500,000 meals distributed among pilgrims in Madinah

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The most important of these is ensuring the safety of nourishments served to pilgrims. (SPA)
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The most important of these is ensuring the safety of nourishments served to pilgrims. (SPA)
Updated 27 August 2018
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500,000 meals distributed among pilgrims in Madinah

  • Significant efforts had been made by government and non-government bodies to serve pilgrims

JEDDAH: Madinah Charity Society began the distribution of more than 500,000 meals and 600,000 water bottles to pilgrims visiting the holy city during the post-Hajj season.
Fayez bin Taleb Al-Ahmadi, general supervisor of Madinah Gift Project, said that the total meals to be provided to pilgrims were 1 million, in addition to 1.5 million bottles of water.
After the completion of Hajj, many pilgrims visit sites of historical interest in the two Holy cities.
Dr. Fawaz Al-Dahas, director of the Center for the History of Makkah, said such visits are of cultural significance as they enrich pilgrims’ knowledge. He stressed the need to preserve Makkah’s rich historical value, adding that tourism companies had to share that responsibility.
Researcher Saad Al-Joudi said many people — particularly researchers and students — are very interested in the history of the historical sites of the Kingdom, which is regarded as the heart of the Islamic world and is visited by millions of pilgrims every year during the Hajj season.
Al-Joudi noted that there were dozens of important historic sites in the region.


We have a story to share with the Saudi people, says new US official in Riyadh

Cultural and educational exchange programs between Saudi Arabia and the United States help build stronger ties. (AN photo)
Updated 19 September 2018
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We have a story to share with the Saudi people, says new US official in Riyadh

  • We have a story to tell and a story to share in Saudi Arabia with the Saudi people. We are pleased that so many Saudis want to study in the United States: US Public Affairs Counselor in KSA

RIYADH: Cultural and educational exchange programs between Saudi Arabia and the United States “help build stronger ties between the two countries and bring them closer together,” according to Brian Shott, the new US Public Affairs Counselor in Saudi Arabia.

Speaking at a reception to welcome him at the US embassy in Riyadh on September 18, he said: “One of the main things we do is we try to share aspects of the United States and of American culture, but we also learn from Saudis and Saudi culture.” 

In her opening speech, the embassy’s Deputy Chief of Mission Martina Strong also highlighted the enduring relationship between the two countries, saying: “Tonight is a celebration, a celebration of a friendship that has extended over many, many decades.”

Shott, who previously served in Morocco, Cairo and Baghdad, will be in Saudi Arabia for the next two years, during which he will promote educational and cultural exchanges.

“There are some real opportunities here and we have been fortunate enough to be able take advantage of partnerships with Saudi organizations and Saudi agencies, whether it is the General Authority for Culture or the Ministry of Education,” he said.

“We have a story to tell and a story to share in Saudi Arabia with the Saudi people. We are pleased that so many Saudis want to study in the United States.”

Meanwhile, the reception also served as a farewell to Robin Yeager, the cultural attache in Riyadh. She said that it had been a “very dynamic time to be in Saudi Arabia. It has been a pleasure and an honor to be here at a time when I get to know first-hand the future that Saudis are trying to build.”

The night that women were were given the right to drive, she said she went out and saw the “thrill on their faces.” To assist with empowerment and other progressive policies, embassy staff work on social issues and provide leadership training for women’s groups, she said.

“It is beautiful because they take something that an American expert talks to them about and they turn it into the Saudi way to approach it,” she added. “It’s not that we are changing things; it’s that we are giving them tools, so they can build what they want to build.”