King Abdul Aziz Foundation publishes details about first royal visit to Egypt

King Abdul Aziz during his first visit to Egypt. (Photo/supplied)
Updated 09 October 2018
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King Abdul Aziz Foundation publishes details about first royal visit to Egypt

  • The foundation also stressed the special place Egypt occupies in the hearts of the Arab and Islamic worlds
  • During his 13-day visit to Egypt in 1946, King Abdul Aziz visited several cities, facilities and landmarks, including the Al-Azhar Mosque

JEDDAH: The King Abdul Aziz Foundation for Research and Archives (Darah) has published details about the first royal visit to Egypt, by the late King Abdul Aziz.

During the 13-day visit in 1946, he visited several cities, facilities and landmarks, including the Al-Azhar Mosque, the headquarters of the Arab League and Alexandria, which reflects the richness and depth of Saudi-Egyptian relations.

The published content highlights the arrival of the Egyptian honorary mission from Suez to Jeddah, and the departure of King Abdul Aziz by sea, in a yacht. It also highlights the trip of the late King Farouk from Cairo to Suez to receive King Abdul Aziz and the arrival of the royal convoy to the Zaafarana palace, where celebrations were held.

The convoy then continued to Abdeen Palace to attend a horse race and a military parade, followed by a lunch hosted at the British Embassy in Egypt. Some of the poems read on that day were also published.

As King Abdul Aziz returned from this historic visit, newspapers covered the occasion as well as his efforts in building a nation committed to its intrinsic Islamic values and noble customs and traditions.

The King Abdul Aziz Foundation indicated that the Saudi royal visit to Egypt stressed King Abdul Aziz’s concern back then for the Kingdom to establish solid brotherly relations with the Arab and Islamic states in order to achieve solidarity and cooperation among these countries.

The foundation also stressed the special place Egypt occupies in the hearts of the Arab and Islamic worlds, given its historical depth, strategic place and central role in promoting these brotherly relations.

Saudi Arabia and Egypt enjoy strong relationship. In April 2016 King Salman made a five-day visit to Egypt, during which the two countries signed several agreements. 

The two countries are working on joint projects such as the electricity interconnection project between Egypt and Saudi Arabia which aims to connect the power grids of the two countries to exchange a total capacity of 3,000 MW.

The Saudi-Egypt causeway or bridge will link the countries between Sinai and northern Saudi Arabia. The entire project is expected to cost about $3 billion and to pass through Tiran Island at the entrance of the Gulf of Aqaba.

The construction of the King Salman Bridge has been described as the largest project in the world by Egyptian Transport Minister Hashim Arafat.


Houthis targetted civilian facility in Najran with an explosives-laden drone, says Arab Coalition

Updated 21 May 2019
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Houthis targetted civilian facility in Najran with an explosives-laden drone, says Arab Coalition

  • Houthis also fired two ballistic missiles toward the holy city of Makkah and Jeddah on Monday

RIYADH: Houthi militants had tried to hit a civilian facility in Saudi Arabia's southern border province of Najran with a drone carrying explosives, the Arab Coalition supporting Yemen's legitimate government said on Tuesday.
In a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), Colonel Turki Al-Maliki, the spokesman of the Saudi-led military coalition said the target was a vital facility.
"The Houthi-backed terrorist militia of Iran continues to carry out acts of terrorism that pose a real threat to regional and international security by targeting civilian objects and civilian facilities, as well as civilian citizens and residents of all nationalities," Al-Maliki said.

The statement did not mention casualties and gave no further details.

Earlier on Monday, Al-Maliki said Houthis fired two ballistic missiles toward the holy city of Makkah and Jeddah but both were shot down by Saudi air defense forces.

The Iran-backed Houthis have fired dozens of missiles at targets in Saudi Arabia, including the capital Riyadh, since the Arab Coalition intervened in 2015 to restore the government of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, which was ousted in a Houthi coup.