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Saudi Arabia's GEA in MoU to offer Six Flags internship, jobs at Qiddiya

MoU between General Entertainment Authority and Qiddiya to offer scholarships for 60 students to study hospitality in the US

The gigaproject spans 334km2.
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The gigaproject spans 334km2.

Saudi Arabia’s General Entertainment Authority (GEA), represented by chief executive officer, Amr bin Ahmed Banaja, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Qiddiya Investment Company’s CEO, Michael Reininger, to launch joint job placement programmes – including an internship at American theme park operator Six Flags – paving the way for hospitality students to find jobs at the Qiddiya gigaproject.

The agreement is part of GEA’s scholarship programme that was launched earlier in July 2019, with the first collaboration between GEA and Qiddiya set to provide scholarships for 60 students to study at Rosen College of Hospitality Management at the US’s University of Central Florida.

The first batch of students will receive scholarships in event management and entertainment management majors.

The programme will begin in the autumn of 2019 and span five years, and includes an English-language preparation course, as well as internship training at Six Flags Entertainment Corp.  

Students will join the Qiddiya project team following their graduation, and the MoU is expected to support the gigaproject ensure its future talent has the skills and expertise necessary for the future.

Registrations for the programme will close on 12 July, 2019, and can be completed via https://www.gea.gov.sa/hr-development/qiddiya, according to Saudi state news agency, SPA.

GEA was established to organise, develop, and lead the entertainment sector in Saudi Arabia.

Qiddiya Investment Company was incorporated on 10th May, 2018, as a closed joint-stock company wholly owned by the Public Investment Fund (PIF) of Saudi Arabia.

The Qiddiya gigaproject was announced by HRH Mohammad bin Salman, Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister, and Chairman of the Council of Economic and Development Affairs and of PIF, on 7th April, 2017.

Ground was broken on Qiddiya, which spans 334km2, on 28 April, 2018, and Phase 1 of Qiddiya will open in 2022. Construction on the project will begin in 2019. 

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