Security force exhibition opened at Janadriyah festival

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The exhibition displays the latest arms and equipment, including 20 types of armored vehicles equipped with heavy and large-caliber arms. (SPA)
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The exhibition displays the latest arms and equipment, including 20 types of armored vehicles equipped with heavy and large-caliber arms. (SPA)
Updated 10 February 2018
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Security force exhibition opened at Janadriyah festival

RIYADH: Special Security Forces Commander, Lt. Gen. Mufleh bin Salim Al-Otaibi, opened the Special Security Forces exhibition on Friday at the 32nd Janadriyah National Heritage and Culture Festival.
He toured the exhibition halls, witnessing the displays of the latest arms and equipment, including 20 types of armored vehicles equipped with heavy and large-caliber arms.
The exhibition also features a panoramic display of more than 16,000 different photographs spotlighting the history and evolution of the forces.
“By partaking in this festival, we also seek to involve all segments of the community in the daily life of members of the force out of our belief that security is a shared social responsibility,” Al-Otaibi said.
Attractions at the event include the skydiving simulator, virtual reality devices and the booth devoted to plastic arts.
The 18-day festival, organized by the Ministry of National Guard, is part of a major initiative to generate awareness of Saudi history and heritage.
Started in 1985, the festival’s main features include a camel race, horse race, falconry, and traditional arts and crafts.
The festival opens from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m daily. The first five days, from Feb. 7 to 11, are reserved for male visitors, women and families may visit from Feb. 12 to 24.


Christchurch Muslims praise King Salman’s Hajj offer

Updated 19 July 2019
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Christchurch Muslims praise King Salman’s Hajj offer

  • The president of the Muslim Association of Canterbury Shagaf Khan said people will be both financially and spiritually supported during the journey
  • Khan said a trip to Makkah would normally cost around 10,000 New Zealand dollars ($6,769), but King Salman’s offer would cover pilgrims “from the time they leave their house and come back”

CHRISTCHURCH: King Salman’s Hajj offer to host families of those affected by March’s Christchurch terror attacks is “something really special,” said the president of the Muslim Association of Canterbury, Shagaf Khan.
The Saudi king has offered to host and cover the expenses of 200 Hajj pilgrims when they journey to Makkah this year.
Khan said people will be both financially and spiritually supported during the journey. “For some of them, it’ll be a great comfort feeling like they’ve fulfilled the obligations of being a Muslim,” he added.
Khan said a trip to Makkah would normally cost around 10,000 New Zealand dollars ($6,769), but King Salman’s offer would cover pilgrims “from the time they leave their house and come back.”
When asked what the offer would mean for Canterbury’s Muslim community, Khan said it is part of the solidarity and support that has been shown to them since the Christchurch terror attacks, which claimed the lives of 51 people.
“Four months on … people still feel supported and they feel they’re still being remembered,” he added.
Sheikh Mohammed Amir, who is working closely with the local community, Saudi Arabia’s Embassy and its Ministry of Islamic Affairs to implement King Salman’s offer, said it will be available for those who had lost family members or been injured in the mosque attacks.
Canterbury’s Muslims are “very appreciative” of the offer, added Amir, who is chairman of the Islamic Scholars Board of New Zealand.
“I’ll say with full confidence that this will be a big relief for the deceased’s families, for the victims, for all those who’ve been injured and affected,” he said.
When asked how the organization of the pilgrimage is going, Amir said “so far, so good,” but added that it has been challenging without official records to track everyone down.
He said it is an honor and a responsibility to help organize the pilgrimage, which he has been helping to plan since the end of Ramadan. “People are very excited about it,” he added.
He said he believed that the king’s offer had been made to help people’s rehabilitation after the terror attacks.
“The community believes he’s going to contribute in building Christchurch and bringing people to a normal life,” Amir added.