The announcement of the first cultural scholarship program came as a New Year’s gift to a multitude of Saudi students aspiring to study abroad and achieve new skills to put their country on the top of the global tourism map.
Many took to social media to express their happiness. Without wasting time, Marwan Al-Sabt, a high school graduate, tweeted: “I’m very optimistic about the scholarship (program) and I have decided to apply for a bachelor’s degree in culinary arts to develop my passion and habit in cooking into making it my future career path.”
A large number of young Saudis share Al-Sabt enthusiasm and aspirations, which also shows that gone are days when Saudis wanted to try their lucks in certain careers. Their choices are changing and they are keen on working in different professions.
Raghad Al-Babtain, an interior design engineer working in the semi-government sector and a freelancer, told Arab News: “I am very keen to apply (for a scholarship). I wish to obtain a master’s degree in architecture and design.”
“Being presented with such an opportunity is incredible for me and I intend to seize it wholeheartedly,” she said.