DiplomaticQuarter: Nepalese envoy impressed by scale of Buraidah Dates Festival

Nepalese Ambassador Mahendra Prasad Singh visits Buraidah Dates Festival.
Updated 29 August 2018
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DiplomaticQuarter: Nepalese envoy impressed by scale of Buraidah Dates Festival

  • It was a pleasant surprise to see so many varieties of dates, says Nepalese Ambassador to Saudi Arabia
  • The ambassador toured the market square, a local date farm, watched auctions, and met farmers and sellers

RIYADH: The Buraidah Dates Festival has a key role to play in the economic future of Saudi Arabia, according to Nepalese Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Mahendra Prasad Singh Rajput. 

“It was a pleasant surprise to see so many varieties of dates,” he said, before praising the festival and its organizers for its richness, size and the diversity of quality dates.

“I see it in line with the Saudi Vision 2030 of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman that aims to diversify the economy. This well-organized dates festival, on such a large scale, will play an effective role in diversifying income and the national economy, as it will help immensely in diversifying the Saudi market. I am sure the Buraidah Dates Festival will play a very crucial economic role in coming times.”

Rajput added that it was a memorable experience to see so many varieties of dates, the excellent market management, and the thousands of consumers and traders who were very friendly and hospitable. During his visit, the ambassador toured the market square, a local date farm, watched auctions, and met farmers and sellers.

Al-Qassim region, which hosts the festival in Buraidah every year, is a major center for the growing, buying and selling of dates and their derivatives, with farmers anticipating major sales during the event, which kicked off early in August and continues for more than a month. 

More than simply an annual marketplace, it is also a lifeline for thousands of farmers and youths who rely on the income it generates.

Saudi Arabia has the highest number of the date palm trees in the world, roughly accounting for 25 percent of the world date production. 

Al-Qassim region alone has about eight million dates palm trees, the highest of any region in the Kingdom. 

The market is operated by Al-Qassim municipality. It covers 300,000 square meters and has vast loading areas to accommodate thousands of trucks and long, refrigerated trailers.

The Ministry of Agriculture encourages palm tree-farming, allocates land and helps farmers purchase farming equipment.

The ministry also provides farmers with long-term loans through the Saudi Arabian Agricultural Bank and provides temporary visas during harvesting season.


First Saudi woman presents main news bulletin on Saudia TV

Updated 21 September 2018
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First Saudi woman presents main news bulletin on Saudia TV

JEDDAH: Weam Al-Dakheel has become the first woman to anchor the main evening news bulletin on Saudi Arabia’s main national TV station.
Al-Dakheel presented the news alongside Omar Al-Nashwan on Thursday on Saudia TV channel.
Saudis took to Twitter to celebrate her achievement and the new milestone for Saudi women.
Writer Rayan Al-Jidani said: “Her performance was distinctive in terms of concentration, presence and clear articulation. I wish her more success in her career in media with the national channel @saudiatv.”
Television broadcaster Wael Rafeeq said: “Today, we are very pleased with this great development and quantum leap that the national television is undergoing.”
“It is beautiful to see our national channel in this honorable image. I hope this level of dedication at work is maintained, and developments continue being executed,” Twitter user @abukhaled2030 said.
@aliya_m1khan tweeted: “She is a champion. Such a strong and confident character, a great example.”

Al-Dakheel previously worked for CNBC Arabia and was an intern at Dar Al Hayat Newspaper.
Women have presented the news on other Saudi channels like Al-Ekhbariya for several years.
Their increasing profile in Saudi Arabia’s media comes amid the sweeping social reforms brought in by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, including the lifting of the ban on women drivers.