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Saudi Shoura Council calls for special bus routes

Author: ARAB NEWSID: 1541707912606214800Thu, 2018-11-08 23:10 JEDDAH: The Shoura Council called on the Public Transport Authority (PTA) to provide an environment conducive to the establishment of companies in the field of public transport and keep

صناعة الرفاهية غطاء جديد للقمع السعودي الممنهج

بالتزامن مع لجوء النظام السعودي الى صناعة الترفيه وقمع كل من لا ينافق ولي العهد السعودي محمد بن سلمان في هذا المجال، شن هذا النظام حملة قمع است
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صناعة الرفاهية غطاء جديد للقمع السعودي الممنهج

بالتزامن مع لجوء النظام السعودي الى صناعة الترفيه وقمع كل من لا ينافق ولي العهد السعودي محمد بن سلمان في هذا المجال، شن هذا النظام حملة قمع استهدفت م...

Deal signed to localize 80,000 jobs in real estate, contracting

Author: Thu, 2019-01-24 00:46 JEDDAH: A memorandum of cooperation (MoC) was signed on Wednesday to localize 80,000 jobs for men and women in the real estate and contracting sectors starting this year until the end of 2020.  The MoC aims to increase t
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Deal signed to localize 80,000 jobs in real estate, contracting

Author: Thu, 2019-01-24 00:46 JEDDAH: A memorandum of cooperation (MoC) was signed on Wednesday to localize 80,000 jobs for men and women in the real estate and contracting sectors starting this year until the end of 2020.  The MoC aims to increase the Saudization rate and motivate growth in the real estate and contracting sectors.  It was signed by the Ministry of Labor and Social Development, the Housing Ministry, the Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF), the Council of Saudi Chambers (CSC) and the Saudi Contractors Authority (SCA). The signing ceremony was attended by Housing Minister Majed Al-Hogail, Labor and Social Development Minister and HRDF Chairman Ahmed bin Suleiman Al-Rajhi, Deputy Labor and Social Development Minister Dr. Abdullah bin Nasser Abuthnain, and SCA Chairman Osama bin Hassan Al-Afaliq, among others. Under the MoC, the partners will work to localize human capital in the real estate and contracting sectors, providing job opportunities for Saudis, and improving employees’ skills. The MoC’s clauses provide for coordination between the relevant parties to monitor the impact of Saudization on the sectors, issue legislation and regulations to achieve targets, and increase employment rates.  The partners agreed to form a joint team of specialists to develop a working mechanism, provide a detailed plan to ensure effective implementation, and submit regular progress reports. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: job contractingHuman Resources Development Fund (HRDF)Council of Saudi Chambers (CSC)Saudi Contractors Authority (SCA) Saudi Arabia goes full steam with Saudisation of sales jobsWe are increasing our local capabilities in Kingdom to help Saudization

Saudi university leads way with new music academy

Author: Thu, 2019-01-24 01:37 JEDDAH: A Saudi university is hitting the high notes after becoming the first in the Kingdom to offer music courses to students. Some of the country’s top professional instructors have been hired by Taif University (TU
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Saudi university leads way with new music academy

