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Gifts of friendship: What Saudi founder King Abdul Aziz gave to US President Roosevelt

Fri, 2020-02-14 05:58 Col. William A. Eddy, the US diplomatic representative to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia who arranged the historic 1945 meeting between Franklin D. Roosevelt and Ibn Saud, and served as interpreter, left a fascinating record of the gifts g

$110 billion Jafurah project to make Saudi Arabia a gas exporter

Sun, 2020-02-23 02:20 LONDON: A $110 billion project to develop a gas field in eastern Saudi Arabia will turn the global market on its head and make the Kingdom a gas exporter, industry analysts told Arab News on Saturday. The Jafurah field — which lies
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$110 billion Jafurah project to make Saudi Arabia a gas exporter

Sun, 2020-02-23 02:20 LONDON: A $110 billion project to develop a gas field in eastern Saudi Arabia will turn the global market on its head and make the Kingdom a gas exporter, industry analysts told Arab News on Saturday. The Jafurah field — which lies southeast of Ghawar, the world’s largest conventional oil field — holds an estimated 200 trillion cubic feet of wet gas, and is capable of producing 130,000 barrels per day of ethane and 500,000 barrels per day of gas liquids and condensates. Over 22 years, Jafurah could generate $8.6 billion a year in income and contribute $20 billion a year to the Kingdom’s GDP.  Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has ordered that the gas produced at the field should be prioritized for domestic industry, but analysts believe there will be a surplus available for export. The development of the Jafurah field will have ramifications not just for Saudi Arabia and its drive toward a cleaner energy mix, but also for the global gas market, with recent discoveries in the Eastern Mediterranean rapidly reshaping economies from Cairo to Ankara and fueling fierce rivalries in the process. Opinion This section contains relevant reference points, placed in (Opinion field)  “The startup of Saudi Arabian exports could mark a major change to the global liquefied natural gas (LNG) balance in the second half of the decade given the size of the country’s conventional and unconventional gas resources,” James Waddell, senior global analyst at Energy Aspects in London, told Arab News. Gas is now likely to become both an export product and a source of domestic power generation — a necessary stepping stone toward a cleaner energy mix that will also include more solar and wind power. “Despite plans to meet Saudi Arabia’s growing power demand through gas and renewable energy generation, the country also has a high potential to have excess gas produced in the coming years that can be exported,” GlobalData power analyst Somayeh Davodi told Arab News. ALSO READ:  Who flares, wins: Saudi Arabia bets big on gas again “Saudi Aramco has already completed a number of gas processing projects and has been able to successfully meet its growing domestic gas demand during past decades. “The company is adding more than 2.5 billion cubic feet per day to its existing gas plants capacity in few years time, increasing the country’s gas processing capacity to 18.9 billion cubic feet per day by 2022.” This massive increase in the Kingdom’s capacity comes at a time of upheaval in the global gas market. New players such as Egypt, Israel, Cyprus, Turkey and Lebanon threaten the dominance of Russia, which has long been the main supplier to Europe, and Qatar, the world’s biggest supplier of LNG.     Main category: Business & EconomySaudi ArabiaTags: Vision 2030Jafurah field Who flares, wins: Saudi Arabia bets big on gas againSaudi Aramco announces regulatory approval of Al-Jafurah gas field

Saudi Arabia’s reform drive empowering women, US diplomat says

Sun, 2020-02-23 03:19 RIYADH: Few people outside Saudi Arabia grasp the scale of the Kingdom’s reform drive, especially in empowering women, a leading US diplomat has told Arab News. “I was reminded of this … by a prominent Saudi woman, who is happy
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Saudi Arabia’s reform drive empowering women, US diplomat says

Sun, 2020-02-23 03:19 RIYADH: Few people outside Saudi Arabia grasp the scale of the Kingdom’s reform drive, especially in empowering women, a leading US diplomat has told Arab News. “I was reminded of this … by a prominent Saudi woman, who is happy and proud of the reforms,” said US State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus. “She made the excellent point that Saudi women have been strong, capable and educated for a long time.” The woman told Ortagus that Saudi women wanted their peers in the US to understand them, not feel pity for them. “Saudi women are not in need of being rescued,” Ortagus said, READ FULL INTERVIEW: Saudi-US bond will last another 75 years, says US State Department spokesperson Ortagus lived in Saudi Arabia for almost two years after she was appointed deputy US Treasury attache in 2010, and has been revisiting for the first time since then. “It doesn’t even seem like the same country,” she said. “I didn’t recognize it. I couldn’t believe that it was the same diplomatic quarter that I used to live in 10 years ago — it is totally transformed.” Opinion This section contains relevant reference points, placed in (Opinion field) Washington would always welcome Saudi input on Middle East issues, she said. “We’d love the Kingdom’s help on things like the peace plan and vision that Jared Kushner has laid out. It may not be a perfect plan, but if we’re ever going to have peace in this region, it’s going to come from Saudi Arabia getting in and being involved.” Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi womenMorgan Ortagus Saudi-US bond will last another 75 years, says US State Department spokespersonUS ambassador John Abizaid attends 75th anniversary of Saudi-US ties celebration in Riyadh

استئناف إنتاج النفط بحقل 'الخفجي' المشترك بين الكويت والسعودية

استأنفت أعمال إنتاج النفط بحقل «الخفجي»، وتشغيل المحطة البحرية، عقب تدشين وزيري الطاقة السعودي والكويتي، في ديسمبر الماضي، عملية إعاد
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استئناف إنتاج النفط بحقل 'الخفجي' المشترك بين الكويت والسعودية

استأنفت أعمال إنتاج النفط بحقل «الخفجي»، وتشغيل المحطة البحرية، عقب تدشين وزيري الطاقة السعودي والكويتي، في ديسمبر الماضي، عملية إعادة الإنتاج المشتر...

