Saudi hospital staff win trip to FIFA World Cup

The Green Falcons open their World Cup account against the hosts Russia. (AP)
Updated 14 June 2018
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Saudi hospital staff win trip to FIFA World Cup

  • The KFSHRC launched the sports tourism program for their Saudi staff members to take part in the mega-event by traveling to the host country
  • More than 400 employees took part in the contest

RIYADH: The Saudi national football team, the Green Falcons, play against the host country in the opening match of the FIFA World Cup 2018 — a tantalizing clash, with the match being seen by many as a big honor to kick off the world’s most-watched sporting event.

The KFSHRC launched the sports tourism program for their Saudi staff members to take part in the mega-event by traveling to the host country.

Dr. Majid Al Fayyadh, CEO of the KFSHRC, announced a free package containing return flights, accommodation and tickets for the matches to be played by the Green Falcons, for eight employees, who were selected through an electronic draw.

More than 400 employees took part in the contest. 

“In the past six months, Saudi Arabia ranks second globally in the number of tweets about the World Cup, with Japan in first place and Brazil in third,” Benjamin Ampen, managing director for the Middle East and North Africa at Twitter, told Arab News. 

With people all over the Kingdom looking forward to the World Cup, coffee shops and restaurants are gearing up to host more customers.

Special arrangements have been made by a number of local cafes and restaurants that will air the matches live for customers. Abdullah Alotaibi, a football fan at a local cafe, told Arab News: “Watching matches live with friends makes it more exciting, and filled with patriotic fervor.”

FIFA 2018 will be the fifth appearance for Saudi Arabia in the World Cup finals after qualifying for the first time in 1994.

Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco have also secured their places in the competition.


‘Saudi Arabia’s stability, security a red line for Muslim world’

The Supreme Council of the Muslim World League (MWL) holds its 43rd session in Makkah. (SPA)
Updated 21 October 2018
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‘Saudi Arabia’s stability, security a red line for Muslim world’

  • The council praised the Kingdom’s pioneering role in the Muslim world, its religious importance, its history of supporting international security and peace efforts

JEDDAH: The Supreme Council of the Muslim World League (MWL) held its 43rd session in Makkah, with senior scholars and ministers from Muslim countries in attendance.
The council expressed solidarity with the Saudi leadership and people, and condemned attempts to target the Kingdom, saying its stability and security are a red line for the Muslim world.
The council praised the Kingdom’s pioneering role in the Muslim world, its religious importance, its history of supporting international security and peace efforts, and its fight against extremism and terrorism.
The great place that the Kingdom occupies in the hearts of Muslims is founded on a sincere and firm belief in its care for Muslim sanctity, the council said, adding that targeting Saudi stability also affects international stability.
The council discussed several matters, including the Palestinian cause, developments in Syria and Yemen, the tragedy of Myanmar’s Rohingya people, the fight against extremist groups such as Al-Qaeda and Daesh, and the importance of promoting dialogue among followers of different religions and cultures.
It also discussed the well-being of Muslim minorities in non-Muslim countries, expressing regret and concern about Islamophobia, and calling for peaceful coexistence.
The council urged Muslims in these countries to fulfil their duty to educate their children, and protect them from deviant ideologies and groups that use religion as a pretext to justify terrorism and extremism.
It also urged Muslims in these countries to use legitimate channels to enjoy their just religious and cultural rights, to contribute to societal development, and to support stability and integration.
The council highlighted the MWL’s efforts and international presence in influential platforms, especially in the West.
Islamophobia is creating serious rifts in multicultural societies and damaging the social contract based on equal citizenship, the council said.
It expressed its full support for the MWL’s programs and activities that highlight the truth about Islam and its values, promote intellectual and religious awareness among Muslim minorities, and spread the values of toleration, moderation and peace.
The council reviewed the MWL’s efforts against radicalization and terrorism, including international collaborative programs, conferences, forums, statements and visits to Muslim and non-Muslim countries.
It noted the MWL’s efforts to promote dialogue among followers of different religions and cultures, including its secretary-general’s meeting with Vatican leaders, the signing of a historic cooperation agreement with the Pontifical Council for Interfaith Dialogue, and organizing an international peace conference at Oxford University.
The council agreed to establish an international center for cultural exchanges, as part of its support for the Conference on Cultural Rapprochement between the US and the Muslim World.
The council stressed the importance of building good East-West relations and launching initiatives to foster cooperation, cultural exchanges and positive values.
“Only 10 percent of our common principles are sufficient to bring peace and harmony to our world,” said MWL Secretary-General Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa.