Saudi Film Council launched to support cultural talent

Ahmed bin Fahd Al-Mazeed. (Courtesy photo)
Updated 21 March 2018
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Saudi Film Council launched to support cultural talent

RIYADH: The Saudi Film Council was launched on Tuesday to help develop the Kingdom’s cultural sector.
The launch by the General Culture Authority is the latest effort to establish and support new sectors that enhance society’s vitality and the economy’s diversity and prosperity, under the umbrella of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.
The authority’s executive chairman, Ahmed bin Fahd Al-Mazeed, said the authority is determined to support cultural talents and the cultural diversity in the Kingdom.
He added the council aims to develop a vital sector and a thriving environment for the films and content industry in the Kingdom through strategic and sustainable development mechanisms.
This can be achieved by resorting to the sector’s main axes: Development and complete care of talents programs; supportive and flexible legislative and executive frameworks; advanced infrastructure and technology for artistic production; availability of financing solutions and options; in addition to the cultural sector’s development initiatives all over the Kingdom.


Hajj Ministry: More than 7.46m Umrah visas issued so far

Updated 25 May 2019
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Hajj Ministry: More than 7.46m Umrah visas issued so far

  • The largest number of pilgrims are from Pakistan
  • The Vision 2030 reform plan aims to attract more than 30 million Umrah pilgrims, and provide them with excellent services and an outstanding experience

RIYADH: The number of Umrah visas issued this year has reached 7,463,259, of which 6,964,943 pilgrims have arrived in the Kingdom, according to data provided by the Hajj Ministry.
There are 925,246 pilgrims still in the Kingdom, with 679,929 in Makkah and 245,317 in Madinah, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
Most pilgrims — 6,185,504 — came to the Kingdom by air, while 671,356 entered by land and 108,083 arrived by sea.
The largest number of pilgrims are from Pakistan (1,530,855) followed by Indonesia (934,827), India (635,675), Egypt (524,728), Algeria (353,425), Yemen (323,083), Turkey (300,517), Malaysia (26,9554), Iraq (268,179) and Jordan (194,908).
The weekly data also included the number of Saudi staff within Umrah companies and institutions. They are 10,852 Saudis including 8,978 males and 1,874 females.
Developing Hajj and Umrah organizations and services in the Kingdom is among the top priorities of the Saudi government.
The Vision 2030 reform plan aims to attract more than 30 million Umrah pilgrims, and provide them with excellent services and an outstanding experience.