First all-women media team to be set up in Saudi Arabia

Role of women serving at the Two Holy Mosques to be highlighted. (SPA)
Updated 11 September 2018
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First all-women media team to be set up in Saudi Arabia

  • The General Presidency for the Affairs of the Grand Mosque and the Prophet’s Mosque announced the move

MAKKAH: The first female media and public relations company in the Kingdom’s history has been set up with the aim of highlighting the role of women in serving the Two Holy Mosques.
The General Presidency for the Affairs of the Grand Mosque and the Prophet’s Mosque announced the move.
Dr. Mohammed Hindiya, head of the media department at Umm Al-Qura University, said: “It is a great step we have been longing for for so long since half the pilgrims are female. This is a good reason to establish this completely independent department to highlight the role of women in Islam and the services they provide in serving pilgrims.”
Dr. Salem Arija, director general of public relations and media department at the General Presidency for the Affairs of the Grand Mosque and the Prophet’s Mosque, said they wanted to highlight the important role Saudi women play in serving the Two Holy Mosques. 
“This initiative stems out of our deep belief in its pivotal role in serving pilgrims,” he added.
Dr. Arija underlined that the pioneering step aims to empower women in various media fields. “It is a vital role that will highlight the leading role of women in serving pilgrims and achieve the objectives of providing the best services in the field of media and public relations,” he said.
The female appointees will be highly qualified and multilingual so that they are able to serve pilgrims from inside and outside the country.
“Some of the duties assigned to this specialized department include receiving media delegations from abroad, communicating with women’s media outlets, (they will need to) provide proper media and journalistic content in several languages,” explained Dr. Arija.
Dr. Hindya noted that the establishment of this type of media department requires concerted efforts to be successful, stressing that the Umm Al-Qura university was the first university to have a department dedicated to public relations. 
“This would give a varying image of media in Makkah, especially that both Makkah and Medinah abound with rich historical heritage, in which women have played prominent roles, some of which have been documented, while others have not been properly covered,” he said.


US highlights Saudi Arabia’s key role in global fight against terrorism

Saudi Arabia has continued to maintain a strong anti-terrorism relationship with the US. (SPA)
Updated 20 September 2018
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US highlights Saudi Arabia’s key role in global fight against terrorism

  • The US State Department pointed out that the Kingdom has achieved a high level of accuracy in its counterterrorism operations

WASHINGTON: The US State Department has praised Saudi Arabia for its efforts to combat terrorism, describing the Kingdom as an active and key member in the global coalition to defeat Daesh.
“Saudi Arabia has continued to maintain a strong anti-terrorism relationship with the United States and has supported the strengthening of bilateral cooperation between the two countries,” the State Department noted in its annual report on the global state of terrorism. It also highlighted the joint strategic vision between the two countries and a number of new initiatives to counter terrorist messages and disrupt the financing of terrorism launched last year during US president Donald-Trump’s visit to the Kingdom.
The report said Saudi Arabia has implemented systems to follow UN Security Council sanctions on groups and individuals linked to Daesh and Al Qaeda, and has expanded existing counterterrorism programs and projects to rehabilitate terrorist fighters who leave extremist groups. It has also adopted laws to counter the financing of terrorist groups.
The State Department pointed out that the Kingdom has achieved a high level of accuracy in its counterterrorism operations, and has carried out a number of arrests and disrupted active terrorist cells throughout the country.
The report referred to terrorist plans that were thwarted in the Kingdom, noting the efforts being made in legislation, law enforcement and border security, as well as the country’s positive contribution as a member of the Financial Action Task Force for the Middle East and North Africa, a regional body that imposes financial sanctions on individuals and groups that help to fund terrorism.
"The Kingdom has maintained strict control over the banking sector and tightened sanctions on the financing of terrorism," the report said.
It also pointed out that the Kingdom provided 100 million euros ($117 million) to fight terrorism in the Sahel countries in Africa, as the Kingdom is a founding member of the Global Counter-Terrorism Forum.