To return to Saudi is an honor and a privilege, says Australian ambassador

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Ridwaan Jadwat, the newly appointed Australian ambassador to the Kingdom, expressed his pleasure at being back in Saudi Arabia, when he visited the Arab News headquarters in Riyadh. (AN Photo)
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Ridwaan Jadwat, the newly appointed Australian ambassador to the Kingdom, expressed his pleasure at being back in Saudi Arabia, when he visited the Arab News headquarters in Riyadh. (AN Photo)
Updated 12 September 2018
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To return to Saudi is an honor and a privilege, says Australian ambassador

RIYADH: Ridwaan Jadwat, the newly appointed Australian ambassador to the Kingdom, expressed his pleasure at being back in Saudi Arabia, when he visited the Arab News headquarters in Riyadh. “I came back 15 years after my first posting in 2003. Everyone’s first posting has a special place in their heart as a diplomat. I learned a lot during my first posting here and I was keen to come back. It’s a great honor and privilege for me to come back as the ambassador of Australia.”
He was greeted by Arab News Editor-in-Chief Faisal J. Abbas and given a tour of the new Arab News Riyadh office.
The ambassador, who arrived two months ago, said he could see how society is transforming itself and the evidence of that in Riyadh specifically. He noted the social and cultural changes, such as women taking on a much more significant and prominent place in the country, which he has “been struck by.”
“I really want to work with my team here to build and enhance our relationship ... to see where Australia can support Saudi with Vision 2030 and with some of the other ambitious projects.
“It’s an exciting time for us to work with Saudi Arabia on economic and trade issues.”
Noting that Saudi wants to look beyond oil, the ambassador said: “Australia has a great deal of expertise and experience in things like mining and minerals technology. Saudi Arabia has a great deal of potential in unexplored territory in terms of mining. Australia is a mining superpower.”
Touching on the subject of tourism, he said he “would love to see the number of Saudis visiting Australia as well as studying there increase dramatically.” As the Saudi tourism industry is opening up to the world, he said he would “love to see more Australians visit Saudi.” He had the chance to tour many historical sites in Saudi Arabia and commented on how significant they are.
Only two days ago he visited Al-Masmak fort and Al-Deira souk in Riyadh. “I think people would really appreciate the cultural and historical sites, and Saudi Arabia has a lot to offer,” he said.


Governor of Makkah attends holy Kaaba washing ceremony

Updated 25 September 2018
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Governor of Makkah attends holy Kaaba washing ceremony

DUBAI: On behalf of King Salman, the governor of Makkah province, Prince Khalid Al-Faisal oversaw the washing of the holy Kaaba on Tuesday.

On his arrival at the Grand Mosque, he was received by Imam of the Grand Mosque Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais and the commander of Special Emergency Forces and commander of the Hajj Security Forces.

The Kaaba was washing from the inside with Zamzam water mixed with rose water and wipe down with a cloth.

After the Kaaba washing ceremony, the prince toured the Grand Mosque.