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Princess Haifa named UNESCO permanent representative

Tue, 2020-01-14 15:47 RIYADH: Assistant Deputy Minister for Sustainable Development and G20 Affairs, Princess Haifa Bint Abdul Aziz Al-Muqrin, has been appointed Permanent Representative of Saudi Arabia to the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organiza

Saudi Arabia calls for extending arms embargo on Iran

Author: Thu, 2020-08-13 14:21 DUBAI: Saudi Arabia’s UN ambassador called for an extension of the arms embargo on Iran in a session on Thursday, Saudi press agency reported. “Iran smuggles weapons to militias which destabilize regional peace,” Ab
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Saudi Arabia calls for extending arms embargo on Iran

Author: Thu, 2020-08-13 14:21 DUBAI: Saudi Arabia’s UN ambassador called for an extension of the arms embargo on Iran in a session on Thursday, Saudi press agency reported. “Iran smuggles weapons to militias which destabilize regional peace,” Abdul Aziz Al-Wasel said during a conference held in Geneva. Al-Wasel called for an extension of arms embargo on Iran, which is due to expire on October 18, and said allowing the Islamic Republic to buy weapons will increase their hostile activities in the region. The ambassador stressed the Kingdom’s support for international measures to halt Iran’s activities that cause instability in the Middle East. Lifting the international ban on Iran, he noted, will lead to more “destruction and devastation” and create conflicts in the region. “The international community will, in the coming hours, have a crucial and important date that will determine a new future for the people of the region,” he said. “There are two paths: either to maintain or protect international peace and security, or to give the Iranian regime an opportunity to commit more crimes and violations against the people of the region.” The ambassador stated that arms smuggling to militant groups was still an issue in the region, where missiles and other weapons are used to target civilians and civilian infrastructure. These attacks also harm the global economy by threatening waterways and targeting oil installations in the region, which is the backbone of the international economy, he added. Al-Wasel referenced the outcome of a UN Security Council report that was presented on June 30, confirming direct involvement of the Iranian regime attacks that targeted oil installations in Abqaiq and Khurais, eastern Saudi Arabia, in 2019 as well as the targeting of Abha International Airport with cruise missiles and unmanned drones. He said the report left no room for doubt about Iran’s hostile intentions towards Saudi Arabia, the Arab region and the world. The current Iranian regime, Al-Wasel added, continues to finance armed militias in Yemen, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon without regard to international charters and treaties. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: IranSaudi Arabia

بي بي سي: مؤشرات على توتر في علاقات السعودية وباكستان

قالت قناة “بي بي سي” البريطانية في تقرير نشرته على موقعها الإلكتروني، الخميس، إن العلاقات بين السعودية وباكستان تشهد تطورات في الآونة الأخي
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بي بي سي: مؤشرات على توتر في علاقات السعودية وباكستان

قالت قناة “بي بي سي” البريطانية في تقرير نشرته على موقعها الإلكتروني، الخميس، إن العلاقات بين السعودية وباكستان تشهد تطورات في الآونة الأخيرة ربما تش...

العهد الجديد يكشف معلومة خطيرة عن سبب وفاة الشيحي

كشف حساب «العهد الجديد» المشهور بتسريب معلومات سرية عن السعودية، أن الكاتب السعودي الراحل «صالح الشيحي» تم تسميمه قبل الإفراج عنه
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العهد الجديد يكشف معلومة خطيرة عن سبب وفاة الشيحي

كشف حساب «العهد الجديد» المشهور بتسريب معلومات سرية عن السعودية، أن الكاتب السعودي الراحل «صالح الشيحي» تم تسميمه قبل الإفراج عنه من السجن....

بعد خروجه من المستشفى.. الملك سلمان يغادر الرياض الى نيوم

وصل الملك السعودي،«سلمان بن عبد العزيز»، الى منطقة نيوم الاقتصادية؛ للراحة والاستجمام، بحسب وكالة الأنباء السعودية....
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بعد خروجه من المستشفى.. الملك سلمان يغادر الرياض الى نيوم

وصل الملك السعودي،«سلمان بن عبد العزيز»، الى منطقة نيوم الاقتصادية؛ للراحة والاستجمام، بحسب وكالة الأنباء السعودية....

كورونا.. إصابات جديدة في 4 دول خليجية

سجلت دول خليجية، اليوم الخميس، إصابات جديدة بفيروس كورونا المستجد، في حين تواصَل تسجيل حالات شفاء من المرض....
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كورونا.. إصابات جديدة في 4 دول خليجية

سجلت دول خليجية، اليوم الخميس، إصابات جديدة بفيروس كورونا المستجد، في حين تواصَل تسجيل حالات شفاء من المرض....

القوات اليمنية تستهدف معاقل تنظيم القاعدة و'داعش' في البيضاء

نفذت القوات اليمنية المشتركة، عملية عسكرية واسعة، استهدفت معاقل تنظيم القاعدة الإرهابي في مناطق «قيفة ويكلا» بمحافظة البيضاء وسط اليمن
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القوات اليمنية تستهدف معاقل تنظيم القاعدة و'داعش' في البيضاء

نفذت القوات اليمنية المشتركة، عملية عسكرية واسعة، استهدفت معاقل تنظيم القاعدة الإرهابي في مناطق «قيفة ويكلا» بمحافظة البيضاء وسط اليمن....

العفو الدولية تطالب الملك سلمان الإفراج عن الفلسطينيين الخضري ونجله

وجهت منظمة العفو الدولية «أمنستي»، دعوة عاجلة إلى الملك السعودي،«سلمان بن عبد العزيز»، للإفراج الفوري وغير المشروط عن الفلسطينيي
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العفو الدولية تطالب الملك سلمان الإفراج عن الفلسطينيين الخضري ونجله

وجهت منظمة العفو الدولية «أمنستي»، دعوة عاجلة إلى الملك السعودي،«سلمان بن عبد العزيز»، للإفراج الفوري وغير المشروط عن الفلسطينيين؛ د. محمد الخضري ونج...

محكمة واشنطن تمهل ابن سلمان 14 يوما للرد على شكوى الجبري

نشرت شبكة «سي إن إن» الأمريكية صوراً لوثائق محكمة واشنطن التي تنص على استدعاء ولي العهد السعودي محمد بن سلمان، و13 سعودياً آخرين، وأظهرت
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محكمة واشنطن تمهل ابن سلمان 14 يوما للرد على شكوى الجبري

نشرت شبكة «سي إن إن» الأمريكية صوراً لوثائق محكمة واشنطن التي تنص على استدعاء ولي العهد السعودي محمد بن سلمان، و13 سعودياً آخرين، وأظهرت موعداً نهائي...

القوات اليمنية تستهدف معاقل تنظيم القاعدة بمحافظة البيضاء

نفذت القوات اليمنية المشتركة، عملية عسكرية واسعة، استهدفت معاقل تنظيم القاعدة الإرهابي في مناطق «قيفة ويكلا» بمحافظة البيضاء وسط اليمن
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القوات اليمنية تستهدف معاقل تنظيم القاعدة بمحافظة البيضاء

نفذت القوات اليمنية المشتركة، عملية عسكرية واسعة، استهدفت معاقل تنظيم القاعدة الإرهابي في مناطق «قيفة ويكلا» بمحافظة البيضاء وسط اليمن....

قائد الجيش الباكستاني سيزور السعودية من أجل تحسين العلاقات

قال مسؤولون، يوم الأربعاء، إن قائد الجيش الباكستاني سيزور السعودية بعد أيام سعيا لتهدئة توتر دبلوماسي بشأن إقليم كشمير في وقت أصبح فيه الدعم
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قائد الجيش الباكستاني سيزور السعودية من أجل تحسين العلاقات

قال مسؤولون، يوم الأربعاء، إن قائد الجيش الباكستاني سيزور السعودية بعد أيام سعيا لتهدئة توتر دبلوماسي بشأن إقليم كشمير في وقت أصبح فيه الدعم المالي ل...

Tribute to Saudi students who obtained 378 international medals

Author: Thu, 2020-08-13 01:36 On the occasion of International Youth Day 2020, Dr. Saud bin Saeed Al-Mathami, the secretary-general of the King Abdul Aziz and His Companions Foundation for Giftedness and Creativity (Mawhiba), paid tribute to Mawhiba’
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Tribute to Saudi students who obtained 378 international medals

Author: Thu, 2020-08-13 01:36 On the occasion of International Youth Day 2020, Dr. Saud bin Saeed Al-Mathami, the secretary-general of the King Abdul Aziz and His Companions Foundation for Giftedness and Creativity (Mawhiba), paid tribute to Mawhiba’s students, who over the past 10 years have obtained 378 international gold, silver and bronze medals between them in international olympiads, as well as numerous certificates of appreciation from other international scientific forums and competitions. Speaking about the achievements and creativity of Saudi Arabia’s youth, of which Mawhiba is one of the most prominent supporters locally and internationally, Al-Mathami said: “The Kingdom’s leadership, led by King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, enabled the Saudi youth and gave them the opportunity to participate in the renaissance of Saudi Arabia through their work and initiatives to achieve the goals of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030. The organization has discovered the talents of more than 133,000 Saudi male and female citizens,” he added. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi Arabia King Abdul Aziz and His Companions Foundation for Giftedness and Creativity, Saudi Education Ministry organize forum for talented studentsSaudi foundation unveils third program to support gifted students in the Kingdom

Program to help private sector boost Saudization

Author: Thu, 2020-08-13 01:40 RIYADH: Saudi Minister of Human Resources and Social Development Ahmed Al-Rajhi has inaugurated the mrn.sa platform to document flexible work contracts between employees and employers. Al-Rajhi said that the flexible work
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Program to help private sector boost Saudization

Author: Thu, 2020-08-13 01:40 RIYADH: Saudi Minister of Human Resources and Social Development Ahmed Al-Rajhi has inaugurated the mrn.sa platform to document flexible work contracts between employees and employers. Al-Rajhi said that the flexible work program would contribute to boosting the Kingdom’s economy — at the level of enterprises and individuals — to achieve the objectives of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 by increasing the number of local cadres integrated into the job market. He said that the initiative sought to empower male and female citizens, and to help the private sector boost Saudization. The program aims to create new types of jobs for people seeking employment, and increase their chances of getting flexible jobs to help them integrate into the job market and enhance their skills and expertise to enable them to later become full-time employees. The program targets male and female citizens looking for work, in addition to workers who wish to increase their income on a regular basis. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaSaudi labor ministryAhmed Al-Rajhi Eastern Province leads private sector Saudization driveMinister abolishes Saudization employment category to boost job opportunities

