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شاهد/ سيل مخيف في السعودية يجتاح عسير وينشر الذعر بين المواطنين

نشر ناشطون بمواقع التواصل في السعودية مقطعا مصورا وثق لحظة جريان سيل مخيف في عسير، حيث أغرق الطرقات وعطل المرور في مشهد مرعب....
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شاهد/ سيل مخيف في السعودية يجتاح عسير وينشر الذعر بين المواطنين

نشر ناشطون بمواقع التواصل في السعودية مقطعا مصورا وثق لحظة جريان سيل مخيف في عسير، حيث أغرق الطرقات وعطل المرور في مشهد مرعب....

شاهد/ زلة لسان لمذيعة سعودية قد تذهب بها وراء الشمس

تداول ناشطون بموقع التواصل “تويتر” مقطعا مصورا لمذيعة قناة “الإخبارية” السعودية أثار جدلا واسعا....
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شاهد/ زلة لسان لمذيعة سعودية قد تذهب بها وراء الشمس

تداول ناشطون بموقع التواصل “تويتر” مقطعا مصورا لمذيعة قناة “الإخبارية” السعودية أثار جدلا واسعا....

ما علاقة طرح 'أرامكو' بـ 'صدام'؟

شن سعوديون بمواقع التواصل هجوما عنيفا على السياسي اللبناني وليد جنبلاط، زعيم الحزب التقدمي الاشتراكي في لبنان، بعد انتقاده لطرح شركة أرامكو
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ما علاقة طرح 'أرامكو' بـ 'صدام'؟

شن سعوديون بمواقع التواصل هجوما عنيفا على السياسي اللبناني وليد جنبلاط، زعيم الحزب التقدمي الاشتراكي في لبنان، بعد انتقاده لطرح شركة أرامكو السعودية ...

Saudi Border Guard training program on civilized dialogue

Fri, 2019-11-22 04:03 JEDDAH: The General Directorate of Border Guards has organized a training program on civilized dialogue at the Mohammed bin Naif Academy for Maritime Science and Security in Jeddah. The program was at the initiative of the King Abd
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Saudi Border Guard training program on civilized dialogue

Fri, 2019-11-22 04:03 JEDDAH: The General Directorate of Border Guards has organized a training program on civilized dialogue at the Mohammed bin Naif Academy for Maritime Science and Security in Jeddah. The program was at the initiative of the King Abdul Aziz Center for National Dialogue (KACND) and with the approval of Gen. Awwad Eid Al-Balawi, director-general of the Saudi Border Guards. Maj. Mohammed Al-Thaqafi, academy spokesman, said that the four-day program, which has qualified 84 male and female members of the Border Guards, was held under the supervision of Maj. Gen. Ali bin Dahesh Al-Dahesh, commander of the academy, who contributed to promoting the culture of civilized dialogue as well as taking interest in genuine dialogue with international civilizations and cultures, in line with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030. The program was coordinated by the supervisor and coordinator of programs at the KACND in Makkah, Dr. Mounira bint Saleh Al-Aakkas. Specialized lecturers from the center participated in the training: Abdullatif bin Zaher Al-Shehrin focused on developing communication skills while Abdullah bin Said Al-Turki and Fatima bin Musleh Al-Qahtani focused on the accredited trainer in civilized dialogue. Topics covered included: Introduction to communication, effective communication means and methods, the importance, objectives, theories and means to promote civilized dialogue, Islam’s stance on civilized dialogue and the Kingdom’s leading role in civilized dialogue. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: King Abdul Aziz Center for National Dialogue (KACNDSaudi Border Guards Saudi Border Guards intercept two boats smuggling 500kg of cannabisSaudi Border Guards evacuate injured sailor from Red Sea platform

Saudi aviation academy gets nod to carry out advanced training programs

Author: Thu, 2019-11-21 22:57 RIYADH: The Saudi Academy of Civil Aviation has won approval from the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) to carry out advanced training programs in the Kingdom. The accreditation was granted during
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Saudi aviation academy gets nod to carry out advanced training programs

Author: Thu, 2019-11-21 22:57 RIYADH: The Saudi Academy of Civil Aviation has won approval from the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) to carry out advanced training programs in the Kingdom. The accreditation was granted during a recent international conference in Kentucky in the US. Fahad Al Harbi, president of the Saudi Academy of Civil Aviation, said that the award reflects the Kingdom’s advances in both aviation training and fire and rescue sciences. The academy’s latest international recognition follows earlier recognition of the its fire and rescue training services.  Following accreditation by the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress, the academy will be able to hold 11 training programs offering trainees internationally accredited certificates. Last April the academy was inspected by IFSAC auditors, who reviewed equipment and techniques used at the fire and rescue training center. The academy has started training about 2,450 fire and rescue services staff working in airports around the Kingdom over the past two years. IFSAC was established in 1999 and is one of the authorities responsible for licensing fire and rescue services training centers around the world.       Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi Academy of Civil AviationFire Service Accreditation Congress Saudi Border Guard training program on civilized dialogueSaudi Arabia must plan carefully for ‘super cities,’ says strategist

MITEF Saudi Arabia hosts entrepreneurs in Riyadh Season

Author: Fri, 2019-11-22 04:41 RIYADH: The MIT Enterprise Forum (MITEF) Saudi Arabia will launch an event for entrepreneurs from Nov. 27-30 at the Riyadh Front Mall and from Dec. 8-20 at the Riyadh Boulevard as part of Riyadh Season. The aim is to crea
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MITEF Saudi Arabia hosts entrepreneurs in Riyadh Season

Author: Fri, 2019-11-22 04:41 RIYADH: The MIT Enterprise Forum (MITEF) Saudi Arabia will launch an event for entrepreneurs from Nov. 27-30 at the Riyadh Front Mall and from Dec. 8-20 at the Riyadh Boulevard as part of Riyadh Season. The aim is to create an interactive platform to connect entrepreneurs with industry experts to help them to launch and develop projects, and in partnership with the non-profit organization Tasamy to provide mentorship for social enterprise ventures. MITEF aims to attract male and female entrepreneurs, university students and everyone interested in entrepreneurship in Saudi Arabia. It will encourage them to interact, discuss and introduce programs and competitions that will enrich the entrepreneurship environment in Saudi Arabia. The event has three zones — the dream zone for young entrepreneurs who need mentoring and coaching to translate their ideas into real projects, the start zone for sharing successful startups stories, and the inspire zone which focuses on successful startups that aim to have a substantial positive impact on society. “By holding this event, MITEF Saudi Arabia aims to support Saudi youth to develop their ideas into real projects that help to drive economic progress, promote entrepreneurship culture, and inspire innovation across all business sectors within Saudi Arabia in line with Vision 2030. “We cordially invite and welcome all entrepreneurs and stakeholders to participate in this week-long event at the Riyadh Front Mall and the Riyadh Boulevard to share ideas and discuss potential projects and opportunities,” said Bayan Abdullah Al-Gamdi, head of entrepreneurship programs and MITEF Saudi Arabia. MITEF, part of the MIT Enterprise Forum global network, in collaboration with Bab Rizq Jameel, an initiative of Community Jameel, has announced its fourth annual edition of the Saudi Startup Competition. Registration is open to all Saudi and non-Saudi entrepreneurs from all age groups and business sectors on the official website of the competition until Dec. 21. The nine winning teams will be invited to participate in the 13th edition of the MITEF Arab Startup Competition and awarded cash prizes totaling more than SR325,000 ($86,700). Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: MITEFMIT Enterprise Forum (MITEF) Saudi ArabiaRiyadh Front MallRiyadh season Fourth MITEF Saudi Startup competition is open for registrationMITEF Saudi Startup competition announces winners