Saudi cleric blasts Erdogan

Author: Sun, 2020-02-23 00:39 JEDDAH: Prominent Saudi cleric Ayed Al-Qarni posted a video on social media in which he condemned Turkey’s regional policy and its President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. “I was deceived by him like other Muslims,” Al-Qarni
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Saudi cleric blasts Erdogan

Author: Sun, 2020-02-23 00:39 JEDDAH: Prominent Saudi cleric Ayed Al-Qarni posted a video on social media in which he condemned Turkey’s regional policy and its President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. “I was deceived by him like other Muslims,” Al-Qarni said in the six-minute video posted on Twitter, where his name was trending regionally. “The man showed his true colors through his shameful stances, including hostility toward the Kingdom.” Al-Qarni expressed regret for having praised Erdogan in a video posted in 2013, saying the president is now stirring up “sedition in the Muslim world.” The cleric added: “He sold Islamic issues with mere talk. He sold the Syrians and abandoned them. He meddled in every issue in the region. He participated in the killing of Libyans, Yemenis and Syrians.” Al-Qarni also criticized the closeness of Ankara’s relationships with Israel and Iran. He said current Turkish policy aims to “tear apart the Islamic world.” A preacher, scholar, author and poet, Al-Qarni has more than 19 million followers on Twitter and is popular among Muslims worldwide. His books have been translated into various languages. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: AYED AL-QARNI Who flares, wins: Saudi Arabia bets big on gas againJeddah Dome restoration project complete

Saudi cultural events inaugurated in Australia

Author: Sun, 2020-02-23 00:47 CANBERRA: Saudi Ambassador to Australia Musaed bin Ibrahim Al-Saleem and Australian Minister for Multicultural Affairs Chris Steele inaugurated Saudi cultural events at the Australian Cultural Diversity Festival. The even
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Saudi cultural events inaugurated in Australia

Author: Sun, 2020-02-23 00:47 CANBERRA: Saudi Ambassador to Australia Musaed bin Ibrahim Al-Saleem and Australian Minister for Multicultural Affairs Chris Steele inaugurated Saudi cultural events at the Australian Cultural Diversity Festival. The event saw the attendance of nearly 500,000 visitors, with more than 44 participating countries. Al-Saleem and Steele toured the Kingdom’s pavilion at the festival. The ambassador stressed the importance of participating in international cultural events to introduce and promote Saudi culture. This year’s edition included several exhibitions on heritage and culture, including folkloric and popular shows that inaugurated the festival, a traditional Saudi tent — in which Arabic coffee, dates and popular dishes were presented — and documentary films about the Kingdom in English. Introductory pamphlets on this year’s G20 Summit, which will be held in Riyadh, were also distributed along with tourism offers in Saudi Arabia. The rapid development in the tourism sector in Saudi Arabia is the first of its kind in the history of the Kingdom. The sector is witnessing a strategic transformation, as the Kingdom is developing tourism and transport infrastructures. The recently announced visa system was introduced in a bid to create 1 million jobs within the Kingdom, as well as targeting 100 million tourists by 2030 as part of the Vision 2030 reform plan.  Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: CanberraAustralia Excellent Saudi-Australian bilateral ties underscoredNew envoy to boost Saudi-Australian ties

Locust swarms under control in Saudi Arabia's Al-Ahsa

Sun, 2020-02-23 00:55 AL-AHSA: Locust swarms in Al-Ahsa are under control after teams from the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture tracked their arrival and exterminated them, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Saturday. The insects arrived from
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Locust swarms under control in Saudi Arabia's Al-Ahsa

Sun, 2020-02-23 00:55 AL-AHSA: Locust swarms in Al-Ahsa are under control after teams from the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture tracked their arrival and exterminated them, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Saturday. The insects arrived from nearby countries, which have struggled to limit the spread of the vast swarms. The director general of the ministry’s office in Al-Ahsa, Ibrahim Al-Khalil, said the teams were ready to deal with the locusts and had secured all the equipment, pesticides and means to exterminate them in all their phases. He added that the farms in Al-Ahsa did not experience any significant damage. Locust swarms were monitored since they first entered Al-Ahsa, tracked until they settled and later exterminated. Control operations continue in the eastern city. Al-Khalil called on Al-Ahsa residents to notify authorities as soon as they saw locust swarms. The Kingdom has been plagued by locusts this year, with the insects arriving from nearby countries. Saudi authorities have doubled the daily aerial sprayings to combat the swarms. Red locusts can be ferocious and eat crops. Locusts tend to multiply during rains and erratic weather, especially in desert and high-humidity areas. There are seven countries that are infamous for having large swarms of locusts: Eritrea, Ethiopia, Sudan, Yemen, Oman, Saudi Arabia and Somalia. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: locustsLocust Swarms of locusts attack crops across Saudi Arabia