Saudi body to help UN devise policies for sustainable living

Author: Thu, 2020-08-13 01:50 RIYADH: A professional association from Saudi Arabia will play a key policymaking role at a UN governing body addressing the importance of environmental needs. Following careful assessment and consideration of the commitme
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Saudi body to help UN devise policies for sustainable living

Author: Thu, 2020-08-13 01:50 RIYADH: A professional association from Saudi Arabia will play a key policymaking role at a UN governing body addressing the importance of environmental needs. Following careful assessment and consideration of the commitments and engagements of the Saudi Green Building Forum (SGBF), the nonprofit organization has been granted accreditation as an observer at the governing body of the UN Environment Program (UNEP). SGBF will play a role as an observer at all public meetings and sessions of the UNEP and its subsidiary organs. Speaking to Arab News, Faisal Al-Fadl, founder of the nonprofit organization, said that the forum’s mission has been developing for the past 10 years and this accreditation was considered an important step in strengthening the role of Saudi civil society institutions, locally and internationally. This was in line with Vision 2030, which has not only played an integral role in the NGO’s mission but also paved the way for the Kingdom’s people to go the extra mile in building an advanced and resilient society. SGBF was initiated in 2010 and established in 2014. In 2017, it became the first professional body from Saudi Arabia in consultative status with the UN. “The Saudi Forum was an advocacy group with an honest voice to bridge the gap; through UNEP we now have the tools to become the policymakers,” Al-Fadl said. It is a challenge that the group founder says will be met by providing communities with the proper tools to implement commitments. As the observing body on the environmental framework at the UNEP, SGBF’s role will include promoting its concepts and goals to be reflected within the community of change. For change to happen, people of a community at a grassroots level who have committed to the preservation of moral codes of conduct are key to changing mentality and behavior to guarantee a future for the next generations, Al-Fadl said. “As an open platform, our role is being the honest voice of bridging the gap. Economic and social progress accompanied by environmental degradation and pandemics are endangering the very systems on which our future development and our survival depends,” he said. SGBF represents the Kingdom and its call to communities, stakeholders, and policymakers to build on the principles of volunteering, advocacy and sustainable development. For the NGO, their next step is increasing the engagement of civil society, finding solutions to the problem of volunteer integration in societies, and to prioritize and address social challenges for women, youth and the elderly, calling on member states to increase their role in building and developing practices that minimize the negative impact on the planet. Al-Fadl added that protecting the planet and building resilience was not easy. Without bolstering local action, including volunteers to accelerate the implementation, it would be a long time until goals were met and result seen, he said. “UN member countries have the responsibility in confronting the human crisis of inestimable proportions, which impose its heaviest tolls on the supply chain for those marginalized and most vulnerable in cities and communities around the world,” Al-Fadl said.   Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea Development Company launches sustainable architecture competitionSaudi Arabia hosts G20 talks on post-COVID-19 global sustainable finance plan

Saudi youth report draws flak over marriage finding

Author: Thu, 2020-08-13 01:57 RIYADH: A General Authority for Statistics (GaSat) report published this week has stirred debate over a long-running issue in Saudi Arabia — the age of marriage. The “Saudi Youth in Numbers” report on marriage and wo
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Saudi youth report draws flak over marriage finding

Author: Thu, 2020-08-13 01:57 RIYADH: A General Authority for Statistics (GaSat) report published this week has stirred debate over a long-running issue in Saudi Arabia — the age of marriage. The “Saudi Youth in Numbers” report on marriage and work patterns in the Kingdom’s 15-34 age group drew comment on social media, with some suggesting it painted an inaccurate picture and portrayed marriage before the age of 18 as commonplace. Its findings were also criticized by a Saudi statistics expert, who said that relying on a wide age range “could leave room for speculation and uncertainty.” The report indicated that the percentage of married females in the 15-34 age group was 34.3 percent, while the percentage of employed Saudi youth in the same age bracket was 47 percent. GaSat spokesman Mohammed Al-Dukhainy told Arab News that the 15-34 age group was selected in line with international studies. FASTFACT The report indicated that the percentage of married females in the 15-34 age group was 34.3 percent, while the percentage of employed Saudi youth in the same age bracket was 47 percent. Use of this age group made international comparisons easier, he added. However, Dr. Melfi Al-Rasheedi, a board member of the Saudi Professional Association for Statisticians and Data Scientists, said that “unbalanced” age groups could leave room for speculation and uncertainty, and lead to unclear results. “The way the report was presented was not correct. Suffice it to say that the report did not indicate the statistical method used and whether it took the level of education as a variable in the study,” he said. “The age group 15-34 is a wide one. We want to know the number of participants who started working or got married between 15 and 18. This is not indicated in the study and we cannot tell.” Last year, the Ministry of Justice instructed official registrars not to register any marriage if the prospective spouse was below 18 years of age and to report the case to the relevant court, which would decide if there was any risk to the person involved.   Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi Arabia KAUST & British Council deliver free virtual learning for Saudi youthLanguage initiative connects Saudi youth with world cultures

Better in the long run: 2,600 join Saudi 10-day marathon

Thu, 2020-08-13 02:06 JEDDAH: More than 2,600 people took part in a 10-day walking and running marathon in the Kingdom, reaching a combined distance of more than 448,000 km. At least 40 nationalities were represented in all age groups. The Saudi Sports fo
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Better in the long run: 2,600 join Saudi 10-day marathon

