King Salman’s call for cultural diversity wins praise

King Salman chairs the Cabinet session in Riyadh on Tuesday. (SPA)
Updated 14 February 2018
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King Salman’s call for cultural diversity wins praise

RIYADH: The Saudi Cabinet has welcomed King Salman’s address to guests at the 32nd Janadriyah festival emphasizing the importance of culture as a basic pillar for a nation’s identity and values.
Chaired by King Salman at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh on Tuesday, the Cabinet also praised the king’s comment that respect for the diversity and specialty of each culture was a key to peaceful coexistence between nations.
At the local level, the Cabinet expressed thanks to King Salman for his support for provision of desalinated water from mobile stations to meet the growing demand for desalinated water in the Kingdom.
The Cabinet praised the Saline Water Conversion Corp., which raised production of desalinated water in the past two years from 3.5 to 5 million cubic meters per day without an increase in capital costs.
At a regional level, the Cabinet condemned the Assad regime’s continued bombing of the besieged enclave of Eastern Ghouta in Syria and its use of chemical weapons. The step represents a flagrant violation of international law and ignores global efforts to resolve the Syrian crisis, the Cabinet said.
The Cabinet also expressed the Kingdom’s condolences to the Russian government and people following the crash of a civilian aircraft which claimed the lives of more than 70 passengers.
Later, the Cabinet approved two agreements to protect environmental and air services between the Kingdom and Jordan and Mauritius, respectively.


Efforts continue at Prophet's Mosque to serve worshippers during Ramadan

Updated 24 May 2018
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Efforts continue at Prophet's Mosque to serve worshippers during Ramadan

RIYADH: The General Directorate for the Affairs of Al-Masjid an-Nabawi, or the Prophet's Mosque, is carrying on with plans during the month of Ramadan to serve visitors, the Saudi Press Agency has said.
The directorate has prepared the mosque to accommodate worshipers at the time of prayers, in addition to monitoring the Iftar meals offered at the mosque and its external courts.
It also said it has intensified its water services, cleaning efforts and air conditioning around the clock to provide worshipers with an atmosphere full of serenity and reverence.
SPA took pictures of the services offered at the mosque, beginning with guiding visitors and organizing their entry through the gates of the Prophet’s Mosque to the men and women sections. It also directs worshippers to the emptier courts to avoid crowding.
It also captured the preparations for setting the Iftar meals at the mosque, including the installing of water spray fans at the outside squares due to sustain high temperatures during summer, so that visitors pray with ease and comfort.