Moderation Center highlights Saudi Arabia’s pioneering role

Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal inaugurates Prince Khaled Al-Faisal Center for Moderation in Jeddah on Wednesday. (SPA)
Updated 22 September 2017

Moderation Center highlights Saudi Arabia’s pioneering role

JEDDAH: Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, governor of Makkah region, said that since the establishment of Saudi Arabia, the Kingdom has been moderate in all its issues.
This came during the inauguration ceremony on Wednesday of the Prince Khaled Al-Faisal Center for Moderation and during the announcement of the winners of the center’s award at King Abdul Aziz University.
“This great country started, since its inception, to adopt moderation in its policies, culture, work and treatment of all internal and external problems.”
He pointed out that the people of Saudi Arabia have supported the leadership in an unprecedented project in a world plagued by ideas, wars, policies and extremist approaches.
“These strange phenomena in which some societies claim to be the owner of progress, development and priority, are in fact a quest for worldly gains, where there is no faith and moderation,” Prince Khaled said.
He added: “We all stand united behind our leadership. We tell the whole world that we are proud of our constitution and we are proud of this society and this people.”
Prince Khaled added: “I say to every citizen, Raise up your head, you are a Saudi national.”
Prince Khaled then announced the winners of the moderation award. He has also launched a new package of specific programs and initiatives that were earlier planned, which will be implemented on the ground in the near future.
According to exploratory studies carried out by the center among 600 families, 92 percent of households have no knowledge of the indicators of extremism.
The studies revealed that 84 percent of the families have no awareness of ways to protect their children from extremism.
Ninety-one percent of the participants in these research studies wanted to participate in such awareness programs. These are the reasons that prompted the center to adopt this initiative.
This initiative will be implemented during this academic year as a first stage. The experience will be assessed and then circulated throughout the Kingdom as a second stage.
A memorandum of cooperation was signed between Prince Khaled Al-Faisal Center for Moderation and Prince Mohammed bin Naif Center for advising in the field of disseminating the culture of moderation, and combating extremism and terrorism in society.

UAE celebrates Saudi National Day

Updated 23 September 2018

UAE celebrates Saudi National Day

DUBAI: The celebratory mood to mark Saudi Arabia’s 88th National Day has reached as far as New York, with Nasdaq displaying images of the Kingdom’s rulers at its tower on Times Square in New York while Dubai carrier Emirates is pulling out all the stops to join in the festivities.

The Dubai airline operated a special one-off A380 service, known as EK 813 and EK 814, on Sunday to the capital city of Riyadh, touching down at King Khalid International Airport at 3:30pm. The return flight was scheduled to depart at 6:50pm.

A YouTube video from Emirates also showed crew handing out scarves embroidered with the countries’ flags, as well as white roses, to passengers while boarding the A380 aircraft.


Nasdaq Dubai, the UAE-based operations of the New York equities exchange, posted: “Best wishes from #NasdaqDubai to #SaudiArabia on the occasion of the 88th National day” in its Twitter account, along with photos containing images of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed being projected on a huge electronic billboard. A separate tweet also showed an 11-second video with the merged UAE and Saudi Arabian flags fluttering on the billboard.



Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, will be illuminated in the national flag of Saudi Arabia, in a display of friendship between the UAE and its Gulf neighbor.

In the UAE’s capital, the General Command of Abu Dhabi Police decorated 88 of their cars – one for every year being celebrated – with the flags of Saudi Arabia and the UAE and the words “Together Forever.”

Meanwhile, Etihad Airways’ Wesam Sameer Al-Najjar, the only Saudi National A380 pilot in the world, together with Captain Ahmed Almalood from the UAE, flew the A380 Year of Zayed aircraft to Jeddah for a special one-off service to mark the event.