Saudi Arabia Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai has announced a major campaign in partnership with the Emirates Foundation to hire nearly 1,000 Saudi nationals for the mega event, which will kick off on October 1 next year and run untill March 31, 2022.
The initiative aims to attract the Saudi nationals to the pavilion activities at the mega event and offer them this one-of-a-kind opportunity to represent their country in the region’s inaugural World Expo.
The pavilion, which expects to draw millions of visitors from all over the world, will exhibit the treasures and wonders of Saudi Arabia.
In serving as a window on the country’s past and present, the pavilion aims to offer glimpses of the transformation that has already started taking shape, said a top official.
“The volunteers will serve as cultural ambassadors for the kingdom. Through this unique initiative, we aim to showcase the country’s talented Saudi citizens to the world,” remarked Dr Fahad bin Abdullah Al Yabis, the Commissioner-General and Project Director for the Saudi Arabia Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai.
The pavilion offers Saudi nationals above 18 years – both men and women – a chance to be a part of something bigger than themselves. They can aim to make a difference, meet people, be part of a community, learn new skills and have fun while doing it all, he noted.
“With its focus on the youth, who are the agents of change, the initiative will significantly advance our efforts to tell the story of a transformational Kingdom,” stated Dr Al Yabis.
Welcoming the initiative, Ahmed Talib Al Shamsi, acting CEO of Emirates Foundation, said: “Emirates Foundation is pleased to partner with the KSA Pavilion to drive this worthwhile initiative that seeks to activate volunteering, a vital sector for any thriving economy.”
“At the Foundation, building youth capacities and supporting young people in discovering and developing their talents and skills with a focus on innovation, entrepreneurship, empowerment, and volunteering is integral to our mission. To do so for an event as momentous as Expo 2020 Dubai is particularly rewarding,” he noted.
Thurya Al Badran, Head of Visitor Services and Head of the Volunteering Program at the Saudi Arabia Pavilion, said:
“The volunteers are the best envoys to unveil the kingdom’s compelling narrative to the world in the most efficient and impactful manner. This experience will provide them with a one-of-a-kind opportunity to represent their country in the region’s inaugural World Expo.”
Shortlisted applicants will undergo a research-based selection process, including personal data validation, a pre-assessment interview and a skills assessment. On advancing to the next stage, the candidates will receive intensive training for specific positions based on their skills, honing their capabilities.
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