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All-female Saudi tourist group explores wonders of Tabuk

Mon, 2019-10-21 01:46 JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s first all-female tourist group has explored the environmental and archaeological wonders of Tabuk in the northwest of the Kingdom. About 20 women from different parts of the Kingdom took part in the sightseein
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All-female Saudi tourist group explores wonders of Tabuk

Mon, 2019-10-21 01:46 JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s first all-female tourist group has explored the environmental and archaeological wonders of Tabuk in the northwest of the Kingdom. About 20 women from different parts of the Kingdom took part in the sightseeing trip to the province bordering the Red Sea. “They were astonished to see such sights in their country, especially the area of Ras Al-Sheikh Humaid,” said Heba Al-Aidai, a tour guide in Tabuk who organized the trip. “They did not expect to see such a place in Saudi Arabia. They looked speechless while standing close to the turquoise water of the sea. It is a truly breathtaking view.” Al-Aidai and her colleague Nafla Al-Anazi promoted the trip on social media and attracted a group of homemakers, teachers and staff workers from all over the Kingdom, aged from 22 to over 50. The tour was educational, too, and the women were told about the history of the places they visited. “They were taken to the Caves of Shuaib (Magha’er Shuaib), the place where Prophet Moses fled after leaving Egypt, and where he got married to one of the daughters of Prophet Shuaib, according to some historians. It was really a positive experience,” Al-Aidai said. The visitors also explored Tayeb Ism, a small town in northwestern Tabuk, where there is a well-known gap in the towering mountains through which water runs throughout the year. Al-Aidai said such trips aim to encourage tourism in Tabuk, and introduce Saudi tourists and other visitors to the landmarks of the region. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi heritagetourismTravel Saudi women invited to join the ranks of the armed forcesFirst group of Saudi women enroll for criminal law diploma

Saudi Environment Ministry: Falconry expo disease-free

Sun, 2019-10-20 23:18 RIYADH: The Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture examined falcons participating in the second Falcons and Hunting Exhibition to ensure that they did not have bird flu, according to an offical report. The ministry also organiz
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Saudi Environment Ministry: Falconry expo disease-free

Sun, 2019-10-20 23:18 RIYADH: The Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture examined falcons participating in the second Falcons and Hunting Exhibition to ensure that they did not have bird flu, according to an offical report. The ministry also organized a pavilion at the exhibition to provide information about disease prevention. The pavilion included veterinary teams and advanced clinics. Falconry enthusiasts from more than 20 countries participated in the five-day exhibition, the biggest event of its kind in the Middle East. Almost 305,000 visitors attended, and more than 350 exhibitors participated. Organized by the Saudi Falcons Club, the exhibition showcased social, cultural, educational, scientific and artistic activities, as well as exhibitor displays of falcons and weapons used in hunting. The event featured training workshops, lectures, children’s activities, and art workshops organized in partnership with the Saudi Society of Fine Arts. The event was part of Riyadh Season, which runs until mid-December. The Saudi Seasons program includes 11 festivals aimed at promoting the Kingdom as a world-class visitor destination.  Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi Falcons Club Falcon sales take flight at Riyadh showSaudi falcons and hunting show set to soar

World’s lightest meringue shows Tanween’s sweet spot in Saudi Arabia

Sun, 2019-10-20 23:51 DHAHRAN: A multi-sensory experience featuring the world’s lightest meringue is being presented at the King Abdul Aziz Center for World Culture (Ithra) as part of Tanween, a season brimming with events and activities. Tanween is the bi
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World’s lightest meringue shows Tanween’s sweet spot in Saudi Arabia

Sun, 2019-10-20 23:51 DHAHRAN: A multi-sensory experience featuring the world’s lightest meringue is being presented at the King Abdul Aziz Center for World Culture (Ithra) as part of Tanween, a season brimming with events and activities. Tanween is the biggest creative platform in the Kingdom with 232 cultural, artistic and scientific events ranging from art exhibitions, theatrical performances, workshops and seminars about the concept of playing as a tool that brings together education and recreation. The theme has four different focal points: Play technology, play methods, play tools and play spaces. One of the treats awaiting visitors is the world’s lightest meringue from Bompas and Parr, a creative studio in London that has previously created a glow-in-the-dark ice cream, ice lollies that do not melt and a garden that responds to touch. For Tanween the team has created an immersive and multi-sensory experience called “Taste the Sky.” Meringue, the humble dessert staple of egg white and sugar is elevated with aerogel so the result weighs just 1 gram. Visitors enter a cloud-filled room where they are surrounded by delicious and familiar smells. Danielle Brown, from the US, enjoyed her time in the room. “It was fun, exciting and very different,” she told Arab News. “The meringue cloud room was really cool, even though you can’t see you know you’re surrounded by smells and you try and taste them.” Her friend, Leandri Vilijoen, was impressed by the experience and how flavors were captured and conveyed through the air. “It’s amazing that people have been able to do this much with taste and food,” she told Arab News. “Even though you can’t actually taste it, you can still make out the mango-y strawberry vibes going on in it.” Box Wars A more hands-on experience for visitors is Box Wars, giving people of all ages the chance to turn these humdrum objects into more ambitious and exciting creations such as tanks, suits of armor, boats and planes. Ross Koger, one of Box Wars’ founders, flew from Melbourne with his team to be part of Tanween. FASTFACT • Tanween Season, in the Eastern Province, is a 17-day event that runs until Oct. 26. Activities are aimed at all ages and are designed to be family-friendly. • It is the biggest creative platform in the Kingdom with 232 cultural, artistic and scientific events ranging from art exhibitions, theatrical performances, workshops and seminars about the concept of playing as a tool that brings together education and recreation. He came up with the concept when he and his friends saw children playing with swords made out of cardboard boxes. “We thought that would be cool so we built our own armor and swords, and had a great time at that,” Koger told Arab News. What started as something small gradually expanded. “We had to start doing our activities in public parks because the size was getting way too big for our backyards. We started getting picked up by music festivals and then art centers.” At Tanween there are two kinds of Box War activities on offer. Children have the chance to build little planes and suits of armor in workshops while the main event, which takes place on Oct. 26, is for adults, who will wield more elaborate creations. “It’s a way of combining the old and young in an all-demographic event that everyone enjoys and there’s a good community vibe and we are teaching recycling through creativity,” Koger said. Atheer, who came to Ithra with her brother and sister, enjoyed Box Wars. “It’s the first time I’ve taken part in such an activity and I find it nice and new, especially with the lack of dynamic activities for children and youngsters. These activities can strengthen multiple skills for children and teach them new skills like recycling,” she told Arab News. Maher and his younger siblings also had fun. “We are happy to learn new tricks to play with cardboard. We like crafting and making cool stuff. We also went to the color and lights gallery in the children’s museum and we loved it.” Tanween Season, in the Eastern Province, is a 17-day event that runs until Oct. 26. Activities are aimed at all ages and are designed to be family-friendly. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: ITHRATanween Tanween Creativity Season launched with 232 events in Saudi ArabiaIthra hosts events as part of Tanween Cultural Season

Rustom Al-Kubaisi, deputy chairman at the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage

Author: Sun, 2019-10-20 23:54 Rustom Al-Kubaisi has been deputy chairman for antiquities and museums at the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) since December 2018. He has held several positions at the SCTH. He is also the comm
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Rustom Al-Kubaisi, deputy chairman at the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage

Author: Sun, 2019-10-20 23:54 Rustom Al-Kubaisi has been deputy chairman for antiquities and museums at the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) since December 2018. He has held several positions at the SCTH. He is also the commission’s senior adviser, and has been the executive director of Jazan PTO at the SCTH branch in Jazan. Jazan’s tourism development strategy aims at transforming the port city, in the Kingdom’s southwest, into a thriving visitor destination, particularly in the area of marine and wellness tourism. Al-Kubaisi has supervised developments in the Farasan Islands, where he was involved in planning major tourism investments. The Farasan Islands comprise 84 coral islands that form an archipelago in the Red Sea. Its historical sites, remote beaches and rich marine fauna make it a popular destination, especially for divers.  Al-Kubaisi recently participated in the second joint meeting of Arab tourism and culture ministers that was held in Tunis, where he expressed his hopes in improving coordination between nations. Al-Kubaisi said: “The different topics we discussed are important for the integration of tourism and culture, and they aim to enrich and advance sustainable tourism in Arab countries. Based on this approach, we have all launched serious work that deserves more attention and care, whether on the level of tourism or culture and heritage — both tangible and intangible.” Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Who's WhoSaudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) Ayman bin Mohammed Al-Sayari, deputy governor at the Saudi Arabian Monetary AuthorityMoath Al-Naeem, chief investment officer of Alpha Capital

‘Dare to dream,’ football hero Thierry Henry tells Saudi fans

Author: Mon, 2019-10-21 00:05 DHAHRAN: Stepping onto the Tanween stage in front of a sold-out venue full of cheering fans, footballing great Thierry Henry was quick to say how “hyped” he was to meet his Saudi supporters. As a guest and speaker at T
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‘Dare to dream,’ football hero Thierry Henry tells Saudi fans

