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Final straw: How Saudi youth are winning the war on waste

Sat, 2019-08-24 23:33 JEDDAH: Today’s generation of young, environmentally conscious Saudis is turning to more sustainable alternatives in a bid to reduce plastic waste in their everyday lives. Items such as reusable straws, cups and grocery bags are becom
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Final straw: How Saudi youth are winning the war on waste

Sat, 2019-08-24 23:33 JEDDAH: Today’s generation of young, environmentally conscious Saudis is turning to more sustainable alternatives in a bid to reduce plastic waste in their everyday lives. Items such as reusable straws, cups and grocery bags are becoming commonplace at coffee shops and supermarkets in the Kingdom. According to UN Environment, manufacturers around the world produce more than 300 million tons of plastic waste every year. Taha Boksmati, 26, an environmental specialist at the Saudi General Authority of Meteorology and Environmental Protection, is the founder of Jeddah’s Hejaz Ploggers group, which has teamed up with the British International School to source plastic materials that can be reused by the school’s artists. After discovering the growing worldwide trend of plogging, an activity that combines jogging and picking up litter, Boksmati and his team started combing the coastline near Jeddah. “We found an enormous amount of trash covering our beautiful beaches and endangering marine life,” he said. “We realized instantly the amazing number of plastic straws, caps and bottles that are consumed and thrown away every day. The awareness of reducing and reusing waste is low in our community. “We are simply used to the luxury of single-time use followed by immediate reckless disposal.” NUMBER 300 million Tons of plastic waste each year The ploggers’ group partnered with the British International School and helped plog for plastic material to be reused by the school’s artists, and also upcycled collected plastic into artistic designs suitable for display and sale. “In return, our members were given reusable items as a token of appreciation for their distinguished efforts. Reusable gifts included a stainless steel water bottle, a ceramic coffee cup, fabric shopping bags, bamboo utensil sets and a zero-waste home guide book.” Boksmati said that members of the plogging group already choose reusable items, and now he is seeking to raise awareness of the issue outside his environmental community. “I always share the benefits of reusable items as well as remind people of the consequences if we do not adopt these reusing and reducing practices,” he told Arab News. “Few people realize that plastic waste blocks the natural ability of our oceans to absorb carbon dioxide, further worsening the global warming problem, not to mention the dangers of microplastics, which are now found in almost everything we use, such as clothing and water bottles, and even in the fish we eat,” he said. FASTFACT PepsiCo. has pledged by 2025 to package its Aquafina water in aluminum cans rather than plastic bottles. Boksmati said that his team hoped to establish a junior plogging group, as well as strengthen its collaboration with international and local schools. “We want to engage with students of all ages to teach them about recycling and upcycling. We also aim to encourage alternatives to drinking water from plastic bottles as well as encourage people to reduce meat intake due to its environmental impact on water resources.” He added: “We hope to strengthen our brand auditing activity during our plogs, enabling our international partner, Breakfreefromplastic, to pressure local and international companies to make their products without plastic packaging and transition to other eco-friendly alternatives.” The food giant PepsiCo, for example, has pledged by 2025 to package its Aquafina water in aluminum cans rather than in plastic bottles, he said. Tala Al-Marbai, an 18-year-old foundation student at King Abdul Aziz University, said the Kingdom’s approach to plastic waste reduction has been improving since 2016. “Then not so many cared about our environment. But it’s the community’s job to spread awareness about the health of the environment. A video went viral on social media showing a plastic straw that was found inside a sea turtle’s nostrils. Many animals have been harmed because of our negligence toward nature,” she told Arab News Al-Marbai said this alternative is cost-efficient as well. “I bought a stainless steel cup and straw from an online store called Boutiqaat, which cost SR164 ($44) with delivery. It’s a bit expensive, but if you buy an iced coffee, that will cost SR24, so after seven times you would be spending the same amount of money,” she said. Al-Marbai said that she is the only environmentally conscious person among her group of friends, and she hopes to influence her circle.   “One person will influence another and the message will spread. Imagine one person having reusable items and, bit by bit, people surrounding them might do the same. Eventually, even companies, markets and shops will produce more environmentally friendly items and products.” She added: “I hope people remember every time they throw any plastic around, how many creatures they are going to hurt or even kill. Globally, it is estimated that more than 100 million marine creatures are killed each year by plastic waste.” Bateel Al-Saleem, 21, who is studying French at King Saud University and is a part-time barista, said that she turned to sustainable alternatives after watching videos of the harmful effects of plastic on marine life. “I was scrolling through social media one day and I saw a video of a turtle with a plastic straw stuck in its nose. It made me feel so sad. I started googling the effects of plastic on the environment and what I could do to help,” she told Arab News Al-Saleem now takes her reusable items wherever she goes. “I keep a bag of my reusable utensils in my backpack and I bring a cup with me if I’m going to a coffee shop,” she said. “Some cafes refuse to use my cup because it has another coffee shop logo and sometimes they refuse because it’s not the same size as their cups. We definitely need to spread awareness about reusable items.” She added: “My closest friends are environmentally conscious as well, but with my other friends I usually use my stuff in front of them so it can spark up a conversation.” Al-Saleem is also part of a volunteer EarthUniTeam which promotes environmental awareness in universities. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: UN environment programme Ways the Middle East is reducing food wasteLeader of biggest US organic food fraud gets 10-year jail term

Saudi Civil Defense employees hone skills in UK

Sat, 2019-08-24 22:51 RIYADH: More than 100 employees of the Saudi Civil Defense begin training in the UK on Sunday at the Fire Service College, the Saudi Press Agency reported. The Directorate General of Civil Defense said the cohort of 105 was the sevent
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Saudi Civil Defense employees hone skills in UK

Sat, 2019-08-24 22:51 RIYADH: More than 100 employees of the Saudi Civil Defense begin training in the UK on Sunday at the Fire Service College, the Saudi Press Agency reported. The Directorate General of Civil Defense said the cohort of 105 was the seventh batch of personnel to take part in such training. Brig. Gen. Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulrahman Al-Shamrani, head of the directorate general of training, expressed his gratitude to Lt. Gen. Sulaiman Al-Amro, the director-general of Saudi Arabia’s General Directorate of Civil Defense, for his support and enthusiasm during all stages of the nomination and selection process ahead of the training program. Al-Shamrani said he was confident in the ability of the Civil Defense personnel taking part in the program. He said the training would allow staff to hone their skills and experience, improving the services provided by Civil Defense when dealing with accidents. Staff completed the procedures required to enroll in the session before they left the Kingdom for the UK. They also attended a two-day meeting where they were briefed on the training program’s content and were encouraged to present a positive image of Saudi Civil Defense personnel. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi Civil Defense Saudi Civil Defense steps up safety plan for Hajj 2019Saudi Civil Defense steps up safety plan for Hajj

Ukrainian pianist hits the high notes for Taif visitors

Author: Sun, 2019-08-25 01:05 TAIF: It is not unusual for musicians to aim for the stars, but organizers of the Crown Prince Camel Festival in Taif gave the Ukrainian concert pianist Olina Lukashu a head start. Visitors to the opening entertainment ev
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Ukrainian pianist hits the high notes for Taif visitors

