Saudi Arabia promoting culture of peace and harmony with friendly nations

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A heritage village at King Fahd Islamic Cultural Center in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (SPA)
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The center includes a heritage village of 400 square meters showcasing Saudi history along with rare heritage collections, such as clothes, furniture pieces, photos and manuscripts. (SPA)
Updated 02 December 2018
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Saudi Arabia promoting culture of peace and harmony with friendly nations

  • The center includes a 2,000-square-meter double-story mosque with a capacity of around 5,000 worshippers

JEDDAH: In today’s world, ties between countries are no longer focused on just economic cooperation. Cultural exchange forms a crucial part of a nation’s foreign policies. Saudi Arabia has always been keen to promote mutual understanding with its strategic allies and other friendly nations.
Like other countries of the world, the Kingdom has also established cultural centers across the world to promote a better understanding of the Arab world, its culture and norms and to help other nations understand the region in a mutually beneficial and constructive manner.
The Argentinian capital city, Buenos Aires, is home to one of the biggest cultural centers in the world built by Saudi Arabia. The establishment of King Fahd Islamic Cultural Center in 2000 added a new dimension to the already cordial ties between the two countries.
King Fahd ordered the establishment of the center and it was inaugurated by then-Crown Prince Abdullah.
The center is an architectural marvel which the Argentinian local authorities have included it on the touristic map of the capital city. The Argentinian Tourism Ministry considers it one of the important tourist attractions.
The center not only represents a great Islamic monument but it also illuminates the path for all who are seeking to educate themselves about the Arab Islamic civilization and religion. It helps clarify confusions about the teachings of Islam, which are the result of ignorance and a lack of communication.
The center aims to guide Muslims toward the true path of Islam and to introduce them to the pristine teachings of the noble faith.
The Islamic and cultural center also imparts Qur’an and Arabic language lessons to children. It also provides research sources and books to researchers and students without exception.
The center’s board of trustees, including the Saudi ambassador to Argentina and the director of the center, is presided over by Saudi Arabia’s Islamic Affairs Minister Sheikh Saleh bin Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh.
The center also established a school in 2006 named after King Fahd. The school has adopted Argentina’s education system with the introduction of two additional courses in Arabic and Islamic culture. More than 6,000 students are enrolled in primary and secondary schools.
The center also includes a 2,000-square-meter double-story mosque with a capacity of around 5,000 worshippers.
The 270-square-meter public library of the center contains more than 10,000 books, including copies of the Qur’an translated into many languages, interpretations of the holy books and some social, scientific and cultural books, manuscripts on the Islamic history, in addition to cultural and historical books about the Kingdom, translated into several languages.
The center also includes a heritage village of 400 square meters showcasing Saudi history along with rare heritage collections, such as clothes, furniture pieces, photos and manuscripts.
The center also has a showroom of 500 square meters that introduces its message, objectives and services along with paintings that depict stories of different prophets and the developmental stages of the Grand Mosque.
A special pavilion is also allocated for the Kingdom’s Vision 2030, translated into several international languages to introduce visitors to the great and continuous efforts exerted by King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to place the Kingdom among the world’s most developed and advanced countries.
There is a special space of 200 square meters at the center to organize events and receive guests. More than 40,000 visitors and tourists visit the cultural center annually. Over 500 worshippers perform the daily prayers in the mosque and around 1,000 people offer Friday prayers in the biggest mosque in South America.
The center also offers meals during the holy month of Ramadan under the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Program. During the last Ramadan, the center provided 6,480 meals and since its establishment, it has provided 120, 650 meals under this program.
The center is also implementing various programs to propagate the true message of Islam.
Providing a helping hand and assistance is considered one of the center’s main objectives, where more than 100 Muslim and non-Muslim families, benefit from the in-kind food aid on a monthly basis.
Recently, Saudi Deputy Minister of Islamic Affairs Tawfiq Abdul Aziz Al-Sudairy inaugurated an exhibition at the cultural center in the presence of Latin American Muslim religious leaders.
The exhibition aims to introduce visitors to the cultural center to Islamic history and civilization, and to the Saudi state’s efforts to serve the Two Holy Mosques and promote communication with different civilizations and cultures.


