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هل ساهمت الرياض بحفل تنصيب ترامب؟!

نشرت صحيفة «إندبندنت» البريطانية مقالا لمحررها التنفيذي ويل غور، يتساءل فيه عما إذا كانت السعودية قد ساهمت في تمويل حفل تنصيب الرئيس ال
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هل ساهمت الرياض بحفل تنصيب ترامب؟!

نشرت صحيفة «إندبندنت» البريطانية مقالا لمحررها التنفيذي ويل غور، يتساءل فيه عما إذا كانت السعودية قد ساهمت في تمويل حفل تنصيب الرئيس الأمريكي دونالد ...

القوات اليمنية: ملتزمون بوقف إطلاق النار بالحديدة رغم خروقات العدوان 

أكد المتحدث الرسمي باسم القوات المسلحة اليمنية العميد يحيى سريع أن الجيش اليمني واللجان الشعبية ملتزمون بوقف إطلاق النار في الحديدة في الوق
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القوات اليمنية: ملتزمون بوقف إطلاق النار بالحديدة رغم خروقات العدوان 

أكد المتحدث الرسمي باسم القوات المسلحة اليمنية العميد يحيى سريع أن الجيش اليمني واللجان الشعبية ملتزمون بوقف إطلاق النار في الحديدة في الوقت الذي يخر...

ایران والسعودية توقعان مذكرة تفاهم حول موسم الحج القادم

وقعت الجمهورية الاسلامية الايرانية والسعودية اليوم الثلاثاء مذكرة تفاهم حول موسم الحج القادم في ختام المحادثات التي بدات بين الجانبين اول ام
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ایران والسعودية توقعان مذكرة تفاهم حول موسم الحج القادم

وقعت الجمهورية الاسلامية الايرانية والسعودية اليوم الثلاثاء مذكرة تفاهم حول موسم الحج القادم في ختام المحادثات التي بدات بين الجانبين اول امس الاحد....

Christian expats celebrate festive season in Jeddah

Author: ARAB NEWSID: 1545079689267927700Mon, 2018-12-17 23:47 JEDDAH: Images showing Santa Claus giving out presents to happy children could have been shot anywhere in the world, possibly except in Saudi Arabia. This is why when a recent Snapchat v
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Christian expats celebrate festive season in Jeddah

Author: ARAB NEWSID: 1545079689267927700Mon, 2018-12-17 23:47 JEDDAH: Images showing Santa Claus giving out presents to happy children could have been shot anywhere in the world, possibly except in Saudi Arabia. This is why when a recent Snapchat video emerged showing a festive season celebration occurring in the Saudi city of Jeddah it immediately went viral and raised questions. However, it is true… Santa Claus did come to town and the private celebration took place in Jeddah on Saturday as a group of Christians came together to celebrate this religious occasion before they went on annual leave. The small gathering portrayed the Christmas spirit, where children were sitting happily as they anticipated a smiling Santa’s calling. Santa Claus sat around a pile of gifts where each present had a child’s name written across it to be given to them individually for the Christian annual celebration. The video was shot by a Saudi presenter Hashim Abdullah, who was invited to MC the event. His Snapchat account is dedicated to covering events across the Kingdom. The Kingdom has been encouraging peaceful coexistence and interfaith tolerance as of late, especially after King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman initiated interfaith dialogue with Lebanese Maronite Christian Patriarch in November 2017. The visit was followed by many; the king met with the chairman of the Pontifical Council for Interfaith Dialogue at the Vatican earlier in April, while Crown Prince Mohammed met with Archbishop of Canterbury during his UK visit. As the video of the Christmas celebration went viral, a minority misunderstood the contents of the video and criticized it, causing Saudis to step up to defend the celebration, calling it a normal occurrence and stating that it makes them happy to see celebrations of other faiths. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Santa Claus Egyptian sentenced to death for murder of Christian doctorLebanon's Christian rivals shake hands after decades of hostility

US Senate vote ‘will benefit only Iran’

Tue, 2018-12-18 00:36 The Arab world threw its weight behind Saudi Arabia’s assertion of its sovereignty on Monday after what Riyadh described as “blatant interference” in its internal affairs by the US Senate. The move followed Senate resolutions ca
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US Senate vote ‘will benefit only Iran’

Tue, 2018-12-18 00:36 The Arab world threw its weight behind Saudi Arabia’s assertion of its sovereignty on Monday after what Riyadh described as “blatant interference” in its internal affairs by the US Senate. The move followed Senate resolutions calling for withdrawal of US support for the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, and blaming Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul in October. The resolutions were based on “unsubstantiated claims and allegations,” Saudi Arabia said. “The Kingdom categorically rejects any interference in its internal affairs, any and all accusations, in any manner, that disrespect its leadership ... and any attempts to undermine its sovereignty or diminish its stature,” it said. The Saudi stance drew support from the Arab Parliament and the Muslim World League, along with analysts and experts. Arab Parliament speaker Dr. Mishaal bin Fahm Al-Salami urged the US Senate “not to interfere in Saudi Arabia’s internal affairs, not to disrespect its leadership and not to undermine its stature.” The Arab Parliament opposed any attempts to undermine the Kingdom or targeted its leadership, reputation and prestige, Al-Salami said. Dr. Mohammed bin Abdulkarim Al-Issa, secretary general of the Muslim World League, said undermining the sovereignty and leadership of Saudi Arabia was “a red line that no one … is allowed to cross.” “This interference is only in the interest of the wicked,” he said. Salman Al-Ansari, founder of the Saudi American Public Relation Affairs Committee (SAPRAC) in Washington, told Arab News it was “unfortunate that members of the US Senate have buckled under the relentless information warfare that has been waged against Saudi Arabia. “Any vote against the Saudi leadership is a vote against Saudi youth. It is a time of change, dynamism and limitless possibilities in Saudi Arabia, and the crown prince exemplifies that.” Dr. Hamdan Al-Shehri, a Saudi political analyst and international relations scholar in Riyadh, told Arab News the US and Saudi Arabia were allies and only Iran would gain from a rift between them. “We are a frontline state in the war against terrorism and the Iranian-aligned militias who are our common enemies,” he said. “Many Americans are unaware of what is happening in the region and how President Obama’s opening up to Iran emboldened Tehran to run amok. By creating this rupture, the US Senate surely realizes who benefits from it. Iran, of course, our common enemy.” Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaUS Senate Saudi Arabia rejects US Senate positionUS’ Mike Pompeo calls on UN to re-impose ballistic missile restrictions on Iran

