MiSK launches new initiative to promote good social practices in Ramadan

File Photo Showing a street market in Riyadh (AFP)
Updated 17 May 2018
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MiSK launches new initiative to promote good social practices in Ramadan

  • The project is the first in a series of initiatives to promote noble values known to Saudis. 
  • The project will produce video clips that highlight and explain a holy verse and how it applies to a person's daily routine. 

LONDON: The MiSK Foundation has launched a new initiative calling on Saudi Arabian citizens and residents to uphold good behaviour and practice in society during the holy month of Ramadan.

The not-for-profit organization, founded by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in 2011, launched "Misk Al-Qiyam" in order to promote 'good practices' during Ramadan and beyond.

The "Aya Wa Qeemah" — or "A Verse and its Value" — project is the first in a series of initiatives to promote noble values known to Saudis. 

The project will work to produce video clips that highlight and explain a holy verse and how it applies to a person's daily routine. 

The clips will be broadcast throughout Ramadan on a number of media outlets and social media platforms. 

The launch of this initiative reflects the belief to try and underpin society with good practices and values as part of promoting a better society in keeping with Vision 2030. 

Many of the clips will seek to remind people of basic tenets of religion which call for better human interaction, as well as raising awareness about patriotism, national questions as well as means to protect the environment, empower youth and promote productivity and positivity in society. 

MiSK has promised to launch more initiatives with "Misk al-Qiyam", stating the importance of values in influencing good behaviour among people in the community.


FaceOf: Ahmad Al-Khatib, chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Arabian Military Industries

Ahmad Al-Khatib
Updated 27 May 2018
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FaceOf: Ahmad Al-Khatib, chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Arabian Military Industries

  • Saudi Arabian Military Industries aims to aims to reduce the country’s reliance on foreign purchases of military products

JEDDAH: Ahmad Al-Khatib was appointed the chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) in October 2017. 

He also holds the posts of chairman of the board of directors of the General Entertainment Authority (GEA) since 2016; chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Fund for Development; adviser to the general secretariat of the Cabinet; adviser to the minister of defense; and adviser to the court of the crown prince.

Al-Khatib inaugurated on Friday the new facilities of the Aircraft Accessories and Components Company (AACC) at its new headquarters at King Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah during a ceremony under the patronage of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

SAMI aims to reduce the country’s reliance on foreign purchases of military products and become one of the top 25 global companies in the field of military industries.

“Our goal is to localize more than 50 percent of the Kingdom’s military spending by 2030,” said the crown prince in his earlier statement.

Al-Khatib is a former adviser to the royal court, was the minister of health between 2014 and 2016, and served as the chairman for the Saudi stock company established in 2006, Jadwa Investment.

Al-Khatib has 23 years of experience in banking. In 1992 he joined the Bank of Riyad, working in various departments for 11 years and helping to establish the customer investment department. 

In 2003, Al-Khatib joined SABB Bank and participated in the establishment of Islamic Banking (Amanah). He then became the bank’s general manager.