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Saudi Arabia condemns attack on Erbil airport

Thu, 2021-04-15 20:34 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s foreign ministry condemned a drone attack targeting US forces stationed at Erbil airport in northern Iraq late on Wednesday. The ministry said the attack that “threatens the stability of Iraq and the region,
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Saudi Arabia condemns attack on Erbil airport

Thu, 2021-04-15 20:34 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s foreign ministry condemned a drone attack targeting US forces stationed at Erbil airport in northern Iraq late on Wednesday. The ministry said the attack that “threatens the stability of Iraq and the region,” and the safety of air navigation in the country, and undermines the efforts of the international coalition to help Iraq fight terrorism. The Kingdom reiterated its support for Iraq and any measures that it takes to protect its security. The attack was carried out by an unmanned aerial drone and comes amid a steady stream of rocket attacks on bases hosting US forces and the embassy in Baghdad that Washington blames on Iran-backed militias. No one was hurt in the attack. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Erbil AirportSaudi ArabiaIraqUS troops Explosives-laden drone targets US forces at Iraq's Erbil airportRamadan breeds dread in crisis-hit Iraq

Saudi Arabia must ‘confront power with power’ in Yemen, says expert

Author: Mahad MohamedID: 1618521516335025600Fri, 2021-04-16 00:18 JEDDAH: The international community bears responsibility for prolonging the crisis in Yemen, and Saudi Arabia should not simply wait for the Iran-backed Houthis to cause a disaster
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Saudi Arabia must ‘confront power with power’ in Yemen, says expert

Author: Mahad MohamedID: 1618521516335025600Fri, 2021-04-16 00:18 JEDDAH: The international community bears responsibility for prolonging the crisis in Yemen, and Saudi Arabia should not simply wait for the Iran-backed Houthis to cause a disaster, according to a Saudi expert in international relations. Political analyst Dr. Hamdan Al-Shehri said on Thursday that although a number of proposals had been put forward to put an end to Yemen’s ongoing conflict, there had been a lack of will from the international community to implement those initiatives. “If the international community was honest, it would have (acted on) UNSC Resolution 2216, demanding the Houthis relinquish the arms they seized from military and security institutions and cease all violence. The international community is delaying taking action against the Houthis for its own interests,” Al-Shehri told Arab News. “The international community’s regional interests are its top priority, not Yemen or the Yemenis,” he added. Al-Shehri believes that, in the face of continued silence from the international community, Saudi Arabia should ‘confront power with power’ when dealing with Houthi attacks. “We should not wait until the Houthis (cause) a disaster. We count on the Arab coalition and the Yemeni army, especially after the UN’s leniency with regard to putting pressure on the Houthis to accept diplomatic solutions,” Al-Shehri said. He added that if attacks on the Kingdom continue, then Saudi Arabia should take military action. “The Houthis are using power and this power should be confronted with power. We have tried the international community for seven years, but unfortunately (nothing has been done).” The Arab coalition destroyed five ballistic missiles and four explosive-laden drones launched by the Houthis toward Jazan, Al-Ekhbariya reported on Thursday. Those attacks were the latest in a long line of hostile actions against the Kingdom by the Iran-backed Houthi militia. Jazan University was one of the targets, as well as other civilian sites protected under international humanitarian law, coalition spokesman Turki Al-Malki said in a statement to the Saudi Press Agency, adding that such actions amount to war crimes. He also said that the attacks originated from Yemen’s Saadah governorate and were a “continuation of the Houthis’ systematic and intentional hostile attempts to target civilians.” The Houthis, who took over the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, in 2014, have been widely condemned for their actions against the Kingdom. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: HouthisYemenSaudi Arabia

A year after a Ramadan like no other, Muslims look forward to a more joyful holy month

Author: Deema Al-KhudairID: 1618524967495211400Fri, 2021-04-16 01:14 JEDDAH: Last year’s Ramadan was a holy month unlike any other. Families were unable to gather as normal for iftar and sahoor, voluntary work alongside friends was not an option
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A year after a Ramadan like no other, Muslims look forward to a more joyful holy month

Author: Deema Al-KhudairID: 1618524967495211400Fri, 2021-04-16 01:14 JEDDAH: Last year’s Ramadan was a holy month unlike any other. Families were unable to gather as normal for iftar and sahoor, voluntary work alongside friends was not an option, Taraweeh prayers were offered up at home and, most shockingly of all, the Grand Mosque was empty. Ramadan is a time when Muslims are encouraged to reconnect with distant family members, join with friends to provide iftar meals for the less fortunate, and pray alongside fellow worshippers in mosques. In short, it is a time for people to spend time together — but the pandemic prevented this a year ago. This year, many of the special Ramadan experiences and traditions people missed so much are once again available, albeit with some limitations still in place. Arab News asked Saudis about the challenges and disappointments they faced during Ramadan last year, and their plans for the holy month this year. Saudi lawyer Anmar Hashim, 30, said that Ramadan is a month for worship and family gatherings, and these big gatherings were what he missed most last year. “Every year on the 15th day of Ramadan, I travel with my family and relatives to Madinah and stay at my grandfather’s house during the last 15 days of Ramadan,” he told Arab News. “We go for leisurely walks and outings in the daytime until it’s time for iftar, and after that we all watch a Ramadan program or series together. We then head to the Prophet’s Mosque, and after completing the Taraweeh prayer my family and I go out for a cup of coffee or a treat. Then we all go back home and everyone does whatever he wants, from acts of worship to any other activity.” Hashim added that he is happy he will be able to get together with family again this year and resume their Ramadan tradition. While many Saudis struggled with the unusual Ramadan last year, Rafal Jokhdar, a 27-year-old customer experience team leader, had a different perspective: She enjoyed it. “Ramadan last year for me was the most peaceful, calming, spiritual Ramadan I have ever experienced in my entire life,” she told Arab News. Although she spent it alone in Jeddah, as her family live in Riyadh and she was not able to be with them, she said she soon adjusted to the unusual experience. “It was a struggle in the beginning to have to go through a Ramadan with no one with me, no one to share that experience with, since Ramadan is known to be all family and gatherings-oriented,” Jokhdar said. “But I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it, actually.” She added that although s Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: RamadanSaudi Arabia Ramadan lanterns trade in Gaza: Source of strength for family of fiveWorshippers flock to Grand Mosque in Makkah as dawn breaks on Ramadan

Saudi Arabia announces 10 more COVID-19 deaths

Author: Zaynab KhojjiID: 1618492671242401100Thu, 2021-04-15 16:21 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia announced 10 deaths from COVID-19 and 985 new infections on Thursday. Of the new cases, 463 were recorded in Riyadh, 164 in Makkah, 140 in the the Eastern Provi
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Saudi Arabia announces 10 more COVID-19 deaths

Author: Zaynab KhojjiID: 1618492671242401100Thu, 2021-04-15 16:21 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia announced 10 deaths from COVID-19 and 985 new infections on Thursday. Of the new cases, 463 were recorded in Riyadh, 164 in Makkah, 140 in the the Eastern Province, 34 in Asir, 33 in Hail, 30 in Madinah, 21 in Jazan, 20 in Tabuk, 16 in Najran, 11 in the Northern Borders region, and six in Al-Jouf. The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom increased to 386,102 after 661 more patients recovered from the virus. A total of 6,791 people have succumbed to the virus in the Kingdom so far. Over 6.6 million doses of a COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Saudi Arabia to date. The health ministry earlier called on people to attend their vaccine appointments and said that those who miss their appointment will be required to book another one. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: CoronavirusSaudi Arabia Climate change mitigation: What Saudi Arabia and Japan can learn from one anotherSaudi Arabia cuts maximum subsidized housing loans by five years

