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Saudi rights chief receives Swiss envoy

Author: Wed, 2021-01-27 02:12 RIYADH: Swiss Ambassador Dr. Andreas Schaller called on the president of Saudi Arabia’s Human Rights Commission, Awwad Al-Awwad, at his office in Riyadh on Tuesday.   During the meeting, they discussed several issues r
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Saudi rights chief receives Swiss envoy

Author: Wed, 2021-01-27 02:12 RIYADH: Swiss Ambassador Dr. Andreas Schaller called on the president of Saudi Arabia’s Human Rights Commission, Awwad Al-Awwad, at his office in Riyadh on Tuesday.   During the meeting, they discussed several issues related to human rights. The Saudi rights chief highlighted the Kingdom’s measures for the protection 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: Awwad Al-AwwadDr. Andreas Schaller Saudi Arabia’s Human Rights Commission program seeks to protect persons with disabilitiesSaudi rights body signs deal to launch programs for prisoners’ rights

KSrelief teams perform 4 open-heart surgeries on children in Yemen

Author: Wed, 2021-01-27 02:44 RIYADH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center’s (KSrelief) medical teams on Tuesday performed four open-heart surgeries and two cardiac catheterizations on children in the Yemeni city of Mukalla. The surge
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KSrelief teams perform 4 open-heart surgeries on children in Yemen

Author: Wed, 2021-01-27 02:44 RIYADH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center’s (KSrelief) medical teams on Tuesday performed four open-heart surgeries and two cardiac catheterizations on children in the Yemeni city of Mukalla. The surgeries were part of the “Saudi Pulse” voluntary program launched in Yemen to provide medical assistance to children belonging to low-income families. Under the program, the cost of the procedures and post-surgery care will be borne by the center. In the Marib governorate of Yemen, the center launched a project to empower and support orphans. The project aims to provide integrated care for the families of orphans. The program will ensure healthcare services and access to education for these orphans. In November 2020, the center signed an agreement, worth more than $600,000, with the International War and Disaster Victims Protection Association to help Yemeni orphans in Aden, Al-Mahrah and Marib governorates. Winter aid The center distributed 2,171 winter bags among families in parts of Jordan. These bags were in addition to 4,342 blankets distributed among the 2,171 families. Since it was founded in May 2015, KSrelief has implemented 1,329 projects in 53 countries, worth more than $4.42 billion. The countries that have benefited most from its work are Yemen ($3 billion), Palestine ($360 million), Syria ($296 million), and Somalia ($192 million). KSrelief’s 1,367 projects and programs cover 54 different countries around the world. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: KSReliefYemen Saudi Arabia’s KSrelief distributes more than 35 tons of food baskets in Yemen’s MaribKSrelief delivers aid in Bangladesh, Yemen, Jordan

Saudi students develop virus monitoring device

Author: Wed, 2021-01-27 03:31 JEDDAH: A group of Saudi students have developed a device that scans patients as they arrive at public places, such as health clinics, and alerts staff if a visitor’s temperature is unusually high.  A fever, or elevat
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Saudi students develop virus monitoring device

Author: Wed, 2021-01-27 03:31 JEDDAH: A group of Saudi students have developed a device that scans patients as they arrive at public places, such as health clinics, and alerts staff if a visitor’s temperature is unusually high.  A fever, or elevated temperature, is a common symptom of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Their design combines temperature detection with an alert mechanism and sanitization system that can disinfect belongings, such as cellphones and wallets, using ultraviolet light. The device was created as a graduation project by students from the College of Telecom and Electronics in Jeddah. They wanted to work on something that was “useful and productive (and) of service to the people,” their professor, Majed Al-Sorihi, told Al-Ekhbariya TV. Student Adel Al-Thobaiti, who is studying industrial electronics and automatic control engineering, said the team was inspired by a desire to help tackle the challenges created by the pandemic.  FASTFACT Their design combines temperature detection with an alert mechanism and sanitization system that can disinfect belongings, such as cellphones and wallets, using ultraviolet light. “It became necessary to create health checkpoints around general facilities,” he said. “We wanted to scale up the traditional in-person testing method to something that was more suitable to the current crisis.” The project was completed within two months, and is now entering the marketing and sales phase, the team said. Saudi health officials on Tuesday reported four additional deaths related to COVID-19.  The death toll in the Kingdom now stands at 6,359. In addition, 223 new cases of the disease were confirmed, which means 366,584 people in the Kingdom have contracted it. Of these cases, 2,108 remain active and 333 patients are in critical condition. The Ministry of Health said 56 of the latest cases are in Riyadh, nine in Makkah and 10 in Madinah. A further 203 people have recovered, bringing the total number of recoveries in the Kingdom to 358,340. A total of 12,082,062 PCR tests have been carried out, including 44,642 in the past 24 hours. Meanwhile, the Emirate Of Makkah province posted a reminder on its official Twitter account of the precautionary measures that are in place for wedding celebrations and other social gatherings: The number of attendees must not exceed 50 people, the duration of the event should not be more than five hours, and guests must wear masks at all times. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi studentsCoronavirus Saudi Arabia records 4 COVID-19 deaths, 223 new casesSaudi Arabia in talks to provide COVID-19 vaccines to Yemen

Man held for hunting falcon in Taif

Author: Wed, 2021-01-27 04:31 RIYADH: The Special Forces for Environmental Security arrested a citizen in Taif for hunting a falcon released under the Hadad program of the Saudi Falcons Club (SFC). Maj. Raed Al-Maliki, a spokesman for the special for
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Man held for hunting falcon in Taif

Author: Wed, 2021-01-27 04:31 RIYADH: The Special Forces for Environmental Security arrested a citizen in Taif for hunting a falcon released under the Hadad program of the Saudi Falcons Club (SFC). Maj. Raed Al-Maliki, a spokesman for the special forces, said the man was arrested in cooperation with the Taif police on a complaint lodged by the Saudi Falcons Club. The club reportedly contacted the man to retrieve the falcon but due to his non-cooperation in this regard, the SFC had to take a legal course of action. Through the Hadad program, the Saudi Falcons Club aims to make falconry sustainable and to release Shaheen (Peregrine) falcons into the wild, to preserve the rare breed and strengthen the Kingdom’s pioneering role in protecting the environment and wildlife. The project will also help boost the falcon population. The birds of prey will also be monitored carefully to study their behavior in the wild and their ability to adapt. Al-Maliki urged people to contact 999 to report violations of environmental laws and assault on wildlife across the Kingdom. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi Falcons Club (SFC)wildlifeTaif Saudi club launches project to protect falconsSaudis donate falcons to protect rare breed

Moderate values key to confronting deviant ideas: Saudi official

Author: Wed, 2021-01-27 04:13 JEDDAH: Madinah Deputy Gov. Prince Saud bin Khalid Al-Faisal on Tuesday stressed the importance of moderate values to confront deviant ideas. He highlighted the important role “Wasatiyyah (Moderation) Ambassadors” pro
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Moderate values key to confronting deviant ideas: Saudi official

Author: Wed, 2021-01-27 04:13 JEDDAH: Madinah Deputy Gov. Prince Saud bin Khalid Al-Faisal on Tuesday stressed the importance of moderate values to confront deviant ideas. He highlighted the important role “Wasatiyyah (Moderation) Ambassadors” program in educating all segments of society particularly students about the evils of deviant ideology and guiding them on the path to progress and prosperity. On behalf of Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman, the deputy governor launched different competitions to be held under the program. Students from different universities and colleges across the Kingdom will take part in the contests. The competition is organized by Taibah University in cooperation with the King Abdul Aziz Center for National Dialogue and several public and private entities under the slogan “Fikr.” Dr. Abdul Aziz bin Qablan Al-Sarrani, president of Taibah University, said the program targets more than 200 students representing more than 40 universities and colleges. He said it is aimed to increase students’ intellectual awareness through different initiatives. Various training programs, dialogue sessions and seminars will be held aimed at spreading a culture of moderation and dialogue. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Madinah Deputy Gov. Prince Saud bin Khalid Al-Faisal Saudi Arabia vows to promote moderate values King Salman tells moderate Islam conference that Saudi Arabia has fought ‘extremism, violence and terrorism’

Saudi Arabia records 4 COVID-19 deaths, 223 new cases

Author: Tue, 2021-01-26 17:08 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia recorded four new COVID-19 related deaths on Tuesday, raising the total number of fatalities to 6,359. The Ministry of Health confirmed 223 new confirmed cases reported in the Kingdom in the previous 2
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Saudi Arabia records 4 COVID-19 deaths, 223 new cases

