Saudi education departments announce local schools will close on Monday

Jeddah Education announces that schools in Jeddah, Rabigh and Khulais will be closed tomorrow, Monday 12 Feb. 2018, for safety and security reasons due to bad weather conditions. (AFP)
Updated 12 February 2018
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Saudi education departments announce local schools will close on Monday

JEDDAH: Jeddah's Education Authority announced that schools will shut down on Monday citing bad weather conditions across Saudi Arabia. 
Jeddah Univeristy also announced the closure of its main headquarters and all its branches due to the weather, which is predicted to bring high winds and dust.
The General Authority of Meteorology and Environmental Protection said it expects that unstable weather conditions will prevail on Monday across Jeddah, Rabigh and Khulais. 
Following an emergency committee meeting, Spokesman for Jeddah Education Authority, Hamood al-Suqairan, said in line with reports received from the General Authority of Meteorology and Environmental Protection on the weather situation, it has been decided that schools will be closed as per the terms approved by the Ministry of Education to ensure the safety and security of students. 
Meanwhile, Makkah’s Education Authority also announced that schools will be closed to ensure the safety of students due to windy and dusty weather with warnings of low visibility.   
The decision has been made to ensure the safety and security of students, they said on their official Twitter account. 
 


Crown prince award ‘will build Saudi-Sino cultural bridges’

Updated 22 February 2019
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Crown prince award ‘will build Saudi-Sino cultural bridges’

ARAB NEWS BEIJING: Leading academics and literary talents from Saudi Arabia and China will be honored under an award scheme sponsored by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Culture Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan announced the Prince Mohammed bin Salman Award for Cultural Cooperation between the Kingdom and China during a visit to King Abdul Aziz Public Library at Peking University in Beijing on Thursday.
The announcement was made on the eve of the Saudi crown prince’s visit to China, the latest stop on an Asian tour.
The cultural cooperation award will honor leading academics, translators and high-achievers from the Kingdom and China in the categories: Best scientific research in Arabic, best artistic work, best Chinese-Arabic book translation and vice versa, person of the year, and most influential person of the year in the cultural milieu.
Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan said: “This partnership is in the name of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and represents the common commitment to build cultural bridges between the two countries, developing cultural exchange, and promoting artistic and academic opportunities for our citizens.”
He said the yearly award will promote language, literature, and Arabic and creative arts in China, and encourage cultural exchange.
The Kingdom and China have a long history of cultural cooperation, including the annual Arabic Arts Festival.
The King Abdul Aziz Public Library at Peking University was inaugurated in 2017 during King Salman’s official visit to China, where he received an honorary doctorate degree.