Author: Sun, 2019-08-25 01:05 TAIF: It is not unusual for musicians to aim for the stars, but organizers of the Crown Prince Camel Festival in Taif gave the Ukrainian concert pianist Olina Lukashu a head start. Visitors to the opening entertainment events at King Faisal Garden were treated to the sight and sound of Lukashu performing 5 meters in the air, dressed in a long white gown that reached down to the ground. “It was decided to put her at the entrance of the garden, all dressed in white to welcome the visitors,” festival spokesman Saleh Al-Anzi told Arab News. “It is a new idea that was greatly enjoyed by visitors, who admired her rendition of various musical pieces.” Among the 25 events taking place in conjunction with this year’s festival is a circus presented by five Latin American countries, Al-Anzi said. There is also a free childcare service, mobile food courts, international restaurants and a live broadcasting studio.  “Visitors will be able to ride camels inside the park, and enjoy the handicrafts on display by various artisans,” he said. Dr. Sami bin Abdullah Al-Obaidi, chairman of the Council of Saudi Chambers, told Arab News the Taif Season was important in terms of generating employment opportunities for young Saudis, and creating tourist projects. “All the events are full of visitors,” he said. He said 2,000 jobs were provided during the Taif Season, and those who took up the opportunities gained skills and knowledge about the requirements of an audience. “Saudi culture has changed, and Saudis have become more aware of global challenges and requirements, and the expectations of tourists and other consumers,” he said. “Taif Season has set a high standard.” Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: TAIF SEASONCrown Prince Camel FestivalOlina LukashuKing Faisal Garden Music blooms in Saudi Arabia’s mountain resort city of Taif as rose ensemble takes a bowGirls outperform boys in games at Saudi Arabia's Taif Season

Saudi, Chinese research centers sign deal

Sat, 2019-08-24 22:55 BEIJING: The Saudi Center for Research and Intercommunication Knowledge has signed a cooperation agreement with the Economics and Technology Research Institute of the China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. (Sinopec). The cooperation will
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Saudi, Chinese research centers sign deal

Sat, 2019-08-24 22:55 BEIJING: The Saudi Center for Research and Intercommunication Knowledge has signed a cooperation agreement with the Economics and Technology Research Institute of the China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. (Sinopec). The cooperation will be in the fields of research, publishing, translation and scientific exchanges. The signing took place during a visit to the institute’s headquarters in Beijing by the president of the Center for Research and Intercommunication Knowledge, Dr. Yahya bin Junaid. He was welcomed by the institute’s President Dr. Dai Bao Hua and Vice President Dr. Wang Jun. Bin Junaid said scientific centers and bodies in Saudi Arabia are interested in cooperating with counterparts in China and exchanging knowledge. On Friday, three books on Saudi classical literature, which were translated into the Chinese language, were launched at a ceremony organized by the Beijing Teachers Qualification Publishing House. The event was held in cooperation with the Center for Research and Intercommunication Knowledge, and the Department of Arabic Language at Beijing University for Foreign Studies.  Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi Center for Research and Intercommunication Knowledge Saudi-Chinese pact to enhance maritime industryHuawei to feature at Saudi-Chinese job fair

Lead roles for Saudi stars as Okaz Nights concerts begin

Sun, 2019-08-25 05:08 TAIF: The Okaz Nights series of concerts began with a wonderful evening featuring Saudi stars Abadi Al-Johar and Dalia Mubarak at the Okaz Main Theater, which has been given a new look. The concerts are part of Taif Season, which is p
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Lead roles for Saudi stars as Okaz Nights concerts begin

Sun, 2019-08-25 05:08 TAIF: The Okaz Nights series of concerts began with a wonderful evening featuring Saudi stars Abadi Al-Johar and Dalia Mubarak at the Okaz Main Theater, which has been given a new look. The concerts are part of Taif Season, which is presenting events throughout August. The concert with Al-Johar and Mubarak, which sold out quickly, was well received by the audience of more than 2,500. The evening began at 9.30 p.m. with a collection of new and old songs from Mubarak, supported by 27 musicians. Al-Johar then greeted her with beautiful and famous songs. Emirati singer Hussain Al-Jasmi also performed at the theater, which will host Syrian musical artist Asala Nasri on Aug. 28 and Ahlam Al-Shamsi on Aug. 30. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: TAIF SEASONSouk Okaz 13th edition of Souk Okaz begins as part of Taif SeasonSaudi Arabia's Souq Okaz festival deemed a 'cultural incubator'

Afghan president arrives in Saudi Arabia on official visit 

Author: Sat, 2019-08-24 22:25 Afghan President Ashraf Ghani arrived in Jeddah on Saturday on an official visit to the Kingdom. At King Abdul Aziz International Airport, he was received by Jeddah Gov. Prince Mishaal bin Majed, Saudi Minister of Commerc
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Afghan president arrives in Saudi Arabia on official visit 

Author: Sat, 2019-08-24 22:25 Afghan President Ashraf Ghani arrived in Jeddah on Saturday on an official visit to the Kingdom. At King Abdul Aziz International Airport, he was received by Jeddah Gov. Prince Mishaal bin Majed, Saudi Minister of Commerce and Investment Dr. Majid Al-Qassabi, Saudi Ambassador to Kabul Jassim bin Mohammed Al-Khalidi and other senior officials.  Later, Ghani went to perform Umrah. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Afghanistan Afghan government hopes to vet peace deal between US, Taliban before it is finalizedUS envoy to visit Qatar, Afghanistan for peace talks

World Alliance of Religions for Peace elects Faisal bin Muammar as honorary peresident

Author: daniel fountainID: 1566677243151630600Sat, 2019-08-24 23:08 RIYADH: The World Alliance of Religions for Peace announced on Saturday the election of secretary general of the King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Center for Interfaith an
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World Alliance of Religions for Peace elects Faisal bin Muammar as honorary peresident

Author: daniel fountainID: 1566677243151630600Sat, 2019-08-24 23:08 RIYADH: The World Alliance of Religions for Peace announced on Saturday the election of secretary general of the King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Center for Interfaith and Intercultural Dialogue Faisal bin Abdulrahman bin Muammar as the honorary president of the Alliance. The announcement was made at the 10th International Conference of the Religions for Peace General Assembly in Lindau, Germany, from 20-23 August 2019. Alliance officials noted that the election of bin Muammar, along with the group of honorary presidents of the Alliance for the next five years, comes in recognition of his efforts, through the King Abdullah International Center for Interfaith and Intercultural Dialogue, to spread the values of dialogue and tolerance and to promote cooperation between religious figures and makers. Bin Muammar expressed his thanks and appreciation for the trust of the Religions for Peace General Assembly. He said: “I am proud to be elected as the honorary president among other honorary presidents, and joining an international multi-religious group of leaders committed to interfaith dialogue.” He concluded his speech by expressing his sincere thanks and gratitude for the support of the founding countries of the Center, especially Saudi Arabia, the initiator of the initiative, Spain, Austria, the Vatican and the Board of Directors of Muslims, Christians, Jews, Buddhists and Hindus, and the advisory board of forty-six members of fifteen religions and beliefs, and employees of the Center in 30 countries around the world. World Alliance of Religions for Peace, founded in 1970, is one of the most important international non-governmental organizations interested in world religious affairs. It consists of a World Council of Senior Religious Leaders from all regions of the world; representing six regional interfaith bodies and more than 90 national bodies. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiareligionIslamWorld Alliance of Religions for Peace Saudi Cabinet warns Hajj pilgrims not to mix politics with religionSaudi envoy to UN affirms Kingdom’s support for regional peace, security

Saudi Justice Ministry: 3.5 million digital authentications carried out in 1 year

Author: Sat, 2019-08-24 22:29 RIYADH: The last year witnessed a boost in digital authentications in the Kingdom as notaries executed 3.5 million authentications, the Saudi Press Agency reported. The e-notarization system was launched on Nov. 18, 2018,
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Saudi Justice Ministry: 3.5 million digital authentications carried out in 1 year

Author: Sat, 2019-08-24 22:29 RIYADH: The last year witnessed a boost in digital authentications in the Kingdom as notaries executed 3.5 million authentications, the Saudi Press Agency reported. The e-notarization system was launched on Nov. 18, 2018, to provide several services that dispense with paperwork and spare clients the need to visit notarial offices for low-risk powers of attorney (PoAs). Of these operations, 2 million were related to issuing PoAs and declarations, and 1 million were related to real estate authentication. Beneficiaries were provided with new options, including the issuance of PoAs through the online portal Najiz of the Justice Ministry after certification by a notary, through mobile notary services provided for special groups, or through authentication services provided by the portal www.mwathiq.sa. Earlier, the ministry revealed eight new e-services in the notarization sector, including digital PoAs, which put an end to paperwork and most clients’ visits to notarial offices. Digital PoAs are sent to clients’ Absher-registered mobile numbers. FASTFACT Riyadh topped the list of Saudi regions with 1.5 million digital authentication operations, Makkah ranked second with 575,000, followed by the Eastern Province with 423,000. “E-notarization will save about 8 million sheets of paper annually, making notarization greener and more cost-effective,” the ministry said. One of the new e-services enables clients to inquire about their PoAs and their validity, terminate unwanted ones, and find out about agencies that have checked the validity of any of their PoAs. Another e-service enables government agencies to verify PoAs online through the Yesser program, the universal access number 920025888, the ministry’s portal (www.moj.gov.sa), and its official app. The new system abridges about 70 percent of procedures and directs clients straight to the assigned notary’s office without having to go through the data entry hall. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi justice ministry Saudi justice ministry announces grade-7 “notary public” vacancies for womenJustice Ministry launches system to issue electronic PoA through Saudi missions abroad

More than 3.7 million held for residency, border violations across KSA

Sat, 2019-08-24 22:37 RIYADH: More than 3.7 million violators of residency, work and border security systems have been arrested in Saudi Arabia, according to an official report. Since the campaign began in November 2017, there have been 3,714,418 offenders
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More than 3.7 million held for residency, border violations across KSA

Sat, 2019-08-24 22:37 RIYADH: More than 3.7 million violators of residency, work and border security systems have been arrested in Saudi Arabia, according to an official report. Since the campaign began in November 2017, there have been 3,714,418 offenders, including 2,899,318 for violating residency regulations, 572,573 for labor violations and 242,527 for border violations, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Saturday. The report said that 62,852 people were arrested while trying to cross the border into the Kingdom, 46 percent of whom were Yemeni citizens, 51 percent were Ethiopians and 3 percent were of other nationalities. 2,718 people were arrested for trying to cross the border into neighboring countries and 4,139 were arrested for involvement in transporting and harboring those violators. 1,543 Saudi citizens were arrested for harboring the violators against local laws, of which 86 are being detained, pending the completion of procedures. The total number of offenders subject to procedures is 15,556, comprising 13,306 men and 2,250 women. Immediate penalties were imposed on 521,252 offenders; 474,221 were transferred to diplomatic missions to obtain travel documents; 617,581 were transferred to complete their travel reservations, and 918,203 were deported.  Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: saudi passport departmentSaudi jawazat Saudi Arabia launches residency scheme for expatriates to boost investment, non-oil revenueSaudi joint field campaigns: 1,483,009 violators of residency, employment and border security regulations

More than 1,500 people trained as part of Taif Season

Sat, 2019-08-24 23:00 TAIF: More than 1,500 men and women have been trained as part of Taif Season to raise the quality of services and enrich the visitor experience on offer. Taif Season, which is one of 11 festivals being held across the Kingdom to promot
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More than 1,500 people trained as part of Taif Season

Sat, 2019-08-24 23:00 TAIF: More than 1,500 men and women have been trained as part of Taif Season to raise the quality of services and enrich the visitor experience on offer. Taif Season, which is one of 11 festivals being held across the Kingdom to promote the country as a global tourist destination, runs until Aug. 31. The workshops aim to provide training and qualification for Saudis from government agencies, as well as workers in the tourism sector such as guides, vendors and craftsmen. Participants registered for the workshops through the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage’s website, and received certification after training was completed. The workshops attracted 790 men and 731 women. Training covered areas such as visitor engagement skills, developing the skills of product vendors, tourism, security and safety in tourism sector facilities, first aid, and basic tour guide skills. Taif Season seeks to contribute to achieving goals within the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 reform plan, which aims to improve the quality of life, raise living standards, and create career and investment opportunities in Saudi Arabia. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: TaifSeasonTaifVision2030Vision 2030 Girls outperform boys in games at Saudi Arabia's Taif Season13th edition of Souk Okaz begins as part of Taif Season

Arab coalition destroys Houthi drones targeting Khamis Mushayt, Jazan

Sat, 2019-08-24 14:34 RIYADH: The Arab coalition destroyed Houthi drones targeting the southwestern Saudi cities of Khamis Mushayt and Jazan on Saturday, coalition spokesperson Col. Turki Al-Maliki said. Two Houthi drones targeting Khamis Mushayt were als
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Arab coalition destroys Houthi drones targeting Khamis Mushayt, Jazan

Sat, 2019-08-24 14:34 RIYADH: The Arab coalition destroyed Houthi drones targeting the southwestern Saudi cities of Khamis Mushayt and Jazan on Saturday, coalition spokesperson Col. Turki Al-Maliki said. Two Houthi drones targeting Khamis Mushayt were also destroyed on Thursday.  The attack is the latest in a spate of Houthi attempts to target Saudi Arabia, including 10 drones that hit the Saudi Shaybah natural gas liquefaction plant near the UAE border. Arab Coalition spokesman Col. Turki Al-Maliki said the coalition is taking all possible measures and employing best practices to intercept Houthi drones and stop attacks, Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: JazanKhamis MushaytHouthisdrone US military drone shot down in YemenYemen coalition strikes caves used by Houthis to store missiles and drones

KSRelief medics’ timely intervention saves Yemeni infant’s life

Sat, 2019-08-24 00:06 MUKALLA: A volunteer medical team from the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) has saved the life of a Yemeni girl who was suffering from a severe lack of oxygen in the blood, the Saudi Press Agency reported. Jan
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KSRelief medics’ timely intervention saves Yemeni infant’s life

Sat, 2019-08-24 00:06 MUKALLA: A volunteer medical team from the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) has saved the life of a Yemeni girl who was suffering from a severe lack of oxygen in the blood, the Saudi Press Agency reported. Jana Basheaib was born with a blockage in the pulmonary valve and a constriction of the tricuspid valve in her heart that prevented the delivery of blood to her lungs, leading to a severe lack of oxygen in her body that required urgent intervention. Her father Adnan said he had noticed her dark blue color days after she was born, but had not been able to find treatment for her in Yemen. She was also too sick to be moved abroad.  His brother connected him with a KSRelief team so that the 10-day-old infant could get the help she needed.  FASTFACTS •KSRelief is working in Yemen with comprehensive plans to alleviate people’s suffering. •The center has implemented 363 projects across the country at a cost of $2.26 billion. •The projects cover various sectors including food security, health and education. Basheaib filed a report describing her condition and received an immediate response from KSRelief, saying it would send a medical team to Yemen and an appointment for surgery was made. Basheaib took his daughter from Tarim to Mukalla, a six-hour drive. Upon arrival at the Pulse of Life Center for Cardiology, Jana was immediately admitted to the intensive care unit. The medical team arrived in time to successfully perform the surgery. He thanked the medical team for saving his daughter’s life.  The head of the KSRelief medical team, Prof. Jameel Ata, said: “The medical campaign comes within the framework of the voluntary campaigns to treat difficult and critical cases. This is KSRelief’s third campaign for open-heart surgeries and catheterizations for Yemeni children in less than six months.” The medical campaigns have covered the treatment of more than 20 children from Yemen’s low-income families to alleviate their suffering. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: YemenMukallaKing Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) KSRelief calls for UN probe into ‘serious reports’ of Yemen aid agency corruptionKSRelief working to alleviate Yemeni suffering

Health Ministry treats 649,690 Hajj pilgrims

Sat, 2019-08-24 01:04 RIYADH: The Ministry of Health has revealed specialized services provided by its hospitals and health centers in Makkah, Madinah and holy sites for pilgrims during Hajj. The ministry said that the number of pilgrims who received treatm
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Health Ministry treats 649,690 Hajj pilgrims

