Twitter reacts to Saudi border opening to Qatari pilgrims

This file photo taken on June 23, 2017 shows a general view of the Qatari side of the Abu Samrah border crossing with Saudi Arabia. (AFP)
Updated 18 August 2017
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Twitter reacts to Saudi border opening to Qatari pilgrims

JEDDAH: Hundreds took to Twitter to express their appreciation to King Salman for opening the Salwa border crossing so Qatari pilgrims can enter the Kingdom to perform Hajj. The hashtag #KingSalmanHostsQatariPilgrims was trending following Wednesday’s announcement, which received praise from people throughout the Gulf.
A photo of King Salman was captioned “Just being a KING and teaching others how to be,” praising his message that God’s house is always open to all Muslims.

Some Twitter users shared pictures of Qatari pilgrims as they crossed the border.

Meanwhile, many people refuted Doha’s claims that Saudi Arabia barred Qatari pilgrims, while slamming Al Jazeera for fabricating stories.
“I see Al Jazeera’s mercenaries’ faces who bothered us with their loud lies of banning Qataris from Hajj… May God protect King Salman and his crown prince,” said one Twitter user.

Saudi journalist Abdul Aziz Al-Khamees said Qatar had failed in its “manipulative” attempt to politicize Hajj.


Saudi Cultural Exhibition concludes in Moscow

Seven Saudi films from young local directors streamed during the exhibition. (SPA)
Updated 18 June 2018
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Saudi Cultural Exhibition concludes in Moscow

JEDDAH: The Saudi Cultural Exhibition in Moscow, organized by the General Culture Authority on the sidelines of the FIFA World Cup, has concluded its activities and events.
The four-day exhibition attracted a large number of visitors, who were informed about Saudi culture, art and heritage through short films, traditional costumes, folkloric shows, and books translated into Russian.
There were also various pavilions, including for Arabic calligraphy, Saudi hospitality, Arabic coffee, henna and fine art, as well as one aimed at children. Seven films by young Saudi directors were screened, and were well received by audiences.
Seven Saudi films from young local directors streamed during the exhibition.
The exhibition was part of the General Culture Authority’s efforts to inform people about Saudi culture, art and identity.