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Saudi Justice Ministry launches e-notarization

Author: ARAB NEWSID: 1541447291109902400Tue, 2018-11-06 22:47 JEDDAH: Saudi Justice Minister Waleed Al-Samaani has launched an e-notarization system, starting a new phase in the ministry’s digitization efforts. Starting on Nov. 18, e-notarizatio

شاهد.. تركيا تهدد بتدويل قضية مقتل خاشقجي

هدد وزير الخارجية التركي مولود تشاويش أوغلو بتدويل قضية مقتل الصحافي السعودي جمال خاشقجي داخل قنصلية بلاده في اسطنبول، في حال وصل التعاون في
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شاهد.. تركيا تهدد بتدويل قضية مقتل خاشقجي

هدد وزير الخارجية التركي مولود تشاويش أوغلو بتدويل قضية مقتل الصحافي السعودي جمال خاشقجي داخل قنصلية بلاده في اسطنبول، في حال وصل التعاون في هذه القض...

اربعينية خاشقجي، تقبيل يد القاتل

اخيرا، على اعتاب اربعينية جريمة قتل خاشقجي المروعة، وطبعا كما كان متوقعا تستر الرئيس الاميركي دونالد ترامب على هذه الجريمة بابداء دعم غير مبا
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اربعينية خاشقجي، تقبيل يد القاتل

اخيرا، على اعتاب اربعينية جريمة قتل خاشقجي المروعة، وطبعا كما كان متوقعا تستر الرئيس الاميركي دونالد ترامب على هذه الجريمة بابداء دعم غير مباشر لابن ...

Thunderstorms and rains expected across Saudi Arabia starting Thursday

Author: Shounaz MekkyID: 1542750283833067200Wed, 2018-11-21 00:44 JEDDAH: The Saudi Meteorology Department has forecast moderate to heavy thunderstorms and rains, accompanied by dust-lifting winds over several regions in the Kingdom from Thursday t
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Thunderstorms and rains expected across Saudi Arabia starting Thursday

Author: Shounaz MekkyID: 1542750283833067200Wed, 2018-11-21 00:44 JEDDAH: The Saudi Meteorology Department has forecast moderate to heavy thunderstorms and rains, accompanied by dust-lifting winds over several regions in the Kingdom from Thursday to Monday. The report said the bad weather will begin on Thursday in the areas of Afif, Al-Dawami, and the surrounding region. The weather will start on Friday in Riyadh, Al-Kharj, and other nearby areas. The rains will be extremely heavy on Sunday and Monday. Moderate to heavy rains are also expected in the eastern region starting on Thursday. The forecast is expected from next Friday on Dammam Dhahran, Jubail, Ihsaa, Khobar, and others nearby areas. It is expected to be extremely heavy on Sunday and Monday. From Thursday to Sunday, moderate to heavy rainfall is expected on the Qassim region, including Onaiza, Buraidah, Al-Russ, Bakairiya as well as nearby governorates and centers, with heavy rains predicted for Friday and Saturday. Meanwhile, the media center of the General Directorate of Civil Defense explained that its command had rescued a total of 2,157 people since last Wednesday up to Tuesday morning due to the rains that hit these areas. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi Arabiaweather Heavy rain effects provinces across Saudi Arabia as weather warnings remain in place

FaceOf: Dr. Abdul Fattah Mashat, Saudi deputy minister of Hajj and Umrah

Author: Wed, 2018-11-21 00:46 Dr. Abdul Fattah Mashat has been the Saudi deputy minister of Hajj and Umrah since his appointment in October 2017.  Previously, Mashat was the president of the University of Jeddah between June 2016 and October 2017. 
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FaceOf: Dr. Abdul Fattah Mashat, Saudi deputy minister of Hajj and Umrah

Author: Wed, 2018-11-21 00:46 Dr. Abdul Fattah Mashat has been the Saudi deputy minister of Hajj and Umrah since his appointment in October 2017.  Previously, Mashat was the president of the University of Jeddah between June 2016 and October 2017.  He also served as the vice president for development of King Abdul Aziz University (KAU) in Jeddah for three years between 2013 and 2016. Moreover, he was the dean of admissions and registration, and director of the information technology center at the university.  During his tenure, he had a set of critical responsibilities at KAU where he worked for 11 years.  He played a key role in earning KAU a higher world ranking since he was responsible for KAU’s academic and strategic planning, international and institutional accreditations, institutional research, assurance and quality assurance.  He also served as a part-time consultant for the General Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques between 2004 and 2013 to develop the e-government systems. Mashat holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from KAU, as well as master’s and Ph.D. degrees in computer science from the University of Leeds in the UK.  The Hajj and Umrah Ministry organized an explicative forum on Monday for the Jeddah Prize for Creativity, under the title “Developing our cities for Hajj and Umrah.” In his speech, Mashat highlighted the importance of Jeddah city as the pilgrim’s gate to Makkah. “Pilgrims feel comfortable when they arrive in Jeddah on their way to the sacred places. Jeddah combines originality, modernity, and cultures,” he said.  Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: FaceOf FaceOf: Faisal bin Abdulrahman bin Muaammar, secretary-general of KAICIIDFaceOf: Sameera Madani, Saudi journalist FaceOf: Princess Lamia bint Majid, secretary-general of Alwaleed PhilanthropiesFaceOf: Prince Khalid bin Bandar bin Sultan, Saudi ambassador to Germany

Now read this: How Saudi Arabia is aiming to end illiteracy by 2024

Author: Jennifer BellID: 1542751106273138700Wed, 2018-11-21 00:51 DUBAI: Saudi Arabia’s goal to eradicate illiteracy has been applauded by international experts and educational bodies, who say the Kingdom is a role model for countries in the Ara
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Now read this: How Saudi Arabia is aiming to end illiteracy by 2024

Author: Jennifer BellID: 1542751106273138700Wed, 2018-11-21 00:51 DUBAI: Saudi Arabia’s goal to eradicate illiteracy has been applauded by international experts and educational bodies, who say the Kingdom is a role model for countries in the Arab world, where more than a quarter of women, men and children are unable to read or write. Earlier this year, Saudi Arabia pledged to raise its literacy rate from 94.4 percent to 100 percent by 2024, and experts say the Kingdom can now play a major part in helping to eradicate illiteracy in the wider region. According to the Project Literacy alliance, a coalition of charities and businesses, illiteracy is a major barrier to worldwide economic development, costing at least $1 trillion (SR3.75 trillion) per year. It says that today about 750 million adults worldwide are unable to read or write. “If the Kingdom is able to make the investment to eradicate illiteracy in their country, it will be a great example to other countries in the Arab world, and worth sharing best practices and the model they used for their success,” Alesha Anderson, senior program officer for ProLiteracy, another advocacy group, told Arab News. Anderson hailed the Kingdom’s efforts to boost literacy rates, especially the country’s projects to tackle adult illiteracy. According to Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Education (MOE), the current literacy rate was achieved by boosting enrolment in thousands of schools, vocational colleges and universities, with the aim of achieving 100 percent literacy by 2024. Among its many initiatives, the MOE has rolled out adult education centers across the Kingdom, introduced lifelong learning initiatives, neighborhood learning programs, educational and literacy campaigns in remote areas of the country and implemented financially based reward programs to work toward an illiteracy-free society. The government has also granted $51 billion to the education sector in 2018 as part of Vision 2030, its ambitious program to reduce economic dependency on oil sales. Since launching the Adult Education and Literacy System in 1972, and the General Secretariat for Adult Education and Literacy in 1977, the country has seen illiteracy rates fall from 60 percent in 1972 to 5.6 percent in 2018. “Having a 100 percent literacy rate is ambitious, but when a government makes a commitment to address adult literacy issues in their country, we are excited as adults can often be left out of the national education agenda and funding for adult education is often non-existent or very low,” said Anderson. “Yet research suggests that investing in youth and adults (particularly mothers) can directly impact and improve rates for children’s literacy as well. “Limited funding and visibility are given to the issue of adult literacy on a global scale, and the proposed campaign the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is planning has the potential to impact 27 countries in the Arab world by promoting and sharing the results of their program.” Anderson said Saudi Arabia and the neighboring UAE, which also has several initiatives underway to improve literacy rates, could use their political and geographic influence to lead the way in the adult literacy discourse across the region. “They can do this both in terms of providing funding to lower-income countries, and by starting a conversation and advocating for the importance of literacy, especially for women and girls.” Anderson said Middle Eastern countries that have strong economies and are advanced in their development tended to have higher literacy rates. However, there was still a significant need for literacy, especially in the adult population, for many countries in the region. “The disparity in literacy rates is especially evident in looking at the variance between literacy rates for men and women. In places like Afghanistan, Egypt, Morocco, Yemen and Sudan, women’s illiteracy rates, in particular, tend to be high. For example, the literacy rate, for adult females (ages 15 and above) in Egypt was reported at 68.06 percent in 2015, according to the World Bank. In Afghanistan, more than three times as many men as women are literate. Some 47 percent of Afghan men and a mere 15 percent of women can read and write, according to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).” According to Project Literacy, two-thirds of the worldwide illiterate population are women. Furthermore, 123 million 15- to 24-year-olds in the world today cannot read or write.“Female literacy is absolutely important and should be a priority in the Arab region. Access to education for women is still extremely limited, especially in countries that restrict women’s role in society,” Anderson said. “Research shows that educating a mother results in her children and community also being educated because she will pass it on. Despite cultural restrictions for women, there are ways to include women in the education process. For example, we have a partner program in Afghanistan that has educated women by only registering men in a class if they agree to bring their wife or sister. In this way, women are allowed to learn alongside men and not excluded from the literacy class.” Traditionally, Anderson said, barriers to success in national or large-scale literacy campaigns include lack of teacher training, curriculum and support for learners after achieving a certain level of literacy. Despite the social benefits, tackling illiteracy has huge economic advantages. Each year, illiteracy costs a developed nation 2 percent of its GDP, an emerging economy 1.2 percent of its GDP and a developing country 0.5 percent of its GDP, she said. The UN defines illiteracy as “the inability to read and write a simple message in any language.” While Saudi Arabia and the UAE are setting benchmarks to tackle illiteracy, other countries across the Middle East paint a more dire picture, with Afghanistan topping the highest illiteracy rates (72 percent of the population over the age of 15), followed by Pakistan (50 percent), Mauritania (49 percent), Morocco (48 percent) and Yemen (46 percent), according to the Global Campaign for Education. Andrew Kay, CEO and founder of the World Literacy Foundation, said almost 20 percent of the global population was illiterate, while in the Arab region, 27.1 percent of people were unable to read or write. “This means that even these basic educational standards are unmet,” said Kay. “Despite significant progress since the 1980s, the black cloud of illiteracy is still weighing heavily on some Arab countries that are going through a critical phase and facing tremendous political, social and economic challenges. “Saudi Arabia’s literacy rates are much better than other countries in the region, although there are still disadvantaged people that struggle to read. Increased funding and a holistic government approach is a step in the right direction, but we need to ensure the specialist literacy support goes to the people where there is the greatest need. “Often minorities, migrants and disadvantaged people have low-level literacy skills. Therefore, providing gender equality and fairness to all people in our literacy support and intervention is fundamental.” Kay said oil-rich countries such as Saudi Arabia could help its Arab neighbors through “leading by example,” and providing literacy grants, books, tutoring and support. Mansoor Ahmed, director of health care, education, development solutions and PPP for the MENA region at the advisory firm Colliers International, also said the Kingdom was implementing “several commendable initiatives to achieve its aspiration to eradicate illiteracy by 2024.” “Among several education reforms, the roll-out of adult education and literacy centers is expected to positively impact on the literacy levels in the country. There has been a significant increase in literacy rates over the past decade due to focused policy measures.” Ahmed said the region was becoming more aware of the importance of literacy and education for all. “For example, Egypt has also come up with ambitious targets in tackling illiteracy by improving educational infrastructure. We expect this trend to continue in the long term as the governments implement their economic transformation programs. The UAE, also, has recently launched a free e-learning platform which provides education videos to over 50 million Arab students. “We believe initiatives such as these, if implemented sustainably, will help the region achieve higher levels of literacy,” he said. Hegazi Idris Ibrahim, a program specialist in basic education and literacy at the regional office for education in Arab states at the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), highlighted the Kingdom’s efforts in diversifying its educational programs, paying financial incentives to adult learners who join literacy programs and adopting a “lifelong learning initiative” to achieve an illiteracy-free society. “Literacy is more important than ever given the increasing dependence on fast-growing technology, and the rapid changes in the labor market and inter-country mobilities,” said Ibrahim. “For the region, it is also important for peace and stability. “UNESCO’s target is to provide the right to high-quality education to all, including adult learners, and to make lifelong learning a reality and reduce the illiteracy rate by 2030.” Main category: LifestyleSaudi ArabiaTags: Saudi Arabialiteracyeditor's choiceEditor’s Choice 1,564 Saudis participate in summer literacy campaign in HailRiyali Financial Literacy Program aims to improve life quality

Saudi Shoura Council urges promotion of culture of productivity in families

Author: Wed, 2018-11-21 00:57 The Shoura Council called upon the Family Affairs Council on Tuesday to build and promote the family’s culture of productivity and self-reliance as one of its strategic pillars, and accord top priority to preparing a draf
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Saudi Shoura Council urges promotion of culture of productivity in families

Author: Wed, 2018-11-21 00:57 The Shoura Council called upon the Family Affairs Council on Tuesday to build and promote the family’s culture of productivity and self-reliance as one of its strategic pillars, and accord top priority to preparing a draft strategy for the family in coordination with the relevant authorities. The council adopted this resolution during its first ordinary session of the third year of the seventh session, held under the chairmanship of Shoura Council Speaker Sheikh Abdullah bin Mohammed Al-Sheikh. The council encouraged the Family Affairs Council to build partnerships with the nonprofit sector to implement its initiatives, and formulate a scientific description of the characteristics to be instilled in the Saudi family and the enabling supportive environment.  Assistant Speaker of Shoura Council Yahya Al-Samaan said the council has asked the Public Education Evaluation Commission to focus on leveraging national expertise and to reduce reliance on foreign expertise. Al-Samaan pointed out that the council made its decision after listening to the views of the members of the Education and Scientific Research Committee on the report submitted by the Public Education Evaluation Commission for the current fiscal year. On Monday, King Salman inaugurated the third year of the Shoura Council’s seventh session in which he highlighted the Kingdom’s priorities for the coming year and defined the contours of its domestic and foreign policies. The king pledged to continue the Kingdom’s fight against extremism and all forms of terrorism. He also vowed to support the system of social services and sustainable growth for citizens.  The speech focused on issues such as the war in Yemen, the Palestinian issue, stability in the oil market, countering Iranian interference in the region and job creation for Saudis.  “The Kingdom will maintain its effort to resolve regional crises,” the king said. Al-Sheikh noted the council’s pride in the wise leadership’s efforts to unify Arab ranks and promote Islamic solidarity to achieve security and peace in the region and in the world.     Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi Shoura Council Shoura chairman thanks King Salman, crown prince for economic programsKing Salman calls for political solution in Yemen during Shoura Council speech

Major boost for Al-Jouf as Saudi king set to announce new city

Wed, 2018-11-21 03:59 JEDDAH: Projects worth several billion riyals are to be unveiled by Saudi Arabia’s king this week as he continues his tour of the country’s regions. King Salman arrived in the province of Al-Jouf on Tuesday night where he will anno
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Major boost for Al-Jouf as Saudi king set to announce new city

Wed, 2018-11-21 03:59 JEDDAH: Projects worth several billion riyals are to be unveiled by Saudi Arabia’s king this week as he continues his tour of the country’s regions. King Salman arrived in the province of Al-Jouf on Tuesday night where he will announce the construction of a new city, bolstering the local economy and creating thousands of jobs in Saudi Arabia’s most northern region. On Thursday, the king will launch Waad Al-Shamaal, a new city aimed at boosting the country’s mining infrastructure, the Saudi Press Agency reported.  He will lay the foundation stone for the first phase of the SR85 billion ($22 billion) city in Toriaf province — worth SR55 billion —  and is also set to inaugurate the projects and facilities of the second phase — worth SR30 billion. In the past two months the king has visited a number of major cities, announcing projects and initiatives to develop the Kingdom inline with Vision 2030 — a broad strategic plan to diversify the economy and end dependence on oil revenues. Before arriving in Al-Jouf, King Salman visited Tabuk, where several projects worth more than SR11 billion were launched. He also met the team heading Amaala, the ultra-luxurious tourist destination that was unveiled in September and dubbed the “Riviera of the Middle East,” and was briefed on plans for the new attraction. King Salman praised Amaala’s objectives to contribute to promoting economic diversification, creating investment opportunities for the private sector, and developing the tourism sector in Saudi Arabia while preserving the cultural and environmental heritage. Meanwhile, the Kingdom’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) announced yet another major project in western Saudi Arabia. Wadi Al-Disah Development Project, which is expected to become one of the Kingdom’s most environmentally diverse tourist attractions, adds to a number of already launched ventures on western coastal regions. PIF will establish a company to develop Wadi Al-Disah in accordance with international best practices regarding environmental conservation and sustainable development. In addition to this week’s tour, the king has so far visited Madinah, Qassim and Hail. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Al-Jouf ‘Day for giving’: Saudi king sets stage for $3bn projects in TabukKing Salman inaugurates SR7bn projects in Saudi Arabia’s Hail region

إيران تصف بيان ترامب حول السعودية وخاشقجي بـ«المخزي»

انتقدت إيران بشدة بيان الرئيس الأمريكي، دونالد ترامب، حول مقتل الصحفي السعودي، جمال خاشقجي، معتبرة أن تصريحات سيد البيت الأبيض «مخزية».
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إيران تصف بيان ترامب حول السعودية وخاشقجي بـ«المخزي»

انتقدت إيران بشدة بيان الرئيس الأمريكي، دونالد ترامب، حول مقتل الصحفي السعودي، جمال خاشقجي، معتبرة أن تصريحات سيد البيت الأبيض «مخزية»....

غراهام: عقوبات على السعودية تشمل أفراد بالأسرة الحاكمة

أعلن السيناتور الأمريكي، ليندسي غراهام، أن الحزبين الجمهوري والديمقراطي سيدعمان بشكل قوي فرض عقوبات قاسية ضد السعودية وبعض أفراد عائلتها ال
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غراهام: عقوبات على السعودية تشمل أفراد بالأسرة الحاكمة

أعلن السيناتور الأمريكي، ليندسي غراهام، أن الحزبين الجمهوري والديمقراطي سيدعمان بشكل قوي فرض عقوبات قاسية ضد السعودية وبعض أفراد عائلتها الملكية بسبب...

بومبيو: شراكتنا مع السعودية حيوية ونأمل في أن تدفع لنا أموال صفقات الأسلحة في الوقت المناسب

أكد وزير الخارجية الأمريكي، مايك بومبيو، سعي الولايات المتحدة للحفاظ على شراكتها «الحيوية» مع السعودية، معربا عن أمله بدفع المملكة أمو
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بومبيو: شراكتنا مع السعودية حيوية ونأمل في أن تدفع لنا أموال صفقات الأسلحة في الوقت المناسب

أكد وزير الخارجية الأمريكي، مايك بومبيو، سعي الولايات المتحدة للحفاظ على شراكتها «الحيوية» مع السعودية، معربا عن أمله بدفع المملكة أموال صفقات الأسلح...

ترامب: لا أنوي تدمير الاقتصاد العالمي بالقسوة على السعودية

أكد الرئيس الأمريكي، دونالد ترامب، أنه لا يعتزم «تدمير الاقتصاد العالمي» من خلال إبداء مواقف قاسية تجاه السعودية على خلفية مقتل الصحفي
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ترامب: لا أنوي تدمير الاقتصاد العالمي بالقسوة على السعودية

أكد الرئيس الأمريكي، دونالد ترامب، أنه لا يعتزم «تدمير الاقتصاد العالمي» من خلال إبداء مواقف قاسية تجاه السعودية على خلفية مقتل الصحفي، جمال خاشقجي....

أصوات ديمقراطية في الكونغرس ضد «تسامح» ترامب مع السعودية على خلفية مقتل خاشقجي

أبدى عضوان بارزان في الكونغرس الأمريكي عن الحزب الديمقراطي معارضتهما لموقف الرئيس دونالد ترامب إزاء السعودية على خلفية قتل الصحفي السعودي، ج
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أصوات ديمقراطية في الكونغرس ضد «تسامح» ترامب مع السعودية على خلفية مقتل خاشقجي

أبدى عضوان بارزان في الكونغرس الأمريكي عن الحزب الديمقراطي معارضتهما لموقف الرئيس دونالد ترامب إزاء السعودية على خلفية قتل الصحفي السعودي، جمال خاشقج...

Saudi cultural attaché in the UK meets Saudi teachers, inaugurates student activities in Scotland

Author: sarah glubbID: 1542737898952132800Tue, 2018-11-20 21:11 JEDDAH: The cultural attache at the Saudi Embassy in London, Dr. Abdulaziz Al-Mugaishi, met Saudi teachers who are currently undergoing a training course as part of the “Experiences
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Saudi cultural attaché in the UK meets Saudi teachers, inaugurates student activities in Scotland

Author: sarah glubbID: 1542737898952132800Tue, 2018-11-20 21:11 JEDDAH: The cultural attache at the Saudi Embassy in London, Dr. Abdulaziz Al-Mugaishi, met Saudi teachers who are currently undergoing a training course as part of the “Experiences” program at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland. Al-Mugaishi was briefed on the program, prepared according to the plan of the National Center for Vocational and Technical Education at the ministry of education, which includes an intensive course in English, the study of modern theories and educational strategies applied in Scotland, and the application of such theories within classrooms in general educational schools. Then he launched the 38th edition of the activities of the clubs of Saudi students who were sent to study in Scotland at the Strathclyde University in Glasgow. The inauguration ceremony was attended by a number of Saudi students studying in different universities and institutes throughout Scotland. In his address, Dr. Al-Mugaishi stressed the importance of scholarships in “advancing the Kingdom and its children, as well as the academic and professional careers of students, and the importance of imparting the acquired knowledge, science and expertise to the homeland in order to contribute effectively to the Kingdom’s march of progress and development.” The cultural attaché bureau continuously communicates with scholarship students to provide them with all the required support so that they achieve their coveted goals, and return to their homeland equipped with the latest science, knowledge and technology expertise to further contribute to Saudi Arabia’s progress and prosperity. The ceremony featured a poem recitation and a movie highlighting the activities of the students in various Scottish universities, in addition to a short movie under the theme “We are King Salman’s men.” After that, the cultural attaché launched the Dundee Club on its website, enabling it to independently serve all students in various Scottish universities and institutes. Towards the end of the ceremony, the cultural attaché held a question and answer session with the Saudi students. Main category: Saudi Arabia ‘Day for giving’: Saudi king sets stage for $3bn projects in TabukStartup of the Week: Saudi Swag - Where art imitates life

Muslim World League launches health, civil projects in Africa

Author: ARAB NEWSID: 1542741063972330300Tue, 2018-11-20 22:10 JEDDAH: The Muslim World League (MWL), represented by the International Association for Relief, Care and Development (IARCD), has launched a series of civil, humanitarian and health proj
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Muslim World League launches health, civil projects in Africa

Author: ARAB NEWSID: 1542741063972330300Tue, 2018-11-20 22:10 JEDDAH: The Muslim World League (MWL), represented by the International Association for Relief, Care and Development (IARCD), has launched a series of civil, humanitarian and health projects in African countries as part of its special program for the continent. MWL recently carried out a heart surgery program for the elderly, distributed allocations for 14,000 orphans, and implemented a program to fight disease in Sudan’s eastern state of Kassala. Sudanese Defense Minister Lt. Gen. Awad Ibn Auf extended his appreciation for MWL’s international efforts to provide assistance and mitigate the effects of disasters around the world. MWL also inaugurated a project to fight disease in Kassala following a call by the Sudanese Prime Minister Omar Al-Bashir for humanitarian organizations to help combat chikungunya in the area. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Muslim World League (MWL)SudanAfrica Saudi grand mufti praises MWL’s control of halal meat importsOIC, MWL welcome Saudi support for Afghan peace

Role of Saudi private sector to achieve Vision 2030 reviewed

Author: ARAB NEWSID: 1542741101802334000Tue, 2018-11-20 22:11 JEDDAH: The minister of commerce and investment, Majid bin Abdullah Al-Qassabi, visited the ministry’s office in Tabuk on Tuesday. The minister urged everyone to continue to perform t
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Role of Saudi private sector to achieve Vision 2030 reviewed

Author: ARAB NEWSID: 1542741101802334000Tue, 2018-11-20 22:11 JEDDAH: The minister of commerce and investment, Majid bin Abdullah Al-Qassabi, visited the ministry’s office in Tabuk on Tuesday. The minister urged everyone to continue to perform their duties, increase their field inspection efforts, and facilitate procedures so as to provide all services required by traders and consumers. After that, the minister met at the Tabuk Chamber of Commerce and Industry businessmen, businesswomen, and representatives of the province’s private sector. He spoke about the private sectors’ important role in the Saudi development process and urged the province’s businessmen to submit their initiatives and vision for their sectors. He pointed out that the ministry is reviewing all initiatives and proposals submitted by the private sector to develop and improve all businesses. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi commerce and investmentSaudi ArabiaVision 2030 ‘Day for giving’: Saudi king sets stage for $3bn projects in TabukKing Salman arrives in Tabuk region

KSA, US sign deal on combating human trafficking

Author: ARAB NEWSID: 1542741132332340300Tue, 2018-11-20 22:11 JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia, represented by the Human Rights Commission, signed in Riyadh a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons in th
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KSA, US sign deal on combating human trafficking

Author: ARAB NEWSID: 1542741132332340300Tue, 2018-11-20 22:11 JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia, represented by the Human Rights Commission, signed in Riyadh a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons in the US Department of State. The MoU was co-signed by the President of the Saudi Human Rights Commission Dr. Bandar bin Mohammed Al-Aiban and Ambassador-at-Large John Cotton Richmond. Al-Aiban praised the constructive cooperation with the US, stressing the Kingdom’s keenness and continuous efforts to expand international cooperation in combating this crime. The MoU also aims to strengthen national capacities by providing expertise and technical consultations in the field of combating people-trafficking crimes and developing the capabilities of the workers. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: saudi human rights commissionSaudi Arabia Saudi Human Rights Commission: Kingdom has gone beyond legislation to promote women’s rightsSaudi Human rights body affirms support for anti-discrimination laws

Ecotourism project protects wildlife, promotes jobs in Saudi Arabia

Author: ARAB NEWSID: 1542743011972475600Tue, 2018-11-20 22:42 JEDDAH: A major sustainable tourism project that will promote jobs while protecting the local environment and wildlife has been launched by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF)
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Ecotourism project protects wildlife, promotes jobs in Saudi Arabia

Author: ARAB NEWSID: 1542743011972475600Tue, 2018-11-20 22:42 JEDDAH: A major sustainable tourism project that will promote jobs while protecting the local environment and wildlife has been launched by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) in the Prince Mohammed bin Salman Natural Reserve in the Kingdom’s northwest. The PIF on Tuesday announced the launch of the Wadi Al-Disah Development Project, which is expected to become one of the Kingdom’s most environmentally diverse tourist attractions thanks to the site’s moderate climate, distinctive mountainous terrain and flowing springs. The fund will establish a company to develop the project in accordance with international best practices regarding environmental conservation and sustainable development. The new company will contribute to the creation of sustainable tourism and related job opportunities, supporting the Kingdom’s economic diversification and unlocking new assets in Saudi Arabia. The announcement of the project follows the launch of the Amaala luxury tourism development in September, which will be the focal point of the tourism ecosystem within the Prince Mohammed bin Salman Natural Reserve. The location, between NEOM, the Red Sea Development Project, Amaala and Al-Ula projects, will ensure a diverse and unique tourism offering, and offer a compelling investment opportunity for the private sector. Wadi Al-Disah is situated in the northwest section of the Prince Mohammed bin Salman Natural Reserve, southwest of Tabuk. The word “Al-Disah” means a valley of palm trees. The surrounding mountains and rock formations are expected to be popular with climbers of all levels. Other attractions include archaeological sites such as facades of Nabataean tombs, and the remains of walls containing Nabataean and Arabic writings in Kufic script. The Wadi Al-Disah Development Project will promote economic diversification and create investment opportunities for the private sector. The project aims to contribute to the development of the tourism sector in the Kingdom, preserve cultural and environmental heritage, and achieve sustainability in line with Vision 2030. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Vision 2030NEOM projectSaudi Arabia Saudi Arabia seeks ecotourism boost by protecting environment, wildlife‘Al-Ahsa offers great economic, investment opportunities,’ says Saudi tourism chief

King Salman meets Amaala project team

Author: Tue, 2018-11-20 15:48 Saudi Arabia’s King Salman met on Tuesday the Amaala project team, led by Nicholas Naples in Tabuk. During the meeting, the Saudi king has presented the general plan of the Amaala project, which will be a luxury touris
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King Salman meets Amaala project team

Author: Tue, 2018-11-20 15:48 Saudi Arabia’s King Salman met on Tuesday the Amaala project team, led by Nicholas Naples in Tabuk. During the meeting, the Saudi king has presented the general plan of the Amaala project, which will be a luxury tourist destination on the Kingdom’s Red Sea coast and aims to create a new concept in luxury tourism focusing on recovery, health and treatment. Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund the appointment of Naples, a luxury hospitality and development expert, as CEO of the Amaala project in September, where he will be responsible for developing its strategy and overseeing progress. The meeting was attended by the Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman and the governor of Tabuk. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaAmaala Saudi FM: Justice for Khashoggi is a Saudi demand before it is an international oneKing Salman Humanitarian Aid agency chief meets Polish deputy FM

مقتل خاشقجي.. ادلة تركيا ومحاولة ترامب لإنقاذ بن سلمان

على ضوء تقارير بأن وكالة المخابرات المركزية الامريكية (CIA) خلصت إلى أن ولي العهد السعودي محمد بن سلمان، هو من أمر باغتيال خاشقجي، يعتزم الرئيس
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مقتل خاشقجي.. ادلة تركيا ومحاولة ترامب لإنقاذ بن سلمان

على ضوء تقارير بأن وكالة المخابرات المركزية الامريكية (CIA) خلصت إلى أن ولي العهد السعودي محمد بن سلمان، هو من أمر باغتيال خاشقجي، يعتزم الرئيس دونال...

سناتور أمريكي: يجب على المخابرات نشر تقييم علني بشأن مقتل خاشقجي

قال السناتور الديمقراطي الأمريكي رون وايدن في بيان يوم الاثنين إنه يدعو مسؤولي أجهزة المخابرات الأمريكية إلى نشر ملخص للنتائج التي توصلوا إل
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سناتور أمريكي: يجب على المخابرات نشر تقييم علني بشأن مقتل خاشقجي

قال السناتور الديمقراطي الأمريكي رون وايدن في بيان يوم الاثنين إنه يدعو مسؤولي أجهزة المخابرات الأمريكية إلى نشر ملخص للنتائج التي توصلوا إليها بشأن ...

بالفيديو.. أمراء يسعون لمنع بن سلمان من أن يصبح ملكا

نقلت وكالة رويترز تسريبات من البلاط الملكي السعودي تفيد بأن العديد من أفراد العائلة الحاكمة يسعون الى منع ولي العهد محمد بن سلمان من أن يصبح م
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بالفيديو.. أمراء يسعون لمنع بن سلمان من أن يصبح ملكا

نقلت وكالة رويترز تسريبات من البلاط الملكي السعودي تفيد بأن العديد من أفراد العائلة الحاكمة يسعون الى منع ولي العهد محمد بن سلمان من أن يصبح ملكا حيث...

Saudi FM: Justice for Khashoggi is a Saudi demand before it is an international one

Tue, 2018-11-20 02:40 JEDDAH: Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir has reiterated that the authorities in the Kingdom are more determined than those in any other country that the people guilty of killing Jamal Khashoggi should be held to account.
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Saudi FM: Justice for Khashoggi is a Saudi demand before it is an international one

Tue, 2018-11-20 02:40 JEDDAH: Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir has reiterated that the authorities in the Kingdom are more determined than those in any other country that the people guilty of killing Jamal Khashoggi should be held to account. The death of the Saudi journalist, who was killed in the Kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2, provoked international outrage. Al-Jubeir said that the pursuit of justice for the slain journalist is first and foremost a Saudi demand, ahead of any call for action from other countries. In an interview with Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper, the minister said Saudi Arabia was investigating the case because it involved a Saudi citizen, and that anyone with information should contact the Saudi judiciary and pass it on. Saudi Arabia’s public prosecutor is seeking the death penalty for five of 11 suspects so far charged with murdering journalist. The Kingdom’s top diplomat also talked about the strong links between the Saudi leaders and their people. He said that any attack on the Kingdom’s leadership, represented by King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, represents a red line and there will be no tolerance of any moves against the leadership or for “any attempts to undermine...our leadership by anyone, under any pretext.” Where does Saudi diplomacy stand today, after the unprecedented attack on the Kingdom in light of the murder of Mr. Khashoggi? A: First I would express my deepest condolences to the family of Jamal Khashoggi – may God rest his soul. As for Saudi diplomacy, Saudi Arabia is a leading country, not only in the Arab and Islamic worlds, but also internationally. Saudi Arabia has always been a bulwark for peace, stability and prosperity in the region and the world. It has always confronted and defeated the forces of evil and destruction. Therefore, and due to what this diplomacy represents, Saudi Arabia stands on firm ground and has a well-founded position, whatever the circumstances and challenges. As for the attacks on the Kingdom after the terrible crime that led to the death of Jamal Khashoggi, the Kingdom’s leadership ordered the public prosecutor to investigate the case and hold all the culprits accountable. Consequently, the Public Prosecution sent the culprits to court. King Salman ordered the formation of a committee headed by the Crown Prince to supervise the procedures in the General Intelligence Presidency and restructure this body to ensure that such crimes will not occur in the future. The Kingdom has taken all necessary measures to achieve justice and hold accountable all those involved in the murder of Saudi citizen Jamal Khashoggi. As for the media campaigns and attempts to politicize this case, those that stand behind these efforts and their motives are now exposed, especially after the transparent announcement of the results of the investigations and the referral of the matter to the courts. Throughout history, the Kingdom has been the target of many media tendentious campaigns, and different sources and arguments were used to undermine the role of the Kingdom and its position. The United States imposed sanctions on a number of persons. How do you evaluate the US sanctions on the case and how do you see the future of Saudi-US relations? A: Our relations with the United States are strategic, and we have common and vital interests in terms of the security and stability of the region and the world. The Kingdom’s leadership is keen on maintaining and promoting the strategic relations and the historic partnership with the US, which has spanned over more than seven decades. We also appreciate the interest of the US government and the positions of friendly countries around the world regarding the issue of Jamal Khashoggi and their support for the procedures taken by the Kingdom and its leadership to ensure justice and accountability. As for the imposed sanctions, they were sanctions against individuals and were not targeted at the Kingdom’s government or economy. How do you see the Turkish statements that highlighted the importance of an international investigation into this case? A: We reject any attempts to politically exploit Khashoggi’s case, and those who seek justice should submit the evidence they have to the Saudi judiciary, the sole competent body in this case. In light of the Turkish position, which apparently sought to politicize the issue, how do you see the future of Saudi-Turkish relations? A: We appreciate the positive Turkish attitude towards the formation of the Joint Task Force. The Kingdom cooperated with the Turkish side, and the Saudi Public Prosecution asked its Turkish counterpart to provide any detailed evidence through three memoranda. Unfortunately, the Public Prosecution has not yet received the requested evidence. We hope that the Turkish authorities will provide the Public Prosecution with the evidence related to the case to be referred to the court. I would like to emphasize that the legal measures that were taken, ensure justice and accountability and thwart any attempts to politicize the case. As you know, Saudi Arabia and Turkey are two important countries in the Islamic world, linked by historic ties. Unfortunately, some statements made by some individuals in Turkey do not serve this purpose, but rather, they strain these ties. We in Saudi Arabia, do not want this to happen because it will hinder us from addressing important issues, most notable of which is the solidarity of the Islamic World. The Kingdom has put the case of Jamal Khashoggi in its legal framework and it won’t accept any politicization of this issue, because it does not serve the ties between Saudi Arabia and Turkey, nor does it serve cooperation among Islamic countries. What is your position on the Turkish statements, which stressed that a senior Saudi figure ordered the killing of Khashoggi (in an indirect reference to the Crown Prince)? A: We have already inquired from the Turkish government – at its highest levels – about these statements and their meaning, and they affirmed that these statements were not made in reference to the Crown Prince. We have informed them that if they have any evidence, they should provide it to the Public Prosecution. we have heard many statements regarding this but the Public Prosecution said that no evidence was presented so far. Our goal is to collect all information and evidence on this issue for the sake of the investigations; and to prevent media influence that does not serve the interest of justice, which is a requirement for all of us. I would like to highlight here that the Saudi leadership represented by King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, is a redline and we will not tolerate any attempts to undermine our leadership from any party under any pretext, because they represent every Saudi citizen. But media reports in the United States indicated that the US intelligence assessment is that the Crown Prince issued the order. What is your response to this? A: I have seen the media reports that you are referring to, they are leaks that have not been officially announced, and I noted that they are based on assessment and not conclusive evidence. In all cases, we, in the Kingdom, know that such allegations about the Crown Prince are completely not true and we totally reject them; whether such allegations are made through leaks or otherwise. We also saw how some stories stating that the Saudi ambassador to the United States, Prince Khalid bin Salman contacted Mr. Khashoggi before the latter went to the Consulate, and this is also not true at all and has been firmly refuted, which points to the conclusion that the sources of these leaks are not reliable. Saudi Arabia has pledged to conduct full and transparent investigations to uncover the truth of the killing of Jamal Khashoggi. The Public Prosecution presented the results of its investigations last Thursday. How do you assess the international reaction to the results of the investigations? A: The Kingdom has not investigated the death of Jamal Khashoggi for the sake of international public opinion. We investigated it because it is a crime that was committed against a Saudi citizen. This is unacceptable and those who committed the crime must be held accountable. The Public Prosecution announced the preliminary results and that the investigations are still ongoing. The outcome of the investigation so far was enough to indict 11 individuals and refer them to court. There are still investigations with the rest of those in custody. The trial will move forward according to the evidence and confessions obtained. Achieving justice in this case is a Saudi demand before being an international one, especially that the crime was compounded by the fact that those people presented a false and misleading report about what happened at the Consulate that day. More than 45 days have passed since the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, yet the location of the body is still unknown, amid conflicting stories and information about what actually happened... Do you know the truth about that? A: The Public Prosecution issued a statement last Thursday on the results of the investigation based on the evidence and confessions that were obtained. It also confirmed that the investigation is still ongoing. It is important to note that the cooperation of the Turkish side and the provision of their evidence will help in reaching the truth. As the Public Prosecution had stated, its findings are based on its investigations and it hopes that the Turkish side will present all the evidence in their possession. This brings us back to the subject of the story presented by the Kingdom about the truth of what happened, which has changed several times and the international media shed a light on this point. Is this the final version? A: What happened was as follows: those who carried out the crime presented a misleading and false report, and accordingly the story was denied. When conflicting reports became apparent that contradicted the information they presented in their report, King Salman ordered the Public Prosecutor to conduct an investigation, which resulted in the preliminary findings that were first announced by the Public Prosecutor. As the investigations continued, and sufficient evidence and confessions were gathered to refer the matter to court; the Public Prosecutor announced the results of his investigation and indicted a number of individuals and referred them to court. Should the investigation uncover any new evidence the Public Prosecution will announce that in a transparent manner. The Turkish president announced that his country has presented sound recordings to a Saudi intelligence official? Is it true that you have listened to the recordings of Ankara? A: The Public Prosecution has announced that they did not receive any evidence from the Turkish side, and we hope that the Turkish authorities will provide whatever evidence in their possession, including any recordings, so that the Public Prosecution could provide such evidence formally to the courts. What we seek is to obtain any evidence to achieve justice in this case, in a transparent manner. Do you fear any repercussion on defence contracts and equipment with some countries? What options do you have in this regard, especially since you are still involved in the war in Yemen and working to confront Iranian threats from your territory? A: The Kingdom is committed to defend its land, its borders and its people against any regional threats. We always prefer to procure our defence requirements from our traditional allies; as this also contributes to the strengthening of our strategic relations. However, the Kingdom’s responsibility to defend its land and people requires that we secure the necessary defence capabilities regardless of the source. To what extent will the death of Jamal Khashoggi affect the Kingdom’s relations with its partners around the world, especially in light of what is being circulated on the imposition of sanctions on the Kingdom? A: The Kingdom’s relations with its partners around the world are strategic and important in terms of facing common challenges and maintaining security and stability in the region and the world. The Kingdom’s partners around the world appreciate its role and position. We are in constant contact with our partners and the Kingdom was the first to take action against the suspects in the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, followed by other countries that imposed measures on some individuals in a way that does not affect the strategic relations or common political and economic interests for Saudi Arabia and its allies. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: RIP Jamal KhashoggiJamal KhashoggiSaudi Arabia US denies ‘final conclusion’ reached on Khashoggi casePrince Khalid bin Salman: I never told Khashoggi to travel to Turkey

زلزال في السعودية بقوة عدة ريخترات خاشقجية!ّ؟

سينشر رئيس تحرير صحيفة «يني شفق» التركية تسجيلا صوتيا يثبت ان اوامر قتل الصحفي السعودي جمال خاشقجي صدرت مباشرة من قبل ولي العهد محمد بن س
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زلزال في السعودية بقوة عدة ريخترات خاشقجية!ّ؟

سينشر رئيس تحرير صحيفة «يني شفق» التركية تسجيلا صوتيا يثبت ان اوامر قتل الصحفي السعودي جمال خاشقجي صدرت مباشرة من قبل ولي العهد محمد بن سلمان، هذا في...

تسريب جزء مما دار بين خاشقجي وقتلته ..

تكشفت تفاصيل جديدة لعملية اغتيال الصحافي السعودي جمال خاشقجي داخل قنصلية بلاده بإسطنبول، بتسريب وسائل إعلام تركية تفاصيل لأجزاء من تسجيلات ص
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تسريب جزء مما دار بين خاشقجي وقتلته ..

تكشفت تفاصيل جديدة لعملية اغتيال الصحافي السعودي جمال خاشقجي داخل قنصلية بلاده بإسطنبول، بتسريب وسائل إعلام تركية تفاصيل لأجزاء من تسجيلات صوتية لما ...

Coalition spokesman confirms commitment to finding political solution to Yemen crisis

Author: Shounaz MekkyID: 1542662692185525400Tue, 2018-11-20 00:23 RIYADH: The Saudi-led coalition backing the legitimate government in Yemen against Iranian-backed Houthi rebels is committed to reaching a political solution to the conflict, its spo
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Coalition spokesman confirms commitment to finding political solution to Yemen crisis

Author: Shounaz MekkyID: 1542662692185525400Tue, 2018-11-20 00:23 RIYADH: The Saudi-led coalition backing the legitimate government in Yemen against Iranian-backed Houthi rebels is committed to reaching a political solution to the conflict, its spokesman confirmed on Monday. Col. Turki Al-Maliki said the UN envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths, in an address to the Security Council, had praised the coalition’s desire to reach an agreement in the conflict. Al-Maliki explained that a meeting had been held by Yemen’s national economic committee, which included representatives from Saudi Arabia, the UAE, the UK and the US. During the meeting, several measures were taken to improve the Yemeni economy, Al-Maliki said. He also added that the coalition had facilitated a humanitarian plan for Yemen worth more than $1 billion with contributions from Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Kuwait. Regarding Houthi actions in Yemen, Al-Maliki said the Iranian-backed militia continues to commit violations and ignore international law. He said the Houthis had planted mines at a school as well as other areas in and around Hodeidah, and destroyed a mosque in the port city. Al-Maliki also provided evidence that the Houthis replaced contents of World Food Program packages with TNT explosives. He added that 200 mines planted by the Houthis had been deactivated in the province of Hajjah, reiterating that the group is still using civilians as human shields and recruiting them to join their ranks. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaYemen

Saudi Arabia's aid agency funds hospital in Syria with medical supplies

Author: RASHID HASSANID: 1542659560315367900Mon, 2018-11-19 23:31 RIYADH: Stepping up humanitarian efforts in Syria, the King Salman Center for Humanitarian Aid and Relief (KSRelief) signed a health project to ensure uninterrupted medical service i
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Saudi Arabia's aid agency funds hospital in Syria with medical supplies

Author: RASHID HASSANID: 1542659560315367900Mon, 2018-11-19 23:31 RIYADH: Stepping up humanitarian efforts in Syria, the King Salman Center for Humanitarian Aid and Relief (KSRelief) signed a health project to ensure uninterrupted medical service in the war-torn country by providing funds and medical supplies for Bab Al-Hawa Hospital, and also extended water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) projects to help the people. Director for Health and the Environmental Aid Department at KSRelief, Dr. Abdullah Saleh Al-Moallem, told Arab News on Monday: “KSRelief signed the health services support project for Bab Al-Hawa Hospital, which is the biggest hospital in northern Syria. “The health service project’s cost is $3.528 million and will serve about a million people.” He added that the project agreement is for one year and includes all operations for the hospital by meeting expenses including salaries and providing medical supplies including equipment to ensure uninterrupted medical service to the people. The project has been signed with the Union of Medical Care and Relief Organizations (UOSSM), which is an implementing partner, he said. Al-Moallem added that Bab Al-Hawa is a specialized hospital, the flagship of health care in northern Syria, and the hospital staff provide much-needed health care in the war-hit country. Specialized services Some of its specialized services include cardiology, pediatrics, gynecology and surgeries including neurological surgery, he added. The hospital also boasts a state-of-the-art training center, where a wide variety of medical and other health care-related courses are run to develop the skills and knowledge of all health care staff in the hospital itself, as well as in the wider health care community. The hospital is operated under the auspices of UOSSM. Al-Moallem said KSRelief had also extended the duration of two of its existing WASH projects, which he said were to ensure potable water supply and hygiene to help in maintaining health and preventing disease. One project is to rehabilitate water supply and solid waste management systems, and another aims to improve the sustainable provision of water to the facility, he said, adding that the combined costs for both projects are to the tune of $2.45 million. As KSRelief remains committed to providing aid to the Syrian people at all levels, the team from the Center also reviewed various ways to expand support for its projects to support Syrian IDPs (internally Displaced people) and refugees in neighboring countries. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief)Syria KSRelief to help reintegration of Somali returnees from YemenKSRelief continues to provide aid to Syrian refugees

KSA continues to help suffering Yemeni civilians

Author: ARAB NEWSID: 1542658193035265700Mon, 2018-11-19 23:09 JEDDAH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) has swiftly responded to urgent humanitarian appeals launched by the local authorities in Yemen’s Dhalie governora
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KSA continues to help suffering Yemeni civilians

Author: ARAB NEWSID: 1542658193035265700Mon, 2018-11-19 23:09 JEDDAH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) has swiftly responded to urgent humanitarian appeals launched by the local authorities in Yemen’s Dhalie governorate for the relief of displaced people in a number of districts. The center distributed food baskets among the displaced people in Maris district of the Qataba directorate. Dhalie’s local authorities appreciated KSRelief’s efforts and its swift response to the urgent humanitarian appeals. Since last September, the center has been carrying out a food aid program for the most affected groups in Al-Azariq directorate. Being funded by KSRelief, Makkah Eye Hospital in Aden is treating eye diseases. The hospital performed retinal and vitreous fluid surgeries. Saudi Arabia has given $84.7 billion in foreign aid to 79 countries between 1996-2018, according to Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, general supervisor of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief). The royal decree establishing KSRelief was issued on May 13, 2015. Since then, it has carried out 482 projects in 42 countries worth $924,553,000. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief)Yemen KSrelief chief discusses humanitarian work in Yemen with Polish parliamentariansSaudi Arabia’s KSRelief distributes aid to victims of Sulawesi quake in Indonesia

FaceOf: Faisal bin Abdulrahman bin Muaammar, secretary-general of KAICIID

Tue, 2018-11-20 01:46 Faisal bin Abdulrahman bin Muaammar is the secretary-general of King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz International Center for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID) based in Vienna.  He also serves as an adviser to King Salman.
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FaceOf: Faisal bin Abdulrahman bin Muaammar, secretary-general of KAICIID

Tue, 2018-11-20 01:46 Faisal bin Abdulrahman bin Muaammar is the secretary-general of King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz International Center for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID) based in Vienna.  He also serves as an adviser to King Salman. His responsibilities as the secretary-general of KAICIID includes being the primary representative of the center at high-level international conferences as well as overseeing the Secretariat and development of training programs, events and initiatives to enhance dialogue among followers of different religions.  Prior to holding his position at KAICIID, Bin Muaammar oversaw the founding and stewardship of King Abdulaziz Center for National Dialogue (KACND). ّIt is the only Saudi institution dedicated to national dialogue. He held that role for five years from 2003 to 2018.   Bin Muaammar also headed the creation of the Arabic Union Catalog (AUC) a one-of-a-kind digital platform in the Arab world, which has over 1.2 million bibliographic records today.  He has also served in different positions is the Saudi government, including vice minister of education between 2009 and 2011, an adviser to the royal court of then-Crown Prince Abdullah, and deputy of the National Guard for Cultural and Educational Affairs. He is also a member of a number of national and international boards including King Abdul Aziz Foundation for Islamic Studies and Humanities (Morocco). Bin Muaammar holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from King Saud University in Riyadh and a master’s degree in management from Webster University in St. Louis, US.   The KAICIID took part in the World Tolerance Summit held last week in Dubai and highlighted Saudi Arabia’s role in promoting tolerance, coexistence, and diversity. Bin Muaammar as a speaker at the summit discussed the role of governments and social media in promoting religion and cultural harmony. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: FaceOf FaceOf: Sameera Madani, Saudi journalist FaceOf: Rayed Al-Ajaji, CEO of KSA's Universal Metal Coating CompanyFaceOf: Prince Khalid bin Bandar bin Sultan, Saudi ambassador to GermanyFaceOf: Dr. Osama bin Mohammed Al-Shuaibi, Saudi ambassador to Indonesia

Saudi FM: Justice for Khashoggi is a Saudi demand before it is international one

Tue, 2018-11-20 02:40 JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister reiterated that the Kingdom is foremost in seeking justice for citizen Jamal Khashoggi. Adel Al-Jubeir said justice for the slain journalist is a Saudi demand before it is an international one.
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Saudi FM: Justice for Khashoggi is a Saudi demand before it is international one

Tue, 2018-11-20 02:40 JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister reiterated that the Kingdom is foremost in seeking justice for citizen Jamal Khashoggi. Adel Al-Jubeir said justice for the slain journalist is a Saudi demand before it is an international one. Khashoggi was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2.  He said Saudi Arabia had investigated the case because it involved the murder of a Saudi citizen. Anyone seeking justice should provide Saudi judiciary with whatever evidence they have, urged Al-Jubeir. Saudi Arabia’s public prosecutor is seeking the death penalty for five out of 11 suspects charged in the murder of journalist. The Kingdom’s top diplomat also talked of the strong links between the leadership and the people of Saudi Arabia in an interview with Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper. “The Kingdom’s leadership, represented by the king and crown prince, is a red line and we won’t allow any attempt against our leadership or to attempt to undermine our leadership by anyone and under any pretext,” he said. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: RIP Jamal KhashoggiJamal KhashoggiSaudi Arabia US denies ‘final conclusion’ reached on Khashoggi casePrince Khalid bin Salman: I never told Khashoggi to travel to Turkey

الجبير: تقييم الـ(CIA) حول قتل خاشقجي لا صحة له

رفض وزير الخارجية السعودي عادل الجبير، تقييم المخابرات الأميركية (CIA) واعتقادها أن ولي العهد السعودي الأمير محمد بن سلمان هو الذي أمر بقتل ال
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الجبير: تقييم الـ(CIA) حول قتل خاشقجي لا صحة له

رفض وزير الخارجية السعودي عادل الجبير، تقييم المخابرات الأميركية (CIA) واعتقادها أن ولي العهد السعودي الأمير محمد بن سلمان هو الذي أمر بقتل الصحفي جم...

عشرات الامراء يناقشون احتمال تولي الامير احمد العرش

أفادت (روترز) نقلا عن مصادر وصفتها بـ«المقربة» من العائلة المالكة السعودية، ان العشرات من الامراء السعوديين يناقشون احتمال تولي الامير
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عشرات الامراء يناقشون احتمال تولي الامير احمد العرش

أفادت (روترز) نقلا عن مصادر وصفتها بـ«المقربة» من العائلة المالكة السعودية، ان العشرات من الامراء السعوديين يناقشون احتمال تولي الامير احمد بن عبدال...

هلاك مرتزقة للجيش السعودي بصحراء الاجاشر قبالة نجران

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