King Salman hands out awards at King Faisal International Prize ceremony

King Salman handed out awards during the King Faisal International Prize ceremony in Riyadh on March 24, 2019. (SPA)
Updated 25 March 2019
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King Salman hands out awards at King Faisal International Prize ceremony

RIYADH: King Salman handed out awards to the winners of the 2019 King Faisal Prize (KFP) at a ceremony that took place in Al Faisaliah Hotel in Riyadh on Sunday. 

The KFP recognizes individuals and institutions for significant contributions to their field.

The prestigious prize, now in its 41st year, honors exceptional achievements in five categories: service to Islam, Islamic studies, Arabic language and literature, medicine and science.

The International University of Africa in Khartoum won the KFP for service to Islam, Prof. Abdelali Mohamed Oudrhiri from Morocco and Prof. Mahmoud Fahmy Hegazi from Egypt won the prize for Arabic language and literature, and Prof. Bjorn Reino Olsen and Prof. Steven L. Teitelbaum from the US won the prize for medicine.

Prof. Allen Joseph Bard and Prof. Jean M.J. Frechet from the US won the KFP for science. 

Prof. Frechet is the senior vice president for research, innovation, and economic development at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Jeddah. He has trained hundreds of researchers at KAUST, and said “While I did not carry out research personally at KAUST, my nine years in the Kingdom have been a true highlight of my career.”

King Salman congratulated the winners on receiving their awards. 


Youth pillars of reform plan, future of Saudi Arabia

Updated 11 min 53 sec ago
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Youth pillars of reform plan, future of Saudi Arabia

  • A survey last year showed that 92 percent of young Saudis interviewed expressed a positive view of the outcome of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s Vision 2030

RIYADH: Young people in Saudi Arabia are the pillars of the country’s reform plan and the future of the Kingdom, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported Prince Abdul Aziz bin Turki Al-Faisal as saying.
The prince said that 70 percent of the country’s population were aged between 15 and 35, and that young people and sports were two key elements of the Vision 2030 reform plan.
“We rely heavily on the programs offered by the state in various fields of sports, the arts and entertainment for young men and women, and I hope that we always offer the best to Saudi Arabia, the Arab world and the Islamic world.”
The prince was in Cairo, attending a meeting of the Council of Arab Ministers of Youth and Sports. He said in a press statement that the Kingdom put forward many proposals throughout the year and that ministries responded positively to youth activities. 
“The Kingdom has responded positively to many of the resolutions recommended during the meeting,” he said, adding that he hoped Arab youths would benefit from the outcome of these recommendations and meetings.
SPA reported last week that young Saudis were being trained to deal with the international media as part of a project to promote the Kingdom around the world.
A survey last year showed that 92 percent of young Saudis interviewed expressed a positive view of the outcome of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s Vision 2030.