Mashroat signs agreement with Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture

Author: Fri, 2019-11-22 04:47 RIYADH: The National Project Management, Operation and Maintenance Organization in Public Entities (Mashroat) has signed a memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture to raise t
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Mashroat signs agreement with Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture

Author: Fri, 2019-11-22 04:47 RIYADH: The National Project Management, Operation and Maintenance Organization in Public Entities (Mashroat) has signed a memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture to raise the efficiency of its facility and asset management, including its portfolio of 51 contracts across 1,800 project sites throughout the Kingdom.  The agreement was signed by the Deputy Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture Mansour bin Hilal Al-Mashiati, the ministry’s Engineering Affairs Director Kanaan bin Essa Al-Kanaan, Assistant Minister of Economy and Planning Khaled bin Saud Al-Shonaifi and the Director General of Mashroat Ahmed bin Mutair Al-Balawi. The MoU is in line with Mashroat’s strategy to build partnerships with government entities involved in project, asset and facility management. Based on the agreement the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture will benefit from Mashroat’s professional standards in managing facilities and assets. The program will be implemented in a number of phases covering asset recording, upgrading the computer system, the introduction of a facility management implementation model, a reworking of the organizational and operational structure, updated evaluation policies, procedures and systems and an improved administrative and regulatory framework. Speaking at the signing, Al-Balawi said: “We welcome this partnership with the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture. The ministry has a large portfolio of infrastructure projects which are vital to millions of the Kingdom’s population and we are pleased to work alongside them to transform their operation and maintenance sector, and ensure they meet international standards. “Mashroat’s remit is to build cooperation across all government entities to support the Kingdom’s policy of adopting unified and international standards in facility, asset and project management.” Al-Kanaan said: “The ministry has projects covering 522 million square meters, including administrative buildings, parks, research centers, dams and other important facilities and projects. Based on our new cooperation with Mashroat we will benefit from its experience in order to manage our operation and maintenance portfolio in accordance with best international practices.” Mashroat is the state’s enabling arm for infrastructure projects. It provides consultancy and technical support to government agencies in project management, operation and maintenance in order to enhance the effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability of the national infrastructure and ensure the projects are in line with global best practice and meet the ambitious aspirations of Vision 2030. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: MashroatSaudi ministry of environmentWater and Agriculture MITEF Saudi Arabia hosts entrepreneurs in Riyadh SeasonSaudi aviation academy gets nod to carry out advanced training programs

اميركا وحلفاؤها الاوروبيون والسعودية كانوا وراء تحريض مثيري الشغب

قال خطيب جمعة طهران المؤقت آية الله السيد احمد خاتمي، ان اميركا وحلفاءها الاوروبيين والسعودية كانوا وراء تحريض مثيري الشغب للقيام باعمال الت
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اميركا وحلفاؤها الاوروبيون والسعودية كانوا وراء تحريض مثيري الشغب

قال خطيب جمعة طهران المؤقت آية الله السيد احمد خاتمي، ان اميركا وحلفاءها الاوروبيين والسعودية كانوا وراء تحريض مثيري الشغب للقيام باعمال التخريب وتدم...

هذا الامير السعودي في مسقط.. ليصلح ما أفسده إبن سلمان

قالت مجلة “فورين بوليسي” الأمريكية إن شقيق ولي العهد السعودي الصغير الأمير خالد بن سلمان يتولى حاليا مهمة إخراج السعودية من اليمن وإنهاء ال
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هذا الامير السعودي في مسقط.. ليصلح ما أفسده إبن سلمان

قالت مجلة “فورين بوليسي” الأمريكية إن شقيق ولي العهد السعودي الصغير الأمير خالد بن سلمان يتولى حاليا مهمة إخراج السعودية من اليمن وإنهاء الحرب من خلا...

ماليزيا ترفض المشاركة في الطرح الأولي لأرامكو السعودية

اجرت شركة أرامكو السعودية اتصالات مع  شركة الطاقة الحكومية الماليزية (بتروناس) للمشاركة في الطرح الأولي والأخيرة رفضت....
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ماليزيا ترفض المشاركة في الطرح الأولي لأرامكو السعودية

اجرت شركة أرامكو السعودية اتصالات مع  شركة الطاقة الحكومية الماليزية (بتروناس) للمشاركة في الطرح الأولي والأخيرة رفضت....

مبادرات تطبيعية جديدة يقودها خليجيون

تتواصل صور التطبيع العربية مع كيان الاحتلال الإسرائيلي، لا سيما من خلال الخطوات الأحادية؛ كالتي ظهرت عبر المطبع السعودي، محمد سعود، الذي قوب
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مبادرات تطبيعية جديدة يقودها خليجيون

تتواصل صور التطبيع العربية مع كيان الاحتلال الإسرائيلي، لا سيما من خلال الخطوات الأحادية؛ كالتي ظهرت عبر المطبع السعودي، محمد سعود، الذي قوبل بإهانة ...

هكذا وصفت 'فورين بوليسي' فشل إكتتاب 'أرامكو' الذريع

وصفت صحيفة فورين بوليسي الفشل الذريع لإكتتاب أرامكو السعودية بـ«قُبلة الوداع لرؤية محمد بن سلمان السعودية 2030» بسبب تخوفات الشركات ورجا
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هكذا وصفت 'فورين بوليسي' فشل إكتتاب 'أرامكو' الذريع

وصفت صحيفة فورين بوليسي الفشل الذريع لإكتتاب أرامكو السعودية بـ«قُبلة الوداع لرؤية محمد بن سلمان السعودية 2030» بسبب تخوفات الشركات ورجال الأعمال من...

