Saudi Cabinet approves National Culture Strategy

The Cabinet approved the establishment of the National Center for Meteorology, the National Center for Plant Covering and Combating Desertification, the National Center for Environmental Compliance Control, and the National Center for the Development of Wildlife. (SPA)
Updated 27 March 2019
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Saudi Cabinet approves National Culture Strategy

  • The Cabinet approved an MoU on cooperation between the Saudi and Russian justice ministries
  • MoUs with different countries OK’d

RIYADH: The Saudi Cabinet on Tuesday approved the recommendations made by the Council of Economic Affairs and Development to approve the National Culture Strategy.
The strategy will include a range of policies and initiatives, as well as a summary of the Culture Ministry’s previous efforts to develop the cultural sector and make it an important contributor to the national economy.
The Cabinet, chaired by King Salman, also approved a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on cooperation between the Saudi General Audit Bureau and the US Government Accountability Office.
The Cabinet approved an MoU on cooperation between the Saudi and Russian justice ministries.
It also approved an MoU on cooperation in the field of intellectual property between the Kingdom and South Korea.
The Cabinet approved the establishment of the National Center for Meteorology, the National Center for Plant Covering and Combating Desertification, the National Center for Environmental Compliance Control, and the National Center for the Development of Wildlife.
The General Authority for Meteorology and Environment Protection and the Saudi Wildlife Authority will be abolished, but they will continue to exercise their duties until the aforementioned centers are fully established.
The Cabinet addressed economic and cultural activities that took place during the week, including the launch of four major projects in Riyadh at a total cost of SR86 billion ($23 billion).
It commended efforts in relation to the projects, which are expected to create 70,000 new jobs for Saudis in various sectors.


Houthi rocket targets desalination plant in Al-Shuqaiq

Updated 20 June 2019
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Houthi rocket targets desalination plant in Al-Shuqaiq

  • Saudi officials are working to identify the missile
  • The Houthi militants claimed the attack

DUBAI: A rocket fired by Houthi militia exploded near a desalination plant in Al-Shuqaiq southwest of Saudi Arabia, but did not cause any damage or injuries, state news agency SPA reported on Thursday.
Military and security organs were working to identify the type of rocket that was fired, Arab Coalition spokesperson Col. Turki Al-Maliki said in the report.
The Houthi militants claimed responsibility for the attack through their media channels.
The attack constitutes a war crime, as it targets civilian facilities, and shows that Iran is supplying new weaponry for the militants, Al-Maliki said, adding that the Houthis continue to use Hodeidah port to smuggle arms and endanger regional and international peace.
The Arab coalition would take immediate action to protect civilians against the Houthi attacks, Al-Maliki said.