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Saudi aviation chiefs give green light for giant cargo terminal at Riyadh airport

Thu, 2020-01-16 06:20 RIYADH: Saudi aviation chiefs have given take-off clearance for the building of a giant cargo terminal at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh.   The president of the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA), Abdulhadi Al-Ma
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Saudi aviation chiefs give green light for giant cargo terminal at Riyadh airport

Thu, 2020-01-16 06:20 RIYADH: Saudi aviation chiefs have given take-off clearance for the building of a giant cargo terminal at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh.   The president of the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA), Abdulhadi Al-Mansouri, on Wednesday granted a license to Singapore company SATS for the provision of freight services at the capital’s airport. The green light for the scheme came during the inauguration ceremony of the cargo village project, also for King Khalid International Airport, held under the patronage of Riyadh Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar and attended by Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser, the Saudi transport minister and GACA chairman. The authority’s partnership with SATS is aimed at improving the operational efficiency of air freight services and logistical integration at regional and international levels in a bid to achieve the Kingdom’s goal of becoming a key transport hub linking three continents. Under the agreement, SATS will build its cargo terminal in two stages covering a total area of 60,000 square meters. On completion, the complex will be capable of handling 600,000 tons of cargo a year, with the first phase of construction expected to be finished by mid-2022. SATS will also offer facilities to handle perishable goods and pharmaceutical products. The second cargo terminal at the city airport will cater for around 40 percent of the Kingdom’s air freight through connections with the Singapore company’s terminals in Dammam, Oman and other Asian countries. The licensing deal is part of the Saudi leadership’s Vision 2030 plans to support the logistical sector in the Kingdom via partnership projects between the public and private sectors while aiming for a top 25 world ranking for quality service. Meanwhile, the Riyadh cargo village will form part of an integrated plan to boost the operational efficiency of the Kingdom’s air transport sector. The multi-functional shipment and clearance destination will be the first of its kind in the Middle East. Spread over 275,000 square meters, it will have an annual handling capacity of 1.6 million tons and also provide shipping and express cargo services. The cargo village project is being carried out in line with the requirements of the International Air Transport Association. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA)Vision 2030vilsion2030 Saudi GACA chief signs air safety agreements at Jordan conferenceGACA launches initiatives to improve services

Saudi Arabia’s winter season welcomes tourists

Sat, 2020-01-18 00:41 RIYADH: The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) has teamed up with travel firms to offer packages to people visiting the Kingdom during the winter season. The packages feature transport, accommodation and tour gui
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Saudi Arabia’s winter season welcomes tourists

Sat, 2020-01-18 00:41 RIYADH: The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) has teamed up with travel firms to offer packages to people visiting the Kingdom during the winter season. The packages feature transport, accommodation and tour guides, and cover a number of destinations including Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam. Activities range from sledding and camel rides to dune bashing and sand-boarding. Trips vary from a one-day tour to a full week, and they have been designed to take in archaeological, historical and tourist sites, as well as markets, events and meals out. Tourists from inside and outside the Kingdom can check the Visit Saudi website to learn about options and details. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTravelTags: Riyadh seasonWINTER SEASONVision2030Vision 2030 First desert polo tournament kicks off in Saudi Arabia’s AlUla as part of Winter at TantoraWinter at Tantora festival: First desert polo tournament kicks off

Saudi envoy meets UN Counter-Terrorism official in New York

Sat, 2020-01-18 01:07 NEW YORK: The Kingdom’s permanent representative to the UN, Abdallah Al-Mouallimi, met the undersecretary-general of the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT), Vladimir Voronkov, in New York. The meeting reviewed the cooperation betw
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Saudi envoy meets UN Counter-Terrorism official in New York

Sat, 2020-01-18 01:07 NEW YORK: The Kingdom’s permanent representative to the UN, Abdallah Al-Mouallimi, met the undersecretary-general of the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT), Vladimir Voronkov, in New York. The meeting reviewed the cooperation between Saudi Arabia and UNOCT. Al-Mouallimi said Saudi Arabia was keen to continue working with UNOCT, which was established with the Kingdom’s support, for its important role in strengthening international efforts to counter terrorism. Voronkov expressed his gratitude to the Saudi government for its efforts to counter terrorism.  Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: UN Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT) Trump confirms bin Laden’s son Hamza killed in US counter-terrorism operationBritain foiled 22 attacks since March 2017, top counter-terrorism officer says

ThePlace: Kfar Mosque was built in 1915 named Al-Hameed after its neighborhood location

Sat, 2020-01-18 01:12 With space for 400 worshippers, it is one of the most prominent mosques in the Hail region. Also known as Al-Hameed Mosque, it was built in 1915 and named Al-Hameed after its neighborhood location. Its architecture is similar to other
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ThePlace: Kfar Mosque was built in 1915 named Al-Hameed after its neighborhood location

Sat, 2020-01-18 01:12 With space for 400 worshippers, it is one of the most prominent mosques in the Hail region. Also known as Al-Hameed Mosque, it was built in 1915 and named Al-Hameed after its neighborhood location. Its architecture is similar to other buildings of the era with construction in mud and stone, and a ceiling made of wooden squares, timber and palm leaves. Due to its strategic importance, the mosque has been renovated several times, with improvements and additions. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Kfar Mosque ThePlace: Saudi Arabia's Tarout IslandThePlace: Saudi Arabia’s Al-Kheraibah, an archeological treasure trove

Dr. Abdullah bin Rafoud Al-Safiyani, Saudi Shoura Council member

Author: Sat, 2020-01-18 01:08 Dr. Abdullah bin Rafoud Al-Safiyani was chosen as a Shoura Council member by a royal decree from King Salman in 2016. The Shoura Council convened on Wednesday, and Al-Safiyani demanded that the National Anti-Corruption Co
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Dr. Abdullah bin Rafoud Al-Safiyani, Saudi Shoura Council member

Author: Sat, 2020-01-18 01:08 Dr. Abdullah bin Rafoud Al-Safiyani was chosen as a Shoura Council member by a royal decree from King Salman in 2016. The Shoura Council convened on Wednesday, and Al-Safiyani demanded that the National Anti-Corruption Commission investigate and set up an authority to oversee influencers’ activities on social media. He said it had become important for the anti-graft body to monitor influencers as they were paid tremendous amounts to publicize government entities, and that there needed to be regulations to process such transactions. Al-Safiyani has a bachelor’s degree, a master’s and a doctorate from Umm Al-Qura University in Makkah. He is a member of Almajmaa (Virtual Academy of the Arabic Language), the Saudi Scientific Association for Arabic Literature, the Saudi Association for Education and Psychology and the Arab Bureau of Education for the Gulf States, in addition to his Shoura Council membership. He is also the vice dean of community service and continuing education at Majmaah University in Majmaah City, Saudi Arabia, and has collaborated with the King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz International Center for the Arabic Language on several programs. He has been awarded a medal of excellence from the Ministry of Education, and is also the director general of Adab (International Encyclopedia of Arabic Literature). He has been a teacher and an administrator in public education since 1998. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi Arabia Dr. Nourah Al-Yousef, Saudi Shoura Council memberPrincess Haifa Al-Mogrin, Saudi diplomat

Saudi envoy receives Libyan ambassador to the UN

Sat, 2020-01-18 01:25 NEW YORK: Abdallah Al-Mouallimi, Saudi Arabia’s permanent representative to the UN, held talks in New York with Taher El-Sonni, Libya’s UN ambassador and permanent representative.  The two sides discussed issues of mutual concer
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Saudi envoy receives Libyan ambassador to the UN

Sat, 2020-01-18 01:25 NEW YORK: Abdallah Al-Mouallimi, Saudi Arabia’s permanent representative to the UN, held talks in New York with Taher El-Sonni, Libya’s UN ambassador and permanent representative.  The two sides discussed issues of mutual concern and latest political developments in the region.  Al-Mouallimi congratulated El-Sonni for his new apppointment and conveyed the Saudi leadership’s best wishes for prosperity, stability and progress to the Libyan people.  Al-Mouallimi reiterated Saudi Arabia’s rejection of any foreign interference in the Libyan affairs, adding that Riyadh will continue to push all concerned parties to reach a political solution that guarantees the unity of Libya and saves people’s lives. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaLibya Saudi envoy to UN affirms Kingdom’s support for regional peace, securitySaudi envoy to UN meets KSRelief delegation

