Saudi learning platform takes Twitter by storm

Updated 15 February 2018
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Saudi learning platform takes Twitter by storm

JEDDAH: A Saudi electronic learning platform has been named one of the top five educational accounts on Twitter.
“English Mastery,” a non-profitable language program, was launched a year ago and has more than 29,000 followers on Twitter and 7 million account subscribers worldwide.
E-learning platforms provide easy access to information while saving money and time, and offer enjoyable methods for teaching.
“English Mastery” is aimed at students of general and higher education in the Middle East. The electronic platform encourages self-learning, and is based on the concept of learn more and pay less. It produces a blog for learning English, hosts tutors on their Snapchat accounts, and produces videos and design info-graphs to help students.
Mohammed bin Naji Al-Yamani, the platform’s executive director, told Arab News: “It is a Saudi initiative to master the English language under the supervision of a group of Saudi academics and specialists in English language education. We aim to promote self-learning in the era of digital transformation through the use of interactive electronic platforms through social media.”
Along with Al-Yamani, the platform’s volunteer team all specialize in English language teaching.
“We wanted the initiative to be fully voluntary because of our sense of social responsibility,” said Al-Yamani. “The initiative does not have any financial support. The team members’ goal is to serve the learner. There is no doubt that financial support is important and we look forward to the best in the coming period.”
“Our vision in the future is to make ‘English Mastery’ an integrated platform with an official location and interactive application that enhances self-learning.”
Abdullah Al-Shehri, a Saudi language student in the UK, told Arab News: “The ‘English Mastery’ blog and resources were very useful in my journey of self-learning. I believe it is among the best accounts ever.”


Saudi Arabia praised for services and facilities for Hajj pilgrims

Updated 16 August 2018
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Saudi Arabia praised for services and facilities for Hajj pilgrims

  • Guests laud King Salman’s efforts to unify ranks
  • Tatarstan’s Grand Mufti Sheikh Kamil Ismailov hailed the Kingdom’s efforts to ensure pilgrims’ comfort and safety

MAKKAH: King Salman received thanks from guests at Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Guests Program for welcoming and supporting pilgrims. They also thanked him for hosting them so that they can perform Hajj rituals. 

The king’s guests praised the services provided for them from the moment they arrived in the holy lands. This underscores the depth of the Saudi experience in dealing with crowds and successfully hosting millions of pilgrims each year.

Tatarstan’s Grand Mufti Sheikh Kamil Ismailov hailed the Kingdom’s efforts to ensure pilgrims’ comfort and safety.

“The expansion projects in the Two Holy Mosques and the holy sites, as well as the readiness of all medical and security teams, constitute strong evidence of Saudi Arabia’s capacities and ability to organize and manage the crowds with every Hajj season,” he added.

Ismailov pointed out that Muslims represent 70 percent of the population in Tatarstan, and that it is the first country in the region to adopt Islam as a state religion since 922.

Sheikh Mustafa Jusufspahic, the grand mufti of Belgrade, in Serbia, said that King Salman’s hosting of pilgrims from all over the world continues a tradition of the leadership of this blessed land assisting and unifying Muslims. It continues the path of good and giving by the Kingdom’s leaders toward Islamic work in the world, accounting for its prestigious position in the Muslim world, he added.

Jusufspahic expressed his thanks and appreciation to King Salman for his great gesture that enables Muslims to perform Hajj easily and conveniently. He praised all services offered in the program, which is supervised by the Ministry of Islamic Affairs.

Mohammed Amin, a professor from Ethiopia, who is making his first visit to Makkah, commended King Salman’s invitation to Muslims from all over the globe. He also saidthat the Ethiopian people were well aware of the financial and cultural support provided by the Kingdom.

The imam of the Central Mosque in Ethiopia, Ibrahim Khalil, expressed his admiration for the warm reception he and his delegation received upon their arrival, their speedy entry into the country and the journey to their residence.

Guinean Islamic preacher Mohammed Idris said the infrastructure and the scale of the preparations in Makkah reflect the tremendous efforts from all sectors there. “The Kingdom endeavors to develop organization and management of the Hajj season every year, a fact highly acclaimed among Muslims in Guinea, who consider Saudi Arabia to be the heart of the Islamic world,” he said.

Professor Bassim Berniavorates, from the faculty of medicine at the University of Sarajevo in Bosnia, said he was happy he had the opportunity to perform Hajj for the first time in his life, and was eager to meet Saudi people, to learn about their customs and traditions, and to visit popular markets that reflect the historical richness of Makkah.

He added that the Bosnian people were grateful for Saudi Arabia’s support throughout history, which has enabled them to overcome obstacles and crises and achieve their aspirations in building a civilized and democratic nation.

Bassim, a professor of anesthesia at the University Hospital in Sarajevo, noted that the program helped to extend bridges of communication with the world. “The Bosnians became more familiar with the Saudis and proud of this cultural fusion in the holiest parts of the earth,” said Bassim.

Dr. Mekhtbakh, from the Sports Academy in Kyrgyzstan, said that by visiting the holy land he had achieved a life-long dream. He expressed his thanks and appreciation to King Salman for his generous patronage and keenness to host Muslims from all over the world.