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Saudi crown prince discusses bilateral ties with Singapore's deputy PM

Author: Tue, 2019-01-22 00:36 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met with Singapore's Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratunam on Monday in Riyadh to review bilateral relations between the two countries, the Saudi Press Agency
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Saudi crown prince discusses bilateral ties with Singapore's deputy PM

Author: Tue, 2019-01-22 00:36 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met with Singapore's Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratunam on Monday in Riyadh to review bilateral relations between the two countries, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said. The crown prince also discussed with Shanmugaratunam opportunities for developing cooperation between the two sides in various fields, especially the economic aspect, and the desire of the Singaporean government to contribute to programs and projects to achieve the Kingdom's Vision 2030 program.  Shanmugaratunam is also Singapore's minister for economic policy. Among those who attended the meeting meeting were Majid Al-Qasabi, Saudi trade and investment manager; Khaled Al-Falih, Minister of energy, industry and mineral resources; Education Minister Hamad Al-Sheikh; Saudi Ambassador to Singapore Saad Al-Saleh. Osman;  Lawrence Anderson, the Singaporean ambassador to the Kingdom; and a number of officials.   Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Crow Prince MohammedSingaporeTharman ShanmugaratunamVision 2030 No delays in private sector’s payments, says Saudi ministry‘Saudi defense sector to contribute $61.6bn to GDP by 2020’

Saudi Aramco recognized as a leader in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Author: Tue, 2019-01-22 01:05 JEDDAH: Saudi Aramco’s Uthmaniyah Gas Plant (UGP) has been recognized by the World Economic Forum (WEF) as a “Lighthouse” manufacturing facility and a leader in technology applications of the Fourth Industrial Revolut
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Saudi Aramco recognized as a leader in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Author: Tue, 2019-01-22 01:05 JEDDAH: Saudi Aramco’s Uthmaniyah Gas Plant (UGP) has been recognized by the World Economic Forum (WEF) as a “Lighthouse” manufacturing facility and a leader in technology applications of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.  Saudi Aramco is the first energy company globally to be included in this select group of manufacturing sites. The plant is also the only facility in the Middle East to be recognized by WEF.  The announcement was made ahead of WEFs annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland. The gas plant is one of the world’s largest gas processing plants and was commissioned in 1981 as part of Saudi Aramco’s Master Gas System to process associated gas from oil wells.  The use of drones and wearable technologies to inspect pipelines and machinery has helped cut inspection time by 90% in this industrial facility. “The recognition of the Uthmaniyah Gas Plant demonstrates Saudi Aramco’s shift to transform and adapt in the rapidly changing global energy landscape. Uthmaniyah is only one part of our large integrated energy value chain where IR 4.0 technologies are playing a critical role to enable significant capital and operational efficiencies,” said Amin H. Nasser, Chief Executive Officer of Saudi Aramco. The seven new facilities join nine other “Manufacturing Lighthouses” which WEF unveiled in September 2018. The 16 factories were selected from an initial list of 1,000 manufacturers based on their successful implementation of cutting-edge technologies of the future that drive financial and operational impact. The “Lighthouse” program was conducted by WEF in collaboration with McKinsey during a year-long study. A study team visited UGP in Saudi Arabia and performed a thorough audit. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Road to 2030Saudi Aramco Saudi Aramco, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority sign MoU to foster collaboration in new energySaudi Aramco oil reserve upgrade seen boosting bonds, IPO

No delays in private sector’s payments, says Saudi ministry

Author: Mon, 2019-01-21 23:08 JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s Finance Ministry has confirmed that 97 percent of its payments for private sector contracts are paid within 30 days of issue, with 99 percent paid within 60. The remaining 1 percent of payments,
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No delays in private sector’s payments, says Saudi ministry

Author: Mon, 2019-01-21 23:08 JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s Finance Ministry has confirmed that 97 percent of its payments for private sector contracts are paid within 30 days of issue, with 99 percent paid within 60. The remaining 1 percent of payments, the ministry said, were not made due to court orders, or as a result of disputes between the government and the client, and were subject to contractual dispute resolution mechanisms.  Foreign investment in Saudi Arabia more than doubled in 2018 to reach $3.5 billion. Attracting foreign investment is a key part of the Vision 2030 plan to diversify the economy away from oil revenues.  The Kingdom is also taking all steps to make small and medium enterprises the main engine for economic development.    Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi finance ministry Saudi finance minister participates in IMF, World Bank meetings in BaliSaudi finance ministry goes live with digital financial platform Etimad

Saudi Arabia’s “City of Springs” moves step closer to UNESCO recognition

Author: ARAB NEWSID: 1548102247446635400Mon, 2019-01-21 23:19 JEDDAH: While preserving and restoring national heritage sites is no easy task for any country, ensuring these treasures stand out on the world stage is a whole different ballgame.  Th
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Saudi Arabia’s “City of Springs” moves step closer to UNESCO recognition

Author: ARAB NEWSID: 1548102247446635400Mon, 2019-01-21 23:19 JEDDAH: While preserving and restoring national heritage sites is no easy task for any country, ensuring these treasures stand out on the world stage is a whole different ballgame.  Thankfully, the efforts made by the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) have paid off for one village in the Kingdom’s famous Al-Baha region. The village of Zee Ain, Arabic for “city of springs,” was included on a tentative list within the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization after King Salman approved its nomination in 2015. The SCTH has since put forth a multimillion dollar comprehensive restoration plan for the village to make it tourist friendly and shed light on its famous, locally made products. What makes the village of Zee Ain stand out is its strategic location atop a mountain offering impressive panoramic views of the region’s farms. The village is home to dwellings made of polished stone, some four stories high, and a famous mosque. The area, which is said to be more than 400 years old, was given its name from the permanent water source that flows into the area from nearby valleys. The SCTH development plan, which has been underway for several years, consists of two stages. The first is restoring several structures to create an open-air museum overlooking the waterfalls, as well as revamping an existing museum. The second is constructing a village garden and a visitors’ center, which will eventually include an exhibition of locally made products. Hidden gem The peak on which the village is built, which is also set against an impressive backdrop of mountain ranges, is renowned for fruit and spices, including banana, lemon, pepper and basil. Tourists can also get a glimpse of the historic forts built around the village. Legend has it that the springs were dug inadvertently in search of a cane belonging to well-known local. The development plan also includes carrying out research studies aimed at shedding light on the city’s unique architecture and the raw material with which doors and windows are made. Zee Ain was home to many tribal battles before the establishment of the Kingdom. The area is also renowned for a battle in which two famous tribes defeated the Ottomans. As such, it is known among locals as the “site of Turks’ graves.” Locals in Zee Ain have jumped on board the quest to get their hidden gem on the map. More recently, locals have introduced banana festivals in an attempt to attract farmers and tourists. Its existence in a region already brimming with natural wonders, including Raghdan Forest, as well as traditional markets selling distinct handicraft, has no doubt boded well for the city of springs, which may one day rival the likes of France’s Mont Saint Michel and Italy’s Amalfi Coast thanks to the distinct vantage point it offers and the geophysical beauty with which it is surrounded. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTravelTags: Al-BahaSaudi ArabiaSaudi Commission for Tourism & National Heritage (SCTH Al-Baha coast gets tourism green lightNational Day Hiking event concludes in Saudi Arabia’s Al-Baha city

Hajj ministry holds preparatory meeting with UAE officials

Mon, 2019-01-21 23:29 JEDDAH: Dr. Abdul Fattah bin Suleiman Mashat, deputy minister of Hajj and Umrah, received the chairman of the Emirati office for pilgrims’ affairs and director-general of the General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments, Moham
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Hajj ministry holds preparatory meeting with UAE officials

Mon, 2019-01-21 23:29 JEDDAH: Dr. Abdul Fattah bin Suleiman Mashat, deputy minister of Hajj and Umrah, received the chairman of the Emirati office for pilgrims’ affairs and director-general of the General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments, Mohammed Saeed Al-Neyadi. During the meeting, Al-Neyadi and his delegation discussed with Mashat the preparations being made for pilgrims from the UAE attending this year’s Hajj. Mashat said that the relevant Saudi agencies were working to establish an integrated system that offered the best possible services and facilities to pilgrims and visitors to the Prophet’s Mosque in line with the directives of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to allow them to perform their Hajj with ease and comfort. AN Jeddah Al-Neyadi praised the Saudi government and the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah for their efforts and for developing technology to serve the needs of pilgrims.  Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaHajj ministry Deputy Hajj minister meets officials from Thailand, TurkmenistanHajj, Umrah Ministry pavilion showcases projects

Saudi Aramco, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority sign MoU to foster collaboration in new energy

Author: Shounaz MekkyID: 1548104111846780500Mon, 2019-01-21 23:54 JEDDAH: Saudi Aramco signed today a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA) to foster collaboration in power supply and demand managemen
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Saudi Aramco, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority sign MoU to foster collaboration in new energy