Author: Mon, 2019-10-21 00:05 DHAHRAN: Stepping onto the Tanween stage in front of a sold-out venue full of cheering fans, footballing great Thierry Henry was quick to say how “hyped” he was to meet his Saudi supporters. As a guest and speaker at Tanween Season, the former Arsenal striker and French international faced a busy schedule on Saturday after arriving at King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra) in Dhahran. First, he had a “meet and greet” with fans, many wearing Arsenal shirts, which was quickly followed by a discussion of the theme for this year’s event, “Play.” After two young footballers from Riyadh performed a series of tricks that included balancing a football on one leg, then kicking it in the air to land on their backs, Henry said: “I would have broken my back trying to do that. It’s not easy.” On his second visit to Saudi Arabia — the first was to Riyadh last year — Henry said that he was impressed by this year’s Tanween theme since he had seen firsthand the results of a children’s quality-of-life program at Tanween. “What I liked most was to see the smiles on the faces of those children when I was walking around the impressive building. Being able to dream is key for me, but seeing how the youngsters were interacting, and how happy they were with their families walking around, was just priceless,” he said. Growing up, Henry’s father played an important role in his development. The footballer did not miss a beat when answering that his father was his idol. “My dad was the hardest man to please; to put a smile on his face was the hardest thing to do,” he said. Although the footballer grew up in a “not so great” Paris neighborhood, he considered it an enriching cultural experience. “It was great for me at the time because it allowed me to travel, although I wasn’t really traveling,” he said. France’s colonial history meant he was exposed to different cultures early in his life. “If I going upstairs to have couscous, to the second floor to have Senegalese food, or to eat with the Portuguese downstairs, it allowed me to travel, staying where I was,” he explained. During his talk Henry showed that his Arabic extends to common niceties such as “shukran,” “afwan” and “alsalamau alaikum.” Having an impact on the English Premier League and his role in Arsenal’s record-breaking era almost two decades ago are more important to him that being considered the world’s best striker, he said. As for his favorite stadium, Henry was quick to choose Highbury. Offering advice to younger Saudis in the audience, Henry urged them to face their problems calmly and cleverly. “Don’t run away. Face it and don’t be scared to fail. Come back again, but smarter,” he said. Fans got up close and personal with the former champion during a segment called the lightning round, where Henry had to answer questions in 10 seconds. That revealed that he has always admired Muhammad Ali as the greatest, Messi is his current favorite football player and winning the World Cup was the most memorable moment in his career. After the talk, Henry thrilled the crowd — a reminder of his playing days — by tossing 10 footballs to lucky fans who cheered as he left the stage. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: TANWEEN SEASON World’s lightest meringue shows Tanween’s sweet spot in Saudi ArabiaTanween Creativity Season launched with 232 events in Saudi Arabia

KSRelief chief briefs Finnish FM on Saudi humanitarian aid

Author: Mon, 2019-10-21 00:08 HELSINKI: The general supervisor of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief), Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, met Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto in Helsinki on Sunday. Al-Rabeeah briefed Haavisto o
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KSRelief chief briefs Finnish FM on Saudi humanitarian aid

Author: Mon, 2019-10-21 00:08 HELSINKI: The general supervisor of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief), Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, met Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto in Helsinki on Sunday. Al-Rabeeah briefed Haavisto on humanitarian projects being provided by the center to needy people throughout the world. These have so far reached 1,062 projects, most of which are allocated to the Yemeni people. The projects are being implemented in cooperation with local partners and specialized UN organizations. Haavisto expressed his appreciation for the Kingdom’s humanitarian efforts through the center and their importance in alleviating the suffering of many countries. Also in a symposium held in Helsinki, Al-Rabeeah said that the Kingdom was doing its utmost to support the needy in countries affected by natural disasters or conflicts, to alleviate their suffering and provide decent livelihoods for them. Minister of Local Administration and Chairman of the Higher Committee for Relief in Yemen Abdul-Raqeeb Fatah thanked the Kingdom for the humanitarian projects provided to his country. He said that the center had become an international symbol of relief despite its short life. Dr. Ville Brummer, a program director at the Finnish Crisis Management Initiative, said that the aid allocated by the Kingdom for relief work and assistance to countries made it one of the leading contributors in this area. What distinguished the Saudi assistance was that it was provided for the relief of victims and not for other purposes, he said. Brummer expressed his hope of finding ways of cooperation and fruitful partnership between Finland and KSRelief to serve the needy and spread humanitarian work in all countries. The symposium was attended by Saudi Ambassador to Finland Faisal bin Ibrahim Ghulam, political leaders, members of the diplomatic corps in Finland, human rights and humanitarian organizations, and academic figures. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: KSReliefFinland Overseas aid from Saudi Arabia must go through KSRelief, spokesman reiteratesKSRelief chief, European Parliament official discuss cooperation prospects

Saudi Arabia will utilize space sector as peaceful scientific field, says Prince Sultan

Sat, 2019-10-19 23:52 HOUSTON: The chairman of the Saudi Space Commission (SSC), Prince Sultan bin Salman, said that the Kingdom is proud to establish a national space commission, with the support of King Salman for the importance of this large sector in tra
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Saudi Arabia will utilize space sector as peaceful scientific field, says Prince Sultan

Sat, 2019-10-19 23:52 HOUSTON: The chairman of the Saudi Space Commission (SSC), Prince Sultan bin Salman, said that the Kingdom is proud to establish a national space commission, with the support of King Salman for the importance of this large sector in transforming scientific, technical and economic fields in the Kingdom. This came in his speech during a dinner ceremony sponsored by the SSC in Houston, organized by the Association of Space Explorers (ASE) in collaboration with Saudi Aramco on the occasion of the ASE’s 32nd Planetary Congress. FASTFACT Founded in 1985, the Association of Space Explorers (ASE) holds annual meetings of professionals and astronauts to exchange experiences, raise awareness about the latest discoveries in space science and engineering, and encourage international cooperation leading to space discoveries. Prince Sultan said that the Kingdom highly values this sector, stressing that the Kingdom will utilize the space sector as a peaceful scientific field, to benefit all mankind. He added that the establishment of the SSC was the continuation of early activities initiated by the Kingdom in space at the end of the 1970s, which culminated in the journey of the first Arab-Muslim astronaut to space in 1985, in which Saudi scientists played an active role. Prince Sultan said that the scientific team that participated in that mission submitted a state report recommending the establishment of a commission that launched a space program in King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: ASSOCIATION OF SPACE EXPLORERS Saudi space chief visits Moscow mission control centerDiplomaticQuarter: Saudi Space Commission chief, EU envoy discuss space cooperation

Saudi university, Massachusetts Institute of Technology forum to promote research culture

Sun, 2019-10-20 00:04 RIYADH: In cooperation with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) is organizing a forum to introduce the Ibn Khaldun Fellowship Program for Saudi women researchers with
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Saudi university, Massachusetts Institute of Technology forum to promote research culture

Sun, 2019-10-20 00:04 RIYADH: In cooperation with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) is organizing a forum to introduce the Ibn Khaldun Fellowship Program for Saudi women researchers with Ph.D. degrees. The forum will be held at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Jeddah University, Imam Abdulrahman bin Faisal University, and KACST in Riyadh. The program aims to support Saudi women scholars and give them the opportunity to conduct scientific research under the supervision of MIT faculty members. It also seeks to promote a scientific research environment in Saudi universities and establish a base of Saudi women researchers by enriching their research skills so that they can lead scientific fields in the future. The forum will showcase and evaluate the program’s previous experiences and the fellowship journey, which begins by choosing candidates and continues to the research phase. Since its inception, the program has supported 32 Saudi women with Ph.Ds. who have published about 50 research papers for scientific conferences and publications and filed several patents.  Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology (KACST)Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Saudi women invited to join the ranks of the armed forcesSaudi women celebrate new freedoms on Saudi National Day 

Saudi Arabia vows to promote moderate values

Sun, 2019-10-20 00:09 NEW YORK: At a UN specialized sub-committee meeting as part of the 74th general assembly deliberations, Saudi Arabia stressed its keenness, through its media, to consolidate the approach of moderation, respect for rights and justice, re
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Saudi Arabia vows to promote moderate values

Sun, 2019-10-20 00:09 NEW YORK: At a UN specialized sub-committee meeting as part of the 74th general assembly deliberations, Saudi Arabia stressed its keenness, through its media, to consolidate the approach of moderation, respect for rights and justice, reduce hate speech and combat extremism, and not allow terrorist and extremist groups to use media platforms to spread hatred and violence.  In a key speech before the Special Political Committee (Fourth Committee), Second Secretary Ibrahim bin Suleiman Al-Turki, a member of the Kingdom’s permanent delegation to the UN, talked about moderation enhancement and combating terrorism, as well as other issues concerning respecting rights and justice. Al-Turki noted that the Kingdom’s government works through its media to highlight its economic, cultural and social mission, reflect the real image of the Saudi community and confirm to the whole world that Saudi citizens accept others and desire an intercultural dialogue. He said: “My country hopes that the UN exerts more effort to carry out its responsibilities toward media outlets that incite hatred, extremism, violence and sabotage, strike to disturb security and stability, spread false reports, insult human dignity and abuse human rights.”  Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi mission at UN Saudi Arabia will utilize space sector as peaceful scientific field, says Prince SultanSaudi Arabia believes in ‘power of culture’ to produce change

Saudi Arabia may allow women to perform Hajj without male guardian

Sun, 2019-10-20 00:12 JEDDAH: Women could be allowed to perform the Hajj without a male guardian, Arab News has learned, with the government studying various visa options. Women are currently required to travel to Saudi Arabia to perform pilgrimages with a m
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Saudi Arabia may allow women to perform Hajj without male guardian