Italian envoy looks back on ‘four years of change’

Author: Deema Al-KhudairID: 1545079574237922400Mon, 2018-12-17 23:45 JEDDAH: Outgoing Italian Consul General Elisabetta Martini has described her four-year term in the Kingdom as one of dramatic change. During her time in Jeddah, Martini oversaw t
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Italian envoy looks back on ‘four years of change’

Author: Deema Al-KhudairID: 1545079574237922400Mon, 2018-12-17 23:45 JEDDAH: Outgoing Italian Consul General Elisabetta Martini has described her four-year term in the Kingdom as one of dramatic change. During her time in Jeddah, Martini oversaw the consulate’s move to a new headquarters, and organized hundreds of business and cultural functions that “reached out to all layers of Saudi society.” More than 70,000 visas were issued by the consulate in the same period. “Jeddah is a city full of potential — a potential hub for the entire region,” Martini told a farewell hosted by the Italian Cultural Club on Sunday. “But what makes the city really beautiful is the people,” she said. “In my four years, we had more than 100 cultural, promotional and commercial events, and we also had a lot of gatherings for the business community,” Martini told Arab News. “We issued more than 70,000 visas. We had very high numbers, but what I want to underline is that the best thing was the community, how the community embraced me,” she said. “That gave me confidence to keep on working on what I was doing and to do better every time. I had the chance to witness the changes.” The diplomat’s farewell featured the Italian national anthem sung by the Italian International School of Jeddah choir, and a jazz performance led by Paolo Damiani, director of the Accademia di S. Cecilia jazz department. Martini said that during her time as consul general she tried to show that “diplomats are people like any other.” The Italian envoy will start her new term in Moscow on Jan. 3. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Italian consulate in JeddahItalySaudi Arabia Riyadh to host Italian beauty trade showJeddah hotels celebrate Italian week

Saudi Fund for Development reschedules Jordan’s $114 million debt

Tue, 2018-12-18 03:04 JEDDAH: The Saudi Fund for Development and the Jordanian government signed a deal on Monday to reschedule the repayment of $114 million Jordan owes to the fund. The debt includes 19 loans which will now be settled over 20 years, with
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Saudi Fund for Development reschedules Jordan’s $114 million debt

Tue, 2018-12-18 03:04 JEDDAH: The Saudi Fund for Development and the Jordanian government signed a deal on Monday to reschedule the repayment of $114 million Jordan owes to the fund. The debt includes 19 loans which will now be settled over 20 years, with a grace period of five years. The Saudi Press Agency reported that the agreement was signed by Jordan’s Finance Minister Ezzedin Kanakriyah and SFD Deputy Chairman and Managing Director Khalid bin Sulaiman Al-Khudairy. It aims to help Jordan reduce its overall public debt. Also present at the signing ceremony were Prince Khaled bin Faisal bin Turki, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Jordan, Jordan’s Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Mary Kawar, and Jordanian Central Bank Governor Ziad Fariz. Another agreement was signed that will enable the Jordanian government to spend money directly on development projects financed by a Saudi Arabian grant, as part of a Gulf grant to Jordan through an account with the Central Bank of Jordan. This agreement aims to provide liquidity as quickly as possible and avoid the challenges associated with financial ceilings in the Jordanian general budget. Jordan thanked Saudi Arabia for its contribution to this Gulf grant, which is worth $1.25 billion for strategic and high-priority projects. In addition to this, Saudi Arabia has contributed to a package of aid to Jordan within the framework of the Makkah Summit, as well as supporting the Jordanian government’s development efforts to ease the burden of hosting refugees through a grant of $100 million. Prince Khaled highlighted the long-standing ties between the two countries and said that the Kingdom will continue to stand by Jordan and help support its economy. Kawar praised the strong bilateral ties between Jordan and the Kingdom, the foundations of which were laid by Saudi King Salman and Jordanian King Abdullah II. The Jordanian side expressed its thanks and appreciation to Saudi Arabia, its leadership, government and people, for their continued support. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi Fund for Development Jordan receives $1 billion from Gulf aid packageSaudi Arabia's Crown Prince and Jordan's King Abdullah II arrive at FII 2018

هكذا تعامل سعودي مع زوجته لمنعها من القيادة!

ادعت سيدة في منطقة “حائل” السعودية على زوجها بتعمد إحراق سيارتها من نوع نيسان “صني”، وهو ما دعا الجهات الأمنية السعودية إلى بدء التحقيق في ا
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هكذا تعامل سعودي مع زوجته لمنعها من القيادة!

ادعت سيدة في منطقة “حائل” السعودية على زوجها بتعمد إحراق سيارتها من نوع نيسان “صني”، وهو ما دعا الجهات الأمنية السعودية إلى بدء التحقيق في القضية....

فيديو لفتيات سعوديات يثير الجدل الواسع في مواقع التواصل!

أثار مقطع فيديو متداول على مواقع التواصل الاجتماعي في السعودية جدلا كبيرا بين المعلقين حول فتاتين تعملان في عربة طعام متنقلة (فود ترك) وتبيعا
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فيديو لفتيات سعوديات يثير الجدل الواسع في مواقع التواصل!

