Arthur D. Little Launches New ‘AFAQ’ Program to Foster New Generation of Saudi Consultants

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The 12-month program will prepare local up-and-coming talent for consulting positions.


  • Participants will gain experience by interacting with Arthur D. Little teams and working with clients on projects.
  • AFAQ begins in February 2022 and applications are now open.

Arthur D. Little (ADL), a leading management consultancy firm with the longest-standing presence in the Middle East region, has announced the launch of AFAQ, a new 12-month program that will prepare upcoming Saudi talent for careers in the consulting industry. With personal growth deeply rooted in the company’s culture and the skills, intelligence, and creativity of people long considered key organizational assets, these enduring values will be at the forefront of Arthur D. Little’s latest initiative. A new generation of consultants will be guided, developed, and ultimately integrated into the professional landscape, with an engaging and interactive learning agenda facilitating this priority.afaq

Ryan Alnesayan, Principal at Arthur D. Little Middle East, said: “As the Kingdom invests in future leaders and demand from clients increases in the world of consulting, so does the need for influxes of new talent. It’s true that success in this area is essential rather than aspirational, yet the nature of these efforts could not be further from being stressful or strenuous. Saudi Arabia today is a market full of growth opportunities for innovative minds and up-and-coming professionals. And at Arthur D. Little, we are excited about the AFAQ program because it represents an advantageous new avenue for us to assist future consults en route to realizing their potential and making invaluable long-term contributions. We see that the national talent pool is certainly promising with the motivation and capabilities required to climb career ladders, something that will be harnessed through AFAQ.”

Inspired by a commitment for advancing consulting capabilities, fostering breakthrough innovation thinking, adopting future-oriented leading skills, and questing for change and realization of the national vision, AFAQ will realize each of these objectives, positioning participants to explore growth opportunities in today’s evolving marketplace, drive innovation and change, and formulate their own success stories.

Over the program’s duration, aspiring consultants will interact with and work alongside Arthur D. Little teams. Research, analysis, knowledge structure, presentation preparation, and project work will all be primary focus areas, collectively offering comprehensive exposure to critical consulting skills through formal development-focused training. Furthermore, participants will also be granted chances to work directly with Arthur D. Little clients and help them discover the most prudent solutions to complex but interesting problems.

Interested in the AFAQ program? Here’s what you need to know

This program is dedicated to Saudi Nationals interested in pursuing a career in consulting, from fresh graduates to those nearing bachelor’s or master’s degree completion. AFAQ will begin in February 2022, and applications are accepted from majors in Engineering, Business, Computer Science, and Economics – with English proficiency and a 3.5+ GPA score both required. Moreover, AFAQ means “horizon” – which is a testament to the new beginnings explorable through the program. People interested are asked to send their CV, cover letter, and transcript to careers.meast@adlittle.com

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5 Things to Know About Renewing Philippine ePassport in The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

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Who can apply for ePassport renewal? 


  1. Who can apply for ePassport renewal? 

Philippine nationals living in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia holding ePassport can apply for a renewal at the VFS Global ePassport Renewal Centre. Pursuant to the communication received from the Department of Foreign Affairs, The Republic of Philippines, ePassport should be renewed 10 months prior to the expiry date. Passports issued to adults (18 years and above) will be valid for 10 years and for minors the validity period is 5 years.

It is important to note that the centre accepts applications only for the renewal of ePassport. ePassports are embedded with a microchip which contains personal data and biometric detail of the passport holders.

Requests to make changes on the details of the biographical page, must be directed to to the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh or the Consulate in Jeddah.

  1. Steps to renew ePassport
  1. Complete online application form by visiting – https://onlineappform.passport.gov.ph/
  2. Prepare all the originals and photocopies of the documents required for passport renewal
  3. Visit the ePassport Renewal Centre in person to submit the application
  4. Pay the fees
  5. Submit your application form, old ePassport and required documents

Processing time varies for each application and the new passport may be released within 30-45 working day from the date of submission of application.

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  1. Renewal fees to be paid at the centre 

Passport Renewal Fee: SAR 240.00
Service Fee: SAR 103 (inclusive of 15% VAT)
Total fees per application: SAR 343.00

The passport renewal fee is the same as the fee charged at the Philippine Embassy/ Consulate. Applicant shall be charged a service fee in addition when submitting the application at VFS Global ePassport Renewal Centre.

  1. Why submit renewal application at VFS Global centre? 
  • No prior appointments required
  • Visit the ePassport Renewal Centre 6 days a week, Saturday to Thursday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Reduced crowding at Embassies/ Consulates and greater convenience for the customer submitting application
  • Professionally trained staff to handhold customers throughout the application process
  • Easy collection of renewed ePassport at the centre or via courier delivery.
  • Dedicated email and helpline for applicant queries

As part of the constant and ongoing endeavor to add value to customer experience, VFS Global offers optional services designed to make the process easy and effortless. At an additional charge, customer may opt for:

Form Filling: Personalised assistance from professionally trained staff for completing online renewal application form.

Courier Delivery: Receive renewed passport directly at a time and location of choice. Save time and travel costs, with no need to arrange multiple visits to the centre.

SMS Alerts: Stay up to date on the progress of application, with regular SMS updates.

Additionally, VFS Global’s Al Khobar centre is honoured to serve as a regular venue for the “Philippine Embassy on Wheels” initiative in the Eastern Province of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to provide consular services to the Filipino community.

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