Sun, 2019-10-20 00:12 JEDDAH: Women could be allowed to perform the Hajj without a male guardian, Arab News has learned, with the government studying various visa options. Women are currently required to travel to Saudi Arabia to perform pilgrimages with a mahram (male guardian), or be met by him on arrival in the Kingdom, although women over the age of 45 may travel without a mahram if they are in an organized tour group. If women travel with a group and without a mahram they must submit a notarised letter of no objection from someone who could be considered their mahram, authorizing travel for Hajj or Umrah with that group. But Arab News has learned that the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah is conducting studies to issue visit visas for both tourism and Umrah purposes, and that this process is expected to pave the way for allowing women to come without the need for a mahram. It is one of a number of developments in the Hajj and Umrah sector, with Arab News also learning that the ministry was urged to intervene in the sector to save businesses. Umrah firms have raised their concerns about the impact of regulations, saying they are losing out and warning around 200 companies will be leaving the market if authorities do not step in. Marwan Abbas Shaban, head of the National Committee for Hajj and Umrah, said each Umrah company was obliged to have two branches, employ 20 staff and spend at least SR1 million ($266,666) annually even if it did not receive a single pilgrim. The majority of companies operating in this sector were small and could not bear such costs, he added. “We always seek officials to interact with us and we call on higher authorities to consider our demands,” he told Arab News. Shaban said there were about 750 Umrah and Hajj companies with licenses, but only about 500 of these were in the market and they were only running at 1 percent of their capacity. The Umrah sector was more profitable than the industrial sector, he added, and pointed to the value of land in the holy city of Makkah. Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Hajj and Umrah Dr. Mohammed Saleh Benten approved updates to Umrah services following a meeting with the National Committee for Hajj and Umrah to discuss updates to regulations and instructions for Umrah companies. Deputy Minister of Hajj and Umrah Abdulfattah Mashat said after the meeting that the updates included allowing all IATA membership categories — including travel agencies, WTO certificates, or a certificate of membership of the World Travel and Tourism Council — as a requirement for the eligibility of an external agent. The ministry updates also include giving pilgrims greater flexibility on transport options, Mashat added, and can be accessed on a portal that allows Muslims around the world to apply for an Umrah package digitally. The Maqam portal is an online platform, designed so that Muslims from around the world can apply for an Umrah package digitally. Almost 1.1 million people used Maqam in its trial phase last year, allowing them to choose between over 30 companies providing travel, accommodation and other necessities for trips to Makkah and Madinah. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: hajjHajj and UmrahVision 2030 Makkah governor urges Saudi Arabia’s population to redouble their efforts in facilitating Hajj pilgrims‘Smart Hajj’: More services planned to improve pilgrims’ experience

Saudi tourism megaproject aims to turn the Red Sea green

Sun, 2019-10-20 01:42 RIYADH: Key ecological targets are driving Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea tourism megaproject, its leader has told Arab News. The development will not only protect the habitat of the endangered hawksbill turtle, but could also save coral re
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Saudi tourism megaproject aims to turn the Red Sea green

Sun, 2019-10-20 01:42 RIYADH: Key ecological targets are driving Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea tourism megaproject, its leader has told Arab News. The development will not only protect the habitat of the endangered hawksbill turtle, but could also save coral reefs that are dying elsewhere in the world, said Red Sea Development Company Chief Executive John Pagano. The project is taking shape in a 28,000 square kilometer region of lagoons, archipelagos, canyons and volcanic geology between the small towns of Al-Wajh and Umluj on the Kingdom’s west coast. One island, Al-Waqqadi, looked like the perfect tourism destination, but was discovered to be a breeding ground for the hawksbill. “In the end, we said we’re not going to develop it. It shows you can balance development and conservation,” Pagano said. Scientists are also working to explain why the area’s coral reef system — fourth-largest in the world —  is thriving when others around the world are endangered. “To the extent we solve that mystery, the ambition would be to export that to the rest of the world,” Pagano said. “Can we help save the Great Barrier Reef or the Caribbean coral that has been severely damaged?”   ALSO READ: INTERVIEW: Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea project to set ‘new global standards in sustainability’, says CEO     Main category: Saudi ArabiaTravelTags: Red Sea ProjectRed Sea Development CompanyJohn Pagano Red Sea luxury development project AMAALA joins Monaco partners to protect marine environmentSaudi Arabia’s Red Sea Project offers 120 scholarships

Saudi Embassy evacuates 300 tourists from Lebanon

Author: Zaynab KhojjiID: 1571483821223926400Sat, 2019-10-19 14:16 BEIRUT: Saudi Arabia's embassy in Lebanon has confirmed it has facilitated the “evacuation of Saudi residents and visitors” from the country. “The evacuation operation, impos
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Saudi Embassy evacuates 300 tourists from Lebanon

Author: Zaynab KhojjiID: 1571483821223926400Sat, 2019-10-19 14:16 BEIRUT: Saudi Arabia's embassy in Lebanon has confirmed it has facilitated the “evacuation of Saudi residents and visitors” from the country. “The evacuation operation, imposed by the security situation in Lebanon and the importance of ensuring the safety of Saudi nationals, started Saturday at 5 a.m. after the Kingdom secured three Saudia aircraft to transport them,” the embassy told Arab News. “Three hundred people were evacuated as of Saturday afternoon, while the total number of those wishing to leave remains unclear. We have identified a hotel in Beirut as a starting point,” it added, noting that most of those who had left were tourists. The embassy also confirmed evacuees were escorted to Rafic Hariri International Airport in Beirut by Lebanese security forces to guarantee their safety. Protests broke out in Lebanon on Thursday night, and disorder has disrupted roads leading to the airport, with burning tires blocking several key routes. On Friday, the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs urged its citizens already in Lebanon to exercise “utmost caution.” Egypt’s Embassy in Beirut also called on its nationals in the country to avoid protest areas, Egyptian state news agency MENA said. “The embassy calls on all Egyptian citizens in Lebanon to avoid the areas of gatherings and protests, to be careful in their movements and to abide by the instructions of the Lebanese authorities in this regard,” MENA reported. Meanwhile, Kuwait’s Embassy in Lebanon asked citizens wishing to travel to the country to delay trips where possible. “The embassy also calls on citizens currently in Lebanon to take utmost care and stay away from crowds and demonstrations,” it said on social media site Twitter. Bahrain and the UAE warned against travel to Lebanon and called on their citizens in the country to leave immediately. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: lebanon protestsSaudi Arabia Saudi Arabia, other Middle East countries warn citizens after protests erupt in LebanonHundreds gather in Lebanon for fresh protests

A catering firm in Saudi Arabia tackles obesity from school level

Sat, 2019-10-19 00:43 CAIRO: One Saudi woman was so concerned about her children’s unhealthy school-canteen meals that she decided to improve not only her family’s diet but also the eating habits of the entire nation. Rihab Hasanain, spurred by the Kin
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A catering firm in Saudi Arabia tackles obesity from school level

Sat, 2019-10-19 00:43 CAIRO: One Saudi woman was so concerned about her children’s unhealthy school-canteen meals that she decided to improve not only her family’s diet but also the eating habits of the entire nation. Rihab Hasanain, spurred by the Kingdom’s growing obesity epidemic, set up the catering firm Blooming Bs to provide children with healthy lunch boxes and offer them advice on the importance of eating healthy food and being active. The company’s name originates from the three Bs: Brain, body and box. The healthy boxes are provided to students and children aged two and above at schools, canteens, childcare centers and indoor playground centers. Saudi Arabia has the Middle East’s second-highest obesity level after Kuwait with a 35.4 percent rating,  according to the CIA World Factbook. Hasanain said that she wants to raise awareness of the region’s obesity problem, particularly among children. “Childhood obesity is one of the greatest challenges facing health care systems worldwide,” she said. “A number of factors have contributed to the problem, such as lack of childhood physical activities, and a low awareness around the prevalence of obesity and non-communicable diseases.” Hasanain said that Blooming Bs’ mission is to combat childhood obesity in Saudi Arabia and neighboring countries by promoting healthy eating habits. Rihab Hasanain This includes educating children and parents about the importance of healthy food and lifestyles, providing youngsters with healthy food choices, and creating a community of future healthy eaters. In Saudi Arabia, a major contributing factor to the obesity crisis is the widespread availability of unhealthy food in school canteens, she said. In 2016, the ambitious mother of two took matters into her own hands by establishing her commercial kitchen in the Kingdom’s capital Riyadh. Using her personal savings, Hasanain hired a team of 10 multidisciplinary women, including public relations and administration staff, social-work specialists, early childhood educators and drivers. She also leveraged her international connections to help secure support and endorsement from a number of prominent mentors. “They are extraordinary individuals with an outstanding track record in social entrepreneurship, hospitality and, most importantly, health promotion and healthy school canteens,” Hasanain said. Blooming Bs has since grown to cater to more than 20 day-care units and schools, as well as hundreds of individual families. The firm has now sold more than 45,000 items and served over 10,000 lunch meals since its launch. Hasanain said that the company’s contracts and deliveries vary according to customer categories. “Our products range from morning, lunch and afternoon meals for children to freshly squeezed juices and individual food items that can be sold individually at school canteens,” she said. “We take the stress away for parents. Our clients are assured that our products are healthy because the meals are created based on the consultation of our in-house nutritionist.” While Hasanain is well on her way to transforming the diets of children in Riyadh, she has her eye on the bigger picture. The Blooming Bs entrepreneur also aims to solve childhood obesity in neighboring countries, such as the UAE, Kuwait and Qatar. “During Blooming Bs’ expansion, I have tried to develop a holistic viewpoint on children’s nutrition, leading to improved operation processes and ideas,” Hasanain said. “Blooming Bs also wants to empower Saudi and Arab women by creating more job opportunities,” she added. “Ultimately, I see my company becoming an upscale international brand, trusted by parents, schools and governments.” _____ • This report is being published by Arab News as a partner of the Middle East Exchange, which was launched by the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to reflect the vision of the UAE prime minister and ruler of Dubai to explore the possibility of changing the status of the Arab region.   Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Editor’s ChoiceBlooming Bsnutrition ‘What we’re eating is killing us’: global nutrition reportHigh on ease, low on nutrition: instant-noodle diet harms Asian kids

ThePlace: National Museum, a cultural landmark of Saudi Arabia

Fri, 2019-10-18 23:34 It is a cultural landmark highlighting Saudi Arabia’s heritage and reflecting the history of its people through its expansive displays. It also plays a major role in promoting tourism in the Kingdom. The building is divided into eigh
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ThePlace: National Museum, a cultural landmark of Saudi Arabia

Fri, 2019-10-18 23:34 It is a cultural landmark highlighting Saudi Arabia’s heritage and reflecting the history of its people through its expansive displays. It also plays a major role in promoting tourism in the Kingdom. The building is divided into eight halls showcasing the natural, human, cultural, political and religious development of the Arabian Peninsula and the Saudi state through 3,700 antiquities, 45 models, 900 figurative works, and 45 films. Located on the eastern side of the King Abdul Aziz Historical Center, in Al-Murabba district of Riyadh, the museum provides a modern educational environment for the local community and visitors including children, families, researchers, and specialists. The museum aims to reinforce its educational message via the collection, registration, restoration and preservation of antiquities. It also organizes educational exhibitions of relics and traditions of the Arabian Peninsula during different eras. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi Commission for Tourism & National Heritage (SCTHSaudi National Museum ThePlace: Al-Khuraybah, the Lion Tombs in Saudi Arabia’s AlUlaThePlace: Mount Athlab a key attractions in Saudi Arabia’s famed AlUla region