Formula E’s Felipe Massa races ‘fastest animal on planet’ in Saudi Arabia

Updated 10 December 2018
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Formula E’s Felipe Massa races ‘fastest animal on planet’ in Saudi Arabia

  • ABB FIA Formula E Championship listens to fans by pitting Gen2 car and Felipe Massa in race against a peregrine falcon in Saudi Arabia
  • Spreading his wings for the first time in Formula E machinery, 90-kilometers south-west of the Ad Diriyah, Massa’s mirrors loomed large with the claws of the peregrine falcon

RIYADH: Formula E driver Felipe Massa behind the wheel of a Gen2 racing car has gone up against a peregrine falcon in a straight fight in Saudi Arabia to outrun the fastest animal on the planet.

It’s not the first time the fully-electric Formula E car has been pitted against a member of the animal kingdom, with reigning champion Jean-Eric Vergne racing a cheetah on the Western Cape of South Africa last year.

Narrowly edging out the fastest land mammal in 2017, Formula E fans asked for a re-match — but this time together with more stern competition. Listening to the feedback of fans on social media, it was the turn of the peregrine falcon, capable of reaching speeds in excess of 350 km/h (217 mph) when diving through the skies above Saudi Arabia.

Massa was in the Kingdom ahead of the 2018 ‘Saudia’ Ad Diriyah E-Prix, which will see the racing legend line-up on the Formula E starting grid for the first time on December 15 at the stunning UNESCO World Heritage site on the outskirts of Riyadh.

For the battle of man and machine vs the natural world, the winged predator was trained to set its sights on a different kind of prey roaming through the desert — with a lure attached to the roll hoop of the advanced new-look Gen2 car.

Spreading his wings for the first time in Formula E machinery, 90-kilometers south-west of the Ad Diriyah, Massa’s mirrors loomed large with the claws of the peregrine falcon. But did he manage to shake off his opponent?

To watch Felipe and the falcon in flying formation, visit — https://youtu.be/ERxeaV60_7g

Felipe Massa, VENTURI Formula E Team driver, said: “It was an incredible experience for me to race against the fastest member of the animal kingdom — it’s not something I will forget in a hurry. I like the fact that this idea came from the fans, and Formula E listened and accepted the challenge.

“The footage from the drive is very special and it was a privilege to take part. I’m looking forward to returning to Ad Diriyah and to start racing. It’ll be my first race in Formula E and I’m eager to get behind the wheel again. I’ve missed racing and this series has shown to be one of the most competitive out there.”

The 2018 ‘Saudia’ Ad Diriyah E-Prix is the opening round of the 2018/19 ABB FIA Formula E Championship and the competitive debut of the Gen2 car and VENTURI Formula E Team driver Felipe Massa.

As well as Formula E action, exciting fan zones, entertainment and cultural attractions, plus unique dining and retail experiences will be awaiting ticketholders at Ad Diriyah, across three days, starting December 13.

That evening, December 13, will see Enrique Iglesias and Jason Derulo kick off the first of three incredible nights of music concerts for fans. The following day, December 14, Arab music legend Amr Diab and globally-renowned pop band Black Eyed Peas will delight the audience. And, on December 15, race day, following the exhilarating 2018 ‘Saudia’ Ad Diriyah E Prix, US smash hit OneRepublic and superstar DJ/producer David Guetta will bring the event to an electrifying finale.

Only fans holding tickets will be able to access the entire Ad Diriyah site, including all the action, fun, and thrilling complimentary concerts.

Tickets are on sale at http://fiaformulae.com/Ad-Diriyah and are also available at Point of Sale units at Riyadh Park Mall, Oud Square and Doos Carting (only Grandstand tickets from Doos) and Seven Car Lounge.