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New Scheme to Combat Unemployment in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia : 03 May 2011

A joint venture between Google and Al-Ghad Forum began earlier this week at TEDxRiyadh targeting the push to find jobs for those out of work, as well as supplying safe housing for each resident of Saudi Arabia. The development of a more environmentally friendly attitude among the Saudis is also on the table.

Al-Ghad Forum’s president, the Princess Nouf bint Faisal Turki, announced her full support for this venture called Tamayuz. The Princess added that these plans also uphold numerous important values like hope, self-reliance, a positive attitude, innovation and an eagerness to shoulder responsibility.

The plans have been segmented into 8 different branches that will each tackle a major social issue, including unemployment, the environment and pollution, education, and housing shortages. Youth in Saudi Arabia from ages 17 to 35, nationals and those of other nationalities, can get on board the initiative beginning on May 21, contributing in their own way to the success of this venture.

There are over 1,300 youth hailing from all over the Kingdom in attendance at this forum, which lasts three days and is designed to address the challenging situations and issues today’s youth face in Saudi Arabia.

There were sixteen speakers at the forum this past Sunday. Discussions focused on issues and topics important to young men and women and were encouraging those in attendance to get involved with sustainable developments.

Some of those speaking on Sunday revealed how the development of the Internet industries and new media outlets in Saudi Arabia can produce success. Many calls were made for better Arab content online and innovations and developments that will provide opportunity for investments.

N2V’s CEO Rashid Al-Balla put out a call for young people to exert more effort into innovations and the expansion of knowledge within the Internet industry. He noted that the Internet is being used and applied more and in qualitative ways in the Arab world over the past three years. More people are using the web, as evidenced by the increase in the amount of Saudi Facebook users, which grew to 3.5 million in April. Al-Balla also stated that around 53 percent of industry developers in the United States are Arabs.

Abdullah Al-Assaf is studying at Riyadh’s Imam Muhammad ibn Saud Islamic University. In his speech he revealed how his relief work experience was done through web interaction. Al-Assaf also outlined his involvement in locating Muhammad Al-Rajeeb, a missing elderly man, strictly by presenting information about the man.

Maha Abahussein is the vice president of “Change Your Life,” a group of volunteers. She noted that confidence and faith are essential in every initiative’s success. Abahussein mentioned that numerous issues she had with public dealings were overcome after she attended training courses.

The governor of Riyadh, Prince Salman, opened up the forum on Saturday and implored social and cultural groups to heed the voice of Saudi youth, in turn setting out plans for an improved future for all.

Saudi youth have a proven track record at both international and national forums, stated the Prince. He called the young people “pillars” of Saudi Arabia, stating they are acknowledging that the tasks of safeguarding their religion and the nation’s achievements are theirs.

TEDxRiyadh was held to highlight some of the nation’s brightest young people, while TED is a not-for-profit group working towards the spread of worthy ideas.

Paul Holdsworth, Staff Writer, Gulf Jobs Market News
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