People of Madinah celebrate Prince Muqrin University inauguration

Prince Muqrin bin Abdul Abdulaziz with Minister of Education Ahmed Al-Essa and Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman at the event. (SPA)
Updated 16 February 2017
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People of Madinah celebrate Prince Muqrin University inauguration

MADINAH: The people of Madinah celebrated the inauguration of Muqrin University on Tuesday and the launch of Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz Charity.
Prince Muqrin said the university is expected to contribute to the preparation of a generation aware of its responsibilities and duties toward their religion, king and homeland.
Attending the celebration was Prince Faisal bin Salman as well as Minister of Education Ahmed Al-Essa.
Prince Faisal bin Salman, governor of Madinah, said, “Today, we witness the inauguration of Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz University, which is a new scientific edifice added to what has been so far achieved in the field of education, its renaissance, in Madinah. Prince Muqrin stands behind this educational lighthouse.”
Princess Mashael bint Sultan said that the new university is a scientific edifice and a distinctive contributor to higher education in the city of Madinah.
It is the first charitable civil university of high international standards that is keen to provide knowledge in the fields of engineering, computer science, information technology and business management for the sons of the homeland.
“The role of the university is not limited to graduating qualified students for the labor market,” Princess Mashael said. “It is seeking to gain global distinction and become competitive in its fields, and to exercise a role in serving the community, and through consolidating research links with various educational institutions, it will support scientific research locally, regionally and internationally.”
Samar Effendi, director of admissions at Muqrin University, said the colleges offer a range of disciplines needed by the labor market.
“The university also offers interest-free loans on soft instalments, provided by Al-Jazira Bank, to pay the fees,” Effendi said.


Salman Khan, Cuba Gooding Jr. to host discussions during Saudi Film Festival

Updated 21 March 2019
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Salman Khan, Cuba Gooding Jr. to host discussions during Saudi Film Festival

  • The six-day celebration of cinema is organized by the Saudi Arabian Society for Culture and Arts
  • The Sharqiah Season, the first of 11 Saudi seasons of entertainment, will run until the end of the month

DHAHRAN: As part of Sharqiah Season in the Eastern Province, the fifth Saudi Film Festival will feature Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr. and Indian superstar Salman Khan.
The six-day celebration of cinema is organized by the Saudi Arabian Society for Culture and Arts (SASCA) in partnership with the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra).
Khan recently announced in a video message that he will visit Ithra on Sunday as a guest of the film festival.
“Hello Saudi Arabia, assalamu alaikum,” he said in the video. “See you at Ithra on the 24th of March, InshaAllah.”
The actor is best known for his performances in blockbuster Hindi flicks such as “Bajrangi Bhaijaan”, “Ek Tha Tiger” and its sequel “Tiger Zinda Hai.”
In “An Evening with the Stars,” Khan will talk about his lengthy Bollywood career as both a film star and a producer.
He has starred in more than 80 Bollywood films, and has produced more than 30 via his production company Salman Khan Films.
On Monday, Gooding Jr. will take to the stage to discuss his 30 years of experience as an actor.
The American is best known for his performances in “Jerry Maguire”, “A Few Good Men” and “Men of Honor.”
Gooding Jr. has played more than 85 roles over the course of his career. He won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Rod Tidwell in the 1996 film “Jerry Maguire.”
Tickets to both events, as well as for the film festival as a whole, are available on Ithra’s website.
The Sharqiah Season, the first of 11 Saudi seasons of entertainment, will run until the end of the month, with more than 83 activities in nine cities.