$110 billion gas project to make Saudi Arabia a gas exporter

Sun, 2020-02-23 02:20 LONDON: A $110 billion project to develop a gas field in eastern Saudi Arabia will turn the global market on its head and make the Kingdom a gas exporter, industry analysts told Arab News on Saturday. The Jafurah field — which lies
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$110 billion gas project to make Saudi Arabia a gas exporter

Sun, 2020-02-23 02:20 LONDON: A $110 billion project to develop a gas field in eastern Saudi Arabia will turn the global market on its head and make the Kingdom a gas exporter, industry analysts told Arab News on Saturday. The Jafurah field — which lies southeast of Ghawar, the world’s largest conventional oil field — holds an estimated 200 trillion cubic feet of wet gas, and is capable of producing 130,000 barrels per day of ethane and 500,000 barrels per day of gas liquids and condensates. Over 22 years, Jafurah could generate $8.6 billion a year in income and contribute $20 billion a year to the Kingdom’s GDP.  Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has ordered that the gas produced at the field should be prioritized for domestic industry, but analysts believe there will be a surplus available for export. The development of the Jafurah field will have ramifications not just for Saudi Arabia and its drive toward a cleaner energy mix, but also for the global gas market, with recent discoveries in the Eastern Mediterranean rapidly reshaping economies from Cairo to Ankara and fueling fierce rivalries in the process. Opinion This section contains relevant reference points, placed in (Opinion field)  “The startup of Saudi Arabian exports could mark a major change to the global liquefied natural gas (LNG) balance in the second half of the decade given the size of the country’s conventional and unconventional gas resources,” James Waddell, senior global analyst at Energy Aspects in London, told Arab News. Gas is now likely to become both an export product and a source of domestic power generation — a necessary stepping stone toward a cleaner energy mix that will also include more solar and wind power. “Despite plans to meet Saudi Arabia’s growing power demand through gas and renewable energy generation, the country also has a high potential to have excess gas produced in the coming years that can be exported,” GlobalData power analyst Somayeh Davodi told Arab News. ALSO READ:  Who flares, wins: Saudi Arabia bets big on gas again “Saudi Aramco has already completed a number of gas processing projects and has been able to successfully meet its growing domestic gas demand during past decades. “The company is adding more than 2.5 billion cubic feet per day to its existing gas plants capacity in few years time, increasing the country’s gas processing capacity to 18.9 billion cubic feet per day by 2022.” This massive increase in the Kingdom’s capacity comes at a time of upheaval in the global gas market. New players such as Egypt, Israel, Cyprus, Turkey and Lebanon threaten the dominance of Russia, which has long been the main supplier to Europe, and Qatar, the world’s biggest supplier of LNG.     Main category: Business & EconomySaudi ArabiaTags: Vision 2030Jafurah field Who flares, wins: Saudi Arabia bets big on gas againSaudi Aramco announces regulatory approval of Al-Jafurah gas field

Saudi women ‘are in no need of being rescued’

Author: Sun, 2020-02-23 03:19 RIYADH: Few people outside Saudi Arabia grasp the scale of the Kingdom’s reform drive, especially in empowering women, a leading US diplomat has told Arab News. “I was reminded of this … by a prominent Saudi woman,
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Saudi women ‘are in no need of being rescued’

Author: Sun, 2020-02-23 03:19 RIYADH: Few people outside Saudi Arabia grasp the scale of the Kingdom’s reform drive, especially in empowering women, a leading US diplomat has told Arab News. “I was reminded of this … by a prominent Saudi woman, who is happy and proud of the reforms,” said US State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus. “She made the excellent point that Saudi women have been strong, capable and educated for a long time.” The woman told Ortagus that Saudi women wanted their peers in the US to understand them, not feel pity for them. “Saudi women are not in need of being rescued,” Ortagus said, Ortagus lived in Saudi Arabia for almost two years after she was appointed deputy US Treasury attache in 2010, and has been revisiting for the first time since then. “It doesn’t even seem like the same country,” she said. “I didn’t recognize it. I couldn’t believe that it was the same diplomatic quarter that I used to live in 10 years ago — it is totally transformed.” Washington would always welcome Saudi input on Middle East issues, she said. “We’d love the Kingdom’s help on things like the peace plan and vision that Jared Kushner has laid out. It may not be a perfect plan, but if we’re ever going to have peace in this region, it’s going to come from Saudi Arabia getting in and being involved.” READ FULL INTERVIEW: Saudi-US bond will last another 75 years, says US State Department spokesperson   Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi womenMorgan Ortagus Saudi-US bond will last another 75 years, says US State Department spokespersonUS ambassador John Abizaid attends 75th anniversary of Saudi-US ties celebration in Riyadh

