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 defense partnerships signed at Paris Air Show

Updated 20 June 2019
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Saudi defense partnerships signed at Paris Air Show

PARIS: Saudi defense chiefs signed a number of strategic partnerships with major global companies while taking part in the prestigious Paris Air Show.
The pavilion of the Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) company received a succession of key aerospace-industry figures during the Kingdom’s first exhibition appearance at the world’s largest aviation event.
High-profile visitors welcomed by SAMI chief executive offer, Andreas Schwer, included chairman of the SAMI board of directors, Ahmad Al-Khatib, deputy chairman of the SAMI board of directors and chairman of the board of directors of the Local Content and Government Procurement Commission, Dr. Ghassan Al-Shibl, and president of the General Authority for Civil Aviation, Abdulhadi bin Ahmed Al-Mansouri.
The pavilion also received a senior delegation from the Saudi Presidency of State Security, along with the director general of Saudi Arabian Airlines, Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser.
During the second day of the air show, which runs until June 23 at Le Bourget airport in Paris, SAMI officials took part in meetings and signed strategic partnerships with global businesses involved in the four areas of the company’s work, namely air and ground systems, weapons, missiles and defense electronics.
At a signing ceremony in the SAMI pavilion, company chiefs also put pen to paper on a joint project agreement with US aerospace and defense company L3 Technologies for cooperation in the field of electro-optical and infra-red technology and special task systems inside Saudi Arabia. In February, the two sides signed a memorandum of understanding establishing the joint project.