أثار مقطع فيديو متداول على مواقع التواصل الاجتماعي في السعودية جدلا كبيرا بين المعلقين حول فتاتين تعملان في عربة طعام متنقلة (فود ترك) وتبيعان للزبا...

آل سعود.. أشداء على اليمن

أكد قائد الثورة الإسلامية آية الله السيد علي خامنئي، خلال استقباله عوائل الشهداء، في 12 ديسمبر 2018، أن جرائم آل سعود ستنتهي بضررهم وسيتلقون صفع
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آل سعود.. أشداء على اليمن

أكد قائد الثورة الإسلامية آية الله السيد علي خامنئي، خلال استقباله عوائل الشهداء، في 12 ديسمبر 2018، أن جرائم آل سعود ستنتهي بضررهم وسيتلقون صفعة أقو...

Media spotlight falls on Saudi Arabia’s most historic sites

Author: Lojien GassemID: 1545061128036644100Mon, 2018-12-17 18:38 RIYADH: Some of Saudi Arabia’s most historic sites on Sunday went under the media spotlight as part of a drive to boost tourism. Journalists were taken on a cultural and heritage
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Media spotlight falls on Saudi Arabia’s most historic sites

Author: Lojien GassemID: 1545061128036644100Mon, 2018-12-17 18:38 RIYADH: Some of Saudi Arabia’s most historic sites on Sunday went under the media spotlight as part of a drive to boost tourism. Journalists were taken on a cultural and heritage tour of key locations aimed at showcasing the Najd region of the Kingdom as a top visitor destination. The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) organized the trip, concentrated around the old towns of Shaqra and Ushaiger, to coincide with the Colors of Saudi Arabia forum that aims to strengthen national tourism. Places visited by the group of journalists and writers included Al-Halawa Museum Market, Al-Subaie House, the Husseini Mosque, the House of Mashreq and the heritage village of Ishiqar. They also went to a desert camp, watched cultural shows and ate locally produced cuisine. Abdulrahman Al-Manee, whose Al-Halawa Museum Market shop was visited by the group, told Arab News: “Collecting antiques and cultural pieces has been my hobby for more than 50 years.” He graduated from the fine arts school at King Saud University, and has a website where he sells his products throughout the Kingdom and other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. The SCTH presented a workshop for media professionals during the tour. Majid Al-Hasna, director of media relations at the SCTH, said it is keen to organize more trips for journalists to the Kingdom’s archaeological, historical, heritage and tourism sites. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi Arabiatourism Saudi Tourism chief urges Arab countries to focus on tourismSaudi tourism authority retrieves more than 53,000 relics

UNRWA lauds Saudi assistance to Palestinians

Author: ARAB NEWSID: 1545076824907789800Mon, 2018-12-17 23:00 JEDDAH: The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) on Monday praised the assistance offered by Saudi Arabia to support Palestinian refugees. In a statement posted on
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UNRWA lauds Saudi assistance to Palestinians

Author: ARAB NEWSID: 1545076824907789800Mon, 2018-12-17 23:00 JEDDAH: The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) on Monday praised the assistance offered by Saudi Arabia to support Palestinian refugees. In a statement posted on its official website, the agency described the Kingdom as a committed donor to UNRWA that has recently donated more than $735 million. The organization had counted on a budget of $1.2 billion for 2018 but faced a gap of $446 million when the US announced it was cutting support. UNRWA responded to its “unprecedented” financial pressures by seeking support across UN member-states and raised an additional $382 million, bringing the shortfall for the year down to just $64 million UNRWA was set up in 1950 to help Palestinian refugees who lost their homes because of the 1948 Middle East conflict. Its assistance includes schools, health care centers and food distribution. More than 750,000 Palestinians fled or were expelled during the 1948 war surrounding Israel’s creation. They and all their descendants are deemed by the UN agency to be refugees who fall under its remit.   Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA)King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief)Palestine Saudi Arabia’s financial support to UNRWA laudedUNRWA: helping millions of Palestinians

Saudi Embassy to celebrate Arabic Language Day

Author: ARAB NEWSID: 1545076890567793100Mon, 2018-12-17 23:01 JEDDAH: The office of the Cultural Attache at the Saudi Embassy in Rome is set to celebrate World Arabic Language Day on Tuesday in partnership with King Abdullah Center for Serving Arab
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Saudi Embassy to celebrate Arabic Language Day

Author: ARAB NEWSID: 1545076890567793100Mon, 2018-12-17 23:01 JEDDAH: The office of the Cultural Attache at the Saudi Embassy in Rome is set to celebrate World Arabic Language Day on Tuesday in partnership with King Abdullah Center for Serving Arabic Language. The office will organize a number of workshops for the youth, especially on literal translation from Arabic into Italian and Arabic calligraphy. A roundtable conference of academics and experts is also scheduled. A panel discussion will be held on the mechanism and proposed programs to increase the outreach of the Arabic Language Coordinating Council in non-Arab countries. Several events are organized on this day to acknowledge the Arabic language’s immense contribution to science and culture, including philosophy and the arts. With more than 290 million native speakers, and millions of others gaining some level of fluency, it is one of the five most spoken languages in the world. Language Days at the UN are designed to promote and celebrate multilingualism and cultural diversity, as well as the equal status of all the official languages used at the organization. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: World arabic language dayRome Arabic language award winners to get SR1.5mArabic language to serve as a medium for cultural, humanitarian integration

Digital service to help streamline govt data

Author: ARAB NEWSID: 1545076859207790900Mon, 2018-12-17 23:00 JEDDAH: The Saudi Civil Service Ministry has launched several workshops to help government agencies with the automation process. One of the workshops is aimed at clarifying all question
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Digital service to help streamline govt data

