Zain to renovate ‘historic’ NUKS UK headquarters in London
LONDON: Zain, the leading digital service provider in Kuwait, participated in the opening ceremony of the 55th annual conference of the National Union of Kuwaiti Students in the United Kingdom (NUKS UK) as part of its Official and Main sponsorship of the event. The conference, held in Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London, witnessed the presence of the Ambassador of the State of Kuwait to the United Kingdom Khaled Al-Duwaisan, Zain Kuwait’s Chief Executive Officer Eaman Al-Roudhan, as well as a larger number of students.
Zain expressed its pride in being the main supporter of this national event once again, as it is considered one of the oldest and largest gatherings of Kuwaiti students abroad. The company’s support came in line with its Corporate Sustainability and Social Responsibility strategy towards supporting the youth and education sectors, as well as its belief in the importance of connecting with the country’s youth abroad.
During her speech at the opening ceremony, Zain Kuwait’s Chief Executive Officer Eaman Al-Roudhan said: “first, I would like to express my pride in being present here today amongst our students away from home, while they journey through their education. At Zain, we are always with our students, close to them, not only within the geographical boundaries of our nation, but out of them as well. Our presence today is a reflection of that belief we hold dearly in our hearts.”
Roudhan explained: “we always look up to our students abroad because they represent Kuwait’s humanitarian and cultural sides, as well as reflect the virtues of its good people. This gathering is considered one of the oldest and biggest Kuwaiti student gatherings that represent Kuwait abroad. The UK, unlike other countries, hosts a great number of our students, and so we are hopeful that you know the amount of responsibility asked of you.”
Roudhan announced: “Zain is happy to participate here today, and I’m pleased to announce that we will be fully renovating and renewing the NUKS UK headquarters in London, which will be reopened in the upcoming months.”
Roudhan further added: “we know very well that this building is a formal place for union members to gather, and a main point of contact for students from all over the kingdom to meet, as well as a place to host many gatherings, forums, student activities, and more all year round. But what makes me truly happy is not only that it is the only formal headquarters of any Kuwaiti student body abroad, but that this building was the headquarters for the Free Kuwait campaign during the Iraqi invasion of our beloved nation. This building was the main center to coordinate and organize parades inside the UK to protest against the invasion at the time.”
Roudhan mentioned: “the private sector has a vital role in supporting the education community in Kuwait side by side with the country’s education entities. The collaboration between the private and public sectors stems from our well-established national identity, and it embodies the true Kuwaiti values that our country was built on. Our presence today as a main supporter of this event is nothing but a reflection of such constructive collaboration.”
Roudhan continued: “being a leading national company in the Kuwaiti private sector, Zain strongly believes in being a main and active partner in contributing to the achievement of the Kuwait National Development Plan (New Kuwait) that stems from His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah’s conceptualized vision of a new Kuwait by 2035.”
Roudhan continued: “though this vision centers around many key pillars, it offered wider space to focus on a “Creative Human Capital,” with the aim of better preparing the youth to become competitive and productive members of the workforce.”
Roudhan added: “at Zain, our strategy centers around innovation and empowering young entrepreneurs, and our sustainability programs were built on this strategy. We always embrace competent young people with the aim of opening up new horizons in front of them through our initiatives and programs. These initiatives are designed to encourage talents and develop their skills to help them become tomorrow’s business leaders.”
Roudhan explained: “preparing the youth to face the challenges of the new millennium is a crucial step for us to empower and push them into new levels of innovation, especially that we need to develop the skills of our young people to create more opportunities in light of the social and economic challenges our communities face.”
Roudhan concluded: “I would like to take this opportunity to stress on Zain’s promise and commitment to fully make our financial and human resources ready to strengthen relations with education bodies and entities in the Kuwaiti community. We will always be ready to support our students wherever they are.”
Zain added a special contribution to the event by supporting its many cultural, sporting, and artistic programs, including academic seminars, recreational competitions, entertainment shows, sport activities, economic and political panels, poetry sessions, and more. The conference also included Zain’s Competitions session featuring Kuwaiti actor Dawood Hussain, a theatrical play featuring Kuwaiti actor Hassan Al-Ballam, as well as a Quran recital competition.
Zain’s presence in this event conveyed its enthusiasm to interact with the future generations of Kuwaiti youth, especially those who pursue their education abroad. The NUKS UK annual conference is one of the oldest and largest gatherings of Kuwaiti students outside of Kuwait, and it appeals to students on both intellectual and social levels, serving as an open forum for them to exchange opinions and views regarding important domestic issues with the presence of distinguished national figures from the Kuwaiti society. Participating in this event affirms Zain’s role as a leading national company that takes the development of young people on a serious note, with the ultimate intention to induce positive change within the Kuwaiti society.