Ivanka Trump applauds Saudi Arabia’s reforms advancing economic role for women

Author: Fri, 2020-01-17 10:57 The United States President’s daughter and advisor, Ivanka Trump, praised on Friday Arab states for the progress they have made in their reforms highlighted in a World Bank Report. “Great seeing some big progress in c
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Ivanka Trump applauds Saudi Arabia’s reforms advancing economic role for women

Author: Fri, 2020-01-17 10:57 The United States President’s daughter and advisor, Ivanka Trump, praised on Friday Arab states for the progress they have made in their reforms highlighted in a World Bank Report. “Great seeing some big progress in countries with the most improved scores this year in the World Bank WBL (Women, Business and the Law) report,” she said, referring to several countries mentioned in the report, including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Jordan and Tunisia. Great seeing some big progress in countries w/ the most-improved scores in this yrs @WorldBank WBL Report: Saudi Arabia, UAE, Nepal, South Sudan, Sao Tome and Principe, Bahrain, DRC, Djibouti, Jordan, and Tunisia. See the reforms made & those that remainhttps://t.co/TaK9B3e57g — Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) January 16, 2020 The World Bank’s annual “Women, Business, and the Law” report ranked Saudi Arabia top among 190 countries for its progress in bringing about reforms related to female involvement in economic development and entrepreneurship.   According to the World Bank’s figures for 2020, Saudi Arabia scored 70.6 out of 100 for progress achieved in the integration of women into the labor market. The report’s findings also placed the country first among Gulf states, and second in the Arab world for meeting the criteria. Saudi women in business have lauded the Vision 2030 strategy for being the key driver in helping them to realize their ambitions. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: World BankSaudi ArabiaSaudi women

Saudi G20 sherpa briefs UN on Riyadh summit

Author: Fri, 2020-01-17 01:59 NEW YORK: Saudi Arabia’s official representative for the 2020 G20 summit of world leaders being staged in Riyadh has briefed the UN General Assembly on preparations for the high-powered meeting. Fahad Al-Mubarak, the Ki
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Saudi G20 sherpa briefs UN on Riyadh summit

Author: Fri, 2020-01-17 01:59 NEW YORK: Saudi Arabia’s official representative for the 2020 G20 summit of world leaders being staged in Riyadh has briefed the UN General Assembly on preparations for the high-powered meeting. Fahad Al-Mubarak, the Kingdom’s G20 sherpa charged with helping pave the way for the leaders’ November gathering, introduced delegates to the theme, aims, and main priorities of the summit. The meeting in New York was opened by the president of the UN General Assembly, and the UN undersecretary-general, who welcomed the sherpa and expressed their hopes for a successful G20 summit under the Kingdom’s presidency. Al-Mubarak said that, under the guidance of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the G20 agenda development process was being conducted in an inclusive and comprehensive way in order to reflect the most important world issues. Addressing attendees, the sherpa talked about the main objectives for this year’s G20 gathering under the theme of “Realizing Opportunities of the 21st Century for All.” The first was to empower people – especially women and youth – by creating the right conditions in which they could live, work and thrive. Safeguarding the planet by fostering collective efforts to protect the environment, especially on the issues of climate, water, food, and energy, was another aim. He also talked about ways to shape new frontiers, by adopting long-term and bold strategies to share the benefits of innovation and technological advancement with a strong focus on the digital economy. During the briefing session, Al-Mubarak gave details about the global challenges that the G20 countries could jointly address to achieve economic growth and sustainable development. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi Arabia Women to represent 33% of G20 participants in RiyadhG20 policymakers meet in Saudi Arabia for world economy talks

Saudi finance Ministry, Sakani program sign housing deal

Fri, 2020-01-17 02:16 The Saudi Ministry of Finance and the government’s Sakani program have signed a cooperation deal to provide housing services for ministry beneficiaries. The agreement will include beneficiaries on the lists of the Ministry of Housin
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Saudi finance Ministry, Sakani program sign housing deal

Fri, 2020-01-17 02:16 The Saudi Ministry of Finance and the government’s Sakani program have signed a cooperation deal to provide housing services for ministry beneficiaries. The agreement will include beneficiaries on the lists of the Ministry of Housing and the Real Estate Development Fund. The deal aims to combine the services of the finance and housing ministries along with other governmental agencies to streamline operations. The agreement provides offers for the ministry’s beneficiaries.  It also included an exemption from administrative fees through the financing agencies providing advice on Sakina housing loans at the residential exhibition inside the ministry’s headquarters. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaSakani ProgramSaudi finance ministry 13,230 families benefit from ‘Sakani’ program in Saudi ArabiaSakani Expo Jeddah 2019 to kick off Monday

OIC to hold family bank workshop for G5S countries

Fri, 2020-01-17 02:20 JEDDAH: The General Secretariat of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) will hold a workshop to promote the concept of family banks in the G5 Sahel countries.  The two-day Jeddah workshop will be held in partnership with th
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OIC to hold family bank workshop for G5S countries

Fri, 2020-01-17 02:20 JEDDAH: The General Secretariat of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) will hold a workshop to promote the concept of family banks in the G5 Sahel countries.  The two-day Jeddah workshop will be held in partnership with the Islamic Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Agriculture Jan. 19-20, and targets Burkina Faso, Chad, Niger, Mauritania and Mali. It aims to support G5 Sahel countries in their efforts to empower women entrepreneurs. The main workshop goals include introducing the concept of family banks that was established by the Sudan Microfinance Unit, exchanging experiences on microfinance expertise and presenting microfinance cases from OIC member countries.  Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) OIC chief praises Cambodia for religious tolerance

TheFace: Mona Al-Turief, Saudi educator

Author: Fri, 2020-01-17 02:39 I was born and raised in Al-Malaz in Riyadh, where I studied at a public school until the sixth grade, when my family decided to move to Unaizah. I continued to perform well academically due to my parents’ dedication to
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TheFace: Mona Al-Turief, Saudi educator