Russia, Saudi-funded UN project to combat illicit arms’ trade launched

Author: Sat, 2020-02-22 21:43 NEW YORK: The UN on Friday launched a project funded by the Kingdom and Russia aimed at tackling terrorism, organized crime and the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons (SALW) in the Central Asian region, the Saud
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Russia, Saudi-funded UN project to combat illicit arms’ trade launched

Author: Sat, 2020-02-22 21:43 NEW YORK: The UN on Friday launched a project funded by the Kingdom and Russia aimed at tackling terrorism, organized crime and the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons (SALW) in the Central Asian region, the Saudi Press Agency reported. The project seeks to strengthen criminal justice responses to prevent and combat the illicit trade in SALW and to disrupt the illicit supply of these weapons to terrorist groups. The undersecretary-general of the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT), Vladimir Voronkov, said that SALW had increasingly become the preferred weapon of many terrorist groups worldwide for their cheapness, accessibility, transfer, concealment and use. He said that the relationship between terrorism and organized crime, including the illicit trade in SALW, was a serious threat to international peace and security. It also represented an obstacle to sustainable development and a threat to the rule of law. “According to statistics, there were 100 million uncontrolled small arms and light weapons on the African continent alone, concentrated in crisis areas and environments facing security challenges," Voronkov said. Ghada Wali, the executive director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), said the relationship between terrorism and crime was a global challenge. “Any regional gaps in the face of these threats have far-reaching consequences for all. The new project looks forward to addressing a whole range of obstacles to progress, through which we seek to establish legal frameworks, strengthen law enforcement capacity and criminal justice, improve data and address gaps in cooperation.” A member of Saudi Arabia’s permanent mission to the UN, Abdul Majeed Al-Babtain, said the problem of the illicit trade in SALW and transferring them to terrorist groups was a global concern. He said that the complexity in dealing with the relationship between weapons, organized crime and terrorism was reflected in the multidimensional nature of the threat, pointing out that the Kingdom called for taking many measures in order to establish preventive mechanisms and a successful response. “While this project is focused on the Central Asian region, it can offer lessons to and be implemented in other parts of the world, and this could serve as a good model for future phases,” Al-Babtain said, expressing Saudi Arabia's pride in funding the project. The project supports the implementation of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy, UN Security Council Resolution 2370, the Madrid Guidelines and the Firearms Protocol to the UN Convention against Transnational Crime, among other international legal instruments. It will be implemented in 2020-2021 by the UNOCT and the UNODC, through the Global Firearms Programme, in close cooperation with the executive directorate of the UN Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee and the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs, as well as the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. The project will contribute to the enhancement of national legislative, strategic and operational capacities of countries in Central Asia countries, including Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, whose permanent UN representatives attended the event. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: RussiaSaudi ArabiaUnited Nations Oil industry brings Russia, Saudi Arabia togetherSaudi, Russian officials sign MoU to confront crime, protect human rights

Saudi Border Guards rescue family from drowning

Sat, 2020-02-22 21:50 ALKHOBAR: Saudi Border Guards rescued a citizen and his two daughters from drowning in Alkhobar on Friday. Omar Al-Aklabi, media spokesman for Border Guards in the Eastern Province, said the Command and Control Center received a call
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Saudi Border Guards rescue family from drowning

Sat, 2020-02-22 21:50 ALKHOBAR: Saudi Border Guards rescued a citizen and his two daughters from drowning in Alkhobar on Friday. Omar Al-Aklabi, media spokesman for Border Guards in the Eastern Province, said the Command and Control Center received a call from a woman saying her husband and two daughters, aged 2 and 8, were out swimming and had not returned to the beach. Search and rescue teams, along with ambulances, were allocated to spot and save the man and his daughters. All three are now in good condition. Al-Aklabi stressed the importance of following safety measures listed on the beaches, which include swimming only in designated places. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi Border GuardsAlkhobar Saudi border guards rescue British sailor off Jazan port Saudi border guards rescue sick Indian sailor

لم يشهد العراق فيروساً أشد فتكاً من الصدامية والوهابية

رغم انه ليس بالشيء الجديد على العراقيين ان يسمعوا مثل هذا الخطاب العنصري في اشد اشكاله غريزية، حول فيروس كورونا «الايراني»، فهذا الخطاب
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لم يشهد العراق فيروساً أشد فتكاً من الصدامية والوهابية

رغم انه ليس بالشيء الجديد على العراقيين ان يسمعوا مثل هذا الخطاب العنصري في اشد اشكاله غريزية، حول فيروس كورونا «الايراني»، فهذا الخطاب المرضي لطالما...

الدفاعات الجوية اليمنية تتصدى لطائرات العدوان بنهم

تصدت الدفاعات الجوية للجيش اليمني واللجان الشعبية، اليوم السبت، لتشكيل قتالي معادي يتكون من طائرات حربية سعودية وإماراتية شرق محافظة صنعاء...
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الدفاعات الجوية اليمنية تتصدى لطائرات العدوان بنهم

تصدت الدفاعات الجوية للجيش اليمني واللجان الشعبية، اليوم السبت، لتشكيل قتالي معادي يتكون من طائرات حربية سعودية وإماراتية شرق محافظة صنعاء....

