Website of Saudi investment conference temporarily down after hacking

A Saudi employee prints badges of participants of the Future Investment Initiative conference, which kicks off Tuesday, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Monday, Oct. 22, 2018. (AP)
Updated 23 October 2018
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Website of Saudi investment conference temporarily down after hacking

  • Thousands of delegates are expected at the three-day FII event, which runs until Thursday

RIYADH: The official website of the Future Investment Initiative (FII), a major conference that starts today in Riyadh, was hacked on Monday by unknown actors.
The site — www.futureinvestmentinitiative.com — was infiltrated during the day, with anti-Saudi messages posted on the site.
The messages made reference to the war in Yemen and the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who died in the Kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul. Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist who lived in the US, disappeared on Oct. 2 after visiting the consulate to complete paperwork related to his divorce.
Khashoggi’s death was the result of a “rogue operation” by people acting beyond the scope of Saudi authorities, Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir said on Sunday.
It was not immediately clear who was behind the apparent attack on the website, and representatives of the FII did not immediately respond to requests for comment when contacted by Arab News.
Thousands of delegates are expected at the three-day FII event, which runs until Thursday.


Thousands of participants register in the upcoming Quran and Athan competitions

Updated 24 June 2019
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Thousands of participants register in the upcoming Quran and Athan competitions

  • Total prizes for the competition are worth $3.2m
  • The final stage of the competition will end on October 25

DUBAI: More than 13,000 participants from 162 countries registered in the Quran Recitation and Adhan competitions, the Saudi General Entertainment Authority (GEA) said in a statement.
The GEA allocated $3.2 million in prizes for the largest Quran competition and the first Adhan competition, which aims to highlight the diversity of the Islamic world cultures through the different styles of recitation and Adhan, and improve the image of Islam and Muslims globally.
The competition hopes to encourage the Muslim youth to recite the Quran and experience performing the Adhan.
The registration opened on May 22 and will continue accepting applications until July 22. The applicants will be then shortlisted from July 22 until August 23 as the competition progresses in its second stage.
The on-stage live performances will begin on August 24 and last until September 24 and winners will be announced and awarded throughout the final stage, which will run from September 25 and conclude on October 25.