Saudi Arabia seeks ecotourism boost by protecting environment, wildlife

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King Salman issued a royal order establishing the Council of Royal Reserves under the chairmanship of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. (Photo courtesy of Small And Big Wonders At The King’s Forest (Rawdat Khuraim))
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King Salman issued a royal order establishing the Council of Royal Reserves under the chairmanship of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. (Photo courtesy of Small And Big Wonders At The King’s Forest (Rawdat Khuraim))
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King Salman issued a royal order establishing the Council of Royal Reserves under the chairmanship of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. (Photo courtesy of Small And Big Wonders At The King’s Forest (Rawdat Khuraim))
Updated 03 June 2018
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Saudi Arabia seeks ecotourism boost by protecting environment, wildlife

  • King Salman aims to preserve natural environment and wildlife and its reproduction and development in Saudi Arabia
  • The royal decrees include identifying and designating the royal reserves and the formation of its boards of directors

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia has made huge strides in environmental protection with initiatives to preserve the natural environment and wildlife that will boost ecotourism, reduce fishing and overgrazing, and protect and encourage vegetation.
As part of these efforts, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman issued a royal order establishing the Council of Royal Reserves under the chairmanship of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
The Royal Reserves shall be determined and named by an order issued by the president of Council of Ministers. Each Royal Reserve shall have a board of directors:
1- Rawdhat Khuraim Reserve will be a royal reserve named Imam Abdul Aziz bin Mohammed Reserve, with its board of directors under the chairmanship of Prince Turki bin Mohammed bin Fahd. Six specialists will be nominated by the Council of Royal Reserves.
2- Mahazah Al-Sayad Reserve will be named Imam Saud bin Abdul Aziz Reserve, under the chairmanship of Prince Abdullah bin Bandar and the membership of six specialists to be nominated by the Council of Royal Reserves.
3- Al-Taysiyah Reserve shall be a royal reserve named Imam Turki bin Abdullah Reserve, with its board under the chairmanship of Prince Turki bin Mohammed bin Fahd and the membership of six specialists to be nominated by the Council of Royal Reserves.
4- Al-Tanhat and Al-Khafs Reserves shall be a royal reserve named King Abdul Aziz Reserve, with its board under the chairmanship of Prince Abdul Aziz bin Saud bin Naif and the membership of six specialists to be nominated by the Council of Royal Reserves.
5- Al-Khanfa, Al-Tubaiq and Hurra Al-Hurra Reserves shall be a royal reserve named King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Reserve, with its board under the chairmanship of Prince Abdul Aziz bin Saud bin Naif and the membership of six specialists to be nominated by the Council of Royal Reserves.
6- The area between NEOM Project and Red Sea and Al-A’ala Project shall be a royal reserve named Prince Mohammed bin Salman Reserve, with under the chairmanship of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, vice president of the Council of Ministers. Six specialists will be nominated by the Council of Royal Reserves.

 


Muslim World League signs deal with Moscow to promote interfaith dialogue

Updated 22 April 2019
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Muslim World League signs deal with Moscow to promote interfaith dialogue

  • Al-Issa lauds Russian model of national harmony and coexistence
  • Al-Issa also met with Speaker of the Russian Parliament last month

MOSCOW: The Secretary-General of the Muslim World League (MWL) Sheikh Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa held a meeting with the president of the Russian People’s Council, Sergei Ordzhonikidze, and other council members, where they discussed issues of common interest.

They looked into means of boosting cooperation between Russia and the Muslim world, supporting positive national integration programs and countering extremist speeches and Islamophobia.

Al-Issa lauded the Russian model of national harmony and coexistence, while Ordzhonikidze presented Al-Issa with a copy of the council’s yearly report.

At the meeting the two parties signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to share their experiences in the fight against extremist ideologies, the promotion of interreligious dialogue and coexistence and the implementation of joint projects to achieve shared goals. They also stressed the pure and peaceful values of Islam and rejected all forms of extremism and Islamophobia.

The meeting was attended by the Russian deputy chairman of the Committee for the Development of Agriculture, Aygun Memedov, the chairman of the Committee on the Normalization of Relations Between Nationalities and Religions, Sheikh Albert Karganov, the Mufti of Moscow and the Khanti-Mansisk Region in Siberia Sheikh Tahir Samatov.

Last month, Al-Issa met with Speaker of the Russian Parliament Vyacheslav Volodin. They discussed subjects related to promoting and supporting dialogue among followers of different religions and civilizations, activating cultural contacts and exchanges between the Muslim world and Russia.

Al-Issa signed a cooperation agreement between the MWL and Moscow’s Fund for Islamic Culture, Science and Education. The agreement focused on tackling extremism and promoting tolerance. The agreement stressed the need for cooperation in the fight against extremism, intolerance, aggression and hostility among religions, races and ideologies that could lead to terrorism.

Both parties agreed to exchange information on the activities of scientific centers, cultural forums and websites.