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How Saudi Arabia cleans up after 2.5m Hajj pilgrims

Tue, 2019-08-13 17:34 MINA: Hajj authorities in Saudi Arabia face the daunting task of cleaning up after 2.5 million people as the holy pilgrimage comes to an end.    Rubbish bins and the streets around Islam’s holiest sites overflow with empty plasti

مهدي المشاط: التصعيد في مأرب ونهم سيؤدي إلى نتائج خطيرة

أكد رئيس رئيس المجلس السياسي الأعلى في اليمن ” مهدي المشاط” أثناء لقائه بالمبعوث الأممي إلى اليمن ” مارتن غريفيث ”، أن التصعيد في جبهة مأرب
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مهدي المشاط: التصعيد في مأرب ونهم سيؤدي إلى نتائج خطيرة

أكد رئيس رئيس المجلس السياسي الأعلى في اليمن ” مهدي المشاط” أثناء لقائه بالمبعوث الأممي إلى اليمن ” مارتن غريفيث ”، أن التصعيد في جبهة مأرب ونهم المس...

مخاوف حول احتمال تعرض هاتف جونسون للقرصنة!

نشرت صحيفة «ديلي تلغراف» تقريرا، تحدث عن اتهام ولي العهد السعودي محمد بن سلمان بقرصنة هاتف صاحب شركة «أمازون»، جيف بيزوس....
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مخاوف حول احتمال تعرض هاتف جونسون للقرصنة!

نشرت صحيفة «ديلي تلغراف» تقريرا، تحدث عن اتهام ولي العهد السعودي محمد بن سلمان بقرصنة هاتف صاحب شركة «أمازون»، جيف بيزوس....

Saudi officials sign deal to boost local jobs in National Guard

Fri, 2020-01-24 01:19 RIYADH: Agreements to boost local job opportunities in the Saudi Ministry of National Guard and manage its operating and maintenance contracts have been signed between government officials. The ministry and the Kingdom’s Mashroat p
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Saudi officials sign deal to boost local jobs in National Guard

Fri, 2020-01-24 01:19 RIYADH: Agreements to boost local job opportunities in the Saudi Ministry of National Guard and manage its operating and maintenance contracts have been signed between government officials. The ministry and the Kingdom’s Mashroat program to support the management of projects in public entities, recently inked two memoranda of understanding (MoU). The first MoU related to increasing the rate of job localization in operating and maintenance contracts, and the second accord will enable the National Guard to manage its operations and maintenance portfolio in line with best international practice. Ahmed bin Mutair Al-Balawi, director general of Mashroat, said: “The MoUs represent an important step to Mashroat, especially as the Ministry of National Guard has several facilities and 56 contracts related to operating and maintenance contracts. “As a result of our role in setting the localization guidelines we are the most capable entity to help the Ministry of National Guard implement its plan. We are also committed to seeing Saudi youth become the leaders of this sector in the future.” The localization of maintenance and facility management jobs follows guidelines set for all government agencies by the Ministry of Labor and Social Development and is also aimed at improving the efficiency of the National Guard’s facilities system. Under the terms of the MoUs, Mashroat will provide support to the Ministry of National Guard to implement a job localization action plan. According to the Ministry of Labor and Social Development’s aims, the localization program will provide a range of job opportunities in facilities management and maintenance for men, women and Saudi youth. The scheme will also enhance the role of the sector in providing employment and economic development and will help improve the work environment.   Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaSaudi National Guard Saudi Housing, National Guard ministries sign cooperation agreementNational Guard minister inspects forces’ Hajj preparations

Kingdom’s envoy to UK opens Saudi pavilion at education technologies expo

Fri, 2020-01-24 01:34 LONDON: The Saudi ambassador to the UK opened a government ministry pavilion during a ceremony at a leading international expo for educational technologies in London. Prince Khalid bin Bandar bin Sultan then toured the Saudi Ministr
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Kingdom’s envoy to UK opens Saudi pavilion at education technologies expo

Fri, 2020-01-24 01:34 LONDON: The Saudi ambassador to the UK opened a government ministry pavilion during a ceremony at a leading international expo for educational technologies in London. Prince Khalid bin Bandar bin Sultan then toured the Saudi Ministry of Education stand at the BETT 2020 event being staged at the ExCeL exhibition center in the British capital until Jan. 25. BETT is the first industry show of the year that focuses on technology in education, bringing together more than 800 leading companies, 103 startups and around 34,000 attendees from 146 countries. The prince was joined on his tour of the Kingdom’s pavilion by Dr. Saad bin Saud Al-Fuhaid, assistant minister of education, who briefed the envoy on modern technologies provided by the ministry and its numerous initiatives. Through international exhibitions such as BETT, the Saudi ministry aims to attract global investment in public and higher education in the Kingdom, supported by the participation of Tatweer Education Holding companies including Tatweer Co. for Educational Services, the Educational Transport Services Development Co., and Building Development Co., along with Tatweer Educational Technologies Co. BETT is regarded as one of the largest international exhibitions in educational technologies and includes seminars, meetings, workshops and panel discussions in fields related to investment in education. The Saudi Ministry of Education’s delegation at the London expo was headed by Al-Fuhaid, and included the deputy minister for general education, Dr. Muhammad Al-Muqbel, the general supervisor of the Vision Realization Office, Dr. Atef Al-Amri, and a number of other ministry officials and Tatweer employees.   Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi Arabia Investment deals worth SR2.9bn signed for Saudi education sectorSaudi education ministry dampens down Al-Hilal celebrations

