Saudi female students in Adelaide celebrate National Day with fervor

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In the capital city of South Australia, Saudi students have chosen to spread the knowledge about their country with flowers and chocolate. (Photo: Issa Alshehhi)
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In the capital city of South Australia, Saudi students have chosen to spread the knowledge about their country with flowers and chocolate. (Photo: Issa Alshehhi)
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In the capital city of South Australia, Saudi students have chosen to spread the knowledge about their country with flowers and chocolate. (Photo: Issa Alshehhi)
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In the capital city of South Australia, Saudi students have chosen to spread the knowledge about their country with flowers and chocolate. (Photo: Issa Alshehhi)
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In the capital city of South Australia, Saudi students have chosen to spread the knowledge about their country with flowers and chocolate. (Photo: Issa Alshehhi)
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In the capital city of South Australia, Saudi students have chosen to spread the knowledge about their country with flowers and chocolate. (Photo: Issa Alshehhi)
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In the capital city of South Australia, Saudi students have chosen to spread the knowledge about their country with flowers and chocolate. (Photo: Issa Alshehhi)
Updated 01 October 2018
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Saudi female students in Adelaide celebrate National Day with fervor

ADELAIDE: In the capital city of South Australia, Saudi students have chosen to spread the knowledge about their country with flowers and chocolate.
A group of female Saudi students decided to introduce their country the way they see it. Eighty-eight balloons representing the Kingdom’s National Day were distributed to children in the heart of Adelaide, along with flowers, chocolate and flyers about the history of Saudi Arabia.
Dr. Hesham Khadawardi, the Saudi cultural attaché in Australia, said: “Saudi women are indispensable contributors to national development.
 “They proudly announce their role supporting and serving the success and advancement of their country. The energy of Saudi contemporary advancement by necessity attracts the synergy of all young ambitious Saudis, both women and men.”
Following the great relationship between the two countries, the UAE cultural attaché in Canberra contributed to support this celebration, UAE students participated in the celebrations and the Emirate flag was held up along with the Saudi flag, representing the long and strong bonds between the two nations.
Earlier this week, the Saudi Arabian Embassy in London was lit up in green to mark the National Day, and launched a spectacular and dazzling display of fireworks that decorated the London skies.
This coincided with the Saudi Entertainment Authority breaking a Guinness world record by launching 900,000 fireworks simultaneously from 58 platforms in 13 provinces in the Kingdom.
The fireworks and the drones outlined the Kingdom’s flag in the sky, along with the Vision 2030 logo and depicted a figure that symbolized the soldiers of the armed forces at the southern border.
The ceremony was attended by a number of UK officials, members of the British House of Lords and House of Commons, and members of the Arab and foreign diplomatic corps accredited in Britain.


First group of Sri Lankan Muslims begin Hajj journey

Updated 17 July 2019
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First group of Sri Lankan Muslims begin Hajj journey

  • 4,000 to partake in this year’s pilgrimage after Saudi Arabia increased quota

COLOMBO: Nearly 180 Sri Lankan Hajj pilgrims left for Saudi Arabia on Monday night, but not before thanking the Kingdom for the comprehensive facilities offered to them.

Mohamed Hashim Mohamed Haleem, Sri Lanka’s minister of postal services and Muslim religious affairs, said that this year’s issuing of Hajj visas was smooth due to the new e-Hajj services introduced by the Saudi government. 

“We were able to process all 4,000 Hajj visas efficiently. All of them were issued well in time,” Haleem said.

He added that officials from his ministry will be available at the airport to assist the pilgrims with their departures.

The minister said the flights of pilgrims this year will be ferried by both Saudi Arabian Airlines and Sri Lankan Airlines. Haleem, who intends to participate in this year’s Hajj, said that the last flight of Sri Lankan pilgrims will leave Colombo on Aug. 7.

Sajjath Mohammed, a journalist from Madawala News, praised the e-Hajj service, saying: “The biometric services for the visas were available to pilgrims in Kandy and Batticaloa in addition to Colombo, the capital of the island.”

Rizmi Reyal, president of the International Airline Ticketing Academy in Sri Lanka, said that this year the Hajj services from Colombo have been enhanced to give a better experience to the pilgrims. He thanked the Saudi government, the Muslim Religious Affairs Ministry in Colombo, the Saudi Embassy in Colombo and the Sri Lankan Embassy in Riyadh for playing their part in these improvements.

The Sri Lankan government will also send a medical team to attend to any urgent needs of the pilgrims before they are taken to the nearest medical facilities in the two holy cities.