).

The Misk-Qiddiya internship program was developed to create the Saudi workforce of the future, helping to bridge the current gap between education and employment. Building on the success of the previous year’s internships, the newly implemented initiative will last 28 weeks, with the goal of offering full-time positions.

“Qiddiya is committed to training the Kingdom’s next generation and future leaders through a growing range of scholarships and internships that unlock new professional pathways,” said QIC’s CEO Mike Reininger. “Training young talent is an essential part of our plan to employ 25,000 people by 2030, benefiting from listening to fresh ideas generated by young Saudi talent.”

Throughout the next seven months, each intern will be mentored by an executive director from QIC to assist in day-to-day tasks, learn new skills and receive valuable practical experience. The internship will also feature enrichment programs such as professional training and courses, in addition to industry visits to leading companies within Riyadh including Samsung. 

Interns will also compete around the development of a project to win a weekend trip abroad with their family. Testing their creativity and business acumen, each student will be asked to solve an individual challenge currently facing Qiddiya and present their ideas to a panel of judges.

Intern Hessa Al-Qassim said: “I’m very excited about the opportunity to work for one of the largest projects in the Kingdom which supports the Vision 2030.”

“Qiddiya is helping young Saudis to fulfill their potential and be part of the Kingdom’s 2030 Vision,” added fellow intern Khalid Aldowayan. “We have a chance to help develop the entertainment sector right here in our homeland.”


Saudi Arabia records less than 500 new COVID-19 cases for first time in 5 months

Updated 21 September 2020

Saudi Arabia records less than 500 new COVID-19 cases for first time in 5 months

  • The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom has increased to 310,439
  • The total number of deaths has increased to 4,485

JEDDAH: For the first time in more than five months, Saudi Arabia’s daily confirmed COVID-19 cases drop to below 500.
With the Kingdom’s national celebrations on Wednesday, the Ministry of Health’s spokesman, Dr. Mohammed Al-Abd Al-Aly, reminded residents to be vigilant, adding that “we didn’t take this decision to return carefully lightly. Countries that chose to resume (sectors) did so after conducting studies, research, and proofs all into consideration and strictly followed them,” he said in Sunday’s press conference.
“We witness the fruits of our labor today. All numbers indicate a huge improvement through everyone’s efforts,” he said.
Despite the low number of recorded cases, Al-Aly called for people not to resume activities and meetings without due care.

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The total number of cases in the Kingdom reached 329,754.

“We still see a number of people not abiding by the safety precautions. Though these numbers are limited, we do not want certain places to become an epicenter for the virus such as in some countries. We do not want to derail from our intended course.” He revised the safety precautions and added that people with any symptoms must quarantine themselves and decline any social invitation.
A total of 483 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded in the Kingdom on Sunday, meaning 329,754 people in Saudi Arabia had now contracted the disease. There were 14,830 active cases, 1,138 of them critical.
Critical cases have also dropped by 12 percent, from recording 2,500 cases that have been decreasing to less than 1,200 today.
A total of 1,009 new recovered cases were announced, taking the total number of recoveries to 310,439 while 27 new deaths had been reported, raising the death toll to 4,485.

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