Agreement signed to train Saudis in construction

Author: Fri, 2020-01-24 01:38 RIYADH: The Saudi Human Resources Development Fund (Hadaf) has signed a cooperation agreement for nationals to be trained for jobs in the construction sector, the Saudi Press Agency reported. The memorandum of understand
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Agreement signed to train Saudis in construction

Author: Fri, 2020-01-24 01:38 RIYADH: The Saudi Human Resources Development Fund (Hadaf) has signed a cooperation agreement for nationals to be trained for jobs in the construction sector, the Saudi Press Agency reported. The memorandum of understanding, between Hadaf and Saudi Abyat Academy for Building Materials, is aimed at preparing nationals for the labor market through electronic training courses on the Doroob platform. It was signed at Hadaf’s headquarters in Riyadh and will allow the academy to publish courses on Doroob. Hadaf will also put in place enrolment standards for the Doroob courses and coordinate their development in line with the needs of the labor market. Doroob comes within the training and qualification programs offered by Hadaf. It seeks to support Saudis who want professional advancement in their chosen field, as well as increasing the participation level of the national workforce in the private sector and helping job seekers to get better career opportunities.   Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi Arabia 49,000 Saudis employed via Hadaf in 11 monthsCampaign promotes employment of Saudis in the private sector

Saudi anti-graft chief praises Kingdom’s progress in tackling corruption

Fri, 2020-01-24 01:42 RIYADH: The president of the National Anti-Corruption Commission (Nazaha) praised the progress made by the Kingdom in tackling corruption, the Saudi Press Agency reported. According to the 2019 Corruption Perception Index (CPI), Saud
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Saudi anti-graft chief praises Kingdom’s progress in tackling corruption

Fri, 2020-01-24 01:42 RIYADH: The president of the National Anti-Corruption Commission (Nazaha) praised the progress made by the Kingdom in tackling corruption, the Saudi Press Agency reported. According to the 2019 Corruption Perception Index (CPI), Saudi Arabia has progressed in the ranking to 51 internationally out of 180 countries, where it also placed 10 among the G20 countries.  Transparency International releases the index annually based on perceived levels of corruption in countries. The CPI is based on a combination of surveys and assessments on corruption released by international organizations and institutions. Nazaha chief Mazen bin Ibrahim Al-Kahmous said the directives of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to eradicate financial and administrative corruption and instil the principles of transparency, justice, and economic reform had had a significant impact on international indicators, including the CPI. He called for more efforts in order to meet the aspirations of the country’s leadership and improve the Kingdom’s position at an international level. Al-Kahmous said that Saudi Arabia was witnessing a roadmap for its fight against corruption, which constitutes a key part of the Vision 2030 reform plan, and reaffirm the Kingdom’s place among the world’s most powerful 20 countries economically.   He extended thanks to the relevant authorities for their cooperation with the commission to improve the Kingdom’s position in the field of protecting integrity and fighting corruption.  The commission relies on cooperation with governmental bodies, which publish information on their websites and update it, along with providing the commission with full reports to present them at international meetings and communicate their content to other organizations and authorities, he added.   Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaSaudi anti-corruption drive Saudi Arabia to participate in anti-corruption conference in RabatKing Salman issues royal decree to fight corruption

TheFace: Deema Al-Jaafari, Saudi entrepreneur

Fri, 2020-01-24 01:59 For nine years, I was the only child in my family. My father was a very independent, strong character and I learned a lot from him. Having started from zero, he taught me to work hard, seek perfection and always believe that anything
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TheFace: Deema Al-Jaafari, Saudi entrepreneur

Fri, 2020-01-24 01:59 For nine years, I was the only child in my family. My father was a very independent, strong character and I learned a lot from him. Having started from zero, he taught me to work hard, seek perfection and always believe that anything was possible if you set your mind to it.  My mother was very easy going and encouraging. She really believed in me and was always supportive. There was a balance at home for me with these two different characters. Some people might think that being an only child for quite some time, I was spoiled and dependent. But that was never the case and I have an amazing relationship with my little sister Maha; she is my best friend. My father works in pharmaceuticals and is chairman of the board of directors at Al-Dawaa Medical Services. My mother was a schoolteacher before entering the world of business, and my sister is a chemical engineer. Though we are a very diverse family, we all have an appreciation for art which is evident in our household. My mother is an artist and art collector too. I do not have a role model; there are many people I look up to in the business world and in my social life.  I studied software engineering and worked in that field for almost a year, but although I learnt a lot I wanted more from my career. Software engineering made me think and solve problems in a different way and it played a major role in how I operate in the field of business. I worked at Al-Dawaa for almost two years and found that I was more attracted to business and marketing than the technical side of things. That is when I decided to take on the family business, Waleed Al-Jaafari Establishment. I run PIECES, a retail store I founded in Alkhobar in 2012 and later opened a branch in Riyadh in 2014. Now, we are working to make it an online business too. I noticed that there was a demand in the Kingdom for custom-made furniture, and although some stores offered the service there was little choice. So, I decided to provide high-quality furniture made in Saudi Arabia. In 2015 I founded Teak Woodwork in Alkhobar which has extended its services to cities including Jeddah and Riyadh. My father has other branches dealing with different fields, but I opted to run the retail store and woodwork services.  I truly believe that if you set limits to your abilities you will never be able to exceed them. Once you realize that there are no limits, all doors will open for you. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaTheFace TheFace: Mona Al-Turief, Saudi educatorTheFace: Sara Almoosa, Saudi marketing director

بالفيديو/ فضائح بن سلمان... العرض مستمر!