في عهد إبن سلمان.. السعودية على كف عفريت

عام 2015 ليس علينا ببعيد ، ففي هذا العام هيمن محمد بن سلمان على القرار السعودي، ولم يبتعد عنا ذلك العام الا نحو اربع سنوات بالكاد، الا ان هذه الس
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في عهد إبن سلمان.. السعودية على كف عفريت

عام 2015 ليس علينا ببعيد ، ففي هذا العام هيمن محمد بن سلمان على القرار السعودي، ولم يبتعد عنا ذلك العام الا نحو اربع سنوات بالكاد، الا ان هذه السنوا...

عائض القرني يهاجم أردوغان ويواجه بردود فعل ساخطة لتناقضاته!

لم يجد الداعية السعودي المعروف «عائض القرني» من سبيل سوى تحذير عالم الشريعة من الانغماس في الأمور السياسية؛ وكان خياره لتبرير عدم دفاعه
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عائض القرني يهاجم أردوغان ويواجه بردود فعل ساخطة لتناقضاته!

لم يجد الداعية السعودي المعروف «عائض القرني» من سبيل سوى تحذير عالم الشريعة من الانغماس في الأمور السياسية؛ وكان خياره لتبرير عدم دفاعه عن الدعاة الذ...

الكشف عن السلاح المستخدم في عملية توازن الردع الثالثة

كشف المتحدث الرسمي باسم القوات المسلحة اليمنية، العميد يحيى سريع، عن السلاح المستخدم بعملية توازن الردع الثالثة في العمق السعودي التي نفذت ا
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الكشف عن السلاح المستخدم في عملية توازن الردع الثالثة

كشف المتحدث الرسمي باسم القوات المسلحة اليمنية، العميد يحيى سريع، عن السلاح المستخدم بعملية توازن الردع الثالثة في العمق السعودي التي نفذت الجمعة....

اضحكوا حتى الانفجار.. شاهد اكاذيب العربية!

اعلنت القيادة المركزية الامريكية في بيان انها صادرت او اوقفت قارباً زعمت انه قارباً ايرانياً وعلى متنه مئات الصواريخ في طريقها الى اليمن....
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اضحكوا حتى الانفجار.. شاهد اكاذيب العربية!

اعلنت القيادة المركزية الامريكية في بيان انها صادرت او اوقفت قارباً زعمت انه قارباً ايرانياً وعلى متنه مئات الصواريخ في طريقها الى اليمن....

عندما ينتقم «توازن الردع» للدم اليمني !!

يبدو أن التعاطي السلبي للنظام السعودي وعدم تعامله بالمثل مع المبادرة التي أعلنتها صنعاء قبل نحو 5 أشهر بوقف هجماتها الصاروخية تسبب في انتهاء ص
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عندما ينتقم «توازن الردع» للدم اليمني !!

يبدو أن التعاطي السلبي للنظام السعودي وعدم تعامله بالمثل مع المبادرة التي أعلنتها صنعاء قبل نحو 5 أشهر بوقف هجماتها الصاروخية تسبب في انتهاء صلاحيات ...

دول العدوان تثبت يوما بعد آخر أنها غير قادرة على التعافي من تقديراتها الخاطئة

أوضح عضو الوفد الوطني في اليمن «عبدالملك العجري»، أن دول العدوان تعمل على إفراغ مبادرات السلام المقدمة من صنعاء لتخدير المجتمع الدولي و
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دول العدوان تثبت يوما بعد آخر أنها غير قادرة على التعافي من تقديراتها الخاطئة

أوضح عضو الوفد الوطني في اليمن «عبدالملك العجري»، أن دول العدوان تعمل على إفراغ مبادرات السلام المقدمة من صنعاء لتخدير المجتمع الدولي وترتيب أوضاعها ...

ماذا تعني عملية استهداف العمق السعودي؟

أكد رئيس الوفد الوطني في اليمن «محمد عبدالسلام»، أن عملية استهداف العمق السعودي رد طبيعي ومشروع على استمرار العدوان والحصار....
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ماذا تعني عملية استهداف العمق السعودي؟

أكد رئيس الوفد الوطني في اليمن «محمد عبدالسلام»، أن عملية استهداف العمق السعودي رد طبيعي ومشروع على استمرار العدوان والحصار....

What We Are Buying Today: Min Maadan Alensan

Fri, 2020-02-21 23:33 Min Maadan Alensan is a product line developed by Shababuna, a Saudi company established by Lama Al-Ghalib in 2017, and led by a team of young, creative and socially aware members. The brand promotes high ethical standards, self-improv
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What We Are Buying Today: Min Maadan Alensan

Fri, 2020-02-21 23:33 Min Maadan Alensan is a product line developed by Shababuna, a Saudi company established by Lama Al-Ghalib in 2017, and led by a team of young, creative and socially aware members. The brand promotes high ethical standards, self-improvement and a life aligned with Islamic teachings. A wide range of products includes accessories, stationery, apparel and bags, each sharing a message that offers a reminder of Islamic values embedded in customers’ daily lives. Top-selling items include “Subhas” (prayer beads) made with semi-precious stones, gold-plated ring sets, names of Allah keychains and bracelets. Min Maadan Alensan also encourages gifting collections through designs and packaging that help the customer choose gifts for loved ones. The brand’s products can be found at its main store in Jeddah, Ana Ghair Mall, and at many Al-Musbah outlets across Saudi Arabia and exclusively online on Hnak.com. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: What We Are Buying Today What We Are Buying Today: Atelier CologneWhat We Are Buying Today: Makkah brand Duraibah

