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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman receives call from Egyptian, Kuwaiti, Jordanian leaders for Eid Al-Fitr

Fri, 2020-05-22 23:49 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman received a phone call on Friday from Egyptian president Abdel Fattah El-Sisi to congratulate him on the upcoming Muslim holiday, Eid Al-Fitr. Saudi Arabia announced on Friday that the last day of th

American G20 ‘sherpa’ Chris Olson lauds strong, long-standing Riyadh-Houston links

Wed, 2020-09-30 17:48 One of the aims of the U20 — the urban track of the G20 organization which formally opened on Wednesday in Riyadh — is to bring together cities of diverse backgrounds and cultures to explore common interests and challenges, rathe
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American G20 ‘sherpa’ Chris Olson lauds strong, long-standing Riyadh-Houston links

Wed, 2020-09-30 17:48 One of the aims of the U20 — the urban track of the G20 organization which formally opened on Wednesday in Riyadh — is to bring together cities of diverse backgrounds and cultures to explore common interests and challenges, rather than focusing on what makes them different. In the case of Riyadh and Houston, Texas, that process of familiarization has been underway for decades. Christopher Olson, director of international affairs and global trade at the offices of the city of Houston, told Arab News: “There has been a long-standing and strong relationship between Houston and Riyadh, indeed the whole of Saudi Arabia, for a very long time.” Olson reports to the mayor of Houston, Sylvester Turner, but for the past year or so has been the US “sherpa” at the G20, under Saudi presidency this year. The Riyadh-Houston affinity was based, naturally, on the oil and gas industry, with both cities owing much of their economic dynamism and growth to the energy business. Saudis and Texans share a unique heritage as pioneers of the crude business, and those links have grown and diversified over the decades. “It began with oil but developed into a cultural and economic exchange. A lot of Saudis ended up calling Houston home,” Olson said. Saudi Aramco, the Kingdom’s energy giant, has a big facility in the Texan city, and owns the Motiva refinery complex a short distance away on the Gulf of Mexico coast. Opinion This section contains relevant reference points, placed in (Opinion field) Until the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic hit, Saudis would travel in droves each year to the CERAWeek energy forum in Houston, the “oil man’s Davos,” not least to keep tabs on what their rivals were doing in the Texas shale industry. Saudis also attend Texas universities in big numbers, and the Texas Medical Center — which Olson pointed out was the biggest medical facility in the world — treats Saudi patients in increasing numbers. Oil and medicine came together during the COVID-19 pandemic, when Aramco gifted medical supplies and equipment to Houston. “We were incredibly fortunate in that. We got almost 1 million masks from benefactors, and Aramco made up a big proportion of that. It really was incredibly generous,” Olson added. The virus outbreak led to the cancellation of CERAWeek this year, but the city hoped organizers would add some physical element to the planned virtual event in 2021, Olson said. The city managed to avoid most of the early virulence of the pandemic that hit US cities such as New York and Los Angeles, but relaxed early restrictions, along with several American cities, in May, and suffered a resulting spike in infections, the official added. “Now the numbers are moving in the right direction — downwards. But as schools and economic activity restarts, there is the potential for a second wave.” One of the major themes of the U20 is how big urban centers, such as Houston and Riyadh, can overcome the health and economic ravages of the pandemic. Some experts have forecast mass migration from big cities, partly to avoid infection, but also as working and social habits adapt to whatever post-pandemic “normality” emerges. There has even been talk of “the end of urbanization.” Olson said: “We’re all going to have to adapt. For example, are we as cities still going to invest in big infrastructure projects to encourage mass transit systems? That is the thing to do from a sustainability viewpoint, but it creates a health challenge.” The working environment also faces enforced change. “There may have been a reticence in the past about tele-meetings, but now they are ubiquitous. It’s going to fundamentally change the way business is conducted.” Increased dependence on technology brings other challenges, which the U20 will also consider. The digital divide between those who have access to efficient communications, especially in education, has been brought into sharp relief during the global health crisis, and even impacted on affluent urban hubs such as Houston. “But I believe the city as a concept will endure. We are urban and social animals. People will adapt, but the general concept of the urban environment will not change,” Olson added. He said it had been “fantastic” working with his counterparts at the U20 in Saudi Arabia. An aerial view shows Kingdom Tower and the King Fahd road, empty due to the COVID-19 pandemic, on the first day of the Eid Al-Fitr feast marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, in the Saudi capital Riyadh, on May 24, 2020. (AFP/File Photo) “I’ve been impressed by how Riyadh has taken the U20 concept and moved it forward. The U20 is still only in its third year, but Riyadh has solidified it as an engagement group, and created a format for an exchange of thought and ideas. This will help us come up with evidence-based proposals and solutions,” he added. The climax of the U20 comes on Friday, when mayors from all the big cities come together virtually to approve a 27-point communique for delivery to the G20 leadership. That statement is still under wraps, but Olson said it was a “well-crafted” document that reflected the good relationships that had developed between the sherpas over the past year. He would like to see the U20 track elevated within G20 proceedings in the future, especially in the way it addresses issues of more concern to younger people, and believes that Saudi Arabia, with its very young demographic, will assist that elevation process. “The amazing work of Riyadh has built on what was achieved in Tokyo and Buenos Aires and has carried it forward. “It’s the cities of the world that face the biggest challenges — such as climate change, human rights, and sustainable development. But the cities are also coming up with the solutions. That is where the opportunity lies,” Olson said. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: HoustonRiyadhChris OlsonG20U20Editor’s Choice U20 Mayors Summit: Reimagining the city in the age of COVID-19Saudi Aramco donates coronavirus masks to Houston, Texas

Finalists announced in contest that combines artificial intelligence and art

Author: Wed, 2020-09-30 19:26 RIYADH: The finalists have been announced for the AI Artathon, a first-of-its kind international event designed to highlight the creative potential for humans and machines to work together to create art. More than 2,000 p
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Finalists announced in contest that combines artificial intelligence and art

Author: Wed, 2020-09-30 19:26 RIYADH: The finalists have been announced for the AI Artathon, a first-of-its kind international event designed to highlight the creative potential for humans and machines to work together to create art. More than 2,000 people from more than 50 countries — including artists, graphic designers, experts in artificial intelligence, and programmers — applied for the competition, which was organized by the Saudi Data and AI Authority (SDAIA) as part of the Global AI Summit. After a qualifying round in Riyadh in January during which the participants competed to create initial AI-based artworks, 300 of them were selected to progress to the next stage. They formed 20 teams that took part in a boot camp, during which they were taught by experts to use in their work machine-learning algorithms and generative adversarial networks (a framework for machine learning in which two neural networks compete against each other). The 10 teams that have reached the final were announced on Tuesday during a live-streamed online event that showcased the artworks created by the teams using AI tools and techniques. The top three, who will share a $133,000 prize fund, will be announced on Oct. 22, the second and final day of the Global AI Summit. The online event will bring together key decision-makers from government, academia, business and technology to discuss global issues and challenges, and the ways in which AI can benefit humanity and shape the new normal. “SDAIA is proud of these high-quality artworks created by the finalists of the AI Artathon,” said Abdullah Al-Ghamdi, president of SDAIA and chairman of the organizing committee of the Global AI Summit. “I am very pleased to see artists and AI developers collaborating to utilize the capabilities of advanced AI to create these innovative artworks, despite the novel coronavirus pandemic. I look forward to announcing the final winners during the Global AI Summit.” The final 10 teams competing for the top prizes are: Saudi Picasso The idea for their artwork came from the question ‘what if Picasso had been Saudi?’ The team created a database of works by Picasso and Saudi artists that the AI technology used to create an artwork highlighting the depth, richness and diversity of Saudi art. Emergent Typographies In an effort to reflect the beauty of the nature in the Kingdom, the artists used geographic and topographic images, along with existing lines and shapes, to train the AI to combine them and create a digital artwork based on new patterns and inspirations. Maruem — The Chimera Ant Queen Inspired by popular manga and anime series “Hunter x Hunter,” and in particular characters called Chimera Ants, this project combines digital graffiti with other artworks and concepts to create a unique new piece that traces the development of a Chimera Ant from single cell to birth. AI Authentic Clay The development of personality is usually the result of accumulation of knowledge, including, for example, awareness of culture, religion and civilization. The members of this team decided to express their deep feelings about the authenticity of their culture, presenting an experience that combines and reorganizes shapes and patterns through the use of AI. Esoteric & Energetic “Heya” Words can have a number of meanings, energies and inspirations. For example, “heya,” which translates as “she” in English, can have many meanings: “she” might be a daughter, a sister, a mother, a hard worker, or many other things. This artwork is inspired by the energy, feelings and strength conveyed by “heya.” The team collected selfies of diverse women and drawings reflecting the word “she,” and AI technology was used to analyze and link them to create a new digital work of art. The Beauty of Belonging Architecture is a fundamental characteristic of any cultural production that enhances the sense of belonging, so this artwork aims to shed light on the richness and variety of architecture in Saudi culture. Different architectural styles and patterns are combined and integrated using AI algorithms to produce an artwork with a new color and style, creating an abstract visual experience. Museum of GANs What if we could depict the emotional states and impressions of a character based on portraits? And what if we could create new artworks based on differing emotional states? This work tries to answer these questions by collecting and classifying a large number of well-known portraits according to their emotional states and impressions, which the machine used to create the artwork. Machine Mythology As humans, when we read a text there are always intertextualities and associations to perceptions, figures and so on in our minds. To create this artwork, the team developed a model that enables the machine to read these associations using AI. A random text generator was used to create stories that are used to transform the textual into the visual. Ultimate Pattern Different architectural shapes and styles have developed over time in the Arab world that are used in buildings, mosques and other landmarks to create characteristics unique to Arab art. The team combined many different patterns to develop a single aesthetic pattern that offers the best comprehensive picture. Patterns were processed using deep convolutional generative adversarial networks, which classified, connected, developed and redrew shapes the machine used to create a new work of art. Novel2Art What distinguishes digital art created using AI is its limitless capabilities to recognize and translate human creativity. Taking the novel as a crucial element of literary creativity, this work is the result of an attempt to inspire the computer to create art by reading a novel using linguistic programming, extracting its concepts, and then transforming those concepts into photos and shapes. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi Arabiaartartificial intelligence (AI)Global AI Summit Saudi Arabia to host Global AI Summit in 2020Artificial Intelligence helps counter COVID-19 misinformation in Arabic

