6th Gulf Education Conference to launch in Jeddah

The conference will be held at the University of Business and Technology in Jeddah.
Updated 09 January 2017
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6th Gulf Education Conference to launch in Jeddah

JEDDAH: The sixth Gulf Education Conference and Exhibition will be held in Jeddah on Feb. 22-23 at the University of Business and Technology.
The conference will be attended by Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Secretary-General Abdullatif Al-Zayani, other experts and officials in the education sector and representatives from the private sector.
The secretary-general of the Federation of GCC Chambers, Abdulraheem Hassan Naqi, highlighted on Thursday at the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) the importance of exploring in-depth the challenges facing the type and quality of education in the GCC.
He said the number of students in the GCC is expected to grow annually at around 1.8 percent to 11.3 million in 2020. Saudi Arabia comprises 75 percent of GCC students due to its large population.
Hussein Alawi, director the University of Business and Technology, said the two-day conference will host 200 Gulf academics and experts and 60 international experts. He said this presents a real opportunity to emerge with important recommendations to improve education and overall development.
He added that the conference is being hosted at the university for the first time, after being previously hosted in Abu Dhabi and seeing tremendous success.
JCCI Secretary-General Hassan bin Ibrahim Dahlan stressed the importance of education in shaping young minds and guiding their interests.
He said the role of educational institutions in the GCC is critical to push forward development by graduating students with awareness of national issues and capabilities to uphold social responsibilities.
The transformation toward a knowledge society must start with reform of the education system in particular, he added.


King Salman invites Indonesian centenarian to perform Hajj

Updated 53 min 44 sec ago
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King Salman invites Indonesian centenarian to perform Hajj

  • The man said he and his family can’t financially afford to perform Hajj
  • He was welcomed by the Saudi ambassador to Indonesia

DUBAI: King Salman has invited an Indonesian man, who is reportedly 140 years old, and his family to perform Hajj, the Saudi embassy in Jakarta said on Wednesday.
“The Custodian of the Two Holy mosques invites elderly Indonesian man and his family to perform Hajj,” the embassy tweeted.

The centenarian sent his appeal to King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in a video, asking the Saudi rulers to invite him and his daughters to perform Hajj for the first time, as they were unable to afford it on their own.
Social media users shared his video, in which he and two of his daughters explained their situation in Arabic

The man was hosted by Saudi ambassador to Indonesia Esam Al-Thagafi in Jakarta, who broke the good news to him.
The Saudi rulers saw the video and Hajj authorities will take care of their travels and necessities, Al-Thagafi told the man and his family.

Hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam, and Muslims should aim to perform the ritual at least once in their lifetime.