إطلاق نار في شمال الرياض واستدعاء التدخل الجوي

افادت مواقع تواصل بوقوع اشتباكات وعمليات إطلاق نار وقعت اول أمس الأربعاء، في شمال الرياض، ما استدعى تدخلا جويا بطائرات الهليكوبتر....
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إطلاق نار في شمال الرياض واستدعاء التدخل الجوي

افادت مواقع تواصل بوقوع اشتباكات وعمليات إطلاق نار وقعت اول أمس الأربعاء، في شمال الرياض، ما استدعى تدخلا جويا بطائرات الهليكوبتر....

تركيا تبدأ خطوة خطيرة بـ'تغيير ديمغرافي' في 'تل ابيض'

نقل ما يسمى بـ«المرصد السوري» المعارض عن مصادر «موثوقة»، الخميس، أن تركيا شرعت في عملية التغيير الديمغرافي التي تسعى إلى إحداثها
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تركيا تبدأ خطوة خطيرة بـ'تغيير ديمغرافي' في 'تل ابيض'

نقل ما يسمى بـ«المرصد السوري» المعارض عن مصادر «موثوقة»، الخميس، أن تركيا شرعت في عملية التغيير الديمغرافي التي تسعى إلى إحداثها في المناطق التي سيطر...

'المطبلون' لإبن سلمان سبب تفشي الالحاد  في السعودية

أكدت الأكاديمية السعودية المعروفة الدكتورة مضاوي الرشيد، أن ظاهرة الإلحاد التي تفشت في المجتمع السعودي بسبب رجال الدين المطبلين للنظام وفت
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'المطبلون' لإبن سلمان سبب تفشي الالحاد  في السعودية

أكدت الأكاديمية السعودية المعروفة الدكتورة مضاوي الرشيد، أن ظاهرة الإلحاد التي تفشت في المجتمع السعودي بسبب رجال الدين المطبلين للنظام وفتاويهم المتن...

Haitham Al-Tuwaijri, adviser at the Saudi Space Commission

Author: Fri, 2019-11-22 00:28 Haitham Al-Tuwaijri has been the adviser at the Saudi Space Commission since April this year. He gained a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from King Saud University in 1994. A year later, he attended the Univ
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Haitham Al-Tuwaijri, adviser at the Saudi Space Commission

Author: Fri, 2019-11-22 00:28 Haitham Al-Tuwaijri has been the adviser at the Saudi Space Commission since April this year. He gained a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from King Saud University in 1994. A year later, he attended the University of Michigan from where he obtained master’s degrees in mechanical engineering and aerospace engineering in 1997 and 2001 respectively, and a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering in 2005. Al-Tuwaijri was a researcher at King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) until he traveled to complete his studies, and upon his return, he was appointed as an assistant research professor in 2005. In 2010, he became the director of KACST’s Space Research Institute, and four years later was appointed director of the National Center for Remote Sensing Technology. He was the director of the Joint Center for Earth and Space Science from 2015 until 2019, before his appointment as an adviser at the Saudi Space Commission. Al-Tuwaijri revealed that the national space strategy, the establishment of the Saudi legal and space system, and a study on the establishment of the Saudi Space Co., would be submitted to King Salman soon. He was speaking during an astronomy and digital space meeting to discuss a working paper titled “The Future of Space in Saudi Arabia,” held at the Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Science and Technology Center (SCITECH). “We are waiting to submit the national space strategy to King Salman to approve it,” he said. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Who's WhoSaudi Space CommissionKing Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology (KACST)King Saud University Fahd Al-Rasheed, CEO of the Royal Commission for RiyadhMustafa Al-Mahdi, CEO of the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu

Saudi government agency announces new petrochemical investment deals worth over $2bn

Author: Fri, 2019-11-22 00:30 RIYADH: The Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA) on Thursday announced a raft of new petrochemical investments worth more than $2 billion (SR7.5 billion). At least 80 representatives of more than 13 governm
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Saudi government agency announces new petrochemical investment deals worth over $2bn

Author: Fri, 2019-11-22 00:30 RIYADH: The Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA) on Thursday announced a raft of new petrochemical investments worth more than $2 billion (SR7.5 billion). At least 80 representatives of more than 13 government and private-sector entities from the Kingdom and throughout the world met at the Invest Saudi gathering in Riyadh to sign the agreements. Among memorandums of understanding (MoUs) inked at the meeting, organized by SAGIA, was an accord between the authority and German chemical company, BASF, aimed at evaluating and assessing opportunities in Saudi Arabia. SAGIA and global leader in the manufacturing of polyacrylamides, SNF, agreed to look into the establishment of a polyacrylamide plant with a capacity of 50,000 tons per annum, in the Eastern Province city of Jubail, offering the prospect of creating 80 new jobs. An MoU was also penned between the Saudi government agency and Japanese firm Mitsui & Co., aimed at setting up an ammonia commercial production project in Jubail with an estimated capacity of 1 million tons per annum, using a highly efficient and environmentally friendly manufacturing process. In addition, SAGIA and Mitsui & Co. agreed to work together to develop a specialty chemicals downstream opportunity. A fourth MoU was signed between SAGIA and global energy and petrochemicals group, Shell, to evaluate the building of a state-of-the-art residue upgrading catalyst manufacturing facility in Jubail Industrial City, subject to regulatory approvals. AMG and Shell struck an agreement to assess the feasibility of building a facility to reclaim valuable metals by recycling spent residue upgrading catalysts generated by refineries in Saudi Arabia and the surrounding region. The proposed facility would help maximize the benefits from the Kingdom’s natural resources while addressing the need to provide environmentally responsible management of spent residue upgrading catalysts. Speaking at the meeting, SAGIA Gov. Ibrahim Al-Omar, said: “Our country is undergoing a significant economic transformation. The petrochemicals sector provides exciting opportunities for international investors as we look to draw on the expertise and experience of the private sector in transforming the industry. “This meeting and the MoUs that have been exchanged, reflect our increasing focus on promoting opportunities and facilitating international partnerships to drive the growth of this strategic sector. “We are very pleased to welcome these industry giants to Saudi Arabia as we build the future of the petrochemicals sector in the Kingdom,” he added. Pascal Remy, CEO of SNF, said: “As part of its global strategy, SNF is investigating the prospects of implantation in the Jubail industrial complex. On a medium-term, this strategic location will host the production of some critical raw material in the synthesis of polyacrylamide, such as acrylonitrile, according to the recent announcement of Ineos (multinational chemicals company), and will also bring SNF closer to the growing market of shale gas in Saudi Arabia.” Tatsuo Yasunaga, president and CEO of Mitsui & Co., said: “Mitsui aims to realize an ammonia production project in Jubail, using a highly efficient and environment-friendly manufacturing technology and concept, which may include carbon capture and storage.” President of Shell Catalysts and Technologies, Andy Gosse, said: “This agreement with SAGIA and AMG reflects Shell’s interest in growing its presence in Saudi Arabia and serving its clients locally and regionally through a world-class end-to-end business solution utilizing our extensive expertise in catalyst technologies.” He noted that new global fuel regulations, combined with the growing trend of crude oil to chemicals production, are leading refiners to develop sustainable waste-management plans for their spent catalyst. “We look to have meaningful opportunities to build strong relationships with local and international participants,” added Gosse. Heinz Schimmelbusch, chairman and CEO of AMG, said: “AMG is excited to provide cutting-edge recycling technologies for treating refinery waste in the Kingdom. The recycling process allows the extraction of metals such as vanadium from spent catalysts providing ferrovanadium alloys for the domestic production of high-strength steel.” The latest agreements build on the positive momentum that Saudi Arabia has seen this year in terms of inward investment. According to Invest Saudi’s Fall 2019 Investment Highlights report, more than 250 overseas businesses had been granted investor licenses by the third quarter of this year, marking a 30 percent increase on the same period for 2018, said SAGIA. A total of 809 new foreign companies had established operations in the Kingdom, 67 percent of which were for fully foreign ownership investments. This represented the highest number of foreign investor licenses issued by SAGIA since 2010. Alongside a broad series of economic reforms, the investments are enabling rapid growth in foreign investment in Saudi Arabia. According to the 2019 Global Competitiveness Report published by the World Economic Forum, Saudi Arabia had moved up three positions to 36th as a result of efforts to diversify the Kingdom’s economy. Earlier this month, the country climbed 30 places to 62nd in the World Bank’s Doing Business 2020 report, becoming the most improved economy globally.   Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi Arabiapetrochemicals Banking, petrochemical shares boost TadawulJubail petrochemical complex could lead to homegrown car industry