Saudi graduates from UK universities honored in virtual awards ceremony

Author: Wed, 2020-09-30 23:28 LONDON: A virtual awards ceremony celebrating Saudi graduates from UK universities was held on Wednesday evening with the British and Saudi ambassadors in attendance.  The Study UK Alumni Awards event was held to celebra
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Saudi graduates from UK universities honored in virtual awards ceremony

Author: Wed, 2020-09-30 23:28 LONDON: A virtual awards ceremony celebrating Saudi graduates from UK universities was held on Wednesday evening with the British and Saudi ambassadors in attendance.  The Study UK Alumni Awards event was held to celebrate the success of Saudi students and their contribution to their professions and their community in the Kingdom. The Saudi ambassador to the UK, Prince Khalid bin Bandar bin Sultan, spoke during the virtual ceremony, which was streamed on the Facebook pages of the British Embassy in Riyadh and the British Council. He was joined by Neil Crompton, the British ambassador to Saudi Arabia. The ceremony’s awards were split into three categories — the Professional Achievement award won by Dr. Samar Khan of Nottingham Trent University, the Entrepreneurial award won by Abdulaziz Alsaeed of Newcastle University and the Social Impact award, which was given to Dr. Mawya Khafaji from the University of Exeter.     Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaUKstudentsEducation Launched: Special collection designed by Saudi students to mark National Day Training program to help fresh Saudi graduates hone leadership skills

عمدة باريس تعتذر عن المشاركة في قمة 'يو 20' دعما لناشطة سعودية

أعلن مجلس مدينة باريس اليوم الأربعاء، أن عمدة العاصمة آن هيدالغو، لن تشارك في قمة «أوربان 20» (يو 20) لرؤساء بلديات المدن الكبرى في «مجمو
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عمدة باريس تعتذر عن المشاركة في قمة 'يو 20' دعما لناشطة سعودية

أعلن مجلس مدينة باريس اليوم الأربعاء، أن عمدة العاصمة آن هيدالغو، لن تشارك في قمة «أوربان 20» (يو 20) لرؤساء بلديات المدن الكبرى في «مجموعة العشرين» ...

Saudi Arabia's preliminary 2021 budget sees lower spending

Wed, 2020-09-30 17:04 Saudi Arabia plans to cut spending by 7.5% in next year's budget to 990 billion riyals ($263.94 billion) from this year's 1.07 trillion riyals ($285.27 billion), it said in a preliminary budget statement on Wednesday. It expects a 12%
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Saudi Arabia's preliminary 2021 budget sees lower spending

Wed, 2020-09-30 17:04 Saudi Arabia plans to cut spending by 7.5% in next year's budget to 990 billion riyals ($263.94 billion) from this year's 1.07 trillion riyals ($285.27 billion), it said in a preliminary budget statement on Wednesday. It expects a 12% budget deficit for 2020, falling to 5.1% next year, the document showed. Spending is expected to decrease to 955 billion riyals and 941 billion riyals in 2022 and 2023, respectively, with the deficit shrinking to 3% and 0.4% in those two years. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi budget

Saudi Cabinet congratulates security forces for thwarting terror cell

Author: Wed, 2020-09-30 05:07 RIYADH: The Saudi Cabinet on Tuesday congratulated the Presidency of State Security for its work in identifying and apprehending the suspected members of a terror cell in the Kingdom. Some of those who were arrested alleg
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Saudi Cabinet congratulates security forces for thwarting terror cell

Author: Wed, 2020-09-30 05:07 RIYADH: The Saudi Cabinet on Tuesday congratulated the Presidency of State Security for its work in identifying and apprehending the suspected members of a terror cell in the Kingdom. Some of those who were arrested allegedly trained at sites in Iran run by the country’s Revolutionary Guards. A cache of weapons and explosives was also seized. Ministers expressed their appreciation for the efforts of the presidency’s employees in tracking down those who threaten the security and stability of the Kingdom and the safety of those who live there. Majid Al-Qasabi, the acting minister of media, said that while reviewing the latest regional and international developments, cabinet members reiterated the Kingdom’s call during the recent International Atomic Energy Agency General Conference for the international community to adopt a firm stance on Iran, and take steps to address its violations of international agreements relating to its nuclear-research program. They also reaffirmed Saudi support for efforts, in partnership with the international community, to make the Middle East a nuclear weapon-free zone. The virtual meeting was chaired by King Salman, who began by passing on his condolences and sympathy to the people of Kuwait and the family of its Emir, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, who died on Tuesday. He also congratulated the emir’s successor, Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah. King Salman thanked international leaders and officials for their messages of congratulations to the Kingdom and its people on the occasion of its 90th National Day. He also briefed ministers on his recent telephone conversation with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during which the two leaders reviewed bilateral relations and discussed opportunities to further develop them. The cabinet commended the king for his speech during the UN’s 75th General Assembly in New York, during which he emphasized the his country’s continued commitment to assisting the international community in efforts to deal with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and address its humanitarian and economic implications. Ministers also noted that his speech reflected the Kingdom’s dedication to security, stability and prosperity as a strategic choice, its call for peaceful coexistence, moderation and solidarity among all countries and peoples to address humanitarian challenges, its support for political solutions to conflicts, and its efforts to combat extremism in all its forms. Al-Qasabi said that the Cabinet welcomed the announcement by the Kingdom that the G20 Leaders’ Summit will take place as planned as scheduled on Nov. 21 and 22, albeit virtually as a result of the pandemic. Saudi Arabia hold the presidency of the G20 this year. Ministers also expressed their appreciation for international efforts, led by G20 countries, that have resulted in the provision of more than $21 billion to support the production of diagnostic and therapeutic tools during the pandemic, and the development and distribution of vaccines. In addition, more than $11 trillion has been allocated to protect the global economy, and more than $14 billion to mitigate the debt burdens of less-developed countries and help fund their health services and social programs. The Cabinet also reviewed the latest local and international developments in the pandemic, along with preparations for the safe resumption of Umrah. Ministers reiterated the Saudi call, during an emergency meeting of the Council of Arab Ministers Responsible for Environmental Affairs, for urgent action to avoid an environmental catastrophe in the Red Sea as a result of the deteriorating condition of the oil tanker Safer, which has been anchored off the coast of Yemen, near Ras Issa port, since 2015. The Cabinet also expressed its concern over developments in the dispute between Armenia and Azerbaijan, and urged both sides to agree a ceasefire and resolve the conflict peacefully in accordance with UN Security Council resolutions. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi cabinet Saudi Arabia’s King Salman calls Kuwait's new emir Sheikh Nawaf to offer condolencesSaudi Arabia's King Salman, India's Narendra Modi discuss Saudi-Indian Strategic Partnership Council