Author: Shounaz MekkyID: 1548104111846780500Mon, 2019-01-21 23:54 JEDDAH: Saudi Aramco signed today a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA) to foster collaboration in power supply and demand management. The MoU will also provide a framework to assess potential collaborations and ventures in new energy and smart grid applications, digital transformation, and operational excellence. “We look forward to our partnership with DEWA as it is an important step to achieve our shared objectives and goals that aim at identifying new opportunities within our business for deployment of new energy, smart grid and digital applications. Through this partnership, we are pursuing an exchange of experiences and best practices that will help both parties to leverage technology solutions and accelerate business growth and drive innovation in the energy sector”. “The MoU will help our efforts in digital transformation in the energy industry by applying effective technologies to enable operational efficiencies. The collaboration with DEWA will complement Saudi Aramco’s ongoing energy and technology initiatives”, said Saudi Aramco VP Power Systems, Abdulkarim Al-Ghamdi. “This MoU supports the vision of the wise leadership in both the United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and contributes to achieving integration across all vital sectors through joint efforts to support national and regional goals and common interests, anticipate the future and adopt innovation to enhance sustainability of development. The collaboration with Saudi Aramco supports regional efforts to enhance the energy, water, smart transformation, smart grids, energy efficiency and sustainability sectors”, said HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA. Saudi Aramco is deploying smart control systems as part of the intelligent Power Center currently under construction. The center aims to enhance the effectiveness of power generation, transmission, distribution, and asset management through the implementation of latest real-time power management technologies. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: AramcoDEWA

All-star field ready to tee off in golfing first for Saudi Arabia

Author: ARAB NEWSID: 1548102363786642800Mon, 2019-01-21 23:25 JEDDAH: Some of the world’s biggest golf stars will tee off in Saudi Arabia at the end of this month, as the Kingdom prepares to host its first international golf tournament. The spor
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All-star field ready to tee off in golfing first for Saudi Arabia

Author: ARAB NEWSID: 1548102363786642800Mon, 2019-01-21 23:25 JEDDAH: Some of the world’s biggest golf stars will tee off in Saudi Arabia at the end of this month, as the Kingdom prepares to host its first international golf tournament. The sport’s top three male golfers are taking part in the Saudi International golf tournament, starting Jan. 31, as part of the PGA European Tour. World No. 1 Justin Rose is headlining the field and is flying the flag for England, alongside fellow countryman Ian Poulter. The US contingent features three-time major winner and world No. 2 Brooks Koepka, world No. 3 Dustin Johnson and world No. 5 Bryson DeChambeau. Four-time major champion and 71-time worldwide winner Ernie Els is also on the entry list. The tournament prize exceeds $3.5 million. Rose said he was pleased to be participating in the “historic event” and was eager to compete in the latest European Tour championship. Another player taking part in the tournament, Sweden’s Henrik Stenson, said: “I have been playing in the PGA European Tour since 2001 and was lucky to play golf around the world, but I have never visited Saudi Arabia, so it is great to be visiting the Kingdom now after hearing about its great plans to promote and develop the game. I am excited to compete against the world’s best players.” The Saudi Arabian Golf Federation (SGF), supported by the General Sport Authority, last year struck a deal with the European Tour for the Kingdom to host a series of prestigious tournaments. “Hosting this event reflects our efforts to make this tournament one of the world’s most important golf championships,” Yasser Al-Ramian, president of the SGF, told Arab News. “We have aspired from the outset to organize an event that brings to light the Kingdom’s civilized image and bright future, and we are on the way to achieve this.” The event, which runs over four days and ends Feb. 3, takes place at the Royal Greens Golf & Country Club in King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC). KAEC CEO Ahmed Linjawy said the venue aimed to become the region’s leading tourism and entertainment destination to meet the aspirations of the Vision 2030 reform plan. The tournament’s organizing committee said there would be a Family Golf Village with activities for all age groups, including golf lessons, competitions, food stalls, live entertainment and an auditorium for visitors to interact with the professionals. “The Saudi International golf tournament is an important milestone in the Kingdom’s sports history as it provides the opportunity for golf enthusiasts from around the world to watch their favorite golf professionals play in Saudi Arabia,” SGF member Majed Sorour told Arab News. “Our goal is to raise the tournament’s status beyond being a sports event only, but to become an exceptional family entertainment experience for all family members. We invite everyone to join us in the distinctive experience, which also allows visitors to learn about golf.” The Family Golf Village was the first entertainment event accompanying the tournament and the SGF was working with other bodies to organize and announce more entertainment events, he added. Tournament organizers have asked people to not use their phones while players are taking a shot, and to avoid following players around the course. Spectators are also encouraged to wear appropriate clothing, in accordance with local customs, and to refrain from public displays of affection. Tickets for the tournament cost SR50 ($13.33). Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi golfSaudi sports authoritySaudi ArabiaKing Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) Saudi golfers ready to defend Pan-Arab titleAlmulla retains lead: Saudi golf star has chance at consecutive titles in SGF Open

Saudi Arabia's civil service ministry launches national training program for public sector employees

Mon, 2019-01-21 08:09 JEDDAH: A national program aimed to train public sector employees in the field of human resources management has been inaugurated by the Ministry of Civil Service on Sunday. The “National Program for Rehabilitation and Training of H
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Saudi Arabia's civil service ministry launches national training program for public sector employees

Mon, 2019-01-21 08:09 JEDDAH: A national program aimed to train public sector employees in the field of human resources management has been inaugurated by the Ministry of Civil Service on Sunday. The “National Program for Rehabilitation and Training of Human Resources Personnel and Leaders in Government Agencies,” which aims to expand the skills of government personnel, is in line with the country’s Vision 2030, according to the ministry. “The Ministry of Civil Service will spare no effort in carrying out the roles entrusted to it to advance administrative development, including the modernization of the working environment in the public sector,” said Minister of Civil Service Suleiman bin Abdullah during the inauguration. The program will explore best practices in human resources management in the public sector, and will discuss the basic principles of the employee life cycle. It will also train employees on methodologies of workforce planning, how to motivate employees to achieve their career objectives, how to foster a culture of group work, as well as highlight the role of digital technology in human resource. Only Saudi nationals who have a college degree are eligible to join the program. Government agencies will nominate the eligible employees, who will then be enrolled in a five-day course on human resource, where their abilities to obtain a certificate from UK-based Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development will be assessed. Successful candidates will finish a one-year training module, consisting of classroom and on-site activities. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Human resourceVision2030SaudiVision2030 IATA selects Saudi academy as training partner60 opinion polls conducted across Saudi Arabia in 2018

Civil service ministry launches national training program for public sector employees

Mon, 2019-01-21 08:09 JEDDAH: A national program aimed to train public sector employees in the field of human resources management has been inaugurated by the Ministry of Civil Service on Sunday. The “National Program for Rehabilitation and Training of H
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Civil service ministry launches national training program for public sector employees

Mon, 2019-01-21 08:09 JEDDAH: A national program aimed to train public sector employees in the field of human resources management has been inaugurated by the Ministry of Civil Service on Sunday. The “National Program for Rehabilitation and Training of Human Resources Personnel and Leaders in Government Agencies,” which aims to expand the skills of government personnel, is in line with the country’s Vision 2030, according to the ministry. “The Ministry of Civil Service will spare no effort in carrying out the roles entrusted to it to advance administrative development, including the modernization of the working environment in the public sector,” said Minister of Civil Service Suleiman bin Abdullah during the inauguration. The program will explore best practices in human resources management in the public sector, and will discuss the basic principles of the employee life cycle. It will also train employees on methodologies of workforce planning, how to motivate employees to achieve their career objectives, how to foster a culture of group work, as well as highlight the role of digital technology in human resource. Only Saudi nationals who have a college degree are eligible to join the program. Government agencies will nominate the eligible employees, who will then be enrolled in a five-day course on human resource, where their abilities to obtain a certificate from UK-based Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development will be assessed. Successful candidates will finish a one-year training module, consisting of classroom and on-site activities. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Human resourceVision2030SaudiVision2030 IATA selects Saudi academy as training partner60 opinion polls conducted across Saudi Arabia in 2018

7,172 earthquakes were detected in Saudi regions in 2018

Author: Shounaz MekkyID: 1548020610849085600Mon, 2019-01-21 00:43 JEDDAH: Earthquake monitoring stations belonging to the Saudi Geological Survey (SGS) have detected 7,172 earthquakes during 2018 in the region. SGS spokesperson, Tariq Abaakhel lis
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7,172 earthquakes were detected in Saudi regions in 2018

Author: Shounaz MekkyID: 1548020610849085600Mon, 2019-01-21 00:43 JEDDAH: Earthquake monitoring stations belonging to the Saudi Geological Survey (SGS) have detected 7,172 earthquakes during 2018 in the region. SGS spokesperson, Tariq Abaakhel listed the areas where earthquakes have been recorded throughout the year. Among those areas was Harrat Al-Shaqa, a lava field in northwestern Saudi Arabia, which has witnessed 3,027 earthquakes, with a magnitude of 2.7 on the Richter scale. Saudi Arabia seismic activity in a small village in Al-Ihsa, in Haradh region, reached 1,316 earthquakes, with a magnitude of 3.5 on the Richter scale. In the Kingdom’s northern Red Sea region, 1,066 earthquakes were detected with a magnitude of 2.9 on the Richter scale. While the southern Red Sea region recorded 32 earthquakes with a magnitude of 2.9. Along the Gulf of Aqaba, 376 earthquakes were detected with an average of 3.3 magnitude. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi Arabiaearthquakes

Saudi women dominate at motor racing event in Dirab

Author: daniel fountainID: 1548021571909131700Mon, 2019-01-21 01:10 RIYADH: Saudi Arabian women dominated the first round of the women’s SWS-SPRINT Championship, which is organized by the FunXtreme Racing Circuit in Dirab for motorcars and motorc
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Saudi women dominate at motor racing event in Dirab