Author: ARAB NEWSID: 1545076859207790900Mon, 2018-12-17 23:00 JEDDAH: The Saudi Civil Service Ministry has launched several workshops to help government agencies with the automation process. One of the workshops is aimed at clarifying all questions regarding automation and to help government agencies understand the importance of data verification and proper coordination between different bodies. According to Civil Service Minister Abdullah bin Ali Al-Melfi, the ministry is working diligently to rectify mistakes from the available data and to ensure the data is updated at the earliest. It will help ensure smooth functioning of administrative procedures to serve the citizens and residents in a better way, he added. Al-Melfi said the ministry represented by the digital transformation agency will support the data correction process in collaboration with other government bodies by forming task forces. AN Jeddah The ministry has launched a service called “Database Functions.” It is a digital service that offers various options to its employees to correct and review data. It also provides access to employment records. The service also allows follow-up on all applications and other digital services that aim to reduce employees’ time and efforts. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi Civil Service MinistrySaudi Arabia Fakeih visits more hospitals as WHO reviews Saudi dataSaudi Ministry to discuss gender equality, women’s participation in civil services

Saudi Arabia continues humanitarian operations in Yemen

Author: ARAB NEWSID: 1545076696727785300Mon, 2018-12-17 22:57 JEDDAH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) on Monday distributed 19 tons of food among 1,476 people in Hiran directorate of Yemen’s Hajjah governorate. Saud
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Saudi Arabia continues humanitarian operations in Yemen

Author: ARAB NEWSID: 1545076696727785300Mon, 2018-12-17 22:57 JEDDAH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) on Monday distributed 19 tons of food among 1,476 people in Hiran directorate of Yemen’s Hajjah governorate. Saudi Arabia is making all-out efforts to provide relief to the Yemenis through KSRelief. The center is working on several humanitarian projects in the war-torn country. KSRelief has provided treatment for more than 21,000 injured Yemenis, both inside and outside Yemen. A total of 6,452 Yemenis received treatment in private sector hospitals in Yemen, while 1,000 received treatment in Yemeni medical centers. In addition, 12,795 cases were transferred to Saudi Arabia, 534 to Jordan, 280 to Sudan and one to India. KSRelief provides health services to all Yemeni people in coordination with the Yemeni Higher Relief Committee represented by the Yemeni Ministry of Health and Population, and local and international partners. The center is also actively involved in the rehabilitation of children affected by the war. It regularly organizes recreational trip for children recruited by the Iranian-backed Houthis. The program aims to help the children return to their normal lives, through teaching them and practicing different sports, as well as taking field trips. KSRelief plans to rehabilitate 2,000 children who were recruited by the Houthis. Recently, the center carried out sewing classes as part of its program to develop manual skills in five Yemeni provinces to support orphan families. Members of the coalition supporting the legitimate government in Yemen against the Houthi militias have so far donated $18 billion in aid to help Yemen over three years. The coalition is making efforts in coordination with different UN agencies to provide relief to the Yemenis. In response to UN reports about worsening food security in Yemen, Saudi Arabia and the UAE pledged $500 million that will help around 13 million Yemenis in the coming months. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) Saudi Arabia’s KSRelief removes over 22,000 land mines in YemenKSRelief steps up aid to war-torn Yemen

نشرة بانوراما: «المشهد السعودي الامریكي» و«الهدف التركي في سوريا»

نشرة «بانوراما» تأتيكم في بث مباشر كل ليلة في الساعة 11:30 مساء بتوقيت طهران وستتناول هذه الليلة «تطورات المشهد السعودي الاميركي» و"أ
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نشرة بانوراما: «المشهد السعودي الامریكي» و«الهدف التركي في سوريا»

نشرة «بانوراما» تأتيكم في بث مباشر كل ليلة في الساعة 11:30 مساء بتوقيت طهران وستتناول هذه الليلة «تطورات المشهد السعودي الاميركي» و"أهداف تركيا في شم...

الإعلان عن موعد وقف إطلاق النار في الحديدة

أعلن مكتب المبعوث الأممي، مارتن غريفيث، مساء اليوم الإثنين، أن اتفاق وقف إطلاق النار بين وفد الرياض ووفد اليمني الوطني ، والذي تم التوصل إليه
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الإعلان عن موعد وقف إطلاق النار في الحديدة

أعلن مكتب المبعوث الأممي، مارتن غريفيث، مساء اليوم الإثنين، أن اتفاق وقف إطلاق النار بين وفد الرياض ووفد اليمني الوطني ، والذي تم التوصل إليه بمشاورا...

الحوثي يغرد ويعلق على تصريحات مسؤول اممي حول اليمن

قال رئيس اللجنة الثورية العليا في اليمن محمد علي الحوثي ان اي قرار لمجلس الأمن الدولي لايوقف سلاح الحصار والمجاعة وانتهاكات دول العدوان ومرتز
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الحوثي يغرد ويعلق على تصريحات مسؤول اممي حول اليمن

قال رئيس اللجنة الثورية العليا في اليمن محمد علي الحوثي ان اي قرار لمجلس الأمن الدولي لايوقف سلاح الحصار والمجاعة وانتهاكات دول العدوان ومرتزقتها فه...

نشرة بانوراما: «المشهد السعودي الاميؤكي» و«الهدف التركي في سوريا»

نشرة «بانوراما» تأتيكم في بث مباشر كل ليلة في الساعة 11:30 مساء بتوقيت طهران وستتناول هذه الليلة «تطورات المشهد السعودي الاميركي» و"أ
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نشرة بانوراما: «المشهد السعودي الاميؤكي» و«الهدف التركي في سوريا»

نشرة «بانوراما» تأتيكم في بث مباشر كل ليلة في الساعة 11:30 مساء بتوقيت طهران وستتناول هذه الليلة «تطورات المشهد السعودي الاميركي» و"أهداف تركيا في شم...

