Open Forum Riyadh 2024 to spark debate on global challenges, opportunities


The World Economic Forum, together with the Ministry of Economy and Planning of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, will host an Open Forum in parallel to the Forum’s Special Meeting on Global Collaboration, Growth and Energy for Development, taking place in Riyadh on 28-29 April.

This public event aims to facilitate dialogue between thought leaders and the broader public on a range of topics, including environmental challenges, mental health, digital currencies, artificial intelligence, the role of the arts in society, modern-day entrepreneurship, and smart cities. It will provide an opportunity for students, entrepreneurs, young professionals and the general public to discuss these critical issues.

‘Under Saudi Vision 2030, Riyadh has become a global capital for thought leadership, action and solutions, fostering the exchange of knowledge and innovative ideas,’ said HE Faisal F. Alibrahim, Minister of Economy and Planning for Saudi Arabia. ‘Hosting this year’s Open Forum in Riyadh is a testament to the city’s gr
owing influence and role on the international stage and will help build on, and elevate, the Open Forum’s 20-year legacy.’

‘We look forward to welcoming and convening thought leaders and entrepreneurs to engage with the public on future-oriented themes, which Riyadh is uniquely positioned to do as a global focal point for innovation, entrepreneurship and sustainable development,’ he said.

Michèle Mischler, Head of Swiss Public Affairs and Sustainability at the World Economic Forum, added: ‘Including the Saudi public in Open Forum sessions fosters diverse perspectives, enriches global dialogue, and empowers collective solutions for a more inclusive and sustainable future.’

Following the success of the Open Forum at the Annual Meeting 2024 in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, the Forum is bringing its publicly accessible, open-debate format to Saudi Arabia for the first time. Since 2003, the Open Forum has brought together leaders from all walks of life: government officials, artists, civil society leaders, entre
preneurs and chief executive officers of multinational companies. The sessions are designed to engage a diverse global audience and facilitate the exchange of a wide range of ideas, experiences and stories on pressing and controversial issues.

The Open Forum Davos was founded in 2003, when a series of public sessions was co-organized by the World Economic Forum and civic society groups, including churches, fair trade organizations and the Swiss Red Cross. Today, the Open Forum Davos remains a key platform for all of society to share thoughts and experiences on pressing and controversial issues. For further information, click here.

The Special Meeting on Global Collaboration, Growth and Energy for Development will enable comprehensive dialogue on leveraging global cooperation for economic development, promoting a global energy transition that underpins sustainability. For further information, click here.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Open Forum Riyadh 2024 to spark debate on global challenges, opportunities


The World Economic Forum, together with the Ministry of Economy and Planning of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, will host an Open Forum in parallel to the Forum’s Special Meeting on Global Collaboration, Growth and Energy for Development, taking place in Riyadh on 28-29 April.

This public event aims to facilitate dialogue between thought leaders and the broader public on a range of topics, including environmental challenges, mental health, digital currencies, artificial intelligence, the role of the arts in society, modern-day entrepreneurship, and smart cities. It will provide an opportunity for students, entrepreneurs, young professionals and the general public to discuss these critical issues.

‘Under Saudi Vision 2030, Riyadh has become a global capital for thought leadership, action and solutions, fostering the exchange of knowledge and innovative ideas,’ said HE Faisal F. Alibrahim, Minister of Economy and Planning for Saudi Arabia. ‘Hosting this year’s Open Forum in Riyadh is a testament to the city’s gr
owing influence and role on the international stage and will help build on, and elevate, the Open Forum’s 20-year legacy.’

‘We look forward to welcoming and convening thought leaders and entrepreneurs to engage with the public on future-oriented themes, which Riyadh is uniquely positioned to do as a global focal point for innovation, entrepreneurship and sustainable development,’ he said.

Michèle Mischler, Head of Swiss Public Affairs and Sustainability at the World Economic Forum, added: ‘Including the Saudi public in Open Forum sessions fosters diverse perspectives, enriches global dialogue, and empowers collective solutions for a more inclusive and sustainable future.’

Following the success of the Open Forum at the Annual Meeting 2024 in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, the Forum is bringing its publicly accessible, open-debate format to Saudi Arabia for the first time. Since 2003, the Open Forum has brought together leaders from all walks of life: government officials, artists, civil society leaders, entre
preneurs and chief executive officers of multinational companies. The sessions are designed to engage a diverse global audience and facilitate the exchange of a wide range of ideas, experiences and stories on pressing and controversial issues.

The Open Forum Davos was founded in 2003, when a series of public sessions was co-organized by the World Economic Forum and civic society groups, including churches, fair trade organizations and the Swiss Red Cross. Today, the Open Forum Davos remains a key platform for all of society to share thoughts and experiences on pressing and controversial issues. For further information, click here.

The Special Meeting on Global Collaboration, Growth and Energy for Development will enable comprehensive dialogue on leveraging global cooperation for economic development, promoting a global energy transition that underpins sustainability. For further information, click here.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Kuwait clinch 16 more medals in Gulf event


Kuwait on Saturday won 16 more miscellaneous medals in karate, swimming, table tennis, archery and electronic games in the First Gulf Youth Games, which kicked off in the UAE on April 16.

Kuwait’s national karate team won 10 medals, including three gold, one silver and six bronze, while swimmers obtained three medals; one gold and two bronze.

The country’s table tennis squad clinched one silver medal, and its archery team won one bronze medal. In electronic games, Kuwait secured one bronze medal.

Hosted by the UAE, the first Gulf Youth Games kicked off on 16th April and will conclude on 2nd May 2024, with the participation of 3,500 male and female athletes competing in 24 disciplines, under the theme, “Our Gulf is One… Our youth are promising”.