TheFace: Princess Abeer S. Al-Saud, pioneer in international development and peacebuilding

Author: Fri, 2019-11-22 00:56 I was raised in a family that encourages intellectual pursuit and a love for culture and arts. Most notably, I have a very close relationship with my grandfather, Prince Meshari bin Saud bin Nasser bin Farhan Al-Saud, who i
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TheFace: Princess Abeer S. Al-Saud, pioneer in international development and peacebuilding

Author: Fri, 2019-11-22 00:56 I was raised in a family that encourages intellectual pursuit and a love for culture and arts. Most notably, I have a very close relationship with my grandfather, Prince Meshari bin Saud bin Nasser bin Farhan Al-Saud, who is one of the most influential people in my life. Ever since I was a child, I spent a lot of time listening attentively to the stories my grandfather passionately recounted. He mostly spoke about the history and ancient glory of Diriyah, the hometown of my ancestors and his birthplace, Saudi Arabia. To my grandfather, our history, identity and culture are our most valuable treasures. The regular intergenerational dialogue between us made me recognize the importance of appreciating the past while at the same time looking forward to the future and also understand the importance of adapting to modernity instead of adopting it, and this, in my opinion, is what makes the Kingdom’s approach to modernity and the future unique. My close relationship with my grandfather planted the seeds to my never-ending pursuit of knowledge in a wide range of topics. I was always fascinated by one of his personal endeavors in life, which led him to have a very profound and rare collection of letters, pictures and books in his personal archives. After graduating from high school, I took a gap year to explore and pursue my passions and took a journey of self-discovery to Southeast Asia. While touring the Mekong Delta from Saigon to the remote island of Phu Quoc, I witnessed true poverty in floating villages. However, where there was poverty, there were also vast untouched opportunities — the local villagers were unknowingly entrepreneurs; they were skilled craftsmen building handicrafts and the region was abundant with untapped resources and inactivated industries. With proper training, a system would be established and the villagers could catalyze economic growth by exporting products and beautifying local services. I understood that poverty is not the only challenge standing in the face of progress and socioeconomic improvement, but one of many related problems. My visit to Vietnam catalyzed my interest in sustainable development. I became interested in creating innovative, culturally relevant sustainable solutions. At first, I wanted to understand how to create sustainable socioeconomic growth, how public-private partnerships worked and how multilaterals impact the developing world. I had a lot of questions but few answers. I came to understand that poverty, lack of financial support and minimal adequate mentorship stand in the way of progression. In developed countries, consumerism that is not balanced with production prevents sustainable progress. Achieving truly sustainable socioeconomic progress anywhere is more complex than applying small projects or initiatives. Our shared efforts to bring good to our societies and contribute to development is best achieved through a system of moral responsibility, which I believe is the building block for anything that is truly sustainable.  To apply a comprehensive model for sustainable goals we must adopt moral responsibility as the main infrastructure, apply an integrated approach and promote inclusive communities.   An integrated approach that covers development aspects with all its dimensions — from social needs and cultural beliefs to moral conceptions and modern-day demands — is essential for harvesting a fertile soil. This will ensure that our objectives, which will be achieved by establishing positively inclusive communities, will thrive and bloom as long as the essential elements were present when the seeds were planted. I have a bachelor’s degree in life sciences with a focus on Neuroaesthetics from a joined program from Al-Faisal University/University College London (UCL). My undergraduate work is why my interests are combined with aesthetics, literature, architecture and art. I collect Indochina art. I am also currently a part-time master’s student at SOAS studying international development. Aside from academia, I love sailing and horses. I am currently a Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) seconded peace-building advisor to Ambassador Mohammed Al-Jaber. I have been working on peace-building since 2016 at the GCC Secretariat. I have been the technical lead for the GCC-UK Manama Summit and was a member of the communique drafting committee. I also managed technical bilateral relations with European countries and was the lead on the GCC-UK Strategic Partnership, working on all areas of cooperation from security and defence, to trade and investment, cultures and art, where during my posting I successfully created an ecosystem for proper usage of development funds in the GCC region by encouraging the participation and adherence to international benchmarks of development. I also endorsed the UN Security Council’s “Call of Action to End Modern Slavery,” which Saudi Arabia is among the few countries to have endorsed. As part of my current job as a peace-building policy and advocacy lead, I spearheaded and led a nationwide stabilization initiative that aims to establish the ecosystem of this field to Saudi civil servants at a national level through building the capacities of more than 80 local development professionals from 16 ministries. Seventy percent of the participants were youths and 40 percent were women — achieving UN Security Council Resolution 1325 and the Women, Peace and Security Agenda. This is done through educational workshops with development agencies like the US Agency for International Development, the UK’s Department for International Development, Germany’s Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit, the UN Development Programme and Japan International Cooperation Agency. So far I planned and executed two intensive, five-day Saudi-US workshops on stabilization and a three-day intensive Saudi-UK workshop on peace-building that was attended by more than 80 people from within 16 ministries across Saudi Arabia. In addition, I have delivered a training of trainers deep-dive workshop on stabilization with the US and the UK, where a key Saudi cadre was selected to train Saudis in the future, hence localizing and sustaining the knowledge. I am also a member of the C2 and W20 2020 drafting committee and actively involved in the civil society sector.  Aside from professional work, and driven by the desire to make communities, countries and environments better, I founded Talga. It is a non-governmental organization, a creative think tank and an independent bookstore specializing in development. Talga is the local name for the resilient Fiscus Vasta tree located in the Emirate of Asir region. It lived for more than 1,500 years under harsh conditions, representing one of our main values: To encourage our community to thrive and not merely survive. Its objective is to create a platform for development where different programs are designed to encourage the vibrant Saudi youth to take on impactful initiatives in their communities, planting seeds of fruitful gardens. We also have the ambition to serve the ecosystem of the third sector in the Kingdom. This is done by partnerships and improving the performance of the already existing providers and introducing a new innovative and integrated approach to development. In my work, and through Talga, we aspire to maximize our contributions to achieving sustainable impact and address the growing complex challenges we face by encouraging philanthropies, NGOs, corporations and governments to bridge the wide gap between innovation experts and thinkers, to achieve practical solutions. Imagine how much more would be achieved if the enormous potential was unlocked and if each one of us acted now upon our diverse personal interests. Yes, we will face challenges, but Saudis’ resilience towards betterment always prevails, and with that, I want to quote Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman: “The young Saudis’ ambition is like Mount Twaiq, and it’s unbreakable unless it’s leveled to the ground.” I want to emphasize the importance of the butterfly effect and aspiring to do an impactful initiative regardless of the number of people you will reach. Changing the life of one person has a ripple effect on impacting the world. I want to conclude with a Qu’ranic verse that reads: “That man can have nothing but what he strives for; That (the fruit of) his striving will soon come in sight.” (verses 39 and 40 from Surat An-Najm).   Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: TheFace TheFace: Najla Abdullah, Saudi business leaderTheFace: Shahd Attar, Saudi digital transformation consultant