بالصورة... اغتيال ضابط أمني في جنوب شرق اليمن وجبهة نهم

قتل بعد ظهر اليوم الإثنين مدير البحث الجنائي بمديرية شبام حضرموت جنوب شرق اليمن العميد “عزل الجابري” بعملية اغتيال بالقرب من ملعب نادي #الات
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بالصورة... اغتيال ضابط أمني في جنوب شرق اليمن وجبهة نهم

قتل بعد ظهر اليوم الإثنين مدير البحث الجنائي بمديرية شبام حضرموت جنوب شرق اليمن العميد “عزل الجابري” بعملية اغتيال بالقرب من ملعب نادي #الاتفاق بحوطة...

السلطة المحلية بالحديدة تدين استمرار تصعيد العدوان في الساحل الغربي

أدانت السلطة المحلية بمحافظة الحديدة التصعيد المستمر لقوى العدوان في الساحل الغربي أثناء وبعد مفاوضات السويد الهادفة لتحقيق السلام في كل الو
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السلطة المحلية بالحديدة تدين استمرار تصعيد العدوان في الساحل الغربي

أدانت السلطة المحلية بمحافظة الحديدة التصعيد المستمر لقوى العدوان في الساحل الغربي أثناء وبعد مفاوضات السويد الهادفة لتحقيق السلام في كل الوطن اليمني...

بالفيديو...اعتداءات مستمرة قبيل ساعات من موعد الهدنة بالحديدة

من المقرر ان تدخل هدنة حيز التنفيذ منتصف ليل اليوم بالتوقيت المحلي، ورغم اقتراب الموعد فإن تحالف العدوان واصل قصفه الاحياء السكنية للمحافظة.
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بالفيديو...اعتداءات مستمرة قبيل ساعات من موعد الهدنة بالحديدة

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شاهد بالفيديو.. ظهور نادر لنجل ولي العهد السعودي بن سلمان

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شاهد بالفيديو.. ظهور نادر لنجل ولي العهد السعودي بن سلمان

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ملك السعودية: نأمل ان يعود العراق إلى مكانته البارزة في المنطقة

أعرب الملك السعودي سلمان بن عبد العزيز الاثنين، عن أمله بعودة العراق إلى «مكانته البارزة» في المنطقة خلال المرحلة المقبلة، فيما أكد رئي
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ملك السعودية: نأمل ان يعود العراق إلى مكانته البارزة في المنطقة

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Saudi startups win big with business incubator Oqal

Author: Halah AlshathryID: 1544997399020945000Mon, 2018-12-17 00:55 RIYADH: An up-and-coming Saudi business incubator recently launched a new incentive program aimed at keeping the young and budding entrepreneurs it supports and advises focused “
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Saudi startups win big with business incubator Oqal

Author: Halah AlshathryID: 1544997399020945000Mon, 2018-12-17 00:55 RIYADH: An up-and-coming Saudi business incubator recently launched a new incentive program aimed at keeping the young and budding entrepreneurs it supports and advises focused “on the prize.” Oqal, which merges the Arabic word “aqel” (mind) with the Arabic word “amwal” (financial resources), helps youth with business plans and capital make the most of their resources by creating economically viable startups. The jury on the panel of this latest competition, which was for the Kingdom’s Eastern Province, narrowed down 10 emerging projects to three finalists. Five Saudi judges with experience in the business sector were tasked with selecting the finalists. Educa, an education-related initiative, won SR50,000 ($13,329) and a car. Qosoor, which rents out wedding and events venues, also won SR50,000. The third-place prize went to a real estate valuation company, which won SR25,000. The winners will also have their businesses accredited. Since its inception in 2011, Oqal, a not-for-profit online platform, has helped foster the talent and resources of more than 50 entrepreneurs whose companies are now thriving in the Saudi market. Oqal is working with Monsha’at, Arabic for startups, a government initiative attempting to empower small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to contribute more significantly to the country’s national economy. “These prizes are a motivating tool and big form of exposure for these businesses, which will need to keep up momentum on this huge initial boost,” said Yaser Al-Ahmed, one of the judges on the panel. “These businesses will continue to be guided by Monsha’at, which recently announced that the financial pledges made by young owners will be matched by other high-net-worth individuals in order to encourage future investments in startups.” The latest initiatives come amid efforts to increase the contribution of SMEs to the gross domestic product (GDP). SMEs only account for 20 percent of Saudi Arabia’s GDP, a weak figure compared with first world countries, some of which enjoy an up to 70 percent SME contribution rate. SMEs in the Kingdom continue to bear the brunt of complex administrative procedures and funding challenges. Currently, financial institutions only provide a 5 percent rate of funding to startups. Monsha’at is trying to increase funding to 20 percent by 2030. The authority responsible for SME performance is reviewing cumbersome regulations and increasing access to finance methods, as well as introducing more business incubators and helping local businesses export their products. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi SMEssaudi startups Saudi Arabia’s KAUST startups win top prizesSaudi Arabia invests in startups to achieve Vision 2030 objective

Saudi treasures at Louvre Abu Dhabi dazzle visitors

Author: ARAB NEWSID: 1544990580170640700Sun, 2018-12-16 23:01 JEDDAH: The Roads of Arabia exhibition at the Louvre Museum Abu Dhabi has proved a big attraction for visitors of various nationalities. Subtitled Archaeological Treasures of Saudi Arabi
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Saudi treasures at Louvre Abu Dhabi dazzle visitors

