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Jeddah city hosts first edition of UAE Week

Author: ARAB NEWSID: 1541453752390241800Wed, 2018-11-07 00:35 JEDDAH: The first edition of UAE Week around the world will be hosted by Jeddah on Wednesday and Thursday, under the theme of Economic, Investment and Development Integration between th

اصابات جراء قصف مدفعي على تجمعات العدوان في ربوعة عسير

قصفت مدفعية الجيش واللجان الشعبية، يوم الثلاثاء، تجمعات للجيش السعودي ومرتزقته بقطاع عسير....
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اصابات جراء قصف مدفعي على تجمعات العدوان في ربوعة عسير

قصفت مدفعية الجيش واللجان الشعبية، يوم الثلاثاء، تجمعات للجيش السعودي ومرتزقته بقطاع عسير....

الطب الشرعي الاميركي يؤكد انتحار سعوديتي نهر هدسون

​​​​​​​أعلن مكتب الطب الشرعي في نيويورك أن الشقيقتين السعوديتين اللتين غرقتا في نهر هدسون قد أقدمتا على الانتحار....
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الطب الشرعي الاميركي يؤكد انتحار سعوديتي نهر هدسون

​​​​​​​أعلن مكتب الطب الشرعي في نيويورك أن الشقيقتين السعوديتين اللتين غرقتا في نهر هدسون قد أقدمتا على الانتحار....

الكشف عن سبب وفاة سعوديتين بأميركا بعد أشهر من الحادثة

حسم الطب الشرعي في ولاية نيويورك سبب وفاة شقيقتين سعوديتين، كانت السلطات قد عثرت على جثتيهما في نهر هدسون قبل أشهر، وذلك حسب ما أعلن بيان رسمي
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الكشف عن سبب وفاة سعوديتين بأميركا بعد أشهر من الحادثة

حسم الطب الشرعي في ولاية نيويورك سبب وفاة شقيقتين سعوديتين، كانت السلطات قد عثرت على جثتيهما في نهر هدسون قبل أشهر، وذلك حسب ما أعلن بيان رسمي، الأرب...

Majlis culture brings a little Saudi warmth to freezing Davos

Wed, 2019-01-23 00:28 DAVOS: From the sub-zero temperatures of the icy Davos Promenade you are ushered through a glass door into the warmth of a desert majlis, with works by young Saudi artists on the walls and traditional Arabian delicacies being served. I
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Majlis culture brings a little Saudi warmth to freezing Davos

Wed, 2019-01-23 00:28 DAVOS: From the sub-zero temperatures of the icy Davos Promenade you are ushered through a glass door into the warmth of a desert majlis, with works by young Saudi artists on the walls and traditional Arabian delicacies being served. It is quite a culture shock. The Davos majlis is the work of the Misk Global Forum (MGF), the international arm of the organization founded by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to promote youth empowerment.  The Misk Pavilion is one of the many signs of the Kingdom’s enthusiastic involvement in the world’s biggest gathering of political, business and thought leaders. “The Kingdom’s participation in WEF 2019 highlights its role in developing the regional and global economy, and reflects the nation’s continuing ambition for sustainable development,” said Bader Al-Asaker, head of the crown prince’s private office and chairman of the Misk Initiatives Center.  The Saudi delegation’s HQ overlooks the main congress hall, inside the Davos security cordon.  At a nearby five-star hotel, the Saudi Arabia General Investment Authority has sponsored a prominent display proclaiming: “The future-forward economy — Invest Saudi.”  This is the second year Misk has been prominent at Davos. As well as the majlis, its pavilion offers visitors the chance to immerse themselves in modern Saudi art via a virtual reality tour of the work of four young artists. Misk is organizing daily events there, building up to a power breakfast with leading executives on Friday on the theme of youth empowerment. “In an age of profound economic disruption, we regard young people as the problem-solvers, not a problem to be solved,” said MGF executive manager Shaima Hamidaddin. “We’re holding interactive discussions on how to empower young people to be the architects of the future economy, not the tenants of it.” Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Davos 2019 US urges coalitions against Iran’s ‘malign meddling’Time to tear down Mideast trade barriers, Davos panel hears

Truffle hunting: Seeking Saudi Arabia’s ‘Diamonds in the dirt’

Author: Nada HameedID: 1548192543384945700Wed, 2019-01-23 00:28 JEDDAH: During the wet winter months Saudis flock to the desert to look for truffles, the pungent yet highly prized culinary ingredient. The edible fungus, known locally as fage’a,
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Truffle hunting: Seeking Saudi Arabia’s ‘Diamonds in the dirt’

Author: Nada HameedID: 1548192543384945700Wed, 2019-01-23 00:28 JEDDAH: During the wet winter months Saudis flock to the desert to look for truffles, the pungent yet highly prized culinary ingredient. The edible fungus, known locally as fage’a, grows mostly in Riyadh’s Al-Thumama desert. Southern and eastern regions in the Kingdom are popular with families for winter camping — and they are also where Saudis go hunting for the delicacy dubbed “diamonds in the dirt.” Ali Al-Hazmi, from the eastern city of Qatif, has posted photos of his truffle quest on Instagram. “Truffles can be found in clean spaces of the desert where there are no humans or cars, 10 days to a month after rainy days,” he told Arab News. “I usually go to look for truffles with my friend and I always hope to find the zubaidi type as it is the tastiest, largest and most expensive.” He said there were four main types of truffle — zubaidi, hobar, khalasi and jaba’a. Zubaidi was the most famous of these, he said. It is large, white and has a distinctive smell. Hobar is small and black. Khalasi is solid and jaba’a is one of the worst, he explained, because it is crumbly. Truffle prices in Qatif range from SR120 ($32) to SR400 for a kilo. Prices in other parts of the Kingdom vary from SR450 to SR1,200 depending on the type of fungus and its weight, according to Al-Hazmi. Prices tend to be higher at the start of the season because of the process of collecting truffles, which requires effort and luck as they do not have seeds or leaves and are hard to spot. Also, there are no rules when it comes to who can collect truffles or how. Some Saudi traders import truffles from other countries in the Middle East, including Morocco, Syria and Egypt. #Truffle hunting: Seeking #SaudiArabia’s ‘Diamonds in the dirt’ https://t.co/WUrDBFuWMS pic.twitter.com/bact9pzNWZ — Arab News (@arabnews) January 22, 2019 Salim Al-Salhi, from Al-Qassim region, said he enjoyed searching for truffles by walking long distances until he found cracked parts on the ground’s surface. It was one of the signs there could be truffles in the area, he said. “It also grows in lowlands and plains characterized by sandy clay,” he told Arab News. “Another sign is the growth of two green plants, known in the Saudi desert as Al-Ragog and Al-Jarid, around the cracked hole. However, these signs are not definite. ‘’We often use a small farming stick or a slingshot to take out the truffle from the ground,” he said, adding that truffles could be cooked with traditional Saudi dishes such as kabsa and margoog. “The zubaidi type tastes pretty much like a mixture of mushrooms and potatoes and it is the best,” Al-Salhi added. Oprah Winfrey fell in love with truffles 11 years ago according to her blog. In 2008, Lisa Marie Presley sent her a gift basket full of food items that included truffle salt, prompting the billionaire TV host’s years-long love affair with the fungus. Last December she posted a video on Instagram that showed her unboxing a fancy pack of truffles gifted to her by Sabatino Tartufi as a Christmas treat. The Balestra family, which runs the firm, even invited her to a truffle hunt in Umbria, Italy, in 2015. Rumor has it that she loves the foodstuff so much that she even keeps truffle zest in her purse. She has eight truffle recipes in her cookbook, “Food Health and Happiness,” that was published in 2017. Truffles are prized for their nutritional value. They are packed with minerals and vitamins, and are also high in carbohydrates, protein and fiber. Vivian Wahbi, a nutritionist and dietitian from Jeddah, said it was important that truffles were cleaned and cooked thoroughly. “This type of fungi is rich in antioxidants and vitamin B, which makes it a treatment for cracked skin and works as a good moisturizer. Its richness in vegetable protein makes it an important nutrition source for vegetarians,” she told Arab News. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTravelTags: trufflesSaudi Arabia Connoisseurs scour desert in hunt for truffles'Beauty of Saudi desert at sunset unforgettable'

Saudi Arabia’s KSRelief has lion’s share of Yemen relief work: Minister

Author: Arab newsID: 1548188281174736600Tue, 2019-01-22 23:17 JEDDAH: Since its establishment in 2015, the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) has had the biggest share of relief and humanitarian work in Yemen, said Abdulraqee
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Saudi Arabia’s KSRelief has lion’s share of Yemen relief work: Minister

Author: Arab newsID: 1548188281174736600Tue, 2019-01-22 23:17 JEDDAH: Since its establishment in 2015, the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) has had the biggest share of relief and humanitarian work in Yemen, said Abdulraqeeb Fatah, Yemen’s minister of local administration. KSRelief’s work has contributed directly to saving Yemen from a humanitarian disaster following the actions of Houthi militias against the internationally recognized government, added Fatah, who is also chairman of the Higher Committee for Relief in Yemen. KSRelief “has implemented more than 321 projects in all Yemeni governorates,” he said in a meeting with a team from the center’s Project for Landmine Clearance (MASAM). KSRelief, in coordination with the Higher Committee for Relief, has undertaken projects to support livelihoods and development, he added. MASAM was launched in June 2018 at a cost of $40 million due to the Houthis laying more than a million mines in Yemen, leading to many civilian casualties, including women and children. The project has led to the clearance of 35,227 mines and explosive charges, as well as the establishment of artificial limb centers. KSRelief projects have also helped Yemeni refugees in Djibouti, providing them with humanitarian services and establishing an integrated village including 300 residential units, schools and medical clinics, Fatah said. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief)Yemen Saudi Arabia’s KSRelief signs six agreements to boost aid to YemenSaudi Arabia’s KSRelief continues to support needy Syrians

Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea project ensures protection of ecology

Author: Arab NewsID: 1548189009764767200Tue, 2019-01-22 23:29 JEDDAH: Plans to develop one of the world’s most ambitious tourism projects in Saudi Arabia, have been given the green light. The Red Sea Development Co. (TRSDC), which is leading the
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Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea project ensures protection of ecology

Author: Arab NewsID: 1548189009764767200Tue, 2019-01-22 23:29 JEDDAH: Plans to develop one of the world’s most ambitious tourism projects in Saudi Arabia, have been given the green light. The Red Sea Development Co. (TRSDC), which is leading the luxury leisure project, has received final approval from its board of directors for the program’s master plan. The tourism project, drawn up in partnership with global design firm WATG and engineering giant BuroHappold, will incorporate state-of-the-art building design concepts from some of the world’s top architectural firms and is expected to create up to 70,000 new jobs. The first phase of the development, scheduled for completion in 2022, includes 14 luxury and hyper-luxury hotels providing 3,000 rooms across five islands and two inland resorts on the Kingdom’s west coast. Phase one will also include marinas, leisure and lifestyle amenities and an airport to serve the destination. As part of the planning process, major environmental studies were carried out to ensure that the area’s sensitive ecology was protected both during and after completion of the development. The final master plan, which preserves some 75 percent of the destination’s islands for conservation and designates nine islands as sites of significant ecological value, required several redesigns to avoid potential disruption to endangered species native to the area. John Pagano, CEO of TRSDC, said: “The design concepts that we have presented to the board will provide visitors with a uniquely diverse, immersive experience while setting new standards in sustainable development and positioning Saudi Arabia on the global tourism map. “With the master plan approved, we are now identifying investors and partners who are interested in working with us on realizing the objectives of the project and who share our commitment to enhance, not exploit, the natural ecosystems that make the destination so unique.” The approved master plan will steer the development of 22 of the 90-plus islands at the destination, providing up to 10,000 hotel rooms across island resorts, mountain retreats and desert hideaways. The location will also offer luxury residential properties and a wide range of commercial, retail and recreational facilities. The master plan is underpinned by an extensive smart destination management system that will support a wide range of personalized products and services designed to appeal to the modern luxury traveler. TRSDC employed the world’s first destination-scale computer simulation techniques, created in Saudi Arabia, to assess the impact of the development and future tourism on the environment. The resulting plan now targets a 30 percent net increase in biodiversity over the next two decades, a conservation equivalent to designating the site as a marine protection area. Technology also underpins the destination’s sustainability initiatives, with a suite of sensors and monitoring devices in place to track and measure variations in environmental factors such as water salinity, temperature, visibility and tidal flows. “The leadership of the Kingdom has shown great foresight in its insistence on balanced development of this pristine destination,” said Pagano. “Our plan not only envisions a stunning luxury destination, it also takes tangible, measurable steps to enhance that destination for future generations to enjoy and cherish.” Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Red Sea ProjectJeddahSaudi Arabia Saudi Arabia, Red Sea and Gulf of Aden states reach agreement for cooperationSaudi Red Sea Project ‘to have 40-50 hotels’

Saudi Arabia unveils seven principles to raise investment

Author: Arab NewsID: 1548190768474852600Tue, 2019-01-22 23:59 JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia has unveiled seven investment principles, issued by royal decree and based on international best practice, that will support the development of a competitive investm
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Saudi Arabia unveils seven principles to raise investment

Author: Arab NewsID: 1548190768474852600Tue, 2019-01-22 23:59 JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia has unveiled seven investment principles, issued by royal decree and based on international best practice, that will support the development of a competitive investment environment in the Kingdom. “The rapid pace of economic transformation in the coming years is opening exciting investment opportunities, both in Saudi — a G20 economy opening up to international businesses — and in the broader Middle East,” said Ibrahim Al-Omar, governor of the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA). The investment principles are: Ensure equality between Saudi and foreign investors; ensure protection of investments; enable sustainability of investment; provide access to equal investment incentives; implement social and environmental standards and ensure investor compliance with Saudi health, safety and environmental regulations; facilitate access procedures for foreign workers and their families; and ensure a solid transfer of knowledge, technology and enhancement of local human capital. Main category: Saudi Arabia

Riyadh hosts international water conference

Author: ARAB NEWSID: 1548190804004852900Tue, 2019-01-22 23:59 JEDDAH: Badran A. Al-Omar, rector of King Saud University (KSU), on Tuesday inaugurated the eighth International Conference on Water Resources and Arid Environments at the KSU’s headqu
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Riyadh hosts international water conference

Author: ARAB NEWSID: 1548190804004852900Tue, 2019-01-22 23:59 JEDDAH: Badran A. Al-Omar, rector of King Saud University (KSU), on Tuesday inaugurated the eighth International Conference on Water Resources and Arid Environments at the KSU’s headquarters in Riyadh. The conference was organized by the Prince Sultan Institute for Environmental, Water and Desert Research, the Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Water Award, and the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture. The two-day event is sponsored by Education Minister Dr. Hamad bin Mohammed Al-Asheikh. The chairman of the conference’s supervisory authority, Dr. Abdulmalik Al-Asheikh, delivered a speech in which he expressed pride in the international status reached by the water award, especially under the patronage of King Salman. The chairman said attendees included many researchers, and 316 scientific papers were submitted from 34 countries, 105 of which were accepted. The conference aims to try and solve problems related to the environment and water in arid and semi-arid regions of the world.  The deputy minister of environment, water and agriculture, Mansour bin Hilal Al-Mushaiti, said the Kingdom is witnessing the launch of many pioneering development initiatives and projects in accordance with the Vision 2030 reform plan. The Kingdom has achieved several successes in the field of water research, namely in developing a unified reference framework to achieve water sustainability and conservation, he added. Al-Omar said: “It is normal to see the rapid development plans implemented by the Saudi government resulting in an increase in demand for water. These plans have been accompanied by great efforts to increase water resources and rationalize their consumption, particularly in the agricultural sector.” He added: “I would like to commend the outstanding efforts made by the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture, with the adoption of several strategic plans.” KSU has played an important role in the conservation of natural resources in the Kingdom through its strategic plans and initiatives, especially those related to the management and development of water resources, he said. The Prince Sultan Institute for Environmental, Water and Desert Research is conducting research, scientific studies and projects through the localization and development of modern technologies. UN studies estimate that 5.3 billion people will face water scarcity by 2025, signaling a global crisis that could be exacerbated by irregular distribution of rainfall, a growing population at a rate of 90 million people per year, and increased water consumption. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: saudi water projetsSaudi Arabia Private funds to expand Saudi water plant investmentsSaudi Water & Power Forum focuses on industry challenges

Saudis seek truffles in the desert

Author: Nada HameedID: 1548192543384945700Wed, 2019-01-23 00:28JEDDAH: During the wet winter months Saudis flock to the desert to look for truffles, the pungent yet highly prized culinary ingredient.The edible fungus, known locally as fage’a, grow
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Saudis seek truffles in the desert

Author: Nada HameedID: 1548192543384945700Wed, 2019-01-23 00:28JEDDAH: During the wet winter months Saudis flock to the desert to look for truffles, the pungent yet highly prized culinary ingredient.The edible fungus, known locally as fage’a, grows mostly in Riyadh’s Al-Thumama desert. Southern and eastern regions in the Kingdom are popular with families for winter camping — and they are also where Saudis go hunting for the delicacy dubbed “diamonds in the dirt.”Ali Al-Hazmi, from the eastern city of Qatif, has posted photos of his truffle quest on Instagram. “Truffles can be found in clean spaces of the desert where there are no humans or cars, 10 days to a month after rainy days,” he told Arab News.“I usually go to look for truffles with my friend and I always hope to find the zubaidi type as it is the tastiest, largest and most expensive.” He said there were four main types of truffle — zubaidi, hobar, khalasi and jaba’a. Zubaidi was the most famous of these, he said. It is large, white and has a distinctive smell. Hobar is small and black. Khalasi is solid and jaba’a is one of the worst, he explained, because it is crumbly.Truffle prices in Qatif range from SR120 ($32) to SR400 for a kilo. Prices in other parts of the Kingdom vary from SR450 to SR1,200 depending on the type of fungus and its weight, according to Al-Hazmi.Prices tend to be higher at the start of the season because of the process of collecting truffles, which requires effort and luck as they do not have seeds or leaves and are hard to spot. Also, there are no rules when it comes to who can collect truffles or how.Some Saudi traders import truffles from other countries in the Middle East, including Morocco, Syria and Egypt.Salim Al-Salhi, from Al-Qassim region, said he enjoyed searching for truffles by walking long distances until he found cracked parts on the ground’s surface. It was one of the signs there could be truffles in the area, he said. “It also grows in lowlands and plains characterized by sandy clay,” he told Arab News. “Another sign is the growth of two green plants, known in the Saudi desert as Al-Ragog and Al-Jarid, around the cracked hole. However, these signs are not definite.‘’We often use a small farming stick or a slingshot to take out the truffle from the ground,” he said, adding that truffles could be cooked with traditional Saudi dishes such as kabsa and margoog. “The zubaidi type tastes pretty much like a mixture of mushrooms and potatoes and it is the best,” Al-Salhi added.Oprah Winfrey fell in love with truffles 11 years ago according to her blog. In 2008, Lisa Marie Presley sent her a gift basket full of food items that included truffle salt, prompting the billionaire TV host’s years-long love affair with the fungus. Last December she posted a video on Instagram that showed her unboxing a fancy pack of truffles gifted to her by Sabatino Tartufi as a Christmas treat. The Balestra family, which runs the firm, even invited her to a truffle hunt in Umbria, Italy, in 2015.Rumor has it that she loves the foodstuff so much that she even keeps truffle zest in her purse. She has eight truffle recipes in her cookbook, “Food Health and Happiness,” that was published in 2017.Truffles are prized for their nutritional value. They are packed with minerals and vitamins, and are also high in carbohydrates, protein and fiber.Vivian Wahbi, a nutritionist and dietitian from Jeddah, said it was important that truffles were cleaned and cooked thoroughly.“This type of fungi is rich in antioxidants and vitamin B, which makes it a treatment for cracked skin and works as a good moisturizer. Its richness in vegetable protein makes it an important nutrition source for vegetarians,” she told Arab News. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTravel

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Saudi crown prince discusses bilateral ties with Singapore's deputy PM

Author: Tue, 2019-01-22 00:36 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met with Singapore's Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratunam on Monday in Riyadh to review bilateral relations between the two countries, the Saudi Press Agency
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Saudi crown prince discusses bilateral ties with Singapore's deputy PM

Author: Tue, 2019-01-22 00:36 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met with Singapore's Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratunam on Monday in Riyadh to review bilateral relations between the two countries, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said. The crown prince also discussed with Shanmugaratunam opportunities for developing cooperation between the two sides in various fields, especially the economic aspect, and the desire of the Singaporean government to contribute to programs and projects to achieve the Kingdom's Vision 2030 program.  Shanmugaratunam is also Singapore's minister for economic policy. Among those who attended the meeting meeting were Majid Al-Qasabi, Saudi trade and investment manager; Khaled Al-Falih, Minister of energy, industry and mineral resources; Education Minister Hamad Al-Sheikh; Saudi Ambassador to Singapore Saad Al-Saleh. Osman;  Lawrence Anderson, the Singaporean ambassador to the Kingdom; and a number of officials.   Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Crow Prince MohammedSingaporeTharman ShanmugaratunamVision 2030 No delays in private sector’s payments, says Saudi ministry‘Saudi defense sector to contribute $61.6bn to GDP by 2020’

Saudi Aramco recognized as a leader in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Author: Tue, 2019-01-22 01:05 JEDDAH: Saudi Aramco’s Uthmaniyah Gas Plant (UGP) has been recognized by the World Economic Forum (WEF) as a “Lighthouse” manufacturing facility and a leader in technology applications of the Fourth Industrial Revolut
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Saudi Aramco recognized as a leader in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Author: Tue, 2019-01-22 01:05 JEDDAH: Saudi Aramco’s Uthmaniyah Gas Plant (UGP) has been recognized by the World Economic Forum (WEF) as a “Lighthouse” manufacturing facility and a leader in technology applications of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.  Saudi Aramco is the first energy company globally to be included in this select group of manufacturing sites. The plant is also the only facility in the Middle East to be recognized by WEF.  The announcement was made ahead of WEFs annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland. The gas plant is one of the world’s largest gas processing plants and was commissioned in 1981 as part of Saudi Aramco’s Master Gas System to process associated gas from oil wells.  The use of drones and wearable technologies to inspect pipelines and machinery has helped cut inspection time by 90% in this industrial facility. “The recognition of the Uthmaniyah Gas Plant demonstrates Saudi Aramco’s shift to transform and adapt in the rapidly changing global energy landscape. Uthmaniyah is only one part of our large integrated energy value chain where IR 4.0 technologies are playing a critical role to enable significant capital and operational efficiencies,” said Amin H. Nasser, Chief Executive Officer of Saudi Aramco. The seven new facilities join nine other “Manufacturing Lighthouses” which WEF unveiled in September 2018. The 16 factories were selected from an initial list of 1,000 manufacturers based on their successful implementation of cutting-edge technologies of the future that drive financial and operational impact. The “Lighthouse” program was conducted by WEF in collaboration with McKinsey during a year-long study. A study team visited UGP in Saudi Arabia and performed a thorough audit. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Road to 2030Saudi Aramco Saudi Aramco, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority sign MoU to foster collaboration in new energySaudi Aramco oil reserve upgrade seen boosting bonds, IPO

No delays in private sector’s payments, says Saudi ministry

Author: Mon, 2019-01-21 23:08 JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s Finance Ministry has confirmed that 97 percent of its payments for private sector contracts are paid within 30 days of issue, with 99 percent paid within 60. The remaining 1 percent of payments,
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No delays in private sector’s payments, says Saudi ministry

Author: Mon, 2019-01-21 23:08 JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s Finance Ministry has confirmed that 97 percent of its payments for private sector contracts are paid within 30 days of issue, with 99 percent paid within 60. The remaining 1 percent of payments, the ministry said, were not made due to court orders, or as a result of disputes between the government and the client, and were subject to contractual dispute resolution mechanisms.  Foreign investment in Saudi Arabia more than doubled in 2018 to reach $3.5 billion. Attracting foreign investment is a key part of the Vision 2030 plan to diversify the economy away from oil revenues.  The Kingdom is also taking all steps to make small and medium enterprises the main engine for economic development.    Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi finance ministry Saudi finance minister participates in IMF, World Bank meetings in BaliSaudi finance ministry goes live with digital financial platform Etimad

Saudi Arabia’s “City of Springs” moves step closer to UNESCO recognition

Author: ARAB NEWSID: 1548102247446635400Mon, 2019-01-21 23:19 JEDDAH: While preserving and restoring national heritage sites is no easy task for any country, ensuring these treasures stand out on the world stage is a whole different ballgame.  Th
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Saudi Arabia’s “City of Springs” moves step closer to UNESCO recognition

Author: ARAB NEWSID: 1548102247446635400Mon, 2019-01-21 23:19 JEDDAH: While preserving and restoring national heritage sites is no easy task for any country, ensuring these treasures stand out on the world stage is a whole different ballgame.  Thankfully, the efforts made by the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) have paid off for one village in the Kingdom’s famous Al-Baha region. The village of Zee Ain, Arabic for “city of springs,” was included on a tentative list within the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization after King Salman approved its nomination in 2015. The SCTH has since put forth a multimillion dollar comprehensive restoration plan for the village to make it tourist friendly and shed light on its famous, locally made products. What makes the village of Zee Ain stand out is its strategic location atop a mountain offering impressive panoramic views of the region’s farms. The village is home to dwellings made of polished stone, some four stories high, and a famous mosque. The area, which is said to be more than 400 years old, was given its name from the permanent water source that flows into the area from nearby valleys. The SCTH development plan, which has been underway for several years, consists of two stages. The first is restoring several structures to create an open-air museum overlooking the waterfalls, as well as revamping an existing museum. The second is constructing a village garden and a visitors’ center, which will eventually include an exhibition of locally made products. Hidden gem The peak on which the village is built, which is also set against an impressive backdrop of mountain ranges, is renowned for fruit and spices, including banana, lemon, pepper and basil. Tourists can also get a glimpse of the historic forts built around the village. Legend has it that the springs were dug inadvertently in search of a cane belonging to well-known local. The development plan also includes carrying out research studies aimed at shedding light on the city’s unique architecture and the raw material with which doors and windows are made. Zee Ain was home to many tribal battles before the establishment of the Kingdom. The area is also renowned for a battle in which two famous tribes defeated the Ottomans. As such, it is known among locals as the “site of Turks’ graves.” Locals in Zee Ain have jumped on board the quest to get their hidden gem on the map. More recently, locals have introduced banana festivals in an attempt to attract farmers and tourists. Its existence in a region already brimming with natural wonders, including Raghdan Forest, as well as traditional markets selling distinct handicraft, has no doubt boded well for the city of springs, which may one day rival the likes of France’s Mont Saint Michel and Italy’s Amalfi Coast thanks to the distinct vantage point it offers and the geophysical beauty with which it is surrounded. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTravelTags: Al-BahaSaudi ArabiaSaudi Commission for Tourism & National Heritage (SCTH Al-Baha coast gets tourism green lightNational Day Hiking event concludes in Saudi Arabia’s Al-Baha city

Hajj ministry holds preparatory meeting with UAE officials

Mon, 2019-01-21 23:29 JEDDAH: Dr. Abdul Fattah bin Suleiman Mashat, deputy minister of Hajj and Umrah, received the chairman of the Emirati office for pilgrims’ affairs and director-general of the General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments, Moham
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Hajj ministry holds preparatory meeting with UAE officials

Mon, 2019-01-21 23:29 JEDDAH: Dr. Abdul Fattah bin Suleiman Mashat, deputy minister of Hajj and Umrah, received the chairman of the Emirati office for pilgrims’ affairs and director-general of the General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments, Mohammed Saeed Al-Neyadi. During the meeting, Al-Neyadi and his delegation discussed with Mashat the preparations being made for pilgrims from the UAE attending this year’s Hajj. Mashat said that the relevant Saudi agencies were working to establish an integrated system that offered the best possible services and facilities to pilgrims and visitors to the Prophet’s Mosque in line with the directives of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to allow them to perform their Hajj with ease and comfort. AN Jeddah Al-Neyadi praised the Saudi government and the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah for their efforts and for developing technology to serve the needs of pilgrims.  Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaHajj ministry Deputy Hajj minister meets officials from Thailand, TurkmenistanHajj, Umrah Ministry pavilion showcases projects

Saudi Aramco, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority sign MoU to foster collaboration in new energy

Author: Shounaz MekkyID: 1548104111846780500Mon, 2019-01-21 23:54 JEDDAH: Saudi Aramco signed today a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA) to foster collaboration in power supply and demand managemen
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Saudi Aramco, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority sign MoU to foster collaboration in new energy

Author: Shounaz MekkyID: 1548104111846780500Mon, 2019-01-21 23:54 JEDDAH: Saudi Aramco signed today a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA) to foster collaboration in power supply and demand management. The MoU will also provide a framework to assess potential collaborations and ventures in new energy and smart grid applications, digital transformation, and operational excellence. “We look forward to our partnership with DEWA as it is an important step to achieve our shared objectives and goals that aim at identifying new opportunities within our business for deployment of new energy, smart grid and digital applications. Through this partnership, we are pursuing an exchange of experiences and best practices that will help both parties to leverage technology solutions and accelerate business growth and drive innovation in the energy sector”. “The MoU will help our efforts in digital transformation in the energy industry by applying effective technologies to enable operational efficiencies. The collaboration with DEWA will complement Saudi Aramco’s ongoing energy and technology initiatives”, said Saudi Aramco VP Power Systems, Abdulkarim Al-Ghamdi. “This MoU supports the vision of the wise leadership in both the United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and contributes to achieving integration across all vital sectors through joint efforts to support national and regional goals and common interests, anticipate the future and adopt innovation to enhance sustainability of development. The collaboration with Saudi Aramco supports regional efforts to enhance the energy, water, smart transformation, smart grids, energy efficiency and sustainability sectors”, said HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA. Saudi Aramco is deploying smart control systems as part of the intelligent Power Center currently under construction. The center aims to enhance the effectiveness of power generation, transmission, distribution, and asset management through the implementation of latest real-time power management technologies. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: AramcoDEWA

All-star field ready to tee off in golfing first for Saudi Arabia

Author: ARAB NEWSID: 1548102363786642800Mon, 2019-01-21 23:25 JEDDAH: Some of the world’s biggest golf stars will tee off in Saudi Arabia at the end of this month, as the Kingdom prepares to host its first international golf tournament. The spor
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All-star field ready to tee off in golfing first for Saudi Arabia

Author: ARAB NEWSID: 1548102363786642800Mon, 2019-01-21 23:25 JEDDAH: Some of the world’s biggest golf stars will tee off in Saudi Arabia at the end of this month, as the Kingdom prepares to host its first international golf tournament. The sport’s top three male golfers are taking part in the Saudi International golf tournament, starting Jan. 31, as part of the PGA European Tour. World No. 1 Justin Rose is headlining the field and is flying the flag for England, alongside fellow countryman Ian Poulter. The US contingent features three-time major winner and world No. 2 Brooks Koepka, world No. 3 Dustin Johnson and world No. 5 Bryson DeChambeau. Four-time major champion and 71-time worldwide winner Ernie Els is also on the entry list. The tournament prize exceeds $3.5 million. Rose said he was pleased to be participating in the “historic event” and was eager to compete in the latest European Tour championship. Another player taking part in the tournament, Sweden’s Henrik Stenson, said: “I have been playing in the PGA European Tour since 2001 and was lucky to play golf around the world, but I have never visited Saudi Arabia, so it is great to be visiting the Kingdom now after hearing about its great plans to promote and develop the game. I am excited to compete against the world’s best players.” The Saudi Arabian Golf Federation (SGF), supported by the General Sport Authority, last year struck a deal with the European Tour for the Kingdom to host a series of prestigious tournaments. “Hosting this event reflects our efforts to make this tournament one of the world’s most important golf championships,” Yasser Al-Ramian, president of the SGF, told Arab News. “We have aspired from the outset to organize an event that brings to light the Kingdom’s civilized image and bright future, and we are on the way to achieve this.” The event, which runs over four days and ends Feb. 3, takes place at the Royal Greens Golf & Country Club in King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC). KAEC CEO Ahmed Linjawy said the venue aimed to become the region’s leading tourism and entertainment destination to meet the aspirations of the Vision 2030 reform plan. The tournament’s organizing committee said there would be a Family Golf Village with activities for all age groups, including golf lessons, competitions, food stalls, live entertainment and an auditorium for visitors to interact with the professionals. “The Saudi International golf tournament is an important milestone in the Kingdom’s sports history as it provides the opportunity for golf enthusiasts from around the world to watch their favorite golf professionals play in Saudi Arabia,” SGF member Majed Sorour told Arab News. “Our goal is to raise the tournament’s status beyond being a sports event only, but to become an exceptional family entertainment experience for all family members. We invite everyone to join us in the distinctive experience, which also allows visitors to learn about golf.” The Family Golf Village was the first entertainment event accompanying the tournament and the SGF was working with other bodies to organize and announce more entertainment events, he added. Tournament organizers have asked people to not use their phones while players are taking a shot, and to avoid following players around the course. Spectators are also encouraged to wear appropriate clothing, in accordance with local customs, and to refrain from public displays of affection. Tickets for the tournament cost SR50 ($13.33). Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi golfSaudi sports authoritySaudi ArabiaKing Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) Saudi golfers ready to defend Pan-Arab titleAlmulla retains lead: Saudi golf star has chance at consecutive titles in SGF Open

Saudi Arabia's civil service ministry launches national training program for public sector employees

Mon, 2019-01-21 08:09 JEDDAH: A national program aimed to train public sector employees in the field of human resources management has been inaugurated by the Ministry of Civil Service on Sunday. The “National Program for Rehabilitation and Training of H
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Saudi Arabia's civil service ministry launches national training program for public sector employees

Mon, 2019-01-21 08:09 JEDDAH: A national program aimed to train public sector employees in the field of human resources management has been inaugurated by the Ministry of Civil Service on Sunday. The “National Program for Rehabilitation and Training of Human Resources Personnel and Leaders in Government Agencies,” which aims to expand the skills of government personnel, is in line with the country’s Vision 2030, according to the ministry. “The Ministry of Civil Service will spare no effort in carrying out the roles entrusted to it to advance administrative development, including the modernization of the working environment in the public sector,” said Minister of Civil Service Suleiman bin Abdullah during the inauguration. The program will explore best practices in human resources management in the public sector, and will discuss the basic principles of the employee life cycle. It will also train employees on methodologies of workforce planning, how to motivate employees to achieve their career objectives, how to foster a culture of group work, as well as highlight the role of digital technology in human resource. Only Saudi nationals who have a college degree are eligible to join the program. Government agencies will nominate the eligible employees, who will then be enrolled in a five-day course on human resource, where their abilities to obtain a certificate from UK-based Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development will be assessed. Successful candidates will finish a one-year training module, consisting of classroom and on-site activities. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Human resourceVision2030SaudiVision2030 IATA selects Saudi academy as training partner60 opinion polls conducted across Saudi Arabia in 2018

مشروع نيوم السعودي..هل يهدد موقعا مقدسا يتعلق بالنبي موسى(ع)؟!

خرج عدد من علماء الدين في الولايات المتحدة خلال الشهرين الماضيين، ليؤكدوا أن الجبل الذي كلَم الله فيه النبي «موسى» عليه السلام هو جبل ال
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مشروع نيوم السعودي..هل يهدد موقعا مقدسا يتعلق بالنبي موسى(ع)؟!

خرج عدد من علماء الدين في الولايات المتحدة خلال الشهرين الماضيين، ليؤكدوا أن الجبل الذي كلَم الله فيه النبي «موسى» عليه السلام هو جبل اللوز في السعود...

Civil service ministry launches national training program for public sector employees

Mon, 2019-01-21 08:09 JEDDAH: A national program aimed to train public sector employees in the field of human resources management has been inaugurated by the Ministry of Civil Service on Sunday. The “National Program for Rehabilitation and Training of H
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Civil service ministry launches national training program for public sector employees

Mon, 2019-01-21 08:09 JEDDAH: A national program aimed to train public sector employees in the field of human resources management has been inaugurated by the Ministry of Civil Service on Sunday. The “National Program for Rehabilitation and Training of Human Resources Personnel and Leaders in Government Agencies,” which aims to expand the skills of government personnel, is in line with the country’s Vision 2030, according to the ministry. “The Ministry of Civil Service will spare no effort in carrying out the roles entrusted to it to advance administrative development, including the modernization of the working environment in the public sector,” said Minister of Civil Service Suleiman bin Abdullah during the inauguration. The program will explore best practices in human resources management in the public sector, and will discuss the basic principles of the employee life cycle. It will also train employees on methodologies of workforce planning, how to motivate employees to achieve their career objectives, how to foster a culture of group work, as well as highlight the role of digital technology in human resource. Only Saudi nationals who have a college degree are eligible to join the program. Government agencies will nominate the eligible employees, who will then be enrolled in a five-day course on human resource, where their abilities to obtain a certificate from UK-based Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development will be assessed. Successful candidates will finish a one-year training module, consisting of classroom and on-site activities. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Human resourceVision2030SaudiVision2030 IATA selects Saudi academy as training partner60 opinion polls conducted across Saudi Arabia in 2018

سرقة 215 ألف ريال في عملية سطو في السعودية

تعرض مواطن في العاصمة السعودية الرياض لعملية سطو نفذها مجهولون، يوم الخميس الماضي، وتمكنوا من سرقة مبلغ 215 ألف ريال (57300 دولار)....
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سرقة 215 ألف ريال في عملية سطو في السعودية

تعرض مواطن في العاصمة السعودية الرياض لعملية سطو نفذها مجهولون، يوم الخميس الماضي، وتمكنوا من سرقة مبلغ 215 ألف ريال (57300 دولار)....

فيديو صادم.. اطفال مرضى وآرامل شردهم العدوان بشوارع اليمن

يعاني النازحون في اليمن من أوضاع إنسانية صعبة، خاصة مع غلاء الأسعار وصعوبة الحصول على الغذاء بعد أن شردهم العدوان السعودي، وتسبب بمعاناتهم، ح
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فيديو صادم.. اطفال مرضى وآرامل شردهم العدوان بشوارع اليمن

يعاني النازحون في اليمن من أوضاع إنسانية صعبة، خاصة مع غلاء الأسعار وصعوبة الحصول على الغذاء بعد أن شردهم العدوان السعودي، وتسبب بمعاناتهم، حيث يكابد...

وفاة الداعية السعودي «أحمد العماري» تحت التعذيب

أعلن حساب «معتقلي الرأي»، على موقع «تويتر» أمس الأحد، عن وفاة الدكتور أحمد العماري، عميد كلية القرآن الكريم السابق بجامعة طيبة في
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وفاة الداعية السعودي «أحمد العماري» تحت التعذيب

أعلن حساب «معتقلي الرأي»، على موقع «تويتر» أمس الأحد، عن وفاة الدكتور أحمد العماري، عميد كلية القرآن الكريم السابق بجامعة طيبة في المدينة المنورة، وذ...

صحيفة سعودية تعلق على حديث أردوغان عن «ميراث الأجداد»!

كتبت صحيفة «سبق» الإلكترونية السعودية، أن حديث الرئيس التركي مؤخرا عن «ميراث الأجداد» بدءا من آسيا الوسطى مرورا بأعماق أوروبا وان
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صحيفة سعودية تعلق على حديث أردوغان عن «ميراث الأجداد»!

كتبت صحيفة «سبق» الإلكترونية السعودية، أن حديث الرئيس التركي مؤخرا عن «ميراث الأجداد» بدءا من آسيا الوسطى مرورا بأعماق أوروبا وانتهاء بجزيرة سواكن با...

كل ما تريد معرفته عن مباراة السعودية واليابان

يلعب المنتخب السعودي لكرة القدم مبارة هامة الإثنين أمام نظيره الياباني في دور الـ 16 من بطولة كأس أمم آسيا 2019 المقامة حالياً في الإمارات....
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كل ما تريد معرفته عن مباراة السعودية واليابان

يلعب المنتخب السعودي لكرة القدم مبارة هامة الإثنين أمام نظيره الياباني في دور الـ 16 من بطولة كأس أمم آسيا 2019 المقامة حالياً في الإمارات....

7,172 earthquakes were detected in Saudi regions in 2018

Author: Shounaz MekkyID: 1548020610849085600Mon, 2019-01-21 00:43 JEDDAH: Earthquake monitoring stations belonging to the Saudi Geological Survey (SGS) have detected 7,172 earthquakes during 2018 in the region. SGS spokesperson, Tariq Abaakhel lis
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7,172 earthquakes were detected in Saudi regions in 2018

Author: Shounaz MekkyID: 1548020610849085600Mon, 2019-01-21 00:43 JEDDAH: Earthquake monitoring stations belonging to the Saudi Geological Survey (SGS) have detected 7,172 earthquakes during 2018 in the region. SGS spokesperson, Tariq Abaakhel listed the areas where earthquakes have been recorded throughout the year. Among those areas was Harrat Al-Shaqa, a lava field in northwestern Saudi Arabia, which has witnessed 3,027 earthquakes, with a magnitude of 2.7 on the Richter scale. Saudi Arabia seismic activity in a small village in Al-Ihsa, in Haradh region, reached 1,316 earthquakes, with a magnitude of 3.5 on the Richter scale. In the Kingdom’s northern Red Sea region, 1,066 earthquakes were detected with a magnitude of 2.9 on the Richter scale. While the southern Red Sea region recorded 32 earthquakes with a magnitude of 2.9. Along the Gulf of Aqaba, 376 earthquakes were detected with an average of 3.3 magnitude. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi Arabiaearthquakes

Saudi women dominate at motor racing event in Dirab

Author: daniel fountainID: 1548021571909131700Mon, 2019-01-21 01:10 RIYADH: Saudi Arabian women dominated the first round of the women’s SWS-SPRINT Championship, which is organized by the FunXtreme Racing Circuit in Dirab for motorcars and motorc
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Saudi women dominate at motor racing event in Dirab

Author: daniel fountainID: 1548021571909131700Mon, 2019-01-21 01:10 RIYADH: Saudi Arabian women dominated the first round of the women’s SWS-SPRINT Championship, which is organized by the FunXtreme Racing Circuit in Dirab for motorcars and motorcycles. It is sponsored by the Saudi Federation of Motor Vehicles and Motorcycles at the SWS World Championship. The second round saw the participation of a number of Saudi, Gulf and Arab women drivers, who fought it out for the title until the final meters of the race to become the winner. Yasmin Madani finished first with 0.09 ppm, Amjad Al-Omari came in second place and Princess Madawi Al-Saud took third place. Sarah Al-Harthi, Director of the Women’s Race Program at FunXtreme circuit, praised the impressive levels of the first and second rounds of the women’s competitions, stressing that they are no less exciting than the other categories/groups, especially since it is being held for the first time in Saudi Arabia. Al-Harthi expressed her deep satisfaction with the excellent professional level of the tour. She also praised the increasing media interest in women’s races, which reflects the positive interaction of the media and its role in enhancing the participation of Saudi women in all fields. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaMotorsportSaudi women empowermentwomen empowerment 100 days at the wheel ... Saudi women drivers feel exhilaratedWomen drivers to transform Saudi auto market

Saudi Arabia’s Qassim Book fair gathers intellectuals, publishers

Author: Arab NEwsID: 1548022704949181300Mon, 2019-01-21 01:13 JEDDAH: Intellectuals, publishers and authors participated in the second Qassim Book Fair, which was organized by Qassim governorate in collaboration with the Saudi Publishers Associatio
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Saudi Arabia’s Qassim Book fair gathers intellectuals, publishers

Author: Arab NEwsID: 1548022704949181300Mon, 2019-01-21 01:13 JEDDAH: Intellectuals, publishers and authors participated in the second Qassim Book Fair, which was organized by Qassim governorate in collaboration with the Saudi Publishers Association. The fair included lectures and seminars. One notable lecture was by Dr. Qais Al-Sheikh Mubarak, who highlighted the importance of reading and seeking knowledge. Dr. Nora Al-Rashoud, a lecturer at Umm Al-Qura University, gave a lecture titled “Judicial efforts in family issues.” There was also a symposium titled “The future of journalism: Between digital and print,” as well as poetry evenings. The fair was attended by 200 publishing houses, as well as government and social agencies. It provided an opportunity for many companies and individuals to offer their services and products to visitors. The fair included a pavilion for artists, one for families, and one for children to develop their skills and consolidate their love of reading. The Kingdom is making efforts to promote reading culture among the youth. Authorities have organized a number of book fairs to make world literature available to the public. Recently, an international book fair was held in Jeddah. The fair drew more than 50,000 visitors daily and publishers from 40 countries. Several workshops in fine arts, photography and calligraphy were also organized.  Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Qassim book fairSaudi Arabia 2nd Qassim Book Fair attracts big crowdsLiterature and art attract thousands to Jeddah Book Fair

60 opinion polls conducted across Saudi Arabia in 2018

Author: Arab NewsID: 1548024047539254600Mon, 2019-01-21 01:39 JEDDAH: More than 77,000 people took part in almost 60 polls carried out last year by the National Center for Public Opinion Polls at the King Abdul Aziz Center for National Dialogue. P
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60 opinion polls conducted across Saudi Arabia in 2018

Author: Arab NewsID: 1548024047539254600Mon, 2019-01-21 01:39 JEDDAH: More than 77,000 people took part in almost 60 polls carried out last year by the National Center for Public Opinion Polls at the King Abdul Aziz Center for National Dialogue. Polls were conducted on public affairs issues, and marked a 2.5 percent increase on the number carried out in 2017, the center said. More than 183,000 people were invited to take part in the polls with 77,000 agreeing — a 43 percent response rate that is high by international standards, according to the center. Women’s participation rate in the polls was 24 percent, reflecting the fact that most topics were of interest mainly to men. The National Center for Public Opinion Polls aims to promote a culture of dialogue in the Kingdom, allowing people to express their views on a range of issues. Polling is conducted according to global practices to provide reliable feedback and statistics that can help decision-making in government. The center offers its services to all government agencies and civil institutions. Surveys are carried out on issues related to public affairs, to measure client satisfaction, or to raise awareness among participants. Experienced personnel operate a call center fitted out with the latest communication technologies, while research teams monitor data quality and verify polling results. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: King Abdul Aziz Center for National DialogueSaudi Arabia Book promoting national dialogue in conflict-hit countries publishedKing Abdul Aziz Center for National Dialogue introduces peace project for cultural communication to foreign diplomats’ wives

IATA selects Saudi academy as training partner

Author: Arab NewsID: 1548024708059282700Mon, 2019-01-21 01:51 JEDDAH: The Saudi Civil Aviation Academy (SACA), a subsidiary of the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), has been selected by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) as t
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IATA selects Saudi academy as training partner

Author: Arab NewsID: 1548024708059282700Mon, 2019-01-21 01:51 JEDDAH: The Saudi Civil Aviation Academy (SACA), a subsidiary of the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), has been selected by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) as the second largest training partner, in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. This achievement falls in line with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 strategy and reflects the contributions of GCAA and its reputation in the world of civil aviation. The selection was based on three factors: Numbers of training courses offered, beneficiaries and increasing courses from a year to another. The academy was chosen from among 10 IATA training centers. SACA is a center of excellence for aviation and airport training. Moreover, the academy aims to implement plans to fulfill the manpower needs of GACA and other institutions that need personnel qualified in various civil aviation sciences. It also aims to become a major national, regional and global contributor to the development of aviation science and help nationalize the aviation industry. IATA is a trade association of the world’s airlines. Consisting of 290 airlines, primarily major carriers, representing 117 countries, IATA’s member airlines account for carrying approximately 82 percent of total available seat miles air traffic. It supports aviation with global standards for airline safety, security, efficiency and sustainability. For over 70 years, it has developed global commercial standards upon which the air transport industry is built. It assists airlines by simplifying processes and increasing passenger convenience while reducing costs and improving efficiency. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA)International Air Transport Association (IATA)Saudi Civil Aviation Academy (SACA)SaudiVision2030 Saudi civil aviation authority to begin issuing drone permitsGACA preparing Saudi Arabia as a global logistics center

Makkah governor launches raft of pilgrimage initiatives

Author: Tariq Al-ThaqafiID: 1548015523618768500Sun, 2019-01-20 23:18 JEDDAH: Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, opened the Makkah Cultural Forum on Sunday, where he addressed growing demands to improve pilgrimage experiences for Muslims visiting
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Makkah governor launches raft of pilgrimage initiatives

Author: Tariq Al-ThaqafiID: 1548015523618768500Sun, 2019-01-20 23:18 JEDDAH: Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, opened the Makkah Cultural Forum on Sunday, where he addressed growing demands to improve pilgrimage experiences for Muslims visiting holy sites and cities in Saudi Arabia. Called “How to Develop Cities to Serve the Hajj and Umrah,” the forum was the first of its kind for over 12 years. In that time, the prince said, the Kingdom has made great strides forward in developing innovative, creative ways of improving pilgrimages, and now welcomed people from across the Islamic world “with a smile,” but now needed to do more, and not rest on its laurels. Prince Khaled, who chaired the forum, announced the launch of four new initiatives as part of a drive to modernize Hajj and Umrah. He also signed off on a number of smaller agreements between the city of Makkah, several Saudi universities, and the ministries of Islamic Affairs and Hajj and Umrah, to improve organization of the pilgrimages and the provision of services to participants. The four initiatives, drawn up with the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah included establishing a training center, and ratifying a code of ethics and conduct, for government employees working on pilgrimages, refining and improving the Yusr app for Hajj and Umrah pilgrims, and supporting the Sadiq Al-Moatamir (Friend of the Pilgrim) initiative, which has so far trained over 1 million Hajj volunteers. Dr. Abdul Fattah bin Suleiman Mashat, deputy minister for Hajj and Umrah, stressed that serving pilgrims was a top priority for the Kingdom. “Since its inception, Saudi Arabia has served pilgrims; it is one of our most important founding principles. We aim to motivate Muslims and make it easier for them to perform the Hajj and Umrah rituals, and encourage investors to help serve pilgrims,” he said, adding that in all the initiatives, sustainability in supporting businesses, citizens and pilgrims on Hajj and Umrah was essential. To ensure this, he said, the forum would need to “think outside the box,” and adopt measures to oversee and “incubate” all of the agreed initiatives, providing assistance and consultations. The ceremony concluded with the additional signing of nine agreements between government agencies and private organizations, including a memorandum of strategic cooperation between ministries as part of the Hajj training center initiative. There were also agreements to finance shaded parking spaces, smart guide boards and air-conditioned lounges to accommodate pilgrims, and a number of other developments related to improving infrastructure in Makkah, Jeddah and elsewhere, between, among others, the cities’ authorities, the Ministry of Islamic Affairs and the Saudi Electricity Co. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Makkah governorPrince Khalid Al-Faisal Hajj, Umrah Ministry pavilion showcases projectsSaudi government, private sectors intensify Umrah efforts

Jeddah to host first global village in Saudi Arabia

Author: Mohammed Al-KinaniID: 1548015703068775200Sun, 2019-01-20 23:20 JEDDAH: For the first time in Saudi Arabia, Jeddah will host a multicultural festival that takes visitors on a virtual tour of 50 countries. The global village will be set up i
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Jeddah to host first global village in Saudi Arabia

Author: Mohammed Al-KinaniID: 1548015703068775200Sun, 2019-01-20 23:20 JEDDAH: For the first time in Saudi Arabia, Jeddah will host a multicultural festival that takes visitors on a virtual tour of 50 countries. The global village will be set up inside Atallah Happy Land Park along the city’s famous waterfront every day from 5 p.m. to midnight between Feb. 28 and March 29. The event is one of many aiming to enhance tourism, as well as the local economy. Suzan Eskander, director-general of International Image, the organizing company, told Arab News that the village is expected to attract 1 million visitors. “Participants from some 50 countries have so far confirmed their interest in taking part in the festival, which will be held on an area of more than 45,000 square meters,” she said. “There will be pavilions for participants from five Gulf Cooperation Council states, 10 Arab countries, 18 African countries, 10 European countries and four countries from the Americas.” She added that folkloric dances would be performed by bands from each country. “Performers will be dressed in traditional costumes,” she said. “Visitors can also enjoy dishes and traditional products from different countries.” Eskander also said paintings portraying heritage and culture in the different countries would be on display. “In addition, we are hopeful that the children’s zone will wow young visitors,” she said. “Little guests can develop their skills in drawing and games, as well as play zones.” Eskander said the village was timed to coincide with the city’s good weather season, adding that a marketing plan has been put in place to target private and international schools to ensure high attendance. Eskander expressed her gratitude to the General Entertainment Authority for their continued support and cooperation. “They have not only provided us instructions for obtaining the festival’s license, but are still following up to ensure that everything is going smoothly,” she said. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: GCCGlobal villageSaudi Arabia Jeddah book group leads reading revival through novel initiativeFans flock to meet AC Milan stars at Diesel Jeddah

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