Source: Kuwait News Agency

Al Arabi Crowned Champion of Qatar Volleyball Cup


Doha: Al Arabi was crowned champion of the Qatar Volleyball Cup for the season 2023-2024 after defeating Al Rayyan by 3-1 in their match at the Qatar Volleyball Association (QVA) hall today, which hosts all the tournament matches.

The results of the match were 25-19, 25-27, 28-26, 27-25.

Al Arabi won the trophy, gold medals and a financial prize worth QR 250,000, while Al Rayyan received silver medals and a financial prize of QR 150,000.

With today’s victory, Al Arabi achieved the eighteenth title in the history of its participation in the tournament, as it won its first title in the 1990-1991 season, and its last title was in the 2019-2020 season.

Al Rayyan won 12 titles in this tournament, and its last title win was in the 2021-2022 season.

President of the Qatari and West Asian Volleyball Associations Ali Ghanim Al Kuwari praised the level of the teams in the tournament as well as the strength of the competition in the semi-final matches, especially today’s match, which witnessed strong competition be
tween Al Arabi and Al Rayyan.

He stressed that the competitions of the current season were strong and the league which the Arab won its title witnessed matches and advanced levels of teams, indicating that the QVA is now preparing to organize the final rounds of the Amir Cup, which will see the participation of 8 teams in the quarter-finals after strong competitions in the preliminary round. He expected strong matches for the final match to win the most prestigious titles of the QVA tournaments.

Source: Qatar News Agency

President of QOC Participates in ANOC Executive Council Meeting


Doha: Vice President of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC), President of Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC), HE Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al-Thani, took part, virtually, in the 89th ANOC Executive Council meeting held in Athens, Greece on Saturday.

Chaired by the President of the ANOC, Dr. Robin E. Mitchell, along with members of the ANOC executive council, the meeting discussed an array of topics, foremost of which were the latest preparations for the Olympic Games of Paris 2024, ANOC’s strategic plan, as well as the reports submitted by the continental associations and various committees to the QOC on the latest programmes and initiatives.

Source: Qatar News Agency

Qatar, Al Wakrah Advance to Second Round of HH the Amir Basketball Cup


Doha: Qatar and Al Wakrah reached the second round of the HH the Amir Basketball Cup for the sports season (2023-2024), after Al Wakrah beat Al Gharafa 78-74 and Qatar defeated Al Khor 123-89.

Qatar and Al Wakrah, each with 6 points, ranked second and third respectively in the first group and advanced to the second round of the tournament. Al Khor and Al Gharafa, each with 5 points in fourth and fifth places respectively, exited the competitions from the first round, while Al Arabi, in first place with 8 points, topped the group and qualified for the semi-finals directly.

Source: Qatar News Agency

Expo Stars League/ Al Rayyan Determined to Keep Second Place, Al Sadd Eye More Wins


Doha: Al Rayyan coach Leonardo Jardim and Al Sadd coach Wesam Rizik spoke to the media ahead of their 2023-2024 season Expo Stars League Week 22 match scheduled on Sunday.

“We will play the last match in the league championship against Al Sadd. Our goal is to obtain a qualifying position for the AFC Champions League. We congratulate Al Sadd team for winning the league title,” Al Rayyan coach said.

“The team’s motivation at the moment is to get second place. Winning the Amir Cup gives the team a direct ticket to the AFC Champions League, so we will play against Al Sadd with the aim of achieving victory and maintaining second place in the Expo Stars League standings,” said Jardim.

For his part, Al Sadd coach Wesam Rizik: “A strong match awaits us against Al Rayyan, which is the team’s last in the league championship, after we succeeded in clinching the title after defeating Al Shamal in the last match.” “Al Sadd vs Al Rayyan matches are always very exciting and are not subject to any calculations, therefore
the game will be very difficult and intense,” he added.

“The coming period is the most important for the team after winning the league championship. We have entered an important stage after winning the league championship. We are currently focusing on the Qatar Cup and we will work to rest some players in the next game against Al Rayyan in preparation for the Qatar Cup 2024 semifinal on May 1,” said Wesam.

Source: Qatar News Agency

AFC U23 Asian Cup/ Director of Health, Safety Says World Cup 2022 Legacy Contributed to the Tournament Success


Doha: Director of the Health and Safety Department of the Local Organizing Committee of the AFC U23 Asian Cup Qatar 2024 Eng. Abdullah Al Bishri said that the legacy of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 had a significant role in establishing health and safety rules in all tournaments hosted by the State of Qatar.

Speaking to QNA Al Bishri added that with the tournament reaching the knockout rounds, no serious health and safety incidents were recorded, and this is evidence of the keenness on implementing health and safety standards and the lessons learned from the 2022 World Cup, which contributed to unifying the application of safety standards in all sporting events and major events organized by Qatar.

He explained that the tasks of the Health and Safety Department in the tournament are based on many aspects, primarily evacuation plans, work permits, periodic inspection and auditing, risk assessment, joint inspection with the Civil Defense Department and the ambulance service before each match, and conducting a
joint evacuation exercise with the security committee.

The Director of the Health and Safety Department at the organizing committee indicated that coordination had been made with the Asian Football Confederation regarding health and safety standards, and that tournament staff were trained on how to report health and safety incidents.

He pointed out that all health and safety plans and standards as well as evacuation plans were presented to AFC officials through coordination meetings that preceded the tournament kick off.

No compromise on health and safety standards, whether in the groups or the knockout stages Al Bishri stressed, adding that health and safety procedures are strictly applied at every stage of the tournament.

Source: Qatar News Agency