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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

الاتحاد التايلاندي لكرة القدم يتقدم بشكوى رسمية ضد المنتخب السعودي

تقدم الاتحاد التايلاندي لكرة القدم بشكوى رسمية ضد المنتخب السعودي، بسبب ما وصفه بالقرارات التحكيمية المشكوك فيها....
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الاتحاد التايلاندي لكرة القدم يتقدم بشكوى رسمية ضد المنتخب السعودي

تقدم الاتحاد التايلاندي لكرة القدم بشكوى رسمية ضد المنتخب السعودي، بسبب ما وصفه بالقرارات التحكيمية المشكوك فيها....

جدل في السعودية بعد استحداث أول قسم نسائي عسكري

دشنت السعودية رسمياً قسماً نسائياً عسكرياً في قواتها المسلحة؛ بهدف ما أسمته «استقطاب وتلبية احتياجات أفرعها من العنصر النسائي»، وسط جد
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جدل في السعودية بعد استحداث أول قسم نسائي عسكري

دشنت السعودية رسمياً قسماً نسائياً عسكرياً في قواتها المسلحة؛ بهدف ما أسمته «استقطاب وتلبية احتياجات أفرعها من العنصر النسائي»، وسط جدلٍ شعبي واسع....

هل يريد ابن سلمان جس نبض سلطان عمان الجديد عبر وفد عسكري؟

وصل وفد عسكري سعودي إلى سلطنة عمان يوم امس الأحد، بحسب ما أفادت به وسائل إعلام عمانية، ما دعا نشطاء للتساؤل عن سبب هذه الزيارة في هذا التوقيت....
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هل يريد ابن سلمان جس نبض سلطان عمان الجديد عبر وفد عسكري؟

وصل وفد عسكري سعودي إلى سلطنة عمان يوم امس الأحد، بحسب ما أفادت به وسائل إعلام عمانية، ما دعا نشطاء للتساؤل عن سبب هذه الزيارة في هذا التوقيت....

Saudi Arabia's Prince Turki Al-Faisal: Multilateralism can encourage dialogue, genuine collaboration if given the chance

Sun, 2020-01-19 23:32 RIYADH: Multilateralism and global governance, a central principle to solving international issues, is under threat and its decline was the main topic of discussion at the Think 20 (T20) inception conference, an intellectual backbone f
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Saudi Arabia's Prince Turki Al-Faisal: Multilateralism can encourage dialogue, genuine collaboration if given the chance

Sun, 2020-01-19 23:32 RIYADH: Multilateralism and global governance, a central principle to solving international issues, is under threat and its decline was the main topic of discussion at the Think 20 (T20) inception conference, an intellectual backbone for the G20. At the opening keynote address, Prince Turki Al-Faisal, chairman of King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies (KFCRIS),  told the attendees, “multilateralism can encourage dialogue and genuine collaboration if given the chance. Presumably alliances and teamwork are good things and that corporation under a role base system.” During the T20 conference, the research and policy advice network for the G20, held at King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC) in Riyadh on Sunday, Al- Faisal mentioned that multilateralism is under pressure.  “Fear takes over many developed societies, high popular expectations, mistrusting, national and international systems and institutions and various political and economic concepts are the only ingredients that are promoting extreme nationalism and isolations, which is ironic since most of those societies have benefited from multilateral initiatives and are likely to continue to prosper a union rather than an isolation,« Prince Turki said. During the »Multilateralism for a Prosperous World” session, Prince Turki mentioned the issue of where international interests lies.  “I think we are facing a potential for divisions continued rather than being removed from the world stage whether it is on trade as we see the various issues that have come up in the world. These are all challenges that the world faces and I hope that through events like G20, specifically that T20, it should provide the research and the policy recommendations and find solutions,” he added.  Faisal bin Fadel Al-Ibrahim, vice minister of economy and planning, said in the aftermath WWII, organizations such as the UN, the IMF, and the World Bank were seen as instrumental institutions in which multilateral cooperation occurred. He also mentioned that one of the major challenges of the 21st century was trying to update current multilateral institutions to the rise of emerging nations. Abdul Aziz Al-Rasheed, deputy minister of finance, pointed out that the main challenges that multilateral organizations are facing is that “they have delivered in terms efficiency but I think that they failed in terms of distribution.” Al-Rasheed mentioned that Saudi Arabia’s G20 theme is to realize the opportunities of the 21st century, “multilateralism organizations and platforms have to deliver for all and not for the few,” he said.  Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaPrince Turki Al-Faisal Saudi Arabia’s Prince Turki Al-Faisal receives one of Afghanistan’s highest honorsPrince Abdul Aziz bin Turki Al-Faisal, chairman of the Saudi General Sports Authority

Continuity key for Saudi Arabia as it prepares for G20 summit: T20 chair

Sun, 2020-01-19 23:44 RIYADH: Continuity is important for Saudi Arabia as it prepares for the G20 summit, the dean of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) said. The Kingdom last December assumed the presidency of the 2020 G20 summit, making it the first Arab na
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Continuity key for Saudi Arabia as it prepares for G20 summit: T20 chair