كشفت صحيفة «الغارديان» البريطانية أن الاختراق الذي تعرض له رئيس شركة أمازون جيف بيزوس، عام 2018، تم من خلال رسالة أرسلها له ولي العهد السع
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بالفيديو/ فضائح بن سلمان... العرض مستمر!

كشفت صحيفة «الغارديان» البريطانية أن الاختراق الذي تعرض له رئيس شركة أمازون جيف بيزوس، عام 2018، تم من خلال رسالة أرسلها له ولي العهد السعودي محمد بن...

استشهاد طفل يمني وإصابة مواطن في الحديدة

استشهد طفل يمني وأصيب مواطن آخر مساء الخميس، إثر قصف مكثف لمرتزقة العدوان بالمدفعية والأسلحة الرشاشة بمدينة الحديدة....
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استشهاد طفل يمني وإصابة مواطن في الحديدة

استشهد طفل يمني وأصيب مواطن آخر مساء الخميس، إثر قصف مكثف لمرتزقة العدوان بالمدفعية والأسلحة الرشاشة بمدينة الحديدة....

بالفيديو... حملة ضخمة ضد مشروع نيوم!

يشن منذ أيام سكان منطقة ديار الحويطات، شمال غربي السعودية، حملة واسعة على مواقع التواصل الاجتماعي؛ معلنين رفضهم بيع أراضيهم لتنضم إلى مشروع م
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بالفيديو... حملة ضخمة ضد مشروع نيوم!

يشن منذ أيام سكان منطقة ديار الحويطات، شمال غربي السعودية، حملة واسعة على مواقع التواصل الاجتماعي؛ معلنين رفضهم بيع أراضيهم لتنضم إلى مشروع مدينة "ني...

قصة بن سلمان ومدير شركة امازون..كيف بدأ الخلاف؟

طالب خبيران في الأمم المتحدة بأن تجري الولايات المتحدة وسلطات أخرى تحقيقاً فوريا في مزاعم بأنَّ ولي عهد السعودية الأمير محمد بن سلمان شارك في
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قصة بن سلمان ومدير شركة امازون..كيف بدأ الخلاف؟

طالب خبيران في الأمم المتحدة بأن تجري الولايات المتحدة وسلطات أخرى تحقيقاً فوريا في مزاعم بأنَّ ولي عهد السعودية الأمير محمد بن سلمان شارك في مخطط لا...

من شارك بن سلمان في اختراق هاتف بيزوس؟

كشف مسؤولون سعوديون مقربون من ولي العهد «محمد بن سلمان» إن المستشار المقال من الديوان الملكي «سعود القحطاني» متورط في جهود اختراق
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من شارك بن سلمان في اختراق هاتف بيزوس؟

كشف مسؤولون سعوديون مقربون من ولي العهد «محمد بن سلمان» إن المستشار المقال من الديوان الملكي «سعود القحطاني» متورط في جهود اختراق هاتف مؤسس شركة "أما...

البيت الابيض يرد على التقارير بشأن اختراق هاتف رئيس شركة أمازون

قال البيت الأبيض، اليوم الخميس، إنه يأخذ على محمل الجد التقارير التي تتحدث عن اختراق هاتف رئيس شركة «أمازون»، جيف بيزوس، بعد أنباء عن تو
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البيت الابيض يرد على التقارير بشأن اختراق هاتف رئيس شركة أمازون

قال البيت الأبيض، اليوم الخميس، إنه يأخذ على محمل الجد التقارير التي تتحدث عن اختراق هاتف رئيس شركة «أمازون»، جيف بيزوس، بعد أنباء عن تورط محتمل لولي...

فيديو مرعب.. نمر يمزق شابا بحديقة الملز بالسعودية!

أظهر مقطع فيديو مرعب لحظة افتراس نمر لشخص داخل حديقة الملز في العاصمة السعودية الرياض....
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فيديو مرعب.. نمر يمزق شابا بحديقة الملز بالسعودية!

أظهر مقطع فيديو مرعب لحظة افتراس نمر لشخص داخل حديقة الملز في العاصمة السعودية الرياض....

فضيحة 'هاتف بيزوس' تلاحق السعودية ومحاكمة 'اسرائيل' لمساعدتها

كشفت صحيفة الواشنطن بوست الاميركية ان منظمة العفو الدولية ستقاضي الشركة الإسرائيلية المشتبه بأنها ساعدت السعودية باختراق هاتف بيزوس....
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فضيحة 'هاتف بيزوس' تلاحق السعودية ومحاكمة 'اسرائيل' لمساعدتها

كشفت صحيفة الواشنطن بوست الاميركية ان منظمة العفو الدولية ستقاضي الشركة الإسرائيلية المشتبه بأنها ساعدت السعودية باختراق هاتف بيزوس....