Sat, 2019-08-24 01:04 RIYADH: The Ministry of Health has revealed specialized services provided by its hospitals and health centers in Makkah, Madinah and holy sites for pilgrims during Hajj. The ministry said that the number of pilgrims who received treatment in hospitals and health centers reached 649,690. The number of participants in serving pilgrims this year reached 30,000 employees of the Ministry of Health, while 25 hospitals were prepared in Makkah and Madinah, with a total capacity of 5,000 beds. For the first time this year, the ministry used robotic technology for medical consultations, which gave hospitals in Mina remote access to consultants in micro specialties.  Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Hajj 2019 How Hajj has inspired art and literature through the agesHajj pilgrims return home in Pakistan to hero’s welcome 

Saudi books translated into Mandarin launched

Sat, 2019-08-24 01:15 BEIJING: Three books on Saudi classical literature, which were translated into the Chinese language, were launched at a ceremony organized by the Beijing Teachers Qualification Publishing House. The event was held in cooperation with t
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Saudi books translated into Mandarin launched

Sat, 2019-08-24 01:15 BEIJING: Three books on Saudi classical literature, which were translated into the Chinese language, were launched at a ceremony organized by the Beijing Teachers Qualification Publishing House. The event was held in cooperation with the Center for Research and Intercommunication Knowledge in Riyadh, and the Department of Arabic Language at Beijing University for Foreign Studies. It was attended by the Saudi ambassador to China, Turki Al-Madi, the president of the Center for Research and Intercommunication Knowledge, Dr. Yahya bin Junaid, and Chinese officials. Al-Madi expressed his happiness with the important step of translating Saudi literature into Mandarin.  Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Mandarin languageTeaching Chinese Language in Education Plans afoot to expand teaching of Chinese in Saudi ArabiaChinese language apps make learning a game

Iraq’s Hajj and Umrah chairman commends KSA

Sat, 2019-08-24 01:25 MAKKAH: The chairman of Iraq’s High Commission for Hajj and Umrah has applauded the quality of service provided to pilgrims who travel to the Kingdom, the Saudi Press Agency reported. Sheikh Khalid Al-Atiyyah said there had been a gr
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Iraq’s Hajj and Umrah chairman commends KSA

Sat, 2019-08-24 01:25 MAKKAH: The chairman of Iraq’s High Commission for Hajj and Umrah has applauded the quality of service provided to pilgrims who travel to the Kingdom, the Saudi Press Agency reported. Sheikh Khalid Al-Atiyyah said there had been a great reception and warm welcome accorded by all Saudi authorities to Iraqi pilgrims during Hajj. “They, the Iraqi pilgrims like other pilgrims, benefited from the services provided by the government of the Kingdom, enabling them to perform their rituals with ease and comfort,” he said, expressing his thanks and appreciation to the Kingdom’s leadership, government and people.  Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Hajj 2019 Health Ministry treats 649,690 Hajj pilgrimsFlights from Madinah airport for departing Hajj pilgrims continue

ThePlace: Saudi Arabia’s Al-Kasr Lake

Sat, 2019-08-24 01:31 Al-Kasr Lake is located on the edge of Rawdath Al-Sabla in the northeast of Al-Zulfi governorate. Hikers pitch tents on the lake’s golden sands. This photograph was taken by Khaled Alsabet as part of the Colors of Saudi competition. 
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ThePlace: Saudi Arabia’s Al-Kasr Lake

Sat, 2019-08-24 01:31 Al-Kasr Lake is located on the edge of Rawdath Al-Sabla in the northeast of Al-Zulfi governorate. Hikers pitch tents on the lake’s golden sands. This photograph was taken by Khaled Alsabet as part of the Colors of Saudi competition.  Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: ThePlace ThePlace: Al-Hada and Al-Shafa, two must-see Saudi summer resortsThePlace: King Fahd’s Fountain in Jeddah, the tallest in the world

Kingdom’s envoy in UK decorates military officials, visits Saudi patients in London

Author: Fri, 2019-08-23 23:17 The Saudi ambassador to the UK visited Saudi patients in London’s Charing Cross Hospital to check on their health and recuperation. Staff briefed Prince Khalid bin Bandar bin Sultan on the Saudi patients and their trea
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Kingdom’s envoy in UK decorates military officials, visits Saudi patients in London

Author: Fri, 2019-08-23 23:17 The Saudi ambassador to the UK visited Saudi patients in London’s Charing Cross Hospital to check on their health and recuperation. Staff briefed Prince Khalid bin Bandar bin Sultan on the Saudi patients and their treatment. He met their families and wished the patients a speedy recovery. Prince Khalid said the Saudi Embassy and its health attache in London are keen to provide all services to help Saudi patients, who expressed their appreciation for the ambassador’s visit. He was accompanied by Saud bin Nasser Al-Hamdan, deputy head of the Saudi diplomatic mission in London, and embassy staff. Prince Khalid also met with the Saudi military attache in London, Maj. Gen. Abdullah bin Saleh Al-Zughaibi, and his staff. Prince Khalid praised the services provided by the military attaché, and efforts to strengthen Saudi-UK relations. The ambassador also met with representatives from the UK’s Defense Ministry. Prince Khalid granted Lt. Col. Bandar bin Hamid Ahmed the rank of colonel, and Capt. Muhannad bin Munir Al-Fakharani the rank of major. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi Arabia Saudi students in line for Ph.D. boost in BritainPrince Khaled bin Bandar bin Sultan, Saudi ambassador to the UK

Saudi envoy visits citizen wounded in Istanbul attack

Fri, 2019-08-23 23:18 ANKARA: Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to Turkey Waleed Abdul Karim Al-Khuraiji visited a Saudi citizen receiving treatment in an Istanbul hospital, after he had been wounded in a shooting and robbery. The envoy conveyed the best wishes o
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Saudi envoy visits citizen wounded in Istanbul attack

Fri, 2019-08-23 23:18 ANKARA: Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to Turkey Waleed Abdul Karim Al-Khuraiji visited a Saudi citizen receiving treatment in an Istanbul hospital, after he had been wounded in a shooting and robbery. The envoy conveyed the best wishes of the Kingdom’s leadership and wished him a speedy recovery. The embassy and consulate are working with authorities in Istanbul to assist with the investigation into the attack. The armed robbery happened in the Sisli area of the city, prompting Saudi authorities to issue a warning to avoid that area, as well as Taksim, especially after sunset. Days after this incident, a Saudi woman was reported to have been kidnapped in Istanbul while on holiday with her family. BACKGROUND In 2017, a terror attack killed seven Saudis in Istanbul on New Year’s Day. Security cameras captured the moment she was sprayed in the face with a substance that left her unconscious before she was taken away by a man, according to Arabic-language newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat. The report said the attack took place “a few days ago” near a hotel in the Asian part of Istanbul, where she was staying with her family. The woman, known as Abeer, was visiting Istanbul with her husband and children on holiday. All communication with her was lost after she disappeared, sources told the newspaper. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: TurkeySaudi citizen in Turkey Saudi Arabia issues advisory to citizens in Istanbul following attackTurkey’s Erdogan to visit Moscow after convoy hit in Syria

What We Are Watching Today: Trollhunters

Fri, 2019-08-23 23:37 Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia is an animated show from Netflix, created by the multi-Academy Award winning Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro. It features a boy, Jim, who lives in a city called Arcadia. One day he finds an amulet an
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What We Are Watching Today: Trollhunters

Fri, 2019-08-23 23:37 Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia is an animated show from Netflix, created by the multi-Academy Award winning Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro. It features a boy, Jim, who lives in a city called Arcadia. One day he finds an amulet and, from then on, his life takes a series of twists and turns. Jim discovers a new world hiding under Arcadia that is home to magical creatures, and the amulet chooses him as the protector of trolls and humans alike. The show follows Jim as he tries to juggle everyday life, saving the world, and training to become a warrior. I watched half a season in one sitting because of the story’s plot and pace. Trollhunters is funny, dramatic and has scooped up awards for its animation, writing and sound. All three seasons are available to watch on Netflix. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Arcadia What We Are Watching Today: ‘BuzzFeed Unsolved’What We Are Watching Today: Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey

British wingsuit expert dies during jump in KSA

Author: Fri, 2019-08-23 23:42 JEDDAH: A British wingsuit scientist and champion was killed during a jump in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday. Dr. Angelo Grubisic crashed on a mountainside during an event in the Asir region that was part of Al-Soudah Season. T
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British wingsuit expert dies during jump in KSA

Author: Fri, 2019-08-23 23:42 JEDDAH: A British wingsuit scientist and champion was killed during a jump in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday. Dr. Angelo Grubisic crashed on a mountainside during an event in the Asir region that was part of Al-Soudah Season. The 38-year-old extreme sports expert was an astronautical engineer who had worked for NASA and the European Space Agency before becoming a lecturer of astronautics at the University of Southampton, where he was involved in work to develop safer and better-performing wingsuits. Saudi Civil Defense rescue teams in the province of Rijal Almaa raised the alarm at 11:47 a.m. on Wednesday, alerting authorities that a wingsuit BASE jumper had crashed in a mountainous area. Rescue teams located Grubisic’s body and carried him about 100 meters across rocky slopes to a helicopter that transported him to Asir Hospital. Event organizer the Extreme Sports Company said that wingsuit BASE jumping is an approved part of Al-Soudah Season. It added that a technical team had supervised the preparations and procedures for the event to ensure proper safety standards were met, and to determine whether the weather conditions were suitable for the jumps to go ahead. The company said that a helicopter flew Grubisic and four other wingsuit base jumpers — from Norway, France, Italy and Australia — to the jump point. Initial reports suggested Grubisic experienced difficulties as soon as he jumped and began his flight to the landing site at the cable car station in Rijal Alma. As he reached speeds of about 100 miles per hour he appeared to misjudge his height. His body was found about 25 kilometers from the take-off position. The British Embassy in Riyadh thanked the authorities in the region for their efforts during the rescue operation and for helping Grubisic’s family travel to the Kingdom and make arrangements to take his body home. Grubisic led a wingsuit-design team at the University of Southampton and was crowned a British wingsuit champion during a competition at Dunkeswell Airfield in Devon in July. His family described him as “phenomenally talented.” They added: “Angelo lost his life doing what he loved the most, wingsuit BASE jumping, and we want to ensure his achievements and ambitions are known to the world, and to celebrate the mark he made on all of our lives. “Angelo captivated the hearts and minds of every single person who was privileged to meet and work with him. ‘The candle that burns twice as bright burns half as long’ has never rung more true to the family and friends Angelo had across the world.” The University of Southampton said: “We are extremely saddened and shocked by the death of Angelo and our thoughts are with his family at this terrible time. “Angelo made many pioneering contributions to the University’s research into astronautics and was incredibly popular with his students and colleagues.” Wingsuit jumpers wear a suit that has extra fabric between the legs and under the arms. This allows them to glide great distances after jumping from an aircraft or from a jump point, increasing their time in the air before deploying a parachute. BASE jumping involved parachuting or wingsuit flying from from fixed points or objects. BASE is an acronym for building, antenna, span (such as a bridge) and earth (such as a cliff or mountainside). Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: British wingsuit expert Saudi envoy visits citizen wounded in Istanbul attackKingdom’s envoy in UK decorates military officials, visits Saudi patients in London

Saudis to test their mettle at technical competition in Russia

Author: Fri, 2019-08-23 23:47 KAZAN: A Saudi delegation of skilled workers participating in the 45th edition of WorldSkills, the world championships of vocational skills, in Kazan, Russia. “The competition will see the participation of 1,300 experts f
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Saudis to test their mettle at technical competition in Russia

Author: Fri, 2019-08-23 23:47 KAZAN: A Saudi delegation of skilled workers participating in the 45th edition of WorldSkills, the world championships of vocational skills, in Kazan, Russia. “The competition will see the participation of 1,300 experts from 63 countries in 56 categories. The Saudi delegation will compete in the aircraft maintenance and welding categories after they were trained by specialists,” said Dr. Rashid bin Mohammed Al-Zahrani, head of the Saudi delegation and deputy governor of the Technical and Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC). Hassan Hussain Al-Rashid from the Saudi Technical Institute for Petroleum Services was chosen to compete in the welding category, while Idris Abduljalil Al-Hajji from the International Aviation Technical College in Riyadh was selected for aircraft maintenance. They were chosen after more than 2,500 young men and women were shortlisted in the Kingdom’s regions of Riyadh, Qassim, Makkah and the Eastern Province. Over 500 contestants from 14 different categories competed through interviews and tests to enter the competition. BACKGROUND The competition will see the participation of 1,300 experts from 63 countries in 56 categories. WorldSkills started in 1950 after the Spanish Workers Union organized the first national vocational competition in Madrid. “Workshops were organized for the contestants representing the Kingdom, in addition to a training session on methods of evaluation and arbitration so they can sit as international judges in the competition,” he said. TVTC aims to empower young men and women aged 23 and below in international competitions in order to shed light on the importance of technical skills and encourage them to innovate. Dr. Fahad bin Abdul Aziz Al-Tuwaijri, CEO of Colleges of Excellence, said that the competition covers industrial and service professions with the highest international standards. “This competition aims to promote technical skills, encourage young people to acquire them and discover cooperation opportunities,” he added. WorldSkills started in 1950 after the Spanish Workers Union organized the first national vocational competition in Madrid. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Technical and Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC) Saudi delegation attends opening of Europe’s largest mosqueSaudi minister meets foreign ambassadors in Riyadh

Mohammed Al-Shammasi, CEO of Derayah Financial

Author: Fri, 2019-08-23 00:50 Mohammed Al-Shammasi has been the CEO of investment solutions company Derayah Financial since September 2016. Al-Shammasi has worked in the fields of financial services, strategy, corporate governance and investment for mo
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Mohammed Al-Shammasi, CEO of Derayah Financial

Author: Fri, 2019-08-23 00:50 Mohammed Al-Shammasi has been the CEO of investment solutions company Derayah Financial since September 2016. Al-Shammasi has worked in the fields of financial services, strategy, corporate governance and investment for more than 16 years. Previously, Al-Shammasi was the company’s chief investment officer, responsible for Derayah Financial’s overall investment activities covering multiple asset classes. Before joining Derayah Financial, he was head of investment management at NCB Capital. Prior to that job, he was a portfolio manager at Riyad Bank. Al-Shammasi graduated with honors from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals and went on to take several management and leadership programs in Harvard Business School, Duke University and INSEAD Business School. Recently, Derayah Financial added forex contract trading services to its offerings. Through the recently launched Derayah Global and Derayah Global Plus services, customers can buy and sell, follow real-time prices in international markets, and create follow-up lists for shares, option contracts, and exchange-traded funds (ETFs). “Our platform allows eight types of selling and buying orders and provides real-time securities prices with the possibility of creating follow-up lists and viewing a series of options and all available contracts. We offer significant capital facilities, and our professionals are always  there to answer customers’ questions and provide advice,” Al-Shammasi said at the launch of the new platforms. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Who's Who Tariq Al-Ahmari, Saudi Arabia's spokesperson for higher educationMazin Al-Ghunaim, CEO of Bidaya Home Finance

Saudi minister meets foreign ambassadors in Riyadh

Author: Fri, 2019-08-23 01:16 Saudi Arabia’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir has held a series of meetings in Riyadh with foreign ambassadors to the Kingdom. On Thursday, he held separate meetings with Russian Ambassador Serge
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Saudi minister meets foreign ambassadors in Riyadh