Thu, 2020-08-13 02:06 JEDDAH: More than 2,600 people took part in a 10-day walking and running marathon in the Kingdom, reaching a combined distance of more than 448,000 km. At least 40 nationalities were represented in all age groups. The Saudi Sports for All Federation (SFA) launched the “Step Together” initiative as part of a series of competitive walk-runs. The SFA event, the first since lockdown restrictions were eased, took place from July 17-26. About 30 para-athletes joined the competition, making it a hallmark achievement for SFA inclusivity. Tahani Ibrahem, a 29-year-old Saudi participant, said her Eastern Flames football club training encouraged her to join the marathon. “I joined one other marathon in 2019 and won fourth place. I’ve loved running since I was a teenager,” she told Arab News. Ibrahem said that she was happy that para-athletes included in the marathon and praised the SFA for giving people and communities a chance to unite for one goal. “They are just like us. Disability is something of the mind, not the body,” she said. Ibrahem completed 42 km in the 10-day marathon, spending five hours a day walking and running. “We were thrilled to see such high registration numbers for our first ‘Step Together’ event,” said Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed bin Talal, the SFA president. “The diversity of participants for the first in the walk-run series was important to us. We recruited all ages and abilities for this event and are delighted that they made it their own. It truly was ‘Sports for All’ as we had many children and seniors take part, and we were proud to have a number of disabled competitors,” he said. Those who met the distance goals were awarded with medals and e-certificates of the achievement. In the 21.1 km event, the fastest time was recorded by Mohammed Ayyash (1hr 11min 5sec), followed by Waleed Homidan (1hr 11min 59sec) and in third place, Osama Ayyash (1hr 23min 5sec). Ronel Wienand, competing with the Riyadh Road Runners, was the fastest woman, completed the half marathon in 1hr 58min 7sec. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaSaudi Sports for All Federation (SFA) SFA launches Saudi Arabia’s first walk-run event in the summerSaudi Home Run initiative aims to keep people active during lockdown

شاهد..خالد الجبري يحذر سفيرة الرياض لدى واشنطن

حذر خالد الجبري، نجل المعارض السعودي سعد الجبري، الأربعاء، سفيرة الرياض لدى الولايات المتحدة، ريما بنت بندر آل سعود، من التغاضي والصمت عن ند
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شاهد..خالد الجبري يحذر سفيرة الرياض لدى واشنطن

حذر خالد الجبري، نجل المعارض السعودي سعد الجبري، الأربعاء، سفيرة الرياض لدى الولايات المتحدة، ريما بنت بندر آل سعود، من التغاضي والصمت عن ندائه الإنس...

السعودية تسجل أكبر ارتفاع في إصابات كورونا منذ أواخر يوليو

سجلت السلطات الصحية السعودية خلال الساعات الـ24 الماضية أكبر حصيلة إصابات يومية جديدة بفيروس كورونا المستجد منذ 11 يوما....
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السعودية تسجل أكبر ارتفاع في إصابات كورونا منذ أواخر يوليو

سجلت السلطات الصحية السعودية خلال الساعات الـ24 الماضية أكبر حصيلة إصابات يومية جديدة بفيروس كورونا المستجد منذ 11 يوما....

القبض على طبيبة تجميل مزيفة في السعودية

أعلنت السلطات السعودية، ضبط مقيمة عربية تعمل كطبيبة تجميل في مركز طبي خاص، وذلك دون أن تحمل مؤهلات معتمدة لعملها ذاك....
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القبض على طبيبة تجميل مزيفة في السعودية

أعلنت السلطات السعودية، ضبط مقيمة عربية تعمل كطبيبة تجميل في مركز طبي خاص، وذلك دون أن تحمل مؤهلات معتمدة لعملها ذاك....

فضيحة الحجرف.. عندما تغتصب السعودية القرار الخليجي

منذ اللحظة الاولى التي تناقلت فيها وكالات الانباء رسالة الأمين العام لمجلس تعاون دول الخليج الفارسي نايف الحجرف، الى مجلس الامن الدولي ودعا ف
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فضيحة الحجرف.. عندما تغتصب السعودية القرار الخليجي

منذ اللحظة الاولى التي تناقلت فيها وكالات الانباء رسالة الأمين العام لمجلس تعاون دول الخليج الفارسي نايف الحجرف، الى مجلس الامن الدولي ودعا فيها الى ...

تحقيق أمريكي.. بومبيو متورط في جرائم السعودية باليمن

 كشف تحقيق صدر يوم امس الثلاثاء، للمحقق العام في وزارة الخارجية الأمريكية، ان ادارة الرئيس دونالد ترامب فشلت في تقييم المخاطر وتنفيذ تدابير ا
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تحقيق أمريكي.. بومبيو متورط في جرائم السعودية باليمن

 كشف تحقيق صدر يوم امس الثلاثاء، للمحقق العام في وزارة الخارجية الأمريكية، ان ادارة الرئيس دونالد ترامب فشلت في تقييم المخاطر وتنفيذ تدابير التخفيف ل...