Enhanced Misk-Qiddiya internship program commences second intake 

Author: Thu, 2020-01-23 02:48 RIYADH: Sixteen interns were welcomed to the Qiddiya Investment Company’s (QIC) offices this week, at the start of the second internship program between Qiddiya and the Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz Founda
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Enhanced Misk-Qiddiya internship program commences second intake 

Author: Thu, 2020-01-23 02:48 RIYADH: Sixteen interns were welcomed to the Qiddiya Investment Company’s (QIC) offices this week, at the start of the second internship program between Qiddiya and the Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz Foundation (Misk). The Misk-Qiddiya internship program was developed to create the Saudi workforce of the future, helping to bridge the current gap between education and employment. Building on the success of the previous year’s internships, the newly implemented initiative will last 28 weeks, with the goal of offering full-time positions. “Qiddiya is committed to training the Kingdom’s next generation and future leaders through a growing range of scholarships and internships that unlock new professional pathways,” said QIC’s CEO Mike Reininger. “Training young talent is an essential part of our plan to employ 25,000 people by 2030, benefiting from listening to fresh ideas generated by young Saudi talent.” Throughout the next seven months, each intern will be mentored by an executive director from QIC to assist in day-to-day tasks, learn new skills and receive valuable practical experience. The internship will also feature enrichment programs such as professional training and courses, in addition to industry visits to leading companies within Riyadh including Samsung.  Interns will also compete around the development of a project to win a weekend trip abroad with their family. Testing their creativity and business acumen, each student will be asked to solve an individual challenge currently facing Qiddiya and present their ideas to a panel of judges. Intern Hessa Al-Qassim said: “I’m very excited about the opportunity to work for one of the largest projects in the Kingdom which supports the Vision 2030.” “Qiddiya is helping young Saudis to fulfill their potential and be part of the Kingdom’s 2030 Vision,” added fellow intern Khalid Aldowayan. “We have a chance to help develop the entertainment sector right here in our homeland.” Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaMISKQiddiya Misk Art reopens Riyadh’s largest fine arts galleryQiddiya announces early readiness of new offices complex

DiplomaticQuarter: Pakistani expats see Saudi Arabia as ‘second home,’ envoy tells Tabuk governor

Thu, 2020-01-23 02:58 RIYADH: Pakistani expats considered Saudi Arabia to be “their second home” the south Asian country’s ambassador to the Kingdom has revealed. Raja Ali Ejaz was speaking on Monday during a meeting with Tabuk Gov. Prince Fahd bin
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DiplomaticQuarter: Pakistani expats see Saudi Arabia as ‘second home,’ envoy tells Tabuk governor

Thu, 2020-01-23 02:58 RIYADH: Pakistani expats considered Saudi Arabia to be “their second home” the south Asian country’s ambassador to the Kingdom has revealed. Raja Ali Ejaz was speaking on Monday during a meeting with Tabuk Gov. Prince Fahd bin Sultan bin Abdul Aziz, during which they discussed matters of mutual interest. Conveying his thanks to King Salman and the governor for the honor and respect shown toward the Pakistani community living in the Kingdom and Tabuk region, the envoy said: “Pakistani expatriates consider the Kingdom as their second home.” Pakistan Embassy officials told Arab News that during his visit to the region, Ejaz met with members of the Pakistani expat community, assuring them of embassy support and urging them to abide by local laws and regulations. “You are the ambassadors of Pakistan in Saudi Arabia and your contributions in the development of Saudi Arabia and Pakistan are valued by both countries,” he said. The ambassador added that long-standing relations between the two countries had “stood the test of time” and were “getting stronger with every passing day.” During their get-together, Prince Fahd noted Saudi Arabia’s appreciation of the contributions made by Pakistanis toward economic development in the Kingdom and the Tabuk region in particular. The governor also acknowledged the significance of Pakistan’s religious and cultural ties with the Kingdom. Earlier, commenting on Saudi-Pakistan relations, Ejaz told Arab News that bilateral links between the two countries remained strong. “We have more than 2.2 million Pakistanis in the Kingdom. Pakistan’s prime minister has visited Saudi Arabia four times in less than a year and the Saudi crown prince also paid a visit to Pakistan last year which shows the strength of our cordial relations.” The envoy and his accompanying delegation also visited Tabuk regional museum where they toured its various exhibits. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaDiplomaticQuarter DiplomaticQuarter: Saudi minister receives outgoing British envoy to RiyadhDiplomaticQuarter: Outgoing Sri Lankan envoy calls on Saudi officials

KSRelief launches prosthetics' center in Taiz

Author: Thu, 2020-01-23 06:29 TAIZ: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) on Wednesday launched an artificial limb center in Taiz, Yemen, providing high-quality prosthetics for up to 600 patients. Abdulqawi Al-Mikhlafi, who i
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KSRelief launches prosthetics' center in Taiz

Author: Thu, 2020-01-23 06:29 TAIZ: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) on Wednesday launched an artificial limb center in Taiz, Yemen, providing high-quality prosthetics for up to 600 patients. Abdulqawi Al-Mikhlafi, who is the deputy governor of Taiz, expressed his appreciation for the Kingdom’s generous support to Yemen across all sectors over the past few years, particularly in the areas of health, the environment and development. Al-Mikhlafi said such efforts helped local authorities to deal with the many challenges they faced in providing comprehensive services to needy Yemenis. He added that the Kingdom’s support reflected the deep historical and cultural ties between the people of Yemen and Saudi Arabia, and he praised the Kingdom for standing by the country and its government for more than 50 years. Dr. Elan Abdul Haq, deputy governor of Taiz for health affairs, thanked KSRelief for its continued support for Taiz and Yemen, assistance he said had alleviated the suffering of millions of Yemenis during the ongoing conflict. The head of the Artificial Limbs Center, Mansour Al-Wazei, announced that the center would begin receiving patients soon, providing vital aid to amputees for whom prosthetics meant regaining the ability to live full and productive lives.   Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaYemenKing Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) KSRelief chief: Saudi Arabia largest donor to Sudan with $1.2bn aid