Riyadh metro, under construction

Thu, 2021-04-15 17:17 Riyadh’s metro system is expected to partially operate by end of this year. When fully operational it will comprise six lines with a total length of 176 kilometers, plus 85 stations. Main category: Saudi Arabia
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Riyadh metro, under construction

Thu, 2021-04-15 17:17 Riyadh’s metro system is expected to partially operate by end of this year. When fully operational it will comprise six lines with a total length of 176 kilometers, plus 85 stations. Main category: Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia gifts 100 tons of dates to Pakistan

Author: Thu, 2021-04-15 04:42 ISLAMABAD: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) gifted 100 tons of dates to Pakistan. Director General of the Pakistani Cabinet Division Brig. Tahir Rashid thanked the Kingdom for the annual gift
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Saudi Arabia gifts 100 tons of dates to Pakistan

Author: Thu, 2021-04-15 04:42 ISLAMABAD: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) gifted 100 tons of dates to Pakistan. Director General of the Pakistani Cabinet Division Brig. Tahir Rashid thanked the Kingdom for the annual gift, adding that it reflects the strong and deep-rooted relations between the two countries. He praised the pioneering role that Saudi Arabia plays at the Islamic, regional, and global levels. In Sudan, KSrelief has distributed 1,000 Ramadan food baskets to the neediest families in Red Sea state. The center also launched a project in Amman, Jordan to distribute 16,550 Ramadan food baskets. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: KSReliefPakistan KSrelief chief, Mauritius envoy discuss wider cooperation on anti-COVID-19 campaign

Saudi scientific organization launches first observatory to monitor and anticipate future development in Kingdom

Author: SPAID: 1618451588639803500Thu, 2021-04-15 04:52 RIYADH: The Asbar Center for Studies, Research and Communications announced the launch of the Asbar Observatory on Development, the first of its kind in monitoring and anticipating future deve
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Saudi scientific organization launches first observatory to monitor and anticipate future development in Kingdom

Author: SPAID: 1618451588639803500Thu, 2021-04-15 04:52 RIYADH: The Asbar Center for Studies, Research and Communications announced the launch of the Asbar Observatory on Development, the first of its kind in monitoring and anticipating future development in the Kingdom. Established in 1994, the Asbar Center is a scientific organization dedicated to conducting studies and research on development and policies. Dr. Fahad Al-Orabi Al-Harthi, president of the Asbar Center, said the new observatory is one of the center’s initiatives.  “The idea of launching the observatory comes within the framework of the center’s efforts to keep pace with developments witnessed in various fields in the Kingdom, in order to achieve its ambitious Vision 2030,” he said. Through the observatory, Al-Harthi noted, the Asbar Center seeks to build a national system that contributes, in cooperation with the responsible authorities, to monitoring development needs and providing information to authorities. Al-Harthi also said the observatory will assist decision-makers in shaping life in Saudi Arabia and anticipating its future through foresight tools. In preparation for a pioneering developmental journey that supports changes, the observatory will also anticipate future opportunities and challenges by analyzing their effects and developing innovative solutions to them. “The mechanism of the Asbar Observatory project relies on the work of local and international development indicators,” Al-Harthi said. “The observatory will focus on monitoring development and issuing reports to the competent authorities on progress, social innovation, sustainable development and social responsibility. It will also issue future forward-looking studies.” Al-Harthi said he hopes the Asbar Observatory will enhance the Kingdom’s presence in various global fields while maintaining its distinguished international position. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaScience Saudi scientists study effect of cosmic rays on solar cells in China space missionCoronavirus will likely continue evolving: UK scientist

Saudi municipalities continue health inspection tours

Author: Thu, 2021-04-15 04:52 JEDDAH: The municipality of the Eastern Province carried out 1,566 inspection tours across malls, commercial centers and stores to ensure that the facilities were adhering to the measures. During the tours, 18 commercial
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Saudi municipalities continue health inspection tours

Author: Thu, 2021-04-15 04:52 JEDDAH: The municipality of the Eastern Province carried out 1,566 inspection tours across malls, commercial centers and stores to ensure that the facilities were adhering to the measures. During the tours, 18 commercial facilities were closed, and 49 violations were issued for noncompliance with the preventative measures. Meanwhile, the municipality of Qassim carried out 2,505 inspection tours of premises including commercial centers and food facilities. The Ministry of Municipal, Rural Affairs and Housing’s instructions allow for stores at shopping centers to open 24 hours in order to reduce the number of customers at peak time. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi municipality Jeddah municipality closes 227 businesses Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province municipality conducts 3,984 inspection tours

Saudi Arabia’s KSrelief opens prosthetic limbs clinic in Aden

Author: Thu, 2021-04-15 04:34 LONDON: The Saudi-based King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) has officially opened an artificial limbs clinic in the Yemeni city of Aden, the state-run Saudi Press Agency reported on Wednesday. Qasim
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Saudi Arabia’s KSrelief opens prosthetic limbs clinic in Aden

Author: Thu, 2021-04-15 04:34 LONDON: The Saudi-based King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) has officially opened an artificial limbs clinic in the Yemeni city of Aden, the state-run Saudi Press Agency reported on Wednesday. Qasim Buhaibeh, the Yemeni minister of public health and population, thanked KSrelief for its work to help the Yemeni people. He also praised the achievement of establishing the prosthetic limb facility, which he said “will contribute to providing medical services and alleviating the suffering of those who are injured and the victims of mines.” Saleh Al-Dibani, the director of KSrelief in Aden, said the organization has provided the prosthetic limb center with the resources it needs to help 1,434 beneficiaries, including 300 new prosthetic limbs. A KSrelief worker is seen with young patients at the new prosthetic limb center in Aden. (SPA) He added that KSrelief is also providing resources for maintenance of prosthetics, rehabilitation services, physiotherapy, and to hire medical staff in coordination with the Yemeni Ministry of Health. “The project of equipping and preparing artificial limbs is one of the most important projects funded by KSrelief in the governorates of Aden, Taiz, Seiyun and Marib, with the aim of supporting the Yemeni health sector,” said Al-Dibani. The center is part of the framework of humanitarian and relief efforts being provided by Saudi Arabia, through KSrelief, to the Yemeni people. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: AdenYemenProsthetic armsProsthetic limbsKing Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) 335 Yemenis receive treatment at KSRelief prosthetic center in AdenSaudi Arabia’s prosthetics center puts smile on faces of Yemenis

Prince Mishaal bin Majed appointed adviser to the king

Thu, 2021-04-15 06:40 RIYADH: King Salman on Thursday appointed Prince Mishaal bin Majed bin Abdulaziz Al Saud as adviser to the king, with the rank of minister, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported. Prince Mishaal has been governor of Jeddah since 1997 a
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Prince Mishaal bin Majed appointed adviser to the king

