60 public school buildings to be built in Madinah

Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman is overseeing the launch of the project. (SPA)
Updated 29 March 2019
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60 public school buildings to be built in Madinah

  • The project is a part of an initiative seeking to decrease the number of rented school buildings during the coming years

MADINAH: Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman is overseeing the launch of a new partnership program between the Ministry of Education and the Building Development Company in Madinah.

“The partnership aims at providing 60 high-quality public-school buildings in Madinah in partnership with the private sector. It will have a positive impact on Saudi students and contribute to the training of teachers and the development of the Kingdom’s curriculum,” Prince Faisal said. He noted that “in Madinah we have been giving great importance to health and education and supporting all the related projects in the private and public sectors.”

The project is a part of an initiative seeking to decrease the number of rented school buildings during the coming years. These efforts reflect the keenness of King Salman’s government to support the education sector at all levels.

Director of Education in Madinah Nasser bin Abdullah Al-Abdulkarim thanked Prince Faisal for his support of the region’s educational projects.

“The public buildings, with the facilities they have, constitutes a fundamental pillar in the educational process and a main incentive to innovation. It also helps form a suitable environment for the development of education and improve the learning outcomes.”

“This steps contributes to the achievement of the Kingdom’s 2030 Vision and the national transformation plan that focus on the role of Saudi youth in the Kingdom’s development journey,” Al-Abdulkarim said.


Saudi sources deny ‘unsubstantiated’ reports of permitting alcohol

Updated 16 June 2019
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Saudi sources deny ‘unsubstantiated’ reports of permitting alcohol

  • “The leadership has made it clear from day one; it is simply not happening,”SCTH source tells Arab News
  • The SCTH is responsible for licensing and rating hotels and restaurants

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has no plans to allow the sale or public consumption of alcohol, a senior government source has told Arab News.

The official with access to relevant decision-makers categorically denied “unsubstantiated” media reports in some international and regional news outlets.

“If you read the fake news, you will notice it is all based on hearsay and tweets by accounts known to have a questionable agenda when talking about the Kingdom,” he said.

“As the country moves forward with its reform plans, we expect much speculation and attempts by critics to hold us back. And while people are allowed to speculate and criticize, their speculation should not be treated as the truth.”

A second source at the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) also denied such reports. “The leadership has made it clear from day one; it is simply not happening,” he told Arab News. “I have not heard of any plans to allow alcohol in major cities, free zones or new projects.”

The SCTH is responsible for licensing and rating hotels and restaurants. Any plans for the sale or consumption of alcohol would have to go through the commission for implementation. 

Saudi Arabia has witnessed substantial social reforms over the past three years, such as the curbing of the previously unchecked power of the religious police, reopening cinemas and allowing women to drive.

There has also been a major shift on previously prohibited public entertainment and gender mixing. International artists including Mariah Carey, Yanni, Andrea Bocelli, Enrique Iglesias and Black Eyed Peas have all performed.

Tourism projects have included pop-up versions of international restaurants such as Signor Sassi, Nusr-Et and Nobu. None has served alcohol.

“Officials have repeatedly said all changes were and will always be in line with Islamic teachings and traditions,” the senior source told Arab News.