Saudi Arabia’s King Salman extends Eid Al-Fitr holiday break

File Photo showing King Salman bin Abdulaziz. (SPA)
Updated 06 June 2018
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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman extends Eid Al-Fitr holiday break

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman issued a directive to extend this year’s Eid Al-Fitr, the end of the Holy month of Ramadan holiday.
Under the plan, government employees and military staff will receive around a full working week off to mark the holiday, which falls at the end of Ramadan.
The exact start date of Eid has yet to be officially announced, but an astronomer in Sharjah said this week that it will likely begin on Friday, June 15.
According to the directive, affected employees in the Kingdom will resume work on Sunday, June 24.


Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Culture takes part in UN event

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Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Culture takes part in UN event

NEW YORK: Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Culture took part in a preservation of cultural event organized by the United Nations on Tuesday.
The Culture and Sustainable Development conference was held at the UN headquarters in New York with an international delegation and in conjunction with UNESCO’s “World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development.”
Dr. Afnan bint Abdullah Al-Shuaibi, the general supervisor for International Relations at the Ministry of Culture, delivered the Kingdom’s speech at the conference in which she affirmed that culture is an essential part of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.
She also spoke about the importance of preserving cultural and natural heritage to achieve peace. “It is a common pursuit of all countries to build a rich cultural future in which various kinds of culture and arts flourish,” she added.
The discussion focused on contributing to sustainable development from a local, regional and international perspective based on national experiences.
According to the two main pillars of the United Nations, cultural diversity and the importance of indigenous cultures in sustainable development is vital in achieving many objectives, including “highlighting the relationship between culture and human diversity.”
Also on the agenda was a session on using culture as a tool for change, innovation, empowerment and equality, and addressed issue such as the role of traditional knowledge and skills to promote environmental sustainability and the impact of cultural heritage on identity preservation and peace-building.