Saudi Arabia is a country rich in geographical and cultural diversity. They always try to plan and build things that amaze all of us. In the year 2017, they announced the construction and set up of Qiddiya, also known as the kingdom’s entertainment city.
What is Qiddiya?
It’s one of the most popular and awaited projects of Saudi Arabia. The public investment fund of Saudi has announced plans to construct the Kingdom’s largest sports, cultural and entertainment city for the people.
It is named Qiddiya as it’s situated in Al Qiddiya, which is on the southwestern side of Riyadh. It is also planned that approximately 4000 residential houses will be built by the year 2025 and the numbers will increase every year.
It’s built over 377 square km of land and is planned to have six different styles of theme parks, water parks, an F1 racing track, athletic stadium, creative corner side, artistic activities and many more.
What is the purpose of Qiddiya?
The CEO of Qiddiya stated that this project is one of its kind, with huge investments.
It’s expected to give a boost to the countries economy, which currently depends on oil primarily.
It’s planned very carefully and tactfully. The purpose is not just to attract tourists but also provide a great alternative to the residents, so they don’t leave the country to spend. The Qiddiya construction was planned to direct all the tourism and keep them intact in the kingdom only.
So what can India learn?
A similar project can boost the economy, create jobs and opportunities and invite investments.
It can also be a good opportunity to showcase Indias rich cultural heritage.
It can boost the tourism sector significantly and also inspire youngsters looking to try different things.
Qiddiya can be an inspiration for India, and building something similar can not just boost the economy and create jobs but also boost the sports and entertainment sectors.
In a Tweet President Ram Nath Kovind said that Nouf Marwaai played an instrumental role for legalising Yoga in Saudi Arabia. She was born with an auto-immune disease and overcame the challenge through Yoga and Ayurveda. She was awarded Padma Shree in 2018.
She is the first Saudi certified yoga instructor. She is also an entrepreneur who has been travelling between Saudi Arabia and India and founded Arab Yoga Foundation.
In an interview published by Arab News, she says “I was underweight, tired, and suffered from malnutrition due to the extreme diets they put me on for my allergies and digestive problems. Symptoms that I had suffered from were joint pain, weakness, chronic fatigue, skin rash, allergies, loss of focus, sleeping problems and stiffness.”
She started taking organic vegetarian diet and stumbled upon a Yoga book. After which she travelled to India to study Yoga and Ayurvedic medicine.
This helped her heal and become stronger. She loves traveling to India.
In this thought provoking TED Talk, Joi Ito narrates how a bunch of people were able to innovate by working on a Problem instead of waiting for someone to solve it.
“Remember before the internet?” asks Joi Ito. “Remember when people used to try to predict the future?” In this engaging talk, the head of the MIT Media Lab skips the future predictions and instead shares a new approach to creating in the moment: building quickly and improving constantly, without waiting for permission or for proof that you have the right idea. This kind of bottom-up innovation is seen in the most fascinating, futuristic projects emerging today, and it starts, he says, with being open and alert to what’s going on around you right now. Don’t be a futurist, he suggests: be a now-ist.
Why do we continue to limit the emotional lives of males when it serves no one?
A recent New York Times article takes a dig into the Male psychology and why it’s so hard for them to emote there feelings, unlike Females.
Being a “Male” I can relate to the findings. If you consider India for instance, then from a very young age boys are conditioned (by their families and societies) to become “Strong”.
Being strong means that you should avoid public display of your emotions. You are supposed to be the head of the household. If you cry you will be reminded that you are a Man, and a Man need not cry.
The emotions dry up gradually only to erupt in other forms. And anger becomes normal.
“Boys’ underperformance in school has more to do with society’s norms about masculinity than with anatomy, hormones or brain structure. In fact, boys involved in extracurricular cultural activities such as music, art, drama and foreign languages report higher levels of school engagement and get better grades than other boys. But these cultural activities are often denigrated as un-masculine by preadolescent and adolescent boys.”
“Bro Code” – The survival kit of many middle-class, white male students: online pornography, binge drinking, a brotherhood in which respect is proportional to the disrespect heaped onto young women during hookups, and finally, the most ubiquitous affirmation of their tenuous power, video games.
Surprisingly what studies have found is that from infancy through age 4 or 5, boys are more emotive than girls. But we socialize this vulnerability out of them.
The Article is worth reading and pondering on. We need to reevaluate things that have become normal and question if it’s of any benefit.