Saudi-backed electric car breaks through 500 miles range barrier

Author: Wed, 2020-08-12 12:01   LONDON:A Saudi-backed electric vehicle has broken through the 500 mile range barrier from a single charge. Lucid Motors, in which Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund is a major investor, on Wednesday announced ind
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Saudi-backed electric car breaks through 500 miles range barrier

Author: Wed, 2020-08-12 12:01   LONDON:A Saudi-backed electric vehicle has broken through the 500 mile range barrier from a single charge. Lucid Motors, in which Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund is a major investor, on Wednesday announced independent range verification of 517 miles on a single charge for its forthcoming Lucid Air all-electric sedan. The results confirm that the Lucid Air is the longest range electric vehicle to date, the car maker said in a statement. So-called “range anxiety,” where drivers fear being stranded without power in their cars, is a major factor for electric vehicle manufacturers in convincing people to make the switch from traditional gasoline-fueled vehicles. “Range and efficiency are widely recognized as the most relevant proof points by which EV technical prowess is measured,” said Lucid Motors CEO Peter Rawlinson. “A few years ago we revealed our alpha prototypes of the Lucid Air and promised over 400 miles range; a reflection of our technology at that time. In the intervening period we have achieved a series of technological breakthroughs, culminating in an unsurpassed degree of energy efficiency.” The PIF agreed a $1 billion investment deal with Lucid Motors two years ago to develop the car at a factory in Arizona. The production version of the Lucid Air will debut in an online event on Sept. 9, 2020. In addition to the vehicle’s final interior and exterior designs, new details about production specifications, available configurations, and pricing information will also be shared. Customer deliveries of the Lucid Air, which will be produced at Lucid’s new factory in Casa Grande, Arizona, will begin in early 2021. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: cars

لا مستقبل لهذا الغُلام بدون ترامب!

بعقلية زعيم مافيا، تعامل ولي العهد السعودي محمد بن سلمان مع القضايا الداخلية والخارجية للسعودية، فلا يوجد في قاموسه لتحقيق اهدافه الا المال 
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لا مستقبل لهذا الغُلام بدون ترامب!

بعقلية زعيم مافيا، تعامل ولي العهد السعودي محمد بن سلمان مع القضايا الداخلية والخارجية للسعودية، فلا يوجد في قاموسه لتحقيق اهدافه الا المال والقتل، ف...

الولايات المتحدة تحاول استغللال أزمة صافر

عادت الولايات المتحدة من موقعها كإدارة عليا للعدوان، مرة أخرى، إلى محاولة استغلال أزمة خزان «صافر» النفطي العائم قبالة سواحل الحديدة، و
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الولايات المتحدة تحاول استغللال أزمة صافر

عادت الولايات المتحدة من موقعها كإدارة عليا للعدوان، مرة أخرى، إلى محاولة استغلال أزمة خزان «صافر» النفطي العائم قبالة سواحل الحديدة، وهذه المرة مع ت...

Saudi scholarship students to resume studies remotely

Author: Wed, 2020-08-12 00:04 JEDDAH: Saudi authorities have moved to end confusion among overseas scholarship students eager to resume their fall semesters in their universities. Scholarship students can resume their studies remotely in all academic l
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Saudi scholarship students to resume studies remotely

Author: Wed, 2020-08-12 00:04 JEDDAH: Saudi authorities have moved to end confusion among overseas scholarship students eager to resume their fall semesters in their universities. Scholarship students can resume their studies remotely in all academic levels until the end of 2020, Education Minister Hamad Al-Asheikh said in a directive. The minister also confirmed that students who returned to the Kingdom to study remotely during the pandemic will continue to receive their allocated allowances (sans their spouses/accompanying guardian). Students facing financial hardship without reimbursement for their accompanying spouses and guardians can take up their case with the deputy minister or apply to postpone their scholarship for a year due to the pandemic. Al-Asheikh said student allowances will continue for those who have graduated and completed their scholarship during the spring and summer, but have been unable to return to Saudi Arabia. This will continue from the date of the directive until they return. The news came as a relief to many students who returned to the Kingdom in recent months to join their families while the world struggled with the coronavirus outbreak. Yousef Al-Ayesh said the announcement gave him «immense comfort.» The business tourism senior, who returned to his hometown Jeddah from Arizona in June, said: “This directive is a really good decision and it’s going to help students very much. It removed a lot of stress for a lot of the students in the US, but specifically for my college because they’re providing the option of both online or in-person classes.” Scholarship students were unable to take online classes before, but the pandemic has led to the rules being changed. Al-Ayesh said that without the directive, he might have been forced to delay his studies for at least one semester. With his visa expiring in October and no chance of returning to the US before then, he will be renewing his apartment lease and paying rent from Jeddah. Many students welcomed the news after it broke on social media. “Everyone I spoke with was worried they were not going to be able to continue studies in the fall or go back to the US. But after this directive, I talked to a couple of my friends and they all expressed their relief. It’s such a good decision,” Al-Ayesh said. The decision to continue the allowances has also been a big comfort. “The allowance really helps because I won’t have to worry as much about paying my rent and bills back in the US. This assures me that things can be taken care of back there,” he said.   Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi Arabia Saudi education minister appoints first women cultural attachesHusam Zaman, president of the Saudi Education Evaluation Commission

Efforts on to change attitude toward blood donation in Saudi Arabia

Author: Wed, 2020-08-12 00:09 RIYADH: The coronavirus pandemic and devastating explosion in Beirut have left people around the world questioning whether their countries are ready to handle natural disasters or other crises, especially when it comes to e
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Efforts on to change attitude toward blood donation in Saudi Arabia