Saudi sculptor carves historic foundation stone

Fri, 2019-11-22 01:47 DIRIYAH: Saudi sculptor Ali Altokhais’ career has reached a major highlight with the design and carving of the foundation stone of Diriyah Gate.  The five-surfaced stone went on display Wednesday night, finalizing the dream projec
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Saudi sculptor carves historic foundation stone

Fri, 2019-11-22 01:47 DIRIYAH: Saudi sculptor Ali Altokhais’ career has reached a major highlight with the design and carving of the foundation stone of Diriyah Gate.  The five-surfaced stone went on display Wednesday night, finalizing the dream project of the first Saudi capital and the “Jewel of Saudi Arabia.” The sculptor’s components were excavated from Diriyah’s land. It is a yellow pure stone free from pores and cracks, with similar color grades and elements. After hard and fun work, he worked on a small rectangular brick with five surfaces, with the external side showing symbols for Diriyah. “The Jewel of Saudi Arabia” was written longitudinally, and six triangles that symbolize popular old letters were distributed on the brick. Altokhais, who specializes in stone carving, said that sculpting is a tough profession and “the mother of arts,” as it requires finding the convenient material for the idea, before you carve, model and assemble the sculpture, which requires great concentration since mistakes are costly. Abstract rock carving, a style which Altokhais regularly works with, relies on abstract shapes and forms disassociated from visuals in their natural and realistic image.  It is characterized by the artist’s ability to draw the form they imagine, whether it be realistic or imagined in a new way that may or may not resemble the original form of the final drawing, away from geometrical shapes. He learned the skill of abstract art from the founder of sculpting in the Kingdom, the late Abdullah Al-Abdullatif. Its advantage is that it is indirect and challenges the recipient to understand the sculpture, with each person having the possibility of making their own interpretation. While Altokhais’ children did not want to inherit carving from their father and continue his journey, he saw his instruments — the point chisel and hammer — as deserving children that he spends his time with to customize rocks and indulge in his hobby.  It also fascinates people and allows him to represent the Kingdom in continental and international exhibitions. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: DIRIYAH SEASONDiriyah Gate Diriyah through young eyes: ‘It’s the jewel of Saudi Arabia’Saudi Arabia’s Diriyah E-Prix: A ‘fantastic racetrack with the biggest hospitality’

Diriyah Gate to be a global, historical and cultural landmark

Fri, 2019-11-22 01:52 DIRIYAH: With the establishment of the Diriyah Gate Development Authority (DGDA), the historical site of Diriyah will become one of the largest and most important international destinations. The DGDA seeks to transform the site into
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Diriyah Gate to be a global, historical and cultural landmark

