Russian institute to confer honorary doctorate on King Salman today

King Salman
Updated 07 October 2017
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Russian institute to confer honorary doctorate on King Salman today

MOSCOW: King Salman will be granted an honorary doctorate on Saturday by the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), which is operated by Russia’s Foreign Ministry.
“MGIMO is proud to welcome the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques during his truly historic visit to Russia, and we are proud to include His Majesty among MGIMO’s honorary degree-holders,” the institute’s Rector Anatoly Torkunov told Arab News.
Its honorary doctorates acknowledge recipients’ roles in strengthening relations between their country and Russia, and their contribution to global stability and prosperity.
Previous recipients include Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Jordan’s King Abdallah, former French President Jacques Chirac, former UN Secretary-General Boutros Boutros Ghali, and Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, former secretary-general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.
In 2016, MGIMO signed a cooperation agreement with the Prince Saud Al-Faisal Institute for Diplomatic Studies at the Saudi Foreign Ministry.
MGIMO, founded in 1944, prepares diplomats for the Foreign Ministry. “Despite its proximity to political elites, MGIMO has always maintained the spirit of intellectual freedom, encouraging independent thinking in its students,” its website says.
The Guinness Book of World Records acknowledged MGIMO for the number of languages it teaches — 53.


Thunderstorms and winds expected in Saudi Arabia’s Al-Bahah region

Updated 21 April 2018
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Thunderstorms and winds expected in Saudi Arabia’s Al-Bahah region

  • Thunderstorms and surface winds will affect Al-Bahah until 18:00 Saudi Arabia Standard Time (SAST).

London: Saudi Arabia's General Authority for Meteorology and Environmental Protection stated on Saturday that the Al-Bahah region will experience thunderstorms and surface winds until 18:00 Saudi Arabia Standard Time (SAST).
Areas affected include Baljurashi, Al-Mandaq, and Al-Aqiq.
The Saudi General Directorate of Civil Defense advised people to stay away from valleys and streams, and to take the necessary precautions.