Sun, 2020-01-19 23:44 RIYADH: Continuity is important for Saudi Arabia as it prepares for the G20 summit, the dean of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) said. The Kingdom last December assumed the presidency of the 2020 G20 summit, making it the first Arab nation to do so, and the summit will be held in Riyadh in November. Naoyuki Yoshino, from the ADB, chairs the G20’s “ideas bank” Think20 (T20) and spoke about the transfer of knowledge to Saudi Arabia as it prepares for the world’s leading international economic forum. Each host country selects task forces for the T20 to ensure continuity on policy recommendations. “It’s important for Saudi Arabia to choose the topics which Saudi Arabia is facing and coordinate with other nations,” he told Arab News. “After we met in November of last year, I reiterated the importance of new topics and the succeeding of topics to ensure continuity. The co-chair of each task force is also very important as they can summarize each topic. We cannot exclude various topics but rather include them selectively, that will be the key for the success of the co-chairs. The Saudis have been preparing their task forces since our November 2019 meeting. They’ve selected the right people who will be engaged with the right topic. An example would be we in Japan have added the ‘Aging Population and its Economic Impact’ task forces as it is a topic of concern to us and many Asian countries. It’s a lesson for the next chair to learn from, as your country is young and with the change in demographic, the task force is a good topic to look into from both sides.” He said it was important for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to use technology, for startups to have proper funding and for innovators to be drivers of the economy. “Expanding sales networking is difficult but with the use of technology, internet advertisement is key to helping distribute products.”  He recommended that Saudis set up internet companies, meet with innovators and provide a financial plan in order to get proper funding to diversify the economy. There was a lot of room for growth because of the Kingdom’s young population. “It’s very important for Saudi Arabia to be part of the G20, in a sense that you are showing Saudi Arabia to the whole world. The success of the G20 is very important and the choice of topics is too. They have to set up very attractive topics that the whole world is going to be interested in.” Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: G20 RiyadhT20 chairAsian Development BankThink20 Saudi Arabia to ‘stabilize global economy’ during G20 summitSaudi G20 sherpa briefs UN on Riyadh summit

Saudi courts to handle copyrights, patents cases

Sun, 2020-01-19 23:52 RIYADH: Saudi commercial courts and departments will handle copyrights and patents-related cases from February. The cases will be heard in commercial courts and in commercial departments inside general courts across the Kingdom. Cases
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Saudi courts to handle copyrights, patents cases

Sun, 2020-01-19 23:52 RIYADH: Saudi commercial courts and departments will handle copyrights and patents-related cases from February. The cases will be heard in commercial courts and in commercial departments inside general courts across the Kingdom. Cases filed before that date to the committees for examining patents on inventions and for copyrights protection will be resolved through those two committees. The Supreme Judicial Council approved the change and the Justice Ministry set up a plan to train judges on copyrights system and on handling patents disputes inside commercial courts. “We want to provide the best judicial principles and training on intellectual property system based on research and study,” the ministry said. “We are collecting the previous work done by related committees that looked into those cases to prepare for the shift,” it added. The digital environment at the ministry has enhanced the overall performance and the issuing of judgments, while saving the beneficiaries’ effort in achieving justice. Saudi Justice Minister Walid Al-Samaani said the Saudi judiciary has proven its speed and efficiency. He stressed the ministry’s keenness to “have a fully digital environment.”   Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: SAUDI COMMERCIAL COURTScopyrightPANTENTS 72 Riyadh stores closed for copyrights violationCopyright campaign puts Saudi artists in the frame

Ministry of Culture launches platform for scholarship applications

Author: Sun, 2020-01-19 23:47 RIYADH: The Ministry of Culture has launched a website for applications from students who wish to join the Culture Scholarship Program. From Sunday, applications can be made at https://engage.moc.gov.sa/scholarships on thr
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Ministry of Culture launches platform for scholarship applications

Author: Sun, 2020-01-19 23:47 RIYADH: The Ministry of Culture has launched a website for applications from students who wish to join the Culture Scholarship Program. From Sunday, applications can be made at https://engage.moc.gov.sa/scholarships on three tracks: Self-financed students, pre-accepted students and the new students. The website features the application forms, benefits and general conditions for each track, as well as a list of relevant educational institutions. The scholarship program is open to those who wish to obtain a bachelor’s, master’s or Ph.D. degree in various cultural and arts fields from the world’s most prominent educational institutions. The courses provided by the program include music, theater, visual arts (drawing, sculpture, art theory, calligraphy, art history, photography and cinematography) filmmaking, literature and linguistics, archaeology, culinary arts, design, architecture and libraries and museums. The program offers several advantages for both self-financed students and pre-accepted students. Scholarships cover all tuition fees, financial support, living expenses, health care and return flights to the scholarship’s location for both the student and their companion. Students in these two tracks are offered guidance and assessment programs to check their academic development during the program, as well as getting support in other aspects needed for their advancement. After their graduation, students in these two tracks can also join training programs abroad for a maximum of two years. The program offers several advantages to new students who have not yet received acceptance. The program helps them to get the qualifications they need to be accepted by universities by offering assistance in overcoming obstacles such as language proficiency and interpersonal skills. The program supports the students by organizing training workshops to develop their talents and skills. It introduces them to specialized experts in the field related to their scholarships. The program saves students time and effort and supports them throughout the whole registration process, by helping them write their resumes and complete their portfolios professionally. The scholarship program is an educational first in Saudi Arabia, and is part of a Ministry of Culture initiative to develop national cadres specialized in cultural and arts fields so as to develop the sector and meet the increasing requirements of the labor market. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaCulture Ministry SAGIA chief to lead delegation to WEF meeting in Davos as number of overseas firms starting business in Saudi Arabia breaks recordContinuity key for Saudi Arabia as it prepares for G20 summit: T20 chair

