Makkah governor to open new headquarters of Moderation Center

Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal
Updated 19 September 2017
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Makkah governor to open new headquarters of Moderation Center

JEDDAH: Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal will open the new headquarters of the Khaled bin Faisal Moderation Center at King Abdul Aziz University at the end of this week and will announce the names of those who won the center’s Moderation Award in its first season, reaching SR1 million ($266,652).
Dr. Al-Hasan Al-Manakhara, the director of the center, emphasized the importance of the role and responsibility of King Abdul Aziz University and the center’s members in promoting and spreading the culture of moderation and fighting terrorism, violence and racism in a well-studied methodological manner.
Since its establishment last year, the center has begun providing educational programs and training sessions in this field to build and enhance capacities cognitively and professionally, according to society’s demands, he added.
He noted that the prince will announce the names of winners of the Moderation Award, one of the center’s most important events this year. He also revealed that the award reached SR1 million, of which SR200,000 was distributed on short films, SR100,000 on cartoons, SR50,000 on filming, SR50,000 on digital arts, SR100,000 on quantitative statistic studies, SR150,000 on translation, SR100,000 on innovative individual initiatives, and SR150,000 on distinguished institutional initiatives.
Al-Manakhara emphasized the necessity of conducting more quality scientific studies on moderation and fighting terrorism, extremism and violence through multi-disciplinary research techniques and methods, which is considered as one of the center’s most important strategic goals.
In another matter, the Makkah governor honored a Saudi man who found a three-year-old lost child in Jeddah, and released a video of her on social media which helped her parents to find her.


Saudi space chief visits Moscow mission control center

Updated 20 April 2019
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Saudi space chief visits Moscow mission control center

  • Prince Sultan bin Salman was received by the center’s supervisor
  • He also visited the General Corporation for Heavy Space Industries, which is responsible for manufacturing spacecraft and developing technology

MOSCOW: The chairman of the Saudi Space Commission on Saturday visited the Moscow headquarters of Russia’s mission control center.
Prince Sultan bin Salman was received by the center’s supervisor, who briefed him on the center’s work and programs, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
They discussed establishing scientific and research cooperation in the areas of space and aeronautics, and the International Space Station.
Prince Sultan also visited the General Corporation for Heavy Space Industries, which is responsible for manufacturing spacecraft and developing technology. It produces most parts of the International Space Station.
He said his visit was in line with directives from King Salman to ensure close cooperation with Russia in the space sector and joint investments.
The Saudi Space Commission (SSC) was working at a “rapid pace” to complete an ambitious national strategy, he said, and the Kingdom was one of the region’s first countries to explore the future of space more than 34 years ago.
He added that programs were being prepared in partnership with Russian space institutions and agencies to train Saudi astronauts and to expand in space and satellite industries.
The prince said the commission was keen to invest in training Saudi talent through specialized programs and educational scholarships abroad.
Earlier this week, he visited the headquarters of the Russian space agency Roscosmos for a working session alongside its director-general, Dmitry Olegovich Rogozin.
“Russia considers Saudi Arabia a serious partner, with a great regional and international influence,” SPA reported Rogozin as saying.
Last month, Saudi Arabia and 10 other countries signed the first pan-Arab agreement on coordinating national exploration programs at the Global Space Congress in Abu Dhabi.
The ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, said that the group’s first project would be a satellite system to be built in the UAE.
The agreement is unprecedented for the nations involved, whose levels of technical expertise vary. The first aim of the agreement will be to bring them all up to an equal level of capability.