Saudi Crown Prince mountain visit pictures go viral, generate headlines

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The pictures show the crown prince and several senior ministers and officials enjoying the views from the 2,549 meter peak. (Courtesy: Bandar Jaloud)
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The pictures show the crown prince and several senior ministers and officials enjoying the views from the 2,549 meter peak. (Courtesy: Bandar Jaloud)
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The images, shared by Royal photographer Bandar Jaloud, were taken last summer at Jabal Al-Lawz. (Courtesy: Bandar Jaloud)
Updated 28 December 2018
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Saudi Crown Prince mountain visit pictures go viral, generate headlines

  • The images, shared by Royal photographer Bandar Jaloud, were taken last summer at Jabal Al-Lawz
  • The crown prince and several senior ministers and officials were enjoying the views from the 2,549 meter peak

JEDDAH: A series of photos showing Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman during a trip to one of Saudi Arabia’s most famous mountains have gone viral.

The images, shared by Royal photographer Bandar Al-Jaloud, were taken last summer at Jabal Al-Lawz (Almond Mountain) near the Kingdom’s border with Jordan.

The pictures show the crown prince and several senior ministers and officials enjoying the views from the 2,549 meter peak. In some of the images, the group are dressed in casual clothing, including shorts and baseball caps as they toured the mountain — a break from traditional government attire.

The ministers appearing next to the crown prince were Minister of Culture Prince Badr bin Farhan; Interior Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif; Minister of National Guard Prince Abdullah bin Bandar; Minister of State Turki bin Mohammad bin Fahed; Minister of Trade and Investment Majid Al-Qasabi and Yasir Al-Rumayyan, chief executive of the Saudi Public Investment Fund.


Saudi Arabia, South Korea reach agreement on visas

King Salman chairs the Cabinet session in Riyadh on Tuesday. (SPA)
Updated 16 January 2019
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Saudi Arabia, South Korea reach agreement on visas

  • Cabinet OKs air transport pact with Indonesia

JEDDAH: The Saudi Cabinet met to discuss a series of national and global developments on Tuesday, in a session chaired by King Salman.

At the forefront of the agenda was the escalation in tensions between Israel and Hamas along the Gaza border, and the continuing encroachment on Palestinian land by Israeli settlers in the West Bank. The Cabinet responded by demanding that the UN Security Council intervene. King Salman also relayed to ministers the outcome of his talks with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, which covered many regional issues.

The minister of media, Turki bin Abdullah Al-Shabanah, announced that after reviewing proposals from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a decision from the Shoura Council, a memorandum of understanding between the government and the Republic of Korea on granting visit visas had been agreed upon.

The Cabinet approved the amendment of the air agreement on regular air transport between Saudi Arabia and Indonesia.

The Cabinet, meanwhile, praised the progress of the 2025 Sustainable Agricultural and Rural Development Program, aimed at enhancing farming techniques by promoting sustainable water and renewable energy sources.

They also discussed the framework in Vision 2030 and the National Transformation Program 2020 for building a sustainable renewable energy sector, reiterating aims to lead global renewable energy developments over the next decade, and create projects such as the wind-powered plant at Dumat Al-Jandal, as part of the King Salman Renewable Energy Initiative.

In a statement, though, Al-Shabanah said: “The Cabinet discussed the announcement made by the minister of energy, industry and mineral resources about the Kingdom’s oil and gas reserves, which highlighted the importance of Saudi Arabia as a secure source of oil supplies in the long term.”

He added, in closing, the Cabinet’s praise for the efforts of Saudi security forces in the tracking and arrest of seven people in Qatif, which foiled a planned terrorist attack.