Fri, 2019-11-22 01:52 DIRIYAH: With the establishment of the Diriyah Gate Development Authority (DGDA), the historical site of Diriyah will become one of the largest and most important international destinations. The DGDA seeks to transform the site into a location to host activities and events aimed at exchanging historical and cultural knowledge through museums and venues spread throughout Al-Turaif District.  The DGDA aims to celebrate the people of Diriyah by telling their stories and demonstrating their social, cultural and historical the roots, as the cradle of the first Saudi state and a symbol of the beauty of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its people.  Diriyah is home to Al-Turaif District, built in 1744 and known as one of the largest clay cities in the world. It was registered by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 2010 — one of five Saudi sites listed. Not far from Al-Turaif District is the historic Al-Bujairi District, which was a center for spreading science and knowledge during the prosperity of Diriyah, as the capital of the first Saudi state.  Today it houses many commercial centers and cafes and is the perfect destination to experience Saudi cuisine. One of the historical landmarks in Al-Turaif District is Salwa Palace, which is located in the northeastern part. It is the largest of its landmarks and spans over 10,000 square meters. It was founded by Imam Abdul Aziz bin Mohammed bin Saud in 1765, and is historically known as the home of the first royal family.  The palace houses the Diriyah Museum, which presents the history and development of the first Saudi state through works of art, drawings, models and documentaries. BACKGROUND At the northern end of old Diriyah, the town of Ghusaybah sits atop of a plateau surrounded by the Hanifa Valley on three sides. Salwa Palace forms an integrated architectural system with its residential, administrative, cultural and religious units.  Al-Turaif District also includes the Imam Muhammad bin Saud Mosque, known as the Great Mosque or Al-Turaif Mosque. It is adjacent to Salwa Palace on the north side, and Imams used to lead Friday prayers there.  To make movement between the mosque and the palace easier, Imam Saud bin Abdul Aziz built a bridge to connect them on the upper floor. The mosque houses a religious school to teach religious sciences. It was formerly the largest mosque in the Arabian Peninsula and was built to symbolize the strength and unity of the Saudi state.  At the northern end of old Diriyah, the town of Ghusaybah sits atop of a plateau surrounded by the Hanifa Valley on three sides. It was settled by Mani’ Al-Muraydi, the oldest ancestor of the House of Saud, in the 15th century.  Ghusaybah is a well-established location, carefully chosen for the establishment of the new governorate, and its location played a major role in the protection of Hajj convoys and trade passing through its areas of influence in Al-Arid region.  Ghusaybah was the seat of an independent governorate before the founding of the first Saudi state. It provided protection for the northern gate of Diriyah during the campaign of Ibrahim Pasha in 1818.  Samhan is one of the historical areas south of Ghusaybeh on a triangle overlooking the valley when it meets another tributary, the villages of Omran. It directly overlooks the districts of Qusayrin, Mrayih, and Al-Turaif. This location was important during the reign of Imam Mohammed bin Saud and his son Samhan, being a well-fortified site during the siege of Diriyah. It was selected by Imam Abdullah to be his defense headquarters.  In the field of philanthropy, one may mention “Sabala Moudhi” which was founded by Imam Abdul Aziz bin Mohammed bin Saud, who made it a charitable endowment in the name of his mother, Moudhi bint Sultan bin Abi Wahtan, wife of Imam Mohammed bin Saud.  It is located east of the Salwa Palace on the southeast of Al-Turaif District. It is a two-story building and was established to provide free accommodation for visitors coming to the city of Diriyah. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaDIRIYAH SEASON Diriyah through young eyes: ‘It’s the jewel of Saudi Arabia’Saudi Arabia’s Diriyah E-Prix: A ‘fantastic racetrack with the biggest hospitality’

مرشحون ديمقراطيون يهاجمون السعودية في المناظرات+فيديو 

شهدت المناظرات الخامسة للمرشحين الديمقراطيين للانتخابات الاميركية هجوما قاسيا على السعودية، حيث شدد المرشحون على ضرورة محاسبة النظام السعو
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مرشحون ديمقراطيون يهاجمون السعودية في المناظرات+فيديو 

شهدت المناظرات الخامسة للمرشحين الديمقراطيين للانتخابات الاميركية هجوما قاسيا على السعودية، حيث شدد المرشحون على ضرورة محاسبة النظام السعودي على جرائ...

Ronaldinho buys unique Aston Martin at Riyadh Motor Show 2019

Author: Thu, 2019-11-21 20:47 RIYADH: Brazilian football star Ronaldinho has become the first person to buy a car at Riyadh’s Motor Show 2019, inaugurated Thursday by head of the Public Entertainment Authority Turki Al-Sheikh. The former Barcelona m
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Ronaldinho buys unique Aston Martin at Riyadh Motor Show 2019

Author: Thu, 2019-11-21 20:47 RIYADH: Brazilian football star Ronaldinho has become the first person to buy a car at Riyadh’s Motor Show 2019, inaugurated Thursday by head of the Public Entertainment Authority Turki Al-Sheikh. The former Barcelona maestro chose an Aston Martin Rapide AMR as his four-wheels of choice as the show got underway. The showroom includes more than 1,200 classic and unique cars from around the world.     Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: RonaldinhoAston MartinRiyadhSaudi Arabia Ronaldinho plans Saudi Arabia football academy in JeddahAgent of World Cup winner Ronaldinho says Brazilian has retired from football

Saudi beekeeper forum in Qasim comes to a close

Author: Thu, 2019-11-21 23:29 BURAIDAH: The first Beekeepers Forum in Qasim, organized by the region’s chamber of commerce and industry, concluded its week-long activities on Thursday at Qasim’s International Conventions and Exhibitions Center. Th
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Saudi beekeeper forum in Qasim comes to a close

Author: Thu, 2019-11-21 23:29 BURAIDAH: The first Beekeepers Forum in Qasim, organized by the region’s chamber of commerce and industry, concluded its week-long activities on Thursday at Qasim’s International Conventions and Exhibitions Center. The forum’s general supervisor and the chamber of commerce and industry’s secretary-general, Mohammed bin Abdulkarim Al-Hnaya, said that the forum achieved its desired objectives. Its goals were to strengthen the region’s economic activities in general with a particular focus on honey. Al-Hnaya added: “Among the objectives, we strived to make the forum an opportunity for honey producers to exchange experiences, support them in courses and lectures that contribute to raising the awareness, and add to their careers.”   Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi Arabiabeekeeping Beekeeping is buzzword at Saudi international honey forumSaudi beekeeper becomes internet celebrity

Monshaat and Kafalah announce initiatives to support SMEs in Saudi Arabia

Author: Thu, 2019-11-21 23:54 DAMMAM: The Small and Medium Enterprises General Authority (Monshaat) has stressed its keenness to support small and medium enterprises (SMEs) through initiatives, programs, and activities, including consulting, follow-up,
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Monshaat and Kafalah announce initiatives to support SMEs in Saudi Arabia

Author: Thu, 2019-11-21 23:54 DAMMAM: The Small and Medium Enterprises General Authority (Monshaat) has stressed its keenness to support small and medium enterprises (SMEs) through initiatives, programs, and activities, including consulting, follow-up, training and awareness-raising, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported on Thursday. Monshaat is set to launch a bank for SMEs and establish an electronic link between SMEs, the authority and funding agencies, in addition to allocating funds to achieve the principle of sponsorship adopted by the government program Kafalah. This came on Wednesday during the workshop organized by the Eastern Province Chamber of Commerce and Industry. This workshop, held at the chamber’s headquarters in Dammam, was attended by Monshaat’s Director of Corporate Finance Badr Al-Radhan and the representative of Kafalah, Mohammed Al-Khuwaiter. Al-Radhan said that Monshaat had adopted many initiatives worth about SR12 billion ($3.2 billion). These include venture capitals, indirect loans, recovery of government fees, and the enhancement of the Kafalah Program. He pointed out that 21 deals worth SR2.8 billion were concluded under these programs, with the amounts approved for investment by Monshaat exceeding SR1 billion. Al-Radhan added that the targeted sectors were the well-known economic activities, most notably agriculture, accommodation and catering services, administrative and support services, transport and storage, real estate, education, health, manufacturing, arts and entertainment, information and communications, and others. He stressed that Monshaat was in the process of evaluating its performance while taking into account several indicators, including the percentage of loan utilization for the target sectors. Al-Radhan spoke about the SME bank that Monshaat is set up to launch, highlighting that this initiative aims to improve access to funding and empower key financial institutions to provide more funding, support Vision 2030, and contribute to the financial sector development plan. He referred to the cooperation between Monshaat and 35 governmental and non-governmental bodies to inform beneficiaries of financing options for entrepreneurs, and mechanisms to benefit from them. Al-Khuwaiter said that the Kafalah program, founded in 2006 as a joint development initiative between the Ministry of Finance and Saudi commercial banks to help overcome SME financing constraints, covered the guarantee of a percentage of the risk in the event of a sponsored activity’s failure to repay part or all of its funds. He emphasized that the program has partnerships with 30 bodies, including 26 banks and financing institutions, and four government agencies. Al-Khuwaiter added that until the third quarter of this year, Kafalah had sponsored 7,321 establishments, which received about SR30.9 million, with guarantees issued by the program reaching SR16.9 billion.   Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaSaudi SMEs New MoU signed between SEDCO Holding and MonshaatMonshaat spends over SR800m on 824 small and medium Saudi enterprises