تقرير: اقتصادات مجلس التعاون في حالة سيئة بسبب الاعتماد على النفط

وفقاً لتقرير موقع أويل برايس، فقد أثبتت مجموعة متزايدة من الأحداث والدلائل أن اقتصادات دول مجلس التعاون في حالة يرثى لها بسبب اعتماد دولها ال
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تقرير: اقتصادات مجلس التعاون في حالة سيئة بسبب الاعتماد على النفط

وفقاً لتقرير موقع أويل برايس، فقد أثبتت مجموعة متزايدة من الأحداث والدلائل أن اقتصادات دول مجلس التعاون في حالة يرثى لها بسبب اعتماد دولها المفرط على...

Saudi Arabia’s foreign minster holds talks with senior European officials

Wed, 2020-09-30 00:10 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan, held a series of talks with senior European Union officials in Brussels on Tuesday, Saudi Press Agency reported. He met with the European High Representative for Forei
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Saudi Arabia’s foreign minster holds talks with senior European officials

Wed, 2020-09-30 00:10 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan, held a series of talks with senior European Union officials in Brussels on Tuesday, Saudi Press Agency reported. He met with the European High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security, Josep Borrell, at the European External Action Service, and discussed ways to develop relations between the Kingdom and the EU. They also discussed issues of common interest, joint EU-Saudi initiatives regarding the ongoing Saudi G20 Presidency, in addition to recent regional developments, including the situations in the Eastern Mediterranean, Lebanon, Libya, Iraq, the Sahel, Sudan and the Horn of Africa. I met today with FM of Saudi Arabia @FaisalbinFarhan. We discussed EU-Saudi bilateral relations, including dialogue on human rights, joint initiatives in the context of #G20SaudiArabia and on #Covid19 response as well as recent regional developments.https://t.co/BT1WaJapMq pic.twitter.com/HPyjJxqi9l — Josep Borrell Fontelles (@JosepBorrellF) September 29, 2020 Borrell said he “reiterated the EU’s intention to strengthen bilateral engagement and cooperation with Saudi Arabia via the conclusion of a Cooperation Arrangement between the European External Action Service and the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs and to intensify dialogue on human rights, to which the EU attaches great importance.” They also discussed EU-Saudi cooperation on the coronavirus pandemic, in the framework of the G20 presidency, and supporting international efforts to accelerate the manufacture and distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine. Prince Faisal also met members of the European Political and Security Committee at the European Council headquarters in Brussels. Important exchange today in #PSC with Saudi Foreign Minister Prince ⁦@FaisalbinFarhan⁩ about regional developments, upcoming human rights dialogue & #G20SaudiArabia pic.twitter.com/ljNG1XsPdn — Sofie From-Emmesberg (@SofieFromE) September 29, 2020 Ambassadors and delegates of the 27 member states attended the meeting, headed by Finnish ambassador Sofie From-Emmesberger. During the meeting, they discussed various aspects of cooperation, as well as the programs for the G20, which will be held next month under the Kingdom’s presidency. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Prince Faisal bin FarhanJosep BorrellSofie From-EmmesbergerEuropean UnionEuropean Political and Security CommitteeSaudi Arabia Saudi Arabia's foreign minister and Greek counterpart discuss bilateral tiesSaudi Arabia's foreign minister attends G-20 meet in Argentine capital

G20 thinkers consider options for boosting global investment in infrastructure

Wed, 2020-09-30 00:36 RIYADH: The G20’s Think20 (T20) engagement group met on Tuesday to discuss the challenges nations face in developing infrastructure, and ways in which investment in the sector can be encouraged. The aim of “Infrastructure Investme
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G20 thinkers consider options for boosting global investment in infrastructure

Wed, 2020-09-30 00:36 RIYADH: The G20’s Think20 (T20) engagement group met on Tuesday to discuss the challenges nations face in developing infrastructure, and ways in which investment in the sector can be encouraged. The aim of “Infrastructure Investment and Financing,” the latest in a series of T20 webinars, was to highlight the barriers to, and opportunities for, improving public and private investment in infrastructure, and identify changes to public policy that are necessary to attract more investors. Participants explored the essential role of the private sector in providing long-term finance, and considered innovative frameworks that could help bridge infrastructure-investment gaps within and among countries. They also attempted to identify and evaluate infrastructure needs and opportunities for investment, based on efficiency, sustainability and economic development. In his opening remarks, Raja Al-Marzoqi, the lead co-chair of the event and a faculty member at the Institute of Diplomatic Studies, said that public and private investment in infrastructure is necessary to meet increasing global demand for infrastructure, and to reduce the infrastructure gap between advanced and emerging economies. Pakistani economist Shamshad Akhtar, the webinar co-chair and a former UN undersecretary, said a number of countries need better access to basic services, and global connectivity needs to be improved. Instead of talking about “infrastructure investment,” she said there is a need to focus on sustainable infrastructure investment. Financing such projects and promoting climate-resilient and sustainable infrastructure investment remain key challenges, she added. Akhtar welcomed the G20’s debt-relief initiative for poorer countries as they wage an economic battle against the effects of pandemic but stressed the need to do more to overcome the challenges they face, including high levels of debt. “There is a need to prioritize innovative frameworks to bridge the infrastructure-investment gap, promoting infrastructure investments that are resilient, sustainable and can adjust to climate effects, technology innovation for smart cities, and challenges of rapid urbanization,” she added. Tetsushi Sonobe, the dean and CEO of the Asian Development Bank Institute, said that to help achieve infrastructure objectives there is a need to enhance financial support to micro, small and medium-sized enterprises. To attract private investment, however, the rate of return on such financing must be increased, he added, and research and international cooperation would help mitigate the challenges. John Mathis, the president of TCAS Inc. and editor of the Journal of Private Equity, noted that the pandemic has affected infrastructure investment. He highlighted the importance of the G20 emergency reserve fund and the growing role it will play in infrastructure investment and financing. “We recommend that the G20 infrastructure working group includes a systematic and multiscale review of nature-based solutions through the infrastructure cooperation platform, with a focus on designated post COVID-19 recovery initiatives,” said Nicolas Buchoud, president of the Grand Paris Alliance think tank and a fellow of the Global Solutions initiative, a collaborative enterprise that suggests policy responses to global problems. At the end of the webinar, Saudi artist Abdul Aziz Al-Najim presented the group with a work he created based on the themes of infrastructure, investment and financing. The T20 also welcomed the recent endorsement by G20 energy ministers of the circular carbon economy (CCE) framework for more-sustainable energy systems. The CCE concept, which was proposed to the G20 by Saudi Arabia, is a holistic, integrated, inclusive and pragmatic approach to managing emissions. It offers a new way of addressing climate change mitigation goals that values all options and encourages all efforts to reduce the accumulation of carbon in the atmosphere through the “4Rs:” reduce the amount of carbon, reuse it to create valuable feedstocks and fuels; recycle it through the natural carbon cycle; and remove excess amounts from the atmosphere. Hydrocarbons still account for 82 percent of G20 energy supplies, a figure that has remained relatively stable since 1990. G20 member countries must solve the problem of carbon accumulation in the atmosphere if the world is to stay below the Paris Agreement’s warming thresholds. The T20 said that achieving the accord’s target of limiting the average global temperature rise to less than 2 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels — let alone its aspirational target of a 1.5 degree increase — will require the participation of hard-to-abate industries in efforts to mitigate greenhouse gases. Climate change mitigation targets cannot be achieved without first reaching emissions neutrality, which will require a significantly ramped-up effort to deploy and use negative emissions, the group said. It is essential that these industries are included in mitigation policies that address the transition to cleaner energy systems in an effort to achieve carbon neutrality in the second half of the century. Coordinated G20 efforts are vital to the pursuit of this goal, and post-pandemic economic-recovery stimulus packages, especially hydrocarbon bailouts, must be built around a circular carbon economy framework, the T20 said. The group called for a renewed commitment to addressing climate change by embracing all mitigation-technology options in an effort to progress toward sustainability. Specifically, it called on G20 governments to “build back better” after the pandemic through green and sustainable economic-stimulus packages. Stimulus priorities must not derail clean-energy targets and climate goals but must support innovations in carbon-management technologies, including negative-emission technologies such as direct air capture. Saudi Arabia holds the presidency of the G20 this year and the group’s annual summit is due to be held in Riyadh in November. The T20, a network of think tanks and researchers, is one of several independent G20 engagement groups led by organizations from the host country. They focus on different sections and sectors of society and work to develop policy recommendations that are presented to G20 leaders for consideration.   Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: G20G20 Saudi Arabia 2020G20 SummitSaudi T20G20’s Think20 (T20) G20 backs Saudi Arabia’s circular carbon economy strategy2020 G20 Leaders’ Summit to be held virtually on Nov. 21 – 22 