SAMF bans Saudi rally drivers over coffee stunt

Mon, 2020-01-20 00:16 JEDDAH: Two Saudi rally drivers have been banned from all local and international races for three months after a video showed them engaging in a car-based coffee stunt. The co-driver can be seen pouring coffee from a traditional Arabi
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SAMF bans Saudi rally drivers over coffee stunt

Mon, 2020-01-20 00:16 JEDDAH: Two Saudi rally drivers have been banned from all local and international races for three months after a video showed them engaging in a car-based coffee stunt. The co-driver can be seen pouring coffee from a traditional Arabic pot for the driver while they traveling from Al-Wajh to NEOM during the prestigious Dakar Rally 2020. The clip went viral on social media. The Saudi Automobile and Motorcycle Federation (SAMF) said Saturday that the drivers’ behavior was unacceptable and reckless. It was an insult to the reputation of Saudi Arabia and to the Saudi competitors who had been selected and invited to take part in the top-flight event, SAMF added. The Dakar Rally ran from Jan. 5 to Jan. 17 in the Kingdom. It featured more than 500 pilots from 62 countries, including 47 who had taken on the grueling challenge at least 10 times in their careers. The 7,800 kilometer journey started in Jeddah and finished in Qiddiya. Carlos Sainz won the race for the third time. Two-time Formula 1 champion Fernando Alonso, who was competing in the race for the first time, finished 13th.   Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: QiddiyaDakar Rally 2020NEOM Spanish driver Carlos Sainz takes third Dakar Rally title after winning Saudi edition Saudi X Factor winner to sing Saudi Dakar 2020 anthem

Saudi Arabia offers ‘full support’ to Cyprus amid Eastern Mediterranean tensions

Author: Sun, 2020-01-19 19:46 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman received on Sunday the Cypriot Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides. They discussed bilateral relations between the two countries and ways of enhancing and developing them. They also
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Saudi Arabia offers ‘full support’ to Cyprus amid Eastern Mediterranean tensions

Author: Sun, 2020-01-19 19:46 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman received on Sunday the Cypriot Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides. They discussed bilateral relations between the two countries and ways of enhancing and developing them. They also reviewed regional and international issues of common concern. Christodoulides also met with his Saudi counterpart, Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah, in his office at the foreign ministry in Riyadh. Prince Faisal stressed the depth of relations between the two countries, and the keenness to develop them in several fields to serve the common interests. “The Kingdom is following with great interest the current developments in the Eastern Mediterranean region, is showing its concern for security and stability there, and stresses its full support for the sovereignty of Cyprus over its territories.” He said Saudi Arabia “calls on all parties to abide by and adhere to Security Council resolutions to resolve disputes, to avoid escalation, to respect the rules of international law and not to interfere in the internal affairs of states or attempts to impose the status quo by force, as that does not serve international peace, security and stability in this region.” Cyprus has been angered by Turkey’s bid to drill for natural gas amid heightened tensions over energy reserves in the eastern Mediterranean. On Sunday, Cyprus accused Turkey of flouting international law as in sent ships to drill inside an exploration area that’s already licensed to energy companies Eni of Italy and Total of France. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Nikos ChristodoulidesPrince Faisal bin FarhanCyprusSaudi Arabiaeastern Mediterranean King Salman affirms Saudi Arabia’s solidarity with Australia over bushfire crisisKing Salman receives foreign ambassadors to the Kingdom

السعودية تعلن دعمها الكامل لسيادة قبرص

أكد وزير الخارجية السعودي الأمير فيصل بن فرحان بن عبد الله لنظيره القبرصي نيكوس خريستودوليديس، دعم السعودية الكامل لسيادة جمهورية قبرص....
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السعودية تعلن دعمها الكامل لسيادة قبرص

أكد وزير الخارجية السعودي الأمير فيصل بن فرحان بن عبد الله لنظيره القبرصي نيكوس خريستودوليديس، دعم السعودية الكامل لسيادة جمهورية قبرص....

عسكري يمني: العدوان زج بقواته إلى كمين نهم + فيديو

صنعاء (العالم) 2020.01.19 – أكد الخبير العسكري اليمني العميد عابد الثور أن التصعيد الأخير في جبهة نهم ينذر بمرحلة قادمة من تعزيز قدرات العدو، مشدد
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عسكري يمني: العدوان زج بقواته إلى كمين نهم + فيديو

صنعاء (العالم) 2020.01.19 – أكد الخبير العسكري اليمني العميد عابد الثور أن التصعيد الأخير في جبهة نهم ينذر بمرحلة قادمة من تعزيز قدرات العدو، مشددا ع...