Author: Fri, 2020-01-17 02:39 I was born and raised in Al-Malaz in Riyadh, where I studied at a public school until the sixth grade, when my family decided to move to Unaizah. I continued to perform well academically due to my parents’ dedication toward my educational endeavors. My father, may God have mercy upon him, instilled two prominent values in me: Commitment and responsibility. These principles have affected every aspect of my life, especially as the youngest child in a conservative Najdi home. Surrounded by my older siblings, my childhood was shaped by the multitude of lessons that I learned from them. My love for children began when I watched my siblings’ kids fill our home with love and energy – a huge part of my adolescence went into taking care of my nieces and nephews. It made me confident in my ability to deal with children, knowing how to win them over and guide them, which I later put to the test when I finished high school, returning to Riyadh to major in early childhood studies at King Saud University, ultimately graduating with honors. Following my graduation, I got married and kick-started my professional career as a kindergarten teacher in different private preschools in Riyadh. Within a few years, I was working as a teacher at Kingdom Schools, dropping my eldest daughter off at the school’s nursery each morning to go and tutor other people’s kids across campus. Over the next seven years, I was blessed with the birth of my three other children. After years of being simultaneously a mother and a teacher, I decided to put a pause to my career and concentrated on raising my children. This decision was a product of my strong belief in investing in humans through dedicating time and effort toward raising well-mannered individuals and building stronger familial bonds. Being an educator taught me that there was always space for me to learn something new. I learned a lot from my children, particularly as I remained involved in their school and extracurricular activities, and collaboratively navigated their interests and hobbies. My prior knowledge of child-nurturing practices helped me form a unique relationship with my kids. The bond between parents and children grows stronger, I found, when parents acknowledge that they are role models and remain aware of their behavior and manners at all times. Furthermore, it is crucial that parents avoid three harmful, yet common, practices: Criticism, comparison, and blame. These create toxic environments that negatively impact a child’s confidence, sense of self, and self-esteem. I try to be considerate of my children’s feelings by avoiding harsh or public criticism and focusing on their personal progress, only comparing them with their own selves. If they face a difficult situation, instead of blaming them for it, I encourage them to think about the moral behind the incident and discuss takeaways to be implemented in the future. I seek to base my relationship with my children on love and understanding by spending a lot of quality time with them and considering their diverse personalities, especially as I returned to the workplace as a school principal and subsequently, an academic supervisor at the Ministry of Education. Those quality times are what remains in a child’s subconscious in the long run. Later, while pursuing my master’s degree in gifted education at the Arabian Gulf University in Bahrain, I learned about the importance of enriching my children’s interests, whether through helping them explore playing a new instrument, enrolling them in dance courses and soccer academies, presenting them with a book on their to-read list, or accompanying them on outdoor activities. Sharing these experiences opened new doors for all of us. When my eldest daughter went through the college application process, where she is now pursuing a degree in geology at Brown University, in the US, she opened my eyes to the required preparation for her younger siblings. By the time they reach her age, they would be prepared with the requirements for applying to esteemed institutions, if they decide to follow a similar path. Encouraging my older son to follow his passion for the outdoors, through hiking around scenic Saudi nature areas with him, resulted in him climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, in Tanzania, at the age of 14. Our trips exposed me to the beauty of my country, where I visited fascinating historical and natural sites, had meaningful conversations, and gained valuable friendships. I was motivated to contribute to the positive changes taking place in the Kingdom by sharing these momentous experiences with others. That is why I decided to begin the process of acquiring a tourist guide license from the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage. That in turn gave me a chance to solidify my knowledge of my country and, at the same time, share that beauty with the rest of the world via my podcast, Dharf Makan, and my Instagram account (@mona.alturief). Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaTheFace TheFace: Sara Almoosa, Saudi marketing directorTheFace: Najla Al-Raddadi, Saudi entrepreneur

60 days until 2020 Saudi Census begins

Author: Fri, 2020-01-17 04:23 RIYADH: There are just 60 days to go until the start of the 2020 Saudi Census. Families will have 20 days, from Mar. 17 until Apr. 6, to submit their information. The General Authority for Statistics (Gastat) issued the
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60 days until 2020 Saudi Census begins

Author: Fri, 2020-01-17 04:23 RIYADH: There are just 60 days to go until the start of the 2020 Saudi Census. Families will have 20 days, from Mar. 17 until Apr. 6, to submit their information. The General Authority for Statistics (Gastat) issued the reminder on Thursday, as the final preparations continued for the Kingdom’s fifth General Census of Population, Housing and Establishments. The next phase, running from Feb. 3 until Mar. 6, involves a survey of buildings, property units and families. Previously, census takers visited people in their homes to collect the required information about their families, but thanks to advances in technology, residents will for the first time be able to complete an online census form instead. The 2020 Saudi Census will provide a wide range of up-to-date data about the population that will be used to plan and carry out studies and research required by development programs and plans, and to help achieve the objectives of Saudi Vision 2030. It will reveal changes in population characteristics, and the data will be used to make local, regional and international comparisons and to review and evaluate future population estimates. As part of the preparatory work, Gastat has updated its population records and postal addresses, and the online app that people will use to enter their details has been designed and tested. Training of census workers is also continuing. To ensure the collected information is as accurate as possible, given the changes to the collection process and the increased use of technology, Gastat has linked a number of data platforms. It is also working with the National Information Center and the Saudi Post. Saudi Arabia conducted its first official census in 1974, the second in 1992, the third in 2004 and the fourth in 2010. As of the last census, the Kingdom’s population was 27,136,977. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi CensusGeneral Authority for Statistics (GASTAT)Saudi population Kingdom’s General Authority for Statistics using high-tech system to mine and update Hajj dataGASTAT, CSC form national committee on data

Investment deals worth SR2.9bn signed for Saudi education sector

Author: daniel fountainID: 1579194655436846900Thu, 2020-01-16 20:20 RIYADH: Saudi investment chiefs have joined forces with a leading schools’ operator in the Kingdom to help promote investment opportunities in the education system. The Saudi Ar
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Investment deals worth SR2.9bn signed for Saudi education sector

Author: daniel fountainID: 1579194655436846900Thu, 2020-01-16 20:20 RIYADH: Saudi investment chiefs have joined forces with a leading schools’ operator in the Kingdom to help promote investment opportunities in the education system. The Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA) signed a cooperation agreement with Al-Motaqadimah Schools Co. (MSC) to develop and market opportunities for investment and work to activate them in cooperation with relevant authorities. MSC penned investment and cooperation deals in the education sector worth SR2.9 billion ($772 million) through the “Invest in Saudi Arabia” platform. They included a cooperation agreement with real estate developer Tatweer Buildings Co. (TBC) to construct, operate and maintain 58 educational complexes over three academic years in the Kingdom, with a capacity of 70,000 students, which would contribute to creating 5,000 jobs. It also signed an accord with Asma Capital to establish an investment company, a cooperation agreement with Adem Capital to issue initial instruments worth SR1 billion for the Kingdom’s first services company, and a cooperation deal with Google for Education to support the Internet giant’s expansion plans in the Saudi market. The signing of the agreements came during a ceremony organized by SAGIA at its headquarters in Riyadh, and attended by SAGIA Gov. Ibrahim Al-Omar, representatives of the companies investing in the education sector and a number of officials from relevant government bodies. SAGIA works to invest in the education system in cooperation and integration with other relevant organizations to promote private-sector investment in the growing field of education. According to SAGIA statistics, the total number of licenses issued in the education sector in 2019 was 100 percent more than the previous year. SR193 billion was allocated to education in the 2020 Saudi national budget. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaInvestmentEducation Cultural scholarships on offer to Saudi students in an educational firstSaudi Culture Minister hints at surprise education announcement next week

Women to represent 33% of G20 participants in Riyadh

Author: Thu, 2020-01-16 15:37 RIYADH: Women will account for one third of all those attending the Business 20 (B20) summit in Riyadh in November, CEO and chairman of Saudi Basic Industries Corp. (SABIC) Yousef Al-Benyan said. The female contingency o
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Women to represent 33% of G20 participants in Riyadh

Author: Thu, 2020-01-16 15:37 RIYADH: Women will account for one third of all those attending the Business 20 (B20) summit in Riyadh in November, CEO and chairman of Saudi Basic Industries Corp. (SABIC) Yousef Al-Benyan said. The female contingency of the 640 delegates from more than 20 countries, is “the highest ever in all B20s,” Al-Benyan said in an opening speech at the B20 Saudi Arabia inception. The B20 summit will form part of the 15th annual G20 leaders’ summit which runs from Nov. 21 to 22, for the first time in Riyadh. The event will focus on equity, and gender equality in terms of increasing women’s participation in business, especially in leadership positions, he added. B20 Saudi Arabia will also address challenges in digitization, energy, sustainability and climate, finance and infrastructure, future of work and education, trade and investment and finally integrity and compliance. The G20 is a forum where the leaders of the world’s 20 largest economies meet to discuss a number of issues, but often ends in stalemate situations where leaders fail to reach an agreement on major issues. At the G20 summit in Osaka last year, leaders agreed to disagree on climate change, with the USA dissenting from a commitment to carry out the 2015 Paris climate change agreement. Organizers of this year’s event are more hopeful of a positive outcome on burning issues. “The aim of B20 in Saudi Arabia is to ensure that the voice of a global business is heard and addressed by the G20 leaders,” Al-Benyan said. “To do this, we need B20 Saudi Arabia intended to be inclusive, impactable and for sure differentiative,” he added.   Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: 2020 G20 Summit Saudi foreign minister reviews preparations for G20 Summit in RiyadhG20 event on infrastructure investment concludes in Riyadh