Ministry makes 14-day gap between two Umrahs mandatory

Wed, 2020-09-30 01:22 MAKKAH: Pilgrims must wait 14 days before booking another date for Umrah, while the Eatmarna app will be launched on Android soon, the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah said. “Pilgrims can perform Umrah twice, but must wait 14 days b
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Ministry makes 14-day gap between two Umrahs mandatory

Wed, 2020-09-30 01:22 MAKKAH: Pilgrims must wait 14 days before booking another date for Umrah, while the Eatmarna app will be launched on Android soon, the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah said. “Pilgrims can perform Umrah twice, but must wait 14 days before performing Umrah the second time, to give a chance to everyone to perform Umrah in line with the necessary precautionary measures brought about by the coronavirus,” Dr. Amr Al-Maddah, the ministry’s chief planning and strategy officer, told Arab News. The ministry is studying  the available spots that can  be used by the pilgrims to perform Umrah while maintaining social distancing, ensuring health protocols. Al-Maddah said that so far 35,000 requests have been registered to perform Umrah. Pilgrims will start performing Umrah on Oct. 4 within the first stage of the Umrah plan this year, in line with health protocols and procedures. In the first phase, pilgrims will perform Umrah at six different times a day, giving each pilgrim three hours. He added that between the sunset and evening prayers, pilgrims will not be allowed to perform Umrah and, instead, this period will be allocated to cleaning and disinfecting. “Pilgrims will start performing Umrah at midnight, with the place disinfected before the arrival of each group.” Each group will be accompanied by supervisors who will ensure pilgrims respect social distancing, and follow instructions and a pre-adopted timeline. Isolation rooms will be provided at the central area’s hotels to handle any potential cases. The second stage, scheduled to start two weeks later, will be preceded by a comprehensive assessment of the first stage to address any shortcomings. “The Kingdom is adopting extra vigilance during the Hajj and Umrah seasons to protect Muslims around the world, and allow them to perform their pilgrimage in ease and peace in line with precautionary measures,” said Al-Maddah. “The three-stage plan will provide feedback on pilgrims’ commitment to protocols and adjustment to current circumstances.” He said that the app was supposed to be launched earlier, but was delayed due to Android policies. The app was presented to both Apple and Android at the same time, but Apple completed the procedures earlier, he added. Meanwhile, the Minister of Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance, Sheikh Dr. Abdullatif bin Abdul Aziz Al Al-Sheikh, announced the ministry’s readiness to receive Umrah performers in all Miqats in accordance with approved health protocols. He commended leadership efforts to confront the pandemic, in addition to the government sector role in ensuring the safety of citizens, residents and Umrah performers. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Hajj and UmrahUmrah Saudi Arabia’s Umrah plan to ensure flow of pilgrimsFirst stage of resumed services allow pilgrims three hours to perform Umrah

Saudi app fights fake promotions, discounts

Author: Wed, 2020-09-30 01:47 RIYADH: A new electronic app will now protect consumers against fake and illegal discount offers and promotions, said a spokesman for the Saudi Commerce Ministry. The app will also let consumers check if sales are still va
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Saudi app fights fake promotions, discounts

Author: Wed, 2020-09-30 01:47 RIYADH: A new electronic app will now protect consumers against fake and illegal discount offers and promotions, said a spokesman for the Saudi Commerce Ministry. The app will also let consumers check if sales are still valid and useable. If they are invalid, consumers can report violations directly to the ministry, he said on Tuesday. The spokesman, Abdulrahman Al-Hussain, said that companies offering discounts are required to follow certain procedures. They must apply for a license, mention products covered by discounts, provide a list of product prices before and after discount, give a discount percentage and put a before and after prices on a product price tag, he said. The e-discounts app also lists companies that have a license to offer discounts, and explains the types of discounts licensed by the ministry. The app can be accessed on smartphones. HIGHLIGHT The e-discounts app lists companies that have a license to offer discounts. Another feature available on the app is the ability to search for consumables or companies and show the percentage and duration of discounts. It also allows consumers to find the location of a company through Google Maps. “The ministry requires the companies to print the license of discounts and display it properly. For online stores, the license of discounts should be clearly shown on the website,” said Al-Hussain. “Companies and online businesses can apply for a discount license and promote seasonal sales through the application. This service gives discounts, sales, and promotions more credibility,” he added. Muhammad Al-Hamad, a former president of the Consumer Protection Association, said the ministry should double-check the prices before discounts and ensure there is a price tag showing the price and the value-added tax, as well as the discount percentage and price after tax. “Some stores raise the prices then claim they are offering discounts. The consumer should search for the quality before the price and also ask if there is an aftersales service,” he said. “The consumer should also demand a receipt because this is the only proof showing that he or she has bought the product,” he added. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi consumers Ministry takes action against fake discountFake discounts irk consumers

Dr. Hussam bin Abdulmohsen Al-Angari, president of the General Court of Audit

Wed, 2020-09-30 02:09 Dr. Hussam bin Abdulmohsen Al-Angari has been the president of the General Court of Audit (GCA) since 2016. He has recently approved a strategic plan for cybersecurity at GCA. It followed the creation of a cybersecurity department at t
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Dr. Hussam bin Abdulmohsen Al-Angari, president of the General Court of Audit

Wed, 2020-09-30 02:09 Dr. Hussam bin Abdulmohsen Al-Angari has been the president of the General Court of Audit (GCA) since 2016. He has recently approved a strategic plan for cybersecurity at GCA. It followed the creation of a cybersecurity department at the top auditing institution. Al-Angari obtained his bachelor’s degree in accounting at King Abdul Aziz University (KAU).  He joined his alma mater as an accounting lecturer in 1991. He received a Ph.D. in accounting and financial management from Essex University in the UK and became an assistant professor at KAU in 2000. Four years later, he became an associate professor. He was promoted to the rank of professor in 2008. He served as vice-dean of postgraduate studies and academic research at the faculty of economics and administration in KAU from 2005 to 2009. Later, he became the dean of the same faculty, with his term extending for another two years. Al-Angari served as a Shoura Council member from 2013 to 2017. During his tenure at the council, he served as vice-chair of the finance committee for two years, and then he became chair of the committee. Al-Angari has authored over 50 research papers and articles in English and Arabic. He has also published several textbooks, including “Auditing in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” which has had three editions printed, and “Who Takes to Account the Certified Public Accountants.” Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Who's Who Mohammed Fahad Al-Harthi, Saudi writer, journalist and media expertDr. Abdul Aziz bin Osman Al-Tuwaijiri, secretary-general of the Islamic, Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

Saudi Arabia’s king, crown prince offer condolences after death of Kuwaiti emir

Tue, 2020-09-29 19:14 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman sent their condolences to the people of Kuwait and the Al-Sabah family over the death of Kuwait's emir on Tuesday. “With utmost grief and sorrow the news of
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Saudi Arabia’s king, crown prince offer condolences after death of Kuwaiti emir