وصول تعزيزات سعودية جديدة إلى مدينة عدن

وصلت، أمس السبت، تعزيزات عسكرية سعودية جديدة إلى محافظة عدن جنوب اليمن.
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وصول تعزيزات سعودية جديدة إلى مدينة عدن

وصلت، أمس السبت، تعزيزات عسكرية سعودية جديدة إلى محافظة عدن جنوب اليمن.

اتفاق سعودي يوناني على نشر صواريخ باتريوت في السعودية

اتفقت السعودية واليونان على نشر صواريخ باتريوت المضادة للطائرات التابعة للقوات الجوية اليونانية، في المملكة....
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اتفاق سعودي يوناني على نشر صواريخ باتريوت في السعودية

اتفقت السعودية واليونان على نشر صواريخ باتريوت المضادة للطائرات التابعة للقوات الجوية اليونانية، في المملكة....

Basta Market introduces family-oriented activities in Jeddah

Sat, 2020-01-18 23:53 JEDDAH: The fifth edition of Basta Market launched in the north side of the Jeddah Center for Events and Forums on Friday, under the auspices of Fayez Al-Harbi, founder of Basta Market and vice chairman of the Jeddah Chamber of Commerc
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Basta Market introduces family-oriented activities in Jeddah

Sat, 2020-01-18 23:53 JEDDAH: The fifth edition of Basta Market launched in the north side of the Jeddah Center for Events and Forums on Friday, under the auspices of Fayez Al-Harbi, founder of Basta Market and vice chairman of the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI). The market is supported by the JCCI and aims to promote Saudi entrepreneurs, as well as small and medium enterprises (SMEs). Al-Harbi and members of the JCCI praised the market’s role in backing SMEs and promoting tourism, trade and economic development. Traders in the annual Basta Market — with over 150 booths open to customers from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. every Friday and Saturday for the next seven weeks — are showcasing a wide range of products, from food and fashion accessories to art. In addition to the vast array of cultural activities the annual market has to offer, new ones have been introduced, with many geared toward families with children, including a water balls playground, climbing and graffiti walls, and face painting. The market is expected to achieve a record number of visitors. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: BASTA MARKET Creative thinkers to tackle climate crisis at 21,39 Jeddah Arts eventHigh expectations for Spanish Super Cup final in Jeddah

Fayez Al-Harbi, vice chairman of the board of directors of the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Sun, 2020-01-19 00:01 Fayez Al-Harbi is the vice chairman of the board of directors of the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI). He holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the College of Industrial Management at King Fahd University of Petro
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Fayez Al-Harbi, vice chairman of the board of directors of the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Sun, 2020-01-19 00:01 Fayez Al-Harbi is the vice chairman of the board of directors of the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI). He holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the College of Industrial Management at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in Dhahran, and an MBA from the UK’s University of Nottingham. His work experience includes area manager at Al-Harbi Trading and Contracting Co. Ltd., deputy managing director of Al-Hada Water Co. Ltd., and executive director of Al-Harbi Holding Co. He is also a member of the board of directors at Al-Harbi Holding Co., United Cement Industrial Co., Sunbulah Group, and Saudi Marble And Granite Factory Co.. Al-Harbi is an honorary board member of the University of Prince Mugrin in Madinah, and a board member of Oqal Group for Entrepreneurship in Jeddah. He is also a board member and financial supervisor of Al-Mawaddah Society for Family Development. On Saturday Al-Harbi inaugurated the fifth Basta Market, organized by the JCCI, in the presence of JCCI Secretary-General Imad Mohammed Hashem. The event aims to give entrepreneurs, small and emerging enterprise owners, and families the opportunity to market their products and develop their commercial skills in a professional way, while featuring family entertainment. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Who's Who Dr. Abdullah bin Rafoud Al-Safiyani, Saudi Shoura Council memberDr. Nourah Al-Yousef, Saudi Shoura Council member

French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian visits Mada’in Saleh

Sun, 2020-01-19 00:05 RIYADH: French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian and Gerard Mestrallet, chairman of the French Agency for AlUla, visited Mada’in Saleh in AlUla governorate. Le Drian, on a two-day visit to the Kingdom, ear
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French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian visits Mada’in Saleh

Sun, 2020-01-19 00:05 RIYADH: French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian and Gerard Mestrallet, chairman of the French Agency for AlUla, visited Mada’in Saleh in AlUla governorate. Le Drian, on a two-day visit to the Kingdom, earlier met Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir and Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan in Riyadh. In separate meetings, they reviewed bilateral relations and ways of enhancing aspects of cooperation between the two countries. They also exchanged views with regard to the latest developments in the region, and discussed a number of international issues of common interest. The French Agency for AlUla was founded in Paris in July 2018 to support Saudi Arabia in the economic, touristic and cultural development of AlUla. The historic cooperation between the two nations aims to strengthen Saudi cultural and historic outreach and make the AlUla region a world-class destination. Mestrallet said that Saudi Arabia and France shared a vision to implement a new economic and touristic development model, focused on the absolute preservation of the environment, respectful of history, and inclusive of local populations. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Madain SalehAlUla Saudi Arabia’s AlUla lands interactive art exhibitionFirst desert polo tournament kicks off in Saudi Arabia’s AlUla as part of Winter at Tantora