Khaled Abbas, head of wholesale banking at Gulf International Bank

Author: Fri, 2019-10-18 23:34 Khaled Abbas has been appointed group head of wholesale banking at Gulf International Bank (GIB). A seasoned banker with more than two decades of experience, Abbas assumes the role after having served as GIB’s country h
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Khaled Abbas, head of wholesale banking at Gulf International Bank

Author: Fri, 2019-10-18 23:34 Khaled Abbas has been appointed group head of wholesale banking at Gulf International Bank (GIB). A seasoned banker with more than two decades of experience, Abbas assumes the role after having served as GIB’s country head in the UAE, where he oversaw growth in the market. Prior to joining GIB, Abbas was executive vice president and regional head of wholesale banking at the Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank for eight years. He previously held senior positions at Samba Financial Group and Banque Saudi Fransi. Abbas has a bachelor’s degree in business studies from the Lebanese American University in Beirut and executive education degrees from both Darden Business School at the University of Virginia and INSEAD. Abdul Aziz Al-Helaissi, group CEO of GIB, said: “Abbas’ lengthy experience of building and managing wholesale banking divisions in the region supports GIB’s strategy and its continued focus on growth and diversification across the region. “While GIB has long been a leader in wholesale banking, and in serving large corporate clients and financial institutions, I am confident that under Abbas’ leadership, our position and the value we offer our clients and partners will continue to grow.”  GIB was established in Bahrain in 1975, and commenced operations the following year. In 2017, it became the first foreign domiciled bank to be granted approval from the Saudi Arabia Council of Ministers to establish a local commercial bank in the Kingdom. GIB is owned by the governments of Gulf Cooperation Council countries, with Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund being the primary shareholder. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Gulf International Bank (GIB)Abu Dhabi Islamic BankWho's Who Jerry Inzerillo, CEO of the Diriyah Gate Development Authority Moath Al-Naeem, chief investment officer of Alpha Capital

Dakar Rally stars gear up for ‘thrilling’ Saudi race challenge

Fri, 2019-10-18 23:43 RIYADH: Dakar Rally drivers are gearing up for a “thrilling and exciting” challenge when the world-famous desert race is staged in Saudi Arabia for the first time next year. The Kingdom will host the event from Jan. 5 to 17, 2020 w
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Dakar Rally stars gear up for ‘thrilling’ Saudi race challenge

Fri, 2019-10-18 23:43 RIYADH: Dakar Rally drivers are gearing up for a “thrilling and exciting” challenge when the world-famous desert race is staged in Saudi Arabia for the first time next year. The Kingdom will host the event from Jan. 5 to 17, 2020 with top racers from around the globe traveling thousands of kilometers through inhospitable terrain in cars, trucks and on quad bikes and motorcycles. The rally will begin in Jeddah and follow a tough route through desert, sand dunes and mountainous areas taking in NEOM, the Red Sea Project, Riyadh and Qiddiya. French driver Stéphane Peterhansel, a 13-time winner of the Dakar Rally, revealed that he was initially surprised to hear that the competition had been moved from Africa to Saudi Arabia. “However, after doing some research, I realized that Saudi Arabia was a very wonderful and suitable country for the rally. It has different terrain types, and I expect us to have a perfect track. The vast desert gives me hope that the 2020 Saudi Dakar Rally will be more thrilling and exciting than Africa,” he said. Five-time Dakar Rally winner and fellow French driver, Cyril Despres, said that racing in Saudi Arabia would be a new adventure that could only be experienced by those who lived up to its challenges. “When I heard that the Dakar Rally was moving for the first time to the Middle East, I remembered the words of its founder, Thierry Sabine, who said that if you liked exploring the African continent, you would also love exploring other parts of the world,” he added. Positive move British rally raid motorcycle rider, Sam Sunderland, who won his category in the 2017 Dakar Rally, said he was delighted to be participating in the Saudi race. “I believe that this change is good, as I have lived in Dubai for 10 years, having adapted well to the Middle East’s atmosphere. When I heard that the Dakar Rally was moving for the first time to the Middle East, I remembered the words of its founder, Thierry Sabine, who said that if you liked exploring the African Continent, you would also love exploring other parts of the world. Cyril Despres, French driver “Exploring a new area is a positive move for the Dakar Rally, and I am certain that everyone who practices this sport is excited to explore a new ground for racing,” Sunderland added. ED Racing Team driver, Issa Al-Dossari, said the main reason he had taken part in Rally Qassim was to prepare for the Dakar challenge. “We will be using two cars in the rally. We look forward to raising the level of preparedness for many coming global events. But this does not mean that we will not compete for the top places.” Al-Dossari invited sports fans to visit the team’s headquarters at Date City to see equipment and meet its members. The team must participate in two different cars, the first driven by Al-Dossari with his French navigator Sébastien Delaunay, and the second with Emirati Abdallah Al-Huraiz behind the wheel and Ali Hassan navigating. The first stage of Rally Qassim began on Friday in Umm Sidra covering a distance of 170 km, with stage two raced over 200 km. Meanwhile, entry registrations for the Dakar Rally are still open in all categories at https://www.dakar.com/en/the-competitors/register. Main category: Saudi ArabiaSportTags: Dakar Rally Yazeed Al-Rajhi leads after super special stage of Rally Qassim 2019Sarfaraz removed as Pakistan T20 and test captain

Saudi, Finnish officials discuss cooperation in humanitarian field

Author: Fri, 2019-10-18 23:37 HESINKI: The general supervisor of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief), Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah met Jouni Hemberg, the executive director of Finn Church Aid (FCA), on Thursday in the Finnish capita
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Saudi, Finnish officials discuss cooperation in humanitarian field

Author: Fri, 2019-10-18 23:37 HESINKI: The general supervisor of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief), Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah met Jouni Hemberg, the executive director of Finn Church Aid (FCA), on Thursday in the Finnish capital, Helsinki. Al-Rabeeah presented the Kingdom’s relief and humanitarian efforts through KSRelief, which has implemented 1,062 projects amounting to almost SR14 billion ($3.7 billion) in 45 countries. He highlighted the efforts to support the brotherly Yemeni people through many projects such as the “Masam” mine clearance project, prosthetic centers, the rehabilitation of Yemeni child soldiers and the assistance provided to Yemeni refugees in Somalia, Djibouti and inside the Kingdom. He also pointed to efforts to help the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh and Malaysia. Al-Rabeeah also spoke of the challenges impeding the center’s efforts in Yemen due to the Houthi violations, noting that “they were not able to keep the center from fulfilling its noble humanitarian message and delivering aid to the beneficiaries.” KSRelief is operating with all transparency and is even assisting hospitals controlled by the Houthis. During the meeting, they discussed the possibility of strengthening bilateral cooperation and exchanging experiences in the humanitarian field. Al-Rabeeah invited FCA to attend the second Riyadh International Humanitarian Forum in February. Jouni Hemberg praised KSRelief’s charity work around the world. Meanwhile, KSRelief signed two executive programs to treat the Yemenis injured in Aden in partnership with a number of private sector hospitals in Aden governorate. The contracts were signed by Ahmed bin Ali Al-Beiz, assistant general supervisor of the center for operations and programs, under which health and medical care will be provided to the targeted persons. The director of the department of medical and environmental aid, Dr. Abdullah bin Saleh Al-Moallem, said that in cooperation with the Yemeni Ministry of Health and Population the center signed two executive programs for the treatment of injured Yemenis worth $320,000, benefitting more than 100 injured people. This was part of the initiative launched by the center in accordance with the directives of King Salman to treat those wounded in Aden and Abyan in August. Earlier, Al-Rabeeah, met with the Finnish minister of state for family affairs and social services, Ella Makeba, as part of his official visit to Finland. During the meeting, held in the Finnish capital Helsinki, Al-Rabeeah briefed Makeba on Saudi Arabia’s humanitarian work around the world. He highlighted KSRelief’s support for the health sector in needy countries and its global volunteer programs and campaigns being carried out in line with the Saudi Vision 2030 reform plan. Makeba lauded KSRelief’s “great” humanitarian efforts on behalf of the Kingdom which, over two decades, has delivered $87 billion (SR326 billion) in aid to 81 countries. Since 2014 more than 1,011 humanitarian aid programs worth $3.5 billion have benefitted 44 countries, primarily Yemen, Palestine, Syria, Somalia, Pakistan, Indonesia and Iraq.       Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: FinlandKSRelief KSRelief hosts seminar with UN on role of humanitarian aidKSRelief chief, European Parliament official discuss cooperation prospects

Giant puppets’ musical show hits high note among Saudi festivalgoers

Fri, 2019-10-18 23:49 ALKHOBAR: A musical show involving giant puppets has been hitting a high note among visitors to a popular Saudi festival. The models, standing 12 meters tall, have drawn big audiences to Alkhobar Corniche where performances have been ta
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Giant puppets’ musical show hits high note among Saudi festivalgoers