Tue, 2020-09-29 19:14 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman sent their condolences to the people of Kuwait and the Al-Sabah family over the death of Kuwait's emir on Tuesday. “With utmost grief and sorrow the news of the death of His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jabir Al-Sabah, the Emir of the State of Kuwait, may Allah bestows mercy upon him and rest him in His widely vast paradise,” read a statement on Saudi Press Agency.  The statement by the Saudi Royal Court said the leader passed away leaving behind  “a procession full of achievements and endeavors exerted to best serve his country, the Arab as well as the Islamic nations and the entire humanity.” The statement prayed for the poeple of Kuwait and the royal Al-Sabah family to be granted patience and solace.  Meanwhile, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan said the world has lost a «wise leader».  “With the departure of Sheikh Sabah, we lose a wise leader who devoted his life to the service of his country and to Arab and Islamic nations,” he wrote on Twitter. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaKuwait Kuwait emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah dies aged 91New film reveals the story behind Sheikh Abdullah Al-Salem Cultural Center in Kuwait

Saudi Arabia's King Salman, India's Narendra Modi discuss Saudi-Indian Strategic Partnership Council

Tue, 2020-09-29 21:18 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday discussed the “historic and close bilateral relations,” Saudi Press Agency reported. During the phone call, they also discussed joint opport
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Saudi Arabia's King Salman, India's Narendra Modi discuss Saudi-Indian Strategic Partnership Council

Tue, 2020-09-29 21:18 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday discussed the “historic and close bilateral relations,” Saudi Press Agency reported. During the phone call, they also discussed joint opportunities to develop relations between the two countries, within the framework of the Saudi-Indian Strategic Partnership Council. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaKing SalmanNarendra ModiSaudi-Indian Strategic Partnership CouncilIndia Saudi Arabia’s King Salman receives letter from King Hamad of BahrainSaudi Arabia’s King Salman, Germany’s Angela Merkel discuss G20, impacts of coronavirus

Saudi Arabia confirms 27 COVID-19 deaths, 539 new cases

Tue, 2020-09-29 22:12 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia recorded 27 new COVID-19 related deaths on Tuesday, raising the death toll to 4,739. The Ministry of Health also said 539 new confirmed cases were reported in the Kingdom in the past 24 hours, bringing the total nu
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Saudi Arabia confirms 27 COVID-19 deaths, 539 new cases

Tue, 2020-09-29 22:12 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia recorded 27 new COVID-19 related deaths on Tuesday, raising the death toll to 4,739. The Ministry of Health also said 539 new confirmed cases were reported in the Kingdom in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of people who have contracted the virus since the pandemic began to 334,187, of which 10,906 remain active cases, and 1,005 in critical condition. #الصحة⁩ تعلن عن تسجيل (539) حالة إصابة جديدة بفيروس ⁧#كورونا⁩ الجديد (كوفيد19)، وتسجيل (27) حالات وفيات رحمهم الله، وتسجيل (696) حالة تعافي ليصبح إجمالي عدد الحالات المتعافية (318,542) حالة ولله الحمد. pic.twitter.com/zFW3dkz2sj — و ز ا ر ة ا لـ صـ حـ ة السعودية (@SaudiMOH) September 29, 2020 The cities with the highest number of cases include Jeddah with 61, Makkah with 53, Madinah with 46 and both Hafouf and the capital Riyadh with 35 each. The ministry also announced that 696 new patients had recovered from COVID-19, bringing the total number of recoveries in the Kingdom to 318,542. The pandemic has affected almost 33.4 million people globally and total mortality rate has passed one million.   Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaCOVID-19CoronavirusSaudi ministry of health COVID-19 clinics serve over 1 million people in JeddahSaudi Arabia confirms 27 COVID-19 deaths, 539 new cases

Saudi artist’s a-mazing creation tells story of terrorism — in concrete

Tue, 2020-09-29 22:54 RIYADH: A Saudi artist has created a maze out of concrete barriers to recount the history of terrorism in the Kingdom — after winning royal approval for his project. Hammoud Al-Atawi used more than 800 blocks in his work titled, “T
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Saudi artist’s a-mazing creation tells story of terrorism — in concrete

Tue, 2020-09-29 22:54 RIYADH: A Saudi artist has created a maze out of concrete barriers to recount the history of terrorism in the Kingdom — after winning royal approval for his project. Hammoud Al-Atawi used more than 800 blocks in his work titled, “The Labyrinth of Delusion.” The idea for his piece came from his ruminations about life and all its difficulties. “Every path that is closed needs the strength to find a way to exit it. I sent the concept to the Ministry of Culture and received the full support needed to execute my work from Minister of Culture Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan Al-Saud,” he said. The artwork was symbolic of the battle waged against terrorism in Riyadh at the beginning of the last decade, Hammoud added. Although the Kingdom was able to combat a number of attacks by Al-Qaeda in the country, terrorist groups subsequently targeted security and military institutions, diplomatic representatives, and civilian housing complexes, including those occupied by members of the international community, he said. These terror threats prompted authorities to surround potential targets with concrete barriers in a bid to disrupt any terrorist attacks, he added. However, the blockades have now been removed from streets and buildings as part of a project in the capital to improve the urban scene. Hammoud said the Ministry of Culture coordinated with Riyadh Municipality to provide a site at the King Salman Science Oasis museum, north of Riyadh, where he could construct his artwork. The authorities also provided the concrete barriers and all necessary funding for his labyrinth project, which took two weeks to complete. “I was provided with the actual concrete barriers that were used and was given access to their storage and took them as they were without any restoration done to them, which was how I envisioned my work,” he added. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArtSaudi culture

بضائع إسرائيلية قريبا في السعودية بديلا للتركية

كشف مصدر سعودي النقاب عن عزم سلطات آل سعود استيراد بضائع إسرائيلية قريبا، لتحل مكانة البضائع التركية التي قاطعتها آل سعود رسميا....
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بضائع إسرائيلية قريبا في السعودية بديلا للتركية

كشف مصدر سعودي النقاب عن عزم سلطات آل سعود استيراد بضائع إسرائيلية قريبا، لتحل مكانة البضائع التركية التي قاطعتها آل سعود رسميا....

هذا ما يفعله أثرياء السعودية للتخلص من بطش بن سلمان

كشف موقع «المونيتور» الأمريكي، أن العديد من أثرياء السعودية يلجؤون إلى شراء الجنسية الثانية، لتحصين أنفسهم من تكرار سيناريو «معتقلي
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هذا ما يفعله أثرياء السعودية للتخلص من بطش بن سلمان

كشف موقع «المونيتور» الأمريكي، أن العديد من أثرياء السعودية يلجؤون إلى شراء الجنسية الثانية، لتحصين أنفسهم من تكرار سيناريو «معتقلي الريتز»، وهي الحم...

السعودية تزعم تفكيك خلية «تلقت تدريبات في إيران»!

اعتقلت السلطات السعودية 10 أشخاص، مدعية بذلك تفكيك «خلية إرهابية» تلقت تدريبات في إيران، بحسب ما جاء في بيان صدر عن رئاسة أمن الدولة السع
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السعودية تزعم تفكيك خلية «تلقت تدريبات في إيران»!

اعتقلت السلطات السعودية 10 أشخاص، مدعية بذلك تفكيك «خلية إرهابية» تلقت تدريبات في إيران، بحسب ما جاء في بيان صدر عن رئاسة أمن الدولة السعودي....

المتحدث باسم الخارجية يفند المزاعم السعودية الاخيرة المناوئة لايران

فند المتحدث باسم الخارجية الايرانية سعيد خطيب زادة المزاعم السعودية القاضية باعتقالها خلية ارهابية مدعومة من ايران واصفا هذه الاتهامات بانه
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المتحدث باسم الخارجية يفند المزاعم السعودية الاخيرة المناوئة لايران

فند المتحدث باسم الخارجية الايرانية سعيد خطيب زادة المزاعم السعودية القاضية باعتقالها خلية ارهابية مدعومة من ايران واصفا هذه الاتهامات بانها استمرار ...

