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What is the Misk Global Forum?

The Misk Global Forum is an ongoing platform that brings young leaders, creators and thinkers together with established global innovators to explore, experience and experiment with ways to meet the challenge of change.

The 2018 Edition in Numbers
  • +130
    World-renowned speakers
  • +50
    International partners
  • +60
    Sessions
  • +3,500
    Delegates
  • +85
    Countries Represented

THE 2018 EDITION

In the age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, meeting the challenge of change requires young people to be the disruptors, not the disrupted. To do so, they must future-proof themselves with 21st-century skills, a combination of existing and new capabilities to thrive in a world being profoundly transformed. Shaping trends of this new reality will require them to adapt to a continuously evolving human-machine partnership, which in turn leads to revamping uniquely human collaboration. This paradigm shift profoundly redefines what humans need to know, master and practice:

3Themes

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Thrive as Adaptable Individuals

Millennials and younger generations are expected to live longer than ever. What are the key skills for individuals to thrive in the future economy?

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Adjust to the Human-machine Partnership

Technology is evolving at a rapid pace, stimulating the emergence of new human-machine partnerships.

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Revamping Uniquely Human Collaboration

In this age of rapid transformation, the need for uniquely human collaboration is greater than ever, requiring humans to develop and enhance their social skills.

5 Skills

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Novel Thinking

The ability to come up with multiple ideas by identifying hidden patterns and making connections between seemingly unrelated phenomena.

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Social Intelligence

The ability to empathize and connect with others, sensing and guiding desired interactions. Being aware of how you think, feel, and act in response to your environment.

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Judgment & Decision-making

The ability to filter information for importance, and to make informed decisions on the basis of multiple and diverse observations, data, sentiments.

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Adaptability & Resilience

The ability to adapt and change, together with the resilience to cope.

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Initiative & Self-direction

The ability to identify you're own needs and potential and to realize them by setting goals and allocating resources with an independent mindset.

4 Experiences

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Inspiration

Hearing unique insights to help you be ready for, and optimistic about, the future.

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Challenge

Questioning my assumptions and ideas by discovering new trends and perspectives.

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Collaboration

Building constructive relationships that will last beyond the event, as part of Misk Global Forum’s ongoing community.

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Experimentation

Testing the technologies and trends that will shape the future of life and applying skills to concrete situations.

5 Spaces

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Skills Factory

In addition to keynotes and panels, exceptional young people, our hidden heroes, will be interviewing some of the world’s most inspiring leaders.

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Skills Garages

Led in partnership with editorial partners, the skills garages will host workshops dedicated to skills acquisition and practice.

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Skills Majlis

Led in partnership with network partners, the skills majlis will host conversations dedicated to brainstorming, networking and collaboration around the skills of the future.

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Misk Majlis

The Misk Majlis will feature Misk entities and partner programs and initiatives.

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Skills Lab

The Skills Lab will allow MGF delegates to be exposed to technologies that will have a major impact on the future economy.

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ARABIC GREETINGS

Classical Arabic is the language of the Qoran. A number of local Arabic dialects are used for spoken conversation in Saudi Arabia such as Hijazi (Western Province), Najdi (Central Province), and Khaliji (Eastern Province).
Useful Arabic words and phrases:

God willing – Inshallah
Welcome – Ahlan wa sahlan
Hello – Marhaba
How are you? – Kaif halak?
Well – Tayyib; kuwais
Please – Min fadlack
Thanks – Shukran
Yes – Naam
No – La
Sorry, excuse me – Mut-assif
Good morning – Sabah ilkhair
(reply) – Sabah ilnur
Good evening – Masa’ ilkhair
Goodbye – Ma’asalama
Do you speak English? – Tatakallam inglizi?
me don’t speak Arabic – Ma’ atakallam Arabi
me do not know – Ma a’arif
You honored us with you're visit – Sharraftuna

CULTURAL AND LOCAL SPECIFICITY

Dress Etiquette
Due to the conservative nature of the Islamic religion and practice in Saudi Arabia, travellers are advised to observe the following dress code when in public places:
Men should wear long trousers/pants. Shirts should not be open below the collar bone. For business meetings, a conservative suit is expected
MGF Dress Code: Smart Casual
Women are expected to dress conservatively. It is required to wear an Abaya, which is a long robe, usually black, that covers most of their body. Please select clothes that cover arms and shoulders, and opt for long trousers in place of shorts.

Meeting & Greeting
A handshake is a generally accepted form of meet and greet.
Due to the conservative nature of the Saudi society, men and women are reserved in their interaction in public.
It is common for a Saudi to greet each person individually wif a handshake while standing. Close male counterparts kiss on each cheek.
It is uncommon for men to shake hands with women, unless women offer their hand first.
Always use the right hand when engaging in a handshake, as the left hand is considered impolite.
In conversations wif a Saudi, it is considered polite to engage in small talk; learning a few Arabic greetings would be well received.

WHERE TO STAY

The Misk Global Forum will be held at Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh at Kingdom Center.

Participants can stay in hotels nearby the MiSK Global Forum venue including:
Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh at Kingdom Center.
Hotel Novotel Riyadh Al Anoud.
Al Faisaliah Hotel.

All participants are encouraged to book their hotel arrangements early.

TRAVEL AND TRANSPORTATION

All arriving from outside Saudi Arabia should plan to arrive on Tuesday, 14 November 2017. Taxis from the airport to the forum venue, Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh at Kingdom Center, should not exceed SAR 70 or around USD 20. Uber and Careem (a Middle East service offering car rides accessed via an app) service are also available.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

For the purpose of the Misk Global Forum, you will need to apply for a Business Visa.
The passport MUST contain two blank visa pages side by side in order for the visa to be issued.
A passport valid for at least six months. Final exit or exit/re-entry visas are required to leave Saudi Arabia, and you will need six months’ validity to request such a visa. You should of at least two months’ validity left when you depart.
For more detailed information, please contact the nearest Saudi Arabia Consulate or Embassy near you or visit the Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs website or other visa services provider.