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Saudi energy minister visits King Abdullah Economic City

Author: Mon, 2019-04-15 06:24 JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s energy minister Khalid Al-Falih has visited on Sunday the Economic Cities Authority at the King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC). Al-Falih reviewed during the visit the model of the Authority, and al

Saudi female footballers show will to succeed

Fri, 2019-07-19 00:43 JEDDAH: Football fans around the world celebrated the recognition of women in sports after the recent FIFA Women’s World Cup (WWC) final match, in which the US beat the Netherlands 2-0. One country where the US victory struck a powerf
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Saudi female footballers show will to succeed

Fri, 2019-07-19 00:43 JEDDAH: Football fans around the world celebrated the recognition of women in sports after the recent FIFA Women’s World Cup (WWC) final match, in which the US beat the Netherlands 2-0. One country where the US victory struck a powerful chord among female sports enthusiasts is Saudi Arabia. Women are participating in sports in increasing numbers in the Kingdom as the reforms being introduced under the Vision 2030 plan enable women to take on different career paths. Members of Jeddah Eagles, a women’s football squad with 39 players, watched the July 7 WWC final in anticipation of an exciting finish. In the end, they celebrated not only the US team’s victory but the recognition of women in sports as a whole. Johara Al-Sudairi, who has been playing for Jeddah Eagles as a winger since August 2017, said she is thrilled that football is gaining popularity among women in the Kingdom. “I’ve been a fan of women’s football ever since I was a kid. Watching Mia Hamm play, then watching Marta Vieira da Silva play for Brazil when I was a teenager got me hooked,” the 26-year-old Saudi told Arab News. “I have never missed a women’s World Cup since. I’m so happy that now the sport is getting more and more recognized. This is a huge step forward.” - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - FAST FACTS 18 - The Storm, a Saudi women’s football squad, has 18 players. 39 - Jeddah Eagles women’s football squad has 39 players. Saudi women participate in sports in increasing numbers. Reforms under Vision 2030 enable women to take different career paths, including professional sports. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Al-Sudairi said women have the drive to succeed in the sport more than their male counterparts. “I believe that hard work pays off. And from what I’ve seen, I believe women want it more,” she said. Hala Khashoggi, a Saudi who has also played on the wing for the team since February 2019, said the US team’s victory struck a blow for women’s empowerment worldwide. “I feel incredible that female empowerment is increasing and it enlightens a lot of young girls and inspires them to play football,” she told Arab News. Khashoggi believes both men and women can excel equally in the sport. “Comparing the men’s and women’s games is already old hat,” she said. “Every individual player has their own uniqueness and quality. Every team has its own ability to score well and play incredibly. Thus, comparing is not the solution. Playing better is.” Farah Jefry plays for the Jeddah Eagles as a midfielder. (Supplied photo) In conclusion, Khashoggi said: “Every woman should follow her dreams, whatever it is and whatever it takes, because football is not just for men or for women. Football is for footballers.” Fatimah Gari, who joined the team as a striker in 2014, was happy for her fellow female football players in the US for their victory. “It is a very good feeling,” the 28-year-old Saudi told Arab News. “I wish one day we will have a Saudi team and will be in their place.” Gari’s views are echoed by Farah Jefry, a Saudi who has been playing for Jeddah Eagles for over a year now. “As a female soccer player I am delighted to see this amount of attention given to women’s sports. I hope it continues to grow,” she said.  The 16-year-old midfielder believes Arab women would perform better than their male counterparts with the right support. “With the right amount of funding and support, Arab women for sure can be better at playing,” she told Arab News. “Saudi Vision 2030 is giving us lots of opportunities. I would totally encourage women in the Kingdom to learn to play football.” The US team’s victory in France was a memorable event for members of another Jeddah female football team, The Storm, which a squad of 18 players. Dona Adel Rajab, the head coach of The Storm since February 2018, who was born and raised in the US, has played football most of her life. “Women’s sports has been around me and I never felt any difference until I moved to Jeddah in 2015,” the 28-year-old Saudi told Arab News. Women’s sports have grown in recognition and awareness in Saudi Arabia since then, Rajab said.         View this post on Instagram                   Girls.. choose between what you want now and what you want MOST. . . . @cairoscene @elfaslaonline @britishcouncilegypt . . . #womensfootball #egyptianfootball #الكرة_النسائية #womensupportingwomen #womenempowerment A post shared by @ sarahessam64 on Jul 17, 2019 at 2:21pm PDT “The popularity of football is increasing. However, the initiative in taking the next step is needed,” she said. Rajab said what really matters in sports most is discipline and seriousness, not gender or ethnicity “Since we are talking about sports, ethnicity and gender are not good indicators to differentiate between male and female. As a football coach, I look at performance and discipline,” she said. Rahaf Al-Hazmi, a 21-year-old Saudi who co-founded The Storm and plays in defence, is enthusiastic about the future of the sport for women in the Kingdom. “The mentality of Saudi women has changed a lot. Women have started to participate in all kind of sports and requests to join our team are increasing,” she said. “The love of football is increasing among women in the kingdom. Especially now that the government is focusing on sports for women.” “Women who take part in sports in general, and play football in particular, felt blessed to have witnessed this achievement in women sports, “ Al-Hazmi told Arab News, referring to the WWC final results. “Watching women not only play for fun but also as a career and a calling can give us a motivation to move forward. Women have an amazing capacity to reach their aim. If we really focused on developing our skills and we made this our first priority, we can be so much better.” Jeddah’s The Storm playing a warm-up game. (Supplied photo) Johara Hamad, 21-year-old Saudi winger for The Storm, said: “I was surprised at the amount of people who watched and showed an interest. It actually made me even more motivated to improve my skills so that one day I will be a part of such a great event.” Hamad is against comparing genders in sports, but she too believes Saudi women can play better than their male counterparts with the right support and equal opportunities. “I don’t like comparisons but in the context of Saudi Arabia, we can be better than the men’s teams if we get the same chances and support,” she told Arab News. “I believe that we have it in us to scale far greater heights with the support of the General Sports Authority.” Danyah Al-Othmany has witnessed a steady increase in the number of women interested in football in Saudi Arabia since she took up the sport. The 24-year-old Saudi, who plays at right back for The Storm, calls the US team’s victory “a great accomplishment.” “Women have the potential and can become great players if they set their mind to it,” Al-Othmany told Arab News. “Honestly, it’s all about the commitment. Regardless of whether the player is male or female, what matters is if they are willing to spend time on themselves to improve and become better.” Al-Othmany’s message to women in the Kingdom who want to take up football is simple: “Commitment is what really counts.” Perhaps Al-Hazmi, who co-founded The Storm, spoke for many Saudi female footballers when she said: “Years ago no one in the world imagined having a World Cup tournament for women’s football, so nothing is impossible. We need every single talent we have in the Kingdom so that we can collaborate in order to reach the WWC and play alongside the best professional players of the world.” Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Vision 2030FIFA Women’s World Cup (WWC)LYON WORLD CUP Saudi women footballers set their sights on green goalsSaudi Arabia in Group D for World Cup, Asian Cup qualifiers