منظمة حقوقية تدعو للإفراج عن السجناء السياسيين والمدافعين عن حقوق الإنسان في السعودية

ألقت منظمة ADHRB مداخلة شفهية في الدورة 45 لمجلس حقوق الإنسان في جنيف ضمن النقاش التفاعلي تحت البند الرابع، دعت إلى الإفراج الفوري عن السجناء الس
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منظمة حقوقية تدعو للإفراج عن السجناء السياسيين والمدافعين عن حقوق الإنسان في السعودية

ألقت منظمة ADHRB مداخلة شفهية في الدورة 45 لمجلس حقوق الإنسان في جنيف ضمن النقاش التفاعلي تحت البند الرابع، دعت إلى الإفراج الفوري عن السجناء السياسي...

السعودية تزعم تفكيك «خلية دربتها إيران»!

زعمت رئاسة أمن الدولة السعودي اعتقال «خلية إرهابية» تتكون من 10 عناصر تلقى بعضهم تدريباتهم في إيران....
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السعودية تزعم تفكيك «خلية دربتها إيران»!

زعمت رئاسة أمن الدولة السعودي اعتقال «خلية إرهابية» تتكون من 10 عناصر تلقى بعضهم تدريباتهم في إيران....

Mohammed Fahad Al-Harthi, Saudi writer, journalist and media expert

Mon, 2020-09-28 23:38 Mohammed Fahad Al-Harthi is a Saudi writer, journalist and media expert with more than 20 years of experience. He is the group editor-in-chief of Arrajol, Sayidaty and AboutHer, owned by the Saudi Research and Marketing Group. Al-Ha
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Mohammed Fahad Al-Harthi, Saudi writer, journalist and media expert

Mon, 2020-09-28 23:38 Mohammed Fahad Al-Harthi is a Saudi writer, journalist and media expert with more than 20 years of experience. He is the group editor-in-chief of Arrajol, Sayidaty and AboutHer, owned by the Saudi Research and Marketing Group. Al-Harthi holds a master’s degree in international journalism from City, University of London and a bachelor’s degree in architecture. He began his career at the London-based Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper before joining the English-language newspaper Arab News as a reporter, in addition to being a visiting journalist for the London-based Financial Times. He was then transferred to Al-Eqtisadiah newspaper, where he rose to the position of editor-in-chief. In 1997, Al-Harthi was appointed editor-in-chief of the London-based Arrajol magazine. In 2002, Al-Harthi received the Gulf Excellence Award in recognition of the magazine’s success and wide circulation. In 2004, he was appointed editor-in-chief of the London-based Sayidaty and Al-Jamila magazines. A year following his appointment, he relocated the headquarters of both magazines to Dubai. From 2013 to 2016, Al-Harthi also served as the editor-in-chief of Arab News. He launched the Arab News Dialogue Forum project, which hosts seminars designed to facilitate the discussion of current affairs by officials and diplomats. In 2014, Al-Harthi won the Media Innovation Award in Beirut for his achievements in the field of print, visual and digital media. The following year, Al-Harthi launched his talk show “Bidoun Shak” (Without Doubt) on MBC, and took on the role of presenter. In November 2016, he was elected to the board of directors of the Saudi Journalists Association. In June 2019, World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers in the UK elected Al-Harthi as a member of its board. In July 2019, he was appointed as chairman of the first Saudi Media Forum held in November 2019. He is also the chairman of the Saudi Media Awards. Al-Harthi is also a founding member of the Young Arab Leaders Forum in the Davos Middle East conference, a member of the Gulf/2000 project at Columbia University in New York, and a former member of the National Union of Journalists in the UK. He also regularly writes political articles in Asharq Al-Awsat and Al-Bayan newspapers, and has a weekly column in Sayidaty magazine, on top of a monthly column in Arrajol magazine. Al-Harthi has also launched numerous corporate social responsibility initiatives that dealt with social and humanitarian issues, such as La Lizawaj Al-Kaserat (against child brides), a campaign against child marriage in the Arab world. He also launched Baader bel Khair (initiate goodness), a campaign recognizing other community and humanitarian initiatives and creating awareness of volunteerism in society. Another campaign launched by Al-Harthi was Khali Soutek Masmou Mish Makmou (let your voice be heard not taken away from you). It tackled domestic violence and encouraged women facing abuse to speak up. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Who's Who Dr. Majid Mohammed Al-Tuwaijri, supervisor at the Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence AuthorityDr. Ilham Mansour Al-Dakheel, Saudi educator and business executive

Saudi aid agency signs $15 million deal for projects in Yemen

Mon, 2020-09-28 23:54 JEDDAH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center on Monday signed a $15 million deal with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to carry out humanitarian projects in Yemen. The projects, part of the UN Humanitar
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Saudi aid agency signs $15 million deal for projects in Yemen

Mon, 2020-09-28 23:54 JEDDAH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center on Monday signed a $15 million deal with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to carry out humanitarian projects in Yemen. The projects, part of the UN Humanitarian Response Plan for Yemen 2020, will benefit 223, 918 people in Marib, Aden, Lahj, and the Hadramout governorates. KSRelief Supervisor General Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah and IOM Director General Antonio Vitorino signed the agreement during a virtual meeting. The agreement aims to provide emergency relief to the displaced people, ensure access to educational services, and increase coordination to help people living in refugee camps to provide them with accommodation. Last week, the center signed an agreement with the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to implement seven projects in Yemen worth $46 million. HIGHLIGHT The agreement aims to provide emergency relief to the displaced people and ensure access to educational services. It aims to support access for Yemeni children affected by the coronavirus pandemic to educational opportunities through remote learning. The projects will be carried out in cooperation with Yemen’s Education Ministry and provincial authorities in 20 Yemeni regions. One of the projects will focus on reducing injuries and deaths caused by malnutrition in children and pregnant women in eight governorates that have high levels of acute malnutrition. KSRelief also signed deals to provide more than $200 million of assistance to Yemen through the World Food Programme (WFP), the World Health Organization, and the UN Higher Commissioner for Refugees. Sudan floods The center continued its relief activities in flood-hit Sudan on Monday. It provided urgent aid to families whose houses were destroyed by floods in Ed Abu Zeid in Khartoum. The center provided them tents, shelter bags, and food items.   Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) Saudi aid agency distributes food baskets in LebanonSaudi aid agency opens dialysis center in Beirut

King Salman Energy Park receives prestigious green building rating

Mon, 2020-09-28 23:55 DHAHRAN: King Salman Energy Park (SPARK) has been certified with a prestigious green building rating, becoming the first industrial city in the world to receive Silver Level accreditation for Leadership in Energy and Environmental
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King Salman Energy Park receives prestigious green building rating

Mon, 2020-09-28 23:55 DHAHRAN: King Salman Energy Park (SPARK) has been certified with a prestigious green building rating, becoming the first industrial city in the world to receive Silver Level accreditation for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). The LEED program is an internationally-recognized green building certification system, which verifies that buildings are designed to improve performance across key sustainability metrics such as energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impact. The LEED certification strengthens SPARK’s ability to support future tenants and investors on their own journey towards LEED certification of their own facilities, as part of a fully-integrated energy community. It also affirms the city’s integrated sustainability practices, which are at the heart of the community’s planning. SPARK President & CEO, Saif S. Al Qahtani, said: “SPARK is distinguishing itself as a leading global energy, industrial and technology hub, cementing Saudi Arabia’s position as a progressive innovator in these fields on the international stage. The certification reaffirms our commitment to reducing the city’s carbon footprint. LEED communities are in high global demand, as they offer better rates of profitability, productivity and quality of workplace. Our goal is to create an ecosystem for energy-related companies to grow with minimum environmental impact, and we encourage other industrial cities to follow our lead.” Strategically located at the heart of Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province, SPARK’s vision is to be the primary gateway to the regional energy sector. Its technologically-advanced ecosystem offers investors unmatched supply-chain efficiency and has been designed to provide an ultramodern “plug and play” infrastructure. As well as targeting large corporations, SPARK also caters to small and medium sized enterprises and provides support through its SPARK SME Hub, creating a tailored microcosm for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). This allows streamlined and cost-effective operations near major workforce providers and close to highway and railway networks. At maturity, it will be home to over 300 industrial, technology and service facilities focused on meeting demand for energy goods and services across the entire value chain. LEED certification is a key step in ensuring that environmentally-sensitive techniques are consistently applied to the construction of SPARK across industrial, commercial and residential facilities. It is part of SPARK’s vision to be a proving ground for green tools and technologies designed to minimize the impact of activities conducted within the city, the most successful of which will serve as a blueprint for the oil and gas industry - as well as for businesses and homes across the country. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: King Salman Energy Park (SPARK)Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)Saif S. Al Qahtani King Salman Energy Park announces key investmentKing Salman Energy Park, Prince Mohammad bin Fahd University sign deal to train 80 Saudi students