Prince Khalid bin Salman attends Egypt’s Berenice military base opening

Thu, 2020-01-16 16:07 DUBAI: Saudi Arabia's Deputy Defense Minister Prince Khalid bin Salman headed the Kingdom’s delegation in the opening ceremony of Egypt’s Berenice military base located south of Red Sea, Saudi local press reported on Thursday. Egy
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Prince Khalid bin Salman attends Egypt’s Berenice military base opening

Thu, 2020-01-16 16:07 DUBAI: Saudi Arabia's Deputy Defense Minister Prince Khalid bin Salman headed the Kingdom’s delegation in the opening ceremony of Egypt’s Berenice military base located south of Red Sea, Saudi local press reported on Thursday. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi inaugurated the military base and was accompanied by Prince Khalid bin Salman, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed, Commander of the Royal Guard in Bahrain Nasser bin Hamad Al-Khalifa, Prime Minister of Bulgaria Boyko Borissov, and a number of ministers and senior leaders of the armed forces. Prince Khalid bin Salman discussed the importance of the military base and Egypt’s developing military systems, saying it is a major axis to confront threats in the Red Sea and secure global navigation. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Prince Khalid bin Salman Saudi Arabia named world leader for reforms advancing economic role for womenThe case for protecting Saudi Arabia’s ancient art of Khawlani coffee production

Saudi finance forum plots path to stable growth

Author: Thu, 2020-01-16 02:51 Sustainable economic growth topped the agenda at the Financial Stability Forum 2020, organized by the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA) and the Capital Market Authority (CMA). More than 300 finance executives and of
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Saudi finance forum plots path to stable growth

Author: Thu, 2020-01-16 02:51 Sustainable economic growth topped the agenda at the Financial Stability Forum 2020, organized by the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA) and the Capital Market Authority (CMA). More than 300 finance executives and officials took part in the forum, which was opened on Wednesday by Saudi Finance Minister Mohammed Al-Jadaan. The minister later joined representatives from private and government finance sectors in a panel discussion on achieving the objectives of the Financial Sector Development Program, one of the main programs of the Saudi Vision 2030. The first dialogue session on “Financial sustainability and support of the private sector” included Al-Jadaan, along with the Minister of Economy and Planning Mohammed Al-Tuwaijri and the operational partner at Rashed Abdul Rahman Al-Rashed & Sons Group, Abdul Rahman Al-Rashed. The session discussed Finance Ministry reforms to promote private sector participation, improve the quality of public services, and stimulate growth and productivity. A second session, “Developing the Saudi financial market and promoting financial stability,” featured SAMA’s Gov. Ahmed Al-Khulaifi, CMA President Mohammed Al-Quweiz, Vice President of Research at the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center Fahad Al-Turki and Riyad Bank Chairman Abdullah Mohammed Al-Issa. The session focused on precautionary policies to encourage financial sector stability, and address challenges and risks. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi Arabia Saudi finance ministry boosts Kingdom’s business environment with new lawSaudi finance ministry hosts foreign investors ahead of budget 

Princess Haifa bint Mohammed Al-Saud, board member at the Saudi aviation authority

Author: Thu, 2020-01-16 03:22 Princess Haifa bint Mohammed Al-Saud was on Tuesday appointed as a member of the board of directors of the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) as a representative of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heri
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Princess Haifa bint Mohammed Al-Saud, board member at the Saudi aviation authority

Author: Thu, 2020-01-16 03:22 Princess Haifa bint Mohammed Al-Saud was on Tuesday appointed as a member of the board of directors of the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) as a representative of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH). The appointment was made during Tuesday’s Cabinet session, and by a royal decree from King Salman stating promotions and restructuring of several government entities. As part of the reshuffle, three more women were appointed to leading positions, including Haifa Al-Mogrin and Nada Alismail. Princess Haifa attained her bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of New Haven, US, in 2008.  She attained her master’s in business administration and management from the London Business School in 2017. She started her career at HSBC Holdings as an analyst, progressing to senior associate of equity sales before leaving in 2012 to join the Ministry of Higher Education as a senior consultant.  She was also managing director of the General Sports Authority between 2017 and 2019, with a focus on developing the sports economy. She became secretary-general of Formula E Holdings in July 2018, a position she still holds. Princess Haifa has been vice president of strategy at the SCTH since March 2019. She is also vice chairwoman of the Saudi Fencing Federation, and chairwoman of the women’s committee at the Arab Fencing Federation. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Who's WhoSaudi Arabia Princess Haifa Al-Mogrin, Saudi diplomatPrincess Maha bint Mishari Al-Saud, vice president of external relations and advancement at Alfaisal University

DiplomaticQuarter: Saudi minister receives outgoing British envoy to Riyadh

Author: Thu, 2020-01-16 04:27 RIYADH: The UK ambassador to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday called on Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir to bid him farewell at the end of the envoy’s tenure. Simon Collis “will finish in his role as Briti
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DiplomaticQuarter: Saudi minister receives outgoing British envoy to Riyadh

Author: Thu, 2020-01-16 04:27 RIYADH: The UK ambassador to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday called on Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir to bid him farewell at the end of the envoy’s tenure. Simon Collis “will finish in his role as British ambassador at the end of the month, following five years in the Kingdom,” the UK Embassy in Riyadh told Arab News on Wednesday. As well as discussing regional issues, Collis delivered a message of thanks and best wishes to Al-Jubeir. “He expressed the honor he felt at having served as the British ambassador, particularly at such an important time for Saudi Arabia, and reiterated the UK’s commitment to the strategic partnership within the framework of Saudi Vision 2030,” said the embassy. In November, Collis said: “The UK is a strategic partner with Saudi Arabia on the delivery of Vision 2030, an ambitious program that aims to build a vibrant society and a thriving economy.” During their meeting, Al-Jubeir lauded the ambassador’s efforts in enhancing relations and cooperation between the two countries. They reviewed bilateral ties, and discussed ways to further develop them in various fields. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaDiplomaticQuarter DiplomaticQuarter: Outgoing Sri Lankan envoy calls on Saudi officialsDiplomaticQuarter: Pakistan ambassador to Riyadh praises ‘Makkah Route’ initiative

King Salman compensates Malaysian victims of Makkah crane collapse

Author: Thu, 2020-01-16 04:32 KUALA LUMPUR: Saudi Arabia has compensated the families of Malaysian pilgrims who were killed or injured while performing Hajj in 2015 when a crane crashed into the Grand Mosque in Makkah, killing a total of 111 pilgrims o
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King Salman compensates Malaysian victims of Makkah crane collapse

Author: Thu, 2020-01-16 04:32 KUALA LUMPUR: Saudi Arabia has compensated the families of Malaysian pilgrims who were killed or injured while performing Hajj in 2015 when a crane crashed into the Grand Mosque in Makkah, killing a total of 111 pilgrims of various nationalities and injuring hundreds of others. Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to Malaysia Mahmoud Hussein Saeed Qattan delivered the compensation payments to the Putrajaya Islamic Complex on Tuesday. Each family of the seven Malaysians who lost their lives in the accident received SR1 million ($267,000), while each of the three pilgrims injured was compensated with SR500,000 ($133,000). The compensation was paid personally by King Salman. Malaysian Religious Affairs Minister Mujahid Rawa and representatives from Tabung Haji — the Malaysian Hajj pilgrims fund board were present at Putrajaya when Qattan delivered the payments. Rawa expressed his gratitude to King Salman for “the empathy and attention given to Malaysian pilgrims,” adding, “we are thankful for his kindness and generosity.” The families also received an additional $5,000 from Tabung Haji and $5,000 from a takaful protection scheme. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaMalaysiacrane accident Makkah crane disaster: Saudi billionaire, 13 others in the dockMakkah crane collapse: Case goes to Criminal Court after 8-month probe

Saudi Arabia tops donor states to Yemeni aid fund

Author: Thu, 2020-01-16 04:42 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has been named as the world’s top contributor to a fund providing vital humanitarian aid for Yemen. According to a report issued by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
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Saudi Arabia tops donor states to Yemeni aid fund

