Realizing potential

The Kingdom is a land rich in natural resources — especially oil and gas. But its real wealth lies in the talents of its people and the potential of its younger generations.

We help unleash this potential by delivering community-based corporate citizenship initiatives that give people the tools they need to seize the opportunities of the future.

Today, consistent with Vision 2030, we continue our focus on enabling the Kingdom’s citizens — particularly Saudi youth — to fulfill their ambitions, ensuring a brighter future for themselves, their communities, and the Kingdom as a whole.

Over the past years, our citizenship efforts have contributed to three main areas consistent with the aspirations of Vision 2030 to create a vibrant society with strong roots, generating more positive impacts for the Kingdom’s people.

We are fostering curiosity and creativity in children to build a foundation for lifelong learning; we supported youth programs focused on STEM skills (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), the arts, entrepreneurship, and employment-related skills; and we enhanced the ability of families with special needs to participate fully in society.

Enabling a knowledge-based society

Providing support to students and teachers in the Kingdom’s education system — from seminars and workshops that develop skills to equipping classrooms with the latest technology — builds capacity and helps to ensure the country’s youth are ready to take on tomorrow’s challenges at our company and beyond.

King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture

In December 2016, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman ibn ‘Abd Al-‘Aziz Al Sa’ud, presided over the official inauguration ceremony for the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture, our flagship initiative for enabling the knowledge economy through creativity and culture.

The Center is the first institution of its kind in the Kingdom, bringing together multiple educational and cultural offerings under one roof. The Center will stimulate curiosity, provide opportunities, and challenge minds through traditional and unconventional resources in the arts and sciences, enabling and encouraging the innovators, entrepreneurs, and leaders of an economy built on knowledge and inventiveness. We anticipate the Center’s exhibits, programs, and workshops will draw 1.5 million visitors per year. 

Home to Saudi Arabia’s first-ever children’s museum, galleries for natural science and Islamic culture, and a library, the Center stands at the heart of a cultural park that also features a new Energy Science Center, extensive gardens, and a mosque.

iRead

Dedicated to promoting reading, theater, and the visual arts among the Kingdom’s young people, marked its fourth year in 2016. The iRead website drew more than 2 million views, and 36 young readers were selected from 14,000 applicants to participate in the program’s camp and workshop. More than 1,000 people attended the “Reader of the Year” ceremony to honor the eight winners.

FABLAB-Dhahran

A digital fabrication laboratory located on the campus of KFUPM, launched its first community project — FABHouse, an energy efficient house manufactured by young Saudis. In 2016, 5,900 prototypes were produced at FABLAB-Dhahran — three times the average over the previous two years — while the Prototyping Week received 115 applications from across the Kingdom.

Exhibitions

The "Roads of Arabia: Archeological Treasures of Saudi Arabia" exhibition, a joint initiative of the Center and the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage, opened in December for a three-month stay at the National Museum of China in Beijing. The exhibition will also go on display in Seoul, South Korea, and Tokyo, Japan. Our sponsorship of the exhibition's Asian tour is driven by our commitment to help preserve and promote the Kingdom's heritage.

Film

To help nurture the local arts and culture environment, the Center sponsored 1,000 visitors at the award ceremony for the 3rd Dammam Saudi Film Festival, an event organized by the Saudi Arabian Society of Culture and Arts. The festival featured 70 films and provided a platform to encourage the country’s nascent film industry.

The Bridges to Saudi international outreach initiative conducted three programs — Saudi Film Days, the Saudi Comedy Tour, and the Ambassadors of Influence — in 14 U.S. cities. More than 18,000 visitors experienced the programs, which featured 27 young Saudi artists, 20 talks, seven films, and four exhibits.

Women Development Program

The Women Development Program convenes female university students and faculty members from across the Kingdom for seminars focused on transitioning from university to the professional workforce. We are also hosting university collaboration forums women from universities across the Kingdom to discuss opportunities in our workforce.

Our Female Universities Outreach Program are conducting a series of seminars to help bridge the gap between university life and work, reaching more than 4,600 students, including more than 3,200 at Taibah University. 

The STEMania program works to increase the number of women entering STEM fields. In support of higher education, we have facilitated 10 seminars at women’s universities in Riyadh and Dammam, attracting 3,000 students. The seminars help prepare female university seniors for their transition to the workforce. 

King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC)

The King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center, an international research and policy center, investigates issues related to energy economics, the environment and policy studies.

The residential community received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification — the first of its kind outside of North America and one of a kind in terms of size — reflecting our intent to lead by example in improving the energy efficiency performance of the housing industry. 

KAPSARC is positioned to become a foundation for the Kingdom’s research and innovation ecosystem and accelerate its drive to become a leader in developing energy solutions.

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