Saudis warned against using FaceApp

Fri, 2019-07-19 01:19 RIYADH: The National Cybersecurity Authority (NCA) has warned people against using the viral face-transforming mobile application FaceApp, citing the software’s use of personal information. The app allows users to upload photos of
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Saudis warned against using FaceApp

Fri, 2019-07-19 01:19 RIYADH: The National Cybersecurity Authority (NCA) has warned people against using the viral face-transforming mobile application FaceApp, citing the software’s use of personal information. The app allows users to upload photos of their faces and have them edited to look older, a popular trick that filled the social media feeds of millions of users spread over more than 100 countries. Cybersecurity concerns over how the photos could be misused by the app raised concerns among many users, and the NCA has now warned against using it, stressing not to grant it access to personal images. Muhammad Khurram Khan, a professor of cybersecurity at King Saud University said: “These days many people seem obsessed with some smartphone apps, which are used for fun or entertainment without any fear or knowing that it could be dangerous to their privacy and could be used for unknown malicious purposes. “FaceApp, a face-aging app, and many other similar apps are very hot and greatly used by users worldwide without paying attention to the app’s terms of service and their own rights. BACKGROUND • The app, a more than 2-year-old program created by a Russian-based developer, has a host of image altering features such as adding smiles or changing a person’s gender. • Cybersecurity concerns over how the photos cold be misused by the app raised concerns among many users, and the NCA has now warned against using it, stressing, not to grant it access to personal images. “The privacy policies of FaceApp are not clear how it protects users data, but the company claims that any data collected can’t reasonably be used to identify any particular individual user,” he said. “However, it does explicitly say that it shares information with ‘third-party advertising partners’. It’s not just about one photo a user uploads for fun, but FaceApp terms of service seem to allow users to give access to all stored photos, and nobody knows when and with whom this data could be shared or used.” In the past apps like Candy Crush and Angry Birds were used to gather personal data, including contact lists, emails and other sensitive information from the smartphones. “These data-leaking apps harbor the greatest security and privacy perils for users who download them and give access and control to personal data, photos, microphones and cameras, which could be used to eavesdrop or monitor their activities,” Khan added. As reported by Forbes, over 100 million people have downloaded FaceApp from Google Play, and the app is also currently the No. 1 free, and No. 2 grossing, app on the Apple App Store. The app, a more than 2-year-old program created by a Russian-based developer, has a host of image-altering features such as adding smiles or changing a person’s gender. Users joining challenges on the app use it to make themselves appear elderly, giving fans a preview of what their favorite athletes or celebrities would look like once they become senior citizens. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: FaceAppSaudisSaudi ArabiaCybersecurityNational Cybersecurity Authority (NCA) US senator asks FBI, FTC to probe Russia’s FaceApp that alters users’ photos25 Saudi children trained in cybersecurity

South Korean envoy ‘thrilled’ over blossoming cultural ties with Saudi Arabia

Fri, 2019-07-19 01:30 RIYADH: South Korea’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia has spoken of his “thrill and excitement” over the “marvelous fruition” of cultural ties between the two countries. Envoy Jo Byung-wook, recently seen on TV enthusiastically
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South Korean envoy ‘thrilled’ over blossoming cultural ties with Saudi Arabia

Fri, 2019-07-19 01:30 RIYADH: South Korea’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia has spoken of his “thrill and excitement” over the “marvelous fruition” of cultural ties between the two countries. Envoy Jo Byung-wook, recently seen on TV enthusiastically dancing and waving a light rod during a K-pop music concert in Jeddah, told Arab News that his country was looking forward to further enhancing Saudi-South Korean mutual understanding and connection of minds. Relations have continued to blossom following Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s visit to the east Asian nation last month — the most senior Saudi to tour South Korea since the late King Abdullah in 1998. In the first bilateral summit between the two countries, the crown prince met with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the presidential Blue House, and as well as discussing economic and investment prospects the leaders pledged to become “reliable friends for the future,” promising opportunities for cultural exchange. Jo said that culturally, both countries had plenty to offer. “Korea has various cultural assets to attract Saudi people; pop music, drama, traditional dance, fashion, beauty, food, and even architecture, paintings, and interior design.” He also highlighted which aspects of Saudi culture he would like to share with his own people. “In 2017 the exhibition ‘Roads of Arabia’ was held in Seoul for about three months, showing Saudi culture and history with its archaeological artifacts, which attracted and fascinated more than 120,000 Koreans. I think this is a good example of what the Kingdom can introduce to Korea. “Saudi Arabia has beautiful Arabic calligraphy, especially that of the Holy Qur’an, which I believe could fascinate Koreans, since we also have our own way of calligraphy. And Saudi traditional cuisine is very unique and healthy, so I always wanted to introduce it to Korean people,” said Jo. According to the communique which followed the crown prince and South Korean president’s meeting, the two nations also wished to work on “enhancing cultural and popular exchanges and build bases for cooperation that would continue affecting the coming generations.” To that end, memorandums of understanding were signed in the fields of culture, tourism, sport, social protection, human resources management and civil service. Academic scholarships The official communication also stated that South Korea and Saudi Arabia had agreed to expand academic scholarships, exchange programs, educational opportunities, student visits, the translation of distinguished scientific and arts materials and their publication in scientific journals. Jo added that the Korean Embassy was planning to host several events that would help promote cultural exchange. Korea is keen to help the Kingdom achieve the goals of Vision 2030, and Korea will actively participate in cultural activities in the Kingdom so that we may contribute to achieving the ‘vibrant society’ goal of Vision 2030. Ambassador Jo Byung-wook “The embassy has started a new cultural journey since last year, because my assignment coincided with the period of transformation the Kingdom is undergoing with the launch of Vision 2030,” he said. During 2018, the embassy held several events including the Korea-Arab Friendship Caravan showcasing traditional and modern Korean music and dance, an exhibit at the Riyadh National Museum — on loan from the Korean National Museum -— displaying more than 500 archaeological artifacts, and the screening of the first Korean movie at the Indian Embassy. This year officials have planned even more events, such as the 4th Korean Ambassador’s Cup Taekwondo tournament, the 1st Korean Film festival, which will screen several Korean movies, the 2nd Ambassador’s Cup Korean Speech Contest, a reception for Korean National Day, and a workshop by Korean handicraft experts. “Korea is keen to help the Kingdom achieve the goals of Vision 2030, and Korea will actively participate in cultural activities in the Kingdom so that we may contribute to achieving the ‘vibrant society’ goal of Vision 2030,” said the envoy. He also commented on the popularity of K-pop, or South Korean popular music, which has recently been sweeping the nation.  K-pop boy band Super Junior recently took to the stage during the Jeddah Season festival as part of their world tour, becoming the first Korean group to perform in the Kingdom. Jo said: “These concerts will help promote cultural cooperation and increase mutual goodwill between Korea and Saudi Arabia, because culture plays an important role in enhancing mutual understanding and connecting people’s minds.” The ambassador was famously seen on a televised broadcast getting into his groove at the show. “During the concert, I was so thrilled and excited, and could feel the enormous change that Saudi Arabia is going through, which I believe is a beginning of a marvelous fruition. I can say that I saw a whole new Saudi Arabia that night,” he added. Jo expected more K-pop groups to appear in the Kingdom, including BTS who are due to perform in the Saudi capital in October as part of Riyadh Season. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi-South KoreaMoon Jae-InCrown Prince Mohammed bin SalmanRiyadhSeoulSouth Korean Ambassador Jo Byung-WookVision 2030 Cultural ties will add new facet to Saudi-South Korean relationsMinister’s visit boosts Saudi-South Korean ties

Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Mohammed Al-Hamdan, undersecretary of the Department of Publications Affairs and Scholarly Research

Fri, 2019-07-19 01:59 Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Mohammed Al-Hamdan has been the undersecretary of the Department of Publications Affairs and Scholarly Research since June 2018.  Al-Hamdan recently announced that the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Dawah and Guid
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Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Mohammed Al-Hamdan, undersecretary of the Department of Publications Affairs and Scholarly Research

Fri, 2019-07-19 01:59 Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Mohammed Al-Hamdan has been the undersecretary of the Department of Publications Affairs and Scholarly Research since June 2018.  Al-Hamdan recently announced that the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Dawah and Guidance had started preparations for its Hajj season book distribution program, which will oversee the distribution of 8 million copies of the Holy Qur’an, ritual books and manuals to pilgrims. Fifty-two books in more than 30 languages have reportedly been approved as part of the program. Al-Hamdan also noted that the Islamic electronic library has created a website containing all of the ministry’s written and audio versions of books related to Hajj and Umrah: www.islamic-ebook.com. The portal will be made available for public use at every international airport in the Kingdom, several exit-port centers and some mosques and “important sites.” In 2018, Al-Hamdan was part of two significant Saudi Arabian delegations overseas. In November, he traveled to the 31st Conference of Muslims of Latin America and the Caribbean in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The conference explored the possibilities of teaching Arabic in Latin America and the Caribbean, and was organized by the Center for Islamic Advocacy in Brazil in cooperation with the Islamic Ministry in the Kingdom. Al-Hamdan also visited several cities in Serbia where he met with Chief of Scholars in Belgrade Sheikh Saad Nasovic, and other prominent figures from the Muslim community in Serbia. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Who's WhoSheikh Abdul Aziz bin Mohammed Al-Hamdan Dr. Abdulmajeed bin Abdullah Al-Banyan, president of Naif Arab University for Security SciencesSaleh Al-Sulami, general secretary of the Saudi Export Development Authority

TheFace: Aghareed Abduljawad, supply chain director at Globe Group

Author: Fri, 2019-07-19 05:01 It is a great honor for me to be featured in this space, not only to be representing the young women of society but also to be able to share my personal background story. I am privileged to have been brought up in a home
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TheFace: Aghareed Abduljawad, supply chain director at Globe Group

Author: Fri, 2019-07-19 05:01 It is a great honor for me to be featured in this space, not only to be representing the young women of society but also to be able to share my personal background story. I am privileged to have been brought up in a home where both my parents did not discriminate between genders but rather promoted equality and equal opportunity and education among me and my siblings. This shaped me into becoming the eager, persistent, determined, and some would even say competitive, person that I am. My father has always been a role model for me in business. A well-rounded global engineer by education, a successful businessman by virtue, but more importantly he is my father. He taught me always to remain strong, fearless, and brave but gave me all the opportunities to be successful by earning it rather than receiving it. This somehow constitutes the core of our business values at Globe Group. Similar to every family business, boardroom discussions always somehow find themselves at the center of the dinner table, but this is where we can count on my wonderful mother to intervene. As a graduate in English literature, she brings the arts and cultural side to our family which is always a nice break when we’re constantly thinking of how to grow a successful third-generation business. She is the motivation behind the enhancement of my language skills (truly capturing Arabic, French and English languages) and the hobbies we enjoy (such as playing the piano). I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in finance from Prince Mohammad bin Fahd University in 2014 and currently hold the position of supply chain director at Globe Group, as well as finance director at Abduljawad Holding Co. Abduljawad Holding is the investment arm of our business conglomerate, Globe Group. Globe is one of the most established logistics and transportation companies in the region and was founded by my late grandfather Fareed Abduljawad in 1976. My journey at Globe started very early in my teens, when I enjoyed spending time with my father at the office and learning the trade. I realized with age that no matter how much corporate governance we tried to follow in the company, our code of ethics was very similar to values we were taught at home. Nothing is given to you on a plate; you need to work hard and earn every merit. Globe is a company that was here before I was born, and we want to ensure it is around for the next generation, stronger and more successful than ever. Because of our family nature, we tend also to treat our employees as family and end up being one big family running an operation. This goes back to how I was brought up with my siblings; we are much stronger as a team than as one. Who do I aspire to be? An established, global and successful businesswoman leading the family name and business for the next generation to come, hopefully one day as the CFO. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: TheFaceAbduljawad Holding Co. TheFace: Munirah Alsanani — from reluctant gift recipient to ardent collector of Arabian artefacts TheFace: For Rana Al-Kadi, documenting architectural heritage is a passion worth living for

First group of Sudanese pilgrims arrives in Jeddah

Author: Zaynab KhojjiID: 1563457992755672400Thu, 2019-07-18 16:52 JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia has welcomed the first group of Sudanese Hajj pilgrims to arrive in the Kingdom by sea. The president of the Saudi Ports Authority (MAWANI), Saad bin Abdul Azi
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First group of Sudanese pilgrims arrives in Jeddah

Author: Zaynab KhojjiID: 1563457992755672400Thu, 2019-07-18 16:52 JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia has welcomed the first group of Sudanese Hajj pilgrims to arrive in the Kingdom by sea. The president of the Saudi Ports Authority (MAWANI), Saad bin Abdul Aziz Al-Khalb, and other dock officials greeted 1,633 pilgrims as they disembarked at Jeddah Islamic Port following their voyage from Sawakin in Sudan. Al-Khalb said the operational plan prepared for this year’s Hajj aimed to receive 22,000 pilgrims through Jeddah Islamic Port, a 37 percent increase on 2018. He added that 22 trips using four ferries were planned, representing a 29 percent rise in the number of sea journeys on the previous year. The authority, in cooperation with different government sectors and agencies, aims to ensure Hajj pilgrims’ comfort during their stay in the Kingdom. Jeddah Islamic Port will receive pilgrims until Aug. 6 and more than 266 personnel will be involved in overseeing this year’s Hajj season. These workers will include maritime pilots, ship captains, technical and operational supervisors, security teams, staff responsible for operations at the station, and technical affairs managers. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: SudanJeddah Islamic PortHajj 2019 Saudi Arabia to distribute 8 million copies of the Holy Qur’an to Hajj pilgrimsKing Salman makes Indonesian grandfather’s Hajj dream come true

Moroccan king praises Saudi Arabia's efforts in serving pilgrims

Author: Thu, 2019-07-18 22:40 JEDDAH: King Mohammed VI of Morocco has praised King Salman’s efforts to serve Hajj pilgrims and provide services that allow them to perform their rituals with comfort and ease. “We appreciate the generous efforts tha
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Moroccan king praises Saudi Arabia's efforts in serving pilgrims

Author: Thu, 2019-07-18 22:40 JEDDAH: King Mohammed VI of Morocco has praised King Salman’s efforts to serve Hajj pilgrims and provide services that allow them to perform their rituals with comfort and ease. “We appreciate the generous efforts that our brother King Salman continuously makes to receive pilgrims and provide the best conditions for comfort and reassurance… and his keenness to improve the conditions of the Hajj constantly,” said King Mohammed VI in a letter to Moroccan pilgrims. King Mohammed VI also urged Moroccan pilgrims to abide by the rules and regulations whilst performing Hajj. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Morocco King Salman makes Indonesian grandfather’s Hajj dream come true

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على خلفية العدوان على اليمن ومقتل الصحافي جمال خاشقجي أقر مجلس النواب الأميركي مشروع قرار يوقف صفقات بيع أسلحة بقيمة اكثر من 8 مليارات دولار ل
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فاض الكيل..جمهوريون وديمقراطيون ضد ابن سلمان

على خلفية العدوان على اليمن ومقتل الصحافي جمال خاشقجي أقر مجلس النواب الأميركي مشروع قرار يوقف صفقات بيع أسلحة بقيمة اكثر من 8 مليارات دولار للسعودية...

