Luxor city square is named after King Abdullah

Updated 31 August 2013
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Luxor city square is named after King Abdullah

One of the major squares in Luxor in Upper Egypt has been given the name of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah in recognition of the Kingdom’s support for Egypt against terrorism, an official said.
“Giving King Abdullah’s name to the major square in the province is a gesture of appreciation of the people of Luxor to the king who saved Egypt from the claws of foreign powers who wanted to interfere in the country’s internal matters,” Luxor Gov. Maj. Gen. Tareq Saad El-Dine said in a statement to the media.
The square will be opened after renovating it to match the new name. He added that a large photo of the king will be unveiled at the square when it opens in September. Saudi Ambassador to Egypt Ahmed Kattan will also be invited for the event, he said.
He said people in the province have already put a photo of the King Abdullah close to the headquarters of the governorate to express their appreciation for him.
The major streets and buildings in the city are also been decorated with the king’s photo, the Saudi Press Agency reported.


Over 800 foreign journalists to cover Hajj

Updated 29 min 12 sec ago
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Over 800 foreign journalists to cover Hajj

  • Facilities have been provided for 151 media institutions and 27 international networks
  • Six official broadcasts and broadcasts in 10 languages will provide news bulletins and daily programs on Hajj

JEDDAH: More than 800 foreign media workers will cover the Hajj rituals, Dr. Awwad bin Saleh Al-Awwad, Saudi minister of media, has announced.

In addition, facilities have been provided for 151 media institutions and 27 international networks, while six official broadcasts and broadcasts in 10 languages will provide news bulletins and daily programs on Hajj.

Al-Awwad thanked King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the government’s continuing efforts to provide the best services and security for Hajj pilgrims from around the world.

He said Saudi Arabia welcomes all Muslims to perform this religious rite, rejecting attempts to politicize or use Hajj for purposes other than worship.

Al-Awwad made his comments during a briefing on preparations for receiving local and international media representatives to cover the pilgrimage. He said the ministry has equipped seven media centers in Makkah and the holy sites to serve journalists and media personnel from inside and outside the Kingdom.

Sixteen digital channels will work around the clock to cover the Hajj season in six languages.

The ministry last year launched the Communication International Center and its account on Twitter @CICSaudi to enhance relations with the international media and pursue a more open policy to the global audience.

It also began to broadcast information and document data on events, facts and humanitarian works and services in the Kingdom in several languages, primarily English, French and German.

Al-Awwad said the ministry had contributed to the launch of a digital media platform documenting the creative work of government agencies, highlighting their efforts, disseminating the Kingdom’s media message locally and internationally, and presenting the governmental media work under one platform in a professional way.