Author: Fri, 2019-08-23 01:16 Saudi Arabia’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir has held a series of meetings in Riyadh with foreign ambassadors to the Kingdom. On Thursday, he held separate meetings with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kozlov, Egyptian Ambassador Nasser Hamdy and Indian Ambassador Dr. Ausaf Sayeed. The meetings reviewed the Kingdom’s bilateral relations with the ambassadors’ respective countries, and Al-Jubeir and the ambassadors discussed regional and international developments and issues of mutual interest. Al-Jubeir also received Sudanese Ambassador Abdelazim Mohammed Al-Sadiq and Swedish Ambassador Jan Knutsson, both of whom are ending their tenures as ambassadors to the Kingdom. Al-Jubeir thanked them both for their efforts in strengthening bilateral relations, and wished them success for the future. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia does not want war with Iran: Al-JubeirIran to face ‘very, very strong reaction’ if it closes Strait of Hormuz: Al-Jubeir

TheFace: Dr. Basma Albuhairan, deputy CEO at a leading Saudi teaching hospital

Author: Fri, 2019-08-23 01:13 There is an ongoing discussion about how to combine the Saudi values of Islamic heritage, parenthood, family, respect, hard work, responsibility and compassion with the modern values of working, leadership, competition, inn
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TheFace: Dr. Basma Albuhairan, deputy CEO at a leading Saudi teaching hospital

Author: Fri, 2019-08-23 01:13 There is an ongoing discussion about how to combine the Saudi values of Islamic heritage, parenthood, family, respect, hard work, responsibility and compassion with the modern values of working, leadership, competition, innovation and success in the workplace. How can Saudi family values be leveraged to be a more powerful and influential force in driving the changes and transformation happening in the world around us? I hope my case can serve as an example for showing how our values can help develop a successful modern career. Knowledge is fundamental to all development. Knowledge can give power, and if combined with Saudi values, it can also lead to wisdom. Power and wisdom are strong forces that can lead to positive change and improvement. I am most fortunate that my parents instilled a thirst for knowledge and education and hard work in me, as well as in my siblings. I managed to undertake valuable health care research work for my Ph.D. and also work as a deputy CEO of a leading teaching hospital. Now, I can contribute to the economic development of my nation while working for the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority. My whole career, and all the things I have been able to contribute to the Kingdom, primarily occurred because of the values that my parents instilled in me. I was brought up in a family that greatly values education, intellect and hard work. I have two siblings, a sister and brother, who are dynamic and equally successful in their lives. I am from Al-Jouf, which is in the Northern Region of Saudi Arabia, and I was raised in the US. Reflecting on my childhood, I think it was during those years that I developed a passion for challenges. During those years, I vividly recall my parents constantly reinforcing the importance and need to excel in school. I was not only competitive in my studies, but also in sports. Any challenge I came across, no matter how difficult, I took head on and always managed to overcome and move on to face my next challenge with greater strength. I am honored and proud to be a part of the economic, social and cultural changes that will pave the way for future generations to come. In addition to having a passion for challenges, my parents taught us the importance of being respectful, compassionate, helpful and polite. They are important to us to this day. Our parents also taught us to be independent, responsible and accountable for our own actions. My parents have always given me their unconditional love, encouragement and support. My father has always been my source of wisdom, and the person who has always pushed me to go beyond my limits, dream big, and to never give up. My mother is my role model; her resiliency and joyful spirit are inspirational. The values my parents instilled in their children are clearly being nurtured and passed onto our next generation: My niece and nephews. I am a proud aunt to one niece and five nephews, who I love spending time with. The relationship and bond we have is very special. It is truly amazing how much you can learn from youngsters.    As I progressed through school, I came to know my interests, likes and dislikes. My interests centered around creative writing, literature and communication. I thought I would become a journalist or a writer. Little did I know, at that time, my career would take me down a completely different path. I ended up studying medical technology. Since “education breeds confidence,” I went on to study for two graduate degrees and a postgraduate degree in health care. My degrees laid the foundation of a lifelong pursuit of knowledge that still drives me to accomplish more to this day. Working hard and being recognized based on merit are key attributes that one should have. Therefore, my career started as a junior employee in a clinical laboratory in one of the leading hospitals in Saudi Arabia. I worked my way up the corporate ladder and took on various leadership roles in the public and private sectors. The experiences I have had broadened my horizons and allowed me to become more receptive, adaptive and versatile. While reflecting on where I am today in my career, I have been asking myself whether I got here by mere chance, by making the right decisions, or because of the prayers, love and support of my family? I wonder how much perseverance, ambition, and drive contributed to my success; however, I never doubt that the love and support of my family has contributed most significantly to where I am today. The world today is so different than that of yesterday. We are living at a time where we are going through a unique and exciting transformation. I am honored and proud to be a part of the economic, social and cultural changes that will pave the way for future generations to come. I hope to continue contributing to the accomplishments of my country and become a mentor to the next generation. •  Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: #TheFaceTheFaceSaudi women empowermentAl Jouf TheFace: Abeer Al-Fouti, champion of human capital development in nonprofitsTheFace: Fatin K. AlKahtani, co-founder of Trilogy, a center focused on the wellness of mind, body and soul

US pilgrims fly out of Jeddah

Fri, 2019-08-23 01:33 JEDDAH: A Miami Air International airline flight left King Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah carrying 163 American passengers who had completed the Hajj pilgrimage. The airline launched its first direct flight to the Kingdo
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US pilgrims fly out of Jeddah

Fri, 2019-08-23 01:33 JEDDAH: A Miami Air International airline flight left King Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah carrying 163 American passengers who had completed the Hajj pilgrimage. The airline launched its first direct flight to the Kingdom after a halt to services in 1997. Issam Noor, general manager of King Abdul Aziz International Airport, said that the General Authority of Civil Aviation was keen to provide all possible facilities for the arrival and departure of the US flight. He said that this will encourage other US carriers to operate flights between the two countries. “The completion of all necessary procedures for the arrival and departure of the flight confirms the readiness of the airport to receive flights from all over the world,” he said. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Hajj 2019 Hajj pilgrims return home in Pakistan to hero’s welcome Flights from Madinah airport for departing Hajj pilgrims continue

Madinah museum showcases over 2,000 rare artifacts

Author: Fri, 2019-08-23 02:45 MADINAH: Dar Al-Madinah Museum offers visitors the opportunity to view historical pieces associated with the Prophet’s life. It features artifacts that capture the history, heritage, social life and culture of Madinah.
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Madinah museum showcases over 2,000 rare artifacts

Author: Fri, 2019-08-23 02:45 MADINAH: Dar Al-Madinah Museum offers visitors the opportunity to view historical pieces associated with the Prophet’s life. It features artifacts that capture the history, heritage, social life and culture of Madinah. The museum’s executive director, Hassan Taher, said that it aims to promote the noble values of the Prophet Muhammad, encourage a sense of belonging and capture the history, culture and heritage of Madinah. The exhibits start with the Prophet’s life and end with the Saudi era. Taher said: “The museum carries out specialized research in Madinah’s architectural heritage. It contains a library of relevant books, research and magazines, all of which are accessible to researchers.” He said that the museum has issued more than 44 books and publications on Madinah’s architecture. Taher explained that when preparing the museum’s narrative, it was necessary to reconcile temporal and spatial contexts so they created an added moral and intellectual value for the visitor. He added: “There are around 2,000 artifacts in the museum’s exhibition halls. These include antiquities, extremely accurate models, handicrafts, manuscripts, documents, correspondence, old publications, postage stamps, photographs and artworks.” One of the museum’s most valuable exhibits is a large collection of rare pieces associated with important moments in the Prophet’s life and the history of Madinah.  These include various parts of the Kaaba, rare coins used in Madinah during different eras, ancient pottery, Islamic manuscripts, jewelry and collectibles from the pre-Islamic era. Taher said that the museum has a professional team of guides who speak several languages, including English, Turkish, Urdu and Malay. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Dar Al-Madinah MuseumKaabaMadinahProphet Muhammad Flights from Madinah airport for departing Hajj pilgrims continueCurrency smugglers caught at Madinah airport

Saudi prosecutor issues arrest warrant over video showing child making knife threats

