Saudi Arabia's King Salman performs Eid Al-Fitr prayer in Makkah

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King Salman receives officials on the occasion of Eid Al-Fitr. (SPA)
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King Salman receives officials on the occasion of Eid Al-Fitr. (SPA)
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King Salman receives officials on the occasion of Eid Al-Fitr. (SPA)
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King Salman receives officials on the occasion of Eid Al-Fitr. (SPA)
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King Salman receives officials on the occasion of Eid Al-Fitr. (SPA)
Updated 15 June 2018
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Saudi Arabia's King Salman performs Eid Al-Fitr prayer in Makkah

JEDDAH: King Salman performed the Eid Al-Fitr prayer in Makkah’s Grand Mosque on Friday.
He also received Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri; the commander of the Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition, Gen. Raheel Sharif; and princes, scholars, sheikhs, and senior civilian and military officials at Al-Safa Palace in Makkah. They came to congratulate him on Eid Al-Fitr.
The monarch also received congratulatory phone calls from Bahrain’s King Hamad, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, Kuwait’s Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, and Kuwait’s heir-apparent Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.
King Salman thanked them, wished them a happy Eid, and appealed to Allah to make the Muslim world more united, coherent and strong.
He also greeted the Saudi people and Muslims everywhere, thanking Allah because “we have successfully and comfortably completed our fasting and worshipping during the holy month of Ramadan.”
The monarch said: “Eid is a day of happiness and joy following strict worshipping, embodying the significance and meaning of communication, cohesion, solidarity, tolerance and cooperation.”
He thanked Allah for having “honored the leadership, people and government” of Saudi Arabia with the task of serving the Two Holy Mosques and their worshippers, “which the Kingdom will spare no effort to achieve.”
King Salman also thanked Allah for having helped Saudi Arabia “remain adherent to Islamic Shariah law.”
The monarch later arrived in Jeddah after spending the last 10 days of Ramadan in Makkah. He was seen off by Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, Interior Minister Prince Abdul Aziz bin Saud bin Naif, and a number of senior officials.


King Salman given update on progress of Red Sea Project

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King Salman given update on progress of Red Sea Project

  • The king and crown prince were given an update on the progress of the bold tourism project
  • By the time the project is completed, there will be 22 developed islands out of a total of 90 islands

RIYADH: King Salman received a team from The Red Sea Development Company, led by CEO John Pagano, at Al-Yamama Palace in Riyadh on Wednesday
The team gave the king and Crown Prince Prince Mohammed bin Salman a progress report on the ambitious tourism and leisure project.
Pagano gave a presentation detailing the master plan for the Red Sea Project and its economic and developmental objectives, which aim to establish it as a leading global destination in the luxury tourism sector.
The first phase of the project, scheduled for completion in 2022, will include up to 3,000 hotel rooms, an airport to serve the destination, and marinas, along with residential properties and recreational facilities.
By the time the project is completed, there will be 22 developed islands out of a total of 90 islands. It is expected to create 70,000 jobs and play a significant role in driving economic diversification in the Kingdom by attracting nearly a million visitors a year and contributing SR22 billion to the country’s GDP.
Following the briefing, the project team was congratulated by King Salman, who praised the project and its objectives to position the Kingdom on the global tourism map, create investment opportunities for local private-sector companies, and develop the country’s tourism industry while preserving the nation’s cultural and environmental heritage.