Author: Thu, 2019-01-24 01:37 JEDDAH: A Saudi university is hitting the high notes after becoming the first in the Kingdom to offer music courses to students. Some of the country’s top professional instructors have been hired by Taif University (TU) to run training sessions in singing, poetry and the playing of musical instruments.  Although the courses are not part of the city university’s curriculum, education chiefs hope the program will lead the way in developing young musical talent in the Kingdom. Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal inspired the initiative a year ago, and students are already lining up to join the new music academy on the university’s main campus. The music courses will include singing training, involving tuition in vocal keynotes, pitch and sight-reading exercises, and the singing of Arabic poetry. Starting next month, experts will also be on hand to teach students how to play the lute, dulcimer and piano. TU spokesman, Saleh Al-Thubaiti, told Arab News: “TU has turned an idea into reality. The academy offers several projects, the most important of which is the Prince Abdullah Al-Faisal International Prize for Arabic Poetry.” He said that the poetry club at the TU Arab Poetry Academy had attracted more than 850 applications from students wishing to take part in poetry writing, recitation, and music, and they would be performing in concerts this semester. Al-Thubaiti said: “The poetry-writing course will focus on teaching students aspects of Arabic prosody (the patterns of rhythm and sound used in poetry) in an innovative manner.” Trainees will be given the opportunity to present their poems at special student soirees and publish their poetry in an online magazine for young people. The academy also plans to launch an annual on-campus summer gathering for young poets. Those taking part in the poetry-recitation course will learn how to recite poetry and make audio books for general listeners and people with special needs. The TU Arab Poetry Academy recently held its first matinee event when faculty members and students recited several poems. “The university campus is not all about work and textbooks,” Al-Thubaiti said.  “Students are interested in other activities that can help them develop their talents and skills. We believe the university is providing an environment where students can develop themselves on various personal and academic levels.” In December last year, the poetry academy held its first concert which was attended by the university’s governor, president, academics and students. It included poetry readings and a performance of national and traditional songs by the university band. Director of the poetry academy, Dr. Mansour Al-Harthi, told Arab News that 500 students had enrolled on the music course, adding that the city of Taif had long been renowned for its musical activities. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Taif UniversityMusicEducation Saudi Arabia announces live music permits as part of ambitious ‘year of entertainment’Enthusiasts treated to Arab classical music at Dar Al-Hekma University

Put pressure on Houthis to comply with Stockholm Agreement, Saudi envoy urges UN 

Thu, 2019-01-24 02:26 JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s envoy to the US urged the United Nations on Thursday to take the Houthi militia to task for “reneging on their commitments” under the Stockholm Agreement on Yemen. “The Stockholm Agreement between Yemeni
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Put pressure on Houthis to comply with Stockholm Agreement, Saudi envoy urges UN 

Thu, 2019-01-24 02:26 JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s envoy to the US urged the United Nations on Thursday to take the Houthi militia to task for “reneging on their commitments” under the Stockholm Agreement on Yemen. “The Stockholm Agreement between Yemeni parties is being violated repeatedly by the Houthis,” Prince Khalid bin Salman said in a series of tweets. He said the Yemeni government of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi and the Saudi-led Coalition that is backing it have been implementing their obligation under the agreement. Signed last December in Stockholm, Sweden, the agreement is an important first step for sustainable peace and offers hope for millions of Yemenis. “(But) it takes two sides to make it work, so far, the Iran-backed Houthi militia seems determined to uphold the misery and suffering of the brotherly Yemeni people,” Prince Khalid said. “Not only did the Houthis refuse to implement the Stockholm agreement, which they signed to, but they also went beyond that and continued their armed assault including drone attacks, the shelling of residential neighborhoods & launching a ballistic missile towards KSA,” he tweeted. He also pointed to the attack on Jan. 17 that targeted a UN convoy in Yemen's port city of Hodeidah, which was blamed on Houthis. «The Iran-backed militia displayed its contempt for peace by attempting to target a UN convoy, this is a reminder that we are dealing with a lawless militia that does not care about peace or the fate of millions of Yemenis,» the envoy said. He said the UN should «name the party that failed to uphold basic confidence building measures leading up to the Stockholm agreement, and clearly identify who is responsible for the attack on the armored vehicle that was carrying chief UN monitor Patrick Cammaert.» Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: YemenHouthi militiaSaudi-led CoaltionPrince Khalid bin SalmanStockholm agreement Five experts killed clearing Houthi landmines for Saudi charity in Yemen‘Yemen’s Houthi militia using Iranian-made drone aircraft’: Arab coalition

FaceOf: John Pagano, CEO of the Red Sea Development Co.

Thu, 2019-01-24 01:51 John Pagano has been CEO of the Red Sea Development Co. (TRSDC), one of three megaprojects aimed at diversifying the Saudi economy in line with Vision 2030, since January 2018.  The Red Sea development announced in July 2017 is one o
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FaceOf: John Pagano, CEO of the Red Sea Development Co.