Saudi Arabia ‘biggest supporter’ of humanitarian efforts in Yemen: UN official

Author: Fri, 2019-11-22 00:00 JEDDAH: Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, general supervisor of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief), met the under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs and head of the UN Office for the Coordination
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Saudi Arabia ‘biggest supporter’ of humanitarian efforts in Yemen: UN official

Author: Fri, 2019-11-22 00:00 JEDDAH: Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, general supervisor of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief), met the under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs and head of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Mark Lowcock, in Riyadh on Thursday. Al-Rabeeah updated Lowcock on KSRelief’s projects and programs around the world, especially in Yemen. The two men signed an executive contract for the Kingdom’s contribution of $500 million towards the UN’s plan for humanitarian aid in Yemen. Lowcock praised the Kingdom’s assistance – and the center’s work – for affected states and people around the world, and said he looked forward to continuing the special partnership between both sides to serve humanitarian work in the world. “Saudi Arabia is the biggest supporter and financier of the Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan,” Lowcock said, pointing out that support provided by KSRelief “helped the UN and its agencies provide decent livelihoods to 13 million Yemenis.” Regarding the impact of the $500 million donated by the Kingdom to OCHA in September, Lowcock said it was being used to provide food, security, healthcare and shelter to millions of people in need in Yemen. Lowcock stressed that the humanitarian situation in Yemen remains difficult, but highlighted the successful response to the cholera epidemic, saying millions of children had been vaccinated — enabling them to stay in school, safe water had been provided, and sanitation programs had been implemented. None of this would have been possible without the Kingdom's support, he said. He expressed his sorrow that the Iran-backed Houthi militia had obstructed humanitarian aid, but noted that there were alternative measures now in place, backed by independent parties. Lowcock confirmed that 95 percent of intended beneficiaries have now received aid, despite issues like those earlier this year when aid from the World Food Programme (WFP) was obstructed, which led to the suspension of humanitarian work in Houthi-controlled governorates in Yemen. Lowcock said he was delighted that the “pre-famine” stage in Yemen had been dealt with. At the start of this year, he said, a quarter of a million Yemenis were classified as being at risk of starvation. That number has now been significantly reduced.   Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi Arabia KSRelief’s health drive underway in YemenArab League condemns Iran for handing Yemen embassy to Houthis

وشهد شاهد من أهلها..إعلامية سعودية/المملكة أكبر مصدر للإرهاب+فيديو 

قالت مذيعة سعودية في قناة رسمية، أن الحكومة السعودية أكبر مصدر للإرهاب في المنطقة، وأثار الفيديو ضجة على وسائل التواصل الاجتماعي....
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وشهد شاهد من أهلها..إعلامية سعودية/المملكة أكبر مصدر للإرهاب+فيديو 

قالت مذيعة سعودية في قناة رسمية، أن الحكومة السعودية أكبر مصدر للإرهاب في المنطقة، وأثار الفيديو ضجة على وسائل التواصل الاجتماعي....

شاهد..مرور 1700يوم من العدوان على اليمن واستشهاد اكثر من 42 الف شخص

أكد تقرير حديث صادر عن مركز عين الإنسانية في اليمن استشهاد وإصابة اكثر من 42000 مدنيا منذ بدء العدوان السعودي على اليمن، وأشار التقرير الذي تم إص
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شاهد..مرور 1700يوم من العدوان على اليمن واستشهاد اكثر من 42 الف شخص

أكد تقرير حديث صادر عن مركز عين الإنسانية في اليمن استشهاد وإصابة اكثر من 42000 مدنيا منذ بدء العدوان السعودي على اليمن، وأشار التقرير الذي تم إصداره...

هولندا تبيع آخر أسهمها في البنك السعودي البريطاني

أعلنت وزارة المالية الهولندية، الخميس، أنها باعت حصة أسهمها الأخيرة المتبقية في البنك السعودي البريطاني «ساب»....
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هولندا تبيع آخر أسهمها في البنك السعودي البريطاني

أعلنت وزارة المالية الهولندية، الخميس، أنها باعت حصة أسهمها الأخيرة المتبقية في البنك السعودي البريطاني «ساب»....

فورين بوليسي: هل يتخلى محمد بن سلمان عن رؤية 2030؟

تساءلت مجلة «فورين بوليسي» الأمريكية عما إذا كان ولي العهد السعودي، محمد بن سلمان، سيتخلى عن رؤية 2030 بعد التقييم المتدني لشركة النفط «
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فورين بوليسي: هل يتخلى محمد بن سلمان عن رؤية 2030؟

تساءلت مجلة «فورين بوليسي» الأمريكية عما إذا كان ولي العهد السعودي، محمد بن سلمان، سيتخلى عن رؤية 2030 بعد التقييم المتدني لشركة النفط «أرامكو» التي ...

'الأمير أندرو' أهان أفراد عائلة آل سعود

أكدت وزيرة الداخلية البريطانية السابقة، أن الأمير أندرو دوق يورك، الابن الثالث للملكة إليزابيث، "أهان العرب أثناء مأدبة عشاء أقيمت على شرف أف
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'الأمير أندرو' أهان أفراد عائلة آل سعود

أكدت وزيرة الداخلية البريطانية السابقة، أن الأمير أندرو دوق يورك، الابن الثالث للملكة إليزابيث، "أهان العرب أثناء مأدبة عشاء أقيمت على شرف أفراد في ا...