Madinah governor reviews vital transport project

Author: Tue, 2020-09-29 00:30 MADINAH: Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman on Monday chaired a meeting to review a bus rapid transit (BRT) project for Madinah. He said the project will help create new job opportunities for the people of the region.
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Madinah governor reviews vital transport project

Author: Tue, 2020-09-29 00:30 MADINAH: Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman on Monday chaired a meeting to review a bus rapid transit (BRT) project for Madinah. He said the project will help create new job opportunities for the people of the region. The project will be completed in the fourth quarter of 2021. The BRT project consists of two main 52-km lanes and 33 parking stations. The first lane will start from Prince Mohammed bin Abdul Aziz International Airport station and it will end at the west station of Madinah passing through the Prophet’s Mosque station, the Haramain express station, and the Knowledge Economic City station. The second lane will begin from Sayed Al-Shuhada Square Station to the Miqat Mosque. SPA Madinah Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Madinah governor Madinah governor opens project for needy studentsMadinah governor OKs two new categories to annual excellence awards

King Salman receives closing statement of the Science Group Summit

Author: Tue, 2020-09-29 01:15 On behalf of King Salman, Health Minister Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah on Monday received the closing statement of the Science Group Summit (S20) from the group’s chair, Dr. Anas bin Faris Al-Fares, who is also the president of K
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King Salman receives closing statement of the Science Group Summit

Author: Tue, 2020-09-29 01:15 On behalf of King Salman, Health Minister Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah on Monday received the closing statement of the Science Group Summit (S20) from the group’s chair, Dr. Anas bin Faris Al-Fares, who is also the president of King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology, after a virtual meeting. Several scientific organizations from the G20 countries took part in the meeting, which was hosted by Saudi Arabia. The S20 group focuses on future health, a circular economy and the digital revolution. The meeting stressed the importance of making decisions based on scientific facts supported by data. The closing statement of the meeting included 10 recommendations, which will be submitted to the G20 heads of state. More than 180 scholars participated in drafting the recommendation. They called for increasing the level of preparedness in the wake of a pandemic. They also recommended consolidating advanced treatment and precision medical research with a particular focus on keeping the costs affordable and treatments accessible to all. The group also stressed the need to devise policies to face challenges arising from demographic shifts. One of the recommendations includes development of an integrated approach to the extraction of natural resources. They also urged the relevant authorities to consolidate recycling systems to curb carbon emissions. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Science Group Summit (S20)G20 Saudi Arabia 2020 2020 G20 Leaders’ Summit to be held virtually on Nov. 21 – 22 Saudi Arabia to host ‘virtual’ G20 meeting on oil markets

الادعاء التركي يصدر لائحة اتهام ثانية لـ6 مشتبهين سعوديين في قضية خاشقجي

أصدرت النيابة العامة في إسطنبول اليوم الإثنين لائحة الاتهام الثانية بحق ستة مشتبهين سعوديين، في إطار التحقيقات الجارية بشأن قضية مقتل الصحف
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الادعاء التركي يصدر لائحة اتهام ثانية لـ6 مشتبهين سعوديين في قضية خاشقجي

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بعد مهزلة القضاء السعودي حول مقتل خاشقجي.. ماذا فعلت اسطنبول؟

أعدّت النيابةُ العامة في إسطنبول لائحةَ الاتهامِ الثانية بحقِ ستةِ مشتبهين سعوديين بجريمةِ قتلِ الصحفي السعودي جمال خاشقجي موجِهةً لهم تهمت
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بعد مهزلة القضاء السعودي حول مقتل خاشقجي.. ماذا فعلت اسطنبول؟

أعدّت النيابةُ العامة في إسطنبول لائحةَ الاتهامِ الثانية بحقِ ستةِ مشتبهين سعوديين بجريمةِ قتلِ الصحفي السعودي جمال خاشقجي موجِهةً لهم تهمتَيْ "القتل...

Saudi Arabia reports 29 COVID-19 deaths, 455 new cases

Mon, 2020-09-28 19:30 RIYADH: Saudi health authorities announced 29 deaths from COVID-19 on Monday, taking the Kingdom’s death toll from the virus to 4,712. A total of 455 new cases were also announced, with 52 in Jeddah, 48 in Madinah, 35 in Makkah, 33 i
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Saudi Arabia reports 29 COVID-19 deaths, 455 new cases

Mon, 2020-09-28 19:30 RIYADH: Saudi health authorities announced 29 deaths from COVID-19 on Monday, taking the Kingdom’s death toll from the virus to 4,712. A total of 455 new cases were also announced, with 52 in Jeddah, 48 in Madinah, 35 in Makkah, 33 in the capital Riyadh and 32 in Hafouf, among the cities with the highest count.  The total number of confirmed cases in the Kingdom has reached 333,648, with 11,090 active cases and 1,034 in critical condition.  #الصحة⁩ تعلن عن تسجيل (403) حالة إصابة جديدة بفيروس ⁧#كورونا⁩ الجديد (كوفيد19)، وتسجيل (28) حالات وفيات رحمهم الله، وتسجيل (600) حالة تعافي ليصبح إجمالي عدد الحالات المتعافية (317,005) حالة ولله الحمد. pic.twitter.com/wcKn7nk6F1 — و ز ا ر ة ا لـ صـ حـ ة السعودية (@SaudiMOH) September 27, 2020 According to the health ministry, 841 patients have recovered from the virus over the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of recoveries to 317,846.  The coronavirus pandemic has affected over 33.14 million people globally and the death toll has reached 997,236.   Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaCOVID-19Coronavirus Saudi Arabia announces further drop in new COVID-19 casesSaudi Arabia announces 30 more deaths from COVID-19

Saudi Arabia breaks up Iran-trained terrorist cell

Mon, 2020-09-28 21:38 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia said on Monday it had broken up a terrorist cell, which included members trained in Iran. The cell was discovered last week during security monitoring, state news agency SPA reported. A spokesperson for the Presid
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Saudi Arabia breaks up Iran-trained terrorist cell

Mon, 2020-09-28 21:38 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia said on Monday it had broken up a terrorist cell, which included members trained in Iran. The cell was discovered last week during security monitoring, state news agency SPA reported. A spokesperson for the Presidency of State Security said 10 members of the cell were arrested. Three of those arrested had received military and field training from Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). The spokesperson said the identities of the suspects would not be revealed at present in the interest of the investigation. The cell was formed between October and December 2017. Their training took place in two locations and included field exercises and making explosives. The security operation seized a large amount of weapons, explosives, chemicals and electronic devices and equipment from a house and a farm. The state said Saudi authorities would conduct investigations with all the suspects to find out more information about their activities and those whom they have been in contact with, both inside and outside the Kingdom. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC)Presidency of State Securityterrorist cellSaudi ArabiaIran Saudi Arabia stresses importance of stability in Sudan Saudi aid agency distributes food baskets in Lebanon

Resumption of international flights draws mixed expat reaction

Mon, 2020-09-28 22:04 RIYADH: The decision to allow international travel to and from the Kingdom has evoked mixed reactions in the expatriate community. The decision by Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Interior to allow expatriates who have exit and entry visa
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Resumption of international flights draws mixed expat reaction