Author: daniel fountainID: 1548021571909131700Mon, 2019-01-21 01:10 RIYADH: Saudi Arabian women dominated the first round of the women’s SWS-SPRINT Championship, which is organized by the FunXtreme Racing Circuit in Dirab for motorcars and motorcycles. It is sponsored by the Saudi Federation of Motor Vehicles and Motorcycles at the SWS World Championship. The second round saw the participation of a number of Saudi, Gulf and Arab women drivers, who fought it out for the title until the final meters of the race to become the winner. Yasmin Madani finished first with 0.09 ppm, Amjad Al-Omari came in second place and Princess Madawi Al-Saud took third place. Sarah Al-Harthi, Director of the Women’s Race Program at FunXtreme circuit, praised the impressive levels of the first and second rounds of the women’s competitions, stressing that they are no less exciting than the other categories/groups, especially since it is being held for the first time in Saudi Arabia. Al-Harthi expressed her deep satisfaction with the excellent professional level of the tour. She also praised the increasing media interest in women’s races, which reflects the positive interaction of the media and its role in enhancing the participation of Saudi women in all fields. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaMotorsportSaudi women empowermentwomen empowerment 100 days at the wheel ... Saudi women drivers feel exhilaratedWomen drivers to transform Saudi auto market

Saudi Arabia’s Qassim Book fair gathers intellectuals, publishers

Author: Arab NEwsID: 1548022704949181300Mon, 2019-01-21 01:13 JEDDAH: Intellectuals, publishers and authors participated in the second Qassim Book Fair, which was organized by Qassim governorate in collaboration with the Saudi Publishers Associatio
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Saudi Arabia’s Qassim Book fair gathers intellectuals, publishers

Author: Arab NEwsID: 1548022704949181300Mon, 2019-01-21 01:13 JEDDAH: Intellectuals, publishers and authors participated in the second Qassim Book Fair, which was organized by Qassim governorate in collaboration with the Saudi Publishers Association. The fair included lectures and seminars. One notable lecture was by Dr. Qais Al-Sheikh Mubarak, who highlighted the importance of reading and seeking knowledge. Dr. Nora Al-Rashoud, a lecturer at Umm Al-Qura University, gave a lecture titled “Judicial efforts in family issues.” There was also a symposium titled “The future of journalism: Between digital and print,” as well as poetry evenings. The fair was attended by 200 publishing houses, as well as government and social agencies. It provided an opportunity for many companies and individuals to offer their services and products to visitors. The fair included a pavilion for artists, one for families, and one for children to develop their skills and consolidate their love of reading. The Kingdom is making efforts to promote reading culture among the youth. Authorities have organized a number of book fairs to make world literature available to the public. Recently, an international book fair was held in Jeddah. The fair drew more than 50,000 visitors daily and publishers from 40 countries. Several workshops in fine arts, photography and calligraphy were also organized.  Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Qassim book fairSaudi Arabia 2nd Qassim Book Fair attracts big crowdsLiterature and art attract thousands to Jeddah Book Fair

60 opinion polls conducted across Saudi Arabia in 2018

Author: Arab NewsID: 1548024047539254600Mon, 2019-01-21 01:39 JEDDAH: More than 77,000 people took part in almost 60 polls carried out last year by the National Center for Public Opinion Polls at the King Abdul Aziz Center for National Dialogue. P
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60 opinion polls conducted across Saudi Arabia in 2018

Author: Arab NewsID: 1548024047539254600Mon, 2019-01-21 01:39 JEDDAH: More than 77,000 people took part in almost 60 polls carried out last year by the National Center for Public Opinion Polls at the King Abdul Aziz Center for National Dialogue. Polls were conducted on public affairs issues, and marked a 2.5 percent increase on the number carried out in 2017, the center said. More than 183,000 people were invited to take part in the polls with 77,000 agreeing — a 43 percent response rate that is high by international standards, according to the center. Women’s participation rate in the polls was 24 percent, reflecting the fact that most topics were of interest mainly to men. The National Center for Public Opinion Polls aims to promote a culture of dialogue in the Kingdom, allowing people to express their views on a range of issues. Polling is conducted according to global practices to provide reliable feedback and statistics that can help decision-making in government. The center offers its services to all government agencies and civil institutions. Surveys are carried out on issues related to public affairs, to measure client satisfaction, or to raise awareness among participants. Experienced personnel operate a call center fitted out with the latest communication technologies, while research teams monitor data quality and verify polling results. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: King Abdul Aziz Center for National DialogueSaudi Arabia Book promoting national dialogue in conflict-hit countries publishedKing Abdul Aziz Center for National Dialogue introduces peace project for cultural communication to foreign diplomats’ wives

IATA selects Saudi academy as training partner

Author: Arab NewsID: 1548024708059282700Mon, 2019-01-21 01:51 JEDDAH: The Saudi Civil Aviation Academy (SACA), a subsidiary of the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), has been selected by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) as t
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IATA selects Saudi academy as training partner

Author: Arab NewsID: 1548024708059282700Mon, 2019-01-21 01:51 JEDDAH: The Saudi Civil Aviation Academy (SACA), a subsidiary of the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), has been selected by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) as the second largest training partner, in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. This achievement falls in line with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 strategy and reflects the contributions of GCAA and its reputation in the world of civil aviation. The selection was based on three factors: Numbers of training courses offered, beneficiaries and increasing courses from a year to another. The academy was chosen from among 10 IATA training centers. SACA is a center of excellence for aviation and airport training. Moreover, the academy aims to implement plans to fulfill the manpower needs of GACA and other institutions that need personnel qualified in various civil aviation sciences. It also aims to become a major national, regional and global contributor to the development of aviation science and help nationalize the aviation industry. IATA is a trade association of the world’s airlines. Consisting of 290 airlines, primarily major carriers, representing 117 countries, IATA’s member airlines account for carrying approximately 82 percent of total available seat miles air traffic. It supports aviation with global standards for airline safety, security, efficiency and sustainability. For over 70 years, it has developed global commercial standards upon which the air transport industry is built. It assists airlines by simplifying processes and increasing passenger convenience while reducing costs and improving efficiency. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA)International Air Transport Association (IATA)Saudi Civil Aviation Academy (SACA)SaudiVision2030 Saudi civil aviation authority to begin issuing drone permitsGACA preparing Saudi Arabia as a global logistics center

Makkah governor launches raft of pilgrimage initiatives

Author: Tariq Al-ThaqafiID: 1548015523618768500Sun, 2019-01-20 23:18 JEDDAH: Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, opened the Makkah Cultural Forum on Sunday, where he addressed growing demands to improve pilgrimage experiences for Muslims visiting
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Makkah governor launches raft of pilgrimage initiatives

Author: Tariq Al-ThaqafiID: 1548015523618768500Sun, 2019-01-20 23:18 JEDDAH: Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, opened the Makkah Cultural Forum on Sunday, where he addressed growing demands to improve pilgrimage experiences for Muslims visiting holy sites and cities in Saudi Arabia. Called “How to Develop Cities to Serve the Hajj and Umrah,” the forum was the first of its kind for over 12 years. In that time, the prince said, the Kingdom has made great strides forward in developing innovative, creative ways of improving pilgrimages, and now welcomed people from across the Islamic world “with a smile,” but now needed to do more, and not rest on its laurels. Prince Khaled, who chaired the forum, announced the launch of four new initiatives as part of a drive to modernize Hajj and Umrah. He also signed off on a number of smaller agreements between the city of Makkah, several Saudi universities, and the ministries of Islamic Affairs and Hajj and Umrah, to improve organization of the pilgrimages and the provision of services to participants. The four initiatives, drawn up with the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah included establishing a training center, and ratifying a code of ethics and conduct, for government employees working on pilgrimages, refining and improving the Yusr app for Hajj and Umrah pilgrims, and supporting the Sadiq Al-Moatamir (Friend of the Pilgrim) initiative, which has so far trained over 1 million Hajj volunteers. Dr. Abdul Fattah bin Suleiman Mashat, deputy minister for Hajj and Umrah, stressed that serving pilgrims was a top priority for the Kingdom. “Since its inception, Saudi Arabia has served pilgrims; it is one of our most important founding principles. We aim to motivate Muslims and make it easier for them to perform the Hajj and Umrah rituals, and encourage investors to help serve pilgrims,” he said, adding that in all the initiatives, sustainability in supporting businesses, citizens and pilgrims on Hajj and Umrah was essential. To ensure this, he said, the forum would need to “think outside the box,” and adopt measures to oversee and “incubate” all of the agreed initiatives, providing assistance and consultations. The ceremony concluded with the additional signing of nine agreements between government agencies and private organizations, including a memorandum of strategic cooperation between ministries as part of the Hajj training center initiative. There were also agreements to finance shaded parking spaces, smart guide boards and air-conditioned lounges to accommodate pilgrims, and a number of other developments related to improving infrastructure in Makkah, Jeddah and elsewhere, between, among others, the cities’ authorities, the Ministry of Islamic Affairs and the Saudi Electricity Co. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Makkah governorPrince Khalid Al-Faisal Hajj, Umrah Ministry pavilion showcases projectsSaudi government, private sectors intensify Umrah efforts

