Press Release

Misk-Qiddiya's First-Ever Internship Program Successfully Concludes


12 Saudi students were shortlisted and mentored by Qiddiya

Riyadh, KSA, 29 September 2019: The MiSK-Qiddiya Internship Program – Qiddiya Investment Company’s (QIC) inaugural 10-week summer internship program, in conjunction with the Mohammad bin Salman Foundation (MiSK) – successfully concluded.

Twelve local students were shortlisted to be part of the comprehensive learning program to work alongside industry professionals, and were individually mentored by Qiddiya’s Executive Directors, renowned experts in their fields.

“Qiddiya aims to empower the next generation of Saudi leaders, and during the engaging program, our interns portrayed immense diligence, commitment and potential. They had the opportunity to explore new possibilities, learn from industry leaders, and receive invaluable career experience in the creative, hospitality and entertainment realms,” said Qiddiya’s CEO, Mike Reininger.

The program was designed to teach students – who were placed across various departments at Qiddiya – key practical and transferable skills such as problem solving, critical thinking, analysis and collaboration.

During the last six weeks of the internship, each intern was assigned a project by their mentor, and a winner was selected by a judging panel comprising department heads from Qiddiya and MiSK. Safa Almunaidi, an intern in Sustainability Development, won the title based on a thoroughly researched and sound business proposition.

Collaborating with a Giga-project like Qiddiya, MiSK is able to achieve its goal of enabling Saudi youth to learn, develop and progress as individuals across a myriad of fields. Over the coming weeks, the two entities will share the achievements of these interns, and encourage them to take creative initiatives, and thus play an active role in the development of our society.

The MiSK-Qididya internship program will set the foundation for many more youth development programs to come in the future.


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About Qiddiya Investment Company:

The Qiddiya Investment Company (QIC) was incorporated on May 10, 2018, as a closed joint-stock company wholly owned by the Public Investment Fund (PIF) of Saudi Arabia. QIC will drive the development of Qiddiya, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s pre-eminent multifaceted entertainment destination, home of inspiration, discovery and engagement.

Announced by His Royal Highness Mohammad bin Salman, Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister, and Chairman of the Council of Economic and Development Affairs and of PIF, on 7 April 2017, Qiddiya is a transformational project that will be built 40km from downtown Riyadh, with a total area of 334

Visitors will enjoy access to a range of diverse activities and services across five innovatively designed cornerstones: Sports & Wellness; Nature & Environment; Parks & Attractions; Motion & Mobility; and Arts & Culture. The development of these areas will give rise to: high-end theme parks; water and snow-based activities; numerous sports arenas capable of hosting international competitions and world-class training academies; race tracks for motorsport enthusiasts; outdoor and adventure activities alongside nature and environment experiences; and an array of historical, cultural and educational activities and events. Qiddiya will also include a variety of real estate options and community services.

A core element of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030, Qiddiya will unlock tremendous opportunity, enabling economic diversification, while enhancing the quality of life for Saudi citizens.

The project broke ground on 28 April 2018 and phase one is set to open in 2022. A three-phased approach is currently underway for the entire project. 2019 will see the launch of the Visitor Experience Centre, the reveal of the masterplan as well as the start of construction for phase one.

Twitter: @Qiddiya