Mon, 2020-09-28 22:04 RIYADH: The decision to allow international travel to and from the Kingdom has evoked mixed reactions in the expatriate community. The decision by Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Interior to allow expatriates who have exit and entry visas as well as visit visas to travel across borders on Sept. 13 came as a relief for many expats who are used to vacationing in their home countries. Although many are excited about the news as their wait to visit relatives and friends has come to an end, there are others who are opting to stay in the Kingdom, fearful of the return of restrictions — as well as of coronavirus infection in their own countries. Faiz Al-Najdi, a Pakistani expatriate working as a consultant on a project with the Royal Commission at Yanbu, told Arab News: “It’s a sigh of relief, especially for the expatriates that international flights have been resumed by the Saudi government with certain conditions.” “The expatriate workers and their families have been waiting impatiently for this good news of flights to resume since they were shut down six months ago,” he said. International flights to and from the Kingdom were suspended on March 15 as part of preventative measures to stop the spread of COVID-19, but as the situation has improved countries around the world are beginning to open up. Saudi Arabia has also reviewed its coronavirus travel policies, resuming international flights with conditions. Al-Najdi said: “As I see it there are people with varied opinions. There are families who want to fly back home and are happy to reunite with their relatives and friends; so are those who were stranded in their home countries and were not able to return to the Kingdom. This includes those expatriate workers who wanted to return and rejoin their jobs here.” However, there are some who were skeptical, he said. “Although they can fly home they want to stay put here as they feel far safer compared to being in their respective countries due to COVID-19 getting out of control back home.” “In my opinion it’s a good and commendable step by the Saudi government and I welcome this decision,” he said. Akhtarul Islam Siddiqui, an Indian expatriate in Riyadh, told Arab News: “Even though I love my home country India, as a Kingdom-lover too I prefer to stay with my family here in this pandemic situation. I am more worried for my two daughters who are stranded in India, where the number of cases are among the highest worldwide.” Rafiul Akhter, an Indian expat who is a finance professional working with the Advanced Electronics Co. Ltd, Riyadh, said: “Living away from family, friends and home country is often the hardest part of being an expatriate. News of the resumption of international flight from Saudi Arabia is a ray of hope to boost my energy levels.” “The Saudi government handled this pandemic so promptly. I’m blessed to be safe in Saudi Arabia, but on the other hand I am worried about my motherland where my family is facing this pandemic all alone and feeling so helpless that I could not be there to support them,” he said. “Now that I can travel to my loved ones, there are a few facts that have got muddled in all of the enthusiasm about the conditions of returning to Saudi Arabia that require some clearing up. I hope that in the coming days the confusion is cleared and we, the expats, can plan a stress-free trip to our loved ones,” he said. Since schools resumed virtual classes after the summer break, many expats have opted to stay for the sake of their children’s schooling and will not travel at least till the winter break. However, it is a good news for those whose family is back in their home country. Dr. Kifaya Ifthikar, a Sri Lankan doctor in Riyadh, told Arab News: “We are ecstatic to see our fellow Sri Lankan expats returning to our motherland safe and sound.” “COVID-19 took from us many things that are irreplaceable, but it also gave us the opportunity to realize the little things in life, like being close to family. I am glad that soon they will all be together with their loved ones,” she said.   Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi expats Saudi travel firms reject claims of airlines cashing in on returning expatriates

Saudi photographer reveals unfamiliar tourist sites in the south of the Kingdom

Mon, 2020-09-28 22:16 MAKKAH: Hassan Haroobi began taking photographs in 2013, having had a “passion for photography” since his childhood. “I got my first camera in 2013 and the regions which I took photos of reflect the beauty of the southern regio
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Saudi photographer reveals unfamiliar tourist sites in the south of the Kingdom

Mon, 2020-09-28 22:16 MAKKAH: Hassan Haroobi began taking photographs in 2013, having had a “passion for photography” since his childhood. “I got my first camera in 2013 and the regions which I took photos of reflect the beauty of the southern region of our beloved Kingdom, especially in the Harub province in eastern Jazan, 110 kilometers away from the city,” he told Arab News. He has taken many distinguished photos since starting out, including one of a giant moon, and the famous photo of the student that lately circulated on social media. “Nature is a divine beauty that encourages creativity and photography,” he sphaid. Any person who loves photography seeks to capture everlasting photos to show nature to the whole world, be it plants, animals, seas, soil, water, or air, he said. “This is why nature is like a treasure granted by God for humans to benefit, and nature is our source of living,” said Haroobi. He added: “It is from nature that people get natural resources to procure all their needs. It is from nature that they take materials they use in their daily life. This is why life is like a big store for whatever the human needs to live, starting from his food, and ending with things that he produces and uses. The human is an important part of nature and is an extension to it.” The first thing a photographer needs to think of before going out to take pictures is “what is the best moment to take an extraordinary picture?” he said. “This is something that some people consider trivial, for we can take photos anytime we want. Yes, this does not contradict reality; however everything has its suitable moments so that it would be done in the best way,” he added. He noted that photography was a widespread art. Professional photographers, or those aiming to become one, should be organized in everything they do, he said, from planning the location, preparing the camera, and ensuring enough and suitable equipment for every photo session. As for the best time to take photos, Haroobi said the “golden hour” before sunrise or sunset is perfect, especially with for portraits and landscapes with smooth, easily controlled light. Photography in Saudi Arabia has become available to everyone through modern mobile devices, and anybody can become a professional photographer, he said. “Photography does not depend on the type of camera; it primarily depends on the vision and perception of the photographer on how he takes the picture, what he will focus on, and how he will shed light on a certain part while discarding other less important parts,” he said. He pointed out that taking into consideration the basic conditions of photography rather than the camera itself would turn a picture from an ordinary one to a professional one. “Although using a professional camera would render the photo more brilliant and professional, it would not alone produce the beauty, for it could give worse results than the mobile if the user ignores photography techniques,” said Haroobi. “Because mobiles and simple cameras are designed to make autocorrections, and it is exactly like in painting where skills lie in the painter and not the pen.” He advised photographers of both genders not to go out and take pictures during rainy days and storms, especially in mountains, for the southern regions of the Kingdom witness difficult and possibly dangerous conditions. The photographer also called on increasing investment in the art of photography by organizing competitions for the most beautiful pictures.   Main category: Saudi ArabiaTravelTags: Hassan Haroobi Saudi Arabia’s Rijal Alma village hosts cultural eveningSaudi Tourism Development Fund signs $43bn deal for tourism projects

Startup of the Week: Saudi startup aims to transform mental health services

Mon, 2020-09-28 22:45 JEDDAH: Amid warnings from UN health experts that the mental well-being of societies has been severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, Najla Al-Thaqafi decided to establish the Etizan Therapy Center (@EtizanT) to fill gaps in mental
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Startup of the Week: Saudi startup aims to transform mental health services

Mon, 2020-09-28 22:45 JEDDAH: Amid warnings from UN health experts that the mental well-being of societies has been severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, Najla Al-Thaqafi decided to establish the Etizan Therapy Center (@EtizanT) to fill gaps in mental health services in Saudi Arabia. “The need for facilities providing comprehensive and high-quality services has increased,” Al-Thaqafi told Arab News. She said the results of a national survey, and one conducted by her center, showed that people want such facilities to help them with their mental health. “There’s a lack of centers for psychotherapy services that conform to international standards,” she added. “Our society deserves the highest standards in quality and service.” According to the Saudi National Mental Health Survey, conducted by the King Salman Center for Disability Research and published in October last year, 34 percent of Saudis experience a mental health condition sometime in their life. Moreover, 80 percent of Saudis with severe mental health disorders do not seek any treatment. The most prevalent mental health conditions in the Kingdom are separation anxiety disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, major depressive disorder, social phobia and obsessive compulsive disorder. “Etizan, which means balance in Arabic, is a big goal and a dream that very recently came true to introduce something different to society,” said Al-Thaqafi. The 30-year-old clinical psychologist gathered a team of 10 young Saudi specialists with master’s degrees and doctorates in diverse fields under the roof of her center, which opened in Jeddah in June. Her father was her main supporter in establishing it. Etizan offers a diverse set of services for people of all ages, including individual treatment for children, adolescents and adults; family and marriage therapy; group therapy and addiction treatment. Al-Thaqafi said what distinguishes Etizan from other service providers is the diversity of specialties, well-developed treatment programs and a strong work ethic. “We also offer the highest levels of hospitality at reasonable prices commensurate with the segments of society,” she added. “Moreover, we offer volunteering opportunities where we aim to work on humanitarian initiatives and provide voluntary service to the community.” Al-Thaqafi obtained a master’s degree in clinical psychology from Imam Abdulrahman bin Faisal University in Dammam. She also works as a lecturer in psychology at a private university in Jeddah.   Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Startup of the Week Startup of the Week: Venturing down the rabbit hole to a thrift shopping wonderlandStartup of the Week: Saudi chef introduces art of Italian pizza making in the Kingdom

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