First group of Sundanese pilgrims arrive in Jeddah

Author: Zaynab KhojjiID: 1563457992755672400Thu, 2019-07-18 16:52 JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia has welcomed the first group of Sudanese Hajj pilgrims to arrive in the Kingdom by sea. The president of the Saudi Ports Authority (MAWANI), Saad bin Abdul Azi
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First group of Sundanese pilgrims arrive in Jeddah

Author: Zaynab KhojjiID: 1563457992755672400Thu, 2019-07-18 16:52 JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia has welcomed the first group of Sudanese Hajj pilgrims to arrive in the Kingdom by sea. The president of the Saudi Ports Authority (MAWANI), Saad bin Abdul Aziz Al-Khalb, and other dock officials greeted 1,633 pilgrims as they disembarked at Jeddah Islamic Port following their voyage from Sawakin in Sudan. Al-Khalb said the operational plan prepared for this year’s Hajj aimed to receive 22,000 pilgrims through Jeddah Islamic Port, a 37 percent increase on 2018. He added that 22 trips using four ferries were planned, representing a 29 percent rise in the number of sea journeys on the previous year. The authority, in cooperation with different government sectors and agencies, aims to ensure Hajj pilgrims’ comfort during their stay in the Kingdom. Jeddah Islamic Port will receive pilgrims until Aug. 6 and more than 266 personnel will be involved in overseeing this year’s Hajj season. These workers will include maritime pilots, ship captains, technical and operational supervisors, security teams, staff responsible for operations at the station, and technical affairs managers. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: SudanJeddah Islamic PortHajj 2019 Saudi Arabia to distribute 8 million copies of the Holy Qur’an to Hajj pilgrimsKing Salman makes Indonesian grandfather’s Hajj dream come true

Hajj pilgrim medical teams follow Health Ministry guidelines

Author: Thu, 2019-07-18 01:36 RIYADH: Medical missions accompanying Hajj pilgrims from overseas countries are following Ministry of Health guidelines, according to officials. The ministry has issued guidelines saying that it requires the teams accomp
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Hajj pilgrim medical teams follow Health Ministry guidelines

Author: Thu, 2019-07-18 01:36 RIYADH: Medical missions accompanying Hajj pilgrims from overseas countries are following Ministry of Health guidelines, according to officials. The ministry has issued guidelines saying that it requires the teams accompanying pilgrims to comply with technical requirements that include the mission having at least one physician per 1,000 pilgrims and at least 20 percent of the physicians in the medical mission having public health qualifications. Teams should have a valid medical waste contract with a certified local company that covers the Hajj season, their clinics should include at least one infectious diseases isolation room that meets Health Ministry standards and the medical mission should commit to reporting notifiable infectious diseases to the Saudi health system using approved reporting methods. Indonesia is sending the largest number of Muslims on Hajj and this year 231,000 Indonesians will visit. Speaking to Arab News, Dr. Eka Jusup Singka, director of the Hajj Health Center, Ministry of Health, Indonesia, said: “We are following these guidelines.” “We have a team of 308 health officers that include specialist doctors, general physicians, sanitarian and health promotion staff,” he said. He added that 231 members of the team are doctors and the rest include pharmacists, paramedics and support staff. Singka told Arab News that they have clinics in Makkah, Madinah and mobile teams at the airports. “We have brought medicines from Indonesia,” he said. Asked about having a valid medical waste contract with a certified local company, he said: “Yes, we have arrangements with the local company.” Regarding clinics including at least one infectious diseases isolation room, Singka said: “We have an infection room, and make such arrangements every year. Our clinics have been inspected by the MoH officials in Makkah and Madinah.” “We are very happy for all their assistance,” he said. “If there are cases of infectious disease we immediately refer them to the local Saudi hospital for laboratory examination and advance medication.” “We are very happy with the support from the Saudi health ministry,” he said. Noor Rahman Sheikh, consul general of India, told Arab News: “We have a team of 638 delegates that include specialist doctors, general physicians and support staff.” Of the total staff, there are 170 doctors, 185 paramedics and 283 administrative staff supporting the mission. “The government of India sends medicines and we follow the ministry guidelines as required,” he said. Saudi Arabia last month increased India’s Hajj quota from 170,000 to 200,000, paving the way for 30,000 more pilgrims to visit for the annual event. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Hajj pilgrimshajjHajj 2019SAUDI HEALTH MINISTRY Saudi health ministry says pilgrims’ health situation ‘reassuring’Medical teams at Jeddah airport save two pilgrims’ lives

Qur’an, Adhan competitions attract over 21,000 global entries

Author: Thu, 2019-07-18 01:55 RIYADH: More than 21,000 people from 162 countries have so far applied to take part in two prestigious Saudi-organized religious competitions. Launched earlier this year by Turki Al-Sheikh, chairman of the Kingdom’s Ge
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Qur’an, Adhan competitions attract over 21,000 global entries

Author: Thu, 2019-07-18 01:55 RIYADH: More than 21,000 people from 162 countries have so far applied to take part in two prestigious Saudi-organized religious competitions. Launched earlier this year by Turki Al-Sheikh, chairman of the Kingdom’s General Entertainment Authority (GEA), the Qur’an and Adhan recital contests will offer a winners’ prize pot of SR7 million ($1.9 million). The initiative aims to highlight the diversity of the Muslim world’s cultures and enhance the image of Islam internationally. Anyone wishing to participate in the competitions has until the end of July to register. So far, according to the GEA, more than 11,000 entries have been received for the Qur’an recitation contest and at least 9,000 people have applied to take part in the Adhan event. The competitions are split into several phases. The first stage involves the receipt of applications via the awards’ website followed by the shortlisting of entrants from July 24 to Aug. 23. On-stage live performances will be held from Aug. 24 to Sept. 24, with the winners being announced and awarded throughout the final stage from Sept. 25 until Oct. 25. The winner of the Qur’an recital competition will receive SR5 million in prize money, and the Adhan victor will bag SR2 million. For further information on the terms of participation and to register, visit https://quranathanawards.com Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: qur'anAdhanSaudi General Entertainment Authority (GEA)Islam 13 winners honored at Saudi Arabia’s King Abdelaziz Qur’an competitionSaudi Arabia launches Quran recitation and Adhan competitions for Muslims around the world

