12 - 14 November 2019, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
The Misk Global Forum brings young leaders, creators and thinkers together with established global innovators to explore, experience and experiment with ways to meet the challenge of change.
It is the flagship global platform of the Misk Foundation, a non-profit philanthropic foundation established by Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman to discover, develop and empower young people in Saudi Arabia, and beyond to become active participants in the future economy.
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?
I don’t speak Arabic – Ma’ atakallam Arabi
I do not know – Ma a’arif
You honored us with you’re visit – Sharraftuna
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.
Due to the conservative nature of the Islamic religion and practice in Saudi Arabia, travelers 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. Please select clothes that cover arms and shoulders, and opt for long trousers or skirts.
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 with 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 with a Saudi, it is considered polite to engage in small talk; learning a few Arabic greetings would be well received.
All arriving from outside Saudi Arabia should plan to arrive on Tuesday, 12 November. 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.
For the purpose of the Misk Global Forum, you will need to apply for a Saudi Visa through https://visa.visitsaudi.com/
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 visit the e-visa website https://visa.visitsaudi.com/