Saudi Arabian volunteer group Rafd launches reading initiative across Kingdom

Updated 22 July 2018
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Saudi Arabian volunteer group Rafd launches reading initiative across Kingdom

RIYADH: Saudi Arabian volunteer group Rafd has launched a reading initiative in public areas called “Library Everywhere” across the Kingdom to promote reading.
The group has organized a number of libraries in different Saudi cities, including Makkah, Jeddah, Hail, Jazan and Riyadh. The initiative is also working on organizing smaller libraries in the governorate of Al-Kharj.
The volunteer team said they aim their reading initiative would continue everywhere to encourage people who don’t read books and get them to develop this habit.
Rafd said their initiative enjoyed the support of several publishing houses and writers, through supplying their team with all the books and publications they need.
They say their project’s aim is to increase the percentage of readers in the Kingdom is in line with Saudi Arabia’s Vision2030.
Rafd is a volunteer group established online in 2015, before it began working in the field as well as online in Jeddah, then Makkah, Riyadh, Dammam and Hail.
It includes 100 members from young Saudi men and women.


Saudi Arabia's King Salman offers $1m to International Civil Aviation Organization

Updated 17 June 2019
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Saudi Arabia's King Salman offers $1m to International Civil Aviation Organization

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has provided $1 million to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the Saudi Press Agency reported Monday.

The announcement came as part of the “Kingdom’s efforts in supporting international organizations and bodies and the leadership’s keenness to play an important role in the most important international and regional organizations,” SPA said.

The aid will go towards supporting ICAO’s No Country Left Behind (NCLB) initiative, which aims to assist developing countries in applying the standards and recommended methods for the safety and security of civil aviation.

The aid will also contribute to the costs of translating the organization’s documents and publications into Arabic.

The President of the Kingdom’s General Authority for Civil Aviation (GACA), Abdulhadi bin Ahmed Al-Mansouri thanked King Salman for his support to the aviation sector locally, regionally and globally, 

He said: “this contributes to the development of the aviation industry and to improve the safety and security of civil aviation in developing countries, least developed countries and island states.

The $1 million of financial assistance is an extension of the Kingdom's previous financial support in 2016 which “ the level of safety and security of civil aviation in the Middle East and Africa," Al-Mansouri said.

Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, the ICAO’s president, thanked the king for the support.