Saudi Arabia to distribute 8 million copies of the Holy Qur’an to Hajj pilgrims

Author: Thu, 2019-07-18 03:56 RIYADH: The Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Dawah and Guidance has started preparations for its Hajj season book distribution program. The ministry will provide pilgrims with books concerning the rituals upon entry to the King
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Saudi Arabia to distribute 8 million copies of the Holy Qur’an to Hajj pilgrims

Author: Thu, 2019-07-18 03:56 RIYADH: The Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Dawah and Guidance has started preparations for its Hajj season book distribution program. The ministry will provide pilgrims with books concerning the rituals upon entry to the Kingdom, as well as the Holy Qur’an and translations of its meanings. Finally, pilgrims will be offered guidance books upon their departure. The program aims to spread legitimate awareness among pilgrims and promote adherence to the correct methods of belief, worship and behavior.  The undersecretary of the Department of Publications Affairs and Scholarly Research, Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Mohammed Al-Hamdan, said that it has approved 52 books in more than 30 languages for this year’s Hajj season. He added that more than 8 million copies of the Holy Qur’an, ritual books and manuals will be distributed. Al-Hamdan said that the Islamic electronic library had issued a platform containing all of the ministry’s written and audio versions of the books of Hajj and Umrah to every international airport in the Kingdom, several exit-port centers and some mosques and important sites. The platform is available to all at www.islamic-ebook.com. SPA Riyadh Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: qur'anHajj 2019 Hajj pilgrim medical teams follow Health Ministry guidelinesSaudi Arabia offers one million SIM cards and internet access to Hajj pilgrims

King Salman invites Indonesian centenarian to perform Hajj

Thu, 2019-07-18 08:19 DUBAI: King Salman has invited an Indonesian man, who is reportedly 140 years old, and his family to perform Hajj, the Saudi embassy in Jakarta said on Wednesday. “The Custodian of the Two Holy mosques invites elderly Indonesian man
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King Salman invites Indonesian centenarian to perform Hajj

Thu, 2019-07-18 08:19 DUBAI: King Salman has invited an Indonesian man, who is reportedly 140 years old, and his family to perform Hajj, the Saudi embassy in Jakarta said on Wednesday. “The Custodian of the Two Holy mosques invites elderly Indonesian man and his family to perform Hajj,” the embassy tweeted. #خادم_الحرمين_الشريفين يوجه بإستضافة المعمر الإندونيسي يوحي وعائلته لأداء فريضة #الحج pic.twitter.com/NvAwXaNfyv — السفارة في إندونيسيا (@KSAembassyID) July 17, 2019 The centenarian sent his appeal to King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in a video, asking the Saudi rulers to invite him and his daughters to perform Hajj for the first time, as they were unable to afford it on their own. Social media users shared his video, in which he and two of his daughters explained their situation in Arabic مسن إندونيسي يبلغ من العمر 140 عام يناشد #خادم_الحرمين_الشريفين حفظة الله و #ولي_العهد الأمين بالحج على نفقتهم حفظهم الله @KingSalman @Badermasaker #ضيوف_خادم_الحرمين pic.twitter.com/JpmDD5Utnm — أحمد الناقي KSAMBS (@Ahmadbinnaqi) July 15, 2019 The man was hosted by Saudi ambassador to Indonesia Esam Al-Thagafi in Jakarta, who broke the good news to him. The Saudi rulers saw the video and Hajj authorities will take care of their travels and necessities, Al-Thagafi told the man and his family. خادم الحرمين الشريفين الملك سلمان بن عبدالعزيز يوجه باستضافة مسن إندونيسي وعائلته لتأدية مناسك #الحج بعد أن وجه مناشدة بالإستضافة نظراً لظروفه المادية الصعبة .. وقد استقبله السفير السعودي لدى جاكرتا الأستاذ عصام الثقفي ونقل له هذا الخبر المفرح و المبهج.. pic.twitter.com/nwgSklKCge — pharmacist (@naifsa34) July 17, 2019 Hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam, and Muslims should aim to perform the ritual at least once in their lifetime. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: hajjIndonesiaKing Salmancrown prince Hajj pilgrim medical teams follow Health Ministry guidelinesSaudi Arabia to distribute 8 million copies of the Holy Qur’an to Hajj pilgrims

Princess Reema meets US treasury chief Steven Mnuchin

Thu, 2019-07-18 11:20 DUBAI: Newly appointed Saudi Ambassador to the United States Princess Reema bint Bandar met with US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to discuss opportunities to further strengthen the countries’ partnership. The Saudi Arabian embas
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Princess Reema meets US treasury chief Steven Mnuchin

Thu, 2019-07-18 11:20 DUBAI: Newly appointed Saudi Ambassador to the United States Princess Reema bint Bandar met with US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to discuss opportunities to further strengthen the countries’ partnership. The Saudi Arabian embassy in the US, in a tweet, said the two senior officials explored “ways to strengthen Saudi Arabia’s close partnership with the United States on countering the financing of terrorism, as well as US support for the Kingdom’s economic reforms.”   HRH Ambassador @rbalsaud met with Treasury Secretary @stevenmnuchin1 to explore ways to strengthen Saudi Arabia’s close partnership with the United States on countering the financing of terrorism, as well as U.S support for the Kingdom's economic reforms. @USTreasury pic.twitter.com/to4ZOHCMfu — Saudi Embassy (@SaudiEmbassyUSA) July 18, 2019   Princess Reema, who assumed her new office on July 4, earlier met with US President Donald Trump to present her credentials as the Kingdom’s top diplomat in Washington. Princess Reema became the Kingdom’s first female ambassador after being nominated to the post on February 23 – to replace Prince Khaled bin Salman who was appointed deputy defense minister – and took her oath before King Salman in Riyadh in April. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaPrincess Reema bint BandarUSDiplomacy Princess Reema bint Bandar: Walking in her father’s footstepsPrincess Reema bint Bandar meets President Trump, presents credentials as Saudi envoy to US

بالفيديو.. الكونغرس يوجه صفعة ثلاثية مدوية لترامب والامارات والسعودية

أقر مجلس النواب الأميركي مشروع قرار يوقف صفقات بيع أسلحة بقيمة اكثر من ثماني مليارات دولار للسعودية والامارات، في خطوة تشكل صفعة للرئيس دونال
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بالفيديو.. الكونغرس يوجه صفعة ثلاثية مدوية لترامب والامارات والسعودية

أقر مجلس النواب الأميركي مشروع قرار يوقف صفقات بيع أسلحة بقيمة اكثر من ثماني مليارات دولار للسعودية والامارات، في خطوة تشكل صفعة للرئيس دونالد ترامب ...

ابن زايد وابن سلمان في ملهى ليلي وسط فتيات شبه عاريات

أعاد نشطاء ورواد مواقع التواصل الاجتماعي نشر فيديو كان قد انتشر العام الماضي، لولي عهد أبو ظبي محمد بن زايد وولي عهد السعودية محمد بن سلمان في
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ابن زايد وابن سلمان في ملهى ليلي وسط فتيات شبه عاريات

أعاد نشطاء ورواد مواقع التواصل الاجتماعي نشر فيديو كان قد انتشر العام الماضي، لولي عهد أبو ظبي محمد بن زايد وولي عهد السعودية محمد بن سلمان فيما يبدو...