Dr. Noura Mansouri, a co-chair at Think 20 Saudi Arabia

Author: Wed, 2020-01-22 23:37 Dr. Noura Mansouri is a lead co-chair of the climate change and environment section at the civic and social organization Think 20 Saudi Arabia (T20). Mansouri received her bachelor’s degree in management information sys
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Dr. Noura Mansouri, a co-chair at Think 20 Saudi Arabia

Author: Wed, 2020-01-22 23:37 Dr. Noura Mansouri is a lead co-chair of the climate change and environment section at the civic and social organization Think 20 Saudi Arabia (T20). Mansouri received her bachelor’s degree in management information systems in 2003 from Dar Al-Hekma University in Jeddah, and a year later she obtained her master’s degree in technology exploitation and management from Queen Mary University of London, UK. In 2008, Mansouri recieved a diploma in diplomacy and international relations from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, the graduate school of international affairs at Tufts University in Massachusetts. Between 2005 and 2013 she worked on earning her doctorate, focusing on economics, the environment, technological innovation and clean energy. Mansouri started her career in 2004 as a research assistant in the Center of Global Energy Studies in the UK. In 2012 she co-founded a nonprofit initiative, the CellA+ Network, with Al-Nahda Philanthropy Association. It was launched in Riyadh and later expanded the network’s reach into Jeddah. The network gathers professional Saudi women aiming to empower each other through a wide range of services.  Besides being a lead co-chair at T20, Mansouri has been a senior research associate at the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center since 2016, and an expert observer at the World Energy Council. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi Arabia Prince Abdullah bin Khalid bin Sultan Al-Saud, ambassador to Slovakia and SloveniaHeba Qadi, Saudi entrepreneur

Saudi Arabia to screen passengers arriving from China for coronavirus 

Thu, 2020-01-23 00:07 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia is to screen travelers arriving from China after the outbreak of a new coronavirus. The Kingdom will assess passengers arriving on direct and indirect flights from China to ensure their safety, the health ministr
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Saudi Arabia to screen passengers arriving from China for coronavirus 

Thu, 2020-01-23 00:07 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia is to screen travelers arriving from China after the outbreak of a new coronavirus. The Kingdom will assess passengers arriving on direct and indirect flights from China to ensure their safety, the health ministry said on Wednesday. The ministry is coordinating with the Kingdom’s General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) and advised those traveling to affected cities to avoid markets, dead or live animals and animal derived products.  The ministry will also closely monitor how the virus evolves by communicating with the World Health Organization (WHO), the statement added.  Deaths from the flu-like virus rose to 17 on Wednesday with more than 540 cases confirmed.  The virus, which first appeared in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, is suspected of originating from illegally traded wildlife. The virus, which can pass from person-to-person, has been reported in Thailand, Japan and South Korea, raising concerns about its spread through international air travel. The United States, Australia and several other countries have introduced screening measures at major airports. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaChinacoronavirus China’s zero-waste activists fight overconsumption

Saudi Cafe and Misk Lighthouse: A bit of Saudi Arabia in the Alps

Thu, 2020-01-23 00:31 DAVOS: Forget hot chocolate — Davos delegates seeking to keep warm can visit the Saudi Cafe to sample a snug mug of Medina black tea topped with dried rose petals, or tuck into a plate of Shaatha cake. The culinary delights are on o
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Saudi Cafe and Misk Lighthouse: A bit of Saudi Arabia in the Alps

Thu, 2020-01-23 00:31 DAVOS: Forget hot chocolate — Davos delegates seeking to keep warm can visit the Saudi Cafe to sample a snug mug of Medina black tea topped with dried rose petals, or tuck into a plate of Shaatha cake. The culinary delights are on offer at the pop-up cafe, run by Saudi Arabia’s Misk Foundation, which is open for the week at the mountain venue of the World Economic Forum (WEF). “This is the first year that we have the Saudi Cafe in Davos,” said chef Najla Al-Otaibi while preparing a tray of Masabeb, a sweet dish made of pancakes topped with golden honey and traditional ghee. “The people really enjoyed the food and the drinks, the Arabic coffee and the tea, which comes straight from Madinah, and the Karak tea with milk.” Other items found on the menu are the Henaini, a plate of crumbled bread mixed in with fresh dates and thinly-sliced lemon wedges, as well as the most popular dish, the Shaatha cake, a traditional old Bedouin dish made from dates. Everyone orders the Shaatha cake and downs it with a hot cup of Karak tea, said Al-Otaibi, as she multi-tasked around the cafe. “I love to show the world our food. I want to introduce them all to our food, and show the amazing dishes we have in Saudi Arabia.” Further down the snow-covered street, buzzing with the different languages of the Davos delegates, we reach Promenade 62 — the Misk Lighthouse, which is an area for hosting debates and discussion forums focused on skills, entrepreneurship and global citizenship. It features prominent speakers, Saudi art and refreshments. “The designer is obsessed with Islamic Art,” said Basma Al-Shathry, curator at the Misk Art Institute. “All the design pieces here are created by three simple shapes derived from Islamic art, which create different pieces of furniture that are functional, so chairs, bookshelves and tables. “He uses wood, he is very sustainable with his approach, he tries to use as little as possible and he tries to make sure the pieces outlive their users, so adaptability is very important.” On the wall in front of the furniture are drawings of the three original shapes Al-Shathry describes, with more and more complicated forms based around them. “The artist is the priority, so we try to make sure that whatever initiative we take helps the artist solidify their role within society, locally and internationally,” the curator said. “It’s our role to make sure that it reaches the right people at the right place,” she said. Main category: Saudi ArabiaArt & CultureTags: Davos 2020Culture and EntertainmentSaudi Art Frank Kane’s Davos diary: Swiss efficiency lapses, but so far Davos lives up to the cuckoo-clock imageSaudi Arabia a ‘pioneer’ in energy transformation, minister tells Davos