Thu, 2021-04-15 06:40 RIYADH: King Salman on Thursday appointed Prince Mishaal bin Majed bin Abdulaziz Al Saud as adviser to the king, with the rank of minister, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported. Prince Mishaal has been governor of Jeddah since 1997 and a member of the Allegiance Council since 2007.  He is president of the governing council of the assembly and president of the Social Development Forum and chairman of the board of the Society of Majid bin Abdul Aziz for Development and Social Services. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Prince Mishaal bin Majed bin Abdul Aziz FaceOf: Prince Mishaal bin Majed, Governor of JeddahPrince Mishaal inaugurates Jeddah University program for gifted students

Who’s Who: Majed bin Ayed Al-Nefaie, CEO of Seera Group Holding

Author: Arab NewsID: 1618439249225448700Thu, 2021-04-15 01:26 Majed bin Ayed Al-Nefaie has recently been appointed acting CEO of Seera Group Holding, one of the Middle East and North Africa’s largest travel and tourism groups. Al-Nefaie succeede
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Who’s Who: Majed bin Ayed Al-Nefaie, CEO of Seera Group Holding

Author: Arab NewsID: 1618439249225448700Thu, 2021-04-15 01:26 Majed bin Ayed Al-Nefaie has recently been appointed acting CEO of Seera Group Holding, one of the Middle East and North Africa’s largest travel and tourism groups. Al-Nefaie succeeded Abdullah Al-Dawood, who moved to additional supervisory and leadership responsibilities with his appointment as a managing director of the group. The board of directors wished Al-Nefaie success after appointing him to the new role.  Prior to his latest appointment, Al-Nefaie served at several key positions in different industries in both the public and private sector. He had been the vice president of the revenue department at Makkah Construction and Development Co. and director of Makkah Hilton Towers for many years. He also works with several companies operating in the field of tourism and hotel services. Al-Nefaie is also the board chairman of Mawasim Investment Group. Moreover, Al-Nefaie served as the president of Al-Ahli Saudi Football Club in 2018 for less than a year, and he holds a golden membership at the club’s general assembly. Al-Nefaie holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Umm Al-Qura University in Makkah. He also completed an advanced diploma in hotel management in the US. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Who's Who Who’s Who: Dr. Motaz Abdulrahman Alsolaim, general manager of innovation and entrepreneurship at the Saudi Ministry of EducationWho’s Who: Fahad Al-Aboud, deputy minister for shared services at the Ministry of Tourism

Madinah university president receives Malaysian minister

Author: Arab NewsID: 1618439635165470100Thu, 2021-04-15 01:31 The president of the Islamic University of Madinah, Dr. Mamdouh bin Saud bin Thunayan, received Malaysian Minister of Religious Affairs Dr. Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri, the Saudi Press A
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Madinah university president receives Malaysian minister

Author: Arab NewsID: 1618439635165470100Thu, 2021-04-15 01:31 The president of the Islamic University of Madinah, Dr. Mamdouh bin Saud bin Thunayan, received Malaysian Minister of Religious Affairs Dr. Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Wednesday. During the meeting, they reviewed the university’s third strategic plan, which included three pillars: Innovation, entrepreneurship, and sustainable development, and looked at the accreditations obtained by the university. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi Arabia Muslim World League, Malaysia partner in anti-terror agreementMalaysia, Saudi Arabia bust drug smuggling attempt 

Saudi Railways seeks local talent through Pioneer Program

Wed, 2021-04-14 01:59 RIYADH: The Saudi Railways Co. (SAR) on Tuesday launched its SAR Pioneers Program, which aims to develop the capabilities of fresh Saudi male and female graduates wishing to join the company. Abdul Rahman Turkistani, director of human
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Saudi Railways seeks local talent through Pioneer Program

Wed, 2021-04-14 01:59 RIYADH: The Saudi Railways Co. (SAR) on Tuesday launched its SAR Pioneers Program, which aims to develop the capabilities of fresh Saudi male and female graduates wishing to join the company. Abdul Rahman Turkistani, director of human resources and support services, said the program seeks to attract local talent in various disciplines and provide them training. The company will start evaluation of applicants on April 29. Following the final selection of candidates, training will begin in August. Turkistani said the program includes several training courses and on-job training in various departments and stations. In addition to passing an entry test, applicants must be fluent in English with a GPA of 2.75 out of 4 or 3.75 out of 5 or a score of 80 percent in the last academic examination. Selected trainees will go through several stages. During the training, they will be assigned different tasks in different departments of the company to make them understand the overall workflow. The program also includes advances courses and training sessions with the leading international railway companies.   Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi Railways Co. (SAR) Saudi Culture Ministry issues guide to acquiring national artworksSaudi Arabia continues Ramadan relief programs

Nazaha oversees 176 arrests in Saudi corruption crackdown

Author: Tue, 2021-04-13 23:37 JEDDAH: Saudi authorities have arrested 176 citizens and expatriates, including government ministry employees, for alleged involvement in corruption. In a statement, the Oversight and Anti-Corruption Authority (Nazaha) sai
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Nazaha oversees 176 arrests in Saudi corruption crackdown

Author: Tue, 2021-04-13 23:37 JEDDAH: Saudi authorities have arrested 176 citizens and expatriates, including government ministry employees, for alleged involvement in corruption. In a statement, the Oversight and Anti-Corruption Authority (Nazaha) said those arrested include employees of the defense, interior, national guard, finance, health, justice, municipal, rural affairs and housing, education, transport, information, and human resources and social development ministries, as well as workers from Saudi Customs, the General Authority of the Red Crescent and the National Water Co. Charges leveled against the employees cover bribery, abuse of power and forgery charges. They were arrested in 971 inspection raids carried out by Nazaha teams in the last month. Arrests were made following investigations into 700 people suspected of corruption. Nazaha said that legal procedures are being completed before the accused are referred to courts. The authority called on Saudis to report suspicious activities involving financial or administrative corruption by contacting the toll free number 980, the email @nazaha.gov.sa or the fax number 0114420057. Nazaha has continued to ramp up crackdowns on corruption, fraud and bribery in the Kingdom over the past year. Recent activities include the arrest of 65 Saudis and expats in February this year, 48 of whom were government employees from seven different ministries. Charges included bribery, abuse of influence and power, as well as fraud and forgery. HIGHLIGHTS • Arrests were made following investigations into 700 people suspected of corruption. • Charges leveled against those arrested include bribery, abuse of power and forgery charges. “Nazaha is standing up against financial and administrative corruption,” Majed Garoub, a lawyer, told Arab News. “The crackdown on corruption is a reality and we’re witnessing its success every time we hear the good news of these arrests.” In March, two Saudi citizens were sentenced to 28 years in jail and fined up to $3.47 million after an investigation exposed their roles in an organized crime gang that laundered money overseas. The pair had opened commercial records and bank accounts before handing them to expatriates in return for a monthly fee. They allowed expats to invest in their commercial unit, use their bank accounts, and deposit money they had obtained illegally and transfer it abroad. In November last year, Nazaha arrested 22 people after seizing more than SR600 million ($160 million) in what was described as “the largest case of corruption in the Kingdom.”   Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Anti-Corruption Commission (Nazaha)Nazaha Saudi Arabia’s Nazaha, UNDP sign MoU to fight corruptionSaudi Arabia’s Nazaha chief urges cooperation among Gulf anti-corruption agencies

Madinah governor honors winners of competition

Wed, 2021-04-14 00:01 MADINAH: Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman on Tuesday honored the winners of a school-level regional competition. The governor congratulated the winning male and female students and wished them success in their future endeavors. N
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Madinah governor honors winners of competition

Wed, 2021-04-14 00:01 MADINAH: Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman on Tuesday honored the winners of a school-level regional competition. The governor congratulated the winning male and female students and wished them success in their future endeavors. Nasser Al-Abdulkarim, director of Madinah Education, said “My School Digital Competition” included three areas: Education, information and education and training. He said the aim of the competition is to promote education, encourage the trend of online learning, distance education and enrich digital content to enhance the learning experience of the Saudi students. The education official said such events seek to enhance community participation in the education process and boost professional skills. He said the authorities are taking measures to instill positive values in students and create an environment conducive to learning. The official also highlighted the importance of distant learning and online education in today’s world. He stressed the need to invest in modern technology and help students acquire digital skills. The Kingdom is taking drastic measures to improve its education system using modern tools and techniques. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Madinah governor Prince Faisal bin Salman Nazaha oversees 176 arrests in Saudi corruption crackdownSaudi authorities urge public to follow precautions to ensure safe Ramadan

Saudi Arabia continues Ramadan relief programs

Wed, 2021-04-14 00:12 RIYADH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) continued its food and dates distribution programs in different countries on Tuesday. The center distributed 5,650 cartons of dates among the internally displaced i
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Saudi Arabia continues Ramadan relief programs

Wed, 2021-04-14 00:12 RIYADH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) continued its food and dates distribution programs in different countries on Tuesday. The center distributed 5,650 cartons of dates among the internally displaced in the Aden, Al-Dhale and Abyan governorates in Yemen. On behalf of the Kingdom, KSrelief delivered 100 tons of dates to the Food Security Commission in Mauritania. The center also delivered 100 tons of dates to Afghanistan. Afghan Red Crescent Society Secretary-General Dr. Nilab Mobarez thanked the Kingdom for the annual gift for the Afghan people, which he said showed the deep-rooted ties between the two countries. The center also distributed 205 Ramadan food baskets in Massenya in Chad. A total of 1,025 individuals benefited from the aid. A food basket contains essential food items enough for the monthly needs of a family. KSRelief also distributed 300 Ramadan baskets in different parts of Albania benefiting 1,500 people. The center will distribute 6,332 food baskets in different parts of the country during Ramadan.   Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) Saudi aid center launches ‘Learn and Contribute’ campaignSaudi aid agency launches Ramadan food projects in different countries

Saudi Culture Ministry issues guide to acquiring national artworks

Author: Tue, 2021-04-13 23:22 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Culture has published a guide for government agencies and institutions wishing to acquire artworks created by Saudi artists. The guide falls under the framework of a royal order directi
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Saudi Culture Ministry issues guide to acquiring national artworks

Author: Tue, 2021-04-13 23:22 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Culture has published a guide for government agencies and institutions wishing to acquire artworks created by Saudi artists. The guide falls under the framework of a royal order directing government agencies to acquire national artworks and handicraft products for their headquarters, according to a directory prepared by the culture ministry. Minister of Culture Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan said the order, which was based on directives from Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, provided the greatest support for the visual arts sector in the Kingdom, and for the nation’s artists. He said the guide provides basic information, including the processes of procurement, acquisition, art collections, restoration, maintenance and preserving the integrity of artworks, in a way that guarantees the creation of a national art market and fosters relations between the artist and the buyer. The guide consists of six main chapters, and also includes explanations on the importance of respecting intellectual property rights. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaSaudi Ministry of CulturePrince Badr bin Abdullah bin FarhanSaudi ArtSaudi artist Saudi Culture Ministry invites feedback from calligraphers Saudi Culture Ministry republishes works of French researcher

King Salman offers Ramadan wishes, orders best services for pilgrims

Author: Mahad MohamedID: 1618349765245912900Wed, 2021-04-14 00:34 RIYADH: King Salman on Tuesday offered his best wishes to the Muslim world on the first day of the fasting month of Ramadan.  The comments came as the king chaired the weekly gove
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King Salman offers Ramadan wishes, orders best services for pilgrims

Author: Mahad MohamedID: 1618349765245912900Wed, 2021-04-14 00:34 RIYADH: King Salman on Tuesday offered his best wishes to the Muslim world on the first day of the fasting month of Ramadan.  The comments came as the king chaired the weekly government meeting virtually.  He also instructed that pilgrims be given the best possible services during the holy month, which for a second year will be observed under strict protocols to help curtail the spread of the coronavirus.  Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaRamadan Worshippers flock to Grand Mosque in Makkah as dawn breaks on RamadanSaudi Arabia continues Ramadan relief programs

Saudi Arabia confirms 8 COVID-19 deaths, 951 new cases

Author: Tue, 2021-04-13 20:31 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia recorded eight new COVID-19 related deaths on Monday, raising the total number of fatalities to 6,773. The Ministry of Health confirmed 951 new confirmed cases reported in the Kingdom in the previous 2
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Saudi Arabia confirms 8 COVID-19 deaths, 951 new cases

Author: Tue, 2021-04-13 20:31 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia recorded eight new COVID-19 related deaths on Monday, raising the total number of fatalities to 6,773. The Ministry of Health confirmed 951 new confirmed cases reported in the Kingdom in the previous 24 hours, meaning 400,228 people have now contracted the disease.  Of the total number of cases, 8,820 remain active and 962 in critical condition. According to the ministry, the highest number of cases were recorded in the capital Riyadh with 389, followed by Makkah with 212, the Eastern Province with 144, Asir recorded 38 and Madinah confirmed 32 cases. #الصحة⁩ تعلن عن تسجيل (951) حالة إصابة جديدة بفيروس كورونا (كوفيد-19)، وتسجيل (8) حالات وفيات رحمهم الله، وتسجيل (608) حالة تعافي ليصبح إجمالي عدد الحالات المتعافية (384,635) حالة ولله الحمد. pic.twitter.com/U1wGhoLpm4 — و ز ا ر ة ا لـ صـ حـ ة السعودية (@SaudiMOH) April 13, 2021 The ministry also announced that 608 patients had recovered from COVID-19, bringing the total number of recoveries in the Kingdom to 361,813. The ministry renewed its call on the public to adhere to the measures and abide by instructions. The coronavirus pandemic has affected over 137 million people globally and the death toll has reached around 2.95 million. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaCoronavirusCOVID-19Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Health Saudi Arabia records 11 COVID-19 deaths, 842 new casesAsthma drug budesonide speeds recovery for at-home COVID-19 patients

Saudi Arabia's crown prince receives call from Qatar emir

Author: Tue, 2021-04-13 20:43 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman received a phone call from the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad, Saudi Press Agency reported on Tuesday. During the call, Sheikh Tamim congratulated the crown
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Saudi Arabia's crown prince receives call from Qatar emir

Author: Tue, 2021-04-13 20:43 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman received a phone call from the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad, Saudi Press Agency reported on Tuesday. During the call, Sheikh Tamim congratulated the crown prince on the advent of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Prince Mohammed also exchanged well wishes on the occasion. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaMohammed bin SalmanSheikh Tamim bin HamadQatarRamadanRamadan Saudi Arabia’s King Salman calls on Muslims to reject differences and discordSaudi Arabia’s King Salman exchanges Ramadan wishes with Bahraini king

Rights chief highlights Saudi Arabia’s giant leap under Vision 2030

Mon, 2021-04-12 23:57 RIYADH: Dr. Awwad Al-Awwad, president of the Human Rights Commission, held separate meetings with Patrick Simonnet, EU ambassador to the Kingdom, and French Ambassador Ludovic Pouille at his office in Riyadh on Monday. During the meeti
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Rights chief highlights Saudi Arabia’s giant leap under Vision 2030

Mon, 2021-04-12 23:57 RIYADH: Dr. Awwad Al-Awwad, president of the Human Rights Commission, held separate meetings with Patrick Simonnet, EU ambassador to the Kingdom, and French Ambassador Ludovic Pouille at his office in Riyadh on Monday. During the meetings, Saudi Arabia’s rights chief discussed ways to enhance cooperation between Saudi Arabia, the EU, and France in the field of human rights. Al-Awwad highlighted the Kingdom’s measures taken to ensure human rights in light of the Vision 2030. He briefed the ambassadors on the various step the Kingdom has taken for the protection of human rights. Saudi Arabia is working to protect and promote human rights around the world as it launched new human rights training programs. Al-Awwad said that the HRC is ready to cooperate with all local, regional, and international establishments working in the field of human rights. Saudi Arabia is witnessing a qualitative leap in the field of human rights. The Kingdom’s Vision 2030 program is at the forefront of these reforms intended to focus on humans. Among over 60 recent decisions made to improve the situation of human rights in the Kingdom, 22 were related to women.   These included issuing such laws as the Protection from Abuse Law and the Anti-Harassment Law, eliminating the guardianship system, allowing women to drive, ensuring greater female participation in the workforce, especially the legal sphere, dedicating a call center for domestic violence issues, establishing the Family Affairs Council (one of whose committees is devoted to women’s affairs) and setting up courts for family cases. In November 2020, the Kingdom eased the sponsorship system for foreign expat workers, including contract restrictions that gave employers control over the lives of around 10 million migrant workers. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Vision 2030Vision2030Saudi Human Rights Commission (HRC) New initiative aims to connect Saudi women with US business leadersSaudi women lead the charge in growing SME sector

Who’s Who: Fahad Al-Aboud, deputy minister for shared services at the Ministry of Tourism

Tue, 2021-04-13 00:03 Fahad Al-Aboud was recently appointed the deputy minister for shared services at the Ministry of Tourism. He has been the ministry’s chief financial officer since August 2020. Prior to that, Al-Aboud served as the vice president of f
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Who’s Who: Fahad Al-Aboud, deputy minister for shared services at the Ministry of Tourism

Tue, 2021-04-13 00:03 Fahad Al-Aboud was recently appointed the deputy minister for shared services at the Ministry of Tourism. He has been the ministry’s chief financial officer since August 2020. Prior to that, Al-Aboud served as the vice president of finance and administration affairs, and executive board member, at the Ministry of Health-run Riyadh Health Cluster One, where he managed all finance functions from February 2019 until August 2020. During his career, he also served as the general manager of finance at the Safari Group from September 2018 to January 2019, and as executive director of finance and senior manager of financial operations at the National Water Co. from May 2016 to September 2018. He also held the position of director of finance for the National Medical Care Co. from November 2013 to May 2016. Al-Aboud is honored to serve his country and build improved finance, assets and government systems under the leadership of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to ensure the Kingdom’s future prosperity. He served in different positions while working for the Saudi Industrial Development Fund including head of the financial and administration unit, acting head of the loan accounting section, and senior accounting analyst from September 2002 until November 2013. Al-Aboud earned a master’s degree in accounting and finance from Bangor University in Wales with an emphasis on financing small and medium enterprises in Saudi Arabia. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from King Saud University in Riyadh.   Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Who's Who Who’s Who: Dr. Munira Al-Amer, the vice dean of the College of Law at King Faisal University in Al-AhsaWho’s Who: Prince Waleed bin Nasser Al-Saud, founder and CEO of Mukatafa

Saudi Arabia to lead Digital Cooperation Organization

Author: Tue, 2021-04-13 00:21 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia was elected president of the Digital Cooperation Organization (DCO) and Saudi national Deemah Alyahya was appointed the first secretary-general of the organization during its first meeting on Monday. T
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Saudi Arabia to lead Digital Cooperation Organization

Author: Tue, 2021-04-13 00:21 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia was elected president of the Digital Cooperation Organization (DCO) and Saudi national Deemah Alyahya was appointed the first secretary-general of the organization during its first meeting on Monday. The organization also approved the accession of Nigeria and Oman to the organization as founding members. The first five members of DCO included Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait and Pakistan. The seven member states constitute an economic bloc worth $2 trillion of the global gross domestic product. The first meeting was chaired by Saudi Minister of Communications and Information Technology Abdullah Al-Swaha. Houlin Zhao, secretary-general of the International Communication Union, GCC Secretary-General Dr. Nayef Al-Hajraf, World Economic Forum President Borge Brende and representatives of different UN programs also attended the meeting. The meeting approved several initiatives including establishment of a center to boost coordination on transfer of data, women’s empowerment and promotion of small and medium enterprises with a focus on digital transformation. The DCO aims to strengthen collaboration among member nations as they adapt to a global economy increasingly defined by technological innovation. Through this initiative, the member states could establish solid cooperation in the emerging fields of artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, IoT, big data, 5G, cloud computing, and blockchain. It is estimated that by 2025 the global digital economy will be worth $23 trillion with a GDP share of 24.3 percent. This provides the DCO with a great opportunity to build a platform for their tech-savvy youth, women, entrepreneurs, and indigenous industry to flourish and compete with their global contemporaries and boost their digital competitiveness. In addition, member states can harness their expertise and share experience to strengthen efforts for preparing for global crises such as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Digital Cooperation Organization (DCO) Saudi Digital Library stages excellence award ceremonySaudi Digital Academy opens ‘data science’ camp

Saudi project clears 1,665 more mines in Yemen

Tue, 2021-04-13 00:27 RIYADH: The Saudi Project for Landmine Clearance (Masam) dismantled 1,665 mines in Yemen during the first week of April. They comprised five anti-personnel mines, 468 anti-tank mines, 1,149 unexploded ordnances and 43 explosive devices
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Saudi project clears 1,665 more mines in Yemen

Tue, 2021-04-13 00:27 RIYADH: The Saudi Project for Landmine Clearance (Masam) dismantled 1,665 mines in Yemen during the first week of April. They comprised five anti-personnel mines, 468 anti-tank mines, 1,149 unexploded ordnances and 43 explosive devices. Masam is one of several initiatives undertaken by Saudi Arabia on the directive of King Salman to help ease the suffering of the Yemeni people. It is implemented by Saudi cadres and international experts to remove mines planted by Iran-backed Houthi militias in various Yemeni regions, especially Marib, Aden, Sanaa, Al-Jawf, Al-Dhale, Hodeidah, Shabwa and Taiz. A total of 232,257 mines have been extracted since the start of the project. More than 1.1 million mines have been planted by the Houthis, claiming hundreds of civilian lives. Masam has 32 demining teams, and aims to dismantle mines in Yemen to protect civilians and ensure that urgent humanitarian supplies are delivered safely. It trains local demining engineers, gives them modern equipment and helps mine victims. In 2020, Masam’s contract was extended for one year at a cost of $30 million. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi Project for Landmine Clearance (MASAM) Saudi project clears 1,632 more mines in YemenSaudi project clears 1,679 more mines in Yemen

Madinah to get family medicine academy

Tue, 2021-04-13 01:16 MADINAH: Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman on Monday oversaw the signing ceremony of an agreement between the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties and the Madinah Health Community for the establishment of the Academy of Postgradu
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Madinah to get family medicine academy

Tue, 2021-04-13 01:16 MADINAH: Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman on Monday oversaw the signing ceremony of an agreement between the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties and the Madinah Health Community for the establishment of the Academy of Postgraduate Studies for Family Medicine. The academy aims to expand the specialization program in family medicine in line with the goals of the government to modernize the healthcare system in the Kingdom and to ensure the best facilities for citizens. Top quality healthcare forms an important part of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 program. The academy will ensure the quality of the program by forging a partnership with the Irish College of General Practitioners. Initially 40 seats will be available at the academy. The capacity will be increases by 25 percent annually to reach 80 per year. The academy will follow strict criteria for the evaluation of its doctors in coordination with local and international partners and take measures to boost the skills of the academy’s graduates as per the international standards. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi Commission for Health Specialties and the Madinah Health Community Saudi Arabia issued 117 permits for entertainment activities in 2020Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah prepares for Ramadan amid pandemic

Saudi Arabia records 11 COVID-19 deaths, 842 new cases

Mon, 2021-04-12 18:14 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia recorded 11 new COVID-19 related deaths on Monday, raising the total number of fatalities to 6,765. The Ministry of Health confirmed 842 new confirmed cases reported in the Kingdom in the previous 24 hours, meanin
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Saudi Arabia records 11 COVID-19 deaths, 842 new cases

Mon, 2021-04-12 18:14 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia recorded 11 new COVID-19 related deaths on Monday, raising the total number of fatalities to 6,765. The Ministry of Health confirmed 842 new confirmed cases reported in the Kingdom in the previous 24 hours, meaning 399,277 people have now contracted the disease.  Of the total number of cases, 8,485 remain active and 950 in critical condition. According to the ministry, the highest number of cases were recorded in the capital Riyadh with 365, followed by Makkah with 150, the Eastern Province with 147, Asir recorded 34 and Hail confirmed 32 cases. #الصحة⁩ تعلن عن تسجيل (842) حالة إصابة جديدة بفيروس كورونا (كوفيد-19)، وتسجيل (11) حالات وفيات رحمهم الله، وتسجيل (706) حالة تعافي ليصبح إجمالي عدد الحالات المتعافية (384,027) حالة ولله الحمد. pic.twitter.com/TlMdUf0AJN — و ز ا ر ة ا لـ صـ حـ ة السعودية (@SaudiMOH) April 12, 2021 The ministry also announced that 706 patients had recovered from COVID-19, bringing the total number of recoveries in the Kingdom to 384,027. The ministry renewed its call on the public to register to receive the jab, and adhere to the measures and abide by instructions. It also launched a priority rapid vaccination service for citizens and residents aged 75 and over, without the need to register or make an appointment. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Islamic Affairs temporarily closed 18 mosques in eight regions on Monday after 18 worshipers tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of mosques closed to 570 within 64 days, 542 of which have been reopened after being sterilized. The coronavirus pandemic has affected over 136 million people globally and the death toll has reached around 2.94 million. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaCoronavirusCOVID-19Saudi Ministry of Islamic AffairsSaudi Arabia's Ministry of Health Saudi Arabia confirms 7 COVID-19 deaths, 799 new cases

Saudia airline getting ready to operate on May 17

Mon, 2021-04-12 00:58 JEDDAH: The Kingdom’s flagship carrier is preparing for full-capacity operations ahead of the lift of the travel ban next month, with Saudis eager to safely return to traveling during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Saud
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Saudia airline getting ready to operate on May 17

Mon, 2021-04-12 00:58 JEDDAH: The Kingdom’s flagship carrier is preparing for full-capacity operations ahead of the lift of the travel ban next month, with Saudis eager to safely return to traveling during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Saudi Minister of Transport Saleh Al-Jasser chaired a meeting with the Saudia airline board of directors to discuss preparations for the return of international flights on May 17. The date will mark the end of the suspension of international travel for Saudi citizens by land, air, and sea. The minister expressed his thanks for the efforts made to safely continue domestic flights by limiting the spread of COVID-19. Saudia was ranked among the top 10 airlines worldwide for its health and safety measures and received the highest certification by APEX Health Safety in January. Saudis are feeling more comfortable with the idea of traveling abroad again. Ismail Ayoub, 30, said he will travel as soon as the opportunity strikes, with Dubai being his first choice due to their high safety standards. “Safety is one factor, another reason is I have good contacts in Dubai and in the region, so this is an opportunity to reconnect with them,” Ayoub told Arab News. “The closeness of Dubai to the Kingdom makes it very convenient as well,” he added. Ayoub said he will travel to countries where tourism offerings follow the strict COVID-19 safety guidelines. “I would avoid countries with unmanaged crowds. I want to enjoy my trip while staying safe.” Saudis are feeling more comfortable with the idea of traveling abroad again. (SPA) Software engineer Alia Al-Sadat, 27, said she is glad to have the option to travel but would rather postpone her international flight plans until the global cases drop. “I feel very safe in the Kingdom. I’m happy to simply travel between Jeddah and Riyadh, or even go and explore AlUla,” Al-Sadat told Arab News. She highlighted that the travel restrictions were a good opportunity to explore the Kingdom. “Many people do not know it, but Saudi Arabia has some spectacular destinations. This year made me want to explore places like Abha, Taif and of course Umluj,” she added. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudia airlinesCoronavirus Saudia Cargo joins UNICEF freight mission to support vaccine deliverySaudia raises $3bn to fund aircraft orders

Dates, the staple of every Ramadan table in Saudi Arabia

Mon, 2021-04-12 01:15 RIYADH: Dates, a staple food item in every Saudi household, attracts special attention during the month of Ramadan with endless varieties to choose from. As the Muslim world welcomes the holy month of Ramadan, households stock up on o
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Dates, the staple of every Ramadan table in Saudi Arabia

Mon, 2021-04-12 01:15 RIYADH: Dates, a staple food item in every Saudi household, attracts special attention during the month of Ramadan with endless varieties to choose from. As the Muslim world welcomes the holy month of Ramadan, households stock up on one of the most essential items to break their fast, dates, an important part of the diet of Muslims — and Saudis are ideally placed to source their favorite types. Majid Al-Khamis, director of the Majid Al-Khamis Agricultural Consulting Office, said that the most popular dates generally are Sokkari and Khulais, while the most preferred types for consumers during Ramadan are Sukkari, Al-Falah, Al-Khalas, Al Maknooz, Al-Khodari and Al-Sagai. He explained that the average price of good dates ranges from SR10-20 ($2.6-$5) per kilo but typically costs increase before Ramadan, and more so during the holy month. Lower-quality dates were cheaper while higher quality were more expensive. Al-Khamis believes that the future of dates as a trade in the Kingdom is very promising as it has the capability to produce dates of various types for different segments of consumers. Saudi Arabia is the second largest producer of dates in the world, he said. In his opinion, however, dates have not yet been properly marketed with some merchants cheating their way into the market, displaying good-quality dates and hiding inedible or year-old ones underneath them. He said the Kingdom is working, through the National Center for Palms and Dates and the Export Authority, to support and facilitate export operations and logistical services, and to link marketers in the Kingdom with international buyers. “During the Ramadan season, dates are consumed in copious quantities in some Islamic countries, but unfortunately, dates are exported to these countries from other date-producing countries with a much less quality than that of the Kingdom,” he said. He added that local festivals for dates could play an important role in marketing dates inside and outside of the Kingdom. A number of festivals across various regions are observed every year. From Al-Ahsa to Madinah, from Al-Kharj to Hawtat Bani Tamim, date festivals vary and the most famous is the Dates Festival in Buraidah with merchants coming from across the region to check the goods on display. “The dates exchanges in Buraidah and Unaizah can contribute to revitalizing the date-production sector through electronic marketing, a platform that gives information about the qualities and types of dates for sale to facilitate marketing inside and outside the Kingdom,” Al-Khamis said. Dates are an excellent and healthy option and were the main food, together with milk, for most families in the Kingdom hundreds of years ago. As an agricultural consultant Al-Khamis knows that dates are no longer the only products prepared for sale. Other products are made such as molasses, which is used in various capacities in food preparation. For example, one can make an ice-cream product with a date flavor using molasses. “We can benefit from large quantities of dates and make molasses, which has great nutritional value and is easily included in many products. Today, there are tortillas with dates and flavors. We can use dates to make sugar and sweeteners for tea,” he said. With wider prospects for producing different products using dates and delivering them to consumers, he sees that the future of these derivatives can be used locally and internationally through investments and production. “For example, Nestle has invested in dates and manufactured products with dates such as cornflakes. There is also a factory in Al-Ahsa that makes crunchy dates, which children love very much.” Abdulghani Al-Ansari, CEO and member of the board of directors of Dokkan Alajwa Holding Company, said: “There are no fruits as strong as dates, which are rich in many beneficial minerals beyond one’s imagination.” In his opinion, the big challenges facing dates are mainly export and transformative industries. “For the latter, we need to exert great efforts to change consumer behavior from eating sugars to consuming useful substances such as molasses, date honey, date sugar and date jam,” he told Arab News. “People around the world want to get Saudi dates but cannot because we have not reached out to them. This has led to smaller countries and companies with less quality to get the larger share of such markets and control them,” he said. The issue requires many initiatives to address it, the most important of which is developing a strategic plan, he said. A former member of the board of directors of the Madinah Chamber stressed that Saudi dates companies today should reach out to the world and forge partnerships to export dates, and the Saudi missions abroad should help in this. Establishing an integrated city of dates in Madinah with a date exchange and dates laboratories, which test the quality of dates, is also very important. “We must take advantage of everything contained in the dates, even the seeds and kernels, in which we can invest because there is a big demand for them for skin care. This is an important industry in which the palm tree itself is originally a mine and we have not discovered anything about it until today,” he said, and called for studying the Tunisian, Algerian and UAE experiences. Tami Hawas, a farm owner, said that he has a small farm near a village called Alkohaifiah, located between Hail and Buraidah, and all the palm trees in it bear the fruit of the Fankha date. However, many people prefer dates that are more ripe than the Fankha. Tami sells the crop in the winter, either in the market or through the Al-Fankha Date Festival, which is frequented by merchants in the region and consumers who prefer the Fankha, but people often preferred the Sukkari date, he said. Other consumers tend to buy the Al-Manasef date, a type of that is half ripe with a distinct yellow cap, while some prefer dry dates such as the Barhi, he said. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Ramadan 2021Ramadan Saudia airline getting ready to operate on May 17Saudi authorities urge public to follow precautions to ensure safe Ramadan

HR ministry records 2,261 labor violations across Saudi Arabia

Mon, 2021-04-12 01:34 RIYADH: Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development control teams carried out 17,737 inspection tours in a single week on private sector enterprises in the Kingdom to ensure compliance with labor regulations. Teams also followe
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HR ministry records 2,261 labor violations across Saudi Arabia

Mon, 2021-04-12 01:34 RIYADH: Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development control teams carried out 17,737 inspection tours in a single week on private sector enterprises in the Kingdom to ensure compliance with labor regulations. Teams also followed up on precautionary and preventive measures against the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The inspection tours, carried out between April 1-7, recorded 2,261 violations of work regulations and 184 violations of precautionary measures, while the ministry issued 1,724 warnings. The ministry received 1,408 reports via various media, which were directly handled by officials. Inspection tours will continue on private sector enterprises in all regions of the Kingdom, the ministry said, stressing the importance of complying with labor market regulations to avoid penalties. Breaches of labor laws can be reported through the call center (19911) or “ma3an-lil-rasd” app.   Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi HR ministry Saudi HR ministry records 1,009 labor violationsSaudi HR ministry records 1,098 labor violations

Muslim World League, Malaysia partner in anti-terror agreement

Mon, 2021-04-12 01:55 RIYADH: The Muslim World League (MWL) has signed a key memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Malaysia in a bid to combat terrorism and promote peaceful relations between Muslim countries. It came after the secretary-general of the o
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Muslim World League, Malaysia partner in anti-terror agreement

Mon, 2021-04-12 01:55 RIYADH: The Muslim World League (MWL) has signed a key memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Malaysia in a bid to combat terrorism and promote peaceful relations between Muslim countries. It came after the secretary-general of the organization, Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa, received Dr. Dhul-Kifl Mohammed Al-Bakri, Malaysia’s minister of Islamic affairs, and his accompanying delegation in Riyadh on Sunday. The two parties oversaw the signing of the new agreement, which includes the activation of the Makkah MoU signed in Malaysia through a joint comprehensive plan and timeline. The new document will be transferred to Malaysian communication authorities, where it will be distributed to the media and academic institutions. Both parties will seek to include principles outlined in the agreement in the educational curriculum, and make it available to Malaysian religious organizations. As part of the agreement, the two parties will organize joint activities including conferences, seminars and panel discussions. The MoU also aims to promote Arabic language and culture in Malaysia. Al-Bakri hailed the efforts of Al-Issa to move beyond the borders of the Muslim world to promote peace across the world. The head of the Malaysian delegation honored Al-Issa by offering him the Malaysian Peace Award for his work in service of Muslim affairs. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Muslim World LeagueMalaysia Saudi authorities urge public to follow precautions to ensure safe RamadanSaudi Arabia’s Citizen Account Program deposits SR1.9 billion for April 

Who’s Who: Dr. Munira Al-Amer, the vice dean of the College of Law at King Faisal University in Al-Ahsa

Mon, 2021-04-12 02:02 Dr. Munira Al-Amer has been the vice dean of the College of Law at King Faisal University (KFU) in Al-Ahsa since January. Al-Amer received a bachelor’s degree in law from the Jeddah-based King Abdul Aziz University (KAU) in 2008. I
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Who’s Who: Dr. Munira Al-Amer, the vice dean of the College of Law at King Faisal University in Al-Ahsa