شاهد/صحيفة سعودية تنشر كاريكاتير مسيء للشعب الكويتي

نشرت صحيفة “الاقتصادية” السعودية كاريكاتيرا أثار غضبا واسعا في أوساط المغردين الكويتيين الذين رأوه مسيئا للكويت وأميرها، ما دفعهم إلى شن ان
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شاهد/صحيفة سعودية تنشر كاريكاتير مسيء للشعب الكويتي

نشرت صحيفة “الاقتصادية” السعودية كاريكاتيرا أثار غضبا واسعا في أوساط المغردين الكويتيين الذين رأوه مسيئا للكويت وأميرها، ما دفعهم إلى شن انتقادات لاذ...

 صور أقمار اصطناعية تكشف 'تحضيرات' بقاعدة جوية سعودية

ذكرت وسائل إعلام أمريكية أن صورا التقطتها الأقمار الاصطناعية مؤخرا، أظهرت نشاطات لافتة وعمليات بناء في قاعدة الأمير سلطان الجوية الواقعة شرق
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 صور أقمار اصطناعية تكشف 'تحضيرات' بقاعدة جوية سعودية

ذكرت وسائل إعلام أمريكية أن صورا التقطتها الأقمار الاصطناعية مؤخرا، أظهرت نشاطات لافتة وعمليات بناء في قاعدة الأمير سلطان الجوية الواقعة شرقي السعودي...

 جانيت جاكسون تحيي حفلا بالسعودية بعد رفض نيكي ميناج

تحيي جانيت جاكسون ومغنّي الراب فيفتي سنت حفلا في السعودية، الخميس، في إطار مهرجان فنّي تستضيفه مدينة جدّة، بحسب ما أعلن المنظمون الأربعاء، وذ
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 جانيت جاكسون تحيي حفلا بالسعودية بعد رفض نيكي ميناج

تحيي جانيت جاكسون ومغنّي الراب فيفتي سنت حفلا في السعودية، الخميس، في إطار مهرجان فنّي تستضيفه مدينة جدّة، بحسب ما أعلن المنظمون الأربعاء، وذلك بعد أ...

Saudi Arabia calls on Qatar to allow its pilgrims to perform Hajj

Wed, 2019-07-17 18:26 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has created a new webpage for Qataris who wish to perform the pilgrimage this year. Qatari Hajj pilgrims can register their details, browse packages and pay for them at: https://qh14
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Saudi Arabia calls on Qatar to allow its pilgrims to perform Hajj

Wed, 2019-07-17 18:26 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has created a new webpage for Qataris who wish to perform the pilgrimage this year. Qatari Hajj pilgrims can register their details, browse packages and pay for them at: https://qh1440.haj.gov.sa The ministry called on Qatar not to block the webpage as it did previously and “cooperate in order to allow its citizens to perform Hajj easily.” Saudi Arabia is one of several Arab countries that launched a boycott of Qatar in 2017 over the country’s support for extremist groups. The embargo includes transport restrictions between Qatar and Saudi Arabia, but the Kingdom has taken measures to ensure pilgrims from Qatar can travel freely for Hajj and Umrah. The ministry said on Saturday it had taken several steps to ensure pilgrims could enter Saudi Arabia for for Hajj, which starts next month. But the ministry accused the Qatari government of blocking attempts by its citizens to perform the pilgrimage. Following a recent meeting with a Qatari delegation to discuss the logistics of pilgrims from the country arriving in the Kingdom, the delegation from Doha left without signing any agreements to enable access for it citizens, according to the ministry. In response to Doha’s actions, the statement said that Qatari pilgrims could complete their applications upon arrival in Saudi Arabia. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Hajj 2019Ministry of Hajj and UmrahQatar King Salman issues directive for Saudi Arabia to host families of Christchurch attack victims during Hajj seasonSaudi Arabia offers one million SIM cards and internet access to Hajj pilgrims

السفارة السعودية في تركيا تصدر تحذيرا جديدا لمواطنيها

حذرت السفارة السعودية في تركيا، اليوم الأربعاء، المواطنين السعوديين من إمكانية «تعرضهم لعمليات استغلال»....
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السفارة السعودية في تركيا تصدر تحذيرا جديدا لمواطنيها

حذرت السفارة السعودية في تركيا، اليوم الأربعاء، المواطنين السعوديين من إمكانية «تعرضهم لعمليات استغلال»....

محمد بن سلمان يتدخل بشأن زوجة حاكم دبي

بعد أن نشرت وسائل إعلام بريطانية معلومات تم تداولها طيلة الأسابيع الأخيرة حول هرب زوجة حاكم دبي من الإمارات مع طفليها إلى بريطانيا عبر ألماني
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محمد بن سلمان يتدخل بشأن زوجة حاكم دبي

بعد أن نشرت وسائل إعلام بريطانية معلومات تم تداولها طيلة الأسابيع الأخيرة حول هرب زوجة حاكم دبي من الإمارات مع طفليها إلى بريطانيا عبر ألمانيا، وأكدت...

بالفيديو... الطيران المسير اليمني يستهدف مطار جيزان جنوب السعودية

استهدف الطيران اليمني بطائرات قاصف اثنين مطار جيزان الاقليمي في جنوب السعودية وعطل الملاحة فيه. كما حذرت القوات اليمنية من تصاعد العمليات ضد
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بالفيديو... الطيران المسير اليمني يستهدف مطار جيزان جنوب السعودية

استهدف الطيران اليمني بطائرات قاصف اثنين مطار جيزان الاقليمي في جنوب السعودية وعطل الملاحة فيه. كما حذرت القوات اليمنية من تصاعد العمليات ضد المطارات...

وثائقي ...«نحو قبلة العالم»

عشية منح إجازة الحج وإرسال الحجاج الإيرانيين إلى أرض الوحي ، أنتجت قناة العالم الاخبارية فيلما وثائقياً بعنوان «نحو قبلة العالم » مدته 2
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وثائقي ...«نحو قبلة العالم»

عشية منح إجازة الحج وإرسال الحجاج الإيرانيين إلى أرض الوحي ، أنتجت قناة العالم الاخبارية فيلما وثائقياً بعنوان «نحو قبلة العالم » مدته 25 دقيقة....