Author: Tue, 2021-01-26 17:08 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia recorded four new COVID-19 related deaths on Tuesday, raising the total number of fatalities to 6,359. The Ministry of Health confirmed 223 new confirmed cases reported in the Kingdom in the previous 24 hours, meaning 366,807 people have now contracted the disease. Of the total number of cases, 2,108 remain active and are still receiving medical care, with most in stable conditions, and 338 critical cases. #الصحة⁩ تعلن عن تسجيل (223) حالة إصابة جديدة بفيروس كورونا (كوفيد-19)، وتسجيل (4) حالات وفيات رحمهم الله، وتسجيل (203) حالة تعافي ليصبح إجمالي عدد الحالات المتعافية (358,340) حالة ولله الحمد. pic.twitter.com/eE9B6qVMtQ — و ز ا ر ة ا لـ صـ حـ ة السعودية (@SaudiMOH) January 26, 2021 According to the ministry, the highest number of cases were recorded in the capital Riyadh with 78, followed by the Eastern Province with 45, Makkah with 34, Madinah recorded 16 and Qassim confirmed nine cases. The ministry also announced that 203 patients had recovered from COVID-19, bringing the total number of recoveries in the Kingdom to 358,340. The ministry renewed its call on the public to adhere to the measures and abide by instructions. The coronavirus pandemic has affected over 99.8 million people globally and the death toll has reached around 2.14 million.   Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaCOVID-19CoronavirusSaudi Arabia's Ministry of Health Saudi Arabia records 3 COVID-19 deaths, 213 new casesSaudi Arabia to get AstraZeneca shots in about a week from India

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Iraqi president discuss cooperation

Tue, 2021-01-26 19:11 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman received a phone call from Iraqi President Barham Salih, Saudi Press Agency reported on Tuesday. During the call, they reviewed relations between the two countries, in addition
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Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Iraqi president discuss cooperation

Tue, 2021-01-26 19:11 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman received a phone call from Iraqi President Barham Salih, Saudi Press Agency reported on Tuesday. During the call, they reviewed relations between the two countries, in addition to discussing ways of enhancing bilateral cooperation in a way that serves the interests of the two countries in various fields, within the framework of the Saudi-Iraqi Coordination Council. Saudi Arabia and Iraq opened the Arar border crossing for trade for the first time in three decades in November last year. The crossing had been closed since 1990 after the two countries cut ties following Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait. Also in November, a Saudi delegation led by the Kingdom’s commerce and industry and agricultural ministers visited Baghdad as part of the framework of the Saudi-Iraqi Coordination Council and the Economic, Trade, Investment, Development and Joint Relief Committee. A Saudi-Iraqi businessmen forum was also launched on the side-lines of the visit, under the auspices of the Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi.  The Saudi-Iraqi rapprochement extends back to 2015, when Saudi Arabia reopened its embassy in Baghdad following a 25-year break. In July Saudi Arabia and Iraq signed investment agreements on energy and sports. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaIraqBarham SalihMohammed bin Salman Saudi crown prince receives phone call from France’s President Macron Italian foreign minister, Saudi Arabia’s crown prince discuss relations

Saudi Arabia, Eritrea foreign ministers discuss strengthening relations

Author: Tue, 2021-01-26 21:23 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan held a meeting with his Eritrean counterpart, Osman Saleh Mohammed, in the capital Riyadh on Tuesday, state news Saudi Press Agency reported. During the ta
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Saudi Arabia, Eritrea foreign ministers discuss strengthening relations

Author: Tue, 2021-01-26 21:23 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan held a meeting with his Eritrean counterpart, Osman Saleh Mohammed, in the capital Riyadh on Tuesday, state news Saudi Press Agency reported. During the talks, the two ministers discussed bilateral relations and means of supporting and strengthening them, in addition to reviewing developments and issues of common interest. Following the meeting, the ministers presided over the first session of the joint Saudi-Eritrean committee, during which they signed the minutes of the session. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaFaisal bin FarhanOsman Saleh MohammedEritrea Saudi foreign minister receives Jordanian counterpart in RiyadhSaudi Arabia's FM and Eritrean counterpart Osman Saleh Mohammed discuss bilateral relations

Weather warnings issued across Saudi Arabia until Saturday

Author: Tue, 2021-01-26 22:03 RIYADH: Weather warnings have been issued for several regions across Saudi Arabia starting from Wednesday until Saturday, the Kingdom’s civil defense said on Tuesday. The authority warned of thunderstorms with light to m
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Weather warnings issued across Saudi Arabia until Saturday

Author: Tue, 2021-01-26 22:03 RIYADH: Weather warnings have been issued for several regions across Saudi Arabia starting from Wednesday until Saturday, the Kingdom’s civil defense said on Tuesday. The authority warned of thunderstorms with light to moderate rain and brisk winds in the capital Riyadh, the Eastern Province, the Northern Borders Province, Jawf, Tabuk, and Qassim. It also warned some areas will experience heavy rain that may lead to torrential flows and flooding. The civil defense also warned of thunderstorms with moderate rain and brisk winds in Makkah, Madinah and Hail. The warnings were issued based on data received from the National Center of Meteorology. The civil defense called on everyone to be wary of the severe conditions, to stay away from places that could flood, and to abide by the civil defense’s instructions and updates announced through media and social media outlets. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiarainthunderstormsfloodingNational Center of MeteorologyweatherSaudi Civil DefenseGeneral Directorate of Civil Defense Weather warnings issued across Saudi Arabia until SaturdayAmazon launches Prime in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Shoura Council urges ministry to encourage investment in the industrial zones

Tue, 2021-01-26 01:31 The Shoura Council on Monday called on the Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources to coordinate with the relevant authorities to encourage investment in the industrial zones across the Kingdom. The council also asked the ministry t
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Saudi Shoura Council urges ministry to encourage investment in the industrial zones

Tue, 2021-01-26 01:31 The Shoura Council on Monday called on the Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources to coordinate with the relevant authorities to encourage investment in the industrial zones across the Kingdom. The council also asked the ministry to publish industrial data particularly related to the mining and petrochemical sector to help investors make informed decisions. The ministry was urged to create a clear line of communication for the existing and potential investors and ensure clarity in all procedures to help the sector grow. In this regard, the Shoura Council called on the ministry to expedite work on the activation of the Industrial Information and Data Center. Several Shoura members made recommendations to further improve the role of the Saudi Industrial Development Fund (SIDF) to help the Kingdom increase its industrial base. The recommendations included the promotion of the SIDF’s activities and increased coordination with the relevant authorities to ensure speedy completion of projects. The SIDF was urged to support small and medium enterprises in remote areas and offer financial assistance to such entrepreneurs. On Monday, Kazakh Ambassador Berek Aryn called on Shoura Council Speaker Dr. Abdullah Al-Asheikh at his office in Riyadh. During the meeting, Al-Asheikh briefed the envoy about the workings of the Shoura Council and its role. The envoy praised Saudi Arabia’s role in the fight against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi Shoura Council Saudi Shoura Council urges King Fahd National Library to enhance digital servicesSaudi Shoura Council calls for study of citizens skills gap

New ministry logo represents Saudi Arabia as beating heart of world energy supply

Author: Tue, 2021-01-26 01:28 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Energy has revealed a new logo representing a time of “transformation” in the industry, Saudi Press Agency reported on Monday. “The logo reflects the Kingdom’s leading role in s
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New ministry logo represents Saudi Arabia as beating heart of world energy supply

Author: Tue, 2021-01-26 01:28 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Energy has revealed a new logo representing a time of “transformation” in the industry, Saudi Press Agency reported on Monday. “The logo reflects the Kingdom’s leading role in stabilizing oil markets and enhancing the security, sustainability and reliability of global supplies,” the ministry said. The logo has a map of Saudi Arabia in the middle “as a beating and reliable heart that supplies the world with energy.” The colors represent the various energy sources including the increasing shift to renewables. Saudi Arabia aims to produce half its electricity with natural gas and renewable sources by 2030. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaSaudi Ministry of EnergyenergyRenewable EnergyLogo

India-Saudi ties scaling new heights, says India's acting CG

Tue, 2021-01-26 02:25 On the auspicious occasion of India's 72nd Republic Day, I extend my best wishes to all my fellow Indian citizens residing in the Western Region of Saudi Arabia. India and Saudi Arabia enjoy cordial and friendly relations reflecting ce
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India-Saudi ties scaling new heights, says India's acting CG

Tue, 2021-01-26 02:25 On the auspicious occasion of India's 72nd Republic Day, I extend my best wishes to all my fellow Indian citizens residing in the Western Region of Saudi Arabia. India and Saudi Arabia enjoy cordial and friendly relations reflecting centuries-old economic and socio-cultural ties. In recent years, bilateral relations have scaled new heights as is evident from frequent high-level visits and exchanges as well as by the establishment of the Indo-Saudi Arabia Strategic Partnership Council. Saudi Arabia is India’s fourth largest trade partner and bilateral trade between the two countries exceeded $33 billion in 2019-20. Despite the enormous challenges posed by COVID-19, under the guidance of Dr. Ausaf Sayeed, ambassador of India to Saudi Arabia, and the support of the Saudi government, the Indian Consulate in Jeddah has worked sincerely and diligently to ensure delivery of the best possible consular and welfare services to the Indian community in the Western Province of Saudi Arabia. We express our sincere gratitude to King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the government of Saudi Arabia for their support and for providing a conducive environment for Indians to live and work in the Kingdom. We thank the Saudi Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Labor, Interior, the Passport Department (Jawazat) authorities, Tarheel and other agencies which have consistently provided the best possible assistance to the consulate in its efforts to ensure the welfare of all Indians. I also thank my fellow Indians in Saudi Arabia for their hard-work. They have contributed not only to the growth and development of India and Saudi Arabia but also to strengthening India-Saudi Arabia relations. We look forward to their continued support for the consulate’s activities and endeavors. Happy Republic Day, Jai Hind! — Yumkhaibam Sabir is India's acting Consul General in Jeddah. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: India Republic Day In Republic Day address, Indian president appreciates contribution of Indian diasporaSaudi Arabia to get AstraZeneca shots in about a week from India

MWL reveals new logo in line with its mission

Tue, 2021-01-26 03:17 RIYADH: The Muslim World League on Monday revealed its new logo during a meeting chaired by the organization’s secretary-general, Dr. Mohammed bin Abdulkarim Al-Issa. Al-Issa said the new visual identity aptly represent the MWL’s v
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MWL reveals new logo in line with its mission

Tue, 2021-01-26 03:17 RIYADH: The Muslim World League on Monday revealed its new logo during a meeting chaired by the organization’s secretary-general, Dr. Mohammed bin Abdulkarim Al-Issa. Al-Issa said the new visual identity aptly represent the MWL’s vision, mission and goals. He said the league, as an institutional umbrella of Muslim scholars and thinkers, has launched several key initiatives to enhance cultural communication and end rifts among different communities. The new logo shows an image of the Holy Kaaba, which is a symbol of Muslim unity, Al-Issa said. Abdulrahman Al-Matar, the undersecretary for MWL’s executive affairs, said the new identity of the organization shows an olive branch extended toward the world, which represents the MWL’s core principles and mission to promote global peace and harmony. The MWL is an international nongovernmental Islamic organization based in Makkah. It aims to present the true message of Islam and its tolerant principles, provide humanitarian aid and extend bridges of dialogue and cooperation with all. Over the years, it has taken several initiatives to bridge the gap between the Muslim and non-Muslim worlds. It aims to promote a culture of dialogue and discourage all forms of extremism at all levels. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Muslim World League (MWL) MWL honors winners of children’s Qur’an memorization contest in PakistanMWL stands with Egypt to protect its borders, preserve security

Saudi aid agency launches health drive in Yemen

Tue, 2021-01-26 03:27 RIYADH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) on Monday launched a campaign to combat blindness and other eye diseases in Al-Mukalla, Hadramout governorate in Yemen. During the weeklong campaign, the center’s
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Saudi aid agency launches health drive in Yemen

Tue, 2021-01-26 03:27 RIYADH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) on Monday launched a campaign to combat blindness and other eye diseases in Al-Mukalla, Hadramout governorate in Yemen. During the weeklong campaign, the center’s medical team will perform 400 eye surgeries and examine 1,500 patients. The center will provide medicines and eyeglasses to patients for free. The center distributed over 69 tons of foodstuffs among 3,960 people in Al-Jawf governorate of Yemen. Saudi Arabia, through the center, is carrying out several humanitarian projects across Yemen. The Kingdom’s top priority is to ensure food security and proper healthcare for all Yemenis. On Monday, 13 truckloads of relief goods crossed Al-Wadiah crossing carrying 48 tons of food items, 2 tons of essential medicines and 12,000 cartons of dates weighing 246 tons. The aid will be distributed in Shabwa, Marib and Aden governorates. Since it was founded in May 2015, KSrelief has implemented 1,329 projects in 53 countries, worth more than $4.42 billion. The countries that have benefited most from its work are Yemen ($3 billion), Palestine ($360 million), Syria ($296 million), and Somalia ($192 million). KSrelief’s 1,367 projects and programs cover 54 different countries around the world on all its continents. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) Saudi aid center continues projects in Sudan, Jordan, YemenSaudi aid agency KSrelief establishes eight medical clinics in Yemeni schools

Meet Shihana Alazzaz, the PIF executive making Saudi women proud

Mon, 2021-01-25 16:46 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s stance on women and their place in society remains firmly under the spotlight – with many questioning if anything has changed - that’s despite the countless female engineers, managers and boardroom director
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Meet Shihana Alazzaz, the PIF executive making Saudi women proud

Mon, 2021-01-25 16:46 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s stance on women and their place in society remains firmly under the spotlight – with many questioning if anything has changed - that’s despite the countless female engineers, managers and boardroom directors that the Kingdom so proudly boasts of. Still not convinced? Then consider Shihana Alazzaz, the general counsel and Secretary-General to the board at the Public Investment Fund PIF – you might recognize her. She was the woman sitting across from Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as he addressed a historic meeting on Sunday night. Women’s status in Saudi society has been on the up since the launch of Vision 2030 in 2016, enabling them to pursue professions and positions of power they had only previously dreamt of – and Alazzaz’s story acts as a beacon of this achievement. Impressed by her  credentials, many took to social media to voice their appreciation of her presence at the otherwise male-dominated table. Twitter user @ibrahimaljallal described her as “An excellent model for Saudi women. Her competitiveness at work is the same as any man.” Alazzaz first joined PIF as the head of transactions in the legal division in 2017. She is now a member of the management committee at PIF, as well as other executive committees in the fund. Alazzaz also chairs and serves on several boards and board committees of PIF portfolio companies.  Her rise to success was not an easy one. Her father’s death in 2002 saw her in the Saudi courts at just 16-years-old where - filled with grief – she fought for her family’s inheritance. Armed with a handwritten note by her father, she fought long and hard to fulfill her father’s final wishes - that their guardian be her mother’s brother. Despite her hardships, she refused to be a victim, instead choosing to chase her goals, pursue her education and make her life a success. With her mother’s support she travelled to the UK, where she achieved her bachelor’s degree in law at Durham University. Years later in 2019 the Kingdom’s guardianship laws saw a major overhaul as part of the ongoing Vision 2030. The changes allowed Saudi women over 21 to be allowed to apply for passports and travel freely without the permission of a male guardian. Other changes issued in the decrees permitted women to register a marriage, divorce, or child’s birth and to be issued official family documents – and most relevantly to Alazzaz – women were equally allowed to be their children’s guardian. Alazzaz continued with her studies and achieved her license to practice law at the Supreme Court of New York and Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Justice. This in itself was major achievement as women lawyers were only allowed to be granted a license to practice from 2013 by the Ministry of Justice. Non-conformity seems to have run in her family. Her father, Saleh Alazzaz, chose an equally unconventional career path for a Saudi, as a photographer and author – both fields previously deemed taboo in the Kingdom - having dropped out of college where he was studying engineering. He was diagnosed with cancer when he was 40-years-old – previously seen as a healthy man - his illness shocked the family – his death 18 months later left them devastated. Saleh was celebrated for originality, his keen eye and passion - some of his most acclaimed pieces were conceived when he was ill. Prior to joining PIF, Alazzaz was a practicing lawyer for nine years at various international law firms where she gained exposure to legal advisory services, transactions, and litigation across multiple sectors. She has received recognition for her work locally, regionally and internationally. She made Forbes Middle East’s 100 Most Powerful Women of 2020, and received multiple awards including Finance Monthly Deal Maker Awards 2016, and the Women in Business Law award presented by the International Financial Law Review (IFLR). In an interview with KRCL RadioActive in 2017 Shihana said, “My role is to ensure that I’m not the only one. And to ensure that I encourage a lot of other females to pursue this convoluted path.”  “I think we’ve accomplished quite a lot in a very short period of time,” she added. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: PIFPublic Investment Fund (PIF)Saudi ArabiaShihana AlazzazMohammed bin Salman PIF aims to grow to $2 trillion from $400bn by 2030: governorPIF launches security services company

European, Arab states condemn foiled attacks on Saudi Arabia

Mon, 2021-01-25 20:59 LONDON: Britain, France and Germany strongly condemned on Monday the attempted aerial attacks on the Saudi capital, Riyadh, on Jan. 23. The UK and Germany also said that the use of missiles and drones in the attack undermines the secur
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European, Arab states condemn foiled attacks on Saudi Arabia

Mon, 2021-01-25 20:59 LONDON: Britain, France and Germany strongly condemned on Monday the attempted aerial attacks on the Saudi capital, Riyadh, on Jan. 23. The UK and Germany also said that the use of missiles and drones in the attack undermines the security and stability of the region. “Proliferation and the use of missiles and drones undermines the security and stability of the region, to which we are strongly committed. We reiterate our firm attachment to the security and integrity of Saudi territory,” the EU three said in a joint statement. “The use of missiles and drones undermine the security and stability of the region.” Alongside @GermanyDiplo & @FranceDiplo, the UK has strongly condemned this weekend’s attempted aerial attacks on Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Read our statement https://t.co/hZRUSUqnNl — Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (@FCDOGovUK) January 25, 2021 Saudi air defenses thwarted an attack on Riyadh on Saturday by the Iran-backed Houthi militia in Yemen. The Arab coalition said it had “intercepted and destroyed a hostile air target going toward” the capital. The United Arab Emirates also strongly condemned and denounced the attack, and renewed its full solidarity with the Kingdom. The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said: “The continuation of these attacks illustrates the nature of the danger facing the region from the Houthi militia, and their endeavor to undermine security and stability in the region.” Bahrain condemned the attempt to target civilian areas in Riyadh, saying it stands with Saudi Arabia in all measures it takes to preserve its security. The E3 strongly condemn the January 23 attempted aerial attacks on Riyadh. Such actions undermine the security and stability of the region. pic.twitter.com/RWF7i3Bt9F — GermanForeignOffice (@GermanyDiplo) January 25, 2021 Egypt also strongly condemned “such despicable terrorist attacks.” A statement issued by the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs reiterated Cairo’s continued support for the Kingdom in all measures it takes to defend its lands, safeguard its security and stability, and the safety of its citizens, as well as “in its tireless efforts to confront all forms of terrorism and its supporters.” Jordan also condemned and denounced the attack and the continued targeting of civilian areas and installations. The country’s foreign ministry said that it “absolutely rejected this cowardly terrorist attack and rejects all forms of violence and terrorism that target everyone without discrimination, and aim to destabilize security and stability.” #ArabieSaoudite | Les E3 (,  et ) condamnent fermement les tentatives d’attaques aériennes sur #Riyad intervenues le 23 janvier. Déclaration https://t.co/fhbwewsY1q pic.twitter.com/rYNDpIZRGe — France Diplomatie (@francediplo) January 25, 2021 Ministry spokesperson Dhaifallah Al-Fayez said that the security of the two countries is “one and indivisible,” and that any threat to Saudi Arabia’s security is a threat to the security and stability of the entire region. He also praised the capabilities of the Saudi air defense and their success in countering the repeated attacks. The US issued similar statements on Sunday and said that Washington was gathering more information, but that the attack appeared to have been an attempt to target civilians. The U.S. strongly condemns the latest attack in Saudi Arabia. Such attacks violate international law and undermine regional peace. As we work to reduce tensions, including by bringing an end to the war in Yemen, we will also help Saudi Arabia defend itself.https://t.co/BYCVv7oTQ7 — Ned Price (@statedeptspox) January 24, 2021 “As we work to de-escalate tensions in the region through principled diplomacy, including by bringing an end to the war in Yemen, we will also help our partner Saudi Arabia defend against attacks on its territory and hold those who attempt to undermine stability to account,” spokesperson Ned Price said. Also on Sunday, UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said that Britain condemned the attack, which “undermined regional peace.” He added: “We stand by our Saudi partners.” Yesterday’s attempted aerial attacks on Riyadh, which threatened loss of life, are deeply concerning. We strongly condemn these attacks, and we stand by our Saudi partners — Dominic Raab (@DominicRaab) January 24, 2021 Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaEuropean UnionE3BritainFranceGermanyUnited Kingdomhouthi attackHouthiYemenArab CoalitionRiyadhUAEBahrainEgyptJordan US condemns air attack on Riyadh, vows to protect stability of KingdomSaudi air defenses thwart new Houthi attack on Riyadh

Saudi Arabia puts its foot on the gas with accelerated strategy for its sovereign wealth fund PIF

Mon, 2021-01-25 21:44 DUBAI: The next phase of Saudi Vision 2030, unveiled by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during a speech on Sunday outlining the Public Investment Fund’s (PIF) strategy for the next five years, is a road map towards economic diversifi
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Saudi Arabia puts its foot on the gas with accelerated strategy for its sovereign wealth fund PIF

Mon, 2021-01-25 21:44 DUBAI: The next phase of Saudi Vision 2030, unveiled by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during a speech on Sunday outlining the Public Investment Fund’s (PIF) strategy for the next five years, is a road map towards economic diversification. But it is also much more than that. “Our goal is to make our country a pioneer for the new human civilization,” said the crown prince, who is the chairman of the PIF, the Saudi sovereign wealth fund. In effect, Saudi Arabia is doubling down on the Vision strategy at a time when the world is reeling from the pandemic and economic strategists are still uncertain about global recovery prospects. VRP2 — or the Vision Realization Program, as the plan is abbreviated — will launch new sectors of the economy, and enhance ones already up and running from the first VRP, dating to 2017, as part of the transformational strategy. Yasir Al-Rumayyan, the governor of PIF, echoed the ambitious nature of the plan. “Core to our strategy is our focus on funding new human futures by improving quality of life, driving environmental and economic sustainability, and developing new sectors and jobs,” he said. Yasir Al-Rumayyan, the governor of PIF, says human development is a core strategy of the plan. (AFP/File Photo) Along the way in the next five years, VRP2 will also cement the position of the PIF as an agency of economic development, and go a long way to achieving the PIF’s aim of becoming the world’s leading sovereign wealth fund, rivaling the investment giants of Asia, Europe and the US. Regional economics expert Nasser Saidi says the announcement was a quantum leap in the Kingdom’s plans. “Saudi Arabia has put its foot on the gas of the Vision 2030 strategy with the announcement of the economic plan for the next five years, under the auspices of the PIF,” he told Arab News. “There can now be no doubting the seriousness of its intentions to push through the plan to deeply transform and diversify the economy, and society, of the Kingdom, in super-fast time.” The PIF committed itself to $40 billion of investment every year for the next five — a huge amount, equivalent to around 5 percent per year of the Kingdom’s gross domestic product (GDP). It also pledged to contribute $320 billion to non-oil GDP through the companies in which it holds stakes, and create 1.8 million badly needed jobs in the Kingdom by the end of 2025. The PIF’s role as a job creator will be augmented by the wave of new employment expected on the mega-projects like NEOM, the Red Sea Development and the Qiddiya theme park (pictured), which have been marked for acceleration in 2021. (AFP/File Photo) For the PIF to be such a pivotal role in the development of the Saudi economy shows how far the fund has come from the time when it was a sleepy backwater in the Kingdom’s financial scene, managing public-sector pensions and other investments. Under VRP2, the PIF will take big strides towards its goal of having $1.07 trillion in assets under management in five years’ time, and closing in on its 2030 target of $2 trillion — overtaking the huge sovereign wealth funds of China and Norway.  It is already a good way along the path to that goal. Al-Rumayyan said that over the past four years, the PIF had tripled assets to nearly $400 billion, created 10 new sectors in the economy, and generated 331,000 jobs either directly or indirectly through its investment policies. FASTFACT Public Investment Fund * $2 trillion - Target for assets of PIF by 2030. * 1.8m - Planned new jobs by 2025. * $40bn - Annual PIF injection into Saudi economy. Investment experts welcomed the accelerated strategy of VRP2. Tarek Fadlallah, chief executive of Nomura Asset Management in the Middle East, said: The proactive stand — where they use money to incentivize and direct investment into key sectors — is to be welcomed and applauded.” “The Fund’s role as a separate channel to support the economy at the time of volatile oil prices is of major importance. It will help build savings, secure financing and attract investments,” said Mazen Al-Sudairi, head of research at Al Rajhi Capital. Other financiers wanted to know further details of the ambitious plan. “It’s an impressive target and a reassurance in these tough times that some people are still thinking big, and thinking strategically. But I would like to know how they will pay for all this,” asked one banker who declined to be identified. It is a valid question, and one which the PIF will no doubt be explaining in detail and in confidence to investment partners and banking professionals in the coming months. But some of the revenue streams by which PIF could use to bring about such a transformation are already known. It has four principal sources of finance. For the PIF to be such a pivotal role in the development of the Saudi economy shows how far the fund has come from the time when it was a sleepy backwater in the Kingdom’s financial scene. (AFP/File Photo) It receives capital injections from the government of Saudi Arabia, as it did with a $40 billion injection from the Saudi Central Bank (SAMA) last year to take advantage of investment opportunities around the world as asset values plunged under the pandemic, and it also has government assets transferred to it. It receives revenue as dividends from its investment portfolio, which includes some of the biggest names in the Saudi Arabian listed sector, and from the disposal of investments. The PIF can also raise loans from banks in the normal way, and can raise money through the International and domestic debt markets, in the form of bonds. Al-Rumayyan has recently given indications of other ways the PIF could provide resources for its big plans. He recently told the Financial Times that the PIF would reduce its International investment exposure to focus more on Saudi Arabia, cutting the proportion of assets invested abroad from 30 to 20 per cent — though the absolute amount would remain little changed as the PIF assets grow. “Our goal is to make our country a pioneer for the new human civilization,” PIF chairman Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said. There is also big potential to raise money via the sale of portfolio companies in which PIF owns shares and which are listed on the Tadawul stock market, as well as privately held companies. Many analysts expect a wave of IPOs and stake sales to come in Saudi Arabia this year as buoyant market conditions encourage investors, including the PIF, to realize paper gains. The PIF received the $29 billion proceeds of the biggest initial public offering (IPO) in history when Saudi Aramco listed shares on the Tadawul in December, and there have been suggestions that further funds could be raised either through the sale of more Aramco shares, or through the disposal of some of the businesses that make up the Aramco energy grouping. Al-Rumayyan told the FT that Aramco, of which he is chairman, could sell more shares “if the valuation is right”, and that he was considering sales of other Aramco assets. “If it makes sense for us to divest some of these assets, we’re definitely going to do it. It could include anything except the main operations,” he said. The PIF’s role as a job creator will be augmented by the wave of new employment expected on the mega-projects like NEOM, the Red Sea Development and the Qiddiya theme park, which have been marked for acceleration in 2021. It can also start new companies in the Kingdom, to add to the 30 or so it has set up in the past three years. The PIF committed itself to $40 billion of investment every year for the next five — a huge amount, equivalent to around 5 percent per year of the Kingdom’s gross domestic product. (AFP/File Photo) Electric-car maker Lucent — in which the PIF is majority shareholder — is believed to be in talks to set up a manufacturing plant near Jeddah, its first outside the US. Corporate start-ups are also likely through the opening up of Saudi operations for some of the companies that the PIF has jointly invested inside alongside the Vision Fund, the investment management business in which SoftBank is the leading investor. The PIF will also look to vital foreign direct investment (FDI). “A key element of PIF’s success has been the strategic economic partnerships the Fund has developed with many of the world’s leading investors and businesses. VRP2 will enhance these partnerships, providing investors with access to untapped investment opportunities, creating synergies and value for the global community,” the Fund said this week. FDI flows into Saudi Arabia actually picked up in the first part of last year, despite the pandemics’ drag on economies everywhere. “External funding will remain critical given the size of its (PIF’s) objective,” said Monica Malik, chief economist at Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank. The chance to showcase the opportunities of VRP2 to the outside world begins at the Future Investment Initiative gathering in Riyadh later this week. ------------------ Twitter: @frankkanedubai Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaPublic Investment Fund (PIF)Vision 2030Editor’s Choice PIF to help KSA become a global renewable energy leader, says ministerMeet Shihana Alazzaz, the PIF executive making Saudi women proud PIF aims to grow to $2 trillion from $400bn by 2030: governorPIF unit makes Saudi Arabia’s largest ever private military industry deal

Saudi Arabia to get AstraZeneca shots in about a week from India

Author: Mon, 2021-01-25 22:30 NEW DELHI: The Serum Institute of India (SII) will supply Saudi Arabia with 3 million AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine doses priced at $5.25 each in about a week on behalf of the British drugmaker, its chief executive told Reut
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Saudi Arabia to get AstraZeneca shots in about a week from India

Author: Mon, 2021-01-25 22:30 NEW DELHI: The Serum Institute of India (SII) will supply Saudi Arabia with 3 million AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine doses priced at $5.25 each in about a week on behalf of the British drugmaker, its chief executive told Reuters on Monday. SII has no immediate plans, however, to divert supplies to Europe, even though AstraZeneca has come under pressure from the EU to deliver more shots after announcing a big cut in shipments due to production problems at a Belgian factory. SII, the world’s biggest vaccine manufacturer, has partnered with AstraZeneca, the Gates Foundation and the Gavi vaccine alliance to make up to a billion doses for poorer countries. The Indian company supplies doses on behalf of AstraZeneca but is also free to strike its own supply deals. “We continue to support AstraZeneca wherever they need the support. We are happy to do so,” Chief Executive Adar Poonawalla told Reuters in an interview. “But we have not been asked to supply any more products for Europe because then that would mean supplies to Africa and India would suffer, and we certainly don’t want that,” he said. “Once I satisfy that I can look at other, richer nations. Six months to a year, that could change.” He said the doses destined for Saudi Arabia would be shipped in a week or 10 days. SII is also supplying South Africa with 1.5 million doses at the same price of $5.25 each on behalf of AstraZeneca. “We have our hands full, in fact, with the volumes even we need to supply,” Poonawalla said. “We have been on time and we are able to supply to all these nations.” The pricing of the deal between South Africa and AstraZeneca has sparked some controversy as it is higher than the $3 a dose that South Africa and other countries on the continent are due to pay for the vaccine under an African Union arrangement. AstraZeneca has said it will not profit from the vaccine during the pandemic. Brazil last week received 2 million doses of the vaccine from SII and Poonawalla said it also paid about $5 per dose. Poonawalla said that SII would raise production of the AstraZeneca vaccine by 30% by the end of March from its current daily output of about 2.4 million doses, once the third and final facility making the shot comes online. SII also plans to start stockpiling a vaccine candidate from US company Novavax Inc. in a few months, despite a fire last week that killed five people and damaged one of its new plants in the western Indian city of Pune. Poonawalla said SII had no intention of partnering with companies such as Pfizer Inc. whose COVID-19 vaccine needs to be stored at about minus 70 Celsius (minus 94 Fahrenheit) as India currently lacks such facilities. Pfizer, which developed the shot with Germany’s BioNTech , told Reuters it would pursue its request for India to approve the vaccine if the government committed to buying shots. Pfizer was the first drugmaker to seek emergency use authorization for its vaccine in India in early December but it has yet to be approved. India’s drug regulator says Pfizer officials failed to attend subsequent meetings it had called. The US drugmaker says its officials had not been given enough notice. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: IndiaSaudi ArabiaAstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccineCoronavirusCOVID-19 Saudi Arabia records 3 COVID-19 deaths, 213 new casesEU seeks answers from AstraZeneca on cut to vaccine supplies in Monday meeting

Saudi Arabia records 3 COVID-19 deaths, 213 new cases

Mon, 2021-01-25 16:22 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia recorded three new COVID-19 related deaths on Monday, raising the total number of fatalities to 6,355. The Ministry of Health confirmed 213 new confirmed cases reported in the Kingdom in the previous 24 hours, mean
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Saudi Arabia records 3 COVID-19 deaths, 213 new cases

Mon, 2021-01-25 16:22 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia recorded three new COVID-19 related deaths on Monday, raising the total number of fatalities to 6,355. The Ministry of Health confirmed 213 new confirmed cases reported in the Kingdom in the previous 24 hours, meaning 366,584 people have now contracted the disease. Of the total number of cases, 2,092 remain active and 333 in critical condition. According to the ministry, the highest number of cases were recorded in the capital Riyadh with 75, followed by the Eastern Province with 50, Makkah with 38, Najran recorded 12 and the Northern Borders Province confirmed 10 cases. #الصحة⁩ تعلن عن تسجيل (213) حالة إصابة جديدة بفيروس كورونا (كوفيد-19)، وتسجيل (3) حالات وفيات رحمهم الله، وتسجيل (198) حالة تعافي ليصبح إجمالي عدد الحالات المتعافية (358,137) حالة ولله الحمد. pic.twitter.com/9MVMThUeJ1 — و ز ا ر ة ا لـ صـ حـ ة السعودية (@SaudiMOH) January 25, 2021 The ministry also announced that 198 patients had recovered from COVID-19, bringing the total number of recoveries in the Kingdom to 358,137. The ministry renewed its call on the public to adhere to the measures and abide by instructions. The coronavirus pandemic has affected over 99.2 million people globally and the death toll has reached around 2.13 million. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaCOVID-19CoronavirusSaudi Arabia's Ministry of Health Saudi Arabia aims to employ 115,000 more nationals in private sectorSaudi Arabia advances in global COVID-19 research ranking

Saudi, Uzbek officials build ties at investment forum in Bukhara

Author: Mon, 2021-01-25 00:47 BUKHARA: The first Saudi-Uzbek Investment Forum was held recently in the Uzbek city of Bukhara. The forum was held under the co-auspices of Minister of Investment Khalid Al-Falih and the Uzbek deputy prime minister and min
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Saudi, Uzbek officials build ties at investment forum in Bukhara

Author: Mon, 2021-01-25 00:47 BUKHARA: The first Saudi-Uzbek Investment Forum was held recently in the Uzbek city of Bukhara. The forum was held under the co-auspices of Minister of Investment Khalid Al-Falih and the Uzbek deputy prime minister and minister of investment and foreign trade, Sardor Umurzakov. Businessmen and representatives of the two countries government and private sectors participated in the forum. Al-Falih, in his opening speech delivered during the forum, conveyed the greetings of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to the leadership and people of Uzbekistan. He reaffirmed the keenness of the Saudi leadership to cement bilateral relations with Uzbekistan in the political, economic, religious and cultural fields. Al-Falih said the aim was to build ties through empowering the private sector’s companies, facilitating business performance and overcoming any challenges that might arise. Umurzakov said that the partnership between the Kingdom and Uzbekistan in the energy sector was one of the most prominent examples of the importance of the relationship between the two countries, and that this would serve as a bridge to strengthen economic cooperation. HIGHLIGHT The aim was to build ties through empowering the private sector’s companies, facilitating business performance and overcoming any challenges that might arise. Agreements and memoranda of understanding signed included an arrangement to establish the Saudi-Uzbek Business Council, to continue and enhance joint work and enable the private sector to access investment opportunities in both countries. Other signings included a bilateral agreement between Saudi Flynas airline and Uzbekistan Airways to operate direct flights between Saudi Arabia and Uzbekistan, and a memorandum of understanding between the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies and the Center for Islamic Civilization in Uzbekistan to strengthen cooperation in the areas of education, research, scientific studies, printing, culture and manuscripts. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Uzbekistan Visit to Uzbekistan by high-level Saudi delegation startsSaudi Arabia seal late win against Uzbekistan in Asian Qualifiers

Relaxation over COVID-19 rules spikes cases in Saudi Arabia

Author: Mon, 2021-01-25 01:01 RIYADH: The Ministry of Interior confirmed on Sunday that an expected rise in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases due to the mid-year school holidays had taken place. It reiterated that citizens should continue to follow
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Relaxation over COVID-19 rules spikes cases in Saudi Arabia

Author: Mon, 2021-01-25 01:01 RIYADH: The Ministry of Interior confirmed on Sunday that an expected rise in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases due to the mid-year school holidays had taken place. It reiterated that citizens should continue to follow the health and safety protocols issued since the pandemic started. Speaking at a joint ministerial press conference on Sunday, Interior Ministry spokesperson Lt. Col. Talal Al-Shalhoub said that in the past few days, Saudi authorities had announced a slight rise in new cases of COVID-19 across the Kingdom. “This is attributed to the laxity by a few members in the community in following proper protocols put in place to combat the spread of the virus, as well as continuing to attend gatherings with numbers over the limits imposed by the government during the mid-year school holiday,” he said. No more than 50 people can meet in private. Over 84,000 violations were recorded between mid-December to mid-Jan. “It is in everyone’s interest to avoid any gatherings that do not comply with the necessary protocols, or do not follow the health and safety regulations put in place by the authorities to combat the spread,” he added. He stressed that people should continue to wear masks, practice social distancing, and avoid large gatherings as the pandemic is still ongoing. FASTFACTS 366,371 Total cases 357,939 Recoveries 6,352 Deaths “We want to reiterate that police and security will be following up on compliance with health and safety protocols, and recording violations such as refusing to wear a mask, and the continued hosting and attendance of large gatherings in all parts of the Kingdom, including residential areas, recreational centers, and smaller villages,” he said. The Ministry of Health (MoH) recorded 186 new COVID-19 cases in Saudi Arabia on Sunday, raising the total number of infections to 366,371. MoH spokesman Dr. Mohammed Al-Abd Al-Aly announced a 29 percent rise in confirmed cases in the past week compared to the previous week, which could be due to an increase in social activities during the winter break between the two semesters. A 4 percent increase in critical care patients was also announced. “By adhering to protocols, we will ensure a decline and stabilize the numbers again,” he said. The number of active cases was reported to be 2,080, with 331 reported to be in critical care. The ministry also reported 211 new recoveries, bringing the total number up to 357,939. The Kingdom’s recovery rate is holding steady at 97.6 percent. In the past 24 hours, the Kingdom reported just two deaths, bringing the total number to 6,352 since the pandemic began. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Coroanvirus Saudi Arabia records 18,033 COVID-19 violationsSaudi Arabia meeting water scarcity challenge with innovation

Saudi aid agency helps needy in Jordan, Sudan

Mon, 2021-01-25 01:11 AMMAN: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) continues to distribute winter clothes to needy and refugee families in Jordan. Recently, the center distributed 1,158 winter bags and 2,316 blankets, benefiting 5,79
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Saudi aid agency helps needy in Jordan, Sudan

Mon, 2021-01-25 01:11 AMMAN: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) continues to distribute winter clothes to needy and refugee families in Jordan. Recently, the center distributed 1,158 winter bags and 2,316 blankets, benefiting 5,790 individuals. KSrelief also distributed shelter aid to people affected by floods in Sennar state, Sudan. The aid included 111 tents, 222 mosquito nets, 333 blankets and 222 rugs, benefiting 666 people. These projects come within the framework of relief projects for Syrian and Palestinian refugees and needy families in Jordan, and people affected by floods in Sudan. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) Saudi aid center distributes over 21 tons of food in SudanSaudi aid agency continues work in Jordan

Saudi Arabia advances in global COVID-19 research ranking

Author: Mon, 2021-01-25 02:18 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has been ranked 14th internationally for its COVID-19 university research, rising from its previous 17th ranking, according to the database of the Web of Science. The Kingdom continues to be ranked fi
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Saudi Arabia advances in global COVID-19 research ranking

Author: Mon, 2021-01-25 02:18 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has been ranked 14th internationally for its COVID-19 university research, rising from its previous 17th ranking, according to the database of the Web of Science. The Kingdom continues to be ranked first in the Arab World and 12th among the G20 member states. Education Minister Hamad Al-Sheikh thanked King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for their support for education, for attaching great importance to research and innovation, and for supporting scientists and researchers in Saudi universities to become globally competitive. He said that this achievement was a continuation of the efforts of the Kingdom in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. This reflected the Kingdom’s capabilities when it came to managing crises. Al-Sheikh said that Saudi universities had published 84 percent of the Kingdom’s COVID-19 research, and that the Kingdom had published 915 scientific papers by local scientists since the outbreak of the pandemic. He thanked Saudi universities that contributed to publishing the research papers as well as the faculty members and researchers who were serving their community. Al-Sheikh said that this achievement reflected the Ministry of Education’s keenness to organize events that enhanced the participation of Saudi universities, research centers, researchers and academics in supporting scientific research during the pandemic. This was in addition to coordinating the efforts of universities through specialized workshops to improve the efficiency of research and its contribution to fighting COVID-19, discussing ways to prevent and treat the disease, and investing in the research capabilities of the staff of universities and research centers by finding scientific solutions that contributed to addressing the pandemic. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Coronavirus Experts call to incentivize research sector in Saudi ArabiaPrincess Nourah Bint Abdulrahman University jumps 59 places in global rankings

Hadaf to bear cost of accounting training for Saudis

Mon, 2021-01-25 02:28 RIYADH: Saudi Human Resources Development Fund (Hadaf) announced that it will contribute to bearing the expenses of recruiting and training job seekers in the accounting sector. The move, in collaboration with the Ministry of Human Re
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Hadaf to bear cost of accounting training for Saudis

Mon, 2021-01-25 02:28 RIYADH: Saudi Human Resources Development Fund (Hadaf) announced that it will contribute to bearing the expenses of recruiting and training job seekers in the accounting sector. The move, in collaboration with the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development and the Saudi Organization for Certified Public Accountants, is part of the initiative to support employment and specialized training in accounting professions, to boost Saudization and to meet the need of qualified national cadres in the job market. Hadaf will bear the expenses of 5,000 training opportunities in a number of accounting professions, in addition to paying between 30 and 50 percent of the employee’s salary over a period of two years. Hadaf called on private-sector institutions and the no-profit sector to register job opportunities in accounting professions on the National Labor Portal (Taqat) via the following link, www.taqat.sa, in order to benefit from the initiative. Minister of Human Resources and Social Development Ahmed Al-Rajhi issued a decision to Saudize 30 percent of accounting professions in the private sector. The decision, which will create more than 9,800 jobs for Saudis, will be applicable to private-sector firms where five or more staffers with accounting professions are working. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Human Resources Development Fund (HADAF)Saudi Organization for Certified Public Accountants Saudization: What needs to be done to achieve 30% in accountancy?Eastern Province leads private sector Saudization drive

Crown prince announces new 5-year strategy for Kingdom’s economy

Sun, 2021-01-24 20:02 JEDDAH: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Sunday launched a new five-year strategy for the Kingdom’s sovereign wealth fund as Saudi Arabia drives toward achieving its Vision 2030 goal to diversify the economy away from depende
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Crown prince announces new 5-year strategy for Kingdom’s economy

Sun, 2021-01-24 20:02 JEDDAH: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Sunday launched a new five-year strategy for the Kingdom’s sovereign wealth fund as Saudi Arabia drives toward achieving its Vision 2030 goal to diversify the economy away from dependence on oil. The Public Investment Fund (PIF) will pump at least $40 billion a year into the local economy, double its assets to $1.07 trillion, contribute U$320 billion to non-oil GDP and create 1.8 million jobs by 2025, said the crown prince, the fund’s chairman. “We’ve launched many vital sectors and investment projects in Saudi Arabia and the private sector is a strategic partner for the PIF,” he said. “The new strategy comes to represent a major pillar in achieving the aspirations of our country and aims to achieve the concept of comprehensive development.” The 2021-2025 strategy will focus on launching new sectors, empowering the private sector, developing the PIF’s portfolio, achieving effective long-term investments, supporting the localization of sectors and building strategic economic partnerships. “Our goal is to make our country a pioneer for the new human civilization,” the crown prince said. The PIF would “contribute to supporting development and economic diversification efforts in the Kingdom, in addition to consolidating its position as the preferred global investment partner.” PIF governor Yasir Al-Rumayyan said: “Over the past four years, PIF has demonstrated its important role in contributing to the Kingdom’s economy, in line with the ambitions of Vision 2030. Up to the end of 2020, we tripled assets under management to nearly $400 billion, created 10 new sectors and generated 331,000 direct and indirect jobs. “And as part of our strategy, we will continue to drive the economic transformation of Saudi Arabia and enable the private sector. We also partner with innovative, transformative and disruptive companies around the world to consistently serve as an important catalyst for the development of the industries and opportunities of the future. “Core to our strategy is our focus on funding new human futures by improving quality of life, driving environmental and economic sustainability, and developing new sectors and jobs.” Meanwhile Fahad Al-Mubarak was appointed governor of the Saudi Central Bank (SAMA) on Sunday, replacing  Ahmed Al-Kholifey, who becomes an adviser at the royal court. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaSaudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) Saudi imports from China up 17.8 percent in 2020 to $28.1 billionPIF aims to grow to $2 trillion from $400bn by 2030: governor

Saudi Arabia records 18,033 COVID-19 violations

Author: Sun, 2021-01-24 20:30 RIYADH: There were 18,033 COVID-19 violations in Saudi Arabia from Jan. 18 to Jan. 24, the Ministry of Interior tweeted.  Riyadh had the highest number of breaches with 5,343, followed by Makkah with 3,028. There were 2,2
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Saudi Arabia records 18,033 COVID-19 violations

Author: Sun, 2021-01-24 20:30 RIYADH: There were 18,033 COVID-19 violations in Saudi Arabia from Jan. 18 to Jan. 24, the Ministry of Interior tweeted.  Riyadh had the highest number of breaches with 5,343, followed by Makkah with 3,028. There were 2,236 COVID-19 violations in the Eastern Province, 1,798 in Qassim and 1,495 in Madinah. The ministry said that 84,807 violations have been committed since the start of the pandemic  Interior ministry spokesperson Lt. Col. Talal Al-Shalhoub said the laxity of some people in adhering to the requirements and precautionary measures has led to an increase in infections in the last period. During a press conference, he said that the total number of violations so far amounted to 84,807 across all regions of the Kingdom, adding that security personnel will continue to monitor any violations and would arrest offenders. The ministry called on citizens and residents to stick to the preventive measures and follow the instructions issued by authorities. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaSaudi Ministry of InteriorCoronavirusCOVID-19Lt. Col. Talal Al-Shalhoub Saudi Arabia announces lowest number of COVID-19 deaths since March257,000 expats leave the Saudi labor market in Q3 2020: Official figures

US condemns recent attempt to target Saudi Arabia

Sun, 2021-01-24 21:29 LONDON: The United States on Sunday “strongly condemned” recent attempts to attack the Saudi capital, Riyadh. “We are gathering more information, but it appears to have been an attempt to target civilians,” the State Departmen
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US condemns recent attempt to target Saudi Arabia

Sun, 2021-01-24 21:29 LONDON: The United States on Sunday “strongly condemned” recent attempts to attack the Saudi capital, Riyadh. “We are gathering more information, but it appears to have been an attempt to target civilians,” the State Department said. Saudi air defenses thwarted an attack on Riyadh on Saturday by the Iranian-backed Houthi militia in Yemen. The Arab coalition said it had “intercepted and destroyed a hostile air target going toward” the capital. Washington said these attacks are inconsistent with international law and undermine all efforts to promote peace. The U.S. strongly condemns the latest attack in Saudi Arabia. Such attacks violate international law and undermine regional peace. As we work to reduce tensions, including by bringing an end to the war in Yemen, we will also help Saudi Arabia defend itself.https://t.co/BYCVv7oTQ7 — Ned Price (@statedeptspox) January 24, 2021 “As we work to de-escalate tensions in the region through principled diplomacy, including by bringing an end to the war in Yemen, we will also help our partner Saudi Arabia defend against attacks on its territory and hold those who attempt to undermine stability to account,” the statement said. The Houthis denied launching the strike, but the militants have repeatedly targeted Saudi Arabia with drones and missiles since the Kingdom intervened on behalf of Yemen’s internationally recognized government in 2015, and analysts had no doubt that they were responsible for the latest attack. The US announced it would designate the Ansar Allah, the militia’s official name, as a terorist organization last month in the final days of former president Donald Trump’s final days office. On Friday, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan said the Kingdom is optimistic of “excellent relations” with the new US President Joe Biden.   Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaUnited StatesUS State DepartmentHouthiYemenhouthi attack Saudi air defenses thwart new Houthi attack on Riyadh

King Salman issues royal decrees

Sun, 2021-01-24 21:36 LONDON: Saudi Arabia's King Salman issued various royal decrees on Sunday.  They include the following:  The Ministry of Housing and Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs have been combined to form the Ministry of Municipal and
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King Salman issues royal decrees

Sun, 2021-01-24 21:36 LONDON: Saudi Arabia's King Salman issued various royal decrees on Sunday.  They include the following:  The Ministry of Housing and Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs have been combined to form the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs and Housing. Majid Al-Hogail is appointed as Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs and Housing. Fahd Al-Mubarak is relieved from his Minister of State post and is appointed as governor of the Saudi Central Bank (SAMA). Ahmed Al-Khulaifi is relieved of his post as governor of the central bank and appointed as an advisor to the Royal Court with the rank of minister. The Director General of Passports, Maj. Gen. Sulaiman bin Abdul Aziz Al-Yahya, has been promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: King SalmanSaudi Arabiaroyal decrees Crown prince announces new 5-year strategy for Kingdom’s economySaudi Arabia announces lowest number of COVID-19 deaths since March

Dr. Sara Jeza Al-Otaibi, director general at the Institute of Public Administration in Makkah

Author: Sun, 2021-01-24 22:42 Dr. Sara Jeza Al-Otaibi has been the director general of the women’s branch of the Institute of Public Administration (IPA) in the Makkah region since January 2018. She has also been a member of the IPA’s supreme commit
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Dr. Sara Jeza Al-Otaibi, director general at the Institute of Public Administration in Makkah

Author: Sun, 2021-01-24 22:42 Dr. Sara Jeza Al-Otaibi has been the director general of the women’s branch of the Institute of Public Administration (IPA) in the Makkah region since January 2018. She has also been a member of the IPA’s supreme committee since then. Al-Otaibi received her bachelor’s degree in computer sciences from the College of Sciences at King Abdul Aziz University in 2007. Two years later she attended the School of Electronics and Computer Sciences at the University of Southampton, UK, where she completed her master’s degree in web technology in 2010. In 2014, she obtained her Ph.D. in the same field of study at the same university. In 2018, she served as dean of library affairs for students and as an associate professor in web technology at Taif University (TU). Later that year she began teaching at the IPA as an associate professor. She was the first dean of library affairs for male and female students in Saudi Arabia. From 2017 to 2018, she served as the dean for undergraduate studies (female section) and as a board member of the TU. She was vice dean for university development and the vice dean for e-learning and distance education at TU. She has also been a part-time consultant at the Jubail-based Regional Center for Quality and Excellence in Education (RCQE), which is run under the auspices of UNESCO. Al-Otaibi is also the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Information Technologies and Lifelong Learning (JITLL), an IT British peer-reviewed and open-access journal. She is known for designing Finger ID, a desktop application that uses a biometric recognition system. This aims to be convenient for internet users as they do not have to remember multiple usernames and passwords to access multiple online accounts. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Who's WhoMakkah Institute of Public Administration (IPA) Dr. Iman Al-Mansour, assistant professor at Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University in DammamDr. Ola Abusukkar, executive director of King Salman Center for Disability Research

Saudi Arabia announces lowest number of COVID-19 deaths since March

Author: Zaynab KhojjiID: 1611492880208624000Sun, 2021-01-24 15:56 LONDON: Saudi Arabia announced the lowest number of COVID-19 deaths since March with two fatalities from the disease. The health ministry also recorded 186 new cases of the disease
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Saudi Arabia announces lowest number of COVID-19 deaths since March

Author: Zaynab KhojjiID: 1611492880208624000Sun, 2021-01-24 15:56 LONDON: Saudi Arabia announced the lowest number of COVID-19 deaths since March with two fatalities from the disease. The health ministry also recorded 186 new cases of the disease with 82 recorded in Riyadh, 34 in Makkah, 29 in the Eastern Province, 11 in the Northern Borders Region, 6 in Asir, 5 in Najran, 3 in Madinah and 1 in Jazan. The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom increased to 357,939 after 211 more patients recovered from the virus. A total of 6,352 people have succumbed to the virus in the Kingdom so far. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: CoronavirusSaudi Arabia Saudi Arabia's Almarai 2020 net profit boosted by COVID-19 ‘pantry loading’257,000 expats leave the Saudi labor market in Q3 2020: Official figures

Dr. Iman Al-Mansour, assistant professor at the Institute for Research and Medical Consultations in Dammam

Sat, 2021-01-23 22:58 Dr. Iman Al-Mansour is an assistant professor of epidemiology at the Institute for Research and Medical Consultations (IRMC), affiliated with Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University (IAU), in Dammam. Al-Mansour led many research proj
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Dr. Iman Al-Mansour, assistant professor at the Institute for Research and Medical Consultations in Dammam

Sat, 2021-01-23 22:58 Dr. Iman Al-Mansour is an assistant professor of epidemiology at the Institute for Research and Medical Consultations (IRMC), affiliated with Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University (IAU), in Dammam. Al-Mansour led many research projects from conception to execution at the department of epidemic diseases research at IAU and supervised graduate students and junior scientists. She acted as the principal investigator on a number of key research projects related to the development of nucleic acid-based vaccines, the establishment of several virus bioinformatics databases and analysis resources, and virus immune monitoring studies. Al-Mansour believes that investment in vaccine research is an important step to combat epidemics and pandemics caused by new viruses. This is followed by the localization of the manufacturing of vaccines and biological medicines. She served as a Ph.D. researcher at the nucleic acid vaccine (NAV) lab at the University of Massachusetts, US, where she conducted rigorous research in the design, generation, and testing of DNA vaccines expressing HA’s of influenza (H1N1) strains. Al-Mansour’s research is focused on cutting-edge technology to develop prophylactic vaccines against emerging and re-emerging viruses. She earned a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering and biotechnology from the University of Massachusetts, US, and a master’s degree in clinical laboratory sciences from the University of Rhode Island, US. Al-Mansour received her bachelor’s in medical laboratory technology from IAU. She is also an academic member at the European Virus Bioinformatics Center (EVBC), Germany, and a member at the International Society for Global health (ISoGH), in the UK. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Who's WhoImam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University (IAU)Institute for Research and Medical Consultations (IRMC) Dr. Ola Abusukkar, executive director of King Salman Center for Disability ResearchAbdulrahman Al-Arwan, assistant deputy minister of municipal and rural affairs