Saudi Arabia to ‘stabilize global economy’ during G20 summit

Sun, 2020-01-19 00:26 NEW YORK: Saudi Arabia’s permanent representative to the UN, Abdallah Al-Mouallimi, affirmed that the Kingdom will, through its G20 presidency, enhance cooperation and find international consensus on potential economic issues. This c
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Saudi Arabia to ‘stabilize global economy’ during G20 summit

Sun, 2020-01-19 00:26 NEW YORK: Saudi Arabia’s permanent representative to the UN, Abdallah Al-Mouallimi, affirmed that the Kingdom will, through its G20 presidency, enhance cooperation and find international consensus on potential economic issues. This came in a speech delivered by Al-Mouallimi during the meeting of the Group of 77 and China at the UN headquarters in New York. “Saudi Arabia will also work to achieve stability in the global economy, develop effective policies to attain sustainable and balanced development, and create opportunities to raise living standards and well-being among the peoples of the world,” said Al-Mouallimi. He praised the role of Palestine, which currently chairs the Group of 77, in defending member states’ causes, achieving their goals and maintaining cooperation between members. He congratulated Guyana for serving as the next chair of the group for this year, and reiterated Saudi support in this regard.  Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: G20 Riyadh Ivanka Trump applauds Saudi Arabia’s reforms advancing economic role for women‘Everywhere in Saudi Arabia, you see a cultural revolution:’ Ex-French Minister Jack Lang

An ongoing debate: Shops closing for prayer in Saudi Arabia

Sun, 2020-01-19 01:19 JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia has recently announced allowing commercial activities to function for 24 hours, in a new string of promised boosts of business and provide services for all. While the change solves many problems, such as congestio
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An ongoing debate: Shops closing for prayer in Saudi Arabia

Sun, 2020-01-19 01:19 JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia has recently announced allowing commercial activities to function for 24 hours, in a new string of promised boosts of business and provide services for all. While the change solves many problems, such as congestion and loss of potential income, many Saudis still debate whether or not it will include the custom of shops closing during prayer time, five times a day.  A custom that has uniquely defined Saudi Arabia among all Muslim countries, which typically require shops to close only during the weekly Friday prayers, this practice has long been discussed and disputed in society.  For over 30 years, commercial businesses in Saudi Arabia have shut and locked their doors as soon as the first call of prayer is heard. Cars would queue waiting petrol stations to open, pharmacies were closed, restaurants and supermarkets as well with patrons and visitors forced to wait outside in a manner deemed inconvenient to most people. Prior to the recent reforms which have checked the powers of the now regulated Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (CPVPV), or religious police as they were commonly known, officers of the CPVPV had the power to arrest and punish shopkeepers for even delaying closing their stores for a few minutes. Punishments ranged from detention, lashing and even deportation if the shop attendant was not Saudi.  The debate to keep shops and businesses open has been a topic of discussion in many settings amongst members of Saudi society as of late. From Shoura Council members, to businessmen and women and everyday ordinary citizens, with many wondering if the law would stand for all hours of the day. However, the bigger question is being asked by a new generation of the country’s youth, which form the majority of the population of the Kingdom: Why is it that Saudi Arabia is the only country that enforced this kind of practice, as opposed to just Friday prayers?  Executive regulations In 1987, the executive regulations of the CPVPV were issued by the General President of the commission, and the second paragraph of the first article cited the following: “As prayer is the pillar of religion and its hiatus, then the members of the commission must ensure its performance at the specified times in mosques, and urge people to promptly respond to the call for prayer, and they must ensure that shops and stores are closed, and that sales are not done during prayer time.” Speaking to Arab News, Sheikh Ahmad Al-Ghamdi, the former director of the CPVPV in Makkah, said that the document allowed members of the religious police to take the necessary measures, and many opted to apply what should have only been applicable to Friday prayers to all prayers of the day.  “This second paragraph of the first article of the Commission’s executive regulations was a discretionary procedure that was not based on a system, as the executive regulations of the Commission are issued by the General President of CPVPV, and its body system does not oblige closing shops during prayer times,” said Al-Ghamdi. “It became a practice that has been established by the Commission, according to the second paragraph of the first article without relying on an established order.” Dr. Issa Al-Ghaith, a judge, Islamic scholar, a member of Saudi Arabia’s Shoura Council and the King Abdul Aziz Center for National Dialogue, has spoken about the matter a number of times. In a recent article published in Makkah newspaper on Jan. 1, 2020, Dr. Al-Ghaith explained that there is no religious or legal base. “There is no legal base for closing shops for prayer after amending the bylaws of the authority, noting that forcing shops to close their doors and people to pray right at the beginning of prayer time, and to do this in a mosque, stands no ground neither in Shariah nor in law,” said Dr. Al-Ghaith. “It is rather a breach of both of them, and an infringement on people’s religious rights (right of Ijtihad and freedom to follow a reference) and worldly rights (freedom of movement, shopping, benefitting of services round the clock without being forced to abide by judicial matters subject to conflict and differences).” Religion and laws aside though, it seems there is no clear verdict within society on whether or not the practice of closing shops during prayer times should continue or not. Speaking to Arab News, a number of female retail workers at one of Jeddah’s biggest shopping malls told of the benefit of closing shops during prayer times. The group of females who requested to stay anonymous told Arab News that it’s not all that it seems to be when shops close. “Many believe we actually take a break and lounge around for the 20-40 minutes when stores close for prayer times. Rarely do we have that freedom to be honest,” said 25-year-old S.K., a Saudi working in the store for 7 months now. “The mess that customers leave behind is too much to handle during regular open store hours so we take advantage of the time we have and reorganize the store, clean up and replace all clothes on the racks.” “I agree with my colleague,” said 29-year-old M.A. “We don’t mind the closing hours as things get really hectic especially on holidays and as you can see now during the sale. So we do take the opportunity sometimes and either try to relax in the quiet before we finish whatever it is we need done during that time. We understand people’s frustrations but it helps us.” “I don’t have the luxury of time unfortunately,” said Rawan Zahid, a mother of three girls and a worker at a private company. “I live close to an hour away from my office and my youngest is 4 months old so I don’t have the luxury of time to go shop after work as the call for Maghreb (sunset) prayers are called and I would rather go home and spend some time with my daughters.” While juggling her job and family life, Zahid believes that it’s difficult to sustain this for long. “It’s unreasonable in my opinion,” Zahid said. “I think it’s too much of a burden on many people especially those who work long hours of the day. For those who don’t have help to care for their children, it’s very difficult to run simple errands and it’s extremely tiresome.”   Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi Arabia Saudi Shoura approves study on reduction of time between calls to prayerGovt agencies complete Ramadan preparations across Saudi Arabia