Author: ARAB NEWSID: 1544990580170640700Sun, 2018-12-16 23:01 JEDDAH: The Roads of Arabia exhibition at the Louvre Museum Abu Dhabi has proved a big attraction for visitors of various nationalities. Subtitled Archaeological Treasures of Saudi Arabia, it carries important information about the history and civilizations of the Kingdom and the Arabian Peninsula. Visitors expressed their pride that the exhibition confirms the Kingdom’s special place in the field of archaeology, in both the discovery of these treasures and the way they are preserved. “The exhibition represents the ancient desert memory when trade was the lifeblood of the world. The Arab trade route through the region was one of the world’s most famous routes at the time,” said former Director General of the French National Museums Pierre-Francois Zemmour. A similar exhibition titled Treasures of Saudi Arabia was held in the Paris Louvre in 2010 and achieved great popularity in Europe, according to Zemmour. “The exhibition hosted by Louvre Abu Dhabi this year displays 466 artifacts from the Arabian peninsula, the land of the Hijaz and the Arabian Kingdom of Kindah in 200BC,” he added. “This is a cultural and historical event of great importance which is attracting the attention of thousands of people around the world. It shows the authentic lifestyle of these ancient peoples, who were interested in riding, breeding falcons and hunting, as well as in the protection and organization of commercial convoys,” Zemmour said. “What is distinctive about the exhibition is that the museum reflects the image of the distant past from the heart of a country that still preserves the spirit of ancient civilization and lives on the spirit of authenticity in a contemporary form.” Simone Garaudy, a researcher at the National Institute of Archaeology and Heritage in Paris, said that Western and Arab archaeological missions have discovered thousands of important sites in the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain over the past 10 years. “These discoveries are very important for the history of humanity. It is great to see that the UAE is particularly interested in national museums which represent the memory of the region and preserve the history of the Gulf region and the civilization of the Arabian Desert for the present and future generations,” said Garaudy. Garaudy said that the Louvre Abu Dhabi displays the great value of the past using the latest techniques of presentation, preservation and storage. “This is very important because it makes it easy for millions of people around the world to follow the exhibitions, which present Arab history to the world,” she added. Jean de Cornies, an artist and a member of the board of trustees of the Musee d'Orsay in Paris, said that the Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum has a collection of thousands of artifacts that reflect Arab lifestyle through the ages, collected from the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Yemen and Oman. “The Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi works with its counterparts in other Arab countries and around the world, making the Louvre Abu Dhabi a integrated historical memory that reflects a long history of the Arabs.” Indian researcher Alimuddin said: “I can see sculptures from the Stone Age and artifacts that are tens of thousands of years old, and this makes us rethink many ideas and wonder how these pieces have been preserved, despite the difficult environmental conditions in the region.” Kabra, a visitor, stressed the importance of viewing this great heritage, noting that she did not know much about the heritage of the Arabian Peninsula, and that holding such exhibitions helps to spread cultural knowledge among the people. Main category: Saudi ArabiaArt & CultureTags: Louvre Abu DhabiUAESaudi Arabia UAE ambassador to KSA: ‘Routes of Arabia’ expo is a rich addition to Louvre Abu DhabiLouvre Abu Dhabi celebrates 1m visitors in first year

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology to manufacture vaccines

Author: ARAB NEWSID: 1544990506920633200Sun, 2018-12-16 23:01 JEDDAH: King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) on Saturday launched the Saudi Center for Manufacturing and Developing Medical Vaccine Proteins. The project, the firs
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King Abdullah University of Science and Technology to manufacture vaccines

Author: ARAB NEWSID: 1544990506920633200Sun, 2018-12-16 23:01 JEDDAH: King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) on Saturday launched the Saudi Center for Manufacturing and Developing Medical Vaccine Proteins. The project, the first of its kind in the Middle East, will be established in partnership with Research Products Development Co. and SaudiVax. The center will manufacture vaccines, which will be the first line of defense against epidemics in the Kingdom, such as coronavirus. The new establishment will be located at KAUST research complex and is set to host several leading local and international research and development firms. Three KAUST startups were named on the “Top 10” list of the best companies in the Startup Istanbul 2018 international competition, which took place from Oct. 19-22. iyris, Oaesis and UnitX were selected from the top 100 startups out of over 90,000 applicants from over 80 countries in Asia and Europe. The university supports emerging companies on their journeys from the early stages of ideation to marketing and financial support. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: King Abdullah University for Science and Technology (KAUST)Saudi Arabia KAUST, US Lockheed Martin sign research agreement to support Vision 2030KAUST-Bruker CoE in magnetic resonance inaugurated

Saudi Arabia rejects US Senate position

Mon, 2018-12-17 02:24 JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia said it “rejects the position expressed recently by the United States Senate,” while also affirming a commitment to further develop relations with the US. The Senate’s position had been based on “ unsubstan
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Saudi Arabia rejects US Senate position

