King Abdul Aziz Center for National Dialogue introduces peace project for cultural communication to foreign diplomats’ wives

Faisal bin Abdulrahman Bin Muammar, Secretary General of the King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue. (SPA)
Updated 19 November 2017
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King Abdul Aziz Center for National Dialogue introduces peace project for cultural communication to foreign diplomats’ wives

RIYADH: The King Abdul Aziz Center for National Dialogue (KACND) has introduced its peace project for cultural communication during a meeting that included the wives of diplomatic mission heads accredited to the Kingdom.

The Riyadh-based institute recently invited diplomats’ wives to a meeting at its headquarters and discussed various issues that included the peace project, one of its most important initiatives.

The meeting, which was moderated by the assistant secretary-general of the Center for Women’s Affairs, Amal Al-Maalami, intends to “consolidate the values of coexistence and civilizational dialogue.”

Holding the meeting was in accordance with KACND goals that include the establishment and dissemination of a culture of dialogue in society, and discussion of national issues which affect Saudi citizens.

The meeting also introduced the renaissance of the Kingdom and its achievements in various fields by monitoring and analyzing the reality of its global image, and proposing initiatives for improvement.

The meeting also touched on the Kingdom’s empowerment of and support for Saudi women, who have become vital partners in national development.

Such support is shown by the fact that Saudi women have become vital cogs in nation building and have become Shoura Council members who advise King Salman on policies and legislation.

Saudi women can now vote in municipal elections and work in some retail and hospitality jobs within the government’s Vision 2030 plan, which is trying to diversify the oil-reliant economy by boosting women’s employment.

The Ministry of Labor and Social Development has also announced that its work-from-home program is set to create 141,000 jobs by 2020, and expects that the percentage of women in the Saudi workforce will increase 28 percent by the same year.

Licenses will also be granted for women’s gyms by the end of February, according to Princess Reema bint Bandar, vice president for women’s affairs at the General Authority of Sports.


Saudi royal decree guarantees allowances to cover cost of living for new fiscal year

Updated 18 December 2018
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Saudi royal decree guarantees allowances to cover cost of living for new fiscal year

A royal decree by Saudi Arabia’s King Salman ordered the continuation of allowances covering the cost of living for civil sector employees for the new fiscal year on Tuesday.

The decree states that 1,000 Saudi riyals ($266) would be given to citizens on a monthly basis.  This will continue for one year until the study of the social protection system is completed.

Saudi Arabia also announced plans to increase state spending by more than seven percent next year in an effort to spur economic growth, which has been hurt by low oil prices, according to a 2019 budget released by the finance ministry.