1,059 Saudi, Egyptian inmates to be released

Updated 19 July 2014

1,059 Saudi, Egyptian inmates to be released

Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundations has secured during the holy month of Ramadan the release of 1,059 Saudi and Egyptian prisoners in their respective countries by paying their debts.
The initiative is in line with the continuous support of Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, chairman of Kingdom Holding Company (KHC), to strengthen the bonds of cohesion and solidarity between individuals and institutions in society.
Prince Alwaleed confirmed his commitment to helping insolvents and releasing the detainees to ensure their safe return to their families during Ramadan where Muslims are seeking to do good.
Debts have been paid throughout all the regions of Saudi Arabia in coordination with the General Directorate of Prisons, Department of Religious Affairs and Division of Private Rights.
The initiative was extended to pay off the debts of fellow Egyptians in cooperation with Misr El Kheir Foundation, headed by former grand mufti of Egypt, Dr. Ali Gomaa.
Misr El Kheir Foundation was established in 2007, with the aim to provide a decent life and safeguard the dignity of individuals to achieve a self-sustained growth of their society.
Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundations is involved in a wide spectrum of humanitarian and philanthropic activities in more than 84 countries. Their focus areas are established around strategic initiatives, ranging from disaster relief and community development, to women and youth empowerment, as well as promoting intercultural understanding.

UN hears culture and heritage are essential aspects of Saudi Vision 2030

Updated 22 May 2019

UN hears culture and heritage are essential aspects of Saudi Vision 2030

  • Culture and Sustainable Development conference was held at UN headquarters in New York
  • Dr. Afnan bint Abdullah Al-Shuaibi, the general supervisor for International Relations at the Ministry of Culture, delivered the Kingdom’s speech

NEW YORK: UN hears culture and heritage are essential aspects of Saudi Vision 2030

At the United Nations on Tuesday, the Saudi Ministry of Culture highlighted the important role that diverse cultures and national heritage can play in the development of nations and promoting peace, and the ways in which the Kingdom is using this to encourage intercultural dialogue, diversity and openness.

The conference, titled Culture and Sustainable Development, was organized by the UN General Assembly in partnership with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization to mark the annual World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development.

Dr. Afnan Al-Shuaibi, the general supervisor of international relations at the ministry, delivered the Kingdom's speech during the event at the UN’s New York HQ. She said “culture is an essential part of the Saudi Vision 2030” and highlighted the “importance of preserving cultural and natural heritage to achieve peace, and the common endeavor of all countries to build a rich cultural future in which various kinds of culture and arts flourish.” She also described the vision and outlook of the ministry, and the ambitious initiatives it has implemented to develop the Saudi cultural sector.

The conference, which was based around the importance of cultural diversity and indigenous cultures to sustainable development, focused on local, regional and international experiences of this. It highlighted the relationship between culture and diversity, and how they link to local solutions to climate change and environmental challenges; offered views on the effective role of culture in providing decent employment opportunities and reducing poverty; social resilience and other aspects of sustainable development plans; and showed how culture, arts, education and the creative industries can contribute to the achievement of development goals and creative solutions in urban and rural areas, at local and national levels.

The event also included a panel discussion titled “Cultural Diversity as a Common Human Heritage.” It explored two themes: “Culture and Education: Foundations of Sustainability” and “Culture as an Instrument for Change, Innovation, Empowerment and Equality.”

Other issues were also addressed, including the importance of preserving cultural and natural heritage, the role of traditional knowledge and skills to promote environmental sustainability, the resilience of climate-related disasters and the impact of cultural heritage on identity preservation and peace building.

The Ministry of Culture took part in the event as pat of its efforts to promote cultural dialogue and showcase the Kingdom’s experiences in pursuing its ambitious cultural-development goals, which are an integral part of the transformations that are key to achieving Saudi Vision 2030.