Saudi project clears 4,911 mines in one week

Fri, 2020-02-21 23:37 RIYADH: The Saudi Project for Landmine Clearance (Masam) in Yemen dismantled five anti-personnel mines, 161 anti-tank mines, six explosive devices and 4,739 unexploded ordnance — totaling 4,911 mines — during the second week of Febr
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Saudi project clears 4,911 mines in one week

Fri, 2020-02-21 23:37 RIYADH: The Saudi Project for Landmine Clearance (Masam) in Yemen dismantled five anti-personnel mines, 161 anti-tank mines, six explosive devices and 4,739 unexploded ordnance — totaling 4,911 mines — during the second week of February. A total of 134,259 mines have been extracted since the beginning of the project. An estimated 1.1 million mines have been planted by Iranian-backed Houthi militias in Yemen over the past three years, claiming hundreds of civilian lives. Masam aims to dismantle mines in Yemen to protect civilians and ensure that urgent humanitarian supplies are delivered safely. The vast number of land mines continues to pose a threat to Yemeni people.  Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: YemenKing Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) Saudi Arabia calls on UN to take action on Houthi landminesHouthi fire, land mines killed 70 civilians in January

Al-Shanana Tower, located in Saudi Arabia’s Qassim region

Fri, 2020-02-21 23:49 Al-Shanana Tower is located 7 km away from Rass and is considered one of the most significant archaeological monuments in the province of Qassim. It is seen as a symbol of the heroic role that Rass residents played in the unity of Saud
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Al-Shanana Tower, located in Saudi Arabia’s Qassim region

Fri, 2020-02-21 23:49 Al-Shanana Tower is located 7 km away from Rass and is considered one of the most significant archaeological monuments in the province of Qassim. It is seen as a symbol of the heroic role that Rass residents played in the unity of Saudi Arabia by King Abdul Aziz at the historic Al-Shanana battle. The multi-story building, mainly built of mud, is 6 meters in diameter at its base and gradually tapers to 1.5 meters at its top. The total height of the tower, believed to have been built in 1699, is 30 meters. This photograph was taken by Dhafer Al-Shehri as part of the Colors of Saudi competition. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: ThePlaceAl-Shanana Tower ThePlace: Centuries-old Ibrahim Palace in Hofuf an Islamic architectural gemThePlace: Saudi Arabia’s historic Uqair seaport

Saudi Arabia loses 120,000 hectares of trees every year

Author: Fri, 2020-02-21 23:54 MAKKAH: Saudi Arabia loses 120,000 hectares of trees every year through destruction and tree logging. Trees help stop desertification because they are a stabilizer of soil. In the Arabian Peninsula, land threatened by dese
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Saudi Arabia loses 120,000 hectares of trees every year

Author: Fri, 2020-02-21 23:54 MAKKAH: Saudi Arabia loses 120,000 hectares of trees every year through destruction and tree logging. Trees help stop desertification because they are a stabilizer of soil. In the Arabian Peninsula, land threatened by desertification ranges from 70 to 90 percent. A national afforestation campaign was launched in Saudi Arabia last October, and there is a national plan set to run until this April. The Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture said that although natural vegetation across the country had suffered in the past four decades, modern technologies such as satellites and drones could be used to track down individuals or businesses harming the Kingdom’s vegetation. “Harsh penalties should be imposed on violators such as the seizure or confiscation of transport and hefty fines,” Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Sugair, chairman of the Environmental Green Horizons Society, told Arab News. These were long-term solutions and they needed coordination with authorities to ensure warehouses and markets did not stock logs or firewood, he said. Another solution was sourcing an alternative product from overseas that was of high quality and at a reasonable price. A third was to provide support to firewood and coal suppliers. “The general public needs to be more aware of the importance of trees and should have a strong sense of responsibility toward these trees,” Al-Sugair added. “They should also stop buying firewood in the market. We can also encourage investment in wood production through agricultural holdings as well as implement huge afforestation projects and irrigate them from treated sewage water.” The fine for cutting down a tree can reach SR5,000 ($1,333) while the fine for transporting logs is SR10,000. These fines could not be implemented as they should be because there were no available staff to monitor and catch violators and, to make matters worse said Al-Sugair, there was a weak level of coordination between authorities. Most of the Kingdom’s regions have suffered in some way from tree felling, and some places no longer have trees. These violations are rampant in the south and Madinah regions, as well as in Hail and Al-Nafud Desert. Riyadh is the most active and the largest market for firewood. Many people in Al-Qassim use firewood as do restaurants in some parts of Saudi Arabia. Omar Al-Nefaee, a microbiology professor at the Ministry of Education in Taif, said the reason behind the widescale destruction of the environment could be attributed to a supply shortage of imported firewood. “Tree logging causes an environmental disequilibrium,” he told Arab News. “The Ministry of Environment, Agriculture and Water has launched an initiative raising public awareness on the issue and is asking people not to use local firewood. Several awareness campaigns have been launched for the same purpose to educate people about the importance of using imported wood instead of the local wood in order to protect the Kingdom’s vegetation.” Official reports warn that the Kingdom has lost 80 percent of its vegetation and that the drop will have a detrimental effect on its biodiversity, as well as causing great damage to the environment. The general public should use other heating options during the winter and stop using firewood, Al-Nefaee said. Some local studies have called for farms that can produce wood from plants that do not consume too much water and do not affect vegetation, while at the same time reducing the pressure on other regions in the Kingdom that are rich in animal resources. Falih Aljuhani, who runs a business that imports wood from Georgia, encouraged Saudi firms to import wood from the Balkans because it was a competitive market and the trees had low carbon percentages. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Trees 50,000 trees planted as Saudi Arabia launches forest campaign3,000 trees planted at Al-Ahsa Safari Festival