For Saudi students, KAUST program is just what the doctor ordered

Author: Thu, 2020-01-23 01:39 JEDDAH: Saudi students will step into the future of health care at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology’s annual Winter Enrichment Program (WEP), which launched its 10th installation with a focus on persona
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For Saudi students, KAUST program is just what the doctor ordered

Author: Thu, 2020-01-23 01:39 JEDDAH: Saudi students will step into the future of health care at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology’s annual Winter Enrichment Program (WEP), which launched its 10th installation with a focus on personalized medicine. The two-week program from Jan. 12-23 will feature distinguished speakers, and “will enrich our students’ exposure, thinking and mindset,” KAUST President Tony Chan said. Prof. Khaled Salama, co-chairman of the program, said: “We chose ‘Personalized Medicine’ as a theme because it’s where science, technology and medicine intersect. We’ve reached an evolutionary stage in this field where traditional medicine is no longer working.” Around the world, there is a huge research on how to use technology and machine learning to help doctors improve quality of service, Salama said. “That can be achieved by improving the treatment to give the required dosage at the right time to the right patient — people are different from each other, and one medicine might work for one individual but not another.” Researchers are studying errors in cancer treatments and other diseases, and how to use technology to treat these ailments in a personalized way, allowing for genetic, geographical and environmental differences. “If we can use this technology to solve one of the biggest challenges that humanity faces in health care, it will be helpful not only scientifically but also will serve humanity as a whole.” More than 200 KAUST students will take part in the program along with 1,500 participants from across Saudi Arabia, including high school and university students, university professors, government officials and health researchers. “This helps enrich the Kingdom, creating connections where people can write proposals, network and open discussion for further research,” Salama said. “Through events such as this, a university like KAUST can access expertise offered by visiting researchers, who can teach us things, which in turn helps our leaders and professors figure out what KAUST needs to expand on,” said Salama. The program will include workshops, sessions and interactive scientific experiments. Saudi biochemist Hussam Zawawi will have his film screened during WEP, based on a microbiology study carried out in Latin America. The program is a requirement for graduation at KAUST, and is an “important ritual of enrichment,” Chan said. Sessions and podcast discussions will be broadcast to audiences across the Kingdom and the world on the university website. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi studentsKAUSTWinter Enrichment Program KAUST startup secures $2.6m from Aramco fundKAUST, Misk partner to advance development of young leaders

Who’s afraid of the big bad wolf? Not Rami, the Saudi who has seven as pets

Thu, 2020-01-23 02:00 AL-JOUF: Guests visiting Rami Al-Sarhan’s home in Al-Jouf are understandably concerned when he asks if they would like to stroke the family pets. These “pets” are not Tiddles the cat and Fido the dog — they are seven fully gr
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Who’s afraid of the big bad wolf? Not Rami, the Saudi who has seven as pets

Thu, 2020-01-23 02:00 AL-JOUF: Guests visiting Rami Al-Sarhan’s home in Al-Jouf are understandably concerned when he asks if they would like to stroke the family pets. These “pets” are not Tiddles the cat and Fido the dog — they are seven fully grown adult wolves. The normally ferocious creatures make ideal domestic companions, Rami, 30, assured Arab News. And he has no fears for the safety of his young children, aged 8, 6, 4 and 3. “The wolves literally live with us in the same home,” he said. “They eat with us and follow us when we go to the farm, and even sit with us in the same room when we have guests over. “They have grown accustomed to our life and do not attack anyone who sits with us, even if they are a stranger.” His friendship with wolves started about 11 years ago when an uncle started taking them into his home. Rami began studying them and their behavior, which he can now predict with considerable accuracy. The wolves are friendly and pose no danger to humans if handled properly with the correct precautions, he said. Although they are wild animals, wolves can adapt to a domestic environment and one of the best ways to gain their trust was to share food and eat with them, Rami said. FASTFACT Food should be given to wolves without getting too close or interacting directly with them. However, he is careful not to feed them raw meat, and he keeps his distance from the wolves during the winter mating season, which can last for two weeks. Food should be given to wolves without getting too close or interacting directly with them, Rami said. “They are naturally ferocious but can be hostile and defensive if someone gets close to them. A wolf eats its prey but gets defensive if it gets attacked.” Rami is also dismissive of the many superstitions that surround the animals, such as the one about wolves eating jinn. “What is funny is that many people come to me and ask me to give them strands of wolf hair so they can put it on the body of a ‘jinn-haunted’ person for healing” he said. “These are superstitions and do not make any sense.” However tame a wolf might appear, Rami said, people should always remain cautious around them, study their every move, and avoid doing anything to scare them. “Most importantly, show your respect to wolves and let them know that you recognize and respect them in order to be friends with you.” Despite his assurances, if Rami ever invites you to his home “for dinner,” it might be as well to seek confirmation: “Am I eating … or am I the first course?” Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: SAUDI PETSAl JoufWOLF Saudi dog lovers take lead in rehoming city’s straysSaudi animals in focus on World Wildlife Day