Fri, 2019-10-18 23:49 ALKHOBAR: A musical show involving giant puppets has been hitting a high note among visitors to a popular Saudi festival. The models, standing 12 meters tall, have drawn big audiences to Alkhobar Corniche where performances have been taking place as part of Tanween Season. Three huge puppets made up a family consisting of the father, donned in a white thobe and traditional Arabic head piece, the mother in a black abaya, and their son wearing a green Tanween T-shirt. Children watching the show sang along to Saudi folk songs as puppeteers using special machinery brought the giant characters to life. Tanween Season, in the Eastern Province, is a 17-day event that runs until Oct. 26, with talks, workshops, discussion panels, and performances built around this year’s theme of “play.” Activities are aimed at all ages and are designed to be family friendly. HIGHLIGHTS • The Tanween puppets are putting on theater performances for the first time, accompanied by a traditional Saudi band. • Saudi, French, Belgian and Spanish talent have combined to stage the show at Alkhobar Corniche until Saturday. “There’s a wide range of different experiences for visitors when they visit Ithra (the King Abdul Aziz Center for World Culture, in Dhahran) or the installations outside. Our goal is to deliver a message: How to use play in a different, creative way that introduces a myriad of ideas and culture,” the event’s head of performance, Anas Al-Ratoee, told Arab News.Spanish delights The Tanween puppets are putting on theater performances for the first time, accompanied by a traditional Saudi band. Saudi, French, Belgian and Spanish talent have combined to stage the show at Alkhobar Corniche until Oct. 19. “The Giant Puppets is a Spanish band, known as Carros de Foc, that usually performs traditionally in parades and festivals, where these 12-meter giants walk among people. “We added the Saudi culture to it through traditional music performed by a local band. We wanted to depict a scene from a normal day in the life of a Saudi household; the dynamic between a father, mother and child,” added Al-Ratoee. Muna Hassan, from Dammam, said her younger brother had thoroughly enjoyed the performance. “I was very happy to see him so excited and to see events like this catering to his age group.” Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Tanween Tanween Creativity Season launched with 232 events in Saudi ArabiaIthra hosts events as part of Tanween Cultural Season

Award-winning Saudi health care organization homes in on global awareness day

Fri, 2019-10-18 02:47 JEDDAH: In preparation for its adoption as a global day, the National Home Health Care Foundation (NHHCF) has launched its “We Care” social initiative which will be celebrated annually on Dec. 8 as a Saudi awareness event. The ann
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Award-winning Saudi health care organization homes in on global awareness day

Fri, 2019-10-18 02:47 JEDDAH: In preparation for its adoption as a global day, the National Home Health Care Foundation (NHHCF) has launched its “We Care” social initiative which will be celebrated annually on Dec. 8 as a Saudi awareness event. The announcement of the NHHCF’s new We Care identity came after it received an excellence award from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). The slogan, approved by the Saudi Ministry of Health, is based on the foundation’s belief in the vital role of civil society institutions in launching community development initiatives to serve the country and citizens, while enhancing their responsibility toward society. Princess Adila bint Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud, chairperson of the NHHCF board of trustees, told a press conference at Jeddah’s Hilton hotel recently that We Care would continue to spread awareness of home health care services within the community. “A hospital bed can cost a patient some SR2,000 ($533) a day. If that patient’s case is stable according to a consultant’s recommendation, the service can be provided to the patient at home for less than SR300. INNUMBERS In 2018, the foundation was able to serve 16,034 patients with 24,185 medical and social services. In the same year, the foundation made more than 29,400 visits to patients in Tabuk, Hail and Jazan. It also carried out nearly 272,000 patient visits in Jeddah, Madinah, Asir, Baha, Najran and Riyadh. In 2017, the foundation provided 10,237 patients with more than 11,390 medical services. Since its establishment 22 years ago, it has helped more than 93,390 patients with at least 140,500 services. “It is a cost-effective service with the same care quality in an environment that patients desire, which is home,” said the princess. She added that similar services had been operating in the West for decades. Her comments came after the NHHCF won the GCC award of excellence for its “We Care 360” app, a leading project in social work and sustainable development. The app was launched by the president of King Abdul Aziz University on May 13 in the presence of Princess Adila. The Saudi home care awareness day will be the first of its kind to be adopted as a global calendar day for the World Health Organization (WHO) and is credited to Saudi Arabia. Abeer Kabbani, vice president and head of fundraising and public relations, told Arab News that the logo for the initiative had been inspired by the shomagh (Saudi male head cover), and would be the permanent logo for the occasion. She said help was available in the provision of various medical devices.  “These include electrical beds, air mattresses, industrial respirators, oxygen generators, electric wheelchairs, all kinds of electrical devices, blood sugar, blood pressure and oxygen measuring devices.” Kabbani told Arab News that “360” in the app’s name referred to the 360 degrees in a circle. “This circle represents the cycle of our service; from the time a patient first receives it until they send us feedback on the quality of the service.” She added that the app was launched in line with the foundation’s plans to utilize technology for the benefit of patients. The NHHCF was established in Riyadh in 1997 under the auspices of Princess Hissah bint Tiradh Al-Shaalan, wife of the late King Abdullah, to care for the growing number of patients with terminal illnesses following their discharge from public hospitals.   Medical equipment It is a nonprofit organization that aims to maximize quality of life for patients within the home environment, and its western region branch was founded later in 1997 with Princess Adila as its head. She has presided over the NHHCF throughout the Kingdom since 2014. “The foundation provides patients with necessary medical equipment and consumable supplies and lends them a hand to become self-reliant, independent and productive members of society,” the princess said. She pointed out that the foundation gave advice to patients’ families on how to assist with health care.  “We have also signed a number of agreements and partnerships to help patients easily get all the medical assistance they need.” Fourteen years ago, the NHHCF collaborated with King Abdul Aziz University Hospital’s Home Health Care Center to provide funding to pay for patients’ medical expenses. Other similar centers in Saudi cities, including Madinah and Asir, were supported in the same way. In 2015, the foundation provided more than 9,500 services to patients. “The NHHCF also works closely with hospitals to identify patient needs for medical equipment,” Princess Adila said. She added that the foundation accepted eligible patients of all ages. The princess, who chairs an all-female board of trustees, added that the foundation was looking to work more closely with media organizations. “We have been focusing more on work than media. But we hope media channels can help shed light on our social contributions. We’re hopeful, too, that we can bridge the gap between us and the media through mutual cooperation for public interest.” She hoped that through publicity the private sector would support their patient-targeted programs and initiatives.     Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: SAUDI National Home Health Care Foundation (NHHCF)We Care Saudi Arabia to host region’s largest global gaming tournamentRiyadh Season Boulevard zone opens with spectacular parade

Saudi Arabia bans livestock imports from Sudan and Djibouti over RVF fears

Author: Fri, 2019-10-18 03:44 JEDDAH: The Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture has announced a ban on importing livestock from Sudan and Djibouti. The ministry said the ban is a response to the announcement of World Organization for Animal H
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Saudi Arabia bans livestock imports from Sudan and Djibouti over RVF fears

Author: Fri, 2019-10-18 03:44 JEDDAH: The Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture has announced a ban on importing livestock from Sudan and Djibouti. The ministry said the ban is a response to the announcement of World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) concerning documented cases of Rift Valley fever (RVF) in Sudan.  In addition, a sample from one livestock shipment arriving from Djibouti was positive and thus was not cleared. According to the ministry, Saudi Arabia imported 5 million heads of cattle from Sudan and 700,000 from Djibouti during the last Hijri year, prior to the ban. The spokesman for the ministry, Abdullah Abalkhail, said that alternative sources include GCC, Jordan, Uruguay, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Georgia, Portugal, Hungary, Kazakhstan and Romania, as well as Chinese Mongolia, Argentine, Brazil and the US. These countries can hardly compete with African states, said Al-Jadani, due to prices, different weather and customer demand.  HIGHLIGHTS Humaid Al-Jadani, a livestock merchant and a former member of the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce livestock committee, said 5 ships were about to arrive carrying up to 50,000 heads of cattle when the ban was announced, but were turned back. He said that the Saudi market depends heavily on imports from Africa, specifically Sudan and Djibouti. Prices have risen during the past two days by 30 percent and further rises are expected, said Al-Jadani. Official reports from Sudan say that at least 135 cases of rift valley fever were documented in Sudan, in Kassala, Red Sea and northern Darfur.  The domestic livestock, he added, covers the demand of a very low percentage of the market and the price of local sheep are very high. All shipments are examined at their point of arrival and only healthy animals are allowed into the local market.   Regulations The ministry has already banned livestock imports from Somalia. “The ministry studies each country individually to put health regulations in line with the OIE and we follow up daily reports from the OIE to reduce the spread of the diseases among animals and people,” Abalkhail said. Humaid Al-Jadani, a livestock merchant and a former member of the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce livestock committee, said five ships were about to arrive carrying up to 50,000 heads of cattle when the ban was announced, but were turned back. He said that the Saudi market depends heavily on imports from Africa, specifically Sudan and Djibouti. According Al-Jadani, prices have risen during the past two days by 30 percent and further rises are expected in the coming period. The ministry has called on those working in the sector to contact officials on the hotline 8002470000 if they find any suspicious cases. A fine up to SR1 million ($267,000) will be imposed on any company contravening the ban. Official reports from Sudan say that at least 135 cases of RVF were documented in Sudan, in Kassala, Red Sea and Northern Darfur. According to the World Health Organization Sudan witnessed a huge RVF outbreak in 2007, while in Saudi Arabia RVF spread back in 2000. The World Bank noted previously that six zoonotic diseases between 1997 and 2009 have led to a loss of $80 billion. Officials believe that only through collaboration between various authorities in the health, biology and environment sectors the disease can be controlled. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: World Organization for Animal Health (OIE)Rift valley FeverSudanDjibouti KSA cooperates with New Zealand to genetically develop livestock breedsSaudi livestock firm SALIC in Dh5 billion joint venture with UAE’s Al Dahra

TheFace: Mezna Al-Marzooqi, assistant professor at King Saud University

Author: Fri, 2019-10-18 05:19 I am from a middle-class family; my father was a businessman and my mother taught illiterate adults how to read and write. I am also a middle child, the third among three sisters and two brothers. My oldest brother died i
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TheFace: Mezna Al-Marzooqi, assistant professor at King Saud University

