Citizens get wider access to king

Updated 20 May 2014
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Citizens get wider access to king

The Royal Court has launched a website to accept complaints against government departments and receive applications for medical assistance. According to a senior official, the website was set up on the directives of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah.
Khaled Al-Tuwaijri, head of the Royal Court and private secretary of King Abdullah, said the website was launched on Wednesday morning with the aim of facilitating contacts between the Royal Court and the citizens.
According to a statement posted on the website, King Abdullah wants to ensure that all Saudi citizens receive the state’s services.
“People will be able to inform the king about any shortcomings in the services offered by government agencies and to take suitable action for the benefit of all citizens.”
Saudis have wholeheartedly welcomed the Royal Court’s new move as an excellent and strategic step and hoped their complaints and requests would reach the king without red tape.
“The strategic move by the Royal Court is a landmark in the Kingdom’s history,” said Abdelelah Saaty, dean of the College of Business in Rabigh, while commending the initiative.
“Al-Tuwaijri wanted to open up communication channels with citizens and this step will have a tremendous impact on services being extended by the various government departments,” Saaty told Arab News.
“The new website will contribute to citizens’ voices reaching the country’s top leadership,” he added.
Saaty said he considered it part of King Abdullah’s social and political reforms. “King Abdullah has always wanted to establish close contacts with citizens. We have seen him interacting with citizens during his visit to a Jeddah mall. The website will help him to know the real needs of citizens.”
Badr Almotawa, a political analyst, said the website would help citizens to have closer interaction with the king and present him their applications and complaints directly without any mediator.
“King Abdullah has won the hearts of citizens through his various welfare programs,” he told Arab News. He considered the website a valuable gift to citizens on the ninth anniversary of the king’s accession to the throne.
Almotawa also noted the tremendous progress achieved by electronic services in the Kingdom. “Our e-government services are one of the best in the world.” He hoped the website would contribute to promoting justice in the country.
The website can be accessed by logging on to tawasol.royalcourt.gov.sa.


Riyadh Eid festivities draw more than 1.5 million visitors

Updated 19 June 2018
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Riyadh Eid festivities draw more than 1.5 million visitors

  • The diversity of events the municipality provided this year offered plenty of choice to the capital’s residents and visitors.
  • The garden of King Fahd Library which received visitors over the three days of Eid witnessed interactive and entertainment shows.

JEDDAH: Riyadh municipality Eid Al-Fitr activities attracted more than 1.5 million visitors, residents and citizens over the three-day holiday.
The diversity of events the municipality provided this year offered plenty of choice to the capital’s residents and visitors.
The municipality hosted 200 functions in 30 different locations across the city. It distributed thousands of presents, balloons and candy to children to encourage them to attend Eid prayers and to bring joy to their hearts.
Riyadh’s Eid festivities in Qasr AL-Hokm included the Saudi traditional folk-dance show, activities and competitions for children, as well as folk arts and poetry shows.
The garden of King Fahd Library which received visitors over the three days of Eid witnessed interactive and entertainment shows, as well as artistic activities and sports competitions.
Riyadh municipality organized five theater shows for men and women, including two for men: Shekka Wa Noss, and Tersam Al-Wahch; two plays for women: Banat Al-Social and Umm Suwaileh Al-Sawaqa, and an open play, Al-Qarya Al-Maghdoura.
Riyadh municipality also organized three theater shows for the blind and deaf.
“Al-Qarya Al-Maghdoura” (The Betrayed Village), the first open-theater show in the Kingdom, was held in the showroom of Al-Jazeera neighborhood. It was written, directed and played by Saudis.
The municipality allocated several events and locations for the participation of humanitarian organizations by receiving them and setting private seats for them, in coordination with the Saudi Association for Deaf.
It also organized a special program to entertain women and children over the three days of Eid. The events for women included plays, free drawing and coloring sessions, artifacts and competitions.
Carnival marches were launched in the north and west of Riyadh, by 300 cartoon characters and featured the participation of touring folk groups, along with a solidarity march with soldiers, as well as classic car shows.
The capital’s residents and visitors enjoyed fireworks that lasted 10 minutes and colored the sky of Riyadh at King Fahd International Stadium, a location near King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) and a location near Wadi Leban Bridge in west Riyadh.