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حذرت قبيلة «الحويطات» من خطورة ترحيل عائلات تابعة لها بسبب أعمال إنشاءات تابعة لمشروع «نيوم» الذي أعلن عنه ولي العهد السعودي محمد
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‘Absolutely silly’: Saudi FM refutes Amazon’s Bezos phone hacking claims

Wed, 2020-01-22 12:55 DUBAI: The Saudi Arabian embassy in the USA has denied claims the Kingdom was behind the hacking of Amazon.com founder, Jeff Bezos’ phone, describing the accusation as “absurd.” And speaking at Davos the Saudi Arabian Foreign Mi
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‘Absolutely silly’: Saudi FM refutes Amazon’s Bezos phone hacking claims

Wed, 2020-01-22 12:55 DUBAI: The Saudi Arabian embassy in the USA has denied claims the Kingdom was behind the hacking of Amazon.com founder, Jeff Bezos’ phone, describing the accusation as “absurd.” And speaking at Davos the Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud said: “The idea that the Crown Prince would hack Jeff Bezos’ phone is absolutely silly.” #WATCH: #SaudiArabia's Foreign Minister, Prince Faisal bin Farhan (@FaisalbinFarhan) speaking to @Reuters - saying claims the Kingdom hacked the phone of Amazon's Jeff Bezos are «absolutely silly»https://t.co/mBBfYIRrlq pic.twitter.com/YiLmgDqEtk — Arab News (@arabnews) January 22, 2020 Reports on Wednesday suggested Bezos’ phone was hacked after receiving a WhatsApp message sent from the personal account of the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Describing the claims as “absurd” the tweet also called for an investigation into the claims “so that we can have all the facts out.” Recent media reports that suggest the Kingdom is behind a hacking of Mr. Jeff Bezos' phone are absurd. We call for an investigation on these claims so that we can have all the facts out. — Saudi Embassy (@SaudiEmbassyUSA) January 22, 2020   Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaAmazonUnited StatesJeff Bezo Amazon indigenous leaders accuse Brazil of ‘genocide’ policyAmazon’s Bezos finalizes divorce with $38bn settlement

Saudi Arabia urges US to remove Sudan from state sponsors of terrorism list

Author: Zaynab KhojjiID: 1579708298072899500Wed, 2020-01-22 18:50 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Minister of State for African Affairs Ahmed bin Abdul Aziz Qattan urged the US on Wednesday to remove Sudan from its state sponsors of terrorism list. Qatta
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Saudi Arabia urges US to remove Sudan from state sponsors of terrorism list

Author: Zaynab KhojjiID: 1579708298072899500Wed, 2020-01-22 18:50 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Minister of State for African Affairs Ahmed bin Abdul Aziz Qattan urged the US on Wednesday to remove Sudan from its state sponsors of terrorism list. Qattan met with the US special envoy to Sudan Donald Booth in Riyadh and expressed Saudi Arabia’s support for the safety, stability, and people of Sudan. He also stressed the necessity for the international community to coordinate and cooperate in order to prevent any obstructions to the transitional period and its aims. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaSudanstate sponsors of terrorism list KSRelief chief: Saudi Arabia largest donor to Sudan with $1.2bn aidSudan reopens airspace after revolt quelled

Saudi Arabia’s taxis go green

Author: Zaynab KhojjiID: 1579712341163293400Wed, 2020-01-22 19:56 JEDDAH: The minister of transport and chairman of the Public Transport Authority (PTA), Saleh Al-Jasser, launched a new, modern taxi project at King Khalid International Airport in R
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Saudi Arabia’s taxis go green

Author: Zaynab KhojjiID: 1579712341163293400Wed, 2020-01-22 19:56 JEDDAH: The minister of transport and chairman of the Public Transport Authority (PTA), Saleh Al-Jasser, launched a new, modern taxi project at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh on Wednesday. As a result of collaboration between the PTA and the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), taxis in the Kingdom, as well as gaining a new look and becoming more environmentally friendly, will now be equipped with electronic meter and payment facilities, as well as a supervised fare system. Rumaih Al-Rumaih, president of the PTA said: “These new taxis are equipped with the latest technologies and features, and are aligned with public transportation systems.” The launch is only one of numerous developments that aim to improve transportation, raise the quality of service for citizens and residents, and provide job opportunities in the Kingdom, added Al-Rumaih. The newly implemented system states that vehicles can only become licensed taxis if they have operated for less than five years. The green vehicles will be monitored and tracked to document quality of service and driver efficiency, equipped with screens that support both Arabic and English speakers in order to calculate fares, host driver information and provide a means to communicate with a command center. They will be equipped with smart maps, free Wi-Fi, and a mobile app service that will hail the nearest taxi. The new taxis will be appearing around major city airports, before becoming accessible on a larger scale over time as more taxis are licensed. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaTaxis Hyundai joins Uber in bid to develop electric air taxi