فوز تونس بعضوية مجلس اليونسكو التنفيذي

فازت تونس مجددا، بعضوية المجلس التنفيذي لمنظمة الأمم المتحدة للتربية والعلوم والثقافة «اليونسكو»....
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فوز تونس بعضوية مجلس اليونسكو التنفيذي

فازت تونس مجددا، بعضوية المجلس التنفيذي لمنظمة الأمم المتحدة للتربية والعلوم والثقافة «اليونسكو»....

مجددا.. نقل القمة الخليجية المقبلة الى الرياض !

كشف مصدر مطلع في الأمانة العامة لمجلس التعاون، اليوم الخميس، عن أن القمة الخليجية المقبلة ستعقد في العاصمة السعودية الرياض الشهر المقبل، بدل
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مجددا.. نقل القمة الخليجية المقبلة الى الرياض !

كشف مصدر مطلع في الأمانة العامة لمجلس التعاون، اليوم الخميس، عن أن القمة الخليجية المقبلة ستعقد في العاصمة السعودية الرياض الشهر المقبل، بدلا من أبو ...

Fahd Al-Rasheed, CEO of the Royal Commission for Riyadh

Author: Thu, 2019-11-21 02:39 Fahd Al-Rasheed was recently appointed by royal decree as CEO of the Royal Commission for Riyadh. The commission aims to develop the capital Riyadh where the government has said it would spend SR86 billion ($23 billion)
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Fahd Al-Rasheed, CEO of the Royal Commission for Riyadh

Author: Thu, 2019-11-21 02:39 Fahd Al-Rasheed was recently appointed by royal decree as CEO of the Royal Commission for Riyadh. The commission aims to develop the capital Riyadh where the government has said it would spend SR86 billion ($23 billion) to boost the quality of life. Saudi Arabia announced in March projects to increase recreational areas in Riyadh as part of a series of planned development investments across the Kingdom. Al-Rasheed had served as CEO of Emaar Economic City (EEC), a publicly listed company leading the development of King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC), one of the largest private-sector projects in the world. Under Al-Rasheed’s leadership, KAEC developed the first private mega container port in the region, attracting more than 120 leading global and regional companies to establish a global logistics and manufacturing hub.  Before joining EEC, Al-Rasheed held the post of CFO and deputy governor of the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA). Previously he worked for Saudi Aramco’s finance division, leading strategic initiatives in investments and corporate finance. Al-Rasheed serves on the boards of several organizations, including EEC, King Abdullah Port, Harvard Kennedy School Dean’s Council, the Red Sea Foundation, Petromin, Saudi Airlines Catering Company, College of Business and Entrepreneurship with Babson Global, the New Cities Foundation, and the Foundation Board of the Global Shapers of the World Economic Forum. He was honored as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2011. Al-Rasheed holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Washington University in St. Louis and an MBA from the Stanford Business School. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Who's WhoRoyal Commission for Riyadh Mustafa Al-Mahdi, CEO of the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu Ahmed Al-Balawi, Director general of Mashroat — National Project Management Organization

Saudi crown prince meets S. Korean defense minister

Author: Thu, 2019-11-21 02:51 RIYADH: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman received South Korea’s National Defense Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo in Riyadh. During the meeting, the two sides reviewed ways of enhancing cooperation between the Kingdom and Sout
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Saudi crown prince meets S. Korean defense minister

Author: Thu, 2019-11-21 02:51 RIYADH: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman received South Korea’s National Defense Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo in Riyadh. During the meeting, the two sides reviewed ways of enhancing cooperation between the Kingdom and South Korea in the field of defense. They affirmed the importance of cooperation between the two countries in serving international and regional security and stability. The meeting was attended by Saudi Deputy Defense Minister Prince Khalid bin Salman, as well as a number of senior Saudi and South Korean officials. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: South Korea Saudi Arabia launches exhibition at UNESCO in ParisSaudi Arabia welcomes return of Iran's Fordow facility to US sanctions list

Saudi gamers seeking global recognition

Author: Thu, 2019-11-21 02:51 JEDDAH: The gaming community in the Kingdom is looking to gain recognition internationally and enrich the field of electronic sports (esports), which has only recently emerged in the country since the social and economic ch
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Saudi gamers seeking global recognition

Author: Thu, 2019-11-21 02:51 JEDDAH: The gaming community in the Kingdom is looking to gain recognition internationally and enrich the field of electronic sports (esports), which has only recently emerged in the country since the social and economic changes under the Saudi Vision 2030 reform plan.  “Gaming championships are just as important as any sports championships. Worldwide, it’s called electronic sports. In the Kingdom, they only call it video gaming,” 38-year-old Saudi insurance claims manager and gaming enthusiast Wajdi Kamal told Arab News. He said Turki Al Sheikh, president of the General Entertainment Authority, recognized the global popularity of esports when he was president of the General Sports Authority.  “There are Olympic teams in this field and big international championships taking place in this type of sport,” said Kamal. “So he (Al Sheikh) thought, ‘why not create a team for this?’ Now Saudi Arabia is among the list of best gamers globally within just a few months.” Kamal said Saudi gamers are reaching out to gaming communities worldwide. “We’ve learned from them, and some of us have surpassed the expectations and experiences of some gaming idols,” he added. “These Saudi gamers watched them, followed them and learned everything from them, and in some matches they beat them, their teachers.” The Saudi gaming community has expanded in the last couple of years, said Kamal, adding: “There are talents and skills we never knew existed.” 25-year-old Saudi digital artist Rosanne Basaad, who would like to take up a career in the gaming industry, told Arab News: “Video games have made me widely creative, and since I got into it I started working on concept art, character designs and creating my own adventures and stories. One of my goals is to share such skills and creations to work with the gaming industry.” Basaad said: “I started playing video games from a young age when my mom introduced me to a game called ‘Crash Bandicoot’.” She added: “I’ve always been extremely fascinated by how a world can be displayed on such a small device. I’d consider this one of my greatest hobbies, and would like it to grow into something more, and work with such a community.” 25-year-old Saudi computer engineering student Abdul Aziz Wahbi told Arab News: “My older brothers bought a SNES (Super Nintendo Entertainment System) when I was 4 years old, and ever since I’ve been interested in gaming as a hobby.” He said: “I’ve been buying almost every console released by Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft. I find gaming to be incredibly competitive and extremely fun, especially if I’m competing against my friends.” Wahbi has made plans to start a YouTube channel about gaming, combined with his major. “This channel will target the Saudi gaming audience and introduce them to videos about how to make their gaming life easier by making their own accessories. My channel will also be including videos that target comic book fans, movie fans and cosplayers,” he added.   Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi gamingeSportsSaudi esports GCC gamers get opportunity to compete for ‘Saudia’ Ad Diriyah E-Prix final prizes worth SR1 millionFun-packed Jeddah Gamers Con a big draw

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