السعودية واحرازها المركز الأول عالميا في إهدار الطعام

أصدرت وزارة الشؤون البلدية والقروية السعودية، قرارا يلزم المطاعم وقصور وقاعات الأفراح بالتعاقد مع جمعيات «حفظ النعمة»....
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السعودية واحرازها المركز الأول عالميا في إهدار الطعام

أصدرت وزارة الشؤون البلدية والقروية السعودية، قرارا يلزم المطاعم وقصور وقاعات الأفراح بالتعاقد مع جمعيات «حفظ النعمة»....

تعرف على أكثر الدول نشاطا بأداء مواطنيها للعمرة

كشفت وزارة الحج والعمرة السعودية، عن أكثر الدول نشاطا في زيارة مواطنيها لتأدية مناسك العمرة....
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تعرف على أكثر الدول نشاطا بأداء مواطنيها للعمرة

كشفت وزارة الحج والعمرة السعودية، عن أكثر الدول نشاطا في زيارة مواطنيها لتأدية مناسك العمرة....

Saudi aviation chiefs give green light for giant cargo terminal at Riyadh airport

Thu, 2020-01-16 06:20 RIYADH: Saudi aviation chiefs have given take-off clearance for the building of a giant cargo terminal at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh.   The president of the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA), Abdulhadi Al-Ma
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Saudi aviation chiefs give green light for giant cargo terminal at Riyadh airport

Thu, 2020-01-16 06:20 RIYADH: Saudi aviation chiefs have given take-off clearance for the building of a giant cargo terminal at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh.   The president of the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA), Abdulhadi Al-Mansouri, on Wednesday granted a license to Singapore company SATS for the provision of freight services at the capital’s airport. The green light for the scheme came during the inauguration ceremony of the cargo village project, also for King Khalid International Airport, held under the patronage of Riyadh Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar and attended by Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser, the Saudi transport minister and GACA chairman. The authority’s partnership with SATS is aimed at improving the operational efficiency of air freight services and logistical integration at regional and international levels in a bid to achieve the Kingdom’s goal of becoming a key transport hub linking three continents. Under the agreement, SATS will build its cargo terminal in two stages covering a total area of 60,000 square meters. On completion, the complex will be capable of handling 600,000 tons of cargo a year, with the first phase of construction expected to be finished by mid-2022. SATS will also offer facilities to handle perishable goods and pharmaceutical products. The second cargo terminal at the city airport will cater for around 40 percent of the Kingdom’s air freight through connections with the Singapore company’s terminals in Dammam, Oman and other Asian countries. The licensing deal is part of the Saudi leadership’s Vision 2030 plans to support the logistical sector in the Kingdom via partnership projects between the public and private sectors while aiming for a top 25 world ranking for quality service. Meanwhile, the Riyadh cargo village will form part of an integrated plan to boost the operational efficiency of the Kingdom’s air transport sector. The multi-functional shipment and clearance destination will be the first of its kind in the Middle East. Spread over 275,000 square meters, it will have an annual handling capacity of 1.6 million tons and also provide shipping and express cargo services. The cargo village project is being carried out in line with the requirements of the International Air Transport Association. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA)Vision 2030vilsion2030 Saudi GACA chief signs air safety agreements at Jordan conferenceGACA launches initiatives to improve services

الافراج عن شيخ قبيلة وشاعر اعتقلا لانتقادهما هيئة الترفيه السعودية

تداولت حسابات سعودية على موقع «تويتر» أنباء عن إفراج السلطات السعودية عن شيخ قبيلة عتيبة، «فيصل بن سلطان بن حميد» بعد اعتقاله بتهم
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الافراج عن شيخ قبيلة وشاعر اعتقلا لانتقادهما هيئة الترفيه السعودية

تداولت حسابات سعودية على موقع «تويتر» أنباء عن إفراج السلطات السعودية عن شيخ قبيلة عتيبة، «فيصل بن سلطان بن حميد» بعد اعتقاله بتهمة انتقاد هيئة الترف...