Author: Wed, 2020-08-12 00:09 RIYADH: The coronavirus pandemic and devastating explosion in Beirut have left people around the world questioning whether their countries are ready to handle natural disasters or other crises, especially when it comes to emergency blood supplies. In Saudi Arabia, every blood donor center has a disaster operation plan, Omer Al-Saweed, supervisor of the blood bank at Security Forces Hospital in Riyadh, said. Blood donor centers send daily inventory reports to the National Crises and Disasters Control Center. However, while blood stocks in the Kingdom are generally adequate, many believe there is a need for greater awareness of the importance of blood donations “Overall, the donor education program is limited in Saudi Arabia, which means donor centers rely on replacement donors,” Al-Saweed said. Replacement donors make up 40 to 60 percent of volunteers, he said — a figure the Health Ministry working to increase to 100 percent. “There are several social media accounts that provide education about blood donation and blood transfusion services in Saudi Arabia. We hope to coordinate with the Ministry of Education to include programs from pre-K to high school to educate students on blood sciences and the benefit of blood donations,” he said.  Rahaf Al-Ayash, a warehouse operations manager who recently donated blood for the first time, said blood donation needs to be encouraged in the Kingdom. Balgees Nugali, a Saudi Ph.D. researcher who donates blood regularly, also said that Saudis are not aware of the importance of donating blood. “There is a huge blood drive every year during Ramadan at the King Fahad Specialist Hospital in Jeddah called Jeddah Donors. “But, sadly, we don’t know about the importance of blood donation. It would be nice to have greater awareness and to encourage more people to donate blood,” she said. Nugali said she often gets messages about hospital patients in desperate need of blood. “I try to donate when I can to help save lives.” Nazeeh Mikwar, deputy director of public relations at the University of Business and Technology in Jeddah, said that people need to be motivated to give blood. “I hope that blood donation gets linked to government entities. For instance, if someone donates blood five times, the government will waive a traffic fine, for example. “Another way to motivate people is to give regular blood donors priority when registering in universities or classes. Blood donation should be considered as points to collect awards, like the ones in telecom companies.” Al-Saweed believes that hospitals can also encourage blood donations “by providing proper space for blood collection and car parking close to the collection area, establishing an education program, arranging activities in public areas, and joining the private sector to provide special discounts to volunteer donors such as cinemas, shops, restaurants, tourist services, tickets for sports events.” Recruitment and a voluntary blood donor programs are mandatory at donor centers in Saudi Arabia, he said. “There are several vehicle donations, which are located in public areas which are providing education and blood collection services.” Yazeed Al-Ayash, a hospital intern who has donated blood every four months for the past two years, said that the Kingdom needs more regular donors. “People donate because someone posted something on social media platforms to donate and help a person,” he said. “A culture of blood donation cannot be established out of the blue. It needs proper attention.” He added: “My reason for donating blood is humanitarian. You can save a person’s life. It doesn’t have to be someone I know; it could be anyone. Plus, it gives me a satisfying feeling. “I really hope that what happened in Beirut is a wake-up call. Disasters can happen anywhere and we need blood to be ready for that.” Al-Saweed said that the Kingdom’s donor centers launched a “Donate at your home” initiative during the pandemic to avoid the need to go to hospital or a blood bank. Some rare blood types are often in short supply, he said. “Donor centers always face a shortage of Rh negative blood group (O negative, A negative, B negative, and AB negative).”  One of the biggest challenges facing most donor centers is the absence of a national blood donor service responsible for establishing guidelines, uniform policies, a donor registry and nationwide standards, Al-Saweed said. Yet there is a Saudi application to help blood donors. “Wateen is amazing — it basically gives you a reminder when to donate and records the number of times you donated,” he said. Wateen is run in cooperation with the health ministry and seeks to bridge the communication gap between donors and blood banks. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: blood donationBlood banksSaudi Arabia Riyadh Diplomatic Quarter sets up first blood donation campaignSaudi health ministry launches electronic program to monitor infectious diseases in blood banks

Saudi Arabia's Princess Nourah University opens admissions for animation, photography degrees

Author: Wed, 2020-08-12 00:19 RIYADH: The College of Arts and Design at Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University (PNU) announced the introduction of two new programs in animation and photography in the new academic year on Sunday. The decision was m
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Saudi Arabia's Princess Nourah University opens admissions for animation, photography degrees