Author: Zaynab KhojjiID: 1566493425426129700Thu, 2019-08-22 20:03 RIYADH: An arrest warrant has been issued for a person who published a video clip of a child brandishing a dagger while making threats and insulting education. The warrant was issue
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Saudi prosecutor issues arrest warrant over video showing child making knife threats

Author: Zaynab KhojjiID: 1566493425426129700Thu, 2019-08-22 20:03 RIYADH: An arrest warrant has been issued for a person who published a video clip of a child brandishing a dagger while making threats and insulting education. The warrant was issued by Saudi Arabia’s Attorney General Sheikh Saud Al-Mujib. The public prosecution said publishing videos showing this kind of material is a criminal act and promoted hate crimes. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaSaudi public prosecutor Houthis target Saudi Arabia’s Khamis Mushayt with dronesTurkey prosecutors seek jail terms for two Bloomberg reporters

Music blooms in Saudi Arabia’s mountain resort city of Taif as rose ensemble takes a bow

Thu, 2019-08-22 23:11 TAIF: Hanging from suspended imitation rose flowers and dressed in white, an orchestra of Ukrainian and Russian musicians performed enchanting symphonies by Mozart and Beethoven at the Ward (Rose) Village in Taif’s Arrudaf Park as par
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Music blooms in Saudi Arabia’s mountain resort city of Taif as rose ensemble takes a bow

Thu, 2019-08-22 23:11 TAIF: Hanging from suspended imitation rose flowers and dressed in white, an orchestra of Ukrainian and Russian musicians performed enchanting symphonies by Mozart and Beethoven at the Ward (Rose) Village in Taif’s Arrudaf Park as part of Taif Season. The month-long Taif Season will run during August with more than 70 quality events designed to highlight the city as a popular Arab resort and leading Arab tourist destination. Female musicians in the orchestra played from a height of seven meters, delighting large crowds with a spectacular performance of well-known symphonies. Mashaal Al-Rashid, head of the company organizing the Rose Village Festival, told Arab News that the name ‘Rose Village’ was chosen in recognition of the importance of rose as the icon of Taif. “The festival’s content was elaborated, and all the activities and events organized so as to promote the value, and the social and economic significance of Taif’s roses,” he said. Al-Rashid said that the hanging roses orchestra was inspired by the beauty of Taif’s mountains and their startling roses.  “Each flower carries a musician holding her instrument, delivering a breathtaking performance and an enjoyable experience,” he said. The orchestra includes musicians from several countries who were selected after delivering string performances in various world capitals.  Dr. Nayef Al-Buraq, dean of Taif University’s College of Arts, said that Taif’s character is based on its culture and location. “It is a cultural tourist icon that evolves year after year to keep pace with the national Vision 2030, with events that attract visitors from around the world,” he said. “The programs aims to promote quality of life, reflected through the joyful Taif Season that paints a bright picture of Saudi creativity,” said Al-Buraq. He said that the challenges faced in preparing for this season included developing quality academic programs, highlighting popular arts, and attracting Arab, Saudi and international creative involvement. “These challenges highlight the leading role played by the Kingdom’s government in catering for culture and arts, and turning this festival into a tourist and cultural event throughout the year,” he said. Festival visitor Omar Al-Khalidi said that the event offers musical attractions and cultural arts that have long been absent from Taif. “Everyone knows that Taif is the city of arts and culture, and the first Saudi city to host a movie theater. Arrudaf Park was the scene for concerts for well-known artists such as Abdullah Mohammed, Mohammed Abdu, Talal Maddah and many other Arab talents,” he said. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: TAIF SEASONSaudi SeasonsArrudaf Parksaudi tourismRose Village Festival Girls outperform boys at games during Taif Season13th edition of Souk Okaz begins as part of Taif Season

Copyright campaign puts Saudi artists in the frame

Thu, 2019-08-22 23:48 JEDDAH: Artists in the Kingdom have been urged to ensure that the copyright on their work is protected as part of a Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property (SAIP) “Own Your Art” campaign. SAIP said that a copyright protects a wi
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Copyright campaign puts Saudi artists in the frame

Thu, 2019-08-22 23:48 JEDDAH: Artists in the Kingdom have been urged to ensure that the copyright on their work is protected as part of a Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property (SAIP) “Own Your Art” campaign. SAIP said that a copyright protects a wide range of creative works, including drawings, paintings and artworks, such as comics, sketches and digital art. Copyright is a legal term used to describe the rights that creators have over their artistic works. The copyright of a specific artwork (such as a drawing or painting) is owned by the person who created the artwork.  This means that artists retain all the rights to their creative works, which cannot be reproduced, shared, published or profited from without their consent. All art is copyrighted from the moment it is produced or becomes a fixed copy. There are two types of rights under copyright for creative works: Economic rights, which allow the rights owner to derive financial reward from the use of his artworks by others; and moral rights, which protect the noneconomic interests of the creator of the artwork. Copyright laws state that the owner has the economic right to authorize or prevent certain uses in relation to a work or, in some cases, to receive remuneration for the use of his work. The economic rights owner of a work can prohibit or authorize its reproduction in various forms (such as printed publication), its digital recording or broadcasting, or its adaptation. SAIP said that enforcement procedures offer effective action and remedies against infringement or violation of copyrighted work. The Committee for Copyright Infringements may impose a financial penalty of not more than SR100,000 ($26,600), close the infringing entity for a period not exceeding two months, and address the case in the manner that the committee deems appropriate. In the case of repeated infringements of the same or other artwork, the maximum penalty may be doubled. In cases of infringement, SAIP urged owners to file a complaint via saip@saip.gov.sa, or through SAIP Twitter account (@SAIPKSA), or by visiting SAIP headquarters with supporting documents. Main category: Saudi ArabiaArt & CultureTags: copyrightSaudi artistsSaudi Authority for Intellectual Property (SAIP) Two new academies to boost Saudi arts, heritage and musicPioneering Saudi artists honored at Misk Art event

Girls outperform boys at games during Taif Season

Author: Thu, 2019-08-22 23:51 TAIF: Taif Season is attracting Saudi girls to adventure and action games, with the “Action Mania” park allowing game fans of both sexes to exercise their passions in an unprecedented interactive atmosphere in the Villa
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Girls outperform boys at games during Taif Season

Author: Thu, 2019-08-22 23:51 TAIF: Taif Season is attracting Saudi girls to adventure and action games, with the “Action Mania” park allowing game fans of both sexes to exercise their passions in an unprecedented interactive atmosphere in the Village of Roses, held in Al-Radf Park. Ryan Shaqroun, CEO of Saudi Entertainment Summit, owner of “Action Mania,” noted that girls were more daring than their male counterparts in the “Adrenaline Live” event in the challenge and adventure city. The company has designed a special sports abaya, closed from the bottom, to give girls more freedom during play. Among the adventure games that have attracted Saudi women at “Action Mania,” “Skyfall” is a breathtaking game, with a safe fall of 16 meters, while the company has also introduced its parachute jump simulator for the first time. Shaqroun added that the company aims to give visitors at Taif Season an atmosphere of fun, adventure and enthusiasm, with the adventure park area covering 12,000 square meters within the Village of Roses, with 15 games of different sizes. All games have international safety and security certifications, conform to Saudi standards and specifications, and are under the supervision of trained Saudi cadres with experience in the entertainment industry. Visitors can enter Action Mania from 5 p.m. to midnight, allowing them to experience the fun, entertainment and adventure through a range of exciting activities and games, suitable for the whole family, such as climbing, free jumping, circus swings, and other skill and fitness games. Main category: Saudi ArabiaArt & CultureLifestyleTags: TAIF SEASONVillage of Roses Music blooms in Saudi Arabia’s mountain resort city of Taif as rose ensemble takes a bow13th edition of Souk Okaz begins as part of Taif Season