السعودية تساعد مواطنيها في أميركا في الإفلات من العدالة

اتهم مكتب التحقيقات الفيدرالي الأمريكي (FBI)، السلطات السعودية بمساعدة مواطنيها في الإفلات من العدالة بحيث لا تتم محاسبتهم على الجرائم التي ير
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السعودية تساعد مواطنيها في أميركا في الإفلات من العدالة

اتهم مكتب التحقيقات الفيدرالي الأمريكي (FBI)، السلطات السعودية بمساعدة مواطنيها في الإفلات من العدالة بحيث لا تتم محاسبتهم على الجرائم التي يرتكبونها...

Saudi Arabia’s winter season welcomes tourists

Sat, 2020-01-18 00:41 RIYADH: The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) has teamed up with travel firms to offer packages to people visiting the Kingdom during the winter season. The packages feature transport, accommodation and tour gui
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Saudi Arabia’s winter season welcomes tourists

Sat, 2020-01-18 00:41 RIYADH: The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) has teamed up with travel firms to offer packages to people visiting the Kingdom during the winter season. The packages feature transport, accommodation and tour guides, and cover a number of destinations including Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam. Activities range from sledding and camel rides to dune bashing and sand-boarding. Trips vary from a one-day tour to a full week, and they have been designed to take in archaeological, historical and tourist sites, as well as markets, events and meals out. Tourists from inside and outside the Kingdom can check the Visit Saudi website to learn about options and details. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTravelTags: Riyadh seasonWINTER SEASONVision2030Vision 2030 First desert polo tournament kicks off in Saudi Arabia’s AlUla as part of Winter at TantoraWinter at Tantora festival: First desert polo tournament kicks off

Saudi envoy meets UN Counter-Terrorism official in New York

Sat, 2020-01-18 01:07 NEW YORK: The Kingdom’s permanent representative to the UN, Abdallah Al-Mouallimi, met the undersecretary-general of the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT), Vladimir Voronkov, in New York. The meeting reviewed the cooperation betw
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Saudi envoy meets UN Counter-Terrorism official in New York

Sat, 2020-01-18 01:07 NEW YORK: The Kingdom’s permanent representative to the UN, Abdallah Al-Mouallimi, met the undersecretary-general of the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT), Vladimir Voronkov, in New York. The meeting reviewed the cooperation between Saudi Arabia and UNOCT. Al-Mouallimi said Saudi Arabia was keen to continue working with UNOCT, which was established with the Kingdom’s support, for its important role in strengthening international efforts to counter terrorism. Voronkov expressed his gratitude to the Saudi government for its efforts to counter terrorism.  Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: UN Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT) Trump confirms bin Laden’s son Hamza killed in US counter-terrorism operationBritain foiled 22 attacks since March 2017, top counter-terrorism officer says

ThePlace: Kfar Mosque was built in 1915 named Al-Hameed after its neighborhood location

Sat, 2020-01-18 01:12 With space for 400 worshippers, it is one of the most prominent mosques in the Hail region. Also known as Al-Hameed Mosque, it was built in 1915 and named Al-Hameed after its neighborhood location. Its architecture is similar to other
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ThePlace: Kfar Mosque was built in 1915 named Al-Hameed after its neighborhood location

Sat, 2020-01-18 01:12 With space for 400 worshippers, it is one of the most prominent mosques in the Hail region. Also known as Al-Hameed Mosque, it was built in 1915 and named Al-Hameed after its neighborhood location. Its architecture is similar to other buildings of the era with construction in mud and stone, and a ceiling made of wooden squares, timber and palm leaves. Due to its strategic importance, the mosque has been renovated several times, with improvements and additions. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Kfar Mosque ThePlace: Saudi Arabia's Tarout IslandThePlace: Saudi Arabia’s Al-Kheraibah, an archeological treasure trove

Dr. Abdullah bin Rafoud Al-Safiyani, Saudi Shoura Council member

Author: Sat, 2020-01-18 01:08 Dr. Abdullah bin Rafoud Al-Safiyani was chosen as a Shoura Council member by a royal decree from King Salman in 2016. The Shoura Council convened on Wednesday, and Al-Safiyani demanded that the National Anti-Corruption Co
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Dr. Abdullah bin Rafoud Al-Safiyani, Saudi Shoura Council member

Author: Sat, 2020-01-18 01:08 Dr. Abdullah bin Rafoud Al-Safiyani was chosen as a Shoura Council member by a royal decree from King Salman in 2016. The Shoura Council convened on Wednesday, and Al-Safiyani demanded that the National Anti-Corruption Commission investigate and set up an authority to oversee influencers’ activities on social media. He said it had become important for the anti-graft body to monitor influencers as they were paid tremendous amounts to publicize government entities, and that there needed to be regulations to process such transactions. Al-Safiyani has a bachelor’s degree, a master’s and a doctorate from Umm Al-Qura University in Makkah. He is a member of Almajmaa (Virtual Academy of the Arabic Language), the Saudi Scientific Association for Arabic Literature, the Saudi Association for Education and Psychology and the Arab Bureau of Education for the Gulf States, in addition to his Shoura Council membership. He is also the vice dean of community service and continuing education at Majmaah University in Majmaah City, Saudi Arabia, and has collaborated with the King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz International Center for the Arabic Language on several programs. He has been awarded a medal of excellence from the Ministry of Education, and is also the director general of Adab (International Encyclopedia of Arabic Literature). He has been a teacher and an administrator in public education since 1998. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi Arabia Dr. Nourah Al-Yousef, Saudi Shoura Council memberPrincess Haifa Al-Mogrin, Saudi diplomat

