King Salman named ‘Islamic Personality of the Year’

Saudi King Salman. (AFP)
Updated 04 June 2017
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King Salman named ‘Islamic Personality of the Year’

RIYADH: King Salman has been named the “Islamic Personality of the Year 2017” by the organizing committee of the high-profile Dubai International Holy Qu’ran Award (DIHQA). The honor was announced at a crowded press conference on Friday in Dubai.
It was conferred in recognition of King Salman’s services to Islam and Muslim causes in particular, as well as for his efforts to restore peace and security across the world.
The award was announced in the presence of panel Chairman Counselor Ibrahim Mohammed Bu Melha.
Commenting on the honor, the well-known Saudi Islamic scholar Mohsin Shaikh Al-Hassan told Arab News that it was not a surprising that King Salman had been honored with such an award.
“King Salman has become a hero of all Muslims around the world and a symbol of freedom and prosperity… I sincerely feel proud to be a citizen of Saudi Arabia,” said Al-Hassan, who is also an author and TV anchor.
The award organizing committee, in its citation, stressed King Salman’s vision “for the Muslim world and his care to make the Haj pilgrimage easier to enable pilgrims to perform their rituals comfortably.”
The organizing committee also cited King Salman’s support for the preservation of Arab and Islamic heritage, and his constant efforts to unify the Arab and Muslim worlds to meet the challenges and circumstances.
The DIHQA also commended King Salman’s keen interest in Islamic causes and direct supervision of a number of charities to help the needy. He also won praise for establishing the Riyadh-based King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Aid (KSRelief), which has been carrying out massive aid and relief operations across the world including in Yemen.
Expressing his joy over the conferment of the award, Ibrahim Al-Qayid, a founder member of the National Society of Human Rights, said: “King Salman is indeed an accomplished statesman, a visionary, a great philanthropist, and above all an epitome of hope for the Kingdom and the whole Middle East region.”
Al-Qayid added that “King Salman is a strong advocate of philanthropy in poor Muslim nations.”
King Salman has received several certificates, commendations and prizes, including honorary doctorates from Islamic University of Madinah, Umm Al-Qura University in Makkah, Jamia Millia Islamia in Delhi and the Kant Medal from Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities.
He also received the highest orders and medals from France, Morocco, Bosnia-Herzegovina, the United Nations, the Philippines, Senegal, Yemen, Sweden and Bahrain.


Jeddah Season provides seasonal employment for young Saudis

Updated 18 June 2019
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Jeddah Season provides seasonal employment for young Saudis

JEDDAH: The Jeddah Season festival has provided a wide range of seasonal employment opportunities for young Saudi men and women, helping them gain experience and prepare them to enter the job market.

More than 5,000 young Saudis are working around the clock, each in his or her field, to manage the festival’s activities.

The festival aims to highlight development opportunities in Saudi Arabia, introduce the Kingdom as one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, support the government’s efforts to empower Saudi youths, support local small and medium enterprises, develop Jeddah’s tourism sector and provide volunteer opportunities.

Jeddah Season, which began on June 8 and runs until July 18, has attracted thousands of visitors of all ages through its 150 local and international events and activities.

It is being held at five sites: King Abdullah Sports City, Al-Hamra Corniche, the Jeddah Waterfront, Obhur and Historic Jeddah (Al-Balad), which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Jeddah Season offers a wide range of tourism, entertainment and cultural events and activities, and sheds light on the city’s status as the Kingdom’s tourism capital. Most of its events are being held for the first time in Saudi Arabia.

Jeddah Season is in line with the Vision 2030 reform plan, which aims to advance the welfare of Saudi society, diversify local development opportunities, improve the Kingdom’s contribution to arts and culture, and create job opportunities for Saudi youths.