DiplomaticQuarter: Korean speech contest in Riyadh attracts 51 entrants

South Korean Ambassador Jo Byung-wook with winners of the first Ambassador’s Cup Korean Speech Competition in Riyadh. (AN photo)
Updated 22 November 2018
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DiplomaticQuarter: Korean speech contest in Riyadh attracts 51 entrants

  • Shahad Alomaireeni, who spoke about her visit to Korea, won in the competition
  • Korean is the 20th most-spoken language in the world

RIYADH: Fifty-one people took part in the first Ambassador’s Cup Korean Speech Competition, which was held at the official residence of South Korean Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Jo Byung-wook. The aim of the contest, which was organized by the Korean Embassy, was to promote the country’s culture, language and heritage.

In his opening remarks at the event on Saturday, the ambassador said that “the growing interest in learning the Korean language in Saudi Arabia shows how strong and deep are our bilateral relations. The strong friendship between two business communities and co-operation between our two governments has become the hallmark in recent years.”

Jo said that “Korean is the 20th most-spoken language in the world” and that the “Korean language is gaining popularity as a second foreign language in Northeast and Southeast Asia, the United States and even in the Middle East.”

He noted with satisfaction that “studying Korean has recently been emerging as a trend among young Saudis.” He added that more than 1,000 young people from the Kingdom have visited Korea to study or undertake technical or vocational training in the past five years.

The contest began with the 51 competitors, including a number of Saudis, giving an audition. Then 12 finalists delivered speeches in fluent Korean on the subject of “why I love Korea” or “my personal experience of Korea.”

The winner of the Ambassador’s Cup was Shahad Alomaireeni, who spoke about her visit to Korea. In addition to the trophy, she also received a Samsung Galaxy Note 9 smartphone. The other finalists also received prizes, including Samsung smartphones, Etude House Korean cosmetics and traditional Korean vessels. After the competition, 200 guests were treated to a Korean buffet.

Following on from the huge success of the Korea-Arab Friendship Caravan event on Oct. 14 at King Fahd Cultural Center in Riyadh, the Korean Embassy is continuing to organize cultural exchanges between Saudi Arabia and Korea. Further Korean events are planned in Saudi Arabia in the near future.


Crown prince: Saudi investment in India to reach $100bn

Updated 20 February 2019
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Crown prince: Saudi investment in India to reach $100bn

  • Mohammed bin Salman says value of investments to increase rapidly over next two years
  • Modi praised relations between the two countries after signing cooperation agreements

DUBAI: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said on Wednesday he expects Saudi Arabia’s investments in India will be worth $100 billion in the next two years.

During a press conference with India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the crown prince said the Kingdom had invested $10 billion in technology and small companies in India which had “achieved very remarkable returns.”

Speaking on the second day of hist India visit, and after the signing of five agreements with Modi, the crown prince also said that there were many opportunities for India in Saudi Arabia.

“We expect that the opportunity we are developing in India in many fields will exceed 100 billion dollars over the next two years,” Prince Mohammed said. “We want to work as two governments to ensure these investments and achieve beneficial returns for both countries. 

“We also hope that relations between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and India will contribute to providing more opportunities for Indian laborers and manpower to contribute to the future of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and building the Kingdom's Vision 2030.”

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The crown prince spoke of the depth and history of relations between the two countries, acknowledging the role Indian labor and businesses had played in the Kingdom’s development.

He also said the economic partnerships were grounded in the two nation’s similar challenges - “extremism, terrorism and the security of the Indian Ocean.”

He said Modi’s visit to the Kingdom in 2016 had achieved investments worth $44 billion in refining and petrochemicals.

The two countries planned to expand India’s oil storage capacity to make India an “important regional center in distributing oil and its products.”

"As a neighbor who guarantees suppying us with energy needs, the Kingdom is considered India's most important partner," Modi said. "We have enhanced our relations through establishing a strategic partnership."

The crown prince and Modi earlier oversaw the signing of agreements in the fields of investment, tourism, housing and information and broadcasting.

It was also announced that the Kingdom would join the International Solar Alliance, a group of countries focussed on improving solar technology.

Prince Mohammed then met a number of CEOs from India's leading businesses.

The crown prince arrived in India after a two-day trip to Pakistan as part of a tour of Asia.

Earlier he attended a ceremonial welcome in New Delhi after landing in the country on Tuesday evening.