Saudi envoy receives Libyan ambassador to the UN

Sat, 2020-01-18 01:25 NEW YORK: Abdallah Al-Mouallimi, Saudi Arabia’s permanent representative to the UN, held talks in New York with Taher El-Sonni, Libya’s UN ambassador and permanent representative.  The two sides discussed issues of mutual concer
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Saudi envoy receives Libyan ambassador to the UN

Sat, 2020-01-18 01:25 NEW YORK: Abdallah Al-Mouallimi, Saudi Arabia’s permanent representative to the UN, held talks in New York with Taher El-Sonni, Libya’s UN ambassador and permanent representative.  The two sides discussed issues of mutual concern and latest political developments in the region.  Al-Mouallimi congratulated El-Sonni for his new apppointment and conveyed the Saudi leadership’s best wishes for prosperity, stability and progress to the Libyan people.  Al-Mouallimi reiterated Saudi Arabia’s rejection of any foreign interference in the Libyan affairs, adding that Riyadh will continue to push all concerned parties to reach a political solution that guarantees the unity of Libya and saves people’s lives. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaLibya Saudi envoy to UN affirms Kingdom’s support for regional peace, securitySaudi envoy to UN meets KSRelief delegation

وصول سفينة وقود إلى ميناء الحديدة

وصلت إلى غاطس ميناء الحديدة السفينة « بندنج فيكتوري» وعلى متنها 30 ألف و675 طنًا من البنزين والديزل بعد أن احتجزها تحالف العدوان لمدة 47 يوم
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وصول سفينة وقود إلى ميناء الحديدة

وصلت إلى غاطس ميناء الحديدة السفينة « بندنج فيكتوري» وعلى متنها 30 ألف و675 طنًا من البنزين والديزل بعد أن احتجزها تحالف العدوان لمدة 47 يومًا في عرض...

الجيش الفرنسي ينشر منظومة رادارات في سواحل السعودية

أفادت وكالة «رويترز» نقلا عن وزارة الدفاع الفرنسية الجمعة، ان الجيش الفرنسي نشر منظومة رادارات على الساحل الشرقي للسعودية....
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الجيش الفرنسي ينشر منظومة رادارات في سواحل السعودية

أفادت وكالة «رويترز» نقلا عن وزارة الدفاع الفرنسية الجمعة، ان الجيش الفرنسي نشر منظومة رادارات على الساحل الشرقي للسعودية....

قيود يفرضها البنتاغون على المتدربين العسكريين الأجانب

أعلن البنتاغون أنه سيمنع المتدربين العسكريين الأجانب في الولايات المتحدة من حيازة الأسلحة النارية، وسيفرض قواعد جديدة عليهم، وذلك إثر هجوم
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قيود يفرضها البنتاغون على المتدربين العسكريين الأجانب

أعلن البنتاغون أنه سيمنع المتدربين العسكريين الأجانب في الولايات المتحدة من حيازة الأسلحة النارية، وسيفرض قواعد جديدة عليهم، وذلك إثر هجوم بينساكولا ...

السعودية تواصل حظر سفر عائلة امريكية

نشرت صحيفة «نيويورك تايمز» تقريرا لمراسلها في بيروت، بن هبارد، يتحدث فيه عن عائلة أمريكية تحمل جنسية مزدوجة عالقة في السعودية، بانتظار
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السعودية تواصل حظر سفر عائلة امريكية

نشرت صحيفة «نيويورك تايمز» تقريرا لمراسلها في بيروت، بن هبارد، يتحدث فيه عن عائلة أمريكية تحمل جنسية مزدوجة عالقة في السعودية، بانتظار محاكمة الآب بت...

ظريف: لن نجري مفاوضات مع الأمريكيين بشأن الاتفاق الجديد

أعلن وزير الخارجية الايراني محمد جواد ظريف أن بلاده لن تجري مفاوضات مع الأمريکان بشأن الاتفاق الجديد....
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ظريف: لن نجري مفاوضات مع الأمريكيين بشأن الاتفاق الجديد

أعلن وزير الخارجية الايراني محمد جواد ظريف أن بلاده لن تجري مفاوضات مع الأمريکان بشأن الاتفاق الجديد....

'إذا لم تستح فاصنع ما شئت'.. هذا هو حال الكثير

بثت قناة تابعة للاحتلال الاسرائيلي تغطية إخبارية لفعاليات هيئة الترفيه في مدينة جدة على مقربة من مكة المكرمة في السعودية....
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'إذا لم تستح فاصنع ما شئت'.. هذا هو حال الكثير

بثت قناة تابعة للاحتلال الاسرائيلي تغطية إخبارية لفعاليات هيئة الترفيه في مدينة جدة على مقربة من مكة المكرمة في السعودية....

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