Riyadh celebrates first Saudi Women’s Day

Shoura member Kawther Al-Arbash, Saudi actresses Layla Al-Salman and Marwa Mohamed take part in an open panel discussion at the King Fahd Cultural Center. (AN photo)
Updated 07 February 2017
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Riyadh celebrates first Saudi Women’s Day

RIYADH: Riyadh celebrates its first Saudi Women’s Day, which started on Wednesday and will last for three days, with a large turnout expected.

The event, organized and hosted by the King Fahd Cultural Center in Riyadh, will include women’s operetta for a female audience only.
“We want to celebrate the Saudi woman and her successful role, and remind people of her achievements in education, culture, medicine literature and other areas,” Mohammed Al-Saif, general supervisor of the center, told Arab News.
The event comes in light of directives from the minister of culture and information to highlight the leading role of Saudi women in all fields.
Al-Saif said the center will be busy with activities for women only, but families are welcome to attend outdoor activities for children.
He added that the center’s lobby will contain bazaars and booths that showcase the works of Saudi artists and photographers.
He said the operetta will be in the evening and will mark Saudi women’s achievements over the past 50 years.
The event’s schedule includes the participation of Saudi princesses in panel discussions. On the first day, Princess Al-Jawhara bint Fahad Al-Saud discussed women’s role in education.
On the second day, Princess Adila bint Abdullah Al-Saud will talk about the Kingdom’s heritage. She is a well-known advocate of women’s right to drive, women’s health awareness and their legal rights. She has spoken out against domestic violence, and has supported women’s groups and organizations.
Princess Reema bint Bandar bin Sultan, the president’s undersecretary for the female section at the General Authority for Sports, will address the importance of sports in the lives of Saudi women.
There were no attempts to stop the center’s artistic programs by any party, said Al-Saif, who expressed gratitude for “heartwarming support and encouragement.”


Envoy highlights Saudi efforts to serve Muslims

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Envoy highlights Saudi efforts to serve Muslims

  • Thailand is one of dozens of countries where Saudi clerics have been dispatched to lead prayers during the holy month of fasting
BANGKOK: Feeding Muslims during Ramadan is a benevolence program initiated by King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the Saudi Press Agency reported the Kingdom’s charge d’affaires in Bangkok as saying.
Abdul Ilah Al-Shuaibi made the remarks during the inauguration of an iftar program in Thailand, adding that the initiative was not seasonal but part of continuous efforts from the Saudi leadership to care for Muslims around the world.
Thailand is one of dozens of countries where Saudi clerics have been dispatched to lead prayers during the holy month of fasting.
“The program to feed Ramadan fasters, organized by the Saudi Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance, is a benevolence program initiated by King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the good of Muslims around the globe,” Al-Shuaibi said.
“The ministry, led by Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Asheikh, is making great efforts and Thais are enthusiastic about these efforts and the Qur’an teaching program.”
There were many Kingdom-led projects in Thailand, he added, including a development fund to set up a residential camp and schools for Rohingya refugees in coordination with the UN and the Thai government.
“The Kingdom also sends dates to be distributed among mosques and charities, as well as copies of the mushaf (the written form of the Qur’an) in Arabic and Thai,” he said.