Mon, 2018-12-17 02:24 JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia said it “rejects the position expressed recently by the United States Senate,” while also affirming a commitment to further develop relations with the US. The Senate’s position had been based on “ unsubstantiated claims and allegations, and contained blatant interferences in the Kingdom’s internal affairs, undermining the Kingdom’s regional and international role,” a Saudi Foreign Ministry statement said. The Kingdom also expressed concern about the positions held by senators of “an esteemed legislative body of an allied and friendly government, a government that the Kingdom, under the leadership of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and the Crown Prince, holds at the highest regard, and with whom the Kingdom maintains deep strategic, political, economic, and security ties ” the statement read. Saudi Arabia also rejected “any interference in its internal affairs, any and all accusations, in any manner, that disrespect its leadership, represented by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosque and the Crown Prince, and any attempts to undermine its sovereignty or diminish its stature.” The statement also talked of the Kingdom’s vital strategic influence in the region and beyond. “The Kingdom also emphasizes that such a position will not affect its leading role in the region, in the Arab and Muslim worlds, and internationally. The Kingdom has and will continue to fulfill its pivotal role in the Arab and Muslim Worlds, as it holds a special place for Muslims around the world.  Such a status has made the Kingdom a pillar of stability in the Middle East and the world, and a cornerstone for the efforts to achieve peace and security regionally and globally.”  Saudi Arabia also enjoys a leading role in supporting the stability of international energy markets through maintaining a balance that serves both producers and consumers, the statement said. On the fight against terror, the Kingdom has “made a great impact in the demise of terrorist organizations such as Daesh, Al-Qaida and others, saving many innocent lives around the world.  These contributions included the formation and leadership of the Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition, and the effective participation in the US-led Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS.” The statement also said that the Kingdom steadfastly stood by the United States of America in confronting Iran’s malign activities and continues its efforts towards achieving a political solution, by the Yemeni parties, to the situation in Yemen based on UNSC resolution 2216, the GCC initiative and its implementation mechanism, and the outcomes of the Comprehensive Yemeni National Dialogue, including the efforts by the United Nations Special Envoy that led, with the support of the Kingdom, to the agreements that were announced recently in Sweden. And on the Kingdom’s humanitarian efforts in Yemen: “The Kingdom considers the humanitarian situation in Yemen a priority and it provides, through the King Salman Center for Humanitarian Aid and Relief, significant aid to the Yemeni people in all areas of Yemen. The Kingdom cooperates with relevant international organizations and bodies to deliver aid to people in need,” the statement read. The statement also said the “murder of Saudi citizen Jamal Khashoggi is a deplorable crime that does not reflect the Kingdom’s policy nor its institutions.  Accordingly, the Kingdom reaffirms its rejection of any attempts to take the case out of the path of justice in the Kingdom.” And on the longstanding Saudi-US relationship: “The Kingdom is keen on preserving its relations with the United States of America, and will continue to work towards improving these ties in all areas. The Kingdom appreciates the prudent position taken by the United States Government and its institutions regarding the recent developments, as it realizes that this position by the US Senate sends the wrong messages to all those who want to cause a rift in Saudi-US relationship. The Kingdom hopes that it is not drawn into domestic political debates in the United States of America, to avoid any ramifications on the ties between the two countries that could have significant negative impacts on this important strategic relationship,” said the statement. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaYemen Yemeni PM: Funds from Saudi Arabia, UAE should be managed to achieve intended goalsSaudi Arabia’s Prince Turki Al-Faisal says CIA cannot be trusted on Khashoggi conclusion

Saudi Arabia joins nations in Katowice as talks adopt ‘Rulebook’ to curb climate change

Mon, 2018-12-17 02:35 DUBAI: Between December 3 and 14, about 30,000 people from around the world converged on the Polish coal city of Katowice for the United Nations Climate Change Conference. COP24 (Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention
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Saudi Arabia joins nations in Katowice as talks adopt ‘Rulebook’ to curb climate change

Mon, 2018-12-17 02:35 DUBAI: Between December 3 and 14, about 30,000 people from around the world converged on the Polish coal city of Katowice for the United Nations Climate Change Conference. COP24 (Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change) took place close on the heels of a special report by a UN panel predicting the increasingly severe effects of a 1.5C rise in global temperatures over pre-industrial levels. COP24 was the third such meeting since the adoption in 2015 of the Paris Agreement, which outlined a joint roadmap for developed and developing countries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions starting from 2020. Naturally, the role of fossil fuels, greenhouse gas emissions and financial commitments in the battle against climate change were high on the Katowice agenda. Governments have adopted a robust set of guidelines for implementing the 2015 Paris Agreement. The implementation of the agreement will benefit people from all walks of life, especially the most vulnerable.  The Katowice Climate Package is designed to put into operation the climate change regime contained in the Paris Agreement. Under the auspices of the United Nations Climate Change Secretariat, it will promote international cooperation and encourage greater ambition. The Katowice agreement aims to deliver the Paris goals of limiting global temperature rises to well below 2C.  Saudi Arabia was among the major participants from the Middle East, demonstrating the seriousness with which it is taking its own energy transition and international efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change. The ambitious targets the kingdom has set for itself are being seen as a message to other countries that also face a complicated transition. “This year’s COP24 event was crucial in many ways, including its focus on people’s displacement because of extreme weather events and the impact on human lives,” said Dr. Taoufik Ksiksi, associate professor in biology at the United Arab Emirates University. “More people are now displaced as a result of climate-related extreme events than by wars and conflicts.” Dr. Ksiksi says the need to limit the rise in global temperatures to 1.5C-2C adds pressure on all the Paris Agreement signatories to act faster. “All countries that signed on, including Saudi Arabia and the UAE, are working hard to (reduce) greenhouse gas emissions, among other things,” he told Arab News. “For countries like Saudi Arabia, it is critically important to get ahead of many other countries.” Pointing to growing concern in the Middle East over the possible impact of climatic change and its excessive reliance on fossil fuels, Dr. Ksiksi said: “Some sectors, such as transportation, energy use efficiency and land use change, are more likely to be at the forefront of mitigation and adaptation schemes.” The concept of COP came from the 1992 Rio Summit where the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change was adopted, and aims to inspire countries to make good on their climate pledges. As for COP24, this is “an important year for testing the Paris model of gradually scaling up the ambition of targets through its five-year review cycle,” Emma Champion, EMEA policy analyst at BloombergNEF, told Arab News. Champion sees the financing of energy transitions as a major issue in the battle against climate change. “Developed countries are behind on their commitment to sending $100 billion a year to developing countries to help them to achieve their individual targets, while developing countries are already facing budgetary pressure amid extreme weather events,” she said. At the Katowice gathering there was a semantic disagreement over whether it should “welcome” or “note” the UN panel’s warning of dire consequences if global temperatures rise by more than 1.5C, with four oil-producing countries — the US, Saudi Arabia, Russia, and Kuwait — expressing their preference for the term “note.” By all accounts, Saudi Arabia is playing its part in the effort to achieve the Paris accord’s goals and targets. According to Raed Al-Schneiber, from the Saudi Energy Efficiency Center, despite being one of the world’s biggest energy producers the Kingdom is committed to becoming a highly energy-efficient country in order to preserve its resources for future generations. In this spirit, experts from Saudi Arabia gave presentations in Katowice highlighting home-grown innovations and advances. Saudi Aramco’s Dr. Tidjani Niass said: “The Kingdom’s national petroleum and natural gas company is making commendable progress on a wide range of carbon-dioxide utilization technologies, among other fields. The company’s work in environmental stewardship has resulted in the world’s lowest-carbon crude.”  Organizations such as KSA Climate Change gave presentations on the sidelines of COP24 highlighting efforts to tackle water and wastewater challenges, sustainable development and creating value from carbon dioxide. The subjects were energy-efficiency applications in the Gulf, research and development for climate solutions, and the use of oil and gas technologies to address climate change challenges. According to Dario Traum, a senior associate at BloombergNEF, as one of the countries whose economy will need to go through the most radical transformation as a result of climate-change mitigation efforts Saudi Arabia’s role in the negotiations is central. “Saudi Arabia is one of the countries that has an economy that is predominantly reliant on oil revenue,” he told Arab News. “We have seen in recent years the kind of shocks to government revenue and savings a fall in oil prices can have. The Saudi government has started to respond to that with reform and through investment in new sectors at home and abroad, although this clearly needs to be scaled up in the coming years.” One topic that was high on the COP24 agenda was clean energy technology, the applications of which are growing in a widening field of activities — power projects, transportation, waste management, energy efficiency and storage, and sustainable urban development, to name just five. If the trend continues, opportunities for unlocking investment in clean energy technologies will multiply, say experts. “COP24 has further clarified the scale of the opportunity,” said Bader Al-Lamki, executive director for clean energy at Masdar, a UAE-headquartered company focused on the development, commercialization and deployment of renewable energy and sustainable urban development. “The low-carbon economy is the new growth story of the 21st century. And through the initiative of countries such as the UAE and Saudi Arabia, which is wholeheartedly embracing the potential for renewables to meet its domestic power demand, it is a growth story in which emerging markets are actively participating.” The overwhelming dependence of the Arab Gulf region on desalinated water means solar-based desalination technologies have a major role to play in helping countries meet their emissions-reduction targets. In this context, Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) has come up with a host of initiatives, one of them termed “green desalination.”  The need to meet the Paris Agreement targets is hardly the only worry for the Arab Gulf states, given the significant drop in rainfall received by the region in the last 20 years. “This drop will have an impact on natural vegetation, which is very much dependent on rainfall during specific seasons,” said Dr. Mohsen Sherif, director of the National Water Center in the UAE. “It will also affect the phenomenon of natural groundwater recharge. If you have less rainfall, there will be less water filtering down to the aquifer system, which will reduce the amount of available groundwater. So there is a need to assess accurately the impact of climate change on the Arab Gulf region’s underground water resources.” Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi Arabiaclimate changeEditor’s Choice Nations at climate talks back universal emissions rulesUN climate talks in Poland go into overtime