Author: Thu, 2020-01-16 04:42 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has been named as the world’s top contributor to a fund providing vital humanitarian aid for Yemen. According to a report issued by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the Kingdom remained the chief supporter of the Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan (YHRP) 2019, which is estimated to be $4.19 billion.  The total funding of Saudi Arabia was $968.4 million, representing 28 percent of the YHRP, with the US coming second with a donation of $907.6 million (26 percent). The OCHA aims to raise a further $71 million toward the relief program to help tackle the continuing and deteriorating humanitarian situation in Yemen. The response plan supports sectors including food security, agriculture, health, water and hygiene, sanitation, nutrition, shelter, and education, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Wednesday. The YHRP is the largest distress call by humanitarian organizations to alleviate the suffering of the Yemeni people while working to support sustainable recovery. The war in Yemen, the Arab world’s poorest country, has caused what the UN has described as the globe’s worst humanitarian crisis, with 22 million people needing aid.    Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi Arabia Saudi aid agency KSRelief launches International Journal of Humanitarian Studies website

Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister rejects Turkish military intervention in northern Syria

Wed, 2020-01-15 11:49 CAIRO: The political solution is the only solution to the crisis in Syria and Turkish intervention in the country must come to an end, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan said Wednesday. The foreign minister made the comm
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Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister rejects Turkish military intervention in northern Syria

Wed, 2020-01-15 11:49 CAIRO: The political solution is the only solution to the crisis in Syria and Turkish intervention in the country must come to an end, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan said Wednesday. The foreign minister made the comments at an Arab Parliament meeting in Cairo. He added that the Kingdom places great importance on the unity, sovereignty, and safety of Arab states, and does not accept any interference that threatens their stability.  Meanwhile, Prince Faisal also said that Saudi Arabia has donated more than $14.5 billion to assist the Yemeni people, and called on the international community to condemn Houthi attacks on airports and residential areas in the Kingdom. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaMiddle EastSyriaPrince Faisal bin Farhan Four Turkish soldiers killed in car bombing in Syria35 Turkish soldiers sent to Libya so far, but won’t see combat: Erdogan

G20 policymakers meet in Saudi Arabia for world economy talks

Author: Wed, 2020-01-15 19:40 RIYADH: Global policymakers have met in Riyadh to map out “urgent” plans aimed at tackling the challenges and risks to world economic growth. The first gathering of the Framework Working Group (FWG) under the G20 Saud
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G20 policymakers meet in Saudi Arabia for world economy talks

Author: Wed, 2020-01-15 19:40 RIYADH: Global policymakers have met in Riyadh to map out “urgent” plans aimed at tackling the challenges and risks to world economic growth. The first gathering of the Framework Working Group (FWG) under the G20 Saudi presidency discussed ways to improve access to economic opportunities for all, a key priority of the 2020 summit of world leaders’ agenda. During the FWG meeting held on Jan. 12 and 13, the head of the Saudi team, Dr. Naif Alghaith, said: “It is an urgent priority to break barriers that prevent people from having access to economic opportunities. “We are working to identify the current conditions of the global economy, the economic risks and challenges facing our world, and the policy responses to mitigate downside risks.” The group’s talks were co-chaired by Clare Lombardelli, chief economic adviser to the UK Treasury, and Sanjeev Sanyal, principal economic adviser to India’s Ministry of Finance. Delegates discussed the current risks facing the global economy and the preparedness for policy co-ordination among the G20 countries. The meeting also studied possible policy options to enhance access to opportunities for all with a special focus on women, youth and small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The get-together followed a G20 symposium on enhancing access to opportunities that was held under the Saudi G20 presidency on Dec. 5 last year in Riyadh. Participants at the FWG symposium also discussed the role of the public and private sectors in leveraging technology and innovation to create jobs, and opportunities that promote sustainable and inclusive growth. The G20 FWG was established at the 2009 Pittsburgh summit in the US after world leaders agreed to launch a framework to lay out policies aimed at generating strong, sustainable, balanced, and inclusive global growth. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: G20 Saudi Arabia 2020G20 Saudi foreign minister reviews preparations for G20 Summit in RiyadhG20 event on infrastructure investment concludes in Riyadh

Makkah launches project to improve checkpoints for pilgrims

Author: Zaynab KhojjiID: 1579109149559094500Wed, 2020-01-15 20:25 MAKKAH: The Makkah Region Development Authority (MRDA) has begun a modernization project of checkpoints for pilgrims undertaking Hajj and Umrah, which should reduce waiting times sig
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Makkah launches project to improve checkpoints for pilgrims

Author: Zaynab KhojjiID: 1579109149559094500Wed, 2020-01-15 20:25 MAKKAH: The Makkah Region Development Authority (MRDA) has begun a modernization project of checkpoints for pilgrims undertaking Hajj and Umrah, which should reduce waiting times significantly, it has announced. The project was launched under instructions from Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, governor of Makkah and MRDA chairman, and the supervision of Prince Badr bin Sultan, deputy governor of Makkah. The security-control center on Al-Shumaisi Road, which links Makkah and Jeddah, is underdoing development and should be fully operational before Ramadan. Development work includes increasing the number of traffic lanes to 16, updating the center’s technological infrastructure to increase efficiency, and integrating several government services under one roof. Fifteen percent of the work has already been completed. MRDA spokesperson Jalal bin Abdul Jalil Kaaki said that the authority has also begun development of a security-control center in Al-Nawwariyah in northern Makkah, adding that the new service facilities at the improved centers will also benefit residents of Makkah. Those facilities —  at least in Al-Shumaisi — will include administrative offices, a mosque, a civil defense center, a Red Crescent center, and a building housing other government agencies. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaMakkah Makkah governor receives region’s public prosecutor

Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister rejects Turkish military intervention in northern Syria

Wed, 2020-01-15 11:49 DUBAI: We reject Turkish military intervention in northern Syria, says Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah. Main category: Saudi Arabia Four Turkish soldiers killed in car bombing in Syria35 Turk
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Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister rejects Turkish military intervention in northern Syria

Wed, 2020-01-15 11:49 DUBAI: We reject Turkish military intervention in northern Syria, says Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah. Main category: Saudi Arabia Four Turkish soldiers killed in car bombing in Syria35 Turkish soldiers sent to Libya so far, but won’t see combat: Erdogan

Saudi Arabia’s Riyadh Season set to go end in style

Wed, 2020-01-15 00:31 RIYADH: More than 10 million people flocked to Riyadh Season, which is going to end with a bang at the King Fahd Stadium on Thursday, according to event organizers. The CEO of General Entertainment Authority, Faisal Bafarat, told the m
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Saudi Arabia’s Riyadh Season set to go end in style

Wed, 2020-01-15 00:31 RIYADH: More than 10 million people flocked to Riyadh Season, which is going to end with a bang at the King Fahd Stadium on Thursday, according to event organizers. The CEO of General Entertainment Authority, Faisal Bafarat, told the media on Tuesday that the season had achieved impressive results and numbers, including revenues and visitor numbers from inside and outside the Kingdom. Anghela Alo, who is creative director of Riyadh Season, said: “The great numbers and successes achieved deserve to have a conclusion worthy of it, so the show ‘Leila Land of Imagination’ will be the perfect conclusion to the season. We are happy that the partners in the season are with us in this ceremony, in addition to the visitors of Riyadh Season.” Marco Balich, from Balich Worldwide Shows, said: “We firmly believe that if we integrate global experiences with national talents, we will be able to create unique offers that will leave unforgettable memories and a legacy. This is a great time for the Saudis, and we had the privilege of being here on a joint journey toward Vision 2030.” FASTFACT The show has 488 performers, 293 crew members and two horses. Noura Al-Abeed, who plays Leila in the show, was also at the press conference. The show follows her as she embarks on a journey toward the future.  Alo said: “Leila is a symbol of the new Saudi generations who live a changing reality. The future is around the corner. All she needs to know about herself is to unleash her imagination.” The show has 488 performers, 293 crew members and two horses. Spectators can also expect fireworks, an inflatable fortress, dancing and hundreds of original costumes. Music and video clips were also produced for the show. The stadium has a 67,000-seat capacity. Tickets can be bought from the website RiyadhSeason.com and start from SR25 ($6.70). Main category: Saudi ArabiaTravelTags: RIYADHSEASONLEILARiyadh seasonVision2030Vision 2030 Excitement mounts over grand finale of Riyadh SeasonOver $270 million generated during Riyadh Season

