Arab News editor highlights Saudi-UK ties

Faisal J. Abbas, Arab News Editor-in-Chief, discussed the changes and challenges facing both Saudi Arabia and the UK during a speech at the annual charity event BMG Foundation Polo Cup. (Ziad Alarfaj)
Updated 13 July 2018
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Arab News editor highlights Saudi-UK ties

  • ‘Trusted allies’ to work together in an era of change, Faisal J. Abbas tells Cambridge audience

CAMBRIDGE, UK: Both Saudi Arabia and the UK are going through times of “tremendous change” — but remain steadfast allies as wide-reaching reforms and the Brexit process continue.

That was the message of Faisal J. Abbas, Arab News Editor-in-Chief, in a speech at the BMG Foundation Polo Cup, held in partnership with this newspaper.  

Addressing a lunch held during the sporting event, held near Cambridge in England, Abbas talked through the changes and challenges facing both Saudi Arabia and the UK.

“As you know — both kingdoms are going through tremendous change… and, of course, with such change comes many challenges,” he said. 

“In Britain, a sudden and unexpected vote for Brexit two years ago meant that the whole country needed to buckle up for a transformation it had seen nothing like for almost seven decades. 

“In Saudi Arabia, we are also going through unprecedented changes — while staying true to our core values.

“The exciting and challenging times we are living in Saudi Arabia can only be turned into a success by utilizing the passion of our young population, while turning to the expertise and knowledge of most trusted allies worldwide can only accelerate and safeguard the process.”

Arab News also partnered with BMG to hold an investment conference at the London Stock Exchange Group on Wednesday.

Abbas said he agreed with Donald Brydon, chairman of the London Stock Exchange Group, who spoke at the earlier event about the UK being a “natural ally” to Saudi Arabia.

Abbas also reflected on the changes at Arab News, which relaunched in April.

“It is both an honor and a grave responsibility to label ourselves ‘the voice of a changing region’ as we take on a more global, more digital approach,” he said.


Riyadh bird market closed after duck found with avian flu

Updated 20 July 2018
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Riyadh bird market closed after duck found with avian flu

  • Azizia Bird Market shutdown after duck was found to be carrying H5N8 avian flu
  • Bird and poultry keepers warned not to go to Azizia bird market until clearance work has been completed on the site

JEDDAH: Azizia Bird Market in Riyadh has been closed after a duck was found to be carrying H5N8 avian flu during ongoing inspections of poultry markets in the Kingdom, the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture announced on Friday.
Ministry spokesman Dr. Abdullah Abalkhail told Arab News that action was taken immediately after the bird was found to be infected.
Ducks carry the virus, but do not display symptoms of the infection.
As well as closing the market, the authorities have prevented the movement of birds in the market, and followed directions from Prince Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Abdulaziz, Acting Governor of Riyadh Region, to dispose of the birds safely and efficiently.
A contingency plan for dealing with cases of bird flu was applied by the Ministry’s branch in Riyadh, in cooperation with the security authorities, Riyadh Municipality, Riyadh Health Affairs Directorate, and the Ministry of Finance.
Abalkhail stressed that the Ministry, in cooperation with the relevant government sectors, has managed to stop the disease from spreading.
To date, there have been no human cases of H5N8 in the Kingdom. The last case of avian flu was recorded in the Kingdom on April 17 this year.
Abalkhail warned bird and poultry keepers not to go to Azizia bird market until clearance work has been completed on the site in order to protect their birds from infection.
Avian flu spreads rapidly among birds. He urged the public to report any suspected cases by calling the emergency number 8002470000.