Saudi Cabinet approves SR8.5 billion plan to boost date and palm farmers

King Salman chairs the Cabinet session in Jeddah on Tuesday. (SPA)
Updated 26 September 2018
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Saudi Cabinet approves SR8.5 billion plan to boost date and palm farmers

  • ‘Security, prosperity and national cohesion are among achievements to be proud of’
  • King Salman praised the accomplishments achieved by the late father founder King Abdul Aziz to unify the country and lay its foundations on the Holy Qur’an and the Prophetic Sunnah

JEDDAH: The Saudi Cabinet expressed its approval on Tuesday for a royal order establishing a rural development program for sustainable agriculture that will support and develop the dates and palms sector.

The program, backed with an initial capital outlay of SR1.5 billion and investment of more that SR7 billion over seven years, is an extension of the king’s care for Saudi farmers, the Cabinet said.

Chaired by the king at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah, the meeting congratulated the king and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on the Kingdom’s 88th National Day.

Saudi Arabia enjoyed security, prosperity and national cohesion, and had pioneering roles at Arab, Islamic and international levels, ministers said.

King Salman praised the accomplishments of the founder, King Abdul Aziz, to unify the country and lay its foundations, and the achievements of his sons in continuing that progress. 

Achievements included the development of the Two Holy Mosques, serving their visitors, ensuring their comfort and helping all those in need with money and humanitarian aid and actively contributing to the consolidation of the bonds of security and stability around the world.

“I express my thanks and appreciation to the leaders and officials of countries and the Kingdom’s citizens for their congratulations and celebrations marking the Kingdom’s 88th National Day,” the king said. 

The Cabinet praised the royal order awarding 189 Defense Ministry officers, staff and non-commissioned officers medals for their duties and achievements in the service of the armed forces, as well as their roles in military operations in Yemen.

The Cabinet expressed its thanks to the king for ordering the release of all prisoners who are insolvent and not involved in criminal cases in the province of Taif, and the payment of the amounts they owed, based on the crown prince’s suggestion upon his visit to Taif.

The Cabinet commended the crown prince’s donation of SR10 million to Taif camel racecourse.


Saudi gamer crowned Ad Diriyah eSport champion

Yasser Al-Mansour won the ABB FIA Formula E Road to Ad Diriyah Esports Championship. (Supplied)
Updated 37 min 44 sec ago
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Saudi gamer crowned Ad Diriyah eSport champion

  • Al-Mansour took an early lead and held it throughout to win

RIYADH: It was a big day for electric racing in Saudi Arabia, but not all heroes in Ad Diriyah sat behind a Formula E car on Saturday as one Saudi gamer held his nerve to be crowned eSport champion.
Yasser Al-Mansour netted the $125,000 prize as he saw off his competitors, who were both Saudis, to win the ABB FIA Formula E Road to Ad Diriyah Esports Championship.
Unlike Formula E race where drivers battled it out until the dying seconds, Al-Mansour took an early lead and held it throughout.
The winner, from Fara’a, a small town a few hours’ drive from Riyadh, hailed the event saying: “I kept my position even though it was tough. Every one of my competitors had impressive lap times. I’m just happy I came up on top.”
“This eSports tournament is amazing. Not only is eSport a popular among Saudi youth now it can be used to introduce countless people to the world of motor sports. The simulators we raced felt like real life,” he said.
Al-Mansour beat out Mubarak Al-Dossary, from Dhaharan, who came second and won SAR250,000, and Abdulaziz Rayes, from Jeddah, who finished third and scooped SAR125,000.
On the line in the exciting eSports competition was a prize pot of up to SAR1million, $250,000, held in the Allianz E Village, just one of the attractions surrounding the 2018 ‘Saudia’ Ad Diriyah E-Prix at the stunning UNESCO World Heritage site.
The event was supported by the Saudi Arabian Federation for Electronic & Intellectual Sports (SAFEIS).
Dale Buxton, EGaming Consultant to Formula E, said: "The response to this competition has been huge, thousands flocked to enter and the standard has been so high. It shows the passion that exists for eSports within the Kingdom and we are grateful for the support of the Saudi Arabian Federation for Electronic & Intellectual Sports."