Makkah’s Grand Mosque courtyard extension project nears completion

Author: Zaynab KhojjiID: 1566479405654981700Thu, 2019-08-22 16:08 RIYADH: A project to add more than 3,000 meters square of courtyard space near to the Grand Mosque in Makkah is almost complete, Saudi Press Agency reported.  The extension to the
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Makkah’s Grand Mosque courtyard extension project nears completion

Author: Zaynab KhojjiID: 1566479405654981700Thu, 2019-08-22 16:08 RIYADH: A project to add more than 3,000 meters square of courtyard space near to the Grand Mosque in Makkah is almost complete, Saudi Press Agency reported.  The extension to the area will help control the movement of crowds near the mosque, the General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques said. The work is 85 percent complete, the statement said. The expansion work involves the removal of a number of places designated for ablution and installing them under the stairs of the courtyard. Toilets have also been installed around the edges of the courtyard. The project, which is due to be completed at the end of this month, aims to increase the capacity of the Grand Mosque and its surrounding courtyards to provide the best service to Hajj and Umrah pilgrims, deal with crowd control, and ensure the safety of visitors. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: MakkahGrand Mosque Flights from Madinah airport for departing Hajj pilgrims continueIraqi Hajj chief, other Muslim dignitaries, shown how Kaaba cover is made

Houthis target Saudi Khamis Mushayt in repeat attack

Author: Thu, 2019-08-22 07:55 DUBAI: The Arab coalition destroyed two Houthi drones targeting Khamis Mushayt city in south west Saudi Arabia, the state news agency SPA reported on Thursday. It was the latest in a spate of drone attacks claimed by the
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Houthis target Saudi Khamis Mushayt in repeat attack

Author: Thu, 2019-08-22 07:55 DUBAI: The Arab coalition destroyed two Houthi drones targeting Khamis Mushayt city in south west Saudi Arabia, the state news agency SPA reported on Thursday. It was the latest in a spate of drone attacks claimed by the Houthi militia in recent weeks, including 10 drones that hit the Saudi Shaybah natural gas liquefaction plant near the UAE border. Arab Coalition spokesman Col. Turki Al-Maliki said the coalition were taking all possible measures and employing best practices to intercept the drones and stop attacks, And said the the repeated attacks showed the militants were becoming increasingly desperate as they continued to lose on a daily basis. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaHouthiHouthisHouthis militia UN resumes Sanaa aid distribution halted after Houthi theftsYemen coalition strikes caves used by Houthis to store missiles and drones

Saudi envoy to UN affirms Kingdom’s support for regional peace, security

Author: Thu, 2019-08-22 01:47 NEW YORK: Saudi Arabia’s permanent representative to the UN has affirmed the Kingdom’s commitment to international law and regional security, stability and peace. Addressing the UN Security Council, Abdallah Al-Mouall
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Saudi envoy to UN affirms Kingdom’s support for regional peace, security

Author: Thu, 2019-08-22 01:47 NEW YORK: Saudi Arabia’s permanent representative to the UN has affirmed the Kingdom’s commitment to international law and regional security, stability and peace. Addressing the UN Security Council, Abdallah Al-Mouallimi said the entire world recognizes the imperative of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But, he added, Israel continues to procrastinate in implementing relevant UN resolutions, refrains from recognizing the national rights of the Palestinian people, and has continued its provocations, the latest of which was the storming of Al-Aqsa Mosque on Eid Al-Adha, “an attack we condemn in the strongest terms.” Al-Mouallimi urged the Security Council to reaffirm by all means the fundamental principles of international relations, and to reject occupation, violence, oppression, incitement and sedition by Israel and Iran, which he said are causing unrest in the Middle East. He added that the Kingdom is always working to encourage development in the Middle East, and believes that comprehensive development in the region is the way to achieve stability, eliminate terrorism and alleviate conflicts. “The Kingdom always seeks to extend cooperation and commitment to dialogue in order to solve problems through peaceful means, but at the same time stresses that the calls for dialogue should be consistent with the cessation of threats and interference in internal affairs and hostilities, such as attacks on diplomatic missions and attempts to assassinate diplomats, cyberattacks on infrastructure, propaganda campaigns, fueling strife and sectarianism, and supporting and sponsoring militias and terrorist organizations,” he said. “Without a practical cessation of these practices, any call for dialogue is just a facade and a tool to achieve the goals of expansion and domination.”   Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Abdallah Al-MouallimiUN Security Council International community must help stop Israeli aggression against Al-Aqsa: Arab LeagueIran threatens ‘less secure’ shipping lanes if US halts oil exports

Tariq Al-Ahmari, Saudi Arabia's spokesperson for higher education

Thu, 2019-08-22 02:18 The Saudi Ministry of Education announced new appointments, including Ibtesam Al-Shehri as the first woman to hold the position of spokesperson for public education in the Kingdom, and Tariq Al-Ahmari as a spokesperson for higher educa
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Tariq Al-Ahmari, Saudi Arabia's spokesperson for higher education

Thu, 2019-08-22 02:18 The Saudi Ministry of Education announced new appointments, including Ibtesam Al-Shehri as the first woman to hold the position of spokesperson for public education in the Kingdom, and Tariq Al-Ahmari as a spokesperson for higher education. Al-Ahmari, 30, is a lecturer at King Saud University. He received a bachelor’s degree in public relations and image management from King Saud University in 2011. From 2007 to 2008, he was a public relations coordinator at the Albir Charity. Al-Ahmari continued his education at Michigan State University, where he received a master’s degree in public relations in 2016. Between 2017 and 2018, he worked at Samatech as a public relations consultant. His career has been connected to King Saud University since 2008, when he was a public relations and information officer for seven months.  Following this, he was a public relations officer while also working as a journalist. In 2011, he started a new role as a teaching assistant, which he continues today. In 2016, he joined the College of Arts as a public relations manager. Al-Ahmari has also contributed to research in mental image production for companies and nonprofit organizations.  He has presented in more than 30 official ceremonies, displaying his exceptional presentation skills, and has finished third place in the individual speech contest at the Ministry of Education. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Who's Who Mazin Al-Ghunaim, CEO of Bidaya Home FinanceMamdouh Saif, Saudi-born musician, composer and producer

Duterte invites Saudi businessmen to invest in the Philippines

Author: Thu, 2019-08-22 02:25 MANILA: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte received on Tuesday the speaker of the Saudi Shoura Council, Dr. Abdullah Al-Asheikh, and his accompanying delegation. Duterte conveyed his regards to King Salman and Crown Pri
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Duterte invites Saudi businessmen to invest in the Philippines

Author: Thu, 2019-08-22 02:25 MANILA: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte received on Tuesday the speaker of the Saudi Shoura Council, Dr. Abdullah Al-Asheikh, and his accompanying delegation. Duterte conveyed his regards to King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, underscoring strong bilateral relations. The president thanked the Saudi government for caring for Filipino citizens residing in the Kingdom, and for ensuring the ease of their living and working there. Duterte welcomed Saudi businessmen and investors to contribute to the development of the Philippines, and expressed his country’s readiness to motivate Filipino businessmen to contribute and participate in Saudi mining projects. He thanked Saudi Arabia for its support to the Philippines at the UN, for voting against accusing it of human rights violations, and for supporting reconstruction projects in the city of Marawi. Al-Asheikh conveyed greetings from the king and crown prince to Duterte, and their wishes of continued prosperity and progress to the Philippine government and people.  Al-Asheikh thanked Duterte for his hospitality, and said his visit to the Philippines is part of the Kingdom’s keenness to consolidate relations with friendly countries, and to strengthen relations between the Shoura Council and the Philippine House of Representatives. Al-Asheikh reiterated his government’s care for the Filipino community working in the Kingdom. During the meeting, bilateral relations were reviewed and issues of common concern discussed. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Rodrigo DutertePhilippinesAbdullah Al-Asheikh Philippines’ top diplomat highlights deep-rooted Saudi-Philippine ties in meeting with Shoura Council chiefStakes high for success of Philippines’ autonomous Muslim region