Author: Fri, 2019-10-18 05:19 I am from a middle-class family; my father was a businessman and my mother taught illiterate adults how to read and write. I am also a middle child, the third among three sisters and two brothers. My oldest brother died in 2007, and my father passed away a year after that. My mother is the resilient one in the family and she managed to hold us all together. I learned a lot about life and love from my Mama. She showered us in unconditional love, letting me pursue my education and giving me the freedom to travel. She is also very enthusiastic about helping others through volunteer work and she expects nothing in return. One incident that really had a big impact on me was when she supported my uncle with the running of his date factory and brought in low-income families to help them find jobs. Her passion to help others has inspired me to keep on giving. She is my biggest source of inspiration and I hope one day I can be like her. My family moved around a lot as I was growing up. I was born in Alkhobar, but we moved to Buqayq and lived on a farm, something my father encouraged as he was very outdoorsy. When I was in elementary school, I remember regularly walking to my aunt’s house in Alkhobar. She worked for Saudi Aramco, and there were a lot of communities and sports clubs that I joined in with. I have fond memories of attending karate classes with my cousins and getting my yellow belt during my sixth grade. During high school, we moved to Al-Ahsa, and I later applied to King Saud University (KSU) in Riyadh, where I studied medical science and health education. I then traveled to the US to pursue a master’s degree in public health. I was fortunate enough to be accepted for a six-month training program with the World Health Organization (WHO). Working with a big, multicultural team, I learned a lot, especially from my supervisor. After gaining my master’s degree, I returned to Saudi Arabia where I was recruited by KSU. I had signed my contract with the university while in America through its program of attracting outstanding professors and researchers. After teaching for one year at KSU, I went to Australia for four years to do my Ph.D. I now live in Riyadh working full time as an assistant professor teaching public health in the community health science department at KSU’s applied medical science college. My research is currently focused on physical activity, especially for female school students and those at college level. One of my projects is aimed at increasing physical activity awareness among small female students and physical literacy, another area I am trying to add to my research. The Kingdom has few women in this field, so I would love to help as many Saudi female researchers as I can. My family, mother, sisters, brother, niece and nephew remain my top priorities. I believe that life is short so live moments to the full, enjoy life and do all things possible to bring peace to my community. I am passionate about having harmony with the people around me. Community members may have different attitudes or views, but they all have the same human feelings. My favorite quote is by Jiddu Krishnamurti (Indian philosopher) who said: “Self-knowledge has no end — you don’t come to an achievement; you don’t come to a conclusion. It is an endless river.” I have never regretted the career path I’ve taken. I love what I’m doing and am glad to spend my free time engaged in community work and helping others, as my mother has always done.  Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: #TheFacethe faceTheFaceKing Saud University TheFace: Haifa Abuzabibah, Saudi human resources leaderTheFace: Sarah Al-Jindan, Saudi software engineer

We have ‘double responsibility’ to ward off threats, Saudi minister tells GCC meeting

Fri, 2019-10-18 05:51 MUSCAT, Oman: The ministers of interior of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) for Arab States held their 36th meeting in the Omani capital Muscat. Saudi Interior Minister Prince Abdul Aziz bin Saud bin Naif led his country’s delegat
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We have ‘double responsibility’ to ward off threats, Saudi minister tells GCC meeting

Fri, 2019-10-18 05:51 MUSCAT, Oman: The ministers of interior of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) for Arab States held their 36th meeting in the Omani capital Muscat. Saudi Interior Minister Prince Abdul Aziz bin Saud bin Naif led his country’s delegation to the meeting. The Saudi minister said: “We are facing many growing challenges due to the stature of our countries, their strategic position and our social cohesion. It is our duty and responsibility to face these challenges with determination and ability, relying on God first and then on the wisdom of our leaders and the consciousness of our peoples. “We meet today amid critical circumstances, serious terrorist and security threats, and external interventions aimed primarily at fomenting chaos, strife and interference in our internal affairs. Therefore, we have a double responsibility to ward off threats to our homelands and peoples. The Kingdom supports the GCC countries in maintaining sovereignty, stability and common Gulf security.” Prince Abdul Aziz said: “The lack of security and stability in many regions of the world has led to an increase in waves of violence, terrorism and the spread of transnational organized crime, and this puts us with a shared responsibility to take effective measures to protect our security. Thus, there is a need to activate relevant strategies, agreements and resolutions issued by the Gulf Joint Action Institutions so as to maintain the security and stability of our states.” The secretary-general of the Gulf Cooperation Council, Dr. Abdullah Al-Zayani, said: “We must work hard, to protect the security and stability of the GCC countries and safeguard the interests of their citizens and residents,” he said. During their meeting the ministers condemned the sabotage attack on oil installations in Abqaiq and Khurais in Saudi Arabia. The ministers honored the winners of the Prince Naif bin Abdul Aziz Award for Security Research of the GCC 2017. They also honored the president of the Saudi Press Agency, Abdullah bin Fahd Al-Hussein, for his efforts in promoting the Prince Naif bin Abdul Aziz Award for Security Research. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)muscatOman GCC ministers bat for unified tourism system in the regionSaudi Aramco confirms death of contractor in Abqaiq oil pipeline leak

Madinah governor visits survivors of Al-Akhal bus crash

Author: Fri, 2019-10-18 05:56 MADINAH: Prince Faisal bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz, the governor of Madinah, visited the city’s King Fahad Hospital on Thursday to check on the progress of four pilgrims who were injured in a bus crash that killed 35 peopl
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Madinah governor visits survivors of Al-Akhal bus crash

Author: Fri, 2019-10-18 05:56 MADINAH: Prince Faisal bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz, the governor of Madinah, visited the city’s King Fahad Hospital on Thursday to check on the progress of four pilgrims who were injured in a bus crash that killed 35 people near Al-Akhal on Wednesday. The prince, who was joined by his deputy, Prince Saud bin Khalid Al-Faisal, wished them a speedy recovery. He spoke medics about the patients’ conditions, and stressed the importance of following up on their care and referring them for specialized treatment if needed. Prince Faisal also ordered arrangements to be made to host the families of the injured people while they recover. The dead and injured were foreign nationals traveling on a bus that collided with a “heavy vehicle” on Hijra highway.   Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Madinah 35 expat pilgrims die in bus crash in Saudi Arabia4 pilgrims dead, 45 injured in bus accident

Moath Al-Naeem, chief investment officer of Alpha Capital

Author: Thu, 2019-10-17 23:18 Moath Al-Naeem has been chief investment officer of Alpha Capital since its establishment in March 2018. Alpha Capital is a rapidly growing company licensed by the Capital Market Authority and with assets well above SR1 b
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Moath Al-Naeem, chief investment officer of Alpha Capital

Author: Thu, 2019-10-17 23:18 Moath Al-Naeem has been chief investment officer of Alpha Capital since its establishment in March 2018. Alpha Capital is a rapidly growing company licensed by the Capital Market Authority and with assets well above SR1 billion ($267 million). Before joining the company, Al-Naeem worked for almost a decade in Saudi Aramco’s investment department, which handled the oil giant’s multibillion-dollar pension and savings plans. Al-Naeem began his career as a financial analyst in fixed income and public equity desks. Afterwards, he led the international real estate desk, where he conducted an on-site investment review and due diligence on several funds to build the global real assets portfolio. He worked on the restructuring of Aramco’s thrift savings plan and was part of a team that led the successful spin-off of the investment department to a standalone entity, Wisayah Investment Co. Al-Naeem, a CFA charter holder, earned his MBA from Imperial College London, and attended executive programs in real estate and private equity at Harvard and London Business School, respectively. He is a board member of Dammam Airport Co. and Siporex Lightweight Construction Co., and a member of the Investment and Financial Papers Committee at the Riyadh Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He was also a board member of the CFA Society in Saudi Arabia. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Who's WhoAlpha Capital Jerry Inzerillo, CEO of the Diriyah Gate Development Authority Zahra Al-Ghamdi, Saudi academic

Saudi Arabia and Palestinians agree to establish economic committee, joint business council

Thu, 2019-10-17 13:46 RIYADH: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas agreed to establish an economic committee and joint business council on Thursday, Saudi Press Agency reported.  Crown Prince Mohammed and Presi
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Saudi Arabia and Palestinians agree to establish economic committee, joint business council

Thu, 2019-10-17 13:46 RIYADH: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas agreed to establish an economic committee and joint business council on Thursday, Saudi Press Agency reported.  Crown Prince Mohammed and President Abbas also discussed the Palestinian issue and efforts made to guarantee the rights of the Palestinian people to establish an independent state with east Jerusalem as its capital. Crown Prince Mohammed’s meeting with the Palestinian president came a day after King Salman met with him on Wednesday in the capital Riyadh. The king welcomed Abbas and his delegation to Saudi Arabia, while the Palestinian president expressed his pleasure to visit the Kingdom and his meeting with the king. King Salman also hosted a luncheon in honor of the president and his accompanying delegation. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Crown Prince Mohammed bin SalmanPalestinian President Mahmoud Abbas Saudi Arabia’s King Salman meets Palestinian President Abbas Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas swears in new government

King Salman appoints new Saudi central bank deputy governor

Author: Zaynab KhojjiID: 1571320678907313800Thu, 2019-10-17 16:57 RIYADH: King Salman appointed Ayman bin Mohammed Al-Sayari as deputy governor for the Kingdom’s central bank, the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA), Saudi Press Agency report
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King Salman appoints new Saudi central bank deputy governor

Author: Zaynab KhojjiID: 1571320678907313800Thu, 2019-10-17 16:57 RIYADH: King Salman appointed Ayman bin Mohammed Al-Sayari as deputy governor for the Kingdom’s central bank, the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA), Saudi Press Agency reported on Thursday. Al-Sayari was previously SAMA's deputy governor for investment. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: King SalmanSaudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA) Saudi Arabia’s King Salman receives 55th monetary authority’s annual reportDr. Yahya bin Abdullah Al-Samaan, assistant speaker of the Saudi Shoura Council

Russian Film Week promises entertainment bonanza in Saudi Arabia

Author: Thu, 2019-10-17 01:07 RIYADH: The growth of the cinema scene in Saudi Arabia reached unprecedented heights with the opening of Russian Film Week in Riyadh this week, a cultural bridge that has provided the Saudi audience with a broader look int
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Russian Film Week promises entertainment bonanza in Saudi Arabia

Author: Thu, 2019-10-17 01:07 RIYADH: The growth of the cinema scene in Saudi Arabia reached unprecedented heights with the opening of Russian Film Week in Riyadh this week, a cultural bridge that has provided the Saudi audience with a broader look into the world of cinema. “There are a lot of correlations between modern Russian film history and the same for your country,” said Paul Heth, chairman of KARO cinema, Russia’s leading cinema chain. The Kingdom is ripe for cinema business investment and many cineplexes have spread across the country, enticing investors to provide the best experience for moviegoers. The ground is fertile for growth and with an increasingly technological world, the cinema experience has upped its game. This week, the Saudi Ministry of Culture, in coordination with the Russian Development and Investment Fund and KARO, is bringing a taste of Russian cinema culture to Riyadh as part of the Russian Culture in Riyadh Festival. The event coincided with Russian President Vladimir Putin’s state visit.  Stalingrad, 2013, directed by Fyodor Bondarchuk. Earlier this month, Arab News met with the young and innovative president of KARO, Olga Zinyakova, and Paul Heth, chairman of KARO, at one of Moscow’s oldest theaters, the Oktyabr (October), for an exclusive look into bridging cultural divides through film. “This is the first time Riyadh is hosting Russian Film Week and we are excited about how the Saudi audience will accept our movies and culture,” said Zinyakova. “We really hope Russian films will find a response in the hearts of Riyadh moviegoers. It is really exciting to become acquainted with the opportunities your country has for the development of the film industry.” HIGHLIGHTS The Saudi Ministry of Culture is bringing a taste of Russian cinema culture to Riyadh. For the first time in the Kingdom, nine of the best Russian films and animations were selected for a Saudi audience.  The Mirror, 1975, directed by Andrei Tarkovsky.  For the first time in the Kingdom, nine of the best Russian films and animations were selected for a Saudi audience. The screenings will be held at the King Fahad Cultural Center in Riyadh. “Our program has a few classic Russian movies. We also have animations, which will be interesting for any audience, no matter where they are from, because movies are universal,” said Zinyakova. “The Cranes are Flying,” “Coach,” “Salyut 7,” “Stalingrad,” “Mirror,” are some of the movies to be screened over the coming days. Among the selected movies are winners of international film festivals and animations that opened up new horizons in storytelling. “We think that all of these movies will let the Saudi audience learn how versatile our cinematography is and how the movies are changing with the times,” said Zinyakova. The Coach, 2018, directed by Danila Kozlovsky. “The movies have gained popularity outside our country and are known and loved by a lot of people globally, and the Saudi audience will have the opportunity to become acquainted with an important part of the world of cinematography.” Heth said that film production and cinemas are crucial for bridging cultural divides.  He said that Saudi Arabia has potential for growth in the market as it recently opened cinema halls, with room for expansion. He added that “KARO started in Russia in 1993 with one part-time cinema in a hotel lobby. By 1996, it had nine screens and the entire box office of cinema in Russia was $3 million. Over 20 years later, there are about 4,000 screens in a $1 billion market. So, there are a lot of correlations between modern Russian film history and the same for your country.” The first Western-style theater in Russia was opened in the lobby of the Moscow Radisson. Cranes are Flying, 2957, directed by Mikhail Kalatozov. Russia had a thriving film tradition during the Soviet era and after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the industry was rebuilt from scratch. KARO has created a brand for itself by focusing on technology and setting new standards for the theatrical exhibition industry in Russia. According to Zinyakova, “KARO is part of a culture. We are not just an exhibitor. “We think that Saudi Arabia’s market is full of opportunities for the development of the film industry.  The current macroeconomic situation in the country is positive for entering the entertainment market,” said Zinyakova.  “We would be glad to contribute to the development of cinema in Saudi Arabia and to consider cooperation between our countries in this area.” Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Culture and EntertainmentRussian Film WeekSaudi entertainment Russian culture festival launched in RiyadhRussian culture festival launched in Riyadh

Tolerance key to promoting inclusive society: EU envoy

Thu, 2019-10-17 01:57 RIYADH/JEDDAH: The European envoy to Saudi Arabia on Wednesday called for more tolerance and respect to help bring diverse societies closer together. Ambassador Michele Cervone d’Urso, head of the EU delegation to the Kingdom, made
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Tolerance key to promoting inclusive society: EU envoy

Thu, 2019-10-17 01:57 RIYADH/JEDDAH: The European envoy to Saudi Arabia on Wednesday called for more tolerance and respect to help bring diverse societies closer together. Ambassador Michele Cervone d’Urso, head of the EU delegation to the Kingdom, made his appeal as he welcomed attendees to a high-profile lecture to discuss Saudi and European perspectives on religious tolerance and diversity. Organized by the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies (KFCRIS), the event gathered together top intellectuals, diplomats and scholars to debate the issues of tolerance, forgiveness and acceptance of others. Opening the lecture at the King Faisal Foundation building in Riyadh, d’Urso spoke about tolerance and how it was core to the transformation of societies, especially in Europe which had become more diverse. “Today’s European society is a mixture of cultures, faiths, values, ideas, and habits. The challenge is to make sure our society is more inclusive, enhance mutual understanding and promote tolerance and respect,” the envoy said. He pointed to the UN’s blossoming partnership with the KFCRIS and the importance of the lecture as key building blocks in the process of bridging cultural and religious gaps between societies. “I think there are few more teams that are exchanging on the Saudi and European perspectives of religious tolerance and diversity. All of us know that the KFCRIS builds from the legacy of the late King Faisal and has been a pillar in promoting Islam,” d’Urso added. HIGHLIGHTS Ambassador Michele Cervone d’Urso, head of the EU delegation to the Kingdom, made his appeal as he welcomed attendees to a high-profile lecture to discuss Saudi and European perspectives on religious tolerance and diversity. Dr. Mohammed bin Abdulkarim Al-Issa, secretary-general of the Muslim World League (MWL), told delegates that when he talked about tolerance in Islam, he also meant tolerance in Saudi Arabia as a state that applied and was governed by Shariah law. The director of the European Network Against Racism (ENAR), Dr. Michael Privot, who converted to Islam 26 years ago, spoke about how the EU was characterized by increasing diversity, including religious and philosophical beliefs, even from the Muslim perspective. He noted that in Europe there were many people of faith that had respect for coexistence.  Dr. Mohammed bin Abdulkarim Al-Issa, secretary-general of the Muslim World League (MWL), told delegates that when he talked about tolerance in Islam, he also meant tolerance in Saudi Arabia as a state that applied and was governed by Shariah law. He said a state that respected others, human existence and brotherhood could not exist “unless there is respect for diversity and differences as a universal norm that no one can collide.” According to Al-Issa, the Charter of Madinah (regarded as the first Islamic state constitution) was considered one of the best achievements of civil legislation in human history. “This document was held by the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, with the Jews and represented binding legislation for Muslims toward religious minorities.” The MWL chief noted that the document included the protection of civil and religious rights. “The document cannot be absorbed by extremism, it is clear. These rights and freedoms have been preserved by this legislation. And the Prophet Muhammad coexisted with everyone and understood these differences and diversity.” In his speech, Al-Issa explained how the Qur’an gave Jews and Christians a special name to celebrate their religious origins where they were called “people of the book,” in reference to the Torah and the Gospel. The history of Christians and Jews was also never omitted. Addressing the event, director of the European Network Against Racism (ENAR), Dr. Michael Privot, who converted to Islam 26 years ago, spoke about how the EU was characterized by increasing diversity, including religious and philosophical beliefs, even from the Muslim perspective. “We encounter such a diversity of ways of being Muslim from a theoretical, cultural, philosophical, ideological point of view. Any single Muslim group or community is represented somewhere in Europe and this situation puts European Muslims in a very unique environment which is different from any other Islamic majority society in the world,” said Privot. He pointed out that for the first time in history Muslim groups from Uzbekistan and Senegal were living together and trying to become a community in European societies. “Societies, which have completely liberalized the market of religions, believe all faiths are accepted,” he added. Earlier on Monday, an MWL forum in Makkah recommended that Islamic discourse should adhere to the principles of the Qur’an and Sunnah, the Muslims’ uppermost legislative sources, which are also known as the Two Divine Revelations. The forum, titled “The Service of the Two Revelations,” called upon concerned authorities in the Muslim world to regulate Islamic fatwas in a way that prevented extremism and stopped producing any misguided explanations of the divinely revealed texts. The participants also encouraged the use of modern technology, especially social media, to better serve the Qur’an and Sunnah to help link Muslim youths with the two revelations. In addition, the gathering proposed establishing platforms for producing software and smart apps related to the Qur’an and Sunnah and the launch of an international service award under the umbrella of the MWL. Al-Issa added that the MWL had staged a number of Qur’an memorization programs in 78 countries and said there were now 68 colleges and institutes where 7,500 students were studying the Qur’an. “Some 61,275 Qur’an readers have graduated from these institutes, with 5,055 reciters having obtained authentic reading certificates. The IOQAS (International Organization of Qitab and Sunnah) has also carried out 193 training courses and provided nearly 3,000 scholarships,” he said. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: religious toleranceAmbassador Michele Cervone d’UrsoKing Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies (KFCRIS)RELIGIOUS DIVERSITY Muslim World League chief calls for global religious toleranceSaudi chief of Vienna-based interfaith center calls for peaceful coexistence

DiplomaticQuarter: Saudi Arabia, UAE discuss enhancing human rights cooperation

Thu, 2019-10-17 02:12 RIYADH: The UAE’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia met the president of the Saudi Human Rights Commission (SHRC) and discussed ways of enhancing bilateral cooperation, especially in the field of human rights. The SHRC president, Dr. Awwa
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DiplomaticQuarter: Saudi Arabia, UAE discuss enhancing human rights cooperation

Thu, 2019-10-17 02:12 RIYADH: The UAE’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia met the president of the Saudi Human Rights Commission (SHRC) and discussed ways of enhancing bilateral cooperation, especially in the field of human rights. The SHRC president, Dr. Awwad Al-Awwad, highlighted the Kingdom’s efforts under the leadership of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in supporting human rights. He talked about developments in the Kingdom, in addition to the steps taken toward putting citizens front and center to achieve the goals in the country’s Vision 2030 reform plan.  Ambassador Sheikh Shakhbut bin Nahyan Al-Nahyan reviewed the UAE’s efforts in protecting and promoting human rights. The UAE and Saudi Arabia have close ties, cooperating on many issues including working to ensure peace in the region. The UAE Embassy in April launched an exhibition to celebrate the “Year of Tolerance” at the Cultural Palace in Riyadh. The two-day event, which was opened by the ambassador, included a panel discussion on the values of tolerance and its role in strengthening relations between all communities; the importance of developing programs for promoting cultural diversity; and the role of the economy and business sector in encouraging, empowering and supporting culture. Al-Nahyan said at the launch: “The qualitative cultural movement in Saudi Arabia and the UAE is a message of mutual tolerance from the two brotherly countries.” Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: human rightsUAESaudi ArabiaSaudi Human Rights Commission (SHRC)Vision 2030 Female empowerment vital for Kingdom’s Vision 2030 reforms, says Saudi Human Rights Commission GMSaudi judiciary preserves human rights, says minister

Saudi Arabia’s Al-Ahsa projects highlighted at UNESCO meeting

Thu, 2019-10-17 02:29 AL-AHSA: The creative and cultural achievements of Al-Ahsa Oasis were highlighted by its mayor at a UNESCO meeting in Japan, the Saudi Press Agency reported. Al-Ahsa is widely considered to have the greenest and most fertile land in S
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Saudi Arabia’s Al-Ahsa projects highlighted at UNESCO meeting

Thu, 2019-10-17 02:29 AL-AHSA: The creative and cultural achievements of Al-Ahsa Oasis were highlighted by its mayor at a UNESCO meeting in Japan, the Saudi Press Agency reported. Al-Ahsa is widely considered to have the greenest and most fertile land in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province, while also housing prominent archaeological and historical sites. Al-Ahsa Mayor Adel Al-Mulhim, head of the Saudi Creative Al-Ahsa delegation to the annual meeting of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network held in Kanazawa, Japan, provided a detailed presentation on Al-Ahsa’s achievements such as becoming a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2018, becoming a member of the Creative Cities Network in the field of handicrafts and folk arts in 2015, and being named as Arab Tourism Capital for 2019 by the Arab Ministerial Council for Tourism. The meeting was attended by Mayor of Kanazawa Yukiyoshi Yamano, along with representatives from 30 countries. Al-Mulhim reviewed projects and events in Al-Ahsa aimed at promoting cultural activities in line with the creative network’s objectives, which include making cities safer and more sustainable.  Saudi artists perform a dance number during a recent festival in Al-Ahsa, in the Eastern Povince of Saudi Arabia. (SPA) He said government support for Al-Ahsa’s heritage and creative sectors had led to a increased public awareness about the importance of culture and creativity in shaping a sustainable city, and achieving the goals of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network to emphasize the role of culture in sustainable urban development. Al-Mulhim said that Al-Ahsa had several elements that qualified it as a member of the network, a first for the Kingdom and Gulf Cooperation Council states. “These elements include the cultural depth of Al-Ahsa in the Arabian Gulf region, owning a rich heritage of crafts and folklore, its environmental and social diversity, and having the required infrastructure to actively participate in national, regional and international events,” he told the meeting. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: UNESCOAl-AhsaUNESCO Creative Cities NetworkKanazawaJapanSaudi Arabia ThePlace: Al-Ahsa Oasis in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern ProvinceAl-Ahsa: Home to the most prominent archaeological and historical sites in Saudi Arabia

Empowerment of women and youth key to UN goals, says Saudi diplomat

Thu, 2019-10-17 03:31 NEW YORK: Inclusiveness, empowering women and young people, and investing in human capital will help to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, according to one of the Kingdom’s diplomats. Bandar bin Mahdi Al-Na
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Empowerment of women and youth key to UN goals, says Saudi diplomat

Thu, 2019-10-17 03:31 NEW YORK: Inclusiveness, empowering women and young people, and investing in human capital will help to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, according to one of the Kingdom’s diplomats. Bandar bin Mahdi Al-Nahdi, who is first secretary at the permanent mission of Saudi Arabia to the UN in New York, was speaking at a New York meeting held to discuss the outcome of the World Summit on Sustainable Development during the 74th UN General Assembly. Al-Nahdi thanked the UN for organizing the Sustainable Development Summit, which was held last month.  He said it showed the commitment and keenness of the UN and member states to fulfil the global body’s 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. He highlighted the challenges in achieving the goals, saying these must be addressed through an integrated approach with partnerships involving all stakeholders. Al-Nahdi said that Saudi Arabia, through the presidency of the G20 next year, would ensure that the priorities presented were aligned with the priorities of sustainable development.       Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: UN Sustainable Development Goalssustainable development Saudi Arabia ranks highly for sustainable UN goals awarenessSaudi Arabia committed to achieving sustainable development goals, says envoy to UN

30 pilgrims die in road accident in Saudi Arabia

Wed, 2019-10-16 23:09 JEDDAH: At least 30 pilgrims were killed and five injured in an accident between a bus and a car on Wednesday. The accident took place on Hijra road, 170 km from Madinah. The pilgrims were from varying nationalities and police invest
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30 pilgrims die in road accident in Saudi Arabia

Wed, 2019-10-16 23:09 JEDDAH: At least 30 pilgrims were killed and five injured in an accident between a bus and a car on Wednesday. The accident took place on Hijra road, 170 km from Madinah. The pilgrims were from varying nationalities and police investigations are presently ongoing. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi Arabiapilgrimsroad accident Saudi riders with Olympic dreams to compete in DiriyahSaudi Build 2019 in Riyadh receives 23,000 visitors

Jerry Inzerillo, CEO of the Diriyah Gate Development Authority

Author: Wed, 2019-10-16 22:59 Jerry Inzerillo has been the CEO of the Diriyah Gate Development Authority (DGDA) since June 2018. Inzerillo received his bachelor’s degree in hotel administration from the University of Nevada in Las Vegas in 1975.
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Jerry Inzerillo, CEO of the Diriyah Gate Development Authority

Author: Wed, 2019-10-16 22:59 Jerry Inzerillo has been the CEO of the Diriyah Gate Development Authority (DGDA) since June 2018. Inzerillo received his bachelor’s degree in hotel administration from the University of Nevada in Las Vegas in 1975. The DGDA CEO’s expertise in tourism and hospitality is unparalleled. He was CEO of the Forbes Travel Guide from 2014 to 2018 and has remained the vice president since 2018. He was also president and CEO of IMG Artists from 2012 to 2014, and president of resort giant Kerzner International between 1991 and 2011. Inzerillo is also a philanthropist and sat as a board member for Artists For A New South Africa and the Do Something children’s organization.  Inzerillo was awarded the Alexander Shulgin CEO of the Year in Tourism award in 2018, and is an accomplished keynote speaker, with several TEDx Talks to his name. Recently, Inzerillo opened up the Joy Forum in Riyadh with a speech addressing entertainment giants from around the world to cultivate a “joyful culture and vibrant society.” Inzerillo revealed Diriyah’s masterplan includes the establishment of the world’s largest Islamic museum, restoring Wadi Hanifa, planting more than 1 million date trees and transforming Safar Valley into Riyadh’s own Beverly Hills. He stressed the importance of entertainment and fun in the vision for Diriyah, which will be provided by an array of sporting, hospitality and leisure activities.  The DGDA was established in July 2017 to preserve Diriyah’s culture and make it a global landmark that celebrates the Kingdom’s heritage and history. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Who's WhoDiriyah Gate Development Authority Zahra Al-Ghamdi, Saudi academic Ahmed Shaker, associate director of the Marina and Yacht Club in King Abdullah Economic City

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman meets Palestinian President Abbas

Author: Wed, 2019-10-16 16:29 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday in the capital Riyadh. The king welcomed Abbas and his accompanying delegation to the Kingdom, while the Palestinian president
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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman meets Palestinian President Abbas

Author: Wed, 2019-10-16 16:29 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday in the capital Riyadh. The king welcomed Abbas and his accompanying delegation to the Kingdom, while the Palestinian president expressed his pleasure in visiting the Kingdom and meeting with the king. During the reception, the Palestinian president was greeted by a number of princes, ministers and military sector leaders. King Salman also hosted a luncheon in honor of the president and his accompanying delegation. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: King SalmanSaudi ArabiaPalestineMahmoud Abbas King Salman receives dignitaries in Saudi capitalPalestinian President Abbas calls for renewed peace negotiations with Israel

King Salman receives International Committee of the Red Cross president

Wed, 2019-10-16 00:39 The president of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Peter Maurer, called on King Salman at his palace in Riyadh on Tuesday. During the meeting, they reviewed ICRC’s humanitarian and relief efforts. The ICRC preside
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King Salman receives International Committee of the Red Cross president

Wed, 2019-10-16 00:39 The president of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Peter Maurer, called on King Salman at his palace in Riyadh on Tuesday. During the meeting, they reviewed ICRC’s humanitarian and relief efforts. The ICRC president appreciated the Kingdom’s continued support for humanitarian and relief works in various countries.  According to official figures, Saudi Arabia spent a total of $92.4 billion to support 84 countries between 1996 and 2019, while the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) implemented 1,057 projects amounting to around $3.553 billion in 44 countries. KSRelief completed 368 projects in Yemen in partnership with 80 UN bodies and international and local NGOs. On Tuesday, the king and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman sent separate cables of of condolence to Emperor of Japan Naruhito following the devastation and deaths caused by a typhoon that struck northern Japan. The king and the crown prince offered condolences to the Japanese monarch and families of the victims. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: King SalmanRed CrossSaudi Arabia King Salman receives dignitaries in Saudi capitalKing Salman receives Sudan president and PM during their Gulf tour