King Salman honors winners of King Khalid Awards

King Salman arrives at a ceremony to honor winners of King Khaled Award for the year 2017 in Riyadh on Monday evening. (SPA)
Updated 13 December 2017
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King Salman honors winners of King Khalid Awards

RIYADH: King Salman on Monday evening honored the winners of the King Khalid Award for 2017.
King Salman distributed prizes to the winners of this year’s awards in three categories: Partners for development, excellence for non-profit organizations, and responsible competitiveness.
Sami Al-Harbi was awarded first prize in the “Partners for Development” category for his “Achieve Their Hope” initiative, a voluntary group started in 2014 to support cancer warriors of different nationalities and age groups in the Kingdom, morally, psychologically and socially. It works to achieve their wishes, meet their needs, and enhance psychological and social aspects for them. Abdullah Al-Hawas received the second prize in the same category for the “Kan Yama” initiative, a voluntary group that began in 2009, which aims to simplify and instill values and knowledge in children between four and 12 years. It is presented in an interesting and enjoyable way through the implementation of programs, interactive activities and useful skills workshops.
Yazid Al-Shadoukhy collected third prize for the “Path Change” initiative of the Clinic 1 group. Launched in 2015, this initiative is based on a group of qualified specialists in 10 different medical disciplines. It aims to provide free medical consultations to low-income families of all nationalities.
The chairman of the board of directors of Al-Mawaddah Society for Family Development in Makkah, Faisal Al-Samanoudi, was awarded first prize in the “Excellence for Non-Profit Organizations” category for modern management practices and the clarity of Al-Mawaddah Society’s strategy, as well as the existence of integrated management systems for the board of directors and governance regulations.
The executive director of the Osraty Charity for Family Development in Madinah, Abdul Razzaq Makhdoom, was awarded second prize in this category. The award was given for excellence in administrative work and use of technology in a professional and distinctive way, and for adopting a clear vision in the measurement of performance.
The chairman of the board of directors of Al-Kawthar Health Charity Society of Asir, Dr. Jubran Al-Qahtani, secured third place.
In the “Responsible Competitiveness” category, and to encourage private sector enterprises to adopt pioneering practices in the area of responsible competitiveness, King Salman awarded four facilities characterized by their adoption of sustainable development practices and social responsibility, and integrating these practices into their strategies.
Arabian Drilling Company won first place and the award was presented to Ali Al-Ghamdi, managing director of administrative affairs.
The Saudi Arabian Mining Co. (Maaden) came second and the award was presented to Khalid Al-Madifar, chairman of the board of directors. Third place was shared between Middle East Paper Company (MEPCO) and Special Direction — Business Consultancy House.


Disappointed fans hail improved performance by Saudi Green Falcons but defeat ends World Cup dream

Updated 34 min 48 sec ago
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Disappointed fans hail improved performance by Saudi Green Falcons but defeat ends World Cup dream

  • A fan named Yousif, who watched the match at the General Sports Authority viewing tent, was happy that the game at least was close this time.
  • Saudi Arabia will face off against Egypt, who also lost their opening two group A games against Uruguay and Russia, on June 25.

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s World Cup dreams were shattered after Uruguay beat the Green Falcons 1-0 in the second of the three group-stage matches. Most Saudi fans in Jeddah were much happier with the team’s performance in game two, following the resounding 5-0 defeat by host nation Russia in the opening match on June 14, but still bitterly disappointed by the loss, which means they cannot qualify for the knockout stages.

Yousif, who watched the match at the General Sports Authority viewing tent, was happy that the game at least was close this time. “Although we lost, the performance was much better than the first game with Russia. I hope we win our next match,” he said.

Nasrah, who watched the game with her two sons, said: “I was really disappointed because we played good today and nothing less than a win should have been acceptable. I am also disappointed to see the looks on my boys faces when the game ended as they were hoping for a win.”

Khalid Al-Raghbi said at least it had been a good match to watch. “We played a bit better today,” he added. “I wish we would have won but at least we performed better than our last match against Russia.”

Before the game, Ibrahim Al-Turki had been optimistic about Saudi Arabia’s chances. “We didn’t expect today’s result. I was thinking that Saudi would win by two goals, and Uruguay would score one,” he said.

The result was especially disappointing given the close result and the number of chances the Saudis had to score, said Badr, who added: “I don’t know what to tell you because we are deeply disappointed. At least if we lost with a big defeat I would say we deserved it. We had the potential but we could not score.”

Shadi Al-Ghamdi said he wished the national team’s much improved performance in their second game had been more evident in their first. “I am very proud of the players, I thought they played very well. I just wish they had played like this against Russia," he said.

Safah was less complimentary and said that the Saudi players had let their fans down, adding: “They seemed scared whenever they attempted to score any goals.”

Saudi Arabia will face off against Egypt, who also lost their opening two group A games against Uruguay and Russia, on June 25. It will be the final game in the competition for both sides, with only pride to play for, as they battle it out to see who will finish third in the group and who will be left in bottom spot.