Saudi Arabia a ‘pioneer’ in energy transformation, minister tells Davos

Author: FRANK KANEID: 1579713930063436900Wed, 2020-01-22 20:26 DAVOS: Saudi Energy Minister Prince Abdul Aziz bin Salman mounted a strong defense of the Kingdom’s record on climate change and clean energy production at a special event during the
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Saudi Arabia a ‘pioneer’ in energy transformation, minister tells Davos

Author: FRANK KANEID: 1579713930063436900Wed, 2020-01-22 20:26 DAVOS: Saudi Energy Minister Prince Abdul Aziz bin Salman mounted a strong defense of the Kingdom’s record on climate change and clean energy production at a special event during the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos. On a panel titled, “The Future of Fossil Fuels,” with other energy industry leaders, the prince told delegates that Saudi Arabia was a “pioneer” in many areas of clean energy production and usage, and that it had taken big steps toward diversifying its energy mix. “My job is to promote Saudi Arabia, of course, but on this issue I’m proud to do so, because we are doing it all,” he said, before outlining “clean energy” policies in detail. “We have developed the idea of the circular carbon economy, and we are pioneers of carbon sequestration at Aramco, as well as measures on upstream and downstream efficiency. We have the lowest carbon cost in production and extraction. “We have reduced domestic consumption and the energy intensity of our economy by many percentage points. We are converting cars to be more efficient, as well as other gadgets, to be more efficient than any in the world. And we manufacture them too,” he added. Climate change and environmental concerns have dominated the opening two days of the Davos gathering, with fears expressed by corporate executives as well as environmental activists about what some have called an impending “catastrophe.” Prince Abdul Aziz, at his first Davos as energy minister, said that the Kingdom, as one of the world’s biggest oil producers and exporters, had a duty to play its part in the energy transformation away from fossil fuels, but had other responsibilities as well. “We are involved in a transformative effort to combat climate change. But we will preserve our liquids (crude oil) because we owe it to the world to export our liquids. We are converting our power sector and its energy mix to a point where by 2030 I am confident we will become one of the top producers of solar energy and renewables. “I am keen to deliver on this because I have a boss called (Crown) Prince Mohammed bin Salman who is all over me to ensure we become one of the top producers. I can make a pledge and a commitment that by 2030 we will see our entire power sector, with the exception of some remote areas, changing to gas and renewable energy,” he added. He spoke of the embryonic nuclear industry in the Kingdom, where Saudi policymakers were seeking international partners for the peaceful use of nuclear power. “We’re also getting involved in nuclear, because we want to have all our options open.” But he also warned about setting unrealistic targets for moving away from fossil fuels, with some environmental campaigners calling for an immediate reduction in fossil-fuel usage to cut carbon emissions and reverse climate-change trends. “Honestly we have to be realistic. Some people say that in two years from now oil consumption would have to start coming down. Can anybody in this room say with a sensible mind how you come to that reality?” the minister said. Also on the panel, moderated by Daniel Yergin, the eminent historian of the energy industry, were Maria Fernanda Suarez, energy minister of Columbia, Patrick Pouyanne, chairman and chief executive of French oil company Total, and Wan Zulkiflee Wan Ariffin, president and chief executive of Malaysian energy giant Pertronas. All were united in their desire to make the global energy community more aware of and effective in dealing with climate change. Suarez said: “Ending energy emissions is the most important challenge the energy industry can address.” The Colombian government is facing opposition over plans to develop its considerable shale oil reserves. Colombia is also keen to move toward more gas production in place of oil, which was a transition echoed by Pouyanne and Ariffin, though there were challenges with production of liquefied natural gas against a background of rising supply and falling prices. “I think we will be oversupplied in the period 2024 to 2027 when lots of new gas projects will come on stream, so short term there will be weaker prices, but longer term there could be a step up in prices,” the Malaysian business leader said. Pouyanne backed the Saudi view on the importance of balancing global energy demands with environmental needs. “The world needs more energy. We have a growing population and people want social and economic development. The challenge is how to produce more energy with less emissions,” he said. Prince Abdul Aziz said that it was important for more developed countries not to tell emerging economies how to conduct their energy affairs. “This is not about promoting oil, or gas, or renewable, it is about promoting prosperity and sustainability. There is a lot of growth that needs to happen, in terms of wellbeing of the economies of Africa, Asia and elsewhere. These places need to move away from poverty toward a pattern of sustainable development and a level of industrialization. They don’t need to carry the burden of the previous industrialization. It is not fair; it is not equitable. “I always hated the idea of top-to-bottom approaches. There is this element of condescension but (developed countries) are only attending to their own interests, and it does not address those economies at a different level of development and aspiration,” the prince added. He said that Saudi Arabia would not be “intimidated” by activists telling it how to manage its energy policy. “We’re cool and calm in Saudi Arabia and attend to our own agenda. I have always to advise people to avoid being manipulated and intimidated.” On the question of oil prices, he refused to be drawn into making a forecast, but hinted that the “dark, pessimistic time” was lifting after the attacks on Saudi Aramco oil facilities last September. “Since when have we seen a market where an entire country’s oil production has virtually come to a halt, and we see prices come down? It only happened because when we have Opec+,” he said, in reference to the agreement between oil exporters led by Saudi Arabia and Russia to limit crude output. He noted that on the supply side, Libyan worries, Middle East tensions and American shale oil output would dominate oil market thinking in 2020. 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