Saudi representatives attend International Olympic Committee meetings

Wed, 2020-01-15 00:35 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s representatives to various commissions of International Olympic Committee (IOC) attended the IOC’s annual meetings in Lausanne, Switzerland this week. The meetings coincide with the Winter Youth Olympics, whic
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Saudi representatives attend International Olympic Committee meetings

Wed, 2020-01-15 00:35 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s representatives to various commissions of International Olympic Committee (IOC) attended the IOC’s annual meetings in Lausanne, Switzerland this week. The meetings coincide with the Winter Youth Olympics, which are currently being held in Lausanne and end on Jan. 22. Two board members of the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee — Princess Reema bint Bandar (Women in Sports Commission) and Prince Fahd bin Jalawi bin Abdul Aziz bin Musaid (Public Affairs and Social Development Through Sports Commission) — represented the Kingdom. Saudi Arabia has three representatives in the IOC, with Prince Abdul Aziz bin Turki Al-Faisal on the Marketing Committee. Among the topics discussed during the Women in Sports Committee’s meeting were gender equality in sports, the participation of women in community sports, and the prevention of harassment. SPEEDREAD • Among the topics discussed during the event were gender equality in sports, the participation of women in community sports, and the prevention of harassment. • Saudi Arabia has made considerable recent progress in its efforts to encourage all segments of society to embrace sports as a way of life. “We work closely with all members of the Olympic family through the IOC Women in Sports Committee to support the participation of women at all levels of sports,” Princess Reema said after the meeting. “We discussed all the advances that have been achieved in this area, as well as some of the key challenges that are facing women currently.” She also expressed her delight that Saudi Arabia had made considerable recent progress in its efforts to encourage all segments of society “to embrace sports as a way of life.” Prince Jalawi said that, given Saudi Arabia’s preeminence in the region, the Kingdom has made its presence felt in the Olympic family. “At the Public Affairs and Social Development through Sport Committee, we work to harness the power of sports to serve all communities and help to build cultural bridges between them. Sport is a very powerful tool to realize these goals,” he said. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: International Olympic Committee (IOC) IOC,Saudi Olympic chief meet, discuss women in GamesSaudi sports authority chairman receives Arab Achievement Award for Sports Culture 2019

Renovated historic mosques in Saudi Arabia reopen to worshippers after 6 decades

Wed, 2020-01-15 00:47 MAKKAH: Worshippers have started returning to five Saudi historic mosques restored to their former glory after being out of use for up to six decades. Preservation work on buildings in the Makkah and Al-Baha regions has been complete
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Renovated historic mosques in Saudi Arabia reopen to worshippers after 6 decades

Wed, 2020-01-15 00:47 MAKKAH: Worshippers have started returning to five Saudi historic mosques restored to their former glory after being out of use for up to six decades. Preservation work on buildings in the Makkah and Al-Baha regions has been completed as part of phase one of the Mohammed bin Salman Project for Historical Mosques Renovation. Under the initiative, the crown prince aims to revitalize 130 mosques throughout the Kingdom using Saudi companies that specialize in heritage buildings. Jarir Al-Bajali and Suleiman mosques in Taif, along with Al-Malad, Al-Atawilah, and Al-Dhafir mosques in Al-Baha, are the latest to reopen their doors to worshippers after being closed to prayer gatherings for between 40 and 60 years. One of the revamped mosques, Jarir Al-Bajali, was established in the era of the Prophet Muhammad’s companion Jarir bin Abdullah Al-Bajali and is among the oldest places of worship of its kind in Makkah region. Covering 350 square meters, it was constructed in the Al-Sarat architectural style using irregular stones and with a ceiling made of juniper timber and concrete. It was used as a meeting place where people performed judiciary work, issued fatwas, completed marriage contracts, and resolved disputes, in addition to holding lectures and sermons. Taif’s Suleiman Mosque occupies 390 square meters and is one of the region’s most historically important landmarks. Accounts suggest that when returning from visiting his uncles in Bani Saad, the Prophet Muhammad made his companions stand on the mosque site where he said the Prophet Suleiman had camped. The mosque became an education beacon of the region but was later abandoned and fell into a state of neglect. HIGHLIGHT Preservation work on buildings in the Makkah and Al-Baha regions has been completed as part of phase one of the Mohammed bin Salman Project for Historical Mosques Renovation. Of the three mosques renovated in Al-Baha, Al-Malad can accommodate just 34 worshippers. It is located in Al-Malad village which is one of Al-Baha’s forts in its design. The village has two adjacent fortresses of architectural significance. The only mosque in the village, Al-Malad became a cultural and educational center for local people where they learned to write, studied the Qur’an, and attended lessons and lectures. It also served as an important social meeting point for villagers. The larger Al-Atawilah Mosque can house up to 130 worshippers and covers an area of 327 square meters. It is known for its heritage buildings, such as the forts of Al-Othman, Damas, and Al-Mashikha. One of the oldest historical buildings in the region, Al-Atawilah, also built in Al-Sarat style, was the only mosque in the town where Friday prayers were held. Al-Dhafir Mosque occupies 245 square meters and can take 88 worshippers. It too was a center for education and a popular meeting place for people from the town and neighboring villages. The newly opened prayer buildings in Makkah and Al-Baha are among 30 mosques in 10 Saudi regions renovated at a cost of more than SR50 million ($13 million) over 423 days in phase one of the crown prince’s project. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi mosques 30 historical mosques restored across Saudi ArabiaExpansion of Madinah’s landmark Masjid Al-Qiblatain underway

Princess Haifa Al-Mogrin, Saudi diplomat

Wed, 2020-01-15 01:00 Princess Haifa Al-Mogrin was appointed on Tuesday as Saudi Arabia’s permanent representative to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The Kingdom became a member of UNESCO’s Executive Counci
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Princess Haifa Al-Mogrin, Saudi diplomat

Wed, 2020-01-15 01:00 Princess Haifa Al-Mogrin was appointed on Tuesday as Saudi Arabia’s permanent representative to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The Kingdom became a member of UNESCO’s Executive Council in November, and will remain so until 2023. Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Culture Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan has said that, during its membership, the Kingdom will seek to extend cooperation with all members of the Executive Council, as well as to preserve Arab culture and heritage, support innovation and technology for sustainable social development, and promote a tolerance. Princess Haifa received her bachelor’s degree in Economics from King Saud University in Riyadh in 2000 and her master’s degree in Science in Economics with Reference to the Middle East from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London in 2007. In 2009, she briefly took up a part-time role lecturing at King Saud University, before starting work with the United Nations Development Program. In 2013, she was promoted to the role of program analyst there, covering social development and human rights. She joined the Ministry of Economy and Planning as the head of the sustainable development goals sector in 2016 and was appointed assistant deputy minister for sustainable development affairs in 2017. She currently serves as the assistant deputy minister for G20 Affairs under the Ministry of Economy and Planning, a position she took up in 2018. That same year, she was a speaker at the Second Urban Planning Forum — a testament to her expertise in the empowerment of youth and human-rights advocacy. Her Twitter handle is @HaifaAlMogrin. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Who's Who Princess Maha bint Mishari Al-Saud, vice president of external relations and advancement at Alfaisal UniversityDr. Rimah  Saleh Al-Yahya, deputy minister of private higher education

Makkah governor receives region’s public prosecutor

Wed, 2020-01-15 01:06 MAKKAH: Makkah Gov. Prince Khalid Al-Faisal on Tuesday received the head of the Public Prosecution’s branch for the holy city, Ahmed Al-Wardi. The prince was given a briefing on the Public Prosecution’s activities and future plans
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Makkah governor receives region’s public prosecutor

