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برلمانيون بريطانيون يرفضون زيارة مرتقبة لـ«إبن سلمان»

رفع 22 نائباً بريطانيّاً، من أحزاب مختلفة، سقف المَطالب الرافضة للزيارة المتوقعة لولي العهد السعودي محمد بن سلمان إلى بريطانيا وذلك بالانضما
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برلمانيون بريطانيون يرفضون زيارة مرتقبة لـ«إبن سلمان»

رفع 22 نائباً بريطانيّاً، من أحزاب مختلفة، سقف المَطالب الرافضة للزيارة المتوقعة لولي العهد السعودي محمد بن سلمان إلى بريطانيا وذلك بالانضمام إلى عري...

قادة السعودية والإمارات وقطر يلتقون ترامب قريبا

قال مسؤولان أميركيان إن كبار قادة السعودية والإمارات وقطر سيلتقون بالرئيس الأميركي دونالد ترامب في الشهرين المقبلين وسط جهود واشنطن لحل خلا
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قادة السعودية والإمارات وقطر يلتقون ترامب قريبا

قال مسؤولان أميركيان إن كبار قادة السعودية والإمارات وقطر سيلتقون بالرئيس الأميركي دونالد ترامب في الشهرين المقبلين وسط جهود واشنطن لحل خلاف بين الجي...

Saudi FM: We have worked to strengthen relations with Iraq in many areas

Author: ARAB NEWSFri, 2018-02-23 15:39The Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir said on Friday that Saudi Arabia has worked to strengthen relations with Iraq in many areas.  «Iraq has a very important role in the Arab world and we support recons
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Saudi FM: We have worked to strengthen relations with Iraq in many areas

Author: ARAB NEWSFri, 2018-02-23 15:39The Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir said on Friday that Saudi Arabia has worked to strengthen relations with Iraq in many areas.  «Iraq has a very important role in the Arab world and we support reconstruction efforts there,» he said in Brussels at the Egmont Royal Institute for International Relations. Saudi Arabia recently pledged $1.5 billion of financial support for reconstruction efforts in Iraq after the war to defeat Daesh.   Al-Jubeir also spoke about the situation in Syria, where a relentless  regime bombardment of a rebel-held territory near Damascus has killed more than 400 people this week.  The UN Security Council will vote on Friday on a draft resolution demanding a 30-day ceasefire. Saudi Arabia on Thursday called for a halt to the attack on Eastern Ghouta. “We seek to restore stability to Syria and support the Geneva resolutions for a peaceful solution,” Al-Jubeir said on Friday. Syrian President Bashar Al Assad has been backed militarily by Iran and Russia, and their support has given him the upper hand in the conflict. Arab countries fear that Iran is using proxy militias in Syria and elsewhere in the region to expand its influence.  The Saudi foreign minister said Iran is «the single biggest threat to the region and perhaps to the world,» and that Iranian-backed militias play a negative role in the region. Speaking about the situation in Yemen, where Iran backs rebels fighting against the government, he said: «It is complex and we did not seek war there”. He also said the Houthis have “repeatedly undermined efforts to reach a solution in Yemen.” Saudi Arabia leads an Arab military coalition fighting to restore the government to full control of the country.  Al-Jubeir also said that Saudi Arabia has opened channels to deliver aid to Yemen to alleviate the humanitarian tragedy there. The foreign minister again called on Qatar to cease its support for terrorism and its “intervention in the affairs of neighboring countries.”  »The crisis with Qatar is very small compared to challenges in the region,” he said. Tags: Adel Al-JubeirIraqIraq reconstructionMain category: Saudi Arabiarelated_nodes: Saudi Arabia’s FM Jubeir attends business dinner with British, UAE and US foreign ministersSaudi Arabia’s FM Jubeir: Iran’s role in Lebanon, Syria and Yemen is a ‘major threat’

Big cat tales kick off weekend of thrills in Saudi Arabia

Author: FARAH AL-SHARIFFri, 2018-02-23 19:33ID: 1519393059868316100DAMMAM: A photojournalist who travels the world in search of big cats kicked off events on Thursday night in what promises to be an entertainment-packed weekend. The show at the mai
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Big cat tales kick off weekend of thrills in Saudi Arabia

Author: FARAH AL-SHARIFFri, 2018-02-23 19:33ID: 1519393059868316100DAMMAM: A photojournalist who travels the world in search of big cats kicked off events on Thursday night in what promises to be an entertainment-packed weekend. The show at the main auditorium at Damman’s Imam Abdulrahman bin Faisal University was the first staging of the National Geographic Live show in Saudi Arabia. National Geographic Live gives audiences a chance to meet and question world-famous scientists and explorers. On Thursday, explorers Steve Winter, a wildlife photojournalist, and Zoltan Takacs, who is a snake expert, shared tales of their wild adventures in the interactive event, which was organized jointly by the General Authority of Entertainment (GEA) and Time Entertainment. Tickets for the show were almost sold-out showing the popularity of events combining knowledge with fun in the Kingdom, showing Vision 2030 principles at their best. Award-winning Winter, famed for his “On the Trail of Big Cats” lecture tour, told the audience: “Many people ask me how did I get involved and pick big cats. I was a photojournalist and didn’t take a picture until I was 34 years old, so I always say I didn’t choose big cats, big cats chose me, because I barely passed biology in school!” He spoke of how he has traveled the globe in search of big cats to photograph and described the unusual experiments he has conducted in order to capture his breath-taking shots of elusive felines. It can take up to six months to capture a picture of a tiger, he revealed. He wrapped up his talk by taking questions from the audience. Asked whether he will cover the story of the Arabian leopard discovered in Jazan province, he instantly replied: “I’ll do it!” Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: big catsNational GeographicSaudi Arabiashowrelated_nodes: Saudi Arabia to invest $64 billion in entertainment sector over coming decadeAll the world’s a stage for Saudi writer

Janadriyah festival attracts thousands of local, foreign visitors

Author: ARAB NEWSFri, 2018-02-23 20:07ID: 1519395161478530300RIYADH: Janadriyah, the annual national heritage and culture festival named after the village on the northern outskirts of Riyadh, is busy celebrating the Saudi lifestyle as well as symbol
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Janadriyah festival attracts thousands of local, foreign visitors

Author: ARAB NEWSFri, 2018-02-23 20:07ID: 1519395161478530300RIYADH: Janadriyah, the annual national heritage and culture festival named after the village on the northern outskirts of Riyadh, is busy celebrating the Saudi lifestyle as well as symbols of its identity, unity and integrity. The festival also offers a balanced view and a flashback to Saudi Arabia’s rich heritage. India is the guest of honor country this year. The annual heritage festival, which runs for 18 days, will conclude on Feb. 24. Every year the festival attracts a remarkable turnout of local and expatriate visitors, including school children and families, as well as visitors from outside the Kingdom. This year the festival has launched a free application for smartphones, called “Janadriyah,” to guide visitors around the event and keep them updated on entertainment and cultural programs. Nazaha participates in Janadriyah festival The National Anti-Corruption Commission (Nazaha) is partaking in the 32nd Janadriyah National Heritage and Culture Festival for the sixth consecutive year. Specialists in integrity protection and anti-corruption programs, as well as in public relations and media, are present at Nazaha’s pavilion to answer visitors’ inquiries and receive their feedback. Through its participation, Nazaha aims to introduce the public to efforts exerted to combat corruption in the Kingdom. The pavilion features signboards about programs, initiatives, events, studies, workshops, conferences and research implemented by Nazaha regarding integrity protection and fighting corruption. The pavilion also contains screens with videos games, and a drawing workshop with coloring books for children. Big turnout for UAE pavilion The UAE pavilion at the festival is impressing visitors with 45 different cultural events and folk shows reflecting the history of the Emirates. The pavilion has seen a big turnout by visitors, who are received with drums and folk songs. Visitors are invited to take part in folk dances to learn more about Emirati cultural and musical heritage dating back hundreds of years. The pavilion also features a collection of UAE cultural films that shed light on special elements of the country such as traditional architecture. Generous Arab hospitality is represented in a corner that offers Emirati-made coffee as well as live shows depicting how it was made. The popular souk at the UAE pavilion, which offers Emirati-made products, is introducing a new generation to the material heritage and culture of UAE’s different towns and environments. The souk celebrates the rich and diversified heritage of the people and its rich and ancient roots. Three photographic exhibitions portray important historical events. The first one focuses on the traditionally strong Saudi-Emirati relations. The second exhibition is a collection of cultural photographs of UAE’s renaissance under the rule of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan. The third exhibition is about tourism, with images of the best sites for visitors to experience the UAE. The pavilion is made entirely of traditional natural heritage materials, featuring mud architecture for 80 percent of the design, over an area of 6,500 square meters. The design aims to embody UAE’s authentic heritage and its close connection with the local environment, and the country’s commitment to sustainability, including heritage items and traditional arts. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: JanadriyahFestivalIndiaculturerelated_nodes: Indonesia celebrates unity in diversity at Janadriyah Saudi cultural festivalSaudi women have a central role in building the nation, Janadriyah festival shows

All the world’s a stage for Saudi writer

Author: ASEEL BASHRAHEELFri, 2018-02-23 03:00ID: 1519331575250927600JEDDAH: Zoha Shabat, author of “A Face with Two Shadows,” believes plays are better than novels when it comes to telling a story — an approach that makes her a rarity among mo
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All the world’s a stage for Saudi writer

Author: ASEEL BASHRAHEELFri, 2018-02-23 03:00ID: 1519331575250927600JEDDAH: Zoha Shabat, author of “A Face with Two Shadows,” believes plays are better than novels when it comes to telling a story — an approach that makes her a rarity among modern writers.Shabat’s book created a buzz when it was released during the third International Book Fair in Jeddah in 2017, a year after she won a First Edition Award by the Jeddah Literary Cultural Club. The Jeddah-born writer completed her BA on information systems and her MBA in general management at King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah, where she now works. She hopes to eventually make a living through publishing.As a child, Shabat enjoyed reading plays. She wrote her first play in high school, but then turned to prose, poems and short stories.“I believe that stories lead us where they wish to take us,” she said when asked why she began writing plays.Shabat, 33, predicted that “theater will make a strong comeback in the Kingdom with the advances the country is making in building up the entertainment sector.”She said “A Face with Two Shadows” explored its protagonist Khalid’s struggle with intrusive thoughts that threatened to ruin his life. “It’s something we all experience daily. He represents our uncertainties, and our desire for happiness, to find peace and clarity and truth.”In late 2016, Shabat took part in a Jeddah Literary Cultural Club theater course. “During one of the sessions, Fahad Al-Harthi, the professor, asked the class to write a scene to show what we had learnt since we started. I wrote one of the scenes between Khalid and the mysterious voice in my play. Al-Harthi praised my work and encouraged me to try out for the First Edition competition, which I did.”Readers were introduced to Shabat’s play during the International Book Fair in Jeddah. “People wanted to discover this theatrical work and what differentiates it from other literary works,” she said.The designer Amani Al-Ghoraibi worked with Shabat on the book cover and illustrations for the five acts in the play. “Zoha was understanding and patient,” he said. “I loved working with her. We were in touch throughout, and I relentlessly asked for her opinion. She decided to put her trust in me and gave me free rein over it.“As for the cover, Zoha requested that I sketch it. She saw a similar sketch I did of it and she loved it so much that she wanted me to sketch the same one with a few modifications. It gave a haunting quality that she believed suitable to the story.”Shabat is planning her next literary work while considering two translation proposals for “A Face with Two Shadows,” including an English version of the play. Main category: Saudi Arabiabooks

Women’s reforms ‘will unleash Saudi economy’, says US lawmaker

Author: JAMES REINLFri, 2018-02-23 03:00ID: 1519331575260927800NEW YORK: Ed Royce, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, praised the “bold vision” re-shaping Saudi Arabia and improving women’s lives on Wednesday after two days of me
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Women’s reforms ‘will unleash Saudi economy’, says US lawmaker

Author: JAMES REINLFri, 2018-02-23 03:00ID: 1519331575260927800NEW YORK: Ed Royce, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, praised the “bold vision” re-shaping Saudi Arabia and improving women’s lives on Wednesday after two days of meetings on Iran and other regional problems. “Saudis are optimistic about the future, and rightly so. The government has a bold vision for its economy and reforms are giving women new opportunity,” Royce said. “A country that utilizes only half its population can never realize its full potential. Empowering Saudi women will help unleash its economy.” The California Republican met with King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is spearheading the “Vision 2030” plan to modernize the Kingdom’s society, create jobs and diversify its economy away from oil. They also discussed efforts to tackle Tehran’s support for proxy militias in Lebanon, Syria and Yemen amid concerns in Washington and among its Middle Eastern allies of a growing crescent of Iranian influence. “Of course, Saudi Arabia — and the Middle East as a whole — faces serious threats from Iran. In our productive meetings, we discussed efforts to apply more financial and diplomatic pressure against Iran’s missile program and its support for terror,” Royce said in a statement. US President Donald Trump told the Europeans last month that they must agree to “fix the terrible flaws” in the 2015 international Iran nuclear deal or he would re-impose the sanctions Washington lifted as part of that pact. Royce also addressed the Arab coalition’s fight against the Iran-backed Houthi rebels of northern Yemen, where fighting, hunger and disease have snowballed into what the UN has called the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. “In Yemen, I’m encouraged that the flow of relief has improved, but more must be done to increase access to food, water and basic medicine,” Royce said. “The Iranian-backed Houthis are pushing this conflict into a third year and eight million innocent people are on the brink of starvation.” Royce was accompanied by his committee colleague Paul Cook, another Republican. They also met with Interior Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif, Prince Khaled bin Salman, Riyadh’s ambassador to Washington, and a group of Saudi women entrepreneurs. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi womenSaudi Vision 2030Ed RoyceCrown Prince Mohammed bin SalmanKing SalmanDonald Trumprelated_nodes: All the world’s a stage for Saudi writerSaudi women have a central role in building the nation, Janadriyah festival showsCareem signs up nearly 1,000 Saudi women drivers

KSA looks forward to ‘best entertainment year ever’

Author: NOOR NUGALI & RASHID HASSANFri, 2018-02-23 03:00ID: 1519331608040938600RIYADH: The General Entertainment Authority (GEA) will host an unprecedented number of events throughout the Kingdom this year, with more than 5,000 live shows, festi
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KSA looks forward to ‘best entertainment year ever’

Author: NOOR NUGALI & RASHID HASSANFri, 2018-02-23 03:00ID: 1519331608040938600RIYADH: The General Entertainment Authority (GEA) will host an unprecedented number of events throughout the Kingdom this year, with more than 5,000 live shows, festivals and concerts planned across 56 cities. The 2018 entertainment calendar will feature the most diverse line-up of live entertainment ever seen in Saudi Arabia, ranging from musicals and family shows to stand-up comedy and live performances from some of the biggest names in global music. The announcement was made at a special event in Riyadh attended by Ahmed Al-Khatib, chairman of the board, and Faisal Bafarat, GEA’s CEO. Saudi Arabia will invest $64 billion in its entertainment sector in the coming decade, an official said on Thursday, as the Kingdom pursues a program of social and economic reforms. Al-Khatib said the money will come from both the government and the private sector. He said that 500 companies have registered to organize entertainment events in the coming year. The GEA is accelerating plans to provide rich and diverse entertainment options and experiences for people in all parts of Saudi Arabia to enjoy. “The authority contributes directly to the objectives of the Quality of Life program, which aims to achieve a thriving economy and a vibrant society in which citizens and residents enjoy a better quality of life,” he said. Al-Khatib told the audience: “Our aim today is to speak of the events that will take place in the coming year.” He commended the media and its help in spreading the word: “We are an orchestra, we have done nothing, you have done everything (the media). All I can say is that we have achieved a global goal of quality that competes with London and New York.” He revealed that the entertainment sector needs SR267 billion ($71 billion) of investment to build entertainment infrastructure in all regions of the Kingdom, and investment in infrastructure between 2017 and 2030 is expected to contribute SR18 billion per year to Saudi Arabia’s GDP, with consumer spending estimated to reach SR36 billion by 2030. “GEA is proud to be one of the drivers of transformation in the Kingdom, through its clear purpose to build a world-class entertainment industry that will put the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on the global tourism and entertainment map,” he said. GEA was first announced in May 2016, and has grown quickly since then. “This year will witness many exciting events that will take place all over Saudi for the whole family to enjoy,” said Al-Khatib. “We took this risk to work with media, with all trust. We work together and we help each other. The third-largest industry in Saudi is entertainment and we want to expand it. “For the first time in the country, a Yanni concert took place in Dharan and 10 percent of the audiences were Bahrainis; the roles have been reversed and we witnessed our side of the bridge being trafficked and not the other way around, for they came to us. I promise you we will see more of this in the future — Emirates, Kuwait, everyone,” he said. “In the year of 2030, I promise you this will continue and we will be in the top 10 country destinations for entertainment.” Al-Khatib said many events and theme parks are planned. “We have the likes of Gideya, the largest theme park in the world, and Six Flags, which is under construction. We will continue to improve the infrastructure to build theses theme parks. We know what we want, we have the support from our leaders. “Today we are organized and focused that Saudis stand on their own feet.” Bafarat said: “This year will not only provide more opportunities for people to share rich experiences with family and friends, but will also significantly contribute to the continued development of the entertainment industry in the Kingdom. 2018 marks a change in pace thanks to the sheer scale of the program we are offering. Thousands of events will be organized and regulated, providing more opportunities than ever for us to continue to enhance the quality of entertainment events in the Kingdom, as well as adhere to the highest international standards.” Speaking to Arab News after the event the GEA CEO said.” The events are very extensive, we will not be focusing on one aspect, but will cover all aspects of entertainment that include theme parks, museums, entertainment centers, live shows, sports events, theaters, cinemas, festival and popups.” “We have, in total more than 5,000 events, both local and international, and on every weekend, we have one big event in one of the big cities in the Kingdom,” Bafarat noted. He added that the local events too will have some international elements, so if you have a local street festival, you will find some international and regional act into it. In a reply on how far international shows organized last year were helpful in grooming local talents and local entertainment sector, he said, it was indeed very helpful, earlier global actors were not taking us seriously saying Saudi market is not ready for us to come and stage the show, now we have people knocking the door saying, “we want to bring the show to Saudi.” Bafarat said: “Our aim is to have a huge impact on our economy, provide jobs, and support medium and small companies.” He presented the 2018 entertainment line-up highlights, which include 55 headline events alongside thousands of events hosted by private organizers, municipalities and governorates that will be supported by GEA. “Last year was a benchmark for us, this year it will be 10 times better,” he said. “This is a team effort, we thank all the sectors that have participated. “The diversity and scale of the 2018 entertainment program will play a significant role in the continued growth of the entertainment industry in the Kingdom with a total of 224,000 new jobs, including 114,000 direct and 110,000 indirect jobs expected to be created in the sector by 2030,” Barafat said. “Families, young people and children will be able to enjoy live music performances, theater shows, musicals, circus performances, community festivals and much more across the Kingdom,” he said. After their speeches, an illusionist entertained the audience with magic tricks. Speaking to Arab News, Majid Al-Hokair, who heads the Committee for Tourism, Events and Entertainment at the Riyadh Chamber, said: “These are very positive changes taking place in the Kingdom with the GEA at the helm of affair. “Thanks to the GEA for bringing these programs home. The authority is inspired to develop, establish and organize a competitive infrastructure for entertainment in the Kingdom.” The GEA chairman and CEO also made awards to events organized last year. The winners in different categories include “Luxury KSA” as the best event with local content, “Comic Con” as the best international event with local flavor and “iLuminate” as the best event for live entertainment. In 2017, the GEA hosted more than 2,200 events attended by 8.2 million people. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: General Entertainment AuthorityGEAAhmed al-KhatibFaisal BafaratRiyadhrelated_nodes: Saudi entertainment chief sees cinemas returning, eventuallySaudi Entertainment sector helps boost economy, social cohesion: ReportSaudi entertainment authority sets regulations for female performers in family shows

First Saudi opera house to open in Jeddah

Author: AISHA FAREEDFri, 2018-02-23 03:00ID: 1519331608050939000JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s first opera house is set to open in the Red Sea port city of Jeddah, Ahmed Al-Khatib, chairman of the General Entertainment Authority (GEA), announced on Thursd
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First Saudi opera house to open in Jeddah

Author: AISHA FAREEDFri, 2018-02-23 03:00ID: 1519331608050939000JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s first opera house is set to open in the Red Sea port city of Jeddah, Ahmed Al-Khatib, chairman of the General Entertainment Authority (GEA), announced on Thursday.The announcement was part of the launch of the 2018 entertainment calendar at the Four Seasons Hotel in Riyadh, where Al-Khatib revealed a budget of $64 billion for the entertainment sector over the coming decade. More than 5,000 events in 56 cities in the Kingdom are planned for 2018.Al-Khatib told Reuters last April of Saudi Arabia’s plan to open “a world-class opera house” as part of the Kingdom’s entertainment reforms.The Saudi General Culture Authority will handle the establishment of the new opera house, Al-Khatib, who declined to give further information, told Arab News.The General Culture Authority could not be immediately reached for comment.According to Reuters, the opera house to be completed around 2022.Speaking to Arab News, Sultan Al-Bazie, former president of the Saudi Arabian Society for Culture and Arts, described the announcement as a significant step toward enriching the Kingdom’s cultural scene and said it deserved “a warm welcome.”Al-Bazie wondered, however, about the fate of the Royal Arts Complex and whether the opera house would be a substitute for it.In 1869 the Egyptian Khedivial Opera House in Cairo became the first opera house in Africa and the Middle East. Designed by architects Pietro Avoscani (from Livorno) and Rossi, the opera house was built on the orders of Khedive Ismail to celebrate the opening of the Suez Canal.In 2011, Oman opened the Royal Opera House in Muscat becoming the second Arab and first Gulf country to have an opera house. Other Gulf countries such as Dubai and Kuwait later opened opera houses. Main category: Saudi Arabia

Jazz festival rocks Riyadh

Author: MOHAMMED RASOOLDEENFri, 2018-02-23 03:00ID: 1519331608050938800RIYADH: The first-ever Groovz Jazz Festival rocked Riyadh on Thursday night. More than 2,000 people enjoyed art, food and music at the Riyadh Intercontinental Hotel, with bands f
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Jazz festival rocks Riyadh

Author: MOHAMMED RASOOLDEENFri, 2018-02-23 03:00ID: 1519331608050938800RIYADH: The first-ever Groovz Jazz Festival rocked Riyadh on Thursday night. More than 2,000 people enjoyed art, food and music at the Riyadh Intercontinental Hotel, with bands from the US, Britain and the Middle East ensuring a jazzy vibe. Guests were able to sample their favorite outdoor food while enjoying the music. Time Entertainment CEO Obad Awad told Arab News the Kingdom’s General Entertainment Authority had encouraged the festival to showcase jazz culture over the next three days. He said that despite being announced only five days ago, the event drew a capacity crowd on its first day. “We are expecting many more people during the next two days and will be making special arrangements to accommodate more visitors,” he said. Rana Al-Mohamed, a Saudi businesswoman, told Arab News the festival offered jazz-lovers a rare chance to meet. Omar Al-Ahsan, a graduate student from Britain, said: “We are really happy about this event and expect many more like it in the coming months.” Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Groovz Jazz FestivalRiyadhRiyadh Intercontinental HotelTime EntertainmentGeneral Entertainment Authorityrelated_nodes: KSA looks forward to ‘best entertainment year ever’First Saudi opera house to open in JeddahSaudi entertainment chief sees cinemas returning, eventually

كيف تواجه اليمن الأيديولوجية الأمريكية في مفاوضات السلام؟.. دلالات ورهانات

اثبت اليمانيون حرصهم على وقف الحرب على بلادهم حفاظا على عدم اراقة الدماء ووقف الكوارث التي اجتاحت اليمن بسبب العدوان والحصار اكثر من المجتمعا
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الجيش السعودي يقصف بالمدافع والصواريخ صعدة

قال مصدر محلي في محافظة صعدة إن الجيش السعودي شن الخميس، قصفا مدفعيا وصاروخيا على منطقة بني صياح في مديرية رازح على الشريط الحدودي، أسفر عن اس
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شاهد.. ميناء الحديدة تحت الحصار والجبير يبيع وهماً

نشرت قناة المسيرة نت مقطعاً من كذب وزير الخارجية السعودي عادل الجبير في بروكسل، وهو لا يجد حرجاً في بيع الوهم امام البرلمان الاوروبي، خصوصاً ع
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قال العميد عزيز راشد، نائب المتحدث باسم الجيش اليمني المتحالف مع حركة أنصار الله، إن القوات المسلحة واللجان الشعبية تمكنت من صد أضخم هجوم شنه
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Saudi sentenced to death for joining terror cell

Author: MOHAMMED AL-SULAMIThu, 2018-02-22 22:08ID: 1519315832068869300JEDDAH: The Special Criminal Court in Riyadh on Tuesday sentenced to death a Saudi for joining the Tarout Battalion terrorist cell. He was convicted of harming national security,
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Saudi sentenced to death for joining terror cell

Author: MOHAMMED AL-SULAMIThu, 2018-02-22 22:08ID: 1519315832068869300JEDDAH: The Special Criminal Court in Riyadh on Tuesday sentenced to death a Saudi for joining the Tarout Battalion terrorist cell. He was convicted of harming national security, killing and intimidating security forces, attacking public property, undertaking acts of sabotage and chaos, obstructing roads, inciting strife and division in the country, and participating in demonstrations in Qatif. The convict threw Molotov cocktails at security forces, shouted anti-government slogans at demonstrations, and used his car to drive around other wanted fugitives. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Specialized Criminal Court in Riyadhterroristcellrelated_nodes: Saudi arrested for threatening female drivers on social mediaEgypt army launches major operation against ‘terrorists’ in Sinai and Nile Delta

Saudi Arabia to invest $64 billion in entertainment in next decade

Author: AFPThu, 2018-02-22 11:31ID: 1519288706585903300RIYADH: Saudi Arabia is to invest $64 billion in its entertainment sector over the coming decade, an official said Thursday, as the kingdom pursues a program of social and economic reforms. Gene
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Saudi Arabia to invest $64 billion in entertainment in next decade

Author: AFPThu, 2018-02-22 11:31ID: 1519288706585903300RIYADH: Saudi Arabia is to invest $64 billion in its entertainment sector over the coming decade, an official said Thursday, as the kingdom pursues a program of social and economic reforms. General Entertainment Authority (GEA) chief Ahmad bin Aqeel Al-Khatib said the money will come from both the government and the private sector. GEA also said that it will build an opera house in Jeddah. Al-Khatib also said that 500 companies have registered to organize entertainment events in one year, with the authority earlier announcing that more than 5,000 events in 56 cities in the Kingdom were slated in its 2018 entertainment calendar. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: entertainmentSaudi ArabiaGeneral Entertainment Authorityrelated_nodes: General Entertainment Authority backs Monster Jam in RiyadhJeddah Entertainment Boulevard, a new concept in having fun during mid-term breakSaudi entertainment authority launches e-portal to facilitate event planners

ميدل إيست آي: لماذا ترسل باكستان ألف جندي إلى السعودية؟

فتح الإعلان الباكستاني عن إرسال جنود من القوات المسلحة الباكستانية باب التحليلات حول الوظيفة التي سيقوم بها هؤلاء الجنود، خصوصا في ظل الحرب ا
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ميدل إيست آي: لماذا ترسل باكستان ألف جندي إلى السعودية؟

فتح الإعلان الباكستاني عن إرسال جنود من القوات المسلحة الباكستانية باب التحليلات حول الوظيفة التي سيقوم بها هؤلاء الجنود، خصوصا في ظل الحرب التي تخوض...

مطالبات سعودية واسعة بإقالة رئيس هيئة الرياضة.. والأخير يرد

دشن ناشطون سعوديون، عبر موقع التواصل الاجتماعي «تويتر»، هاشتاغا يطالب الحكومة بإعفاء رئيس الهيئة العامة للرياضة، تركي آل الشيخ، من منص
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مطالبات سعودية واسعة بإقالة رئيس هيئة الرياضة.. والأخير يرد

دشن ناشطون سعوديون، عبر موقع التواصل الاجتماعي «تويتر»، هاشتاغا يطالب الحكومة بإعفاء رئيس الهيئة العامة للرياضة، تركي آل الشيخ، من منصبه....

Turkey will be guest of honor at Saudi armed forces exhibition

Author: NOOR NUGALIThu, 2018-02-22 00:54ID: 1519239408529689100RIYADH: Supporting local companies to enhance production and quality through working with international companies will be one of the key aims of the Armed Forces Exhibition for Diversifi
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Turkey will be guest of honor at Saudi armed forces exhibition

Author: NOOR NUGALIThu, 2018-02-22 00:54ID: 1519239408529689100RIYADH: Supporting local companies to enhance production and quality through working with international companies will be one of the key aims of the Armed Forces Exhibition for Diversification of Local Manufacturing (AFED). Gen. Attiya Al-Maliki, spokesman for the exhibition and director general of the department overseeing the localization of manufacturing, said that Turkey would be guest of honor at the armed forces exhibition. The Ministry of National Guard would also participate in the exhibition. During a press conference in Riyadh on Wednesday, Al-Maliki said the AFED, held from Feb. 25 to March 3 at the Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Center, was in line with the Vision 2030 strategy. Al-Maliki said there would be seminars and workshops during the event to present obstacles and how to overcome the challenges with proposals for industries. He said it would be a good opportunity for manufacturers and investors to identify business opportunities. He said that when hearing about the AFED, many people “believe the companies are exclusive in showcasing only military needs, but that is not correct. In truth, we use products that are used both for military and civilian needs.” “AFED is in line with Vision 2030 to support local products and manufacturing, and this is a tool to make Vision 2030 a reality,” he said. The aim of the exhibition is to locally manufacture arms so that the nation’s factories benefited from sales rather than buying them from abroad. The first AFED exhibition was launched in 2010 in Riyadh exclusively for the armed forces. The second exhibition was held in Dhahran in partnership with Saudi Aramco and Saudi Basic Industries Corp. (SABIC). The third exhibition was held in Riyadh in 2016 with Saudi Aramco, SABIC and a growing number of companies. Earlier, Al-Maliki said that the exhibition was part of the government’s economic reforms, which aimed to stimulate investment, support non-oil exports and develop a knowledge-based economy. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaArmed Forces Exhibition for Diversification of Local Manufacturing (AFED)TurkeymanufacturingSaudi armed forcesrelated_nodes: US training offered to male and female Saudi youths in transport engineeringSaudis to enjoy 5,000 events in 2018 … now that’s entertainmentSaudi Shoura asks National Anti-Corruption Commission to address irregularities in govt purchases

OIC seeks steps to reduce unemployment in Muslim countries

Author: MOHAMMED AL-SULAMIThu, 2018-02-22 03:00ID: 1519245312410402000JEDDAH: The opening session of the senior officials’ preparatory meeting for the fourth Islamic Conference of Labor Ministers began on Wednesday in Jeddah. The conference, whic
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OIC seeks steps to reduce unemployment in Muslim countries

Author: MOHAMMED AL-SULAMIThu, 2018-02-22 03:00ID: 1519245312410402000JEDDAH: The opening session of the senior officials’ preparatory meeting for the fourth Islamic Conference of Labor Ministers began on Wednesday in Jeddah. The conference, which is jointly organized by the Ministry of Labor and Social Development and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), and held under the theme “Developing A Common Strategy for Manpower Development,” brings together 56 Islamic states as well as regional and international organizations. During the opening ceremony, Abdullah Abu Thunain, president of the fourth Islamic conference and deputy minister for inspection and development of the work environment at the Ministry of Labor and Social Development, said: “This event provides a great opportunity to discuss and exchange views on the most important challenges facing the creation of job opportunities for our citizens.” “The economic recession in several countries makes us think deeply about finding solutions and addressing the challenges facing youth and persons with disabilities in the job market,” he said. “In Saudi Arabia, we have taken the initiative and launched the Vision 2030, which supports youth and empowers women in the job market to effectively contribute to building the national economy in light of the country’s current comprehensive development.” “We will review and discuss the content of two important documents: OIC’s mutual recognition arrangement for skilled employees and the OIC-recommended bilateral agreement on manpower exchange,” he said. Maruli A. Hasoloan, president of the third Islamic conference and director general of labor placement and employment development at the Indonesian Ministry of Manpower, expressed his appreciation to Saudi Arabia for organizing and hosting the conference. He said that OIC member states sought to improve cooperation to reduce unemployment, improve workforces and ensure a healthy work environments in Islamic countries. Ambassador Hameed Opeloyeru, OIC assistant secretary-general for economic affairs, praised the efforts made to expand the scope of work and relations between OIC member states. The fourth Islamic Conference of Labor Ministers aims to explore labor market challenges in OIC countries and ways to generate and sustain job opportunities, as well as exchanging information on policies and successful programs. On Thursday, the event will also address the implementation of youth employment programs, the activities of the OIC Occupational Safety and Health Network, and the OIC Public Employment Services Network. Main category: Saudi Arabia

There goes the bride … off to Nepal to help underprivileged children

Author: RUBA OBAIDThu, 2018-02-22 03:00ID: 1519244283680240500JEDDAH: Like any young bride, Razan Sindi’s wedding day was the happiest day of her life. But unlike most brides, Razan decided to postpone her happiness so that she could help deprive
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There goes the bride … off to Nepal to help underprivileged children

Author: RUBA OBAIDThu, 2018-02-22 03:00ID: 1519244283680240500JEDDAH: Like any young bride, Razan Sindi’s wedding day was the happiest day of her life. But unlike most brides, Razan decided to postpone her happiness so that she could help deprived children instead.On the day she should have tied the knot with her husband-to-be, Anas Al-Harbi, Razan was in Nepal with a team of Saudi volunteers working with the Butterfly Foundation, a non-profit humanitarian organization that looks after poor and underprivileged young people.The couple believe the foundation on which they should build their life together is that their “common interests should not conflict with their personal goals,” and Razan decided that the happiness of others was more important than her own. So, with Anas’s full support, off she went to Nepal.Volunteer tourism is a unique experience, Razan, from Alkhobar, told Arab News. “You travel to discover the world and help those in need, carrying a message with you that represents the high values of your religion and culture.“Volunteer tourism is a unique and completely different experience from volunteering in your city or hometown, because it introduces you to different cultures and environments, which will polish your personality and build your confidence.”Razan was part of a team of four men and four women from Jazeel, the Saudi skills-based volunteering platform set up in 2015. In Nepal, the team opened a gift shop, the profits from which will support the Butterfly Foundation. They also established a library and a primary-care facility for the foundation. Using their skills, the Jazeel team also developed a website for the Butterfly Foundation, translated into several languages, and created social media accounts for the foundation on Twitter and Instagram.Razan’s mission for humanitarian work is inspired by her mother and her late father, and children's issues around the world are her main concern.Nepal is one of the five poorest countries in the world, with nearly half the population suffering from hunger, two-thirds living below the poverty line and 60 percent illiteracy. Children are deprived of education because of poverty, underdevelopment, illiteracy and other socioeconomic problems.Razan wants to change that reality, and she has been working as a training and activities manager with Jazeel since 2015.“I am a person who finds pleasure in learning and benefiting from the cultures of other countries,” she said. “When you have a goal that you seek, you should work at what you believe in.“I am sure that being part of a distinguished group of volunteers is a great platform for professional and creative volunteering. I am proud of being among all these professionals, and that encourages me to achieve a lot more with them.”And those wedding plans? They were postponed, but not canceled. Razan and Anas married when she returned from Nepal, and the couple are now on honeymoon in New Zealand. Main category: Saudi Arabia

US training offered to male and female Saudi youths in transport engineering

Author: MOHAMMED RASOOLDEENWed, 2018-02-21 19:40ID: 1519220650067353700RIYADH: A group of Saudi male and female youths will be sent to the United States for training in transport engineering under an agreement between the Misk Foundation and US-base
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US training offered to male and female Saudi youths in transport engineering

Author: MOHAMMED RASOOLDEENWed, 2018-02-21 19:40ID: 1519220650067353700RIYADH: A group of Saudi male and female youths will be sent to the United States for training in transport engineering under an agreement between the Misk Foundation and US-based Virgin Hyperloop One. The agreement was inked during the Misk Global Forum in Riyadh in November last year and signed by Bader Al-Asaker, secretary general of the Prince Mohammed Bin Salman Bin Abdulaziz Philanthropic Foundation, known as Misk Foundation, and Founder of Virgin Hyperloop One Josh Giegel on the sidelines of the MGF. The training program is designed to provide students with a unique opportunity to work closely with the world’s leading engineers working on the development of the Hyperloop operating systems, a new and safe means of transportation. Chief Marketing Officer of Misk Foundation, Mohammed M. Abuazzah, told Arab News on Wednesday that his organization has already called for applicants from male and female Saudi youths who are graduates/undergraduates involved in transport engineering fields of study. He said the number of people selected for the program will be determined on applications received for the training. However, he assured that there will be a mix of male and female youths in the group, which will be selected for training at the headquarters of the of Virgin Hyperloop One in Los Angeles from June 25 to Aug. 31. “We do not promise any employment for the successful trainees. However, their expertise could be well harnessed in the Kingdom by the transport and aviation sectors,” he said. Students will also enjoy the weekly events organized by the management team, which provide a unique opportunity to participate in shaping the future of transport and communications around the world and gain experience and knowledge in the world’s leading engineering companies. The agreement is intended to seed long-lasting economic, social, and innovation benefits for the Kingdom by developing a highly skilled, knowledge-based, cutting-edge workforce in an innovative area of growth. This is central to Misk’s mission to empower Saudi youth to become active participants in the knowledge economy. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiatransportUSVirgin Hyperloop Onerelated_nodes: Saudi Transport Ministry takes steps to imporve road safetyADL aims to take Saudi transport to new heightsSaudi youth want to achieve ambitions ‘now’: Foreign minister

Two thirds of Riyadh train project now completed

Author: MOHAMMED RASOOLDEENWed, 2018-02-21 20:42ID: 1519224343097870300RIYADH: Sixty-eight percent of the Riyadh train project has been completed, Riyadh Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar announced Wednesday. “The project is proceeding at a steady pac
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Two thirds of Riyadh train project now completed

Author: MOHAMMED RASOOLDEENWed, 2018-02-21 20:42ID: 1519224343097870300RIYADH: Sixty-eight percent of the Riyadh train project has been completed, Riyadh Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar announced Wednesday. “The project is proceeding at a steady pace and according to its scheduled program and plans,” the prince said, adding that by the end of this year there will be experimental operations on the rail tracks. Ibrahim bin Mohammed Al-Sultan, member of the Supreme Commission for the Development of Riyadh City and head of the Center for Projects and Planning, said the project is being carried out in 250 locations in all parts of the capital and there are seven maintenance centers monitoring them. “Work in deep tunnels is almost over and work on bridges is 98 percent completed,” he said, pointing out that there are 85 railway stations and 86 percent of the railway lines have been successfully laid out. Experimental tests have been carried out on 452 train coaches, of which 300 have been manufactured by three of the world’s largest train manufacturers. Preparations are underway for the operation and maintenance of the stations and facilities of the bus network and building of the Control and Operation Center for Public Transport in Riyadh. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiatransportRiyadhRiyadh governorRiyadh Train Projectrelated_nodes: ‘Highest work standards’ set for Riyadh train projectSAR plans Qurayyat-Riyadh train networkDammam-Riyadh train trip in just 3 hours, 40 minutes

Prince Khalid conveys thanks of Makkah provinces to King Salman

Author: MOHAMMED AL-SULAMIWed, 2018-02-21 23:42ID: 1519235294129183500JEDDAH: Prince Khalid Al-Faisal has sent a message of thanks to King Salman for his care of the people of the Makkah Region and the development of their provinces. After visits t
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Prince Khalid conveys thanks of Makkah provinces to King Salman

Author: MOHAMMED AL-SULAMIWed, 2018-02-21 23:42ID: 1519235294129183500JEDDAH: Prince Khalid Al-Faisal has sent a message of thanks to King Salman for his care of the people of the Makkah Region and the development of their provinces. After visits to Makkah provinces and presiding over the council meeting in Jeddah Province on Wednesday, Prince Khalid told the King that “the sons of Makkah Region have expressed thanks for your concern to achieve anything that will serve them in this region.” The Makkah Governor, who is an adviser to the King, said the sons entrusted him to tell King Salman they sacrificed themselves for the protection of religion and homeland against any aggressor or who wants to disrespect this country. Prince Khalid stressed that the past ten years had witnessed a leap in quality to reach the first (developed) world. He said he had written an article on the opening of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology titled: “The first world on our land: what are we going to do?”. Since then, he said, he had seen more than one location of the first world on our land, he said. He said he recently visited the King Abdullah Economic City and has already said we have islands on our land that could be run in a modernized way. Prince Khalid gave further examples of the Diplomatic District in Riyadh, and military cities in different parts of the Kingdom. He expressed pleasure over what he saw during his tours to different provinces in terms of thought, culture and planning which, he said, reflected the image of modern Saudi citizen. Prince Khalid attributed the achievements made at the human level to the spread of universities over Makkah Region. He added that the value of accomplished and current projects in Makkah provinces was estimated at more than SR51.47 billion ($13.73 billion), with the exception of other mega projects in the Grand Mosque, King Abdulaziz Airport and Haramain High Speed Rail. He urged businessmen/women to join the development process in the country and to take investment opportunities. He said a workshop will be launched next Shaban to offer such opportunities. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaPrince Khalid Al-FaisalKing SalmanMakkahMakkah governorrelated_nodes: Makkah governor participates in World Youth Forum in EgyptMakkah governor opens first phase of solar plant in TaifPrince Khalid on governorates tour

Shoura Council sees importance of voluntary work in community

Author: ARAB NEWSWed, 2018-02-21 23:46ID: 1519235418989204000RIYADH: The Committee of Social Affairs, Family and Youth at the Shoura Council has called for the approval of a draft voluntary work proposal. Having listened to the report in their 20th
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Shoura Council sees importance of voluntary work in community

Author: ARAB NEWSWed, 2018-02-21 23:46ID: 1519235418989204000RIYADH: The Committee of Social Affairs, Family and Youth at the Shoura Council has called for the approval of a draft voluntary work proposal. Having listened to the report in their 20th ordinary session on Wednesday, a number of members supported the proposal and its importance to the community. In another decision, the Council asked the Saudi Red Crescent Commission (SRCC) to coordinate with the private health sector in finding a joint work mechanism when providing emergency services and providing suitable insurance coverage for emergency vehicles to ensure quality services. The Council further called for the appointment of a specialized and neutral agency to evaluate the efficiency of the SRCC’s structural, financial and technical elements in order to properly carry out its duties. Later, the Council listened to a report presented by the House Committee of Transport, Communications and Information Technology based on the annual report of the Transport Ministry. The members asked the ministry to explain the reasons behind the rapid deterioration of roads, and suitable solutions for this situation. The members also asked the ministry to include in its upcoming reports safety initiatives to minimize deaths arising from road accidents. In another decision, the Council asked the Royal Commission of Jubail and Yanbu (RCJY) to assess the economic impact of its investments in terms of income and employment in its industrial cities. After deliberations on a report presented by the House Committee of Hajj and Housing on the annual report of the RCJY, one member asked for a proper assessment of the RCJY investments that will allow independently fixing the profitability of each project. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaShoura CouncilSaudi volunteersVolunteersVoluntary Workrelated_nodes: Saudi Labor Ministry to establish voluntary sections for non-profit sectorVolunteers repair houses of poor families in RiyadhWomen’s contribution: Over 2,000 Saudi volunteers serve Hajj pilgrims

بالفيديو والوثائق: فضيحة سعودية مدوية تهز الديوان الملكي والداخلية

كشف عناصر استطاعوا اختراق وزارة الداخلية في المملكة العربية السعودية عن فيديو موثق مع صور ووثائق رسمية لعناصر وشخصيات من وزارة الداخلية تم إل
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بالفيديو والوثائق: فضيحة سعودية مدوية تهز الديوان الملكي والداخلية

كشف عناصر استطاعوا اختراق وزارة الداخلية في المملكة العربية السعودية عن فيديو موثق مع صور ووثائق رسمية لعناصر وشخصيات من وزارة الداخلية تم إلقاء القب...

قنص 5 جنود سعوديين بجيزان وإستهداف مواقع المرتزقة بمأرب

قتل خمسة جنود سعوديين في عمليات قنص للجيش واللجان الشعبية في عمليات قنص متفرقة بجيزان....
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قنص 5 جنود سعوديين بجيزان وإستهداف مواقع المرتزقة بمأرب

قتل خمسة جنود سعوديين في عمليات قنص للجيش واللجان الشعبية في عمليات قنص متفرقة بجيزان....

السعودية تضع شرطا عجيبا لإعادة سفيرها إلى ألمانيا

قال وزير الخارجية السعودي عادل الجبير، إن عودة السفير السعودي إلى برلين مرتبطة بتشكيل حكومة جديدة في ألمانيا....
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السعودية تضع شرطا عجيبا لإعادة سفيرها إلى ألمانيا

قال وزير الخارجية السعودي عادل الجبير، إن عودة السفير السعودي إلى برلين مرتبطة بتشكيل حكومة جديدة في ألمانيا....

صد محاولة تسلل للمرتزقة وأسر وسقوط قتلى وجرحى منهم بتعز

افاد مصدر عسكري يمني اليوم الاربعاء ان خسائر فادحة في صفوف مرتزقة العدوان السعودي وأسر أحدهم خلال صد محاولة تسلل باتجاه بوابة التشريفات بتعز..
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صد محاولة تسلل للمرتزقة وأسر وسقوط قتلى وجرحى منهم بتعز

افاد مصدر عسكري يمني اليوم الاربعاء ان خسائر فادحة في صفوف مرتزقة العدوان السعودي وأسر أحدهم خلال صد محاولة تسلل باتجاه بوابة التشريفات بتعز....

الصماد: الأيام القادمة ستشهد أننا أقوى عوداً وأذكى ناراً

ترأس صالح الصماد رئيس المجلس السياسي الأعلى في اليمن اليوم الاربعاء إجتماعا موسعا ضم أمين العاصمة ومحافظو المحافظات ومشرفو أنصار الله ورؤسا
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الصماد: الأيام القادمة ستشهد أننا أقوى عوداً وأذكى ناراً

ترأس صالح الصماد رئيس المجلس السياسي الأعلى في اليمن اليوم الاربعاء إجتماعا موسعا ضم أمين العاصمة ومحافظو المحافظات ومشرفو أنصار الله ورؤساء فروع الم...

Film festival heralds return of cinema to the Kingdom

Author: NADA HAMEEDWed, 2018-02-21 02:40ID: 1519159871539584300JEDDAH: A week-long film festival is giving Saudi audiences an insight into what they can expect when cinema returns to the Kingdom later this year. The 12th European Film Festival has b
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Film festival heralds return of cinema to the Kingdom

Author: NADA HAMEEDWed, 2018-02-21 02:40ID: 1519159871539584300JEDDAH: A week-long film festival is giving Saudi audiences an insight into what they can expect when cinema returns to the Kingdom later this year. The 12th European Film Festival has been organized by the embassies and consulates of Belgium, Germany, the Republic of Ireland, France, Italy, Hungary and Norway, with support from the European Union delegation in Saudi Arabia. The festival’s first screening took place on Feb. 17 at the German residence, with the film “My Blind Date with Life.” On Feb. 18, the Italian consulate showed the film “Fire at Sea,” a 2016 documentary film directed by Gianfranco Rosi and winner of the Golden Bear at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival. Elisabetta Martini, consulate general of Italy, said the movie highlighted “a tragedy that is happening all around the world; the tragedy of the refugees and immigrants is something that is affecting all our lives and also leaving an impact on the artistic environment.” She praised Saudi Arabia’s decision to reopen its cinemas: “We consider Saudi Arabia as part of our broader Mediterranean region that shares the problems and the opportunities we have.” Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaMiddle EastfilmMoviesculturerelated_nodes: Saudi filmmakers in the spotlight at LA festivalIrish movie night brings delight to Jeddah’s audienceKorean movie night draws Jeddah audience

Gulf’s rapid social changes ‘pose a challenge for education planners’

Author: NADA HAMEEDWed, 2018-02-21 03:00ID: 1519162218459814700JEDDAH: Universities and higher education policymakers have been challenged to keep pace with the region’s accelerating social and economic changes by speakers at the 7th Gulf educatio
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Gulf’s rapid social changes ‘pose a challenge for education planners’

Author: NADA HAMEEDWed, 2018-02-21 03:00ID: 1519162218459814700JEDDAH: Universities and higher education policymakers have been challenged to keep pace with the region’s accelerating social and economic changes by speakers at the 7th Gulf education conference. More than 200 senior education figures, including representatives from global universities as well as diplomats and advisers, took part in the two-day conference, which was held at the University of Business and Technology (UBT) in Jeddah for the second successive year. The theme of the conference, which began on Feb. 20, is “Education for Work.” The forum was held under the patronage of the Saudi Minister of Education Ahmed Al-Issa, Deputy of Private Education Saad Al-Fuhaidi and UBT Chairman Abdullah Dahlan. Al-Fuhaidi told the conference: “Universities should keep pace with development plans and visions in our countries. For example, in the Kingdom, they must adapt their plans and programs in accordance with Vision 2030’s targets of raising the number of women at work to 30 percent, increasing local content in oil and gas to 75 percent and reducing the unemployment rate to 7 percent. “These goals will be achieved only by finding human resources with applied scientific efficiency,” he said. Al-Fuhaidi added: “The world is witnessing major transformations caused by rapid changes in technology and scientific progress. Future generations are different from previous generations in terms of reliance on technology, methods of learning and adapting to the rate of change.” Afnan Al-Shuaiby, Arab British Council Chamber of Commerce secretary-general and chief executive, said higher education’s role was fundamental in achieving changes as part of Vision 2030. “Women’s education is a subject about which I am passionately committed. Through access to higher education and training, women can fully exercise their abilities and succeed in large corporations and smaller enterprises — and contribute to greater national prosperity,” she said. David Lock, Gulf Education director, said: “There have been many conversations about what should now be done in higher education in Saudi Arabia and the wider Gulf region if the plans of countries are to be realized. There is evidence of longer-term vision and earnest intent, but frustration at what is perceived as a lack of sufficient progress.” Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaGulfJeddahrelated_nodes: Gulf tourists to be encouraged into rural EnglandGlobal Food Industries wins big at Gulfood Innovation Awards 2018

Saudi Shoura asks National Anti-Corruption Commission to address irregularities in govt purchases

Author: Arab NewsWed, 2018-02-21 03:00ID: 1519162218539815000RIYADH: The Shoura Council has asked the National Anti-Corruption Commission (Nazaha) to work with relevant agencies to curb the rising number of cases involving irregularities in governme
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Saudi Shoura asks National Anti-Corruption Commission to address irregularities in govt purchases

Author: Arab NewsWed, 2018-02-21 03:00ID: 1519162218539815000RIYADH: The Shoura Council has asked the National Anti-Corruption Commission (Nazaha) to work with relevant agencies to curb the rising number of cases involving irregularities in government purchasing. The Council urged Nazaha to require government agencies with the highest number of bribery cases to review internal procedures in order to tackle the issue, at the19th ordinary session of the Council on Tuesday. In another decision, the Council asked Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) to consider opening centers in major cities to receive baggage and finalize travel procedures. Later, the Council called on the Saudi Export Development Authority (SEDA) to coordinate with Saudi Arabian businesses abroad to boost exports. In another decision, the Shoura Council asked the Saudi Geological Survey (SGS) to determine key mining opportunities and coordinate with the Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources to provide projects as investment opportunities to public and private sector companies. It also urged SGS to complete studies on flood risks in all parts of the Kingdom. Then the Council heard a report presented by the Committee of Hajj, Housing and Services based on the annual report of the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs. The Council asked the Ministry to disclose the number of consulting contracts that had been signed to carry in different areas and to specify the salaries of non-Saudis involved in these contracts. The Council has approved a study of an anti-obesity system, recommended by the House Health Committee, after the obesity rates rose by more than 70 percent, notably among children and youths. It was important to combat weight problems in line with Saudi Vision 2030 and the National Transformation Program 2020, to reduce the cost of treating conditions related to obesity, the committee said. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaSaudi Shoura CouncilAnti-Corruption Commission (Nazaha)related_nodes: Saudi Shoura allows 40-hour working week in localized jobsSaudi Shoura Council lauds role of General Intelligence PresidencyShoura council asks Saudi sports authority to support women sports

Saudi Cabinet announces KSA’s $1bn pledge for Iraq reconstruction projects

Author: ARAB NEWSWed, 2018-02-21 03:00ID: 1519162218589815600RIYADH: The Saudi Cabinet has expressed the Kingdom’s eagerness for stability in Iraq and its permanent stand with all its sects and parties based on the teachings of Islam and the two c
Saudi Arabia

Saudi Cabinet announces KSA’s $1bn pledge for Iraq reconstruction projects

Author: ARAB NEWSWed, 2018-02-21 03:00ID: 1519162218589815600RIYADH: The Saudi Cabinet has expressed the Kingdom’s eagerness for stability in Iraq and its permanent stand with all its sects and parties based on the teachings of Islam and the two countries’ historic relations. Chaired by King Salman at Al-Yamamah Palace on Tuesday, the Cabinet also announced the allocation of $1 billion for the reconstruction projects in Iraq in addition to another $500 million to fund Saudi exports to the country during the Kuwait International Conference for Reconstruction of Iraq. The Cabinet praised a statement from the foreign ministers of global coalition countries fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (popularly known as Daesh) and their determination to continue fighting and eradicating the terror group. The Cabinet also appreciated the coalition’s efforts and cooperation to cope with developments and find the best means to deal with threats posed by Daesh. The Cabinet also renewed the Kingdom’s condemnation of the recent suicide attack in Maiduguri, Nigeria, and the shooting incident at a church in Dagestan, Russia, and offered condolences to the families of the victims. Later, the Cabinet approved three agreements on political consultations, the Saudi-Korean Vision (2030) and air transport services between the Kingdom and the governments of New Zealand, South Korea and Australia. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaSaudi cabinetKing Salmanrelated_nodes: Saudi Cabinet welcomes positive response of Yemeni parties to coalition callSaudi Cabinet backs coalition’s call for dialogue between Yemeni partiesSaudi Cabinet condemns Israeli plans to build more settlements in Palestine

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