Author: Wed, 2020-08-12 00:19 RIYADH: The College of Arts and Design at Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University (PNU) announced the introduction of two new programs in animation and photography in the new academic year on Sunday. The decision was made in response to the needs of the Saudi labor market and falls in line with the goals of the Vision 2030 initiative. Animation and photography join fashion and textile design, sculpture, printmaking, and graphic design and digital media as arts degrees offered by PNU. Dr. Maha Khayyat, dean of the College of Design and Art, spoke about the programs and said that they were curated with the graduates’ working futures in mind. “The College of Designs and Arts is keen to integrate its various specializations and the participation of the students enrolled in them in joint projects to work together, and training them to join the labor market,” said Khayyat. The animation program will include courses on designing cartoon characters and the basics of writing films and sound. It will give graduates the skills to create animated films and to integrate into the industry on a local, regional, or even global scale. Khayyat said that the students’ work could help to highlight Saudi culture and enhance national identity. The photography program provided students with skills in both still and moving photography. Graduates will be well-equipped to handle any type of professional photography, from product shoots and fashion shows to photojournalism. The news was welcomed by professionals in both fields. The animation industry in Saudi Arabia has been enjoying unprecedented success this year. The hugely popular YouTube animated series Masameer, from the Saudi Myrkott studio, was adapted into a full-length feature film and played in cinemas across the Kingdom in January. Saudi animation studio Manga Productions debuted the country’s first anime series in the same month entitled “Future’s Folktales”, in collaboration with Japan’s legendary TOEI Animation studios. Farah Arif, a senior animator at Manga Productions who studied computer science, told Arab News that it was about time studying animation became a viable option for Saudi creatives. “I wish the opportunity had been made available to me. There’s a huge market for animators in Saudi Arabia, especially with the film industry gaining popularity. Saudi creatives finally have a chance to make a living off their art, and to pursue the study of it in their home countries. It’s a huge step forward,” she said. She also recommends that anyone thinking of pursuing a career in the arts to do so, given the current environment and level of support from the government. “Most of us in the industry have been successful without the relevant degrees. Imagine what you could do if you actually had one. The opportunity is there, so you can’t use the lack of a degree course as an excuse anymore. If you have the passion and the drive, go for it.”   Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaPrincess Nourah University Princess Nourah University launches its 2020 sports gatePrincess Nourah University holds first conference for Saudi women’s studies

Notice setting date for Saudi international flights ‘is bogus’

Author: Wed, 2020-08-12 01:05 RIYADH: A fake circular suggesting Saudi Arabia will resume international flights in October has been condemned as “completely baseless and fabricated” by the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA). Rumors that int
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Notice setting date for Saudi international flights ‘is bogus’

Author: Wed, 2020-08-12 01:05 RIYADH: A fake circular suggesting Saudi Arabia will resume international flights in October has been condemned as “completely baseless and fabricated” by the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA). Rumors that international flights will shortly return have been circulating on social media in recent weeks without any official statement from GACA. On Tuesday, the authority denied announcing the resumption of international flights and said information being circulated was fabricated. Saudi Arabia suspended international flights from March 15 in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Since domestic flights restarted on May 31, rumors have been circulating regarding the return of international flights. On Monday, the bogus GACA circular was shared on various social media platforms suggesting flights into and out of Saudi Arabia would resume in October. It sparked a flurry of speculation. The circular, titled “No flights till October 2020,” said: “An employee of the GACA has stated in a recent interview that all international flights to and from the Kingdom are to remain suspended till the month of October.” Quoting a GACA official, the circular said that the decision was subject to the number of coronavirus cases, which must “come down to three digits.” GACA official spokesman Ibrahim bin Abdullah Alrwosa told Arab News the circular “is completely baseless and fabricated.” He shared a tweet from the authority’s public relations department describing the circular as incorrect. The civil aviation authority has previously said there is no specific date for the resumption of international flights, he added. All international flights remain suspended until further notice. However, exceptions have been made for humanitarian assistance and emergency cases, medical evacuation flights and repatriation of stranded citizens and expatriates wanting to return home. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaCoronavirus No specific date for the resumption of international flight in Saudi Arabia: aviation authorityOver 750k took domestic flights in 1 month: Saudi aviation authority

Dr. Kholood Mohamed, head of Tabuk’s regional council

Author: Wed, 2020-08-12 01:18 Dr. Kholood Mohamed has become the first woman in the Kingdom to head Tabuk’s regional council, with the Saudi interior minister approving her appointment as the body’s secretary-general. Al-Khamis called on Tabuk Gov
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Dr. Kholood Mohamed, head of Tabuk’s regional council

Author: Wed, 2020-08-12 01:18 Dr. Kholood Mohamed has become the first woman in the Kingdom to head Tabuk’s regional council, with the Saudi interior minister approving her appointment as the body’s secretary-general. Al-Khamis called on Tabuk Gov. Prince Fahd bin Sultan on Monday and the prince congratulated her on her new position, emphasizing the role of Saudi women in government agencies. She is an assistant professor of inorganic chemistry and supervisor of the chemistry department at the University of Tabuk. She joined the university in 2010 as a teaching assistant in the science faculty, later becoming a lecturer and then being promoted to associate professor. She did her doctorate in inorganic chemistry from Howard University in the US in 2018. She obtained her master’s degree from King Saud University in Riyadh and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Tabuk. Al-Khamis is a member of several scientific bodies such as the Supreme Committee of Prince Fahd bin Sultan Award for Scientific Excellence, American Chemical Society, and the Committee for the National Olympiad for Scientific Creativity. She has presented many research studies during her career, and participated locally and abroad in specialist activities in the science field.   Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaWho's Who Abdulrahman Al-Jadhai, CEO of Al-Elm Information Security Co.Dr. Hani Najm, US-based Saudi congenital cardiac surgery specialist in Cleveland

في رحلة علاجية..منصور هادي يتجه الى الولايات المتحدة

نقلت وكالة «رويترز» عن «مصدرين مطلعين»، يوم الثلاثاء، أن الرئيس اليمني الفار والمستقيل، عبد ربه منصور هادي، سيغادر السعودية متجه
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في رحلة علاجية..منصور هادي يتجه الى الولايات المتحدة

نقلت وكالة «رويترز» عن «مصدرين مطلعين»، يوم الثلاثاء، أن الرئيس اليمني الفار والمستقيل، عبد ربه منصور هادي، سيغادر السعودية متجها إلى الولايات المتحد...