Young Saudi’s opera singing journey leads him to Italy

Fri, 2020-02-21 23:58 JEDDAH: Mohammed Al-Zahrani has faced down many challenges while pursuing his dream to be an opera singer and represent Saudi Arabia on the world stage, and his journey has led him to Italy, where he is living in Rome and learning the l
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Young Saudi’s opera singing journey leads him to Italy

Fri, 2020-02-21 23:58 JEDDAH: Mohammed Al-Zahrani has faced down many challenges while pursuing his dream to be an opera singer and represent Saudi Arabia on the world stage, and his journey has led him to Italy, where he is living in Rome and learning the language. “I have encountered many social and traditional barriers but I luckily managed to overcome those obstacles,” the 23-year-old performing artist told Arab News. “The objection of my family, relatives and friends was a result of their unawareness about other cultures. They are very strict and conservative people who adhere to customs and traditions.” But their stance has softened since he landed in Europe. “At such a young age, I am living far away from my own country and family just to represent my country the best way I can.” His adventure started in school, where a classmate heard him sing and encouraged him to refine his talent. It was then that he believed he could be an international opera singer. “That was a dream and I am now working on that dream.” The Italians were friendly and welcoming, he said, and his cultural and religious background has never proved to be an issue. They were polite and nice, regarding him as an ambitious and talented person who shared their love of art. “I want to help spread this beautiful art in Saudi Arabia and change our people’s perception about all kinds of Western arts. Also, I would like to open an opera house in my country and lend a hand to those willing to learn classical arts.” Al-Zahrani has joined the Coro Polifonico Musica Creator choir. He said that the story began when he was waiting for a train in Rome and saw a man playing piano at the station. I have encountered many social and traditional barriers but I luckily managed to overcome those obstacles. Mohammed Al-Zahrani, Performer “I noticed that the music he was playing was familiar. I approached him and began to sing. I was just trying to pass time until the train arrived. It turned out that one of the passengers was a member of the choir. She asked for my phone number and arranged a meeting with the director of the choir.” The director listened to Al-Zahrani sing a few days later and expressed her interest in his voice. “She immediately chose me as a solo singer in the choir and insisted I take part in an upcoming concert. I remember I was playing an assisting role to the famous singer Francesco Sartori.” Al-Zahrani is a fan of famous opera singers and wants to become as great as they are one day, listing Pavarotti and Andrea Bocelli as his favorites. But some Saudis have disagreed with Al-Zahrani’s decision to drop out of college — he spent one year at King Abdul Aziz University — saying he has put his future at risk. “Wherever you go, there are always people with you and those who are against you. Personally, I will do what I am convinced with no matter what their opinions are,” he said. Al-Zahrani performed at Riyadh Season and has been invited to perform in other Saudi festivals, including the coming Jeddah Season. “No matter what support I receive or individual successes I make, I will always be in need of my country’s encouragement and support.” Saudi Arabia’s first opera house is set to open in Jeddah, the General Entertainment Authority announced last February. It is scheduled for completion in 2022. Main category: Saudi ArabiaArt & CultureTags: Pavarottiopera Spotify unveils Saudi Arabia’s favorite songs of 201915-year-old Saudi female pianist reflects on her musical journey

قوات الجيش واللجان تكسر زحفا واسعا لمرتزقة العدوان السعودي في عسير

كسر مجاهدو الجيش واللجان الشعبية زحفا واسعا لمرتزقة الجيش السعودي في مجازة الشرقية في عسير....
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قوات الجيش واللجان تكسر زحفا واسعا لمرتزقة العدوان السعودي في عسير

كسر مجاهدو الجيش واللجان الشعبية زحفا واسعا لمرتزقة الجيش السعودي في مجازة الشرقية في عسير....