Jeddah to host first global village in Saudi Arabia

Author: Mohammed Al-KinaniID: 1548015703068775200Sun, 2019-01-20 23:20 JEDDAH: For the first time in Saudi Arabia, Jeddah will host a multicultural festival that takes visitors on a virtual tour of 50 countries. The global village will be set up i
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Jeddah to host first global village in Saudi Arabia

Author: Mohammed Al-KinaniID: 1548015703068775200Sun, 2019-01-20 23:20 JEDDAH: For the first time in Saudi Arabia, Jeddah will host a multicultural festival that takes visitors on a virtual tour of 50 countries. The global village will be set up inside Atallah Happy Land Park along the city’s famous waterfront every day from 5 p.m. to midnight between Feb. 28 and March 29. The event is one of many aiming to enhance tourism, as well as the local economy. Suzan Eskander, director-general of International Image, the organizing company, told Arab News that the village is expected to attract 1 million visitors. “Participants from some 50 countries have so far confirmed their interest in taking part in the festival, which will be held on an area of more than 45,000 square meters,” she said. “There will be pavilions for participants from five Gulf Cooperation Council states, 10 Arab countries, 18 African countries, 10 European countries and four countries from the Americas.” She added that folkloric dances would be performed by bands from each country. “Performers will be dressed in traditional costumes,” she said. “Visitors can also enjoy dishes and traditional products from different countries.” Eskander also said paintings portraying heritage and culture in the different countries would be on display. “In addition, we are hopeful that the children’s zone will wow young visitors,” she said. “Little guests can develop their skills in drawing and games, as well as play zones.” Eskander said the village was timed to coincide with the city’s good weather season, adding that a marketing plan has been put in place to target private and international schools to ensure high attendance. Eskander expressed her gratitude to the General Entertainment Authority for their continued support and cooperation. “They have not only provided us instructions for obtaining the festival’s license, but are still following up to ensure that everything is going smoothly,” she said. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: GCCGlobal villageSaudi Arabia Jeddah book group leads reading revival through novel initiativeFans flock to meet AC Milan stars at Diesel Jeddah

King Abdullah University for Science and Technology launches winter program to ‘broaden students’ horizons’

Author: Ameera AbidID: 1548015876498793200Sun, 2019-01-20 23:23 JEDDAH: The tenth edition of the Winter Enrichment Program (WEP) at King Abdullah University for Science and Technology (KAUST) was launched this week by the university’s president,
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King Abdullah University for Science and Technology launches winter program to ‘broaden students’ horizons’

Author: Ameera AbidID: 1548015876498793200Sun, 2019-01-20 23:23 JEDDAH: The tenth edition of the Winter Enrichment Program (WEP) at King Abdullah University for Science and Technology (KAUST) was launched this week by the university’s president, Dr. Tony Chan. Chan stated that the WEP would provide “a platform for us to reach out to the wider region, as well as the rest of the Kingdom, so all can benefit from what we’re doing at KAUST.” “We reach out to many different places and sectors. We sponsor some of our best students, almost 500 per year, to go overseas and study. Our goal is to broaden our students’ horizons, and our measure of success is long term,” he added. The two-week program, this year focusing on the theme of “Time,” will include lectures by keynote speakers, as well as special courses, seminars and field trips, in an effort to inspire current KAUST students and members of the public. Encouragement KAUST hopes that, by encouraging Saudi students to study abroad, the WEP will provide a boost to the Kingdom’s economy through forging international connections and businesses. Prof. Valerio Orlando, chairman of the WEP, said: “When I was asked by the university to lead the program, I immediately came up with the theme of ‘Time.’” “Time is the most universal and unifying theme that one can think of. Time is the dimension that everybody can understand and experience.” Sharing experience The WEP will also see successful former students and program participants, many working at multinationals like Saudi Aramco, return to talk to current students about their own experiences. Almost 200 graduates currently work for Saudi Aramco, including several people previously on the program. But, Chan and Orlando said, the WEP wasn’t just about identifying and nurturing future employees for international corporations. “This university is open to everyone who has talent. As long as they have talent, they will be supported and educated,” stated Orlando. “We don’t just want to be associated with big companies, but also to encourage students to start their own companies,” Chan added. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: King Abdullah University for Science and Technology (KAUST)Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia’s KAUST startups win top prizesKAUST startup iyris places third in Startup Istanbul 2018

The fight to end child marriage

Sun, 2019-01-20 23:53 RIYADH: When Saudi Arabia’s Shoura Council voted on Jan. 11 to ban child marriage in the Kingdom, it joined a global movement seeking to end a practice that is harmful not just to girls’ health — child brides are more likely to ex
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The fight to end child marriage

Sun, 2019-01-20 23:53 RIYADH: When Saudi Arabia’s Shoura Council voted on Jan. 11 to ban child marriage in the Kingdom, it joined a global movement seeking to end a practice that is harmful not just to girls’ health — child brides are more likely to experience domestic violence and die in childbirth — but also to their future, as they are less likely to remain in school. According to UNICEF, the term “child marriage” is used to refer to both formal marriages and informal unions in which a girl or boy lives with a partner before the age of 18. An informal union is one in which a couple live together for some time, intending to have a lasting relationship, but do not have a formal civil or religious ceremony. The Shoura Council banned child marriages for both genders with the approval of two-thirds of its members. The law was eight years in the making, and was put before the council at least five times in last year’s council sessions. The members voted to approve regulations limiting marriages of those under 18 years of age and banning marriages involving children under 15 years of age. The law was effective immediately. Shoura Council member Dr. Hoda Al-Helaissi said the law is an important step in protecting children’s rights.  “The idea was to protect girls more than anything, but also young boys,” he said. “You cannot expect a girl of 10 or 12 to understand what marital relations are, or for her body to correctly carry a baby. There are a lot of health issues involved.” Al-Helaissi explained the reason behind the delay in approving the law. “The usual argument was that it took place in the days of the Prophet (Muhammad). But times have changed since the olden days, and we are not just talking about Islam. It was used as a bartering tool for (those in) poverty, where the fathers received dowries.  “Things are completely different now,” he said. “The law gives them the possibility of an education and future.”  Times are certainly changing in Saudi Arabia, which is modernizing under the Vision 2030 reform plan. And while the latest step is one of many taken recently to empower women, the Kingdom is not even among the 20 countries that have the highest absolute numbers of child marriages.  Most child marriages take place in poverty-stricken countries in which families benefit financially from a daughter’s marriage, or in countries that adhere strictly to traditional norms. In many such countries, girls are viewed as a burden on families — in need of safeguarding to protect their honor — while boys are considered breadwinners.  Child marriage is a generations-old custom still practiced today around the world in countries including India, Bangladesh, Nigeria, Indonesia and Mexico. The custom has often gone unquestioned in such places since it has been part of communities’ lives and identities for a long time. Families marry their daughters in return for dowries, passing the responsibility of their daughter’s care to the husband. This eases the financial strain of impoverished families because they have one less mouth to feed. In conflict areas, many believe marriage is in the daughter’s best interest to protect her from physical or sexual harassment.   India has by far the highest  number of child brides. Even though child marriage is technically illegal there, many are falling victim to the practice. A study published in UNICEF’s “State of the World’s Children” report in 2017 estimated that there were more than 15 million women in India who married when they were children.  According to a study carried out by Girls Not Brides — a global partnership of more than 1,000 civil society organizations committed to ending child marriage — 27 percent of Indian girls are married before the age of 18, and 7 percent by the age of 15. India is one of 12 countries selected to be part of the UN Population Fund and UNICEF’s Global Program to Accelerate Action to End Child Marriage.  Child marriage is not just restricted to the developing world, however. It is legal — taking judicial exceptions into account — in 49 US states.  Child bride Sunita Bishnoi, 5, at her parents’ home near Jodpur in India’s northwest. (AFP) States often make exceptions to their minimum-age ruling if those below the age of 18 have parental consent, the approval of a judge, or are recognized as adults. And 25 states have no statutory minimum age for marriage to begin with, meaning that minors can legally marry other minors or adults. Minors are most likely to get married in places that are rural and poor, said Nicholas Syrett, who combed through historical marriage records while researching his book “American Child Bride: A History of Minors and Marriage in the United States.” He wrote: “Almost all the evidence indicates that girls in cities don’t get married young, that girls from middle class or wealthy families don’t get married young. This is a rural phenomenon and it is a phenomenon of poverty.” According to Unchained at Last, an organization dedicated to ending forced and child marriage in the US, an estimated 248,000 children — some as young as 12 — were married between 2000 and 2015 in America. The new law in Saudi Arabia is in keeping with the country’s existing child protection law, which applies to people under the age of 18, Jeddah-based divorce lawyer Bayan Zahran told Arab News. “Anyone under this age limit is considered to be under the child protection system,” she said.  The new law confirms the view that minors cannot be expected to function as adults in a marriage, Zahran said, and will help prevent divorces that result from these dysfunctional partnerships. Dr. Fawzia Aba Al-Khail, a member of the Shoura Council, emphasized the importance of the matter being debated thoroughly by the council — even if that meant taking a long time to pass the law.  “The fact that a minority of the council’s (Islamic and judicial affairs) committee disagreed with passing the law shows they have a right to their opinion, and that the committee discusses (matters) intelligently, with a focus on human rights.  “Yes, there have been many discussions before, but you need the majority, and the Shoura Council is made up of many different backgrounds … In passing this law, we have agreed to protect all minors.” Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: child marriageSaudi Shoura Council Saudi Arabia’s Shoura Council bans child marriagesChild marriage costs countries billions in lost earnings: World Bank

