Developing cities to serve Hajj and Umrah on agenda of Makkah Cultural Forum

The forum will be held under the slogan of “How to be Role Model” and implemented with the cooperation of 100 governmental and private entities. (SPA)
Updated 19 September 2018
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Developing cities to serve Hajj and Umrah on agenda of Makkah Cultural Forum

  • Prince Khaled encouraged youth in universities, schools and officials in the government and civil sectors to participate in serving pilgrims
  • Prince Khaled underlined the need for focusing research, studies and workshops on ways of developing this service

JEDDAH: “How to develop our cities to serve Hajj and Umrah” will be the theme of the third edition of the Makkah Cultural Forum.

The forum will be held under the slogan of “How to be Role Model” and implemented with the cooperation of 100 governmental and private entities, Prince Khaled Al-Faisal,  governor of the Makkah region, said on Wednesday.

Prince Khaled has adopted the Makkah Cultural Excellence Award for the current year’s theme, stressing the importance of improving services to pilgrims and developing the cities of Makkah, Jeddah and Taif, as well as the rest of the provinces, to present a civilized and smart Islamic image of the Kingdom.

He encouraged youth in universities, schools and officials in the government and civil sectors to participate in serving pilgrims. 

He underlined the need for focusing research, studies and workshops on ways of developing this service. 

“We must strive to introduce ourselves to the world in a modern and civilized way, especially since God has bestowed upon us the honor of serving pilgrims,” he said.

The Makkah Cultural Forum, launched by the governor of the Makkah region two years ago, succeeded in unifying the cultural and humanitarian works of the government and private sectors in the region around a single vision and a positive concept. The forum’s aim was to build humanity in the Makkah region.

It also followed a strategy that prioritizes the importance of building strong Saudi citizens who are able to improve their homeland and the civilization of their country.

What distinguishes the Makkah Cultural Forum is its adoption of an annual theme from which events, activities and programs draw their spirit and identity.


DiplomaticQuarter: Friendship to the fore as Koreans celebrate National Foundation Day

The event marks the legendary formation of the first Korean state of Gojoseon in 2333 B.C. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 18 October 2018
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DiplomaticQuarter: Friendship to the fore as Koreans celebrate National Foundation Day

  • The event, on Oct. 15 in the Park Hyatt Lazard’s ballroom, marks the legendary formation of the first Korean state of Gojoseon in 2333 B.C

RIYADH: Consul General of the Republic of Korea in Jeddah Lee Sang-kyoun stressed the importance of the relationship between South Korea and Saudi Arabia as he welcomed guests to a special celebration of Korea’s 4,351st National Foundation Day.

The event, on Oct. 15 in the Park Hyatt Lazard’s ballroom, marks the legendary formation of the first Korean state of Gojoseon in 2333 B.C.

The diplomat and his family warmly welcomed the guests, including Ambassador Jamal Balkhayour, the director general of the Makkah region branch of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as they arrived at the venue, which was lavishly decorated with flowers and the Korean flag. 

In his opening speech, Lee said: “Korea and Saudi Arabia have shared strong companionship as ‘Rafiq,’ (friends) since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1962.” 

He also emphasized the common values shared by the two countries, and their indispensable partnership and cooperation in a number of sectors, beginning with construction and energy in the early 1970s and developing through the years to now include the likes of renewable and nuclear energy, culture and more.

“Notably, the two countries launched a ministerial-level committee, Saudi-Korea Vision 2030, to bolster bilateral cooperation, focusing on supporting business ventures between the two countries,” Lee added.

He said he hopes to see an expansion of cultural and artistic ties between the nations, while also strengthening “person-to-person” contact between young people and future generations.

“Such cultural and human exchange will be a meaningful step toward fostering the values shared by the two countries — working in collaboration for future success and common goals,” he said.

The consul general explained that strengthening such human bonds will encourage an understanding between people of a kind that can only happen through art, history, academia and scientific exchange, which is why the consulate is establishing a cultural center as a “signature window for cultural exchange.” 

The consulate will also set up a foundation for students to “foster the common grounds in their interests and hopes” through an exchange program for Korean and Saudi youths.

Lee added that 2018 has been an important year for South Korea, with the Winter Olympics and Paralympics in PyeongChang, the Inter-Korean Summit, and the Singapore Summit between North Korea and the US.

As the celebration continued, Korean residents were brimming with pride and excitement as they celebrated their National Foundation Day in the Kingdom, while meeting and mingling with friends from Saudi Arabia and other nations.