Hajj pilgrims praise Saudi support at Dhaka airport

Author: Zaynab KhojjiID: 1563372585027761900Wed, 2019-07-17 17:08 DHAKA: Pre-immigration facilities provided by Saudi Arabia for Hajj pilgrims in Bangladesh have helped reduce waiting times by several hours after their arrival at airports in the Ki
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Hajj pilgrims praise Saudi support at Dhaka airport

Author: Zaynab KhojjiID: 1563372585027761900Wed, 2019-07-17 17:08 DHAKA: Pre-immigration facilities provided by Saudi Arabia for Hajj pilgrims in Bangladesh have helped reduce waiting times by several hours after their arrival at airports in the Kingdom, several of them said on Wednesday. The program is part of Saudi Arabia’s Road to Makkah initiative, whereby pilgrims can complete immigration at airports in their home country instead of doing it on arrival in the Kingdom. From this year, Bangladeshi pilgrims are enjoying pre-immigration facilities at Dhaka airport. “Among the 127,000 Bangladeshi pilgrims, this year 60,500 of them will have the opportunity to complete the immigration formalities at Dhaka airport,” Bangladeshi Religious Affairs Secretary Anisur Rahman told Arab News. “From next year, all Bangladeshi pilgrims will enjoy this pre-immigration system at Dhaka airport.” Seventy immigration officials from Saudi Arabia are currently in Dhaka to accomplish pilgrims’ immigration tasks. Three Saudi organizations are working at Dhaka airport to accomplish these tasks. At the airport, Saudi authorities have established 15 booths to serve pilgrims, who have to record 10-finger impressions in the Kingdom’s immigration database. In addition, at the immigration counter officials take photographs of the pilgrims, Rahman said. “The pre-immigration system was supposed to be launched from the first Hajj flight on July 4, but due to technical issues we couldn’t do that on the first day. However, things are now running very smoothly,” he added. Abdul Kayum Bepari, a Bangladeshi pilgrim who completed his Saudi immigration formalities at Dhaka airport, told Arab News: “It’s an amazing experience. All immigration formalities were completed within a minute. When I performed Hajj in 2011, it took more than four hours for me to complete the immigration formalities at the Saudi airport.” Bangladeshi pilgrim Sadek Ali told Arab News: “Everything is very disciplined. This pre-immigration system has truly eased the hassle of thousands of Bangladeshi pilgrims.” Pilgrim Bulbuli Begum told Arab News: “My Saudi immigration formalities took only a few seconds to be completed.” Pre-immigration support for Bangladeshi pilgrims will continue until the last Hajj flight, which is scheduled on Aug. 5. “We’re trying to ensure maximum support and comfort to the pilgrims,” said a Saudi immigration official at Dhaka airport. “They don’t even need to worry about luggage. Once the pilgrims land at a Saudi airport, they’ll immediately board hotel-bound buses and will receive their luggage at the hotel.” Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Hajj 2019Dhaka First group of Sri Lankan Muslims begin Hajj journeyKing Salman issues directive for Saudi Arabia to host families of Christchurch attack victims during Hajj season

صور/ محرقة جديدة لـ «فخر الصناعة الأمريكية» في جيزان

يتواصل هلاك فخر الصناعة الأمريكية من الدبابات والمدرعات والعربات، بنيران الجيش اليمني واللجان الشعبية، في مختلف جبهات المعارك مع الجيش السع
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صور/ محرقة جديدة لـ «فخر الصناعة الأمريكية» في جيزان

يتواصل هلاك فخر الصناعة الأمريكية من الدبابات والمدرعات والعربات، بنيران الجيش اليمني واللجان الشعبية، في مختلف جبهات المعارك مع الجيش السعودي وقوات ...

إقالة إمام سعودي ناشد الملك سلمان تخفيض الضرائب

أقالت وزارة الأوقاف السعودية خطيب وإمام مسجد بعد مطالبته الملك سلمان وولي عهده «محمد بن سلمان» بتخفيف الضرائب على المواطنين والمقيمين،
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إقالة إمام سعودي ناشد الملك سلمان تخفيض الضرائب

أقالت وزارة الأوقاف السعودية خطيب وإمام مسجد بعد مطالبته الملك سلمان وولي عهده «محمد بن سلمان» بتخفيف الضرائب على المواطنين والمقيمين، حسبما أكد ناشط...

King Salman issues directive for Saudi Arabia to host families of Christchurch attack victims during Hajj season

Author: daniel fountainID: 1563311618532281500Wed, 2019-07-17 00:09 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia will host 200 Hajj pilgrims of families of victims of the terrorist attack in Christchurch, New Zealand on the orders of King Salman, a Saudi Press Agency repo
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King Salman issues directive for Saudi Arabia to host families of Christchurch attack victims during Hajj season

Author: daniel fountainID: 1563311618532281500Wed, 2019-07-17 00:09 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia will host 200 Hajj pilgrims of families of victims of the terrorist attack in Christchurch, New Zealand on the orders of King Salman, a Saudi Press Agency report said. The attack in March by Brenton Tarrant on two mosques in the city killed 50 people and wounded dozens more. The directive from King Salman was announced on Tuesday by Sheikh Abdullatif bin Abulaziz Al-Asheikh, the Minister of Islamic Affairs. Al-Asheikh said the hosting of the families during the Hajj season was part of Saudi Arabia’s efforts to “confront and defeat terrorism” in all forms. Al-Asheikh added that his ministry was working with the Saudi embassy in New Zealand to ensure the invitees have everything they need to perform Hajj during their visit. An armed police officer (R) stands guard outside the Al Noor mosque, one of the mosques where some 50 people were killed by a self-avowed white supremacist gunman on March 15, 2019, in Christchurch, New Zealand. (AFP file photo)   Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaHajj 2019hajjchristchurch terrorist attackchristchurch mosque attackChristchurchNew Zealand Saudi Arabia offers one million SIM cards and internet access to Hajj pilgrims Christchurch massacre suspect to face new terrorism charge

Cabinet gives go-ahead for businesses to open 24/7 in Saudi Arabia

Tue, 2019-07-16 23:58 RIYADH: The Saudi Cabinet on Tuesday announced that businesses in Saudi Arabia are to be given the option to remain open 24 hours a day. Minister of Commerce and Investment Dr. Majid Al-Qassabi thanked King Salman and the Crown Princ
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Cabinet gives go-ahead for businesses to open 24/7 in Saudi Arabia

Tue, 2019-07-16 23:58 RIYADH: The Saudi Cabinet on Tuesday announced that businesses in Saudi Arabia are to be given the option to remain open 24 hours a day. Minister of Commerce and Investment Dr. Majid Al-Qassabi thanked King Salman and the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the decision, which he said would improve the quality of life in the Kingdom by raising levels of satisfaction among residents and creating new opportunities for the business sector. He added that it has been shown that 24-hour trading can have a positive effect on the macroeconomy of a country by increasing demand for goods and services, stimulating consumer spending and attracting capital investment. In addition, he said, it can help boost sectors such as leisure, tourism, transport and communications, and it is expected to create new job opportunities. The decision reflects moves being made by the Kingdom to support the private sector and entrepreneurs by providing the best possible environment in which to operate through the amendment of regulations and legislation, and the continuing process of economic reforms. Saudi Arabia is also committed to reducing the unemployment rate from 11.6 percent to 7 percent by providing more job opportunities for young people in particular, supporting entrepreneurs, establishing large enterprises, and increasing the role of the private sector and creating partnerships with it. Talat Zaki Hafiz, secretary-general of the committee on  information and banking awareness,  believes the decision to allow 24-hour opening is a positive move for the country. “I think this is a smart move that will benefit the economy and reduce the unemployment rate, which is considered now to be high at 11.6 percent, but also to serve the needs of the public who are living in the country, tourists and people who are visiting for Hajj and Umrah,” he said. Iyad Ghulam of NCB Capital, an investment banking and asset management firm, also welcomed the announcement. “We believe it will have a positive impact on the economy by creating employment, increasing disposable income, and boosting small and medium enterprises and the private sector’s contribution to the gross domestic product. For listed companies, we expect restaurants to be the key beneficiaries. “In line with Vision 2030 targets, we expect the relaxing of regulations governing business hours to have a positive impact on the overall economy by supporting GDP growth, reducing unemployment, potentially increasing consumer spending, and meeting the needs of a larger consumer base.” Regulations and procedures will be developed and put in place to govern 24-hour opening, and it is expected that a fee will be payable by businesses that wish to take advantage of the opportunity. The decision of whether or not to open all hours will remain with individual business owners. Khalid Abdulrahman, the owner of a large coffee shop in Riyadh, said that the decision could benefit certain businesses, including his, but a lot will depend on the yet to be revealed details of how the process will operate. “It might affect us positively to open 24 hours during the weekend only, because most of the Saudi people stay up all night,” he said. “This depends on whether we get to choose the days to open around the clock.” Ahmed Mushtaq who runs Sohoby, a business-technology provider in Jeddah, said that it could give his employees more flexibility in choosing preferable working hours. “As all of them are hard workers, some do prefer working during night hours as they can be focused and achieve more,” he said. “With this decision, employees’ working hours will be more flexible, especially for those who wish to work during late hours and spend more time with their families during the day.” The Cabinet said that its decision takes into account the security and social needs of the community, particularly at night, and also weather requirements, especially those designed to cope with high temperatures during the summer. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: shopping mallsVision 2030 Umrah pilgrims now free to move around Saudi ArabiaSaudi Arabia offers one million SIM cards and internet access to Hajj pilgrims