نجل الجبري يطالب الرياض بالكشف عن مصير شقيقيه

طالب خالد نجل ضابط الاستخبارات السعودي السابق سعد الجبري السفيرةَ السعودية في واشنطن بالكشف عما إذا كان شقيقاه عمر وسارة ما زالا على قيد الحي
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نجل الجبري يطالب الرياض بالكشف عن مصير شقيقيه

طالب خالد نجل ضابط الاستخبارات السعودي السابق سعد الجبري السفيرةَ السعودية في واشنطن بالكشف عما إذا كان شقيقاه عمر وسارة ما زالا على قيد الحياة، في ح...

Saudi Arabia announces 34 new coronavirus deaths

Tue, 2020-08-11 16:49 RIYADH: The Saudi Health Ministry on Tuesday announced 1,521 new coronavirus cases and 34 new fatalities from the disease. The new cases reported in the Kingdom increase the total number of people who have contracted the virus to 291,
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Saudi Arabia announces 34 new coronavirus deaths

Tue, 2020-08-11 16:49 RIYADH: The Saudi Health Ministry on Tuesday announced 1,521 new coronavirus cases and 34 new fatalities from the disease. The new cases reported in the Kingdom increase the total number of people who have contracted the virus to 291,468.  The ministry said that 101 of the newly recorded cases were in Riyadh, while there were 88 reported in Makkah and 75 others in Dammam.  The recent fatalities raise the Kingdom’s COVID-19 death toll to 3,233.  There have been a further 1,640 recoveries from COVID-19, taking the total number of recoveries to 255,118. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: CoronavirusSaudi Arabia Saudi Arabia’s NEOM signs contract with US-based Bechtel

Saudi ambassador to Yemen discusses peace efforts with UN envoy

Tue, 2020-08-11 19:00 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's ambassador to Yemen Mohammed Al-Jaber has discussed peace efforts with the UN's Yemen envoy Martin Griffiths. Griffiths praised Saudi Arabia’s role in supporting a peaceful resolution to the conflict, includ
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Saudi ambassador to Yemen discusses peace efforts with UN envoy

Tue, 2020-08-11 19:00 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's ambassador to Yemen Mohammed Al-Jaber has discussed peace efforts with the UN's Yemen envoy Martin Griffiths. Griffiths praised Saudi Arabia’s role in supporting a peaceful resolution to the conflict, including speeding up the implementation of the Riyadh deal, the ambassador said in a tweet. Al-Jaber also discussed with Griffiths the importance of quickly allowing experts to examine the stricken Safir oil tanker. Experts fear the ship, which is in an area controlled by the Houthi militia, could explode if it is not dealt with soon. Al-Jaber also stressed the Kingdom’s support for Griffiths's efforts to reach a compressive peace solution in Yemen.   Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaYemenMohammed Al-JaberMartin Griffiths Yemen backs Iranian arms embargo extensionYemenis fear decaying oil tanker could cause major disaster

Saudi woman appointed as head of Tabuk’s regional council for first time

Tue, 2020-08-11 19:39 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has appointed Dr. Khulood Mohammed al-Khamis to become the head of Tabuk’s regional council, making her the first woman to hold the role in the kingdom. Prince Fahd bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Tabuk Re
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Saudi woman appointed as head of Tabuk’s regional council for first time

Tue, 2020-08-11 19:39 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has appointed Dr. Khulood Mohammed al-Khamis to become the head of Tabuk’s regional council, making her the first woman to hold the role in the kingdom. Prince Fahd bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Tabuk Region, met Khamis in his office after he decided to appoint her to the position.  His highness congratulated her on the role as the first woman to occupy this position of secretary general of the regional council in Saudi Arabia. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaKhulood KhamisPrince Fahd bin Sultan Saudi ambassador to Yemen discusses peace efforts with UN envoySaudi Arabia announces 34 new coronavirus deaths

Riyadh Global Digital Health summit looks at technology in combating COVID-19

Author: Tue, 2020-08-11 12:51 DUBAI: The Riyadh Global Digital Health Summit will kick off on Tuesday to discuss the role of digital health to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on the healthcare system. This virtual summit will look at the use of technol
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Riyadh Global Digital Health summit looks at technology in combating COVID-19

Author: Tue, 2020-08-11 12:51 DUBAI: The Riyadh Global Digital Health Summit will kick off on Tuesday to discuss the role of digital health to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on the healthcare system. This virtual summit will look at the use of technology in the global healthcare system and ways of innovation in the future. This two-day summit was organized by Health Affairs of the Ministry of National Guard and the Saudi Center for International Strategic Partnerships, in cooperation with the Saudi Secretariat of the G20. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Coronavirus

ايران تنتقد عدم مراقبة الوكالة الدولية للبرنامج النووي السعودي السري

انتقد المتحدث باسم وزارة الخارجية الايرانية، عباس موسوي، عدم قيام الوكالة الدولية للطاقة الذرية بمراقبة البرنامج النووي السعودي السري، مشير
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ايران تنتقد عدم مراقبة الوكالة الدولية للبرنامج النووي السعودي السري

انتقد المتحدث باسم وزارة الخارجية الايرانية، عباس موسوي، عدم قيام الوكالة الدولية للطاقة الذرية بمراقبة البرنامج النووي السعودي السري، مشيرا الى رفض ...

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