الحلبوسي يتوجه إلى السعودية في زيارة عاجلة

توجه رئيس مجلس النواب العراقي محمد الحلبوسي، اليوم الأحد، إلى المملكة العربية السعودية في زيارة رسمية....
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الحلبوسي يتوجه إلى السعودية في زيارة عاجلة

توجه رئيس مجلس النواب العراقي محمد الحلبوسي، اليوم الأحد، إلى المملكة العربية السعودية في زيارة رسمية....

نيويورك تايمز: مسؤولون بالرياض أقروا بتورط ابن سلمان بقتل خاشقجي

وصف الكاتب والمحلل السياسي الأمريكي نيكولاس كريستوف، ولي العهد السعودي محمد بن سلمان، بـ«المجنون والقاتل» في مقال يسرد فيه تفاصيل زيار
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نيويورك تايمز: مسؤولون بالرياض أقروا بتورط ابن سلمان بقتل خاشقجي

وصف الكاتب والمحلل السياسي الأمريكي نيكولاس كريستوف، ولي العهد السعودي محمد بن سلمان، بـ«المجنون والقاتل» في مقال يسرد فيه تفاصيل زيارة أجراها للسعود...

السعودية تحاول الرد على الشيوخ الأمريكي بشأن خاشقجي

استنكرت المملكة العربية السعودية، الموقف الصادر مؤخراً من مجلس الشيوخ الأمريكي والذي يشير إلى تورط ولي العهد السعودي محمد بن سلمان، بقضية مق
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السعودية تحاول الرد على الشيوخ الأمريكي بشأن خاشقجي

استنكرت المملكة العربية السعودية، الموقف الصادر مؤخراً من مجلس الشيوخ الأمريكي والذي يشير إلى تورط ولي العهد السعودي محمد بن سلمان، بقضية مقتل الصحفي...

Umrah guests visit historic sites in Madinah, Saudi Arabia

Author: sarah glubbID: 1544982667210173700Sun, 2018-12-16 20:43 JEDDAH: The guests of the 13th batch of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Program for Umrah on Sunday visited Islamic sites in Madinah and the King Fahd Complex for Printing the Holy Q
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Umrah guests visit historic sites in Madinah, Saudi Arabia

Author: sarah glubbID: 1544982667210173700Sun, 2018-12-16 20:43 JEDDAH: The guests of the 13th batch of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Program for Umrah on Sunday visited Islamic sites in Madinah and the King Fahd Complex for Printing the Holy Qur’an. Following the tour, the head of the planning department of the Ministry of Islamic Affairs and Endowments in Djibouti, Dr. Othman Hussein Mohammed, thanked King Salman for making all-out efforts to serve Islam and Muslims all over the world. The guests — comprising 203 individuals from eight African countries — thanked King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the generous hospitality, services and facilities provided to them from the moment that they left their countries to their arrival in the Kingdom. The guests have come from Ethiopia, Senegal, Comoros, Djibouti, Mali, South Africa, Nigeria and Uganda. With the arrival of the 13th batch of guests, the total number has reached 2,803 from various countries since the start of the program. Main category: Saudi Arabia

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