MWL honors winners of children’s Qur’an memorization contest in Pakistan

Sat, 2021-01-23 23:18 The Muslim World League (MWL) has honored the children who won the annual competition for Qur’an memorization in Pakistan, and offered them prizes and cash awards. It came during an event organized by the MWL’s regional office in
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MWL honors winners of children’s Qur’an memorization contest in Pakistan

Sat, 2021-01-23 23:18 The Muslim World League (MWL) has honored the children who won the annual competition for Qur’an memorization in Pakistan, and offered them prizes and cash awards. It came during an event organized by the MWL’s regional office in Islamabad on Saturday, sponsored by the president of Pakistan, Dr. Arif Alvi. The event was attended by Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Noorul Haq Qadri, and MWL Assistant Secretary-General Dr. Abdul-Rahman Al-Zeid, Saudi Ambassador to Pakistan Nawaf Saeed Al-Malki, and MWL Regional Director Saad Al-Harthi. Alvi congratulated the winners and expressed his gratitude for the MWL’s efforts in various areas, including its support for the Holy Qur’an memorization competition. He commended the Kingdom’s efforts to serve Islam and Muslims, and to care for the Two Holy Mosques, as well as pilgrims. The president stressed that Pakistan gives great importance to its deep-rooted relationship with the Kingdom, which is based on common religious and cultural denominators and distinguished by brotherhood between the people of the two countries. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Muslim World League (MWL)arif alvi MWL, UPEACE join hands to promote peace, civilized dialogueMWL stands with Egypt to protect its borders, preserve security

Rawasheen exhibition preserves decorative architecture of Jeddah

Author: Sun, 2021-01-24 00:22 JEDDAH: In an ode to the rowshan, one of the most distinctive Hijazi architectural features, 43 Saudi female artists combined forces in an exhibition in Jeddah’s Fine Art Center. The rowshan is an elaborately patterned wo
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Rawasheen exhibition preserves decorative architecture of Jeddah

Author: Sun, 2021-01-24 00:22 JEDDAH: In an ode to the rowshan, one of the most distinctive Hijazi architectural features, 43 Saudi female artists combined forces in an exhibition in Jeddah’s Fine Art Center. The rowshan is an elaborately patterned wooden window frame on the outside of the old buildings that served to air their interior. In the display, titled “Rawasheen,” (plural for rowshan), Saudi artist and trainer Ibtihal Bajnaid gathered some of the country’s most prominent and up-and-coming artists under the auspices of the city of Jeddah. The artists looked to capture the beauty of the rowshan, which was a prominent feature of old buildings in Makkah, Jeddah and Madinah. The use of the rawasheen has died out, and they are found only in a few offices, homes and old buildings in Hijaz today. With 70 artworks on display, the aim was to preserve and even revive Jeddah’s creative architecture legacy. Bajnaid has researched the art of the rowshan for years. Looking to revive the architectural feature, she dedicated her first exhibition to its beauty. She told Arab News: “The rawasheen of Jeddah is only the start. We are planning to cover all historic architecture and traditional legacies of the Kingdom.” The artworks of the gallery — some of them abstract art inspired by the essence of the old town today — were mostly inspired by photos of the rawasheen by famous photographers. Najla Abdulshakour, an artist who is the media coordinator of the gallery, said the gallery works as “a documentation for the cultural heritage of Saudi Arabia and its ancient civilization, specifically the famous architectural art of historic Jeddah.” FASTFACT The youngest participant was Rital Albigami, a nine-year-old with a powerful presence among her older peers in the gallery with her beautiful oil painting of one of Jeddah’s most prominent buildings, Naseef House. The display that ran over the weekend brought together families, art enthusiasts and prominent artists. Hisham bin Jabi, a Saudi art veteran said: “I am really delighted to see this amount of enthusiasm toward art and heritage among the young artists. There is shade, light, and depth, I am truly amazed by the fine level of the artwork.” Bajnaid was the driving force in training rising Saudi artists of different ages and her efforts proved very fruitful. The youngest participant was Rital Albigami, a nine-year-old with a powerful presence among her older peers in the gallery with her beautiful oil painting of one of Jeddah’s most prominent buildings, Naseef House. She expressed her excitement about art: “I love painting so much. This gallery is a big opportunity for me and I am so happy to be among the participants. My dream is to become the biggest and greatest artist in Saudi Arabia.” The rawasheen of Jeddah is only the start. We are planning to cover all historic architecture and traditional legacies of the Kingdom. Ibtihal Bajnaid, Saudi artist and trainer Her mother said: “Rital is a very creative, talented kid and she’s a fast self-learner. She started to draw cartoon characters through tutorials on YouTube when she was seven. She then became interested in portrait and oil paintings, I tried to enrol her in portrait art courses, but she wasn’t accepted due to her age. Luckily, she met Ibtihal, who welcomed her in her classes and provided her with the support that led her to participate today in a real art gallery with adult artists for the first time even at this very young age.” Afrah Ahmad, one of the participants from Riyadh, said: “I loved the subject so much, it has to do with the heritage of my country. My painting is built upon the one-point perspective, where you can see everything from one direction.” Inspired by a 150-year-old building, Khadija Abu Al-Husain, from Makkah, tried to reflect the more vibrant tone of the building to pick up its decorative exterior, as many changes have been applied to the building over the years. Today the building has been turned into an antique art gallery and oriental music cafe. “The original photo was in black and white so I used aquatic colors to reflect on the style of old Jeddah architecture,” she said. Eighteen-year-old Jana Gandeel created models of the two most popular rawasheen in Jeddah using various materials such as the very thin Wawa wood, popsicle sticks, wooden dowels, and barbeque sticks, with some carving and other tools. “I want my artwork and name to be known in the art industry, I want to know all the big artists and hopefully one day I will be one of them,” she said. Main category: Saudi ArabiaArt & CultureTags: architecture of Jeddah Saudi artists’ work for sale at pop-up store in RiyadhSaudi artist wins global recognition for work celebrating GCC Summit

Madinah joins world’s healthiest cities

Sun, 2021-01-24 00:35 JEDDAH: The Saudi city of Madinah has been acknowledged by the World Health Organization (WHO) as among the world’s healthiest cities. The holy city gained the accreditation after a visiting WHO team said that it met all the global s
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Madinah joins world’s healthiest cities

Sun, 2021-01-24 00:35 JEDDAH: The Saudi city of Madinah has been acknowledged by the World Health Organization (WHO) as among the world’s healthiest cities. The holy city gained the accreditation after a visiting WHO team said that it met all the global standards required to be a healthy city. Madinah is believed to be the first city with a population of more than 2 million to be recognized under the organization’s healthy cities program. A total of 22 government, community, charity and volunteer agencies helped prepare for the WHO accreditation. The city’s integrated program included a strategic partnership with Taibah University to record government requirements on an electronic platform for the organization’s review. The WHO also recommended that the university provide training to other national city agencies interested in taking part in the healthy cities program. FASTFACTS • Madinah is believed to be the first city with a population of more than 2 million to be recognized under the organization’s healthy cities program. • A total of 22 government, community, charity and volunteer agencies helped prepare for the WHO accreditation. A committee chaired by the university’s president, Dr. Abdul Aziz Assarani, supervised 100 members representing the 22 government, civil, charity and volunteer agencies. Criteria included meeting goals set by the Madinah Region Strategy Project and the launch of a “Humanizing Cities” program. According to WHO, “a healthy city is one that is continually creating and improving those physical and social environments and expanding those community resources which enable people to mutually support each other in performing all the functions of life and developing to their maximum potential.” Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: MadinahWorld Health Organization (WHO) Roof of Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah reopens to worshippersMuslims’ culturally rooted love for Prophet manifests in his birthday commemorations

Saudi volunteers join 3,165 community initiatives in 2020

Author: Sun, 2021-01-24 00:58 RIYADH: Volunteer teams of the Saudi Red Crescent Authority (SRCA) participated in 3,165 initiatives during 2020. This was despite the challenges that the Kingdom and the world faced during the coronavirus pandemic More th
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Saudi volunteers join 3,165 community initiatives in 2020

Author: Sun, 2021-01-24 00:58 RIYADH: Volunteer teams of the Saudi Red Crescent Authority (SRCA) participated in 3,165 initiatives during 2020. This was despite the challenges that the Kingdom and the world faced during the coronavirus pandemic More than 28,000 volunteers participated, with a total of 32,000 hours volunteered. Volunteer opportunities ranged between providing emergency services and participating in community awareness programs. This included providing emergency services to worshippers in the Two Holy Mosques, and participating in the prayer sorting points in mosques on Fridays throughout the Kingdom. The teams stepped up their efforts during national festivals and events, international days and awareness weeks. Initiatives included providing administrative, technical and logistical support to emergency centers, central operating rooms and SRCA departments in all regions of the Kingdom. Visual screening points were established in many headquarters and SRCA buildings to increase awareness of the importance of adhering to precautionary measures during the pandemic. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi Red Crescent Authority (SRCA) Saudi Volunteer Day strengthens the values of citizenship and givingThousands of Saudi volunteers pull together to fight coronavirus