Saudi Arabia’s Ithra reveals 2020 events calendar

Fri, 2020-02-21 18:58 DHAHRAN: The King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra) on Thursday launched its plan for 2020, highlighting new programs as well as old favorites getting an encore. Ithra was inaugurated by King Salman on Dec. 1, 2017, and was
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Saudi Arabia’s Ithra reveals 2020 events calendar

Fri, 2020-02-21 18:58 DHAHRAN: The King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra) on Thursday launched its plan for 2020, highlighting new programs as well as old favorites getting an encore. Ithra was inaugurated by King Salman on Dec. 1, 2017, and was developed by Saudi Aramco. The striking building was designed by the Norwegian architectural firm Snohetta, which also designed the award-winning Bibliotheca Alexandrina and the Oslo Opera House. Its mission is to make an impact on human development by inspiring a passion for knowledge, creativity, and cross-cultural engagement. “The start of this decade is particularly exciting for Ithra as we gear up to deliver a great slate of new programs and events in 2020 for our audiences,” said Ithra director Hussain Hanbazazah. “We are pleased to bring back favorites like our annual Tanween festival, in addition to new enriching programming as well as our other popular seasonal events.”  He said the team was ready to face the year with optimism, enthusiasm and a fresh perspective. They were working to deliver the best possible offerings, including cutting-edge theater, insightful exhibitions, culturally significant events and plenty of creative activities, he added. “Impact has consistently been at the forefront of everything we deliver at Ithra, as we continue on our dedication to broaden horizons, share knowledge and nurture potential.” The launch of a new Twitter account, @VisitIthra, was also announced at the launch. It will document everything related to the center’s ongoing and upcoming activities. Ithra also shared visitor numbers from the previous year. More than a million people visited the center in 2019 from more than 100 cities around the world, and 3,000 people contributed 250,000 hours of volunteer work. The center provided two million hours of teaching and education. This year there will be over 40 plays from 13 different countries staged at Ithra. The center also aims to support local cinema with 23 films next year. As Saudi Arabia diversifies its economy under the Vision 2030 reform plan, Ithra has reinforced its offerings with five key pillars: Creativity, culture, knowledge, art and community.  Last month saw the inauguration of the Ithra Content Commissioning Program, an opportunity for local creatives, freelancers and small businesses to develop new content, as well as the first Ithra Cultural Days festival that celebrated Vietnamese culture. Vietnam Cultural Days was a huge success, with over 45,000 visitors enjoying the festivities and experiencing authentic food, art, activities and performances. From March onward, the schedule features programs, events, and activities that combine entertainment and education. The Saudi Film Festival will also celebrate its sixth edition in partnership with Ithra. The year will culminate with Ithra’s flagship creativity season Tanween, which is in its third edition. It will have a new theme, workshops and international guests. Last year Tanween featured 232 cultural, artistic and scientific events that ranged from art exhibitions, theatrical performances, workshops and seminars about the concept of playing as a tool that brings together education and recreation. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra)Saudi AramcoVision 2030 Highlights from Ithra’s ‘Mara’ina’ exhibitionSaudi Arabia’s Ithra launches 'Being Saudi' exhibition

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مجتهد: ابن سلمان يقمع «الحويطات»على الطريقة الصينية

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شاهد استنفار في السعودية والسبب!

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اجتاحت أسراب من الجراد عدة مدن بالمنطقة الشرقية في السعودية، الخميس، وسط تحذيرات رسمية من احتوائه على مبيدات سامة....

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بيان يمني مهم حول استهداف شركة أرامكو وأهدافا سعودية

قال متحدث القوات المسلحة العميد يحيى سريع عصر اليوم الجمعة إن عملية توازن الردع الثالثة استهدفت شركة أرامكو وأهدافا حساسة أخرى في ينبع وأصاب
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MoU signed to facilitate investment in Saudi Arabia

Fri, 2020-02-21 04:57 RIYADH: The Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA) and the Diriyah Gate Development Authority (DGDA) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to step up cooperation, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Thursday. Under t
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MoU signed to facilitate investment in Saudi Arabia

Fri, 2020-02-21 04:57 RIYADH: The Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA) and the Diriyah Gate Development Authority (DGDA) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to step up cooperation, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Thursday. Under the MoU, the two authorities will establish a joint working group to boost cooperation in several areas including facilitation provided to investors, conducting economic studies of the market, building partnerships with commercial and industrial bodies and local companies, launching businesses, promoting the ease of doing business, providing logistic support, participating in local and international exhibitions, forums and special visits and exchanging knowledge and information. All this will predominantly be in aid of attracting local and foreign investors.  “SAGIA believes in the importance of such cooperation that can unify and multiply the efforts in a way that sets the world’s attention on the Kingdom’s cultural and heritage treasures and investment opportunities,” said SAGIA Gov. Ibrahim Al-Omar. “This is done through close cooperation with DGDA to highlight these opportunities and market them internationally and locally. This MoU is a step in the right direction to achieve the objectives and directives of both bodies.” Jerry Inzerillo, CEO of the DGDA, said: “Cooperating with SAGIA is one of the most important international investment motors to attract local and international investments to the Kingdom. This comes at a time where developing the Kingdom’s investment infrastructure is found within the objectives of its Vision 2030. “At DGDA, we aim at attracting the best technologies and regional and international investments to the Kingdom. This will contribute to the improvement of the local economy and promote our objectives seeking to turn Diriyah into the Kingdom’s gem and an international economic tourist destination,” he added.     Main category: Saudi ArabiaBusiness & EconomyTags: Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA) SAGIA chief to lead delegation to WEF meeting in Davos as number of overseas firms starting business in Saudi Arabia breaks recordSAGIA announces new JV in renewable energy sector

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