Saudi youths construct historic market for Souq Okaz

Wed, 2019-07-17 04:10 RIYADH: A group of Saudi youths has helped to build a giant market for the latest session of Souq Okaz, one of the most famous historical attractions of its kind in the Arabian Peninsula. A total of 67 young men and women took part i
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Saudi youths construct historic market for Souq Okaz

Wed, 2019-07-17 04:10 RIYADH: A group of Saudi youths has helped to build a giant market for the latest session of Souq Okaz, one of the most famous historical attractions of its kind in the Arabian Peninsula. A total of 67 young men and women took part in the construction of the historic market area extending over 41,000 square meters, as part of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage’s (SCTH) drive to support youth employment and skills in the Kingdom. The work, completed over 35 days at the 13th session of Souq Okaz, was carried out with the assistance of 247 on-site workers of different nationalities. The team participated in various roles including art, engineering, design, carpentry and blacksmithing, plumbing and electrics. Souk Okaz has 200 shops selling pottery, silverware, glassware, wall arts and historical manuscripts, as well as textiles, handicrafts and leather goods. The market also includes restaurants and cafes. SCTH is working with partners to maintain and improve the services and facilities at Okaz Souq for the new season of unique events and programs.     Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: souq okazTaifsaudi youth 70 artisans feature handicrafts at Saudi Arabia’s Souq Okaz festSouq Okaz: Arabian horses turn heads at beauty contest

Saudi minister of culture welcomes task of organizing Janadriyah festival

Author: Wed, 2019-07-17 04:34 JEDDAH: Saudi Culture Minister Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan on Tuesday welcomed the Cabinet decision to give his ministry the responsibility of organizing the annual Janadriyah Festival. Before this decision, the M
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Saudi minister of culture welcomes task of organizing Janadriyah festival

Author: Wed, 2019-07-17 04:34 JEDDAH: Saudi Culture Minister Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan on Tuesday welcomed the Cabinet decision to give his ministry the responsibility of organizing the annual Janadriyah Festival. Before this decision, the Ministry of National Guard was responsible for the organization of this annual cultural event. The culture minister thanked King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the continuous support extended to the cultural sector. He said the ministry will work to make the Janadriyah Festival an even bigger and distinguished event. The festival offers an opportunity for visitors to take a glimpse of Saudi Arabia’s rich and diverse cultural heritage. It captures the great history and heroism of the Saudi people since the unification of Saudi Arabia by King Abdul Aziz bin Abdulrahman Al-Saud. The event starts with a grand annual camel race, with speeches and national performances to be held in the evening, during which prominent personalities of the Saudi society are honored in recognition of their contributions, achievements and services for their nation in several fields. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Janadriyah Festival UNHCR offers a glimpse of refugee life to Janadriyah visitorsVisitors wander down memory lane at Janadriyah festival

First group of Sri Lankan Muslims begin Hajj journey

Author: Wed, 2019-07-17 06:39 COLOMBO: Nearly 180 Sri Lankan Hajj pilgrims left for Saudi Arabia on Monday night, but not before thanking the Kingdom for the comprehensive facilities offered to them. Mohamed Hashim Mohamed Haleem, Sri Lanka’s minist
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First group of Sri Lankan Muslims begin Hajj journey

Author: Wed, 2019-07-17 06:39 COLOMBO: Nearly 180 Sri Lankan Hajj pilgrims left for Saudi Arabia on Monday night, but not before thanking the Kingdom for the comprehensive facilities offered to them. Mohamed Hashim Mohamed Haleem, Sri Lanka’s minister of postal services and Muslim religious affairs, said that this year’s issuing of Hajj visas was smooth due to the new e-Hajj services introduced by the Saudi government.  “We were able to process all 4,000 Hajj visas efficiently. All of them were issued well in time,” Haleem said. He added that officials from his ministry will be available at the airport to assist the pilgrims with their departures. The minister said the flights of pilgrims this year will be ferried by both Saudi Arabian Airlines and Sri Lankan Airlines. Haleem, who intends to participate in this year’s Hajj, said that the last flight of Sri Lankan pilgrims will leave Colombo on Aug. 7. Sajjath Mohammed, a journalist from Madawala News, praised the e-Hajj service, saying: “The biometric services for the visas were available to pilgrims in Kandy and Batticaloa in addition to Colombo, the capital of the island.” Rizmi Reyal, president of the International Airline Ticketing Academy in Sri Lanka, said that this year the Hajj services from Colombo have been enhanced to give a better experience to the pilgrims. He thanked the Saudi government, the Muslim Religious Affairs Ministry in Colombo, the Saudi Embassy in Colombo and the Sri Lankan Embassy in Riyadh for playing their part in these improvements. The Sri Lankan government will also send a medical team to attend to any urgent needs of the pilgrims before they are taken to the nearest medical facilities in the two holy cities. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: HAJJ2019 King Salman issues directive for Saudi Arabia to host families of Christchurch attack victims during Hajj seasonSaudi Arabia offers one million SIM cards and internet access to Hajj pilgrims

إقرار أممي يدحض مزاعم السعودية بشأن السلام في اليمن

رغم إعلان الأمم المتحدة، الاتفاق على وثيقة عمليات المرحلتين الأولى والثانية لتنفيذ إعادة الانتشار في الحديدة، استمر العدوان السعودي ومرتزقت
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إقرار أممي يدحض مزاعم السعودية بشأن السلام في اليمن

رغم إعلان الأمم المتحدة، الاتفاق على وثيقة عمليات المرحلتين الأولى والثانية لتنفيذ إعادة الانتشار في الحديدة، استمر العدوان السعودي ومرتزقته بخرق وقف...

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