Date set for launching of Saudi Arabian satellite SGS-1

Author: daniel fountainID: 1548018994908979000Mon, 2019-01-21 00:27RIYADH: The launching of Saudi Communication Satellite KA (SGS-1) from a base in Kourou, an oversees commune in French Guiana, South America, has been set for Feb. 5, according to Sa
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Date set for launching of Saudi Arabian satellite SGS-1

Author: daniel fountainID: 1548018994908979000Mon, 2019-01-21 00:27RIYADH: The launching of Saudi Communication Satellite KA (SGS-1) from a base in Kourou, an oversees commune in French Guiana, South America, has been set for Feb. 5, according to Saudi Press Agency.Local reports have said technical preparations for launching the satellite on the evening of Wednesday, Feb. 5 at 11:55 local time are underway at the King Abdel Aziz City for Science and Technology with the participation of other beneficiaries in the Kingdom. Global defense firm Lockheed Martin has manufactured, tested and operated the satellite with the participation of Saudi engineers and scientists, who had been trained in order to be able to work and contribute to the satellite project. The launching of the satellite comes afterefforts of Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, as well as the kingdom’s Minister of Defense, who oversaw the the stages of manufacture during visits to Lockheed Martin’s San Fransisco headquarters in April 2018. During the visit, the crown prince signed the final piece to be placed on the Saudi satellite before its launch with the words “above the clouds.” Main category: Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia’s al-Ula youth being groomed for hospitality sector

Author: ARAB NEWSID: 1547928869131141800Sat, 2019-01-19 23:14 JEDDAH: A group of 100 young men and women from the historic Al-Ula region will be sent abroad to learn French in the hope of acquiring new skills for the tourism and hospitality sector
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Saudi Arabia’s al-Ula youth being groomed for hospitality sector

Author: ARAB NEWSID: 1547928869131141800Sat, 2019-01-19 23:14 JEDDAH: A group of 100 young men and women from the historic Al-Ula region will be sent abroad to learn French in the hope of acquiring new skills for the tourism and hospitality sector, according to Mostafa Mihraje, French consul general in Jeddah. The statement came during a meeting that included delegations from the consulate and the Makkah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI). Hisham Kaaki, MCCI chairman, was also present at the meeting. Mihraje lauded the Kingdom for its efforts in resolving regional issues and fighting terrorism. “Relations between the two countries are going from strength to strength in the political, economic, trade and developmental spheres,” he said. Mihraje called for bolstering cooperation with the MCCI by establishing a joint center with the consulate that would facilitate trade and visas. “Up to 50,000 pilgrims come from France yearly,” he said. “The consulate issues about 62,000 visas every year.” Kaaki said the chamber would ensure facilitating French language learning for anyone wishing to do so.” “The Kingdom can benefit from France in the fields of tourism, transport, hospitality and training, especially since the country welcomes about 80 million tourists a year,” he said. “Organizing the first exhibition for French catalogs in Makkah will shed light on investment opportunities. This would come at a time in which Makkah is witnessing major urban development, which can also provide ample opportunities between us.” Main category: Saudi ArabiaTravelTags: Al-UlaMadain SalehMadinahSaudi Commission for Tourism & National Heritage (SCTHMakkah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) Boxing legend Floyd Mayweather tours Saudi Arabia’s Al-UlaProminent Lebanese figures head to Al-Ula show

Saudi ministry: More than 3 million Umrah visas issued so far

Author: ARAB NEWSID: 1547928832761136800Sat, 2019-01-19 23:13 JEDDAH: The number of Umrah visas issued this year has reached 3,024,272, of which 2,561,541 pilgrims have arrived in the Kingdom, according to data provided by the Hajj and Umrah Minist
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Saudi ministry: More than 3 million Umrah visas issued so far

Author: ARAB NEWSID: 1547928832761136800Sat, 2019-01-19 23:13 JEDDAH: The number of Umrah visas issued this year has reached 3,024,272, of which 2,561,541 pilgrims have arrived in the Kingdom, according to data provided by the Hajj and Umrah Ministry. There are 399,479 pilgrims still in the Kingdom, with 277,372 in Makkah and 122,107 in Madinah. Most pilgrims — 2,288,789 — came to the Kingdom by air, while 257,266 entered by land and 15,486 arrived by sea. The largest number of pilgrims are from Pakistan (681,392) followed by Indonesia (447,450), India (306,470), Yemen (146,067), Malaysia (142,290), Algeria (92,752), Turkey (86,925), Egypt (85,438), Bangladesh (53,131) and the UAE (62,927). The weekly data also included the number of Saudi staff within Umrah companies and institutions. They are 9,983 Saudis including 8,259 males and 1,724 females. Developing Hajj and Umrah organizations and services in the Kingdom is among the top priorities of the Saudi government. The Vision 2030 reform plan aims to attract more than 30 million Umrah pilgrims, and provide them with excellent services and an outstanding experience. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Hajj and UmraMakkahMadinah Saudi Arabia issues 2.78 million Umrah visas so farHajj, Umrah Ministry pavilion showcases projects

Preserving national identity a challenge: Saudi Arabia's Islamic affairs minister

Author: Arab News JeddahID: 1547918833450272500Sun, 2019-01-20 19:43 JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia faces “great challenges” in preserving its national identity as it keeps up with modern society, the minister of Islamic affairs said Saturday. Dr. Abdul
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Preserving national identity a challenge: Saudi Arabia's Islamic affairs minister

Author: Arab News JeddahID: 1547918833450272500Sun, 2019-01-20 19:43 JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia faces “great challenges” in preserving its national identity as it keeps up with modern society, the minister of Islamic affairs said Saturday. Dr. Abdullatif bin Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh told delegates at a conference in Cairo that it was a shared duty to preserve religious constants and national identity. “This is especially significant as we face great challenges of building the national character that combines preserving authentic national identity and keeping pace with contemporary civil society,” he said. He was speaking at the 29th International Conference of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, which was organized by the Egyptian Ministry of Awqaf (religious endowments) under the patronage of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi. More than 150 people — including ministers, scientists, intellectuals and professors — took part in the conference. The Saudi minister stressed it was important for people to actively participate in developing their nation and contributing to its progress and prosperity. He explained that the process was hard on a practical level as it demanded loyalty and perseverance, “especially amid the unprecedented openness” of traditional and new forms of media and communication. Al-Asheikh said that Saudi citizens were proud of their identity and protected their nation against any danger because they loved and respected their country and leaders. “It has also made Saudis respect other peoples who love their countries and prevented them from intervening in their affairs,” he added. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaSaudi Minister of Islamic Affairsidentity Saudi Arabia seeks to improve its knowhowSaudi falconry festival launches photo competition

FaceOf: Fahad bin Maayouf Al-Ruwaily, Saudi ambassador to Denmark and Lithuania

Author: Sat, 2019-01-19 21:48 Fahad bin Maayouf Al-Ruwaily has been Saudi ambassador to Denmark and Lithuania since March 2017.  Al-Ruwaily joined the Foreign Ministry in 1990 as an attache. He served as deputy head of mission at the Saudi Embassy i
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FaceOf: Fahad bin Maayouf Al-Ruwaily, Saudi ambassador to Denmark and Lithuania

Author: Sat, 2019-01-19 21:48 Fahad bin Maayouf Al-Ruwaily has been Saudi ambassador to Denmark and Lithuania since March 2017.  Al-Ruwaily joined the Foreign Ministry in 1990 as an attache. He served as deputy head of mission at the Saudi Embassy in Niger and was head of the Department of Political and Consular Affairs from 1993 to 1996. In 1997, he became the embassy’s charge d’affaires. He also served as head of the consular, citizen affairs and Islamic affairs sections at the Saudi Embassy in Brussels between 1997 and 2001.  Al-Ruwaily was deputy director of the human rights section at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2001 to 2003, and also served as deputy head of the mission to the Netherlands.  He was secretary-general of the Saudi National Commission for the Chemical and Biological Weapons Convention. Al-Ruwaily holds a bachelor’s degree in law from King Saud University and a diploma from Prince Saud Al-Faisal Institute for Diplomatic Studies in Riyadh. He also received a master’s degree in international politics from the University of Brussels. On Friday, Al-Ruwaily attended a reception attended by Lithuania’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevicius and senior Lithuanian government officials. He offered Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite greetings from King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: #FaceOfFahad bin Maayouf Al-Ruwaily FaceOf: Fayez Al-Shehri, Saudi Shoura Council memberFaceOf: Dr. Tony F. Chan, president of KSA’s KAUSTFaceOf: Dr. Khaled bin Abdulmohsen Al-Muhaisen, president of KSA’s National Anti-Corruption CommissionFaceOf: Dr. Abdullah bin Salim Al-Mutani, deputy chairman of the Saudi Shoura Council

Saudi Arabia, UAE agree on joint program to test supply chain and security systems

Sat, 2019-01-19 21:53 JEDDAH: Supply chains and security systems are to be tested in preparation for a crisis or disaster in Saudi Arabia and the UAE, one of several initiatives agreed on Saturday by a body representing both countries. The Saudi-UAE Coordi
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Saudi Arabia, UAE agree on joint program to test supply chain and security systems

Sat, 2019-01-19 21:53 JEDDAH: Supply chains and security systems are to be tested in preparation for a crisis or disaster in Saudi Arabia and the UAE, one of several initiatives agreed on Saturday by a body representing both countries. The Saudi-UAE Coordination Council held its first executive committee meeting in Abu Dhabi.  It was chaired by Minister of Economy and Planning Mohammed bin Maziad Al-Tuwaijri from the Saudi side, and Minister of Cabinet Affairs and the Future Mohammed bin Abdullah Al-Gergawi from the UAE side. Al-Tuwaijri said the meeting was a continuation of the achievements made in bilateral relations. A joint security cooperation program was signed to test the supply chain and security systems in the major sectors during a crisis or disaster, identify the points for improvement and develop a plan to address them. It was agreed to introduce and market the products of small traders through joint events. A virtual e-currency project was launched, but only on a trial basis. It will be restricted to trading between some banks in the Kingdom and the UAE in order to explore and prepare for future technologies. Al-Tuwaijri also visited the Saudi Arabian pavilion at Expo 2020 in Dubai, heading an official delegation from the Kingdom. The group was received by the minister of state for international cooperation and director general of the expo, Reem bint Ebrahim Al-Hashimy. Saudi Arabia was the first international participant to begin building its pavilion for the event. The Kingdom and the UAE have the two largest economies in the Gulf Cooperation Council and a combined gross domestic product of around $1 trillion. There was a Saudi-UAE Coordination Council meeting last June in Jeddah that was chaired by the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed and the Kingdom’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.   The two main goals set out at that meeting were to enhance the domestic economy of both nations and counter threats to Gulf and Arab security. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaUAEsupply chainMaziad Al-TuwaijriMohammed bin Abdullah Al-GergawiExpo 2020Dubai Preserving national identity a challenge: Saudi Arabia's Islamic affairs ministerSaudi Arabia’s KSRelief chief meets UN humanitarian coordinator for Yemen

Saudi education minister gives teachers 100 days to improve results

Author: Ruba ObaidID: 1547930360261272500Sat, 2019-01-19 23:38 JEDDAH: The Saudi education minister, Dr. Hamad bin Mohammed Al-Asheikh, expressed concern at the state of schools in the Kingdom this week, during a speech to teaching staff in Riyadh.
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Saudi education minister gives teachers 100 days to improve results

Author: Ruba ObaidID: 1547930360261272500Sat, 2019-01-19 23:38 JEDDAH: The Saudi education minister, Dr. Hamad bin Mohammed Al-Asheikh, expressed concern at the state of schools in the Kingdom this week, during a speech to teaching staff in Riyadh. Al-Asheikh said he “longed” for the day “when the Kingdom’s universities stop resorting to the preparatory year” to bring students up to scratch, saying it was essential if they were to ever be considered among top global institutions. During his speech, he stated his belief that the education system should provide qualified professionals and encourage entrepreneurship for the good of the economy and wider society, and warned education leaders he was giving them 100 days to start improving their results. “Universities are valued for their ability to impact society, address problems, and improve the country,” he added. Al-Asheikh conceded the ministry needed to do more to help teachers, who he called the “cornerstones” of learning, but added that staff should still be performing better. Achievement Results published by the Amsterdam-based International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement suggest the Kingdom does not perform well when compared to top nations, such as Japan or Norway. Al-Asheikh said teachers should dedicate more time to reading and writing activities in the classroom, follow textbooks more closely and stay on top of students’ progress in order to improve outcomes. Fouz Al-Jameel, a teacher of fine arts currently training in the US, said she felt teachers needed more opportunities and training. “The ministry is not giving teachers enough attention. We need opportunities, such as the one I have now, to learn directly from other successful educational systems,” she said. She supported the minister on the need for more literacy activities, though she disagreed with the suggestion teachers should teach to textbook specifications, especially in the arts. Creative “I always thought following a single textbook was not right. After I came to the US, I became convinced that students should master general criteria in each subject, and that the application of these criteria should be up to the teacher,” she added. Loza Sawah, an English teacher from Jeddah, also believes teachers should have more freedom to be creative. “I approve of encouraging more reading and writing in class, but these activities should not be limited by a textbook,” she said. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi education ministrySaudi Arabia Saudi education minister sets 100-day deadline for change, seeking better performance, qualitySaudi education industry outlook promising, says study

Muslim World League International forum calls for positive coexistence

Author: Arab NewsID: 1547928685841119700Sat, 2019-01-19 23:10 JEDDAH: The first vice president of Burundi, Gaston Sindimwo, has praised his country for overcoming its turbulent past, citing how religious organizations have promoted peace and tolera
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Muslim World League International forum calls for positive coexistence

Author: Arab NewsID: 1547928685841119700Sat, 2019-01-19 23:10 JEDDAH: The first vice president of Burundi, Gaston Sindimwo, has praised his country for overcoming its turbulent past, citing how religious organizations have promoted peace and tolerance, at the Muslim World League (MWL) forum in the Burundian city of Bujumbura. Sindimwo stressed the importance of peaceful coexistence between people of different faiths, praising the MWL for helping to strengthen ties between groups both in Burundi and the rest of the world. “Muslims in Burundi, along with Islamic foundations, have worked for peace and security following the civil war. This forum will be an opportunity to enhance security, and prevent clashes and war,” he said in his opening address. The MWL’s secretary-general, Mohammed Al-Issa, underscored his eagerness to build bridges with all countries, so as to achieve better global cooperation and communication. “We disagree but we talk and understand each other, love one another and respect each other. When we disagree, then, we must compromise, cooperate, and coexist,” he said. The forum, called “Religious and Ethnic Pluralism and Positive Coexistence,” attracted a wide cross-section of senior clerics, politicians, businessmen and public figures, from all corners of the Islamic world and wider Africa. During the summit, delegates called upon the MWL to cooperate more with public and private bodies in Africa, to support and accelerate development and prosperity, and to pressure various social media platforms to promote positive convergence between cultures. Burundi’s mufti, Sheikh Abdallah Kajandi Sadiki, also addressed the forum, saying that Islam should bring people together irrespective of color or faith. “This is the first foundation of the concept of tolerance. It must prevail among mankind in their dealings and their behavior,” he said. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Muslim World League (MWL) MWL chief receives Islamic scholars from IraqMWL, Uffizi Gallery sign agreement to promote intercultural dialogue

Saudi health ministry provides clarity on female patients’ consent

Author: Noor NugaliID: 1547841470333518900Fri, 2019-01-18 22:57 RIYADH: The confusion surrounding whether women need a male guardian’s permission to undergo vital childbirth procedures, including C-sections, was cleared on Wednesday. In a statem
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Saudi health ministry provides clarity on female patients’ consent

Author: Noor NugaliID: 1547841470333518900Fri, 2019-01-18 22:57 RIYADH: The confusion surrounding whether women need a male guardian’s permission to undergo vital childbirth procedures, including C-sections, was cleared on Wednesday. In a statement, the Ministry of Health said it had eased the way for expectant mothers to make their own decisions over medical interventions. Ministry spokesman Dr. Mohammed Al-Abdulaali said patients’ rights were a “top priority” in meeting the Kingdom’s ethical standards in health care. “Female patients’ rights are handled with a great deal of attention and effort,” he added. “Women are provided the right to give their consent for medical care, including surgical procedures, in accordance with the policies and procedures.” He stressed that this is “nothing new,” but part of ongoing “efforts to engage the community and promote positive behavior.” He said it is an “awareness campaign” that could potentially save many lives. Dr. Emad Sagr, chairman of the women’s health unit at the International Medical Center in Jeddah, said the ministry’s announcement has cleared up any confusions. Previously, he said, there had been no firm guidelines in place to inform medical professionals on female rights of consent without first getting a male guardian’s permission. This uncertainty had the potential to put pregnant women at risk, particularly if a C-section was urgently required, he added. “Twenty years ago, we used to go by the fatwa (a ruling on a point of Islamic law),” Sagr told Arab News. “I’ve never waited for the consent of a male guardian, as there’s nothing clear in Shariah law which states that a pregnant woman isn’t allowed to have a say about her own body.” He said the ministry’s statement also covered general surgical interventions on women. “It’s the individual woman’s life that might be at stake, and they should have the right to protect themselves,” Sagr added. He said the only procedure that required both the husband’s and wife’s approval was “sterilization.” In the past, some hospitals adopted their own policies surrounding informed consent for female surgical interventions. If a male guardian refused to give his consent, the matter was referred to an ethics committee. In the future, consent to treatment will only have to be gained from the next of kin, not necessarily a male guardian, if the patient is under the age of 18. “Hospitals are now bound by the consent form signed by a female patient,” said Dr. Yassir Kalakitawi, an obstetrician-gynecologist at the King Fahad Armed Forces Hospital in Jeddah. “If a male guardian disapproves, he is then referred to an ethics committee to discuss the matter further.” Dr. Firas Jameel, a GP, said whenever possible, doctors would still always recommend that families discuss any intervention procedures in advance with medical experts. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi hospitalsSaudi patients Saudi health ministry takes steps to enhance health careSaudi Health Council unifies emergency codes in key sectors

Saudi falconry festival launches photo competition

Author: ARAB NEWSID: 1547841920413552600Fri, 2019-01-18 23:04 JEDDAH: A photographic competition with a prize pot of SR100,000 ($27,000) has been launched as part of a major falconry event. Amateur and professional photographers are eligible to en
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Saudi falconry festival launches photo competition

Author: ARAB NEWSID: 1547841920413552600Fri, 2019-01-18 23:04 JEDDAH: A photographic competition with a prize pot of SR100,000 ($27,000) has been launched as part of a major falconry event. Amateur and professional photographers are eligible to enter the contest at the King Abdul Aziz Falconry Festival, which runs from Jan. 25 to Feb. 3 in the town of Malham, near Riyadh. The photo competition will offer a first prize of SR50,000 to the winner, with SR30,000 and SR20,000 for second and third places respectively. Photographers wishing to take part should email one photo only to mediakaff@gmail.com. Competition terms and conditions can be viewed by visiting www.saudifalconsclub.org.sa Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi falconsUAE falcons Saudi falconry festival set to open on Jan. 25Young Saudi falconer woos visitors at Riyadh exhibition

Riyadh library to hold workshop for entrepreneurs

Author: ARAB NEWSID: 1547841950103553300Fri, 2019-01-18 23:05 JEDDAH: King Abdul Aziz Public Library (KAPL) announced on Thursday that it will host a workshop called “Don’t Wait to Find a Job” for female entrepreneurs. The workshop will tak
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Riyadh library to hold workshop for entrepreneurs

Author: ARAB NEWSID: 1547841950103553300Fri, 2019-01-18 23:05 JEDDAH: King Abdul Aziz Public Library (KAPL) announced on Thursday that it will host a workshop called “Don’t Wait to Find a Job” for female entrepreneurs. The workshop will take place on Jan. 19 at 11 a.m. in the library’s Al-Murabba’ branch. It is part of the Young Women’s Forum 2019. The workshop includes two main sessions: “Create Your Job Instead of Waiting For It” and “Launch a Business From Home.” Manal Khan, a consultant and project manager, will present the first session, which will discuss identifying professional goals, the necessary skills for self-employment, and case studies of successful entrepreneurs. Jeheir Al-Nawirah, a human resource development consultant and life coach, will present the second session, which will cover goal-setting, free business set-up services, and more case studies. Main category: Saudi Arabia

ThePlace: Saudi Arabia’s Great Tabuk Mountains

Author: ARAB NEWSID: 1547841783683544000Fri, 2019-01-18 23:02 Great Tabuk Mountains Renowned for its towering peaks and plunging valleys, the Tabuk region is popular among photographers seeking to capture enthralling images of unheralded mountain e
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ThePlace: Saudi Arabia’s Great Tabuk Mountains

Author: ARAB NEWSID: 1547841783683544000Fri, 2019-01-18 23:02 Great Tabuk Mountains Renowned for its towering peaks and plunging valleys, the Tabuk region is popular among photographers seeking to capture enthralling images of unheralded mountain environments. This image, by Mutlaq Al-Huwaiti, was a winning entry in the nature category at this years’ Colors of Saudi contest, organized by the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage. Main category: Saudi Arabia ThePlace: Masjid Al-Rahma, Jeddah’s floating mosqueThePlace: Dummat Al-Jandal, city of ruins in northwest Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia seeks to improve its knowhow

Sat, 2019-01-19 02:32 DUBAI: With Saudi Arabia standing 66th out of 134 countries in the Global Knowledge Index, the Kingdom is hoping that a focus on  innovative education will boost its ranking.  Improving the quality and nature of education to enable
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Saudi Arabia seeks to improve its knowhow

Sat, 2019-01-19 02:32 DUBAI: With Saudi Arabia standing 66th out of 134 countries in the Global Knowledge Index, the Kingdom is hoping that a focus on  innovative education will boost its ranking.  Improving the quality and nature of education to enable youth to innovate and be creative will prove key to achieving that goal. The index results were announced in Dubai last month by the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation, in partnership with the UN Development Programme (UNDP), to measure the knowledge sector in 134 countries. “With Saudi Arabia, we obtained the information from international organizations which were provided data from the government,” said Dr. Hany Torky, chief technical adviser at the UNDP and project director at the Arab Knowledge Project.  “We rely on international organizations like the World Bank and UNESCO (the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization),” but Arab countries “don’t convey data to international organizations” or they do so “very late,” he added. The aim of the index is to map trends in different areas of knowledge to be able to identify challenges facing countries in the field. Saudi Arabia scored high in sectors such as health and environment, information and communications technology, and features of the labor market.  It also proved strong in research, development and innovation, ranking 38th, and the economy, at 47th.  But in other sectors, the Kingdom scored relatively low. Technical and vocational education and training landed it in the 117th position, followed by 87th in the general enabling environment. Khaled Abdul Shafi, director of the regional bureau for the UNDP, said focusing on education will be paramount for Arab countries.  “Education can give young people this freedom and not consider that it should be based on memorization,” he added.  “All the stages of education are important, and if Arab countries focus on education, we’ll be in a much better position compared to where we stand now.” The knowledge gap between the Arab world and the West is large, with the exception of the UAE and a few other countries.  Abdul Shafi blamed this on the quality of education in the Arab world, which he said is based on spoon-feeding and does not encourage innovation as much as it should.  “It’s also not really related to the marketplace, so students are graduating without really having the skills required for the economy,” he added.  “Education is the main reason, so we need to pay a lot of attention to the education sector in all its different stages to enhance its quality. It’s very important to determine where the problem is to work on dealing with it.” He said research, development and innovation as a whole are lacking in the Arab world compared to other countries, with an absence of youth participation and the unavailability of data and research.  “The importance of the index isn’t the ranking of countries, but to analyze the knowledge status in each country,” he added.  “They’ll be able to put their hands on their weak points and work on further enhancing these indicators to achieve much more progress,” said Abdul Shafi. “We encourage countries and work with them to transfer the practices of developed countries to less-developed ones, so we’re not just producing a report, we’re also collaborating with some of these countries to transfer their experience and knowledge.” As part of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 reform plan, a major focus has been placed on youth and their education.  With a predominantly young population, the Kingdom has identified and developed initiatives to bridge the knowledge gap between the Arab world and the West. Some include the Misk Global Forum, the flagship platform of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s foundation, which held its “Skills for Our Tomorrow” conference in November to focus on youth, knowledge and innovation.  The Misk Foundation has also launched a number of programs to foster talent across the Kingdom, with the aim of developing a knowledge-based economy as the country shifts away from oil. “The report enables us to face reality,” said Aysha Al-Mansouri, a Saudi specialist in youth capabilities development.  “In Saudi, we have a clear vision and a future objective, which we hope to achieve through our Vision 2030. We need to do right by our youth and our country.” But with 30 million illiterate people under the age of 18 in the Arab world, the task at hand is momentous.  “It’s shameful for us as Arabs, and I was surprised to see so many young illiterates,” said Jamal bin Huwaireb, CEO of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation.  With 30 million illiterate people under the age of 18 in the Arab world, the task at hand is momentous. “Success is going to be the result of those who work continuously and have a clear strategy. In 40 years, illiteracy was completely eliminated in the UAE, so countries like Egypt or Iraq, which used to disseminate knowledge for centuries, should work on this. We all share the same goal, so it’s not impossible.” The challenge remains in changing a mindset in the Arab world, which Torky said still focuses on the number of graduates rather than the quality of education.  “What’s the point in having 100 percent of graduates if they don’t have the skills required for the labor market?” he asked.  “Investment in education is almost the same in all Arab (Gulf) countries, but the process and deliverables of education are problematic. To maintain the status quo is a failure, and we need to keep improving.” The education sector will have to keep up with the pace of technological transformation. “There are impacts of the acceleration in technology, like artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, blockchain and the Internet of Things, and the related skills that you need to acquire to deal with such developing technologies,” Torky said.  “In the near future, there will be seven countries that will lead the world in knowledge, and the UAE is one of them, having jumped six positions in the index in 2018,” he added. “Arab countries can actually reach such status, like the US, the UK, Singapore, Finland, Sweden and Brazil.” Bin Huwaireb expressed hope that other Arab foundations will eventually collaborate with the UNDP in disseminating knowledge.  “We have a single goal of reinforcing the concept of knowledge in the Arab world,” he said. “Over the years, we can now see that the difference is clear and everybody is speaking about knowledge, the knowledge economy, the industrial revolution and knowledge reports.” Workshops are being held in Arab countries such as Jordan and Egypt to create momentum across the region.  “We are beginning to reap the benefits of this project,” bin Huwaireb said. “Many Arab countries have a problem with empowering environments, but they should do their best to bridge this gap between them and other developed countries so their knowledge indicators can climb to higher rankings.” He touched on scientific research, a vital element still lagging in the region. “Scientific research centers are a real obstacle we suffer from in the Arab world, because without such centers there will be no progress and no knowledge generation,” he said. “But there are major plans and strategies to allocate the proper funds for scientific research, and we want it to increase in all Arab countries. It needs some time, but encouragement, motivation and collaboration should continue.” Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaEducationArab WorldinnovationEditor’s Choice Over 100 Saudi students to take part in Cyber Saber Hackathon Saudi student leads new wave of female Uber driversCultural attaché in Egypt to implement modern techniques to serve Saudi studentsLaunch of 2019 Study UK Alumni Awards highlights key role of Saudi students

