Saudi Arabia’s efforts to serve Arab, Islamic culture praised

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During the closing ceremony Dr. Abdul Karim bin Abdulrahman Al-Zaid, the deputy general supervisor of the King Abdul Aziz Public Library in Riyadh, thanked the minister of cultural affairs and his ministry for organizing the event. (SPA)
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Saudi Ambassador to Tunisia Mohammed bin Mahmoud Al-Ali and Saudi Cultural Attache Dr. Mohammed Al-Tom also took part. (SPA)
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During the closing ