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FaceOf: Khalid Al-Atawi, KSA’s under-19 football team coach

Tue, 2018-11-06 01:44 Khalid Al-Atawi is Saudi Arabia’s under-19 football team coach.  Under his mentorship, the Young Falcons pulled off a remarkable win against South Korea in the Asian Cup final. The great achievement has Al-Atawi’s name register

مادامت السعودية بقرة حلوب هادئة فلم الحرب؟!

كعادتها تناولت وسائل الاعلام السعودية والامارات ، بكثير من الاهتمام والاثارة ، خبرارسال امريكا 1500 جندي إلى الشرق الأوسط ، مكررة الرواية الام
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مادامت السعودية بقرة حلوب هادئة فلم الحرب؟!

كعادتها تناولت وسائل الاعلام السعودية والامارات ، بكثير من الاهتمام والاثارة ، خبرارسال امريكا 1500 جندي إلى الشرق الأوسط ، مكررة الرواية الامريكية ب...

لوبوان تكشف عن مخطط بن سلمان و بن زايد في المنطقة

نشرت مجلة “لوبوان” الفرنسية، مقالاً للباحث في العلوم السياسية والأستاذ بجامعة بروكسل الحرة سيباستيان بوسويس، جاء فيه أنه من مصر حتى الجزائ
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لوبوان تكشف عن مخطط بن سلمان و بن زايد في المنطقة

نشرت مجلة “لوبوان” الفرنسية، مقالاً للباحث في العلوم السياسية والأستاذ بجامعة بروكسل الحرة سيباستيان بوسويس، جاء فيه أنه من مصر حتى الجزائر مرورا بلي...

تفاصيل “التسريبات المفزعة” حول إعدام سلمان العودة بلسان نجله

علق عبد الله العودة، نجل الداعية الاسلامي سلمان العودة، على الأنباء التي تحدثت عن نية النظام السعودي، إعدام والده برفقة الداعية عوض القرني وع
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تفاصيل “التسريبات المفزعة” حول إعدام سلمان العودة بلسان نجله

علق عبد الله العودة، نجل الداعية الاسلامي سلمان العودة، على الأنباء التي تحدثت عن نية النظام السعودي، إعدام والده برفقة الداعية عوض القرني وعلي العمر...

Saudi Arabia calls for tough international stand against Houthi militias

Fri, 2019-05-24 23:37 NEW YORK: Saudi Arabia has called on the international community to shoulder its responsibilities by taking a firm stand against Iranian-backed Houthi militias. The appeal during a session of the UN Security Council came after Houth
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Saudi Arabia calls for tough international stand against Houthi militias

Fri, 2019-05-24 23:37 NEW YORK: Saudi Arabia has called on the international community to shoulder its responsibilities by taking a firm stand against Iranian-backed Houthi militias. The appeal during a session of the UN Security Council came after Houthi terrorists used ballistic missiles and drones laden with explosives to target populated areas in the Kingdom. Dr. Khaled Manzlawiy, acting permanent representative of Saudi Arabia to the UN, told delegates that the actions of the militias were a flagrant violation of international and humanitarian law and relevant Security Council resolutions. During his address, Manzlawiy said 2019 marked the 20th anniversary of the Security Council’s adoption of its resolution 1265 to protect civilians in armed conflict, which served to reinforce the Kingdom’s push for the international community to adopt a unified and comprehensive approach to shielding civilians from fighting.   Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaHouthi Saudi air defenses destroy Houthi drone targeting Najran airportYemen president accuses UN envoy Griffiths of siding with Houthis

Scholars’ efforts to combat extremist ideas lauded

Author: Fri, 2019-05-24 23:42 MAKKAH: The coordination committee of the Program of Communication with Yemeni Scholars met in Makkah on Thursday with the program’s supervisor Sheikh Abdullah Al-Mutairi, in the presence of Advisor to the Yemeni Presiden
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Scholars’ efforts to combat extremist ideas lauded

Author: Fri, 2019-05-24 23:42 MAKKAH: The coordination committee of the Program of Communication with Yemeni Scholars met in Makkah on Thursday with the program’s supervisor Sheikh Abdullah Al-Mutairi, in the presence of Advisor to the Yemeni President Sheikh Mohammed Al-Ameri. Al-Mutairi hailed the efforts of scholars and preachers to combat the extremist ideas propagated by the Iran-backed Houthi militias in Yemen, and stressed that the intellectual battle is no less important than the military one. Al-Ameri, too, praised the program and expressed his thanks to the Saudi government for its support of scholars and preachers, and its support for the Yemeni people and the country’s legitimate government. The scholars denounced the Houthis, saying that the militia’s crimes affect the faith and culture of the Yemeni people and threaten their future as well as their present.     Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia calls for tough international stand against Houthi militiasYemen president accuses UN envoy Griffiths of siding with Houthis

Where We Are Going Today: Red Chilli in Riyadh

Author: Fri, 2019-05-24 23:46 A sumptuous evening meal at a first-rate restaurant is always welcome, but especially after a day of fasting. If you have a taste for Indian cuisine, Red Chilli in Riyadh is well worth a visit. It combines authentic India
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Where We Are Going Today: Red Chilli in Riyadh

Author: Fri, 2019-05-24 23:46 A sumptuous evening meal at a first-rate restaurant is always welcome, but especially after a day of fasting. If you have a taste for Indian cuisine, Red Chilli in Riyadh is well worth a visit. It combines authentic Indian tastes with appealing ambiance and friendly service. Whether you are looking for a fine-dining experience or a more casual meal, the venue is perfect, offering Indian and continental cuisines and sweets in a warm, inviting environment. Located on Khurais Road, this is the restaurant’s second site in the capital. The opulent interior, with marble mosaic floor tiles and stylish lighting, celebrates this new chapter. It can seat 300 people but retains a cozy, comfortable atmosphere. But what about the menu? Starters include a range of Indian soups, including a special seafood offering, asparagus and broccoli, and yakhni shorba. Alternatively, the fruit chaat is a delectable dish of the kind popular on the streets of Delhi. Main course options include all the traditional curries you might expect plus some more unusual options, such as chicken malai tikka, Afghani chicken and chicken BBQ platter. There are also plenty of vegetarian choices. With such a wide range of options, along with wonderful ambiance and great service, Red Chilli will keep you coming back for more. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi Arabia Where We Are Going Today: Mawakeb Al-Ajer for vintage goods in JeddahWhere We Are Going Today: Lily

Saudi Arabia to impose fines for breach of new public decency laws

Fri, 2019-05-24 23:53 JEDDAH: People breaking any of 10 new rules on public behavior in Saudi Arabia face being fined up to SR5,000 ($1,333). A list of offenses relating to breaches of public decency came into force throughout the Kingdom on Saturday. Cab
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Saudi Arabia to impose fines for breach of new public decency laws

Fri, 2019-05-24 23:53 JEDDAH: People breaking any of 10 new rules on public behavior in Saudi Arabia face being fined up to SR5,000 ($1,333). A list of offenses relating to breaches of public decency came into force throughout the Kingdom on Saturday. Cabinet members last month approved the regulations which aim to uphold the values, principles and identity of Saudi society in public places such as parks, beaches, malls, hotels and restaurants. Shoura Council member Dr. Muadi Al-Madhhab told MBC channel: “The Kingdom isn’t the only country to implement such regulations. Many countries already have them, and the regulations apply to citizens and expatriates.” With rising tourism, he said that the 10 provisions would help individuals to be aware of how they should behave in the presence of visitors to the country. The list has been designed to respect the values, customs, traditions and culture of Saudi Arabia, and the country’s interior minister will work with the chairman of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) and other relevant authorities to administer and enforce the rules and where necessary serve penalties. BACKGROUND The list of offenses has been designed to respect the values, customs, traditions and culture of Saudi Arabia. Each of the 10 regulations will carry a corresponding fine that will be issued by the minister. Under the rules, individuals will be expected to adhere to respectful dress codes and avoid taking photos or using phrases that might offend public decency. The list covers graffiti and demolition of public property or transport unless authorized by Saudi authorities. Verbal and physical acts of violence or conduct that causes damage, fear or is deemed to be a threat to public safety will also form part of the crackdown. Legal consultant Dimah Al-Sharif told Arab News: “I believe that the sanctions will play a major role in forcing the community to respect and commit to the regulations.” She said the Ministry of Interior and SCTH could link the list of decency offenses to the Absher app in the same way as traffic crimes. “This would ensure that individuals treat the issue of public decency seriously and responsibly.” Anyone breaking one of the bylaws for a second time within the same year will face having their fine doubled. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaSaudi decency laws Saudi anti-harassment law put to testSaudi law clamps down on all forms of harassment

INTERVIEW: Khaled bin Alwaleed bin Talal, the prince who wants everyone to be part of Saudi Arabia’s forward trajectory

Sat, 2019-05-25 00:42 JEDDAH: Arab News recently got up close and personal with Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed, a name that is often associated with successful business, entrepreneurial and humanitarian ventures. Khaled bin Alwaleed has never conformed to th
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INTERVIEW: Khaled bin Alwaleed bin Talal, the prince who wants everyone to be part of Saudi Arabia’s forward trajectory

Sat, 2019-05-25 00:42 JEDDAH: Arab News recently got up close and personal with Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed, a name that is often associated with successful business, entrepreneurial and humanitarian ventures. Khaled bin Alwaleed has never conformed to the typical image of what a royal should be like, and he says this was down to his parents. “It stems from how I grew up and what my parents instilled in me. They really emphasized how important it is to connect with people no matter what position in life they hold.” He said that his mother used to get on with everyone in their household, from kitchen staff to gardeners, on a very personal level, giving each person importance and inclusion. “That connection — that characteristic — is probably one of the best examples of how I grew up. “Sometimes I don’t act in the ‘proper’ manner that people expect. I’m here to do what I believe is right, and what I believe is right is being myself.” He admits that in the past he had struggled with the conflict of how he should act to suit the persona expected of him.  He admits that he struggled in the past to manage people’s expectations of him. “I thought I should act in a certain way, do certain things that were expected of me, but were really alien to my personality and what I wanted to do for myself. In the end, what has worked best for me is being as honest and as genuine as possible.” The Investor  Prince Khaled founded his holding and investment company, KBW Ventures, in 2014, and he has made it his purpose to invest in a broad range of businesses, from technology start-ups to successful companies. Prince Khaled doesn’t consider himself a renowned entrepreneur — he says calling him this would steal the thunder from everyone who started from scratch. He thinks of himself as more of a venture capitalist who supports entrepreneurship in Saudi Arabia and elsewhere. Before taking on a project, what he looks for most is the drive, knowledge, and commitment of the entrepreneur.  “I look at how well they understand how to scale a particular business, and the business itself. It is important to know how well the founder (of the business) knows the industry, the numbers, competition, and how to best showcase their product or service and put it in front of the right audience.” BIO Name: Khaled bin Alwaleed bin Talal bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud Date of Birth: 21 April 1978 Education: Bachelor in business from the University of New Haven. Current position: • Founder and CEO of KBW Ventures • Founder and Chairman of KBW Investments. His advice to local businesses (and this applies to young entrepreneurs, as well) is to do their homework on the industry of the start-up, the potential verticals that exist, scalability, and to assess everything through due diligence before jumping into a project — at least that’s how he runs things. “We should all want to be part of Saudi’s forward trajectory. My ideal situation is to put Saudi Arabia on the map as having the most successful track record for venture-backed companies. KBW Ventures has thankfully had a very good start but it doesn’t stop there. I want to partner with more Saudis to expose our entrepreneurs and our venture capitalists to international markets and international venture-backed companies. We’re not just an oil-rich country; we’re rich in entrepreneurship, we’re rich in innovation, and hopefully, quickly getting richer in terms of our history with venture-backed companies.” He thinks the future is in the hands of the youth,  basing this view on how Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has changed things in Saudi Arabia. “Mohammed bin Salman is the face of Saudi youth and its future — he has mobilized and invigorated the younger generation like no one before. I’ve never seen so many young people looking for a way to support the country and get involved — it is the best time for us as Saudis.” Prince Khaled with King Salman Prince Khaled has much more on his agenda, focusing on causes where he can make a difference such as “climate change, sustainability and animal welfare,” he said. With KBW Ventures, he hopes to act as an ambassador to a healthier, more sustainable society. The prince is also an enthusiastic humanitarian and vocal vegan, who has chosen to apply his beliefs to his lifestyle first. “I started as a vegetarian many years ago and gradually transitioned my lifestyle completely; I’ve talked extensively about the health benefits and I think if people even adopt reducetarian measures it is great for the planet and for overall health and wellbeing.” He said that at this point, maintaining a healthy lifestyle is no longer an option but a necessity. “I really feel the need to incorporate physical activity into my day and it’s matched with clean eating. No matter how busy you are, your health is the most necessary aspect as obviously if that isn’t a priority things fall apart very quickly. I work out daily and I eat well; that’s what fuels me to do what I do. He has noticed the onslaught of GCC individuals going plant-based. He thinks that they are motivated by a combination of factors: the desire to live healthier and to live more humanely, in terms of being kinder to animals and reducing our damage to the earth. He is fully supportive of the General Sports Authority Chairman Prince Abdul Aziz bin Turki Al-Faisal with its mission of promoting mass sports participation and working on educating the health care system and citizens in general. “I’m not naïve enough to think the world is going to go vegan, it is not practical. Saudi is a very meat-centric culture; for the Saudi health problems of obesity and heart-related issues, I really encourage everyone to try a reducetarian diet by incorporating more fresh vegetables, legumes, basically just expand your eating horizons.”     Saudi Humane Society  Prince Khaled’s latest move on a very resolute chessboard is taking on the role of the presidency at the Saudi Humane Society (Rifq, or SHS) in January 2019. He told Arab News: “I happily accepted the role as I believe I can add value there.” Acting as one of the first NGOs in Saudi, SHS was dormant for the past few years, he said. Under his leadership, SHS now has two, five and 10-year goals across various tenets.  SHS will be introducing TNR [Trap-Neuter-Release] programs, as some Saudi cities have issues with strays.  “This issue wasn’t dealt with humanely in the past, and the important thing is that moving forward we work toward preventing these incidents from happening again.  The Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs, HE Eng. Abdullatif bin Abdulmalik Al-Sheikh, banned animal poisoning; a noteworthy first step in the right direction, followed by TNR.” SHS will also work with the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), on the legislation to prevent the import of exotic animals, as well as with other organizations to deal with exotic animals in Saudi and returning them to the wild. “We’ll be collaborating with the government on recommendations on how to best operate the sanctuaries, introduce animals back into the wild, and also educate the public on the importance and absolute necessity of biodiversity,” he said. SHS also led a campaign recruiting young volunteers in different regions of the Kingdom to participate in rescuing animals. Prince Khaled is a firm believer in the youth’s effect on the advancement of society. “Activating our youth across everything we do is how we really activate Saudi, whether it is for animal welfare or for our work with health and wellness. There has been a slew of volunteers coming to donate their time, effort and their emotion to these animals. We are so blessed to have a relationship with these people, they’re passionate and they really care. They will work on a TNR program in Madina, starting from the university in Taibah where they’ll trap, neuter then relocate the animals in other areas.” Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi Arabia INTERVIEW: Amin Nasser, Saudi Aramco’s Davos man, spells out blueprint for IPOINTERVIEW: Ahmed Al-Habtoor - portrait of a driven auto executive INTERVIEW: DIFC boss in drive toward China’s ‘belt and road’STC Academy: Preparing the next generation of digital leaders in Saudi Arabia

السعودية..مليون مصحف لإفريقيا و430 مليار لأمريكا!!

هذا العنوان هو عنوان مقال لاحد الكتاب استوقفني كثيرا ، لما يحمل من مفارقة مؤلمة تعكس سلوكيات ملوك وامراء السعودية....
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السعودية..مليون مصحف لإفريقيا و430 مليار لأمريكا!!

هذا العنوان هو عنوان مقال لاحد الكتاب استوقفني كثيرا ، لما يحمل من مفارقة مؤلمة تعكس سلوكيات ملوك وامراء السعودية....

واشنطن بصدد بيع السلاح لدول عربية تحت ذريعة ردع ايران

قال وزير الخارجية الأميركي مايك بومبيو أمس الجمعة إن إدارة الرئيس دونالد ترامب قررت المضي قدما في مبيعات أسلحة للسعودية والإمارات والأردن....
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واشنطن بصدد بيع السلاح لدول عربية تحت ذريعة ردع ايران

قال وزير الخارجية الأميركي مايك بومبيو أمس الجمعة إن إدارة الرئيس دونالد ترامب قررت المضي قدما في مبيعات أسلحة للسعودية والإمارات والأردن....

King Salman congratulates Modi on election victory

Author: Zaynab KhojjiID: 1558701738263268200Fri, 2019-05-24 15:42 RIYADH: King Salman telephoned Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday to congratulate him on his victory in India's general election. King Salman wished Modi success and the
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King Salman congratulates Modi on election victory

Author: Zaynab KhojjiID: 1558701738263268200Fri, 2019-05-24 15:42 RIYADH: King Salman telephoned Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday to congratulate him on his victory in India's general election. King Salman wished Modi success and the people of India prosperity. Read more about Modi’s landslide election victory here The prime minister thanked King Salman for the phone call and stressed his keeness to promote and develop relations between the two countries. Modi secured another five-year term as prime minister after winning a landslide general election victory on Thursday. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: King SalmanNarendra ModiElection Narendra Modi rides nationalist fervor ahead of India electionPakistan, India make conciliatory overtures as Modi clinches second term as PM

Sudan’s transitional council vows to back Saudi Arabia against Iran threat

Author: Zaynab KhojjiID: 1558712799454461600Fri, 2019-05-24 18:44 KHARTOUM: A top Sudanese general has vowed to back Saudi Arabia against “all threats and attacks” from Iran, Sudan's ruling military council said Friday. General Mohamed Hamdan
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Sudan’s transitional council vows to back Saudi Arabia against Iran threat

Author: Zaynab KhojjiID: 1558712799454461600Fri, 2019-05-24 18:44 KHARTOUM: A top Sudanese general has vowed to back Saudi Arabia against “all threats and attacks” from Iran, Sudan's ruling military council said Friday. General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, the deputy chief of Sudan’s new Transitional Military Council, made the comments during a meeting with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Jeddah. “Sudan is standing with the Kingdom against all threats and attacks from Iran and Houthi militias,” Dagalo, widely known as Himeidti, told the crown prince during their meeting, the council said in a statement. Himeidti also said the military council would continue deploying Sudanese troops to Yemen as part of the Arab coalition fighting Iran-backed Houthis. It was Dagalo's first international trip since Sudan’s army generals took power after they backed protesters in ousting longtime-leader Omar Al-Bashir last month. The statement, the council's first major foreign policy announcement, amounted to a continuation of the deposed leader's policy. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: SudanSaudi ArabiaSudan military council Saudi Arabia deposits $250 million into Sudan’s Central Bank: statementSudan army rulers, protesters plan more talks after no agreement

صورة تظهر تسربا نفطيا كبيرا في الامارات بعد احداث الفجيرة

رصدت رادارات فضائية تسربا نفطيا بارزا نتج عن تخريب أربع سفن قبالة سواحل الإمارات في 12 مايو الجاري....
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صورة تظهر تسربا نفطيا كبيرا في الامارات بعد احداث الفجيرة

رصدت رادارات فضائية تسربا نفطيا بارزا نتج عن تخريب أربع سفن قبالة سواحل الإمارات في 12 مايو الجاري....

بعد تمكنهم من الخروج من المملكة... 3 سعوديين يعلنون معارضتهم للنظام

كشف المعارض السعودي، ماجد الأسمري، عن انضمام ثلاثة أشخاص سعوديين إلى صفوف المعارضة للنظام السعودي خلال الأيام القليلة الماضية، وهروبهم من ال
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بعد تمكنهم من الخروج من المملكة... 3 سعوديين يعلنون معارضتهم للنظام

كشف المعارض السعودي، ماجد الأسمري، عن انضمام ثلاثة أشخاص سعوديين إلى صفوف المعارضة للنظام السعودي خلال الأيام القليلة الماضية، وهروبهم من المملكة....

هيومن رايتس: ترامب يشجع على انتهاكات الرياض

طالبت منظمة “هيومن رايتس ووتش” الدولية، يوم الخميس، بمحاسبة النظام السعودي على انتهاكاته ضد المعتقلين في السجون، إضافة إلى مشاركته في العدو
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هيومن رايتس: ترامب يشجع على انتهاكات الرياض

طالبت منظمة “هيومن رايتس ووتش” الدولية، يوم الخميس، بمحاسبة النظام السعودي على انتهاكاته ضد المعتقلين في السجون، إضافة إلى مشاركته في العدوان على الي...

وسيم يوسف يثير الجدل مجدداً في السعودية.. ماذا حدث؟

غادر الداعية الإماراتي المثير للجدل، وسيم يوسف، العاصمة السعودية الرياض، عائداً إلى مدينة أبوظبي، قبل أن يحل ضيفاً في برنامج يُعرض على قناة "
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وسيم يوسف يثير الجدل مجدداً في السعودية.. ماذا حدث؟

غادر الداعية الإماراتي المثير للجدل، وسيم يوسف، العاصمة السعودية الرياض، عائداً إلى مدينة أبوظبي، قبل أن يحل ضيفاً في برنامج يُعرض على قناة "روتانا خ...

شاهد بالفيديو ماذا تفعل السعودية بعد كل عملية نوعية للقوات اليمنية

سلط برنامج «انقلاب الصورة» على تحالف العدوان بقيادة السعودية ضد اليمن منذ ما يقرب 5 سنوات، وتطاوله على الشعب اليمني بارتكاب مجازر وحشية
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شاهد بالفيديو ماذا تفعل السعودية بعد كل عملية نوعية للقوات اليمنية

سلط برنامج «انقلاب الصورة» على تحالف العدوان بقيادة السعودية ضد اليمن منذ ما يقرب 5 سنوات، وتطاوله على الشعب اليمني بارتكاب مجازر وحشية طالت الاطفال ...

إبن سلمان يلتقي مبعوث واشنطن للشأن السوري

استقبل ولي العهد السعودي محمد بن سلمان الليلة الماضية، مبعوث الرئيس الأميركي الخاص إلى سوريا جيمس جيفري في إطار زيارة الأخير إلى السعودية....
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إبن سلمان يلتقي مبعوث واشنطن للشأن السوري

استقبل ولي العهد السعودي محمد بن سلمان الليلة الماضية، مبعوث الرئيس الأميركي الخاص إلى سوريا جيمس جيفري في إطار زيارة الأخير إلى السعودية....

السعودية والإمارات والبحرين تقدم ملفا لاستضافة مونديال 2021 للشباب

أعلن الاتحاد الدولي لكرة القدم يوم الخميس استلامه 5 ملفات لاستضافة كأس العالم تحت 20 عاما عام 2021، ومن ضمنها الملف المشترك بين السعودية والإمارا
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السعودية والإمارات والبحرين تقدم ملفا لاستضافة مونديال 2021 للشباب

أعلن الاتحاد الدولي لكرة القدم يوم الخميس استلامه 5 ملفات لاستضافة كأس العالم تحت 20 عاما عام 2021، ومن ضمنها الملف المشترك بين السعودية والإمارات وا...

Ramadan in Saudi Arabia: The Musaharati tradition

Fri, 2019-05-24 02:38 Despite the march of modern technology, old Ramadan traditions continue to die hard for Muslims in the Kingdom’s largest province. The job of Musaharati is the name given to the person who walks and beats a drum in residential area
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Ramadan in Saudi Arabia: The Musaharati tradition

Fri, 2019-05-24 02:38 Despite the march of modern technology, old Ramadan traditions continue to die hard for Muslims in the Kingdom’s largest province. The job of Musaharati is the name given to the person who walks and beats a drum in residential areas to wake worshippers for their suhoor meal. In the Eastern Province, where the custom remains a deep-rooted part of the holy month, the drummer is known as Abu Tabila. The fasting month is not complete in Al-Ahsa governorate without him roaming the streets before dawn prayers. Adults and children often come out of their homes or peer from windows to watch Abu Tabila pass by beating his small drum while reciting prayers. The Musaharati profession is one of the oldest Ramadan traditions in Al-Ahsa, and every town has its own Abu Tabila. He goes about his business until the end of Ramadan and people offer him money, gifts, sweets, and best wishes for Eid. Although modern phone apps can alert worshippers, Al-Ahsa communities continue to adhere to time-honored ways. Omar Al-Faridi, director of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) in Al-Ahsa, said that Abu Tabila was known for his traditional folk clothes and boisterous voice. Former director of the Al-Ahsa Archaeological and Heritage Museum, Walid Al-Hussein, described the beat of Abu Tabila’s drum as “unique and splendid,” and a sound that evoked the true spirit of Ramadan.  Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaRamadan2019 Ramadan in Najd: Between the past and the present400 prayer rugs for Makkah’s Grand Mosque cleaned daily during Ramadan

Meet Abdulrahman Eid: The Syrian artist inspired by Hijazi heritage

Fri, 2019-05-24 03:04 JEDDAH: The unique heritage of the historic Jeddah area and the surrounding Hijaz region has long proved fascinating for visitors. That was certainly true for Abdulrahman Eid, a Syrian artist who has lived in the Kingdom for 18 years,
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Meet Abdulrahman Eid: The Syrian artist inspired by Hijazi heritage

Fri, 2019-05-24 03:04 JEDDAH: The unique heritage of the historic Jeddah area and the surrounding Hijaz region has long proved fascinating for visitors. That was certainly true for Abdulrahman Eid, a Syrian artist who has lived in the Kingdom for 18 years, and whose work is inspired by Hijazi culture and artistic heritage. Eid was born in Damascus in 1997. Before moving to Saudi Arabia, he helped restore and renovate historic buildings and works of art, including antiques, manuscripts, and paintings. He currently works as a jewelry designer in Jeddah, and has plans to share his knowledge with the public through courses and workshops, as he believes jewelry design could and should be much more popular in the Middle East. Eid first came to Saudi Arabia to work as the director of an exhibition of Eastern and Antarctic at. He said he exhibited some of the work he had produced at Janadriyah’s cultural festival in 2002 and 2003. But between 2003 and 2018, he took a break from making his own artwork. However, he is now back with a vengeance. His latest creation —  a diorama that portrays life in Jeddah in the 1950s, consists of more than 1,700 pieces, which Eid hopes will get him into the record books. His decision to document life in old Jeddah was partly driven, he says, by nostalgia for his homeland, and partly by his wish to acknowledge his appreciation of art. Project The project, which Eid hopes to finish and present to the public within the next two weeks, has taken the artist more than three years of hard work so far, much of which was spent researching. “I collected many books and old photographs of various Orientalists and studied how they were documenting the country in the 30s, 40s, and 50s,” he said. Eid found numerous sources through which he could study various historic houses and neighborhoods of old Jeddah, including —  of course —  walking the streets himself. He cites Noor Wali House, Al-Batarji, Beit Nasif, Al-Matbouli and others as inspirations. However, none of the houses in his artwork are named, or presented as exact replicas of existing buildings.  “Some houses and neighborhoods with important historic value do not exist anymore, and I do not want to diminish any of their value. I collected various elements from different houses and made it into one unnamed neighborhood that imitates the reality of the past,” he said. Eid’s diorama is 320 cm long, 130 cm high and 45 cm wide. It is full of houses, antique cars and shops — a carpet shop, a silver shop, a copper shop, and a shop for household items, such as pottery. The intricate miniature pieces in the shops include handmade carpets, hanging lamps, lanterns, old swords and other weapons, old-fashioned household appliances, mirrors, antiques, gifts, and handicrafts of the kind sold to pilgrims. “I tried to integrate all the elements that were there in Hijaz in the past,” he said. “It is more of a documentary artwork.” Staying faithful to his source material, Eid even used precious stones and metals to create the miniature merchandise. Eid describes his project as “a collection of around 10 types of art, including miniature, diorama, painting, sculpture, formative art, and jewelry design.” His buildings incorporate the many distinctive decorative styles of traditional Hijazi architecture: panelings, moldings, door shapes, and Rawashin — the carved latticed windows typical of the area. “It contains a huge amount of art that interested the people of the country at that time,” he said of his ambitious project. Eid said he has benefitted from the knowledge of many people who are familiar with historical Jeddah — including intellectuals, architects, civil engineers and local dignitaries. “Many people have visited me in my studio and seen the work,” he said. “I’ve made a lot of amendments based on their recommendations. I took their comments into account and restructured the work several times over the past year until I finally reached the version that most closely embodies the reality.” Eid said the fine and precise nature, and the astonishing variety, of Hijazi arts presented a serious challenge —  one that he was keen to embrace. “I found a unique, unparalleled precision and accuracy in Hijazi artistic heritage,” he said. “It is harmoniously composed of rich elements that I have not found in any other regions of the Kingdom.” Still, he did sometimes worry that he had taken on too big a task. “Sometimes I felt I would not finish it for years,” he said. Hijazi culture Hijazi culture, Eid pointed out, is “cross-cultural.” Jeddah has been the main port for pilgrims for hundreds of years, and as a result, the city and surrounding areas have gained a unique character —  possessing the spirit of numerous other cities from both East and West.  Eid claimed that anyone visiting Jeddah’s historic areas would likely see something of their own country there. “I saw something of Syria,” he said. Over the last fortnight or so, photographs of Eid’s project have been widely shared on social media —  with some people mistakenly claiming that the images were off work based on the old cities in Damascus or Cairo. “I was pleased with what happened,” Eid said. “I received a lot of encouragement and support.” The Syrian artist said he has had many similar experiences with Damascene architecture when he was working in his homeland. “I have to say, though, that this experience has been more enjoyable, with its challenges, fine details, and richness,” he added.  Eid said he believes recent years have seen an evolving renaissance in the arts in Saudi Arabia, marked by growing interest from the government and the public in the Kingdom’s heritage and its cultural value.  “Saudi Arabia is becoming a fertile environment for young artists to develop,” he said. “The number of galleries has multiplied, and a real movement has begun. I believe this movement in Saudi Arabia will grant the youth diverse opportunities and will raise the standards and the level of competition between them.” Such competition is important to improve artists’ abilities and the quality of art works delivered to the public, he added. While Eid views the current condition as very healthy, he pointed out that there are many young artists who need financial support if they are really going to fulfill their potential, and that “those who have the financial support still need guidance.” “Regardless of everything,” he concluded. “I am sure the future is promising.”     Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: artSaudi ArabiaSyria Two Saudi artists to take part in major art exhibition in Russia A look at Riyadh Art, which is going to bring public art to the city

Saudi crown prince meets deputy head of Sudan’s transitional council

Fri, 2019-05-24 05:19 JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman met the deputy head of Sudan’s transitional military council who is visiting Saudi Arabia, the Saudi Press Agency said early Friday. The meeting between the crown prince and Ge
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Saudi crown prince meets deputy head of Sudan’s transitional council

Fri, 2019-05-24 05:19 JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman met the deputy head of Sudan’s transitional military council who is visiting Saudi Arabia, the Saudi Press Agency said early Friday. The meeting between the crown prince and General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, who goes by the nickname Hemedti, was held in Jeddah, where they discussed cooperation between the two countries, the report said. Dagalo was accompanied by the official spokesman of the Sudanese Military Council General Shamsaddin Kabbashi, it said. With the crown prince during the meeting were Dr. Musaed bin Mohammed Al-Aiban, Minister of State and Member of the Cabinet; and Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Member of the Cabinet. The crown prince, who is also deputy prime minister and defense minister, discussed with Dagalo bilateral cooperation between the two countries in addition to latest developments at the regional arena. Saudi Arabia and the UAE had earlier pledged to send $3 billion worth of aid to help Sudan recover after mass protests that had led to the ouster of president Omar al-Bashir last month. Last Sunday, the two Gulf allies deposited $500 million into Sudan’s Central Bank, the first installment of the joint package of aid. The move will strengthen Sudan’s “financial position, alleviate pressure on the Sudanese pound and achieve more stability in the exchange rate," said a statement by the Saudi Finance Ministry It said the remaining amount will be allocated to meet the urgent needs of the Sudanese people, including food, medications and oil derivatives. SPA said the Sudanese leaders departed Jeddah after the meeting and were seen off Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, governor of Makkah province and senior adviser to the royal court. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: SudanCrown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Saudi Arabia deposits $250 million into Sudan’s Central Bank: statementSudan army rulers, protesters plan more talks after no agreement

Saudi Arabia stresses need for enhanced cooperation in global fight against terrorism

Fri, 2019-05-24 06:07 JEDDAH: The fight against terrorism remains a global priority, Saudi Arabia said on Thursday, as the Kingdom emphasized the need for the international community to work together to eradicate the threat it poses. The comments were incl
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Saudi Arabia stresses need for enhanced cooperation in global fight against terrorism

Fri, 2019-05-24 06:07 JEDDAH: The fight against terrorism remains a global priority, Saudi Arabia said on Thursday, as the Kingdom emphasized the need for the international community to work together to eradicate the threat it poses. The comments were included in a speech delivered by the Saudi delegation at the 28th session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in Geneva. Led by Interior Ministry adviser Abdullah Al-Ansari, the delegates presented a review of the Kingdom’s efforts in the realms of crime prevention and criminal justice. They highlighted the fact that no effort is being spared in the fight against terrorism, which is a high priority for the nation. The Saudis also stressed the need for continued international cooperation to defeat terrorism, and said that the Kingdom has ratified most of the international measured designed to combat the threat. The country has also implemented a number of anti-terror measures, including: the establishment of a Presidency of State Security to address security challenges, in particular those posed by terrorism and its financing; the founding of a National Cybersecurity Authority to address cyber threats; and the amendment of counterterrorism laws. The commission heard that the Kingdom’s security services had uncovered and disrupted active terrorist cells across the country. In addition, a number of initiatives have been developed to address the problem of returning terrorist fighters. These include the Terrorist Financing Targeting Center, the members of which includes the GCC states, and which is jointly led by Saudi Arabia and the United States. It maintains strict control over the banking sector, ensures the proper organization of the charitable sector, and imposes sanctions on those found guilty of financing terrorism. The delegation pointed out that the Kingdom continues to lay the foundations for a long-term strategy to defeat extremism. This includes the founding of the Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology, and the expansion of anti-extremism programs through the King Abdul Aziz Center for National Dialogue to address the growing threat of radicalization and recruitment of young people by armed militias such as Daesh. At the international level, the Kingdom has pledged $100 million to support the G5 Sahel counterterrorism task force in West Africa, and is a founding member of the Global Counterterrorism Forum. In addition, Saudi experts participate in joint military programs targeting terrorism around the world. The country also hosted a meeting of the Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition to address the ideological, financial, military and media aspects of the fight against terrorism, and the Ministry of Interior has implemented numerous judicial and legal assistance requests to assist in the battle. A number of draft resolutions arose from the session, the most important of which included: technical assistance for the implementation of international counterterrorism conventions; combating the online sexual exploitation and abuse of children; strengthening technical assistance and international cooperation to combat cybercrime; and the adoption of preparations for the 14th UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in April 2020 in Kyoto, Japan. During discussions about these resolutions, most of the amendments suggested by the Kingdom were adopted to strengthen international cooperation. The Saudi delegates also held meetings with officials from the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, including officials from the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, and the Bureau of Counterterrorism. They discussed ways to enhance cooperation and enhance the capability of law-enforcement officers to combat such crimes.   Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi Arabiaterrorismextremism Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt call on Qatar to stop funding terror groupsSaudi Arabia’s Cabinet calls for global stand against extremism, hate speech

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center launches “Kingdom of Energy” podcast

Author: Fri, 2019-05-24 07:18 RIYADH: The King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC) has inaugurated a podcast program, titled “Kingdom of Energy”, through which specialized researchers can talk about energy economics, policies,
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Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center launches “Kingdom of Energy” podcast

Author: Fri, 2019-05-24 07:18 RIYADH: The King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC) has inaugurated a podcast program, titled “Kingdom of Energy”, through which specialized researchers can talk about energy economics, policies, techniques and related environmental issues. The podcast is an opportunity for people interested in the field of energy to listen to the opinions of specialists in the field, including workers or partners of the center, whether local or international cadres. The program targets decision makers, specialists and workers in the energy sectors through a new platform on the center’s website, allowing visitors to listen to podcast episodes. The program is working on producing “Kingdom of Energy” episodes on a regular basis. The first episode is now available on the website in English, and another series is to be produced in Arabic. KAPSARC is a non-profit research center that conducts independent research into global energy economics, policies, techniques and related environmental studies. The center seeks to find solutions for the most-effective and productive use of energy to promote economic and social growth locally, regionally and internationally.    Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaKing Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center INTERVIEW: KAPSARC’s Adam Sieminski on a ‘voyage of discovery’ in Saudi energy industryKAPSARC, GCCIA to develop electricity market in GCC

36 دولة تدين السعودية بسبب قتل خاشقجي

أدانت 36 السعودية، يوم الخميس، على خلفية اغتيال الصحفي السعودي جمال خاشقجي، في أول رد فعل جماعي على هذا المستوى ضد الرياض، في مجلس حقوق الإنسا
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36 دولة تدين السعودية بسبب قتل خاشقجي

أدانت 36 السعودية، يوم الخميس، على خلفية اغتيال الصحفي السعودي جمال خاشقجي، في أول رد فعل جماعي على هذا المستوى ضد الرياض، في مجلس حقوق الإنسان التاب...

مدير مكتب ابن سلمان تحت نيران الانتقادات بسبب ‘البطالة’

وجه مغردون سعوديون انتقادات حادة لمدير مكتب ولي العهد السعودي محمد بن سلمان، بعد حديثه عن خطط توظيف الشباب، والقضاء على البطالة في برنامج «
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مدير مكتب ابن سلمان تحت نيران الانتقادات بسبب ‘البطالة’

وجه مغردون سعوديون انتقادات حادة لمدير مكتب ولي العهد السعودي محمد بن سلمان، بعد حديثه عن خطط توظيف الشباب، والقضاء على البطالة في برنامج «الليوان» ا...

'CBS' تكشف ما يجري لطلاب سعوديين بقوا في كندا

نشرت شبكة «سي بي أس» الكندية تقريرا، أشارت فيه ما يتعرض له آلاف الطلاب الجامعيين السعوديين الذين بقوا في كندا، على الرغم من أن حكومتهم أم
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'CBS' تكشف ما يجري لطلاب سعوديين بقوا في كندا

نشرت شبكة «سي بي أس» الكندية تقريرا، أشارت فيه ما يتعرض له آلاف الطلاب الجامعيين السعوديين الذين بقوا في كندا، على الرغم من أن حكومتهم أمرتهم بالخروج...

Treasures of Saudi Arabia’s National Museum visit Riyadh Park Mall

Author: Fri, 2019-05-24 00:36 RIYADH: The National Museum organized a social experiment in one of Riyadh’s malls to celebrate International Museum Day. It introduced artifacts to the public in Riyadh Park Mall through people dressed in costumes ins
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Treasures of Saudi Arabia’s National Museum visit Riyadh Park Mall

Author: Fri, 2019-05-24 00:36 RIYADH: The National Museum organized a social experiment in one of Riyadh’s malls to celebrate International Museum Day. It introduced artifacts to the public in Riyadh Park Mall through people dressed in costumes inspired by the museum’s treasures. They interacted with the audience, taught them about the history behind each artifact, and handed out free tickets to the museum, which organized the activity to raise its profile and allow free access to its exhibits. This year’s celebration was titled “Museums as cultural centers: The future of traditions.” It aims to improve the relationship between society and modern museums, and to note their contributions to culture, knowledge and science. Recently, the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) granted five new licenses to the private museums in Riyadh, which will take the total number of museums in the region’s towns, cities and governorates to 50. Two of the new museums approved by the commission, Riwaq Al-Turath Museum in Riyadh and Moudi Al-Asimi Museum in Al-Dawadmi governorate, are owned by women. Other licenses go to the Majid Heritage Museum in Rawdat Sadir, the Khalid Al-Radian Heritage Museum in Riyadh, and the Qararah Museum in Al-Dawadmi. The International Museum Day is observed every year on May 18 in coordination with the International Council of Museums (ICoM) to highlight a specific theme. The annual celebrations were first initiated in 1977, when ICoM decided to devote a special day for museums in an attempt to enhance the relationship between museums and society. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi Arabia Construction work for Madinah Peace Museum inauguratedJeddah museum to showcase Arab, Islamic heritage

Saudi Culture Ministry to take part in major international AI exhibition in Russia

Fri, 2019-05-24 00:40 JEDDAH: The Saudi Ministry of Culture is to take part in a major international exhibition aimed at exploring the future role of artificial intelligence (AI). And two artists from the Kingdom, Lulwah Al-Homoud and Dania Al-Saleh, will
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Saudi Culture Ministry to take part in major international AI exhibition in Russia

Fri, 2019-05-24 00:40 JEDDAH: The Saudi Ministry of Culture is to take part in a major international exhibition aimed at exploring the future role of artificial intelligence (AI). And two artists from the Kingdom, Lulwah Al-Homoud and Dania Al-Saleh, will be taking center stage to showcase their work at next month’s event in Russia. The exhibition will be launched during the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), at which delegates will discuss the latest advances in AI technology and tackle the question: “What will happen next?” Saudi duo Al-Homoud and Al-Saleh will join with artists from throughout the world for the expo, titled “Artificial Intelligence and Intercultural Dialogue,” which will open in the State Hermitage Museum’s general staff building in St. Petersburg, on June 6, the first day of the SPIEF gathering, and run until July 7. The artists’ work will show how traditional and future elements can be mixed to express creative concepts, such as the combining of ancient Arabic calligraphy with AI. Al-Homoud is known for expressing creativity through abstract shapes. She holds a master’s degree from Central Saint Martins’ college of arts and design in England, with a specialization in Islamic art. She has coordinated exhibitions around the world, including the Shanghai Duolun Museum, in China, and the Saudi Art Gallery at the School of Oriental And African Studies in London. Her works were also acquired by the Five Continents Museum in Munich, Germany, and the LACMA art museum in Los Angeles. Al-Saleh explores “the voice” of infrastructure and the complexities of language through her work. In her Ithra prize-winning piece “Phoneme,” she sought to divide language into a smaller unit, concentrating on Arabic letters, and searching for their origin in order to prove their communicative power among humans. To do this, Al-Saleh, who is studying for a master’s degree in computer science at Goldsmiths, University of London, created a program to produce 28 scribbles representing the alphabet. By taking part in the Russian expo, the Ministry of Culture aims to support Saudi artists and promote cultural dialogue with the world through various arts initiatives. The exhibition, organized by the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) and the Hermitage, will be attended by world-renowned artists including Mario Klingemann from Germany, Sun Xun from China, Team Void from South Korea, American computer animator Jonathan Monaghan, and Norimichi Hirakawa of Japan. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: AIartificial intelligenceSaudi Ministry of CultureSt. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) Two Saudi artists to take part in major art exhibition in RussiaSaudi artists draw inspiration from Islam

ماذا قال وزير خارجية قطر عن 'جريمة القرصنة'؟

علق وزير الخارجية القطري محمد بن عبد الرحمن آل ثاني في ذكرى قرصنة وكالة الأنباء القطرية الثانية، مشيرا إلى أنها تسببت في تفكيك الدول العربية ف
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ماذا قال وزير خارجية قطر عن 'جريمة القرصنة'؟

علق وزير الخارجية القطري محمد بن عبد الرحمن آل ثاني في ذكرى قرصنة وكالة الأنباء القطرية الثانية، مشيرا إلى أنها تسببت في تفكيك الدول العربية في الخلي...

حمد بن جاسم يعلق على قمم سلمان 'الطارئة' وخلافاته 'المختلقة'

علق رئيس الوزراء القطري الأسبق، حمد بن جاسم، على دعوة سلمان بن عبدالعزيز لعقد ثلاث قمم عربية وإسلامية وخليجية، داعيا المملكة عن الترفع عن "خلا
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حمد بن جاسم يعلق على قمم سلمان 'الطارئة' وخلافاته 'المختلقة'

علق رئيس الوزراء القطري الأسبق، حمد بن جاسم، على دعوة سلمان بن عبدالعزيز لعقد ثلاث قمم عربية وإسلامية وخليجية، داعيا المملكة عن الترفع عن "خلافات مخت...

Saudi air defenses destroy Houthi drone targeting Najran airport

Thu, 2019-05-23 17:03 RIYADH: The Royal Saudi Air Defense Forces destroyed a bomb-laden drone launched by the Houthis towards Najran airport, Saudi Press Agency reported on Thursday.  Arab coalition spokesperson Col. Turki Al-Maliki said the drone was in
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Saudi air defenses destroy Houthi drone targeting Najran airport

Thu, 2019-05-23 17:03 RIYADH: The Royal Saudi Air Defense Forces destroyed a bomb-laden drone launched by the Houthis towards Najran airport, Saudi Press Agency reported on Thursday.  Arab coalition spokesperson Col. Turki Al-Maliki said the drone was intercepted and destroyed at 1.46 p.m. on Thursday.  Al-Maliki said the Houthis “attacked a civilian airport” and warned of a “response”. On Monday, the forces also intercepted two missiles over Makkah province, which were launched by the Houthis. Reports said the missiles were aimed at Makkah and Jeddah. Houthi militants also tried to hit a civilian facility in Saudi Arabia's southern border province of Najran with a drone carrying explosives, the Arab coalition said on Tuesday.           Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: NajranHouthis Houthis target Saudi civilian facility in Najran with explosives-laden droneSaudi air defenses shoot down missiles ‘heading for Makkah and Jeddah’

Saudi Railways Organization urged to modernize outdated rail system linking Riyadh to Eastern Province

Thu, 2019-05-23 01:55 RIYADH: The Shoura Council held its 44th regular session in Riyadh on Wednesday under the chairmanship of Dr. Yahya bin Abdullah Al-Samaan, assistant speaker of the council. During the session, the council called on the Saudi Railw
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Saudi Railways Organization urged to modernize outdated rail system linking Riyadh to Eastern Province

Thu, 2019-05-23 01:55 RIYADH: The Shoura Council held its 44th regular session in Riyadh on Wednesday under the chairmanship of Dr. Yahya bin Abdullah Al-Samaan, assistant speaker of the council. During the session, the council called on the Saudi Railways Organization to develop the infrastructure of the existing rail system to enable it to use advanced and fast trains to reduce the time of journeys on Riyadh, Al-Ahsa and Dammam lines. The council asked the Saudi Authority for Industrial Cities and Technology Zones (MODON) to identify the regions’ competitive advantages, urge investors to benefit from them and create agriculture-based, livestock-based and fisheries-based industries. It also called on MODON to boost cooperation with government bodies and benefit from meetings, conferences and exhibitions to showcase the strength and resilience of the Kingdom’s economy in accordance with its 2030 Vision. The session approved a project that aims to broaden the private sector’s role in heritage and cultural festivities throughout the year. It enables the private sector to play an important role in the promotion of heritage and cultural festivals in improving internal tourism and national unity. The system seeks to support local productive families and popular professions, in addition to creating job opportunities for Saudis across the Kingdom. The council also approved a convention between the Saudi government and the Republic of Benin in the field of air transport services, signed in Riyadh on Oct. 2, 2018. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi Railways OrganizationMODONSaudi Shoura Council Saudi Railway launches first night rail journey to Al-JoufSaudi rail chiefs reveal expansion plans for freight, passengers

From Elbrus to Everest, a Saudi explorer climbs for a cause

Thu, 2019-05-23 02:29 From cancer patients to war refugees, the list of beneficiaries of the causes for which Saudi explorer Mona Shahab climbs the world’s highest summits is lengthy. Currently, she is tackling the world’s tallest mountain, Everest. If s
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From Elbrus to Everest, a Saudi explorer climbs for a cause

Thu, 2019-05-23 02:29 From cancer patients to war refugees, the list of beneficiaries of the causes for which Saudi explorer Mona Shahab climbs the world’s highest summits is lengthy. Currently, she is tackling the world’s tallest mountain, Everest. If she succeeds in scaling it, it would see Shahab tick five boxes out of the classic adverturer’s to-do list of Seven Summits — the highest point on each of the seven continents. Raising awareness and funds — more than $350,000 (SR1.3 million) to date — for charitable causes is what chiefly motivates Shahab to win the Explorers Grand Slam title — that is, to reach the North Pole and the South Pole in addition to the Seven Summits. But beyond that, she wants to send a message to Saudi women — and to the world at large. “One of my goals is for us to gently shake the world, to change misperceptions, and maybe even shatter some stereotypes. Many raise an eyebrow when they hear a Saudi woman has achieved something,” Shahab told Arab News from the Everest base camp part way through her expedition. “Saudi women can, Saudi women will, reach whatever heights they set their mind and heart to.” DIZZYHEIGHTS 2012 — Completed Kilimanjaro4 Cancer and helped raise funds to build the first detection cancer center in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province. Also completed “A Woman’s Journey: Everest Base Camp” with nine other Saudi women to raise breast cancer awareness in the Kingdom. 2013 — Elbrus4Cancer, scaling Europe’s Elbrus mountain, to raise funds for Umniyaty, Saudi version of “Make a Wish Foundation.” 2014 — MtBlanc4Humanity by scaling Mont Blanc — the highest mountain in the Alps and the highest in Europe west of Russia’s Caucasus peaks — to reinforce the importance of tolerance among citizens of the world. 2015 — Vinson4Mohammed — a mission completed by Shahab standing on the roof of Antarctica for Mohammed, a Syrian boy diagnosed with osteosarcoma. Also completed Toubkal4Smiles, which saw Shahab stand on the roof of the Arab world. 2016 — Kilimanjaro4Mawaddah — to raise funds to help build a safe haven where children of divorcees can meet parents. Also completed LeninPeak4Tomorrow to raise funds to give 100 refugee children in Lebanon tan education. 2017 Aconcagua4Cancer — in Latin America in support of a child with cancer and in memory of her friend Marwa Fayed. 2019 Aims to climb Mount Everest as part of Shahab’s goal to win the Explorers Grand Slam title — to reach the North Pole, the South Pole and all of the Seven Summits. Together with Joyce Azzam and Nelly Attar, from Lebanon, and Nadhirah Alharthy from Oman, Shahab is part of an all-Arab women’s team aiming to scale Mount Everest, 8,848 metres above sea level, this month. Next Shahab has her eye on two of the world’s highest seven summits — Australia’s tallest mountain, Mount Kosciuszko, and Denali, the highest point in North America. Once those peaks have been scaled, she intends to make her way to the North and South Pole on skis and become the first Saudi to complete the Explorers Grand Slam challenge. “Saudi Arabia is not in the Explorer Grand Slam’s books yet and there are dear Saudi friends (HH Prince Bandar bin Khalid Al-Saud and Raha Moharrak) who are closer to it than I am. They have already completed the Seven Summits,” said Shahab, who is a clinical child psychologist by profession. “Less than 50 names are on the current list, so it will be a pretty big achievement when a Saudi’s name is finally included.” Shahab, who was born and raised in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province, said that she loved the outdoors from a young age and was bitten by the hiking bug early on. “Growing up, my parents would punish me by not allowing me to go outside,” she told Arab News. “I never wanted to be between four walls, boxed up in a room. I have always loved the outdoors. “Whether playing tennis or softball, I would have bruised knees because I was always outside playing with my friends in a compound once I had completed my homework.” Shahab said it was when she moved to the US to continue her education that she considered her first altitude hike. “I was working at the Children’s Hospital Boston, and one of my close friends emailed me asking if I would like to join him and his wife who were going to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in 2007.” Due to visa issues, that trip did not work out. But the idea never left Shahab’s mind.  “Fast forward to 2010, my friends and I are sitting by the sea in India and out of the blue I ask, ‘Kilimanjaro early 2012. Who’s in?’” By 2011, the trip had been planned. “It just so happened that all of us were members of the Saudi Cancer Foundation in the Eastern Province, and we ended up helping to raise funds for the first early detection centre for cancer in the Eastern province.” After that first trip, Shahab has never looked back. “So Kilimanjaro was my first high-altitude hike, and I basically exchanged vows with the mountains ever since.” In 2012 Shahab was part of the first team of Saudi women, headed by HRH Princess Reema bint Bandar Al-Saud, to reach the Everest Base Camp. It was during the expedition that she met a woman who has inspired Shahab. Shahab forged a friendship with Marwa Fayed, the late wife of Omar Samra, who was the first Egyptian to climb Mount Everest, the Seven Summits and ski to both the South and the North Poles. “Right after trekking to the Everest Base Camp together, we decided to climb Aconcagua the following year,” Shahab recalled. However, Fayed, could not fulfill her ambition: three days after the birth of her daughter in 2013, she passed away. Fayed’s death came as a shock,  Shahab said. “So I aimed to climb that mountain in her memory.” After failing in 2014, Shahab achieved their shared Aconcagua dream in 2017. Now, during her mission to the top of Everest, it is Fayed’s memory that Shahab holds dear. She is also raising funds for a charity that Fayed founded. “Marwa had founded a charity called Marwa Fayed’s Toy Run. It had humble beginnings — to collect toys and distribute them to orphans in Egypt. It then expanded to refugee camps worldwide and today the charity is educating children in all areas — from theatre and analytical thinking to space. “It only takes $500 a year to educate a child on the skills they need to become change agents in their communities. I have joined forces in the hope that we can reach 300 children in underprivileged areas in Egypt.” Shahab has teamed up with Gento, an anti-bacterial company in the Middle East, which believed in her mission and offered her full sponsorship for her Everest ascent. Together they are raising awareness on obesity and diabetes, two conditions plaguing both the Kingdom and the wider region, as part of Gento’s commitment to highlight the importance of hygiene and community physical activities. “We want to motivate people and encourage them to move and become more physically active. Research shows that women who are more physically active are at less risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer,” Shahab told Arab News. “The focus now in the Kingdom is on Vision 2030. In order to move our nation to higher heights, we need to start with ourselves. Let’s get moving, Saudi! “We want men, women, and youth to toss all those excuses — “I can’t,” “I don’t want to,” “No one’s going to support me” — out the window.” Shahab, who along with her team-mates hopes to reach the summit of Everest in late May, continued: “We are here. We are standing on our own peaks whatever they may be, one hand, one heart. If we can do it, anyone can. “Change doesn’t happen in the blink of an eye. It takes time and that is OK.”       Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Editor’s ChoiceMountaineering Nepali sherpa scales Everest record 24 times — with one more to goEverest conqueror says end of Saudi Arabia stadium ban can inspire a generation

Ramadan in Najd: Between the past and the present

Thu, 2019-05-23 03:18 RIYADH: The month of Ramadan brings spiritual joy to Saudi Arabia — different to anywhere else around the world. The holy month has not changed since fasting was introduced, though different areas still have their own peculiarities
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Ramadan in Najd: Between the past and the present

Thu, 2019-05-23 03:18 RIYADH: The month of Ramadan brings spiritual joy to Saudi Arabia — different to anywhere else around the world. The holy month has not changed since fasting was introduced, though different areas still have their own peculiarities and quirks that have evolved gradually over time, in tandem with other traditions. Najd is one of those.    Crescent sighting According to the Diriyah Gate Development Authority (DGDA), in the early days of the Kingdom there were traditions that were practiced before and during the holy month, such as the crescent sighting ceremony in the final days of the month of Sha’aban. Important members of the local government, as well as princes, sheikhs and judges, would gather alongside consultants atop a high, flat area before sunset to witness the crescent moon. “Equipped with small mountains and plains, the Najd region was celebrated as a hub for astronomy, serving as the source of confirmation that the sighting of the moon had taken place,” the DGCA states. “The consultants, experts in the phases of the moon, would determine the visibility of the slight crescent (hilal) moon that marks the beginning of the next month. When the hilal crescent was witnessed, neighboring areas were informed either through a loud call or through signaling shots being fired.”   Preparations  One of the main traditions that the people of Diriyah used to follow was  to make sure that the mosques were well equipped for the holy month. According to the DGCA: “Cleaning and lighting the mosques was a priority for the community, and it was a tradition for residents to bring oil lamps to light the mosques through the night.”  Now, the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Dawah and Guidance plays an essential role in preparing mosques throughout the country and abroad. During Ramadan, it makes requests for preachers to offer religious speeches and lectures, as well as to distribute copies of the Holy Qu’ran. Restoration and refurbishment is also high on the agenda. According to the ministry’s website, this year the director general of its office in Riyadh, Sheikh Sami bin Sulaiman Al-Mashiqih, distributed 50,000 square meters of new carpets to mosques in the city alone. FASTFACT   • According to the Diriyah Gate Development Authority, in the early days of the Kingdom there were traditions that were practiced before and during the holy month of Ramadan, such as the crescent-sighting ceremony in the final days of the month of Sha’aban. • One of the main traditions that the people of Diriyah used to follow was to make sure that the mosques were well equipped for the holy month. Donations Perhaps one of the most important  Ramadan issues in the past was heat — considered a great suffering for previous generations who lived without electricity and air conditioners. According to the DGDA, the people of Diriyah used sheepskin or goatskin flasks to store water and keep it cool. The Najdi people during the holy month used to donate the skins of their sacrifices to the mosque to be made into flasks for the worshippers as a Ramadan tradition. They also donated palm trees and left dates at the door of the mosque, a practice known as “asha Ramadan.” Now, the community donates water bottles instead, as well as appliances such as refrigerators, a variety of foods, and chairs for the disabled to use inside the mosques.   Food The DGDA states that Najdi people in the past were characterized by simplicity when it came to Ramadan dishes, with a range of traditional and simple foods. They used to drink a sweet date juice called “Merais” at iftar and suhoor, which was particularly popular among the elderly. It was believed that it provided people with strength and energy when they fasted during the day. According to DGDA: “Merais is made by soaking dates in water, then filtering them into a thick juice. Some people in the region would enjoy Merais with ‘iqt,’ a dried and ground yogurt, to give the traditional drink a sour flavor. The most common and traditional Ramadan beverages among Najdi people were, and continue to be, camel milk and laban made from sheep milk.” Nowadays, drinking laban is common at every Najdi table. People drink it while eating dates, others drink Arabic coffee with dates to break their fast. “The Najdi region,” the DGDA continues, “is celebrated in the Arabian Peninsula for its local foods. Famous dishes originated in the region including ‘henaney,’ a sweet breakfast made from wheat dough, various type of dates and a thick date paste, known as ‘abet el tamer’. ‘Al-Hayes,’ a variation of ‘henaney’ made with ‘iqt,’ was attributed to the Sons of Hanifa and remains one of the most famous Najdi foods.”  During the early 1980s  new dishes were introduced to the Najdi iftar table during Ramadan through importers, including samosas, pasta, luqiamat (a crunchy sweet dumpling) and other foreign foods.  Muneerah Al-Ajlan, a local Najdi, said: “Soup and samosas are necessary on our iftar table. The family gathers for dates and coffee; after that the men go to the mosque while women head to the kitchen to carry out the second part of the iftar.”  Recently, many people and neighborhoods in Riyadh began to celebrate Gargee’an, which is primarily observed in the Eastern Gulf area, and which takes place on the 15th night of Ramadan. Children usually dress in traditional costumes and go door-to-door to receive sweets and nuts from neighbors and sing traditional songs. “On the second weekend of Ramadan, we celebrate Gargee’an in our house, where the whole family gathers and the children distribute candy,” added Al-Ajlan. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Ramadan2019NajdSaudi Arabia Singapore celebrates Ramadan with bazaars and biryaniWant to stay fit during Ramadan? No sweat, say fitness experts in Pakistan

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