Mon, 2021-04-12 02:02 Dr. Munira Al-Amer has been the vice dean of the College of Law at King Faisal University (KFU) in Al-Ahsa since January. Al-Amer received a bachelor’s degree in law from the Jeddah-based King Abdul Aziz University (KAU) in 2008. In 2012, she entered the University of Strasbourg, France, where she was granted a master’s degree in fundamental private law two years later.  In 2019, she obtained a Ph.D. in private law from the same university, where she also received a university diploma in artificial intelligence and intellectual property from the university’s Center for International Intellectual Property Studies. In 2009, Al-Amer became a faculty member at the KFU’s College of Law, where she is now an assistant professor. Al-Amer, who became the deputy chairperson of the KFU’s Legal Studies and Consultations Center in 2020, speaks Arabic, English and French, and she is doing her best to improve in a fourth language she has begun to learn — Spanish. From September to October 2017, she was a legal researcher at the Mansour Al-Dhafeeri law firm in Riyadh, where she studied judicial decisions and verdicts on  personal status cases and compiling information about the Saudi family law system. For nearly the same period, she provided the same service to the Tunisia-based Malik Badri law firm. There, she conducted research and compiled information on family law, created case studies for academic use and participated in the legal activities within the legal firm. From October 2019 to January 2020, she also provided similar services to Peking University, Beijing, China. She studied in detail all aspects of Chinese family law, as well as working with Chinese lawyers and law professors to comprehend legal issues properly. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Who's Who Who’s Who: Prince Waleed bin Nasser Al-Saud, founder and CEO of MukatafaWho’s Who: Abdullah Al-Dawood, managing director at Qiddiya Investment Co.

Saudi Supreme Court: No evidence of Ramadan moon sighting

Sun, 2021-04-11 20:08 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s moon sighting committee said on Sunday that the crescent for the month of Ramadan could not be seen from the Tamir and Hawtat observatories in Sudair, due to the weather conditions.  Following a meeting on Sun
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Saudi Supreme Court: No evidence of Ramadan moon sighting

Sun, 2021-04-11 20:08 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s moon sighting committee said on Sunday that the crescent for the month of Ramadan could not be seen from the Tamir and Hawtat observatories in Sudair, due to the weather conditions.  Following a meeting on Sunday, corresponding to Shaban 29, according to the Umm Al-Qura lunar calendar, the Supreme Court said that it had not received any evidence of the crescent sighting in the evening. The Supreme Court said it would hold another session on Monday evening, and issue a decision on the start of Muslim fasting month. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaRamadanMoon sightingSaudi Supreme Courtcrescent moon Saudi Arabia’s King Salman exchanges Ramadan wishes with Bahraini kingSaudi Arabia calls on people to sight Ramadan crescent on Sunday evening

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman approves Tarawih prayers in Two Holy Mosques

Author: Sun, 2021-04-11 20:42 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has approved Tarawih prayers to be held in the Grand Mosque in Makkah and the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah during Ramadan, but to reduce them to 10 raka’ats. Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al-S
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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman approves Tarawih prayers in Two Holy Mosques

Author: Sun, 2021-04-11 20:42 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has approved Tarawih prayers to be held in the Grand Mosque in Makkah and the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah during Ramadan, but to reduce them to 10 raka’ats. Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais, head of the Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques, said the decision was based on King Salman’s keenness to continue holding rituals in both mosques and to harness all means available to help worshippers to perform rites in a safe environment that met all international health standards. He added that the presidency was deploying all its resources to serve pilgrims and worshippers during Ramadan. The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah said that Umrah permits may be obtained through hotels surrounding the Grand Mosque during Ramadan. Authorities said last week that only pilgrims with permits would be allowed to enter the Grand Mosque and perform Umrah prayers during the month and until the end of the pandemic. The ministry, in coordination with the Saudi Authority for Data and Artificial Intelligence, said the hotels would be able to issue Umrah permits only, without permits to pray in the Grand Mosque, through the Tawakkalna and Eatmarna apps in accordance with regulatory requirements and approved health protocols. The ministry said that this was in addition to the previously announced controls and mechanisms for issuing Umrah and prayer permits in the Grand Mosque during Ramadan for those who met the health requirements, so that the services facilitated to pilgrims from both the public and private sectors were a success. It called on people to follow the preventive measures to ensure the safety, health and security of those visiting the Grand Mosque. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaUmrahRamadantaraweehTarawihGrand Mosque Saudi Arabia: Vaccine required to enter Prophet’s Mosque, permit needed for UmrahSaudi Supreme Court: No evidence of Ramadan moon sighting

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman exchanges Ramadan wishes with Bahraini king

Author: Sun, 2021-04-11 17:17 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman received a phone call from Bahrain’s King Hamad congratulating him on the advent of the month of Ramadan. King Salman expressed his thanks to King Hamad for the greetings. Main catego
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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman exchanges Ramadan wishes with Bahraini king

Author: Sun, 2021-04-11 17:17 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman received a phone call from Bahrain’s King Hamad congratulating him on the advent of the month of Ramadan. King Salman expressed his thanks to King Hamad for the greetings. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaBahrainKing SalmanKing HamadRamadan Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah prepares for Ramadan amid pandemicSaudi Arabia calls on people to sight Ramadan crescent on Sunday evening

Saudi Arabia confirms 7 COVID-19 deaths, 799 new cases

Author: Sun, 2021-04-11 17:20 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia recorded seven new COVID-19 related deaths on Sunday, raising the total number of fatalities to 6,754. The Ministry of Health confirmed 799 new confirmed cases reported in the Kingdom in the previous 2
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Saudi Arabia confirms 7 COVID-19 deaths, 799 new cases

Author: Sun, 2021-04-11 17:20 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia recorded seven new COVID-19 related deaths on Sunday, raising the total number of fatalities to 6,754. The Ministry of Health confirmed 799 new confirmed cases reported in the Kingdom in the previous 24 hours, meaning 398,435 people have now contracted the disease.  Of the total number of cases, 8,360 remain active and 915 in critical condition. According to the ministry, the highest number of cases were recorded in the capital Riyadh with 362, followed by Makkah with 147, the Eastern Province with 138, Asir recorded 28 and Madinah confirmed 27 cases. #الصحة⁩ تعلن عن تسجيل (799) حالة إصابة جديدة بفيروس كورونا (كوفيد-19)، وتسجيل (7) حالات وفيات رحمهم الله، وتسجيل (548) حالة تعافي ليصبح إجمالي عدد الحالات المتعافية (383,321) حالة ولله الحمد. pic.twitter.com/wk5tgyPJ99 — و ز ا ر ة ا لـ صـ حـ ة السعودية (@SaudiMOH) April 11, 2021 The ministry also announced that 548 patients had recovered from COVID-19, bringing the total number of recoveries in the Kingdom to 383,321. The ministry renewed its call on the public to register to receive the jab, and adhere to the measures and abide by instructions. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Islamic Affairs temporarily closed 10 mosques in five regions on Sunday after 10 worshipers tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of mosques closed to 552 within 63 days, 526 of which have been reopened after being sterilized. The coronavirus pandemic has affected over 135 million people globally and the death toll has reached around 2.92 million. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: CoronavirusSaudi ArabiaSaudi Ministry of Islamic AffairsCOVID-19Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Health Saudi Arabia postpones second COVID-19 dose reservationsSaudi Arabia announces ten more COVID-19 deaths