Wed, 2020-01-15 01:06 MAKKAH: Makkah Gov. Prince Khalid Al-Faisal on Tuesday received the head of the Public Prosecution’s branch for the holy city, Ahmed Al-Wardi. The prince was given a briefing on the Public Prosecution’s activities and future plans which will be implemented in the governorates of the region. Separately, the governor on Sunday inaugurated the Cultural Garden series of events at the Jeddah waterfront. King Abdul Aziz University (KAU) is participating with interactive presentations, poetry nights and theater sketches. Fourteen government authorities are also participating in the Cultural Garden, which is an initiative of the Makkah Cultural Forum and coincides with the school break.  Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi public prosecutor Makkah governor launches online Arabic poetry encyclopediaSaudi public prosecutor says ‘no detainees tortured’

Line-up, prices revealed for Dakar Rally closing concert in Qiddiya

Author: daniel fountainID: 1579020129920836400Tue, 2020-01-14 19:51 LONDON: The line-up for the Dakar Rally Final Party concert in Qiddiya on Jan. 17 was revealed on Tuesday. DJ Snake, Wiz Khalifa and Young Thug will take to the stage in the futu
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Line-up, prices revealed for Dakar Rally closing concert in Qiddiya

Author: daniel fountainID: 1579020129920836400Tue, 2020-01-14 19:51 LONDON: The line-up for the Dakar Rally Final Party concert in Qiddiya on Jan. 17 was revealed on Tuesday. DJ Snake, Wiz Khalifa and Young Thug will take to the stage in the future entertainment, sports and cultural city where the winners in each category of the Dakar Rally will be crowned on the final podium of the event. Wiz Khalifa is a Platinum-selling American rapper, singer, songwriter and actor who has recorded three No. 1 albums on the US Billboard chart since his debut in 2006. DJ Snake, a French record producer and music programmer, is best known for his 2013 hits “Bird Machine” and “Turn Down for What.” American rapper and songwriter Young Thug is best known for hit song “Havana” with pop singer Camila Cabello, which reached No. 1 on the US Billboard chart in January 2018 — his first number one single. The Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia, running from Jan. 5 to Jan. 17, features more than 500 pilots from 62 countries who started their 7,800 kilometer journey in Jeddah and will finish in the new city of Qiddiya. General admission tickets for the closing concert start from SAR150 ($40) with VIP packages available for SAR1,250. Tickets can be bought here. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaDakar RallyDakarDakar Rally 2020Dakar Rally Saudi Arabia 2020Dakar Saudi Arabia 2020Dakar Rally Saudi ArabiaQiddiya Pressure on Carlos Sainz as Stephane Peterhansel edges Nasser Al-Attiyah in Dakar Rally Stage 9Alonso second on Dakar stage eight, behind Serradori Grassroot project aims to produce Saudi Arabia’s first female Dakar driverCarlos Sainz wins Dakar seventh stage, extends lead

Princess Haifa named UNESCO permanent representative

Tue, 2020-01-14 15:47 RIYADH: Assistant Deputy Minister for Sustainable Development and G20 Affairs, Princess Haifa Bint Abdul Aziz Al-Muqrin, has been appointed Permanent Representative of Saudi Arabia to the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organiza
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Princess Haifa named UNESCO permanent representative

Tue, 2020-01-14 15:47 RIYADH: Assistant Deputy Minister for Sustainable Development and G20 Affairs, Princess Haifa Bint Abdul Aziz Al-Muqrin, has been appointed Permanent Representative of Saudi Arabia to the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Princess Haifa worked as a lecturer at King Saud University from 2008 to 2009. She has held key positions at the Ministry of Economy and Planning, including assistant undersecretary for sustainable development affairs since December 2017, acting assistant undersecretary for G20 affairs since June 2018, and head of the Sustainable Development Goals Sector between 2016 and 2017. In 2007, she obtained a master’s degree in economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies in the UK. She received her bachelor’s degree in economics in 2000 from King Saud University in Riyadh.   Congratulations to Princess Haifa Bint Abdul Aziz Al-Muqrin @HaifaAlMogrin on her appointment as Permanent Representative of Saudi Arabia to the (UNESCO) another landmark achievement of Vision 2030, which aims to empower Saudi women and enhance their leadership positions. pic.twitter.com/qN8MWhhMdK — KSA Mission EU (@KSAmissionEU) January 14, 2020   The Kingdom plays a prominent role in UNESCO and in November 2019 assumed membership in its Executive Council until 2023. Minister of Culture Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan said earlier that the Kingdom will seek to extend cooperation with all members of the Executive Council, as well as preserving Arab culture and heritage, supporting innovation and technology for sustainable social development, and working to promote a tolerant global society. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Princess HaifaSaudi Arabia Date palm, Arab region symbol of prosperity, listed by UNESCO

Saudis warned against traveling to Philippines’ Tagaytay

Mon, 2020-01-13 23:46 RIYADH: Saudi citizens have been advised against traveling to the city of Tagaytay in the Philippines following the eruption of the Taal volcano. The Saudi Embassy in the Philippines said authorities had suspended flights at Ninoy Aquin
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Saudis warned against traveling to Philippines’ Tagaytay

Mon, 2020-01-13 23:46 RIYADH: Saudi citizens have been advised against traveling to the city of Tagaytay in the Philippines following the eruption of the Taal volcano. The Saudi Embassy in the Philippines said authorities had suspended flights at Ninoy Aquino International Airport, in the capital Manila, until further notice due to giant plumes of ash which had spewed up to 1 km into the sky. On Monday, lava gushed from the volcano as tens of thousands of people fled the area.  Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: PHILIPPINES VOLCANOTagaytay Taal Volcano forces evacuation of thousands in PhilippinesTake it or leave it: Philippines’ Duterte offers new water contract terms

Startup of the Week: Hues - It’s all about colors

Mon, 2020-01-13 23:49 In November 2018, four Saudis came up with the idea of starting a floral business because “a bouquet of flowers is a symbol of care and appreciation.” And so the luxurious online floral shop Hues was born. The four partners all hav
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Startup of the Week: Hues - It’s all about colors

Mon, 2020-01-13 23:49 In November 2018, four Saudis came up with the idea of starting a floral business because “a bouquet of flowers is a symbol of care and appreciation.” And so the luxurious online floral shop Hues was born. The four partners all have different roles. Tala Bakhsh, who holds an MA in Cultural and Creative Industries from King’s College London and a diploma in the art of floral composition from Catherine Muller Flower School in London, is Hues’ specialist florist. Maryam Abduljawad, who has a bachelor’s degree in visual communication and arts with an emphasis in studio art in Lugano, Switzerland, is its creative florist. Sultana Binladen, who holds a master’s degree in events and conference management from London and is an aromatherapist and marketing and graphic design specialist, serves as Hues’ events and coordination manager. Lastly, Mashael Binladen, a postgraduate in international business with emphasis in entrepreneurship, is its floral arrangements specialist. “We were discussing ideas for businesses within art and education. All we had in common was a love for handwork and art. While conversing, the idea of flowers came up, which the four of us are passionate about,” they told Arab News in an email. There are a few online flower businesses in the Kingdom but what makes Hues stand out is their monthly and weekly subscriptions can be tailored to the customer’s needs, such as for the home or office. “During the first couple of months we realized how people were looking for reasonable prices, as well as visually pleasing designs and types of flowers. The market also lacked any type of subscription services, which we took the opportunity to provide.” As the floral quartet put it: “Actions speak louder than words. Nowadays, with technology you can be there for someone 24/7 via text, but what really matters is to show you care, and to go above and beyond and touch someone’s heart. “Sending a bouquet means far more than just sending a flower emoji in a text. Receiving flowers is bound to make your loved one smile, whether on special occasions such as Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day or a birthday, or simply on any day you would like to make your loved one feel special.” They offer a wide range of flower selection and displays, with Enchanted Beauty (orchids and roses) being their bestseller. It is the colors (hues) that give this bouquet its name — purple roses symbolize enchantment, while baby orchids signify beauty. Hues would like to get the wider public interested in the different types of flowers, their meaning and symbolism, and to this end they will be offering workshops for children aged 4-12 from next month. “Flowers make us happy and we wanted to provide an online floral store that would add beauty not only to people’s lives but to the lives of the ones around you as well, in a simple, yet luxurious way.” They plan to open a store by September 2020 or early 2021 in Jeddah. Customers can place their orders through their website: www.hues-sa.com. Keep up with Hues on Instagram (@hues.sa) Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Hues Startup of the Week: Saudi business venture offers bright future for sustainable food productionStartup of the Week: Saudi startup provides the right learning tools for children to think ‘Outside the Box’

Princess Maha bint Mishari Al-Saud, vice president of external relations and advancement at Alfaisal University

Mon, 2020-01-13 23:57 Princess Maha bint Mishari Al-Saud has been the vice president of external relations and advancement at Alfaisal University in Jeddah since 2014. Princess Maha holds a bachelor’s degree in medicine and surgery from King Saud Universi
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Princess Maha bint Mishari Al-Saud, vice president of external relations and advancement at Alfaisal University

Mon, 2020-01-13 23:57 Princess Maha bint Mishari Al-Saud has been the vice president of external relations and advancement at Alfaisal University in Jeddah since 2014. Princess Maha holds a bachelor’s degree in medicine and surgery from King Saud University’s College of Medicine in 1986. By 1993, she concluded her residency program at George Washington University Hospital for Internal Medicine. A year later, she was certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, a certification she still holds. The princess has been a consultant in internal medicine and has been senior clinical scientist at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center since 1995, and used to be an assistant professor at the College of Medicine at Alfaisal University. Between 2015 and 2019, she was governor of the American College of Physicians’ Saudi Arabia chapter, as well as a member of its global international council. She represented Saudi women in the International Professional and Cultural Program of the People-to-People Congress, which was spearheaded by the head of the American College of Physicians in India. The princess pioneered women’s enrollment at Alfaisal University in 2011 and continues to act as a director of the board of trustees and president of the advisory board on external relations. She is currently running Taskforce 9 as lead co-chair of migration and young societies at G20 Saudi Arabia 2020. Princess Maha is also the president of George Washington University Medical Alumni for Saudi Arabia and the Gulf region. She has participated in many international conferences, from Kuwait to the US, representing Saudi Arabia in several fields in science, technology and engineering. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Who's Who Dr. Rimah  Saleh Al-Yahya, deputy minister of private higher educationDr. Saud Al-Meshari, secretary-general of the Federation of Chambers of the GCC

Selwa Al-Hazzaa: The Saudi doctor giving the gift of sight

Tue, 2020-01-14 00:11 RIYADH: Professor Selwa Al-Hazzaa is a Saudi female success story set on the road to excellence from childhood. Speaking to Arab News, Al-Hazzaa, an ophthalmologist and chairman of the ophthalmology department at King Faisal Specialis
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Selwa Al-Hazzaa: The Saudi doctor giving the gift of sight

Tue, 2020-01-14 00:11 RIYADH: Professor Selwa Al-Hazzaa is a Saudi female success story set on the road to excellence from childhood. Speaking to Arab News, Al-Hazzaa, an ophthalmologist and chairman of the ophthalmology department at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center (KFSHRC), told of her 27 years of devoted work to bettering the health care system, becoming the first woman to hold a high position at the hospital where she dedicated her life, energy and time to making a difference in her field. Al-Hazzaa’s career took off in 1995, as the first Saudi woman to be made a member of the Medical Advisory Council at King Faisal Hospital. Her journey wasn’t the easiest, but with her talent, hard work and ambition, she was recognized by the Saudi leadership early on and used the platform to pave the way for future women in medicine and other fields. Born into a family of five girls, she grew up in Tucson, Arizona in the 1960s while her father was completing his studies.   She excelled in her school years, always living up to the highest standards and expectations which she has placed upon herself. I didn’t choose ophthalmology, ophthalmology chose me. Prof. Selwa Al-Hazzaa “I went into medicine not wanting (to do) it,” she said. Nevertheless, she put all her energy into studying, because she had a higher ambition and was keen to make a difference. One of her biggest challenges was when it was time for her to enroll in university. She wanted to travel abroad to study, but was unable to, because it was rare for women to do so at the time. Back then the only two real professional options women had were medicine or education, and her father gave her a choice: Either to become a teacher or a physician. She chose the latter. After obtaining her medical degree from King Saud University, she did her fellowship at the Wilmer Ophthalmologic Institute at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, in Washington, DC. HIGHLIGHTS • Selwa Al-Hazzaa became the first woman to hold a high position at the hospital where she dedicated her life, energy and time to making a difference in her field. • With her talent, hard work and ambition, she was recognized by the Saudi leadership early on and used the platform to pave the way for future women in medicine and other fields. • Her first patient was a 9-year-old Saudi girl born blind, a case Al-Hazzaa had followed since the girl was less than a year old. She returned to the Kingdom, where she was later chosen by the head of KFSHRC, Dr. Anwar Jabarti, to be the late King Fahd’s ophthalmologist. She credits Jabarti for realizing her potential, dedication and skills by looking beyond gender and solely at talent. Her dream of representing her country came true, though under sombre circumstances, when she went on her first diplomatic mission after the fatal Sept. 11 2001 terror attacks in the US, remembering her father’s words: “When people trust you, they will then let you represent the country.” Selwa Al-Hazzaa And represent her country she did, as she was the only woman between men, and with no training whatsoever in the political arena, she spoke from the heart, connecting with people. “From that day on, the government took me as their voice of Saudi Arabia after Sept. 11.” Through a lifetime of giving, people would ask her what was the secret to her success. “There is no secret — females are always givers. When we are young, we take care of our siblings, when we are married we take care of our husbands, we get pregnant and take care of our children,” she said. Elected as an executive member of the International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) in 2002, she became the youngest member, the first woman member from the Middle East, and the only female on the council from 2002-2006. She stood down in 2010. NUMBER 2.2bn - There are an estimated 2.2 billion people with vision impairment or blindness globally, with an estimated 1 billion who suffer from moderate or severe distance vision impairment or blindness (WHO 2019). In 2017, Al-Hazzaa was granted the degree of doctor of humanities, honoris causa, the highest honor at Franklin University, one of many honorary titles she’s received in her career. She is also a member of various editorial boards, fellowships and committees, and was one of the first group of women appointed to the Saudi Shoura Council by late King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz in 2003, in a historic move, allowing women for the first time to be part of the Kingdom’s formal advisory body. FASTFACT Last November, Selwa Al-Hazzaa, alongside her colleague Dr. Mohamed Khuthaila and a medical team consisting of entirely of Saudis, put the Kingdom on the map as the first country in the Middle East, and the 5th globally, to utilize LUXTURNA, the first USA FDA-approved gene therapy treatment for any genetic disorder to treat blindness in children. With her 27 years of experience in the field, publishing 69 accredited papers and more, her life’s work finally paid off in November of last year when she, alongside her colleague Dr. Mohamed Khuthaila and a medical team consisting entirely of Saudis, put the Kingdom on the map as the first country in the Middle East, and the 5th globally, to utilize LUXTURNA, the first USA FDA-approved gene therapy treatment for any genetic disorder to treat blindness in children. Her first patient was a nine-year-old Saudi girl born blind, a case Al-Hazzaa had followed since the girl was less than a year old. The successful utilization of the treatment was one of her finest career achievements to date. “If you are going to take a certain specialty, don’t take what everybody’s taking — take something that doesn’t exist and make it exist. Take something hard, because then when you are called upon, it will be regardless of your gender. “I didn’t choose ophthalmology, ophthalmology chose me.” Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center (KFSHRC) Saudi doctor warns of e-cigarette risks after US ban over vaping-related deathsSaudi doctors perform surgeries in Tanzania