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Startup of the Week: Gemstones - A source of beauty and wellness

Author: Deema Al-KhudairID: 1541447460749908400Tue, 2018-11-06 22:50 Gemstones have gained wide popularity and recognition for their beauty and, according to some experts, their healing properties. Glanz (meaning glamor in German) Jewelry is a gem

براعة سعودية اماراتية في 'صناعة الفوضى'

في ثياب الاخوة ومحاولات المساعدة بالدول التي تشهد حركات احتجاجية ضد انظمتها تبدا كل من السعودية والامارات في احباط هذه التحركات وهذا ما ظهر ف
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براعة سعودية اماراتية في 'صناعة الفوضى'

في ثياب الاخوة ومحاولات المساعدة بالدول التي تشهد حركات احتجاجية ضد انظمتها تبدا كل من السعودية والامارات في احباط هذه التحركات وهذا ما ظهر في بداية ...

هذا ما دار بين الوفد الروسي وابن سلمان في الرياض

بحث وفد روسي يضم ممثلين رفيعي المستوى من وزارتي الخارجية والدفاع، مع ولي العهد السعودي محمد بن سلمان في الرياض، طيفا من القضايا الثنائية والإ
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هذا ما دار بين الوفد الروسي وابن سلمان في الرياض

بحث وفد روسي يضم ممثلين رفيعي المستوى من وزارتي الخارجية والدفاع، مع ولي العهد السعودي محمد بن سلمان في الرياض، طيفا من القضايا الثنائية والإقليمية م...

السيد مقتدى الصدر يقصف جبهة السلفية والوهابية

هل سأل «السلفية» او «الوهابية» او امثالهم ممن هم متعاطفون مع «تنظيم القاعدة» سابقا وما يسمى بـ«داعش» في ايامنا هذه ، هل
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السيد مقتدى الصدر يقصف جبهة السلفية والوهابية

هل سأل «السلفية» او «الوهابية» او امثالهم ممن هم متعاطفون مع «تنظيم القاعدة» سابقا وما يسمى بـ«داعش» في ايامنا هذه ، هل سالوا انفسهم ماذا انتجت "غزوا...

هذا ما حققه عبد المهدي في زيارته للرياض

قال المكتب الاعلامي لرئيس وزراء العراق، الجمعة، إن عبد المهدي والوفد المرافق له اختتم زيارة «ناجحة» الى المملكة العربية السعودية تمخضت
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هذا ما حققه عبد المهدي في زيارته للرياض

قال المكتب الاعلامي لرئيس وزراء العراق، الجمعة، إن عبد المهدي والوفد المرافق له اختتم زيارة «ناجحة» الى المملكة العربية السعودية تمخضت عن توقيع ثلاث ...

OIC reaffirms support to lasting peace in Afghanistan

Author: SPA JeddahID: 1555619115099838200Thu, 2019-04-18 23:01 RIYADH: Ambassador Huseyin Avni Botsali, the permanent representative of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Kabul, met with Afghan leaders regarding the peace process, int
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OIC reaffirms support to lasting peace in Afghanistan

Author: SPA JeddahID: 1555619115099838200Thu, 2019-04-18 23:01 RIYADH: Ambassador Huseyin Avni Botsali, the permanent representative of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Kabul, met with Afghan leaders regarding the peace process, inter-Afghan dialogue and negotiations with the Taliban. Botsali met with Afghanistan’s Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani, Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, and presidential advisers to reiterate the OIC’s “firm commitment to lasting peace, stability and development in Afghanistan.” President Ashraf Ghani has also invited OIC Secretary-General Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen to pay an official visit to Afghanistan to review cooperation, OIC activities, and the International Ulema Conference for Peace and Security in Afghanistan’s Makkah Declaration of July 2018. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: AfghanistanAshraf GhaniTalibanOIC Afghanistan’s chief executive boycotts Taliban peace talk meetingPakistan wants negotiated settlement in Afghanistan, says FM Qureshi

Saudi Space Commission chief visits Russian space agency in Moscow

Author: SPA MoscowID: 1555619086989830800Fri, 2019-04-19 02:45 MOSCOW: Prince Sultan bin Salman, chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Space Commission, visited the headquarters of the Russian space agency Roscosmos on Wednesday, for
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Saudi Space Commission chief visits Russian space agency in Moscow

Author: SPA MoscowID: 1555619086989830800Fri, 2019-04-19 02:45 MOSCOW: Prince Sultan bin Salman, chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Space Commission, visited the headquarters of the Russian space agency Roscosmos on Wednesday, for a working session alongside its director general, Dmitry Olegovich Rogozin. The two sides discussed areas ripe for collaboration, including possible investments in the space sector as well as joint training programs and shared technological research. Prince Sultan stressed the importance of the relationship between the two countries, and that it was essential to maintain it for both to progress in the increasingly competitive global space sector. He cited growing investment and cooperation as reasons to be optimistic, and highlighted the work of a joint commission between the two currently developing a Saudi national space strategy. Rogozin said “Russia considers Saudi Arabia a serious partner, with a great regional and international influence.” The two nations possess unique heritage in terms of cosmic exploration. Saudi Arabia was the first Arab (and, indeed, the first Muslim) nation to send an astronaut into space — Prince Sultan himself, in 1985. The Soviet Union, meanwhile, which preceded the Russian Federation, was the first nation to send a man into orbit, cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin in 1961. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags:  Saudi Space CommissionroscosmosPrince Sultan bin Salman Prince Sultan bin Salman: Aviation is ‘not just a hobby for me, but a lifelong passion’ Israeli spacecraft crashes onto moon after technical failures

Iraqi delegation in Riyadh cements ties with Saudi Arabia

Fri, 2019-04-19 01:31 RIYADH: A large Iraqi delegation, featuring government departments and representatives from the private sector, has arrived in Saudi Arabia to take part in a host of events, talks and opening ceremonies to cement ties between the two na
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Iraqi delegation in Riyadh cements ties with Saudi Arabia

Fri, 2019-04-19 01:31 RIYADH: A large Iraqi delegation, featuring government departments and representatives from the private sector, has arrived in Saudi Arabia to take part in a host of events, talks and opening ceremonies to cement ties between the two nations. Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi was greeted by King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and held high-level talks with both on a number of topics, ranging from bilateral cooperation in defense to shared investment projects.  He also met with the Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani, who congratulated him on the recent defeat of the militant group Daesh by Iraqi and coalition forces. Abdul Mahdi was also the guest of honor at the opening ceremony of a major exhibition, “Age Old Cities Destroyed by Terrorism,” at the National Museum in Riyadh. Abdul Mahdi later signed a number of memorandums of understanding (MoUs) between Iraq and Saudi Arabia, and briefly joined discussions between his country’s oil ministry and the Kingdom’s minister of commerce and investment, Dr. Majid bin Abdullah Al-Qassabi, before leaving Riyadh for an official visit to Jeddah. Elsewhere, there were a number of bilateral departmental meetings between Iraqi and Saudi government ministers to discuss various areas of mutual interest and cooperation. Iraqi Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Ali Al-Hakim met with his Saudi counterpart Adel Al-Jubeir; Dr. Hamad bin Mohammed Al-Sheikh, the Kingdom’s education minister, held talks with Iraq’s Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Dr. Qusay Abdul Wahab Al-Suhail; and there were further meetings between other ministries concerning energy, agriculture, infrastructure, food and health. The visit also saw important developments in the financial relations between the two states, as Trade Bank of Iraq (TBI) became the first Iraqi bank to open a branch in Saudi Arabia after unveiling its first foreign premises in Riyadh on Thursday. The branch office in Al-Olayya district was officially opened by Fuad Hussein, Iraq’s deputy prime minister. He was joined at the ceremony by Ahmed Al-Khulaifi, the governor of the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority, and Faisal Al-Haimus, chairman of TBI. The bank was established shortly after the invasion of Iraq in 2003 by the US-led coalition, whose provisional authorities used it to facilitate stagnant trade and kickstart the economy following the conclusion of initial hostilities and the start of the occupation, coupled with the end of the UN’s 1995 Oil-for-Food Programme. Around 80 percent of TBI is controlled by the Iraqi government. “This is a hugely significant day for the financial sector of Iraq and the country as a whole,” said Hussein. “This is an important step toward reinforcing our relationship with the Saudi government, and we look forward to advancing bilateral ties between our countries.” Speaking to Arab News, Al-Haimus said: “This is a very important step, as all trade between any two countries requires financing. Our Riyadh branch will provide the funds and assistance to facilitate that trade, and will increase the present level, currently around $500 million annually, to about $4 billion by next year.” Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul MahdiIraq Crown prince, Iraqi PM hold talks in RiyadhAbdul-Mahdi: Relations between Iraq and GCC ‘must progress’‘Age-Old Cities’ exhibition in Riyadh museum breathes new life into ancient sites ‘Cities Destroyed by Terrorism’ exhibition opens at National Museum in Riyadh

Saudi transport authority gets update on Haramain railway

Author: SPA RiyadhID: 1555619066289829700Fri, 2019-04-19 03:02 RIYADH: The Haramain High-Speed Railway linking Makkah and Madinah, and its strategic role in developing the Saudi transport industry was discussed during the monthly meeting of the Pub
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Saudi transport authority gets update on Haramain railway

Author: SPA RiyadhID: 1555619066289829700Fri, 2019-04-19 03:02 RIYADH: The Haramain High-Speed Railway linking Makkah and Madinah, and its strategic role in developing the Saudi transport industry was discussed during the monthly meeting of the Public Transport Authority at its headquarters in Riyadh. Rayan Al-Harbi, the director general of operations and maintenance for the railway, which began operating a little over six months ago, discussed the main features of the megaproject, which is the largest of its kind in the region and the sixth-largest in the world, and how it helps to promote the transport industry in the Kingdom. He also talked about the strategic locations chosen for the five stations served by the railway, in Makkah, Madinah, Jeddah, King Abdul Aziz International Airport and King Abdullah Economic City in Rabigh. The Jeddah station is the biggest of its kind in the world, which gives the project additional value through the state-of-the-art services it provides to travelers. Al-Harbi praised the use of technology in the railway’s operational processes and electronic services, including online reservations. The huge national project relies on a highly qualified national workforce, and many important jobs have been Saudized, he noted, from work teams and leaders to maintenance and operations staff. He said the project is one of the largest rapid-transport projects in the world in terms of infrastructure. It includes six giant power generators and a large number of bridges that are specially designed to be safe and secure in case of sand drift or floods. More than 700 trips have been completed and more than 300,000 passengers have traveled on the Haramain railway since it was officially opened by King Salman in Sep. 2018. It is expected to carry up to 60 million passengers a year. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Haramain Railway Saudi Arabia’s Haramain High-Speed Railway opens to publicSaudi Shoura Council delegation visits Haramain High-Speed Railway

Finance officials meet to map out Saudi Arabia’s budget plans

Author: SPA RiyadhID: 1555619047809825500Fri, 2019-04-19 03:05 RIYADH: Saudi finance chiefs have kicked off a major conference in the capital aimed at mapping out the Kingdom’s budget requirements. Around 300 specialists representing 150 governm
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Finance officials meet to map out Saudi Arabia’s budget plans

Author: SPA RiyadhID: 1555619047809825500Fri, 2019-04-19 03:05 RIYADH: Saudi finance chiefs have kicked off a major conference in the capital aimed at mapping out the Kingdom’s budget requirements. Around 300 specialists representing 150 government bodies met at the InterContinental hotel in Riyadh for the Budget Forum 2020. Minister of Finance Mohammed Al-Jadaan welcomed delegates to the second edition of the gathering organized by the Saudi Finance Ministry under the slogan “Partnership and Empowerment.” Al-Jadaan said the ministry was focused on “partnership and commitment,” and sought to share the challenge of developing an effective budget to achieve the Kingdom’s ambitious goals. “We are also committed to empowering financial leaderships to learn about the ministry’s programs and projects and provide training and qualification opportunities to the best international standards,” he added. The finance chief said the budget planning process required the collaboration of multiple authorities and a clear strategy based on transparency.  Items up for discussion at the forum included financial planning in governmental bodies, automation, and the promotion of revenues and efficient spending. Finance Ministry steering committee chairman, Abdul Aziz bin Saleh Al-Freih, stressed the importance of the forum in getting the ball rolling at an early stage on formulating a general state budget. Workshops were held on the sidelines of the conference focused on empowering government organizations, and a training program on financial planning and income estimations was also staged. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: saudi ministry of finance Saudi finance ministry to take part in WSIS Forum 2019 in GenevaSaudi finance ministry closes book on March sukuk issuance — agency

الملك السعودي يوجه رسالة لملك الأردن

تسلم الملك الأردني عبد الله الثاني، رسالة من الملك السعودي سلمان بن عبد العزيز.
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الملك السعودي يوجه رسالة لملك الأردن

تسلم الملك الأردني عبد الله الثاني، رسالة من الملك السعودي سلمان بن عبد العزيز.

«معتقلي الرأي»: اعتداء وحشي على داعية سعودي معتقل

قال حساب «معتقلي الرأي»، إن الأجهزة الأمنية السعودية، اعتدت على داعية معتقل، من المفترض أن يتم الإفراج عنه، بعد انتهاء محكوميته....
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«معتقلي الرأي»: اعتداء وحشي على داعية سعودي معتقل

قال حساب «معتقلي الرأي»، إن الأجهزة الأمنية السعودية، اعتدت على داعية معتقل، من المفترض أن يتم الإفراج عنه، بعد انتهاء محكوميته....

بشرى سارة للعراقيين الراغبين بالحج

أعلن القيادي في الحشد الشعبي سامي المسعودي، الخميس، عن زيادة عدد الحجاج العراقيين للموسم الحالي....
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بشرى سارة للعراقيين الراغبين بالحج

أعلن القيادي في الحشد الشعبي سامي المسعودي، الخميس، عن زيادة عدد الحجاج العراقيين للموسم الحالي....

‘Cities Destroyed by Terrorism’ exhibition opens at National Museum in Riyadh

Author: Zaynab KhojjiID: 1555593573007565600Thu, 2019-04-18 16:19 RIYADH: A major exhibition using virtual reality technology to recreate historic cities wrecked by terror groups has opened in the Saudi capital. Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mah
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‘Cities Destroyed by Terrorism’ exhibition opens at National Museum in Riyadh

Author: Zaynab KhojjiID: 1555593573007565600Thu, 2019-04-18 16:19 RIYADH: A major exhibition using virtual reality technology to recreate historic cities wrecked by terror groups has opened in the Saudi capital. Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi on Wednesday inaugurated the “Cities Destroyed by Terrorism” expo being staged at the National Museum in Riyadh. Organized by the Saudi Ministry of Culture in collaboration with the Arab World Institute in Paris, visitors will be taken on virtual tours of cultural and archaeological sites ruined or under threat of damage by extremist organizations. The event’s organizers aim to raise public awareness of the importance of preserving the Arab region’s heritage and protecting it from potential threats. Abdul-Mahdi, who on Wednesday held talks with King Salman on relations between the two countries, launched the expo – open daily from 4 p.m. until 10 p.m. through May 18 - in the presence of officials, ministers, diplomats and intellectuals. The Ministry of Culture has classified “cultural and archaeological sites” and the preservation of ancient monuments as key areas for future support and development. The exhibition includes photos, videos and exhibits relating to famous cities such as Mosul and Nineveh in Iraq, and Aleppo and Palmyra in Syria, all of which have fallen victim to the forces of extremism and terrorism in recent years. Using visual displays and the latest technology, the exhibition seeks to accurately simulate for visitors what destroyed cities looked like and, in the process, promote a message of tolerance. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: RiyadhterrorismRiyadh National Museum Jeddah museum to showcase Arab, Islamic heritageIraqi museum unveils ‘looted’ artefacts

Abdul-Mahdi: Relations between Iraq and GCC ‘must progress’

Author: Zaynab KhojjiID: 1555594894217675200Thu, 2019-04-18 16:43 RIYADH: Relations between Iraq and the Gulf Cooperation Council are important and “must progress, ” Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi said on Thursday. On the second day of his vi
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Abdul-Mahdi: Relations between Iraq and GCC ‘must progress’

Author: Zaynab KhojjiID: 1555594894217675200Thu, 2019-04-18 16:43 RIYADH: Relations between Iraq and the Gulf Cooperation Council are important and “must progress, ” Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi said on Thursday. On the second day of his visit to Saudi Arabia, Abdul-Mahdi met with the secretary general of the GCC, Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani in Riyadh. Abdul-Mahdi and Al-Zayani discussed the development of relations between Iraq and GCC countries and issues of mutual interest. “Cooperation and economic relations must progress for the better,” Abdul-Mahdi said. Saudi Arabia and Iraq have agreed to cooperate in security and intelligence matters, Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohammed Ali Al-Hakim told Al Arabiya television.  Meanwhile, Abdul-Mahdi also attended the Saudi-Iraqi Business Forum, which included representatives from large Saudi companies. He also inaugurated an exhibition on Wednesday called “Cities Destroyed by Terrorism” that is showing at the National Museum in Riyadh. The exhibition was organised by the Minister of Culture and the Arab World Institute in Paris. The Iraqi prime minister arrived in Riyadh on Wednesday for a two-day visit to the Kingdom. He held talks with King Salman on relations between the two countries, and later met with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. UPDATE: As he met King Salman, Iraqi PM Adel Abdul-Mahdi stressed that his visit to #SaudiArabia symbolizes the Iraqi government's aim to bolster ties with the Kingdom. https://t.co/kCVPQDvcc2 pic.twitter.com/DZ2ANl2Rr6 — Arab News (@arabnews) April 17, 2019 His visit to the Kingdom “symbolizes the Iraqi government's vision in aiming to bolster ties with the Kingdom in all fields,” the Iraqi prime minister said on Facebook. The two countries signed 13 agreements and memorandums of understanding between their various ministries. The deals covered many areas including energy, education, culture and political consultation.   Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Iraqi prime minister adel abdul-mahdiAbdullatif bin Rashid Al-ZayaniGCC Iraq and Saudi Arabia sign agreements as King Salman meets PM Abdul-Mahdi ‘Cities Destroyed by Terrorism’ exhibition opens at National Museum in Riyadh

King Salman sends letters to leaders of Egypt, Jordan

Author: Zaynab KhojjiID: 1555610553779109700Thu, 2019-04-18 21:05 RIYADH: King Salman sent letters to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and Jordan's King Abdullah II emphasising the strength of the historic relations between Saudi Arabia an
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King Salman sends letters to leaders of Egypt, Jordan

Author: Zaynab KhojjiID: 1555610553779109700Thu, 2019-04-18 21:05 RIYADH: King Salman sent letters to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and Jordan's King Abdullah II emphasising the strength of the historic relations between Saudi Arabia and their respective countries. The king’s letter to El-Sisi stated the Kingdom’s keenness to strengthen strategic cooperation between Saudi Arabia and Egypt on various levels. The letter to Egypt’s president was delivered as El-Sisi received the Saudi Minister of State for African Affairs Ahmed Abdul Aziz Kattan and Dr. Issam bin Saeed, a state minister and member of the cabinet. The letter to Jordan was also delivered by the Saudi minister of state for african affairs  who was received by King Abdullah II. Both El-Sisi and King Abdullah II conveyed their greetings to King Salman. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: King SalmanEgyptJordan Iraq and Saudi Arabia sign agreements as King Salman meets PM Abdul-Mahdi Saudi Arabia supports peaceful transition in Sudan, King Salman announces aid package

الخارجية الاماراتية: خلاف سلمان وولي عهده صحيح

أكّدت مصادر قريبة من ديوان ولي عهد أبو ظبي، محمد بن زايد، أنباء الخلاف بين الملك السعودي، سلمان، ونجله ولي العهد، محمد. وعليه، تسود خشية إمارا
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الخارجية الاماراتية: خلاف سلمان وولي عهده صحيح

أكّدت مصادر قريبة من ديوان ولي عهد أبو ظبي، محمد بن زايد، أنباء الخلاف بين الملك السعودي، سلمان، ونجله ولي العهد، محمد. وعليه، تسود خشية إماراتية من ...

A magical first year at the movies as Saudi cinemas herald big screen revival

Thu, 2019-04-18 02:49 The seats have been filled, the popcorn bought and, for the past 12 months, the magic of the movies has been casting a spell over the Kingdom, where the buzz of the big screen had been a dim and distant memory. It has been a year since
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A magical first year at the movies as Saudi cinemas herald big screen revival

Thu, 2019-04-18 02:49 The seats have been filled, the popcorn bought and, for the past 12 months, the magic of the movies has been casting a spell over the Kingdom, where the buzz of the big screen had been a dim and distant memory. It has been a year since, as part of the country’s Vision 2030 program of reforms, Saudi Arabia lifted a 35-year ban on cinemas, paving the way for theater chains to unveil ambitious plans to open hundreds of cinemas, with thousands of screens, across the nation in the next decade. And moviegoers just cannot get enough of it, regularly packing out screenings at the first venues to open in Riyadh and Jeddah. To mark the first anniversary, Arab News asked entertainment chiefs what they have learned from Saudi audiences since that historic first screening of Marvel’s “Black Panther” on April 18, 2018 at the AMC cinema in Riyadh’s King Abdullah Financial District. Superhero fantasies, comedies and action dramas have proved most popular with audiences, who have flocked to a mix of global box-office hits and regional films. VOX Cinemas — Saudi Arabia’s biggest movie operator, with plans to invest SR2billion ($533 million) to open 600 screens by 2023 — said it released 114 films across the Kingdom in the past year. The biggest money spinner was Marvel superhero movie “Captain Marvel,” which broke through the billion-dollar global box-office barrier this month — followed by “Cold Pursuit,” an American black-comedy action film starring Liam Neeson, and “Aquaman,” another superhero movie, this time based on a DC Comics character Rounding out the top 10 list was M. Night Shyamalan’s fantasy-drama sequel “Glass,” Egyptian comedy “Nadi Elregal Elsary,” horror thriller “Us,” science fiction thriller “Alita: Battle Angel,” US superhero film “Shazam!”, Egyptian comedy “El Badla” and Hollywood comedy-drama “The Upside,” according to Cameron Mitchell, CEO of Majid Al-Futtaim Cinemas, of which VOX Cinemas is a subsidiary. “El Badla” had the distinction of being the longest-running film in the country over the past 12 months. VOX Cinemas was granted its license to operate in the Kingdom in April last year and opened its first multiplex in Riyadh Park in the same month. It has four screens, including an IMAX screen and VOX Kids, the first dedicated children’s theater in the Middle East. “Since launching Saudi Arabia’s first multiplex in April 2018, the Majid Al-Futtaim group has been delighted by the response from our guests in the Kingdom,” said Mitchell. “In the 12 months since obtaining our license, Majid Al-Futtaim has built five locations with a total of 47 screens, and is planning to open at least another 70 screens this year, on track to reaching our goal of 600 screens in Saudi Arabia by 2023.” VOX now has three additional locations in Riyadh: a luxury cinema in Kingdom Tower, which opened this week; Al-Qasr Mall; and The Roof in Alyasmin District. This year the chain also opened the first multiplex in Jeddah, at Red Sea Mall. “Our Saudi Arabian team is proving to be talented and passionate, and is offering a service level and entertainment experience comparable with the highest international standards, with particularly our VOX Kids and IMAX experiences delighting guests in Riyadh and Jeddah,” said Mitchell. “We are honored to be supporting the 2030 Vision of Saudi Arabia, which noted that ‘culture and entertainment are indispensable to our quality of life,’ and our teams will continue to work tirelessly to meet our vision of creating great moments for everyone every day.” Films are proving so popular that cinemagoers are having to book well in advance, and Mitchell said 95 percent of the tickets so far sold for Riyadh Park — which screened 82 films in 2018 — were booked online. “We see this trend continuing with all new openings, as guests want to ensure they are securing seats,” he added. VOX now has 39 screens and plans to open a further 110 by the end of the year. These will include the first multiplexes in the Eastern Region and Tabuk. Collectively, VOX and another leading operator in the region, Carnival Cinemas, plan to open nearly 1,000 screens across the Kingdom, according to experts at the Cinema Build KSA Forum in Riyadh this month, which was organized to explore opportunities in the emerging sector. “Carnival envisions operating about 300-plus screens over the next five years in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” said Sunil Puthan Veettil, the company’s managing director. “Our mission is to take a good-quality movie-watching experience close to the people in the country. For this, we have made a study of all the provinces and identified several locations, subject to approval. Our idea is to move to all these provinces to set up entertainment centers and to make Carnival synonymous with cinema across the country.” During the forum, Saudi officials estimated that by 2030, the number of cinemas in operation could be as high as 350, with as many as 2,500 screens.  Cinema operating licenses have also been awarded to: AMC Theaters, an American chain owned and operated by Wanda Group; the Al-Rashed Empire Cinema Consortium, which plans to build 30 theaters in the country over the next three years; and Lux Entertainment, in partnership with Cinepolis, the biggest cineplex chain in Mexico, Al-Hokair Group for Tourism and Development, a Saudi-based hospitality and entertainment group, and Al Tayer Group, one of the leading companies in the field of retail operation in the UAE and the wider GCC.  Lux announced in October plans for 300 screens in 15 cities across Saudi Arabia by 2030. Other operators, including Gulf-based Novo Cinemas, which has announced it is in talks to roll out in Saudi Arabia, have also registered an interest. John Sullivan, director of The Light Cinemas, a British independent chain, said it recently joined forces with new cinema brand Muvi to launch the Kingdom’s “very first all-Saudi Arabian cinema group,” which plans to open 15 locations across the country, including in Riyadh and Dammam. “I think it is crucial for property owners in particular to understand their responsibility for figuring out what the cinema will deliver to their assets, and how to deliver that, rather than abdicate their responsibilities to others,” he said. Regarding the investment opportunities that have opened up in the Kingdom, Sullivan added: “The market at the moment is emerging; we don’t know where it will go. I’ve opened cinemas now in 30 countries around the world and every single one of them is entirely different, so you will not know what’s happening in cinemas here for probably one to two years; then we will have a better understanding of the market.” Gino Haddad, the managing director of Empire Cinemas, said that the potential Saudi market “is estimated to be almost as big as the whole (of the rest of the) Middle East.” “So when the market opened up for cinemas, all the operators had full eyes on the Saudi market because it means big numbers,” he added. “We are estimating the market at least to be up to 2,000 screens, and we are very much interested in developing this market. “We also want to focus on the educational side of cinema; we want to help bring up the new generation to understand and to live with cinema and perceive it not only as entertainment, but also as their future careers.” The General Authority for Entertainment has indicated that SR267 billion is needed to build suitable infrastructure to serve the entertainment sector across the Kingdom, with expected investments in the sector expected to reach SR18 billion annually, according to a 2018 report from Flanders Investment and Trade. This month, the Saudi government announced that SR131 billion will be invested in building cinemas and theaters, mainly in Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam. According to a study by PwC Middle East, a global advisory firm, the Kingdom’s cinema industry — which will serve a population of more than 32 million, the majority of whom are under the age of 30 — is expected to generate $1.5 billion in annual revenue by 2030. “The world is witnessing Saudi Arabia’s confident steps toward an unprecedented era of social and economic reforms,” said Leila Masinaei, a managing partner at Great Minds Event Management, which staged the Cinema Build KSA Forum. “The lifting of the cinema ban opens doors to untrodden ground for investments and lucrative revenue streams for the Kingdom.”  Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Cinema Is Back in Saudi

A Saudi mother’s first cinema trip with daughter revives happy memories

Thu, 2019-04-18 02:55 JEDDAH: April 18, 2018 will go down as one of the most celebrated dates in Saudi Arabia’s history with the first screening of a film in over 35 years in the capital Riyadh.  Those outside the Kingdom may struggle to understand the
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A Saudi mother’s first cinema trip with daughter revives happy memories

Thu, 2019-04-18 02:55 JEDDAH: April 18, 2018 will go down as one of the most celebrated dates in Saudi Arabia’s history with the first screening of a film in over 35 years in the capital Riyadh.  Those outside the Kingdom may struggle to understand the significance of this event, but for Saudis unable to attend a film screening on home soil for more than three decades, its importance was immediately apparent.  After spending over half of my life abroad, I returned recently to my home country to find ambitious plans and events taking place all around me — but the one thing I had my heart set on was attending a movie of my choosing with my young daughter.  It was my escape from reality. Two hours in a cinema, shrouded by darkness and popcorn in hand, was what I needed to disconnect from the noisy and distracting world outside. I have been to too many movies to count, but to visit a cinema at home, that truly is one for the books. My 6-year-old daughter Lilly and I decided on “Dumbo.” Since we are both fans of Disney movies, it was only fitting that our first visit to a cinema in Saudi Arabia would be to watch this classic remake. With a click of a mouse, I was able to book and buy three tickets online, with no need to queue.  Arriving at Jeddah’s Red Sea Mall VOX theaters, Lilly was in awe. The magnificent life-size poster of Dumbo greeted us as we rode up the stairs. “Mommy, it’s real! He’s still a baby with big blue eyes,” Lilly said, running toward her uncle and reaching for the big bucket of popcorn.  VOX cinemas really had gone all-out to ensure the cinema experience matched that in the US with a seemingly limitless choice of popcorn flavors, candy, chocolates and more.  “It is my first time, mommy, and your one million trillionth time,” Lilly said. “I can have chocolate and popcorn together.”  The halls were packed with excited film fans, all talking about the movies they were about to watch. Children running around excitedly, and the mix of savory and sweet popcorn were a nostalgic reminder of good times spent in cinemas as a child.   Walking ahead of a group of children, I could hear squeals of delight. With Lilly holding my hand tightly, we walked to room number 9 and opened the door. The place was packed, but it was great to see how everyone stayed in their designated seats. I could see Lilly’s eyes grow wide as the commercials began and little jolts from the surround sound system shocked her slightly — my feelings exactly.  She jumped with glee as she saw Disney’s Cinderella Castle appear on screen.  Throughout the film, I would catch glimpses of my young one laughing as Dumbo peeked out of a bundle of hay, showing his great big ears, and then pouting with sadness at the scene where his mother is taken away. A heavy sense of nostalgia hit me right there and then. I was only a year older than Lilly when I saw my first movie.  My mother and father took me to see the Disney classic “The Lion King.” I recall laughing at Zazu when the hippo sat on him, jumping in our seats with popcorn flying as we danced to the music, and feeling intense sadness when Mufasa was killed.   My emotions were raw and real, and this was the experience I wanted my daughter to have. To see and feel, to enjoy the cinema  just as much as I do.   As with any children’s movie, my little one’s curiosity was at its peak, and every now and then Lilly would point and ask questions, or notice the strong resemblance between the CGI form of the adorable flying elephant and the cartoon. A child with a good eye for detail, and a “proud mom moment” right there.  Thirty minutes in to the film, I could sense the agitation of the young viewers around me.  Curiosity got the better of one boy who zoomed past, skipping down the steps and trying to touch the screen. A young girl twirled with her dress in front of the viewers, imitating a scene from the film, while another boy squealed past me with his dress shirt open, running to the door with his father in tow, as he screamed “bathroom!” with everyone laughing.    By the end of the film, parents and children were cheering and clapping together as the  credits appeared.  I looked to my left to see excitement in my little one’s eyes. “We definitely need to do that again, mom!” she said. “Definitely? When did you grow up so fast?” I replied. “Mama. I’m 6 and I just watched an elephant fly in the big TV. I can say big words, too.” Looking around, I saw the smiling faces of children and parents, couples holding hands, fathers and sons excitedly reviewing their favorite scenes, and little ones covering their eyes as they adjusted to the outside light.   It’s the little things that count, and to add our first shared movie experience in our home country to our list of firsts makes it even more special. Lilly having a good time. (Arab News photo)   Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi Cinema Is BackSaudi Arabia A magical first year at the movies as Saudi cinemas herald big screen revival‘Cinema Build KSA Forum’ aims to boost Saudi entertainment sector

Saudi Arabia reaffirms sustainable development commitment

Author: Thu, 2019-04-18 03:01 NEW YORK: Saudi Arabia has reaffirmed its support for the UN’s Addis Ababa Action Agenda for sustainable development, at the UN Economic and Social Council’s Forum on Financing for Development in New York. The countr
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Saudi Arabia reaffirms sustainable development commitment

Author: Thu, 2019-04-18 03:01 NEW YORK: Saudi Arabia has reaffirmed its support for the UN’s Addis Ababa Action Agenda for sustainable development, at the UN Economic and Social Council’s Forum on Financing for Development in New York. The country’s assistant minister for international financial affairs, Abdul Aziz Al-Rasheed, stressed the importance of collective action to reduce the gap between developed and developing countries across various fields, focusing specifically on energy and infrastructure, and stated that the Kingdom remained a major international development donor, and was committed to increasing its role in the future. The Saudi government is thought to have provided in excess of $116 billion to 95 developing countries since the agenda was agreed at a summit in the Ethiopian capital in 2015. Al-Rasheed said: “The Saudi Fund for Development is considered one of the most important channels of foreign aid,” adding that it was responsible for 688 loans to finance 656 projects across the developing world, in transport, communications, social infrastructure, agriculture, energy, industry and mining. He indicated that the Kingdom would also continue to play its role in stabilizing international energy markets, as part of the Saudi Vision 2030 program to move away from fossil fuel toward a more sustainable and diverse local, and by extension, global economy, sharing its technological advances with other nations. Bringing sustainability, he said, was crucial for developing economies less able to rely on natural resources, and that it was the Kingdom’s duty to continue the important work of enhancing access to clean energy for the world’s least developed communities.       Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: sustainable development goalsSaudi Fund for Development Saudi Arabia supports sustainable development effortsAramco signs MoU to launch sustainable development program for Saudi women

Transformation program boosts Saudi Arabia’s capacity to ensure safety in traded goods — minister

Author: SPA Riyadh ID: 1555546250525022300Thu, 2019-04-18 03:00 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s national transformation program 2020 has lifted the quality of life in the Kingdom, boosting the country’s capacity to attract investment and ensure safety
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Transformation program boosts Saudi Arabia’s capacity to ensure safety in traded goods — minister

Author: SPA Riyadh ID: 1555546250525022300Thu, 2019-04-18 03:00 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s national transformation program 2020 has lifted the quality of life in the Kingdom, boosting the country’s capacity to attract investment and ensure safety in traded goods, Majid Al-Qassabi, the commerce and investment minister, said. Al-Qassabi, who is also chairman of the Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO), told the inaugural ceremony of the Saudi Product Safety Forum in Riyadh on Wednesday that the national transformation program and the other strategic initiatives are part of “relentless efforts” by the government to provide an attractive investment environment for domestic and foreign companies. The development of legislative and regulatory frameworks is helping to ensure fair trade in the Kingdom, he added. Saad Al-Qasabi, SASO’s governor, said that the forum will explore regional and global experiences in product safety. “The Kingdom devotes a great deal of attention to product safety. This is reflected through the launch of the Saudi Product Safety Program, which aims to raise the level of items conformity in the Saudi market to 80 percent by 2020,” he said. Teresa Moreira, head of competition and consumer policies in the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), said the exchange of information and consultations between the member states are key elements in ensuring best practice in consumer product safety. She outlined UNCTAD’s role in helping developing countries and countries with economies in transition to implement the UN international control program. Michele Cervone d’Urso, head of delegation of the EU in Saudi Arabia, said that the Kingdom’s strong system of product safety increased consumer confidence. He reviewed the EU’s efforts in the field of product safety, including a rapid alert system concerning dangerous non-food products. The alert system helps the EU and the European economic zone to exchange information on dangerous products seized in their markets, he said. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi NTP2020Saudi National Transformation Program National Transformation Program 2020 to spur growthSASO’s King Abdullah Port office wins Innovative Sector Award

Second ‘Tamheer’ forum held in Riyadh to help people find jobs

Author: SPA RiyadhID: 1555546281415025200Thu, 2019-04-18 15:30 RIYADH: The Saudi Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF) held its second “Tamheer” forum at its headquarters in Riyadh on Wednesday, offering workshops and schemes to help unemploy
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Second ‘Tamheer’ forum held in Riyadh to help people find jobs

Author: SPA RiyadhID: 1555546281415025200Thu, 2019-04-18 15:30 RIYADH: The Saudi Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF) held its second “Tamheer” forum at its headquarters in Riyadh on Wednesday, offering workshops and schemes to help unemployed people find work via the Tamheer Training Program. The forum brought together jobseekers, teachers, administrators and recruitment consultants to give professional guidance to people on education opportunities within the program. Available positions and apprenticeship schemes at a number of firms and public sector organizations were also advertised, with jobseekers given the chance to submit applications on the premises. The forum provides university graduates from more theoretical backgrounds with the necessary skills and expertise required to enter more practical jobs in the labor market. The associated training program adds additional work experiences and training opportunities on a weekly basis. Training periods range from 3 to 6 months for roles at government institutions and in the private sector. You can register for the Tamheer Training Program and find details of the next forum by visiting the HRDF website, hrdf.org.sa Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: TamheerTamheer Training Program Saudi Arabia launches training program to build skills in exports sectorSaudi tourism body launches tour guide training in Madinah

Iraq and Saudi Arabia sign agreements as King Salman meets PM Abdul-Mahdi

Wed, 2019-04-17 15:35 RIYADH: Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi arrived in Riyadh on Wednesday and held talks with King Salman on relations between the two countries. During their talks, the king said he was keen to enhance cooperation between Iraq a
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Iraq and Saudi Arabia sign agreements as King Salman meets PM Abdul-Mahdi

Wed, 2019-04-17 15:35 RIYADH: Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi arrived in Riyadh on Wednesday and held talks with King Salman on relations between the two countries. During their talks, the king said he was keen to enhance cooperation between Iraq and Saudi Arabia, SPA reported. Abdul-Mahdi said he was hoping to develop «areas of bilateral cooperation.» UPDATE: As he met King Salman, Iraqi PM Adel Abdul-Mahdi stressed that his visit to #SaudiArabia symbolizes the Iraqi government's aim to bolster ties with the Kingdom. https://t.co/kCVPQDvcc2 pic.twitter.com/DZ2ANl2Rr6 — Arab News (@arabnews) April 17, 2019 His visit to the Kingdom «symbolizes the Iraqi government's vision in aiming to bolster ties with the Kingdom in all fields,» the Iraqi prime minister said in a statement on his Facebook account. The two countries signed 12 agreements and memorandums of understanding between their various ministries. The deals covered many areas including energy, education, culture and political consultation. Abdul-Mahdi was met at King Khalid International Airport by the Governor of the Riyadh Region Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz, SPA reported. #Iraq PM Adel Abdul-Mahdi arrived in #Riyadh on Wednesday, where he was received by the Riyadh Governor Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdulazizhttps://t.co/kCVPQDvcc2 pic.twitter.com/WsId2xwW7y — Arab News (@arabnews) April 17, 2019  The visit comes as ties continue to improve between Iraq and Saudi Arabia. A Saudi Arabian delegation visited Iraq earlier this month, when a new consulate in Baghdad was opened and $1 billion in loans for development projects in Iraq was announced. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Adel Abdul-MahdiIraqSaudi Arabia Iraqi PM ahead of Saudi Arabia visit: Facing a major shift in relationship with RiyadhTrade Bank of Iraq to open first Saudi branch

Saudi Arabia, UAE send 95 tons of relief aid to flood-hit Iranians

Wed, 2019-04-17 16:56 JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have sent a relief plane to Tehran carrying 95 tons of relief items to support flooding victims as part of the joint UAE-Saudi initiative to alleviate the suffering of Iranians. The pl
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Saudi Arabia, UAE send 95 tons of relief aid to flood-hit Iranians

Wed, 2019-04-17 16:56 JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have sent a relief plane to Tehran carrying 95 tons of relief items to support flooding victims as part of the joint UAE-Saudi initiative to alleviate the suffering of Iranians. The plane was accompanied by a delegation from the Red Crescent to deliver relief items, including large quantities of food, tents and shelter materials. UAE and Saudi Arabia say their relief operations in Iran are an extension of the approach of their wise leaderships to stand by those affected by humanitarian crises and natural disasters everywhere, and at any time, without considering any inhuman considerations. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaUAEIranIran floodsaidRed Crescent

Dates set for G20 Leaders’ Summit in Saudi Arabia

Author: daniel fountainID: 1555525473670775100Wed, 2019-04-17 21:41 RIYADH: The G20 Leaders’ Summit being hosted by Saudi Arabia in Riyadh in 2020 will take place on Nov. 21 and 22, Saudi Press Agency reported on Wednesday. “Saudi Arabia is fu
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Dates set for G20 Leaders’ Summit in Saudi Arabia

Author: daniel fountainID: 1555525473670775100Wed, 2019-04-17 21:41 RIYADH: The G20 Leaders’ Summit being hosted by Saudi Arabia in Riyadh in 2020 will take place on Nov. 21 and 22, Saudi Press Agency reported on Wednesday. “Saudi Arabia is fully committed to the G20’s objectives and to the stability and prosperity of the international economic system,” the agency added. It was announced the Kingdom would host the meeting 2020 in 2017 at the end of the event in Hamburg, Germany. The final communiqué of the G20 summit in 2018, which was held in Buenos Aires, confirmed 2019’s meetings would be held in Japan, while Saudi Arabia would host the summit in 2020. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaG20G20 SummitRiyadh Malala urges G20 to boost funds for girls’ schoolingCrown Prince Mohammed bin Salman leaves Argentina after heading Saudi delegation to G20 summit

لأسباب غامضة... تأجيل محاكمة ناشطات حقوق المرأة في السعودية

للمرة الرابعة تم تأجيل جلسة استماع لمحاكمة الناشطات السعوديات البارزات في مجال حقوق المرأة وقد تم إلغاء الجلسة الرابعة في محاكمة 11 ناشطا من ب
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بالفيديو.. اعضاء البرلمان اليمني يبعثون برسالة هامة من صنعاء

عقد البرلمان اليمني في العاصمة صنعاء جلسة استثنائية بعد نجاح عملية الاقتراع للانتخابات التكميلية للمقاعد الشاغرة فيه. وأكد النواب أن انعقاد
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Iraqi prime minister arrives in Saudi Arabia for talks

Wed, 2019-04-17 15:35 RIYADH: Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi arrived in Riyadh on Wednesday and held talks with King Salman. Abdul-Mahdi was met at King Khalid International Airport by the Governor of the Riyadh Region Prince Faisal bin Bandar bi
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Iraqi prime minister arrives in Saudi Arabia for talks

Wed, 2019-04-17 15:35 RIYADH: Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi arrived in Riyadh on Wednesday and held talks with King Salman. Abdul-Mahdi was met at King Khalid International Airport by the Governor of the Riyadh Region Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz, SPA reported. #Iraq PM Adel Abdul-Mahdi arrived in #Riyadh on Wednesday, where he was received by the Riyadh Governor Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdulazizhttps://t.co/kCVPQDvcc2 pic.twitter.com/WsId2xwW7y — Arab News (@arabnews) April 17, 2019  The visit comes as relations continue to improve between Iraq and Saudi Arabia. Before leaving Iraq, Abdul-Mahdi said his country was facing a major shift in its relationship with Riyadh. A Saudi Arabian delegation visited Iraq earlier this month, when a new consulate in Baghdad was opened and $1 billion in loans for development projects in Iraq was announced. More to follow ... Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Adel Abdul-MahdiIraqSaudi Arabia Iraqi PM ahead of Saudi Arabia visit: Facing a major shift in relationship with RiyadhTrade Bank of Iraq to open first Saudi branch

Saudi Arabia’s war against hackers

Author: Caline MalekID: 1555453535953517100Wed, 2019-04-17 01:22 DUBAI: Saudi Arabia is the target of the highest number of cyberattacks in the Middle East, with over 160,000 hitting servers every day. The aim of the attackers is simple: To crippl
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Saudi Arabia’s war against hackers

Author: Caline MalekID: 1555453535953517100Wed, 2019-04-17 01:22 DUBAI: Saudi Arabia is the target of the highest number of cyberattacks in the Middle East, with over 160,000 hitting servers every day. The aim of the attackers is simple: To cripple the national economy by targeting the online systems of public and private sector organizations. Despite being one of the more technologically advanced nations in the region, a recent policy study, conducted by the Washington-based Global Foundation for Cyber Studies and Research, suggests that a lack of local training courses, and general unawareness of the dangers posed by cyberattacks, are leaving the Kingdom exposed. “It was very important to conduct a policy study, to understand the landscape, dynamics and gaps of the cybersecurity measures in Saudi Arabia, and propose recommendations to the government and relevant (parties) for improvements,” said Dr. Muhammad Khurram Khan, founder and CEO of the foundation. “This policy paper could also play a pivotal role for other nations whose national infrastructures and economies are similar.” Some of the key findings of the study, “Cybersecurity Challenges of Saudi Arabia: Past, Present and Future,” suggest that the Kingdom could improve its local training programs to promote a “cyber aware” culture in the country. “While Saudi Arabia is improving its cybersecurity in leaps and bounds, it also needs to pay careful attention to providing mandatory awareness and training programs at a national level,” said Khan. “Under the umbrella of the National Cybersecurity Authority, there is a dire need to start educational initiatives to develop the local Saudi industry, by (increasing) entrepreneurship and fostering a start-up culture, especially among young people.” Cybercrime has caused severe financial losses for various companies in the Kingdom and abroad over the years, but it has also led to intelligence compromises, threatening national security. Government efforts to respond, though, have not always succeeded. With an increasing number of people regularly connected to the internet — up from 15 million in 2012 to 23 million last year — keeping pace with technology as it advances has proven tough. “Social media terrorism and ‘hacktivism’ (the disruption of services rather than the theft of information) are two more challenging areas the Kingdom needs to work on,” Khan added. “Cyberspace has become the fifth domain of modern warfare, and it is a major national security issue. It is vital to develop local cybersecurity capabilities to combat the most stringent challenges.” The government has already recognized this issue, working hard to enforce cybersecurity measures even more aggressively following attacks on Saudi Aramco in 2012. In August 2017, another cyberattack on a petrochemical facility was thwarted due to a glitch in the malware coding. “Saudi Vision 2030 envisions secure and resilient digital infrastructure with high-speed internet access across the country,” Khan noted. “Therefore, the Kingdom needs to boost its cybersecurity.” Other key findings of the study mention the need for legal, regulatory, disaster and recovery management policies for both public and private sector organizations in the cyber realm, as well as a need to address a dearth of women at any level of the industry. “In the Middle East, women represent 5 percent of cybersecurity professionals, the lowest number in the world. So it is (important) to attract more, to open new opportunities for them in the pursuit of Vision 2030.” According to Dr. Fatmah Baothman, the first woman in the Middle East with a doctorate in artificial intelligence and an assistant professor in computing and information technology at King Abdul Aziz University for more than 25 years, Saudi women are valuable assets to cybersecurity firms. “They can help in designing security systems in education, banking, business and security management, and can act as consultants, developers and managers of security centers,” she said. Cybersecurity is one of the fastest growing sectors in Saudi Arabia, with a market value expected to reach $5 billion by 2022. Some recent initiatives undertaken by the Kingdom include the establishment of the National Cybersecurity Authority, the Saudi Federation for Cybersecurity, Programming and Drones, and the Prince Mohammed bin Salman College of Cybersecurity, Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Technologies. “It is one of the important topics for Vision 2030,” Baothman explained. “Saudi universities have designed special security tracks, and some have opened new departments, with a new college already established in Riyadh. At high-level national planning, cybersecurity is considered among the top priorities.” For now, experts recommend more investment in the sector. “Middle Eastern countries, particularly Saudi Arabia and the UAE, face some of the highest numbers of cyberattacks globally,” said Ivan Dolensky, vice president of international sales at Fidelis Cybersecurity. “Couple this with the shortage of strong talent — estimated to be 1.8 million workers by 2022 — and it is easy to understand why security teams are overwhelmed. In fact, according to findings from a survey we conducted last year, 83 percent of companies cannot manage half of their daily security alerts.” For Mark Leveratt, cybersecurity advisor to the Defense Services Marketing Council in Abu Dhabi, a strong framework will need to be put in place. “Saudi Arabia has done some work on this, and government agencies are looking to come up with a national security strategy,” he said. “Policies are being put in place, but you need to enact them and create general awareness. Our lives are now dependent upon technology, yet policies and laws are behind the pace at which it is developing.” Regulating social media platforms remains a problem. “One of the greatest challenges with social media is anonymity, which is why trolling and fake news have been issues,” Leveratt explained. “We may need stronger ways of authenticating real people, which is very hard. But Saudi Arabia is investing in technology now, because they see it as a means of growing their economy post-oil, and they are achieving great things in terms of investment and growth, modelling a lot of what they are doing on the UAE.” Main category: Saudi ArabiaScience & TechnologyTags: cyber attackscyber crimeCybersecurity Saudi cyber security college signs MoU for US training

Saudi labor courts issue 3,924 judgments in one month

Author: spaID: 1555456544533591100Wed, 2019-04-17 02:14 RIYADH: The monthly report of the Ministry of Justice stated that labor courts and directories issued 3,924 judgments in March. “The judgments on wage cases amounted to 73 percent of the to
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Saudi labor courts issue 3,924 judgments in one month

Author: spaID: 1555456544533591100Wed, 2019-04-17 02:14 RIYADH: The monthly report of the Ministry of Justice stated that labor courts and directories issued 3,924 judgments in March. “The judgments on wage cases amounted to 73 percent of the total number of judgments, with a daily number ranging between 99 to 412 judgments per day, that is an average of 196 judgments per day,” said the report. The courts of Riyadh issued 1,190 judgments, followed by the courts of the Eastern Province with 844 judgments, Makkah with 733 judgments, Madinah 500, and Qassim with 236 judgments. Asir courts ranked sixth with 112 judgments, followed by Jazan with 88 judgments, Tabuk with 63, Hail 46, Northern Border 32, Najran 18 judgments, and Jouf 4. Minister of Justice and Chairman of the Supreme Judicial Council Dr. Waleed Al-Samaani stressed that the ministry aims to turn the judiciary into a digital environment, to be a model for the rest of the departments. He said that the selection of ad litem judges is in accordance with strict criteria based on judicial and scientific competence and experience. The labor courts look into cases related to the labor system, including disputes related to labor contracts, wages, rights, work injuries and compensation. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi labor courts Labor court in Riyadh announces ruling to pay delayed salaries to nurseSaudi Arabia set for launch of labor courts

Pakistan PM receives Makkah’s Grand Mosque imam

Author: spaID: 1555446234443090200Tue, 2019-04-16 23:23 ISLAMABAD: Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan received Sheikh Dr. Abdullah bin Awwad Al-Juhani, an imam at Makkah’s Grand Mosque. The meeting was attended by Pakistani Religious Affairs Mi
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Pakistan PM receives Makkah’s Grand Mosque imam

Author: spaID: 1555446234443090200Tue, 2019-04-16 23:23 ISLAMABAD: Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan received Sheikh Dr. Abdullah bin Awwad Al-Juhani, an imam at Makkah’s Grand Mosque. The meeting was attended by Pakistani Religious Affairs Minister Noor Ul-Haq Qadri, Saudi Ambassador Nawaf bin Saeed Al-Malik and other officials. Khan expressed appreciation for King Salman’s efforts to unify the Muslim world so it can confront challenges, extremism and terrorism, as well as his efforts to serve the Two Holy Mosques, pilgrims and Umrah performers. Khan also praised the visit to Pakistan by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. On Monday, Al-Juhani held talks with Pakistani President Dr. Arif Alvi. “Pakistan attaches great importance to its relations with Saudi Arabia, which are fraternal relations based on religious and cultural commonalities,” Alvi said. Saudi-Pakistani relations are characterized by their shared visions on regional and international issues, as well as a shared desire to address the challenges facing the Muslim world, he added. Alvi hailed the Saudi leadership’s efforts to serve the Two Holy Mosques, and the services provided to pilgrims every year. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Sheikh Dr. Abdullah bin Awwad Al-JuhaniّImran Khan Sheikh Abdullah Awad Al-Juhani, imam at the Grand Mosque in Makkah Makkah Imam Al-Sudais highlights importance of education in Islam

Saudi youth to promote Kingdom on world stage

Author: spaID: 1555446352373099400Tue, 2019-04-16 23:25 RIYADH: Young Saudis are being trained to deal with the international media as part of an ambitious project to promote the Kingdom around the world. The three-month peace program aims to equi
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Saudi youth to promote Kingdom on world stage

Author: spaID: 1555446352373099400Tue, 2019-04-16 23:25 RIYADH: Young Saudis are being trained to deal with the international media as part of an ambitious project to promote the Kingdom around the world. The three-month peace program aims to equip the country’s future leaders with the skills to represent their homeland on a global stage. A specially selected group of Saudi men and women have been learning to communicate with TV, radio, online and print media to push a positive image of the Kingdom to an international audience. The Peace Project for Cultural Communication is designed to give trainees the necessary expertise to participate at international conferences on behalf of the country, clear up common misconceptions and highlight the renaissance taking place in the Kingdom. The training schedule includes lectures, interactive exercises, discussions and field trips, and will conclude next month with an international youth get-together. The project’s executive director, Fahd bin Sultan Al-Sultan, said the young trainees would be taking on important roles. “We must equip them with adequate tools and skills to express their opinions eloquently and explicitly. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi men and women Bupa Arabia inspires creativity in Saudi youthRiyadh Chamber launches training program for 1,000 Saudi youths in collecting Zakat and taxes

Saudi foreign minister meets Russian counterpart in Moscow

Author: spaID: 1555461401126462900Wed, 2019-04-17 03:35 MOSCOW: Adel Al-Jubeir, the Saudi minister of state for foreign affairs held a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on the sidelines of the 5th Session of the Arab-Russian Minis
Saudi Arabia

Saudi foreign minister meets Russian counterpart in Moscow

Author: spaID: 1555461401126462900Wed, 2019-04-17 03:35 MOSCOW: Adel Al-Jubeir, the Saudi minister of state for foreign affairs held a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on the sidelines of the 5th Session of the Arab-Russian Ministerial Forum in Moscow on April 16. They discussed bilateral relations and ways of consolidating mutual interests in various fields, and reviewed the forum’s agenda. Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Rassi, the Kingdom’s undersecretary for international affairs, and Saudi Ambassador to Russia Rayed Khaled Qarmali were also at the meeting. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Adel Al-JubeirRussian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov Saudi foreign minister meets with Indonesian counterpartSaudi foreign minister pledges ‘comprehensive investigation’ of Khashoggi killing

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