Deputy Hajj minister meets officials from Thailand, Turkmenistan

Fri, 2019-01-18 22:15 JEDDAH: Dr. Abdul Fattah bin Suleiman Mashat, deputy minister of Hajj and Umrah, received two foreign delegations at his office in Jeddah. One was led by the deputy mufti of Turkmenistan, Rahmonov Gouli, and the other by the representa
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Deputy Hajj minister meets officials from Thailand, Turkmenistan

Fri, 2019-01-18 22:15 JEDDAH: Dr. Abdul Fattah bin Suleiman Mashat, deputy minister of Hajj and Umrah, received two foreign delegations at his office in Jeddah. One was led by the deputy mufti of Turkmenistan, Rahmonov Gouli, and the other by the representative of the secretary-general of the Committee on the Promotion of Hajj Affairs in Thailand, Sak Shai Ting Hu.  Several topics of common interest in the field of Hajj regarding the services and facilities provided for the pilgrims and supervised by the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah were discussed in the two meetings. The deputy Hajj minister noted that all relevant Saudi authorities are continuously working according to an integrated system that offers the best services to pilgrims and visitors of the Prophet’s Mosque, and in line with the directions of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to allow pilgrims to perform their Hajj with ease and peace. Gouli and Ting Hu praised the efforts of the king’s government to ease Hajj for pilgrims and allow them to perform their rituals in a peaceful spiritual atmosphere. Developing Hajj and Umrah organizations and services in the Kingdom is among the top priorities of the Saudi government. The Vision 2030 reform plan aims to attract more than 30 million Umrah pilgrims, and provide them with excellent services and an outstanding experience. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: hajjSaudi ArabiaTurkmenistanThailand Hajj, Umrah Ministry pavilion showcases projectsMinister discusses Hajj with officials from Mauritania

Saudi female bikers ready to chart a new course

Author: Essam Al-GhalibID: 1547842812933635900Fri, 2019-01-18 23:19 JEDDAH: Almost seven months since Saudi Arabia lifted its ban on female drivers, women hoping to be granted a license to ride a motorcycle are still waiting. According to Wael Hura
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Saudi female bikers ready to chart a new course

Author: Essam Al-GhalibID: 1547842812933635900Fri, 2019-01-18 23:19 JEDDAH: Almost seven months since Saudi Arabia lifted its ban on female drivers, women hoping to be granted a license to ride a motorcycle are still waiting. According to Wael Huraib, founder of Bikers Skills Institute (BSI) — which he claims is the only motorcycle training school for female riders in the Kingdom — no motorbike licenses are currently being issued for women. “For ladies, as of now, they’re not able to get a license yet, and we don’t really know why,” said Huraib. “We heard that women have received tractor-trailer licenses, but we know for a fact that no motorcycle license applications are being processed. We are assuming the traffic police are very focused on cars, but whatever the problem is, we hope it is resolved soon.” The royal decree in September 2017 that gave women the right to drive in the Kingdom from June 2018 stipulated that the laws on driving would be equal for men and women. But it appears that is not yet the case, despite assurances from the Saudi Directorate of Traffic a year ago that women would be permitted to drive motorcycles and trucks. Elena Bukaryeva, an instructor at BSI, said she suspects there is some confusion or miscommunication between the traffic police administration and the licensing division. “My husband spoke to one of the highest-ranking traffic police officials in Riyadh,” she told Arab News. “He said that there was nothing at all to stop women being issued motorcycle licenses. “But the following day, one of the ladies who finished our course went to the traffic police and she was told there are no motorcycle licenses for women, only for men. The same thing happened when I applied for my license and when other women did.” The General Directorate of Traffic did not respond to Arab News’ request for comment. Bukaryeva said that she has heard of women with licenses issued abroad riding motorcycles in the Kingdom, although added that they are “semi-disguised as men” when doing so. “When you are wearing loose clothing and a full-face helmet, no one can tell if you are a man or a woman,” she said, adding that she has not tried it herself as her husband told her it was not worth the risk. BSI began training female riders as soon as the driving ban was lifted. The company has graduated 18 women so far, including Reem Al-Megbel, a 30-year-old Saudi financial operations manager. Al-Megbel was at the motorcycle school on Wednesday evening to practice riding, because she cannot, yet, do so on the roads. “My dream is to wake up one day and have a car and a motorcycle in my garage and be free to choose what to drive,” she said. “It would probably be the motorcycle.” Al-Megbel added that her “ultimate” dream, though, would be to take a road trip across the Kingdom with a group of fellow female bikers. “That,” she said, “would be freedom.” Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi female cycling teamSaudi Women Can DirveSaudiWomenDriving#SaudiWomenCanDrive Saudi Arabian bikers rank first in Global Biking Initiative 2018 Saudi cyclists join Global Biking Initiative for third time

Saudi artists draw inspiration from Islam

Author: Ameera AbidID: 1547843586883693600Fri, 2019-01-18 23:32 JEDDAH: The work of Saudi sculptor Wafa Alqunibit is on display in a Jeddah art gallery. A small glass box holds objects that have the appearance, shape and texture of dates. Only the
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Saudi artists draw inspiration from Islam

Author: Ameera AbidID: 1547843586883693600Fri, 2019-01-18 23:32 JEDDAH: The work of Saudi sculptor Wafa Alqunibit is on display in a Jeddah art gallery. A small glass box holds objects that have the appearance, shape and texture of dates. Only they are wrought from metal and glint silver and gold. Alqunibit concedes that art can sometimes be a taboo subject in Saudi society, but says her work has its place. “I do this to promote and represent our culture and religion as I belong to a very religious family. We have our freedom and we have open minds and I just wanted to portray this image to the world,” she told Arab News. Her Instagram feed shows other examples of her art, including sculptures featuring the distinctive ringed and slightly curled horns of the Arabian oryx, and videos of her carving, sanding and sawing using machinery that can be seen in any carpentry or masonry workshop. But her journey toward the arts — specifically sculpture — has not been straightforward. “I went to Portland (in the US) to complete my doctorate in human resources. But I ended up changing my major to arts and moved to Atlanta, Georgia, and they accepted me as a painter.” But her professors thought she had different strengths — with one telling her she was born to be a tough person. “At first I thought he was referring to me as an aggressive person, but later when I started sculpting I found out what he meant.” She uses her work to communicate with people, especially those who misunderstand Islam, and recalled living in the US at a difficult time for Muslims. “I took support from the arts, to tell people what we really are and now my artwork is displayed in so many galleries and I have been given the title of religious artist.” Another artist taking inspiration from culture and religion is 26-year-old author Allaa Awad, who has taken the 99 names of Allah and turned them into poetry. Her debut work, “Ninety-Nine: The Higher Power,” includes poems about purity, mercy, blessings and peace. “I have encountered many people in life. They have a negative concept about life and God and I just wanted to turn that around and put my own perceptions of what I think God is, who He really is and how we should perceive Him,” she told Arab News. She also experienced a struggle in her artistic journey, like Alqunibit did, but in a different way. “The difficulties that I faced were getting the names on point, because a lot of them are very similar to each other. The best part was how people reacted to it on a spiritual level and how they were able to relate to what I had to say, rather than what online research had to say.” Main category: Saudi ArabiaArt & CultureTags: Saudi artistsSaudi ArabiaSaudi art gallery Mounira Musalli: The modern Saudi artist’s artistLate Saudi artist Munira Musalli honoredMeet Saudi Arabia’s artist to the kingsSaudi artists showcase talent in Egypt

Yemen's Houthis imposed war on Arab coalition: Saudi FM Al-Jubeir

Author: ARAB NEWSID: 1547841516503521500Fri, 2019-01-18 22:57 JEDDAH: The Arab coalition supporting Yemen’s internationally recognized government did not want the war in that country, said the Saudi minister of state for foreign affairs. The coa
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Yemen's Houthis imposed war on Arab coalition: Saudi FM Al-Jubeir

Author: ARAB NEWSID: 1547841516503521500Fri, 2019-01-18 22:57 JEDDAH: The Arab coalition supporting Yemen’s internationally recognized government did not want the war in that country, said the Saudi minister of state for foreign affairs. The coalition’s priority is Yemen’s security and stability, and the war was imposed on it by the Houthi coup, said Adel Al-Jubeir, who is also a Cabinet member. During a visit to the UAE, he toured the Emirates Diplomatic Academy, where he met with its staff and students, and was briefed on the programs taught there. Al-Jubeir praised Saudi and Emirati efforts to ensure the success of Sweden’s consultations between Yemeni parties and the resulting agreement reached. He said he looks forward to its implementation. He described Saudi-Emirati ties as strong and unique, and stressed both sides’ efforts to promote their relations to an unprecedented level, especially as the Saudi-Emirati Coordination Council is working to enhance ties in various fields. In June 2018, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan chaired the first meeting of the council. The council seeks to develop a joint vision to deepen bilateral relations in line with the objectives set by the GCC to strengthen economic integration between the two sides and develop innovative solutions for optimum use of resources. Earlier, KSRelief General Supervisor Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, said that humanitarian aspect of the Yemeni conflict is the top priority of Saudi Arabia and other members of the Arab coalition. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Houthi militiasYemenAdenAdel Al-JubeirSaudi ArabiaSaudi-UAEIran Saudi Arabia ‘strongly condemns’ Houthi attack on Yemen UN monitorsYemeni activists accuse Houthis of detaining, torturing women over made-up charges