Thu, 2019-01-24 01:51 John Pagano has been CEO of the Red Sea Development Co. (TRSDC), one of three megaprojects aimed at diversifying the Saudi economy in line with Vision 2030, since January 2018.  The Red Sea development announced in July 2017 is one of the world’s most ambitious luxury tourism and hospitality projects.  Pagano has more than 35 years’ international experience in the commercial property industry in Europe, North America and the Caribbean.  Before joining TRSDC, he headed his own company, Old Fort Capital Investments, based in London. The firm offered strategic advice and services to landowners, investors and developers with a focus on large real estate developments. Previously, he held leading positions at the Canary Wharf development in London, where he worked from 1988 to 2005 and 2011 to 2015. Pagano was also president of the Baha Mar Development Company, based in the Bahamas, for four years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Toronto, Canada. TRSDC recently received final approval from its board for a master plan drawn up in partnership with global design firm WATG and engineering giant BuroHappold. “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,” Pagano said. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: FaceOf FaceOf: Valerio Orlando, professor of bioscienceFaceOf: Ibrahim Saleh Al-Suwail, deputy governor SAGIA

King Salman receives outgoing Brazilian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia

Thu, 2019-01-24 04:29 King Salman received on Wednesday outgoing Brazilian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Flavio Marega.  The ambassador paid farewell to the king on the occasion of the end of his term as an ambassador of his country to the Kingdom. The rec
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King Salman receives outgoing Brazilian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia

Thu, 2019-01-24 04:29 King Salman received on Wednesday outgoing Brazilian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Flavio Marega.  The ambassador paid farewell to the king on the occasion of the end of his term as an ambassador of his country to the Kingdom. The reception at the Yamamah Palace in Riyadh was attended by Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir. Later, King Salman received senior officials of the Ministry of Commerce and Investment, presidents of chambers of commerce, and a number of businessmen. During the reception, the king stressed the important role of the private sector in achieving development goals in the Kingdom and raising the level of provided services. The audience was attended by Minister of Commerce and Investment Dr. Majid bin Abdullah Al-Qassabi and Governor of Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization Saad bin Othman Al-Qasabi. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi Arabia King Salman receives Bahraini foreign minister King Salman receives president of the Inter-Parliamentary Union

«ذا فويس» سعودي ومصارعة ثيران.. خطة «آل الشيخ» الترفيهية

أعلن رئيس هيئة الترفيه السعودية، تركي آل الشيخ، اليوم الأربعاء، خطّته الجديدة، والتي تتضمّن تنظيم مسابقات لصراع الثيران كما في إسبانيا....
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«ذا فويس» سعودي ومصارعة ثيران.. خطة «آل الشيخ» الترفيهية

أعلن رئيس هيئة الترفيه السعودية، تركي آل الشيخ، اليوم الأربعاء، خطّته الجديدة، والتي تتضمّن تنظيم مسابقات لصراع الثيران كما في إسبانيا....

لحظة سقوط جندي سعودي من مروحية ووفاته أثناء التدريب

كشف مقطع فيديو متداول لحظة وفاة جندي سعودي من كتيبة 85 اللواء الخاص اثناء تدريبها اليوم في دورة صقر «الكوماندوز» بمنطقة تبوك....
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لحظة سقوط جندي سعودي من مروحية ووفاته أثناء التدريب

كشف مقطع فيديو متداول لحظة وفاة جندي سعودي من كتيبة 85 اللواء الخاص اثناء تدريبها اليوم في دورة صقر «الكوماندوز» بمنطقة تبوك....

Saudi filmmaker Haifaa Al-Mansour: Arab women are ‘sassy’ and strong, not victims

Wed, 2019-01-23 11:39 DAVOS: One of the biggest misconceptions about Arab women is that they are victims — but they are in fact “sassy,” according to Haifaa Al-Mansour, Saudi Arabia’s first female filmmaker. Speaking on Wednesday during a panel at
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Saudi filmmaker Haifaa Al-Mansour: Arab women are ‘sassy’ and strong, not victims

Wed, 2019-01-23 11:39 DAVOS: One of the biggest misconceptions about Arab women is that they are victims — but they are in fact “sassy,” according to Haifaa Al-Mansour, Saudi Arabia’s first female filmmaker. Speaking on Wednesday during a panel at the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Al-Mansour discussed the various judgements made about women from the region. “All the scripts I get about Muslim and Arab women (imply they are) all victims and sad,” she said. “But we are very sassy, we are very strong, so don’t take us for granted.” Al-Mansour explained that although some Arab women are constricted for various reasons, it is not accurate to view all Arab women in this way.   “We are way more than what they think Arab women are,” she said. Reflecting on her personal journey, Al-Mansour explained that although she comes from a conservative society, social norms are changing. “I knew I came from a society where women are expected to take a more traditional role, but I feel this is changing because I now feel more celebrated at home,” she said. Saudi Arabia has seen a push in social reform spearheaded by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman through Vision 2030, an initiative that aims to broaden the Saudi economy. Major recent changes in the Kingdom include lifting the driving ban on women and reopening cinemas. “Saudi Arabia is building its arts and culture industry, and that’s where we should put our energy,” Al-Mansour said. Speaking about Saudi women entering the workforce in the Kingdom, Al-Mansour stressed the need for women to “support each other” on the professional playing field. “Women don’t want to be marginalized any more — that’s why we see things like the #MeToo movement,” she said. On an international level, Al-Mansour argued that we should get beyond thinking about East and West and concentrate on working together to achieve something universal. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Davos 2019Saudi ArabiaHaifaa Al-MansourWorld Economic ForumSaudi women empowermentwomen empowerment Davos 2019 Day Two: Shinzo Abe, Angela Merkel address forumDubai crown prince and WEF founder discuss ‘closer ties’ in Davos

Saudi sisters’ deaths in New York ruled suicide

Wed, 2019-01-23 16:45 JEDDAH: The deaths of Saudi-born sisters Rotana Farea, 22, and Tala Farea, 16, in New York’s Hudson River last October were the result of drowning by suicide, said the office of the city’s chief medical examiner, Dr. Barbara Samson
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Saudi sisters’ deaths in New York ruled suicide

Wed, 2019-01-23 16:45 JEDDAH: The deaths of Saudi-born sisters Rotana Farea, 22, and Tala Farea, 16, in New York’s Hudson River last October were the result of drowning by suicide, said the office of the city’s chief medical examiner, Dr. Barbara Samson. “My office determined that the death of the Farea sisters was the result of suicide, in which the young women bound themselves together before descending into the Hudson River,” Samson said in a statement. The two bodies were discovered by a passer-by just before 3 p.m. on Oct. 24. The New York Police Department (NYPD) said police responded to a 911 call and “upon arrival, officers discovered two unidentified females unconscious and unresponsive with no obvious signs of trauma.” Emergency personnel declared them dead at the scene. An official at the Saudi Embassy in Washington refuted an Associated Press (AP) claim that the mother of the sisters said she had received a call from the embassy requesting that the family leave the US because the daughters had requested asylum.  “Any/all communications with the mother had nothing to do with a supposed asylum claim,” the Saudi official told Arab News.  The NYPD denied releasing any information regarding an alleged asylum request. The family declined an Arab News request for comment.   Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Rotana FareaTala FareaHudson RiverNew YorkSaudi Arabia No indication sisters found dead in NY were killed: PoliceBodies of two Saudi sisters found bound together beside New York river

Ministry sheds light on Saudi judiciary system at Cairo book fair

Author: Arab News JeddahID: 1548275408493224800Thu, 2019-01-24 23:08 CAIRO: As part of efforts to expand on the Kingdom’s already extensive presence at the Middle East’s largest and oldest book fair, the Saudi Ministry of Justice is exhibiting
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Ministry sheds light on Saudi judiciary system at Cairo book fair

Author: Arab News JeddahID: 1548275408493224800Thu, 2019-01-24 23:08 CAIRO: As part of efforts to expand on the Kingdom’s already extensive presence at the Middle East’s largest and oldest book fair, the Saudi Ministry of Justice is exhibiting several publications that shed light on the Kingdom’s judicial system. Sources at the ministry said they hope to introduce visitors at the Cairo International Book Fair to the long way they have come in developing laws and practices. Khalid Al-Nami, cultural attache at the Saudi Embassy in Cairo, reiterated the importance of the Cairo International Book Fair for the region and the world. Al-Nami said this year’s pavilion focuses on the Kingdom’s scientific, historic and cultural uniqueness. The Saudi pavilion is the largest at the fair and includes several publishing houses and government bodies. It also contains a large number of prominent Saudi publications and books, in addition to a visual arts exhibition highlighting the Kingdom’s heritage. The Ministry of Justice pavilion includes more than 125 publications. The fair was inaugurated on Wednesday by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi Ministry of JusticeCairo International Book Fair Saudi Arabia’s Qassim Book fair gathers intellectuals, publishersLiterature and art attract thousands to Jeddah Book Fair

Over 190 diplomats from 90 countries visit Saudi Arabia's KAUST to meet global talent

Author: Arab News JeddahID: 1548275826603259900Thu, 2019-01-24 23:06 JEDDAH: Over 190 diplomatic representatives from around 90 countries visited King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) recently, to observe how international stud
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Over 190 diplomats from 90 countries visit Saudi Arabia's KAUST to meet global talent

Author: Arab News JeddahID: 1548275826603259900Thu, 2019-01-24 23:06 JEDDAH: Over 190 diplomatic representatives from around 90 countries visited King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) recently, to observe how international study programs have benefited students from across the world. The university, based in Thuwal, also hosted representatives from the UN, the World Health Organization and the EU. KAUST’s president, Dr. Tony Chan, welcomed the visit as a sign of the university’s growing significance as an academic and research institution on the global stage. “The diplomatic delegation’s visit to KAUST focused on facilitating cultural cooperation to attract international students and researchers,” he said. “Hosting ambassadors and consuls general at KAUST is a reflection of the global talent we recruit to our university.” During their visit, diplomats met with Chan, faculty members and students from their home countries, and discussed their experiences of KAUST, what they felt they had learned while studying in Saudi Arabia, and more generally the benefits of studying abroad. The visitors were given a tour of the campus, and learned about the latest research being conducted at KAUST. They were also shown examples of the entrepreneurship initiatives supported by the university, including successful startup companies launched by former students and academic staff. Established in 2009, KAUST is a graduate-level research university on the shores of the Red Sea, dedicated to advancing scientific and technological progress through interdisciplinary research, education and innovation. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: #DiplomaticQuarterKAUST Saudi Arabia’s KAUST launches winter program to ‘broaden students’ horizons’KAUST time-themed festival of science

حرام الأمس حلال اليوم... شاهد/ آل الشيخ: سمحنا بالموسيقى والغناء بالمطاعم

أعلن رئيس هيئة الترفيه السعودية، المستشار في الديوان الملكي، تركي آل الشيخ، السماح بالموسيقى والغناء في المطاعم والمقاهي، وهي التي كانت ممنو
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حرام الأمس حلال اليوم... شاهد/ آل الشيخ: سمحنا بالموسيقى والغناء بالمطاعم

أعلن رئيس هيئة الترفيه السعودية، المستشار في الديوان الملكي، تركي آل الشيخ، السماح بالموسيقى والغناء في المطاعم والمقاهي، وهي التي كانت ممنوعة طيلة ا...

اتفاق الحديدة وتبادل الأسرى في مهب الريح

خروقات تحالف العدوان السعودي ومرتزقته لوقف اطلاق النار في الحديدة ومماطلة حكومة عبد ربه منصور هادي في ملف الاسرى، يضعان الاتفاق الذي أبرم بي
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اتفاق الحديدة وتبادل الأسرى في مهب الريح

خروقات تحالف العدوان السعودي ومرتزقته لوقف اطلاق النار في الحديدة ومماطلة حكومة عبد ربه منصور هادي في ملف الاسرى، يضعان الاتفاق الذي أبرم بين الاطراف...

First Jeddah Vox Cinema to open January 28

Author: Wed, 2019-01-23 10:33 Vox Cinemas will be opening its doors in Jeddah on Jan 28 for the first time since the ban was lifted in 2018. Alan Bejjani, CEO of Al Futtaim, told Arab News at the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos. The c
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First Jeddah Vox Cinema to open January 28

Author: Wed, 2019-01-23 10:33 Vox Cinemas will be opening its doors in Jeddah on Jan 28 for the first time since the ban was lifted in 2018. Alan Bejjani, CEO of Al Futtaim, told Arab News at the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos. The cinema’s grand opening at the Red Sea Mall will be held at 6:30 p.m. local time, where a ribbon cutting ceremony will be held with entertainment and a movie screening. Last year, Vox Cinemas announced it would be investing $533 million to open 600 theaters in the next five years. Cinemas had been banned for 35 years until the first cinema in the Kingdom opened on April 18, 2018, in Riyadh. This comes as part of Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman’s Vision 2030 initiative which has been pushing for social reform and broadening the economy to reduce its reliance on oil to tackle youth unemployment.  Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi cinemas Lights, camera, action: Gala heralds rebirth of Saudi cinema

Saudi film director Haifaa Al-Mansour speaks at WEF

Wed, 2019-01-23 11:39 Haifaa Al-Mansour, the first female filmmaker in Saudi Arabia, speaks at the World Economic Forum's 2019 meeting in Davos. The acclaimed director will speak about her dedication to breaking boundaries and shaping new stories, at a WE
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Saudi film director Haifaa Al-Mansour speaks at WEF

Wed, 2019-01-23 11:39 Haifaa Al-Mansour, the first female filmmaker in Saudi Arabia, speaks at the World Economic Forum's 2019 meeting in Davos. The acclaimed director will speak about her dedication to breaking boundaries and shaping new stories, at a WEF panel entitled “An Insight, An Idea with Haifaa Al-Mansour.” Al-Mansour received a Crystal Award at the WEF on Monday for her leadership in cultural transformation in the Arab world.     Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Davos 2019Saudi ArabiaHaifaa Al-MansourWorld Economic Forum

18 غارة جوية لطيران العدوان على صنعاء وذمار

شن طيران العدوان الأمريكي السعودي اليوم الاربعاء، 18 غارة جوية على محافظتي صنعاء وذمار....
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18 غارة جوية لطيران العدوان على صنعاء وذمار

شن طيران العدوان الأمريكي السعودي اليوم الاربعاء، 18 غارة جوية على محافظتي صنعاء وذمار....

إعلامية كويتية تعلن وفاة والد رهف القنون ونشطاء يكذبون

أعلنت الإعلامية الكويتية مي العيدان، أن والد الشابة السعودية رهف القنون التي لجأت الى كندا، توفي إثر أزمة قلبية....
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إعلامية كويتية تعلن وفاة والد رهف القنون ونشطاء يكذبون

أعلنت الإعلامية الكويتية مي العيدان، أن والد الشابة السعودية رهف القنون التي لجأت الى كندا، توفي إثر أزمة قلبية....

​​​​​​​الصليب الأحمر يطلع على حالة الاسير السعودي موسى شوعي

​​​​​​​أعلن الصليب الأحمر الدولي، اليوم الأربعاء، أنه اطلع على حالة الأسير السعودي موسى شوعي علي عواجي، معربا عن أملة في اتفاق الأطراف ال
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​​​​​​​الصليب الأحمر يطلع على حالة الاسير السعودي موسى شوعي

​​​​​​​أعلن الصليب الأحمر الدولي، اليوم الأربعاء، أنه اطلع على حالة الأسير السعودي موسى شوعي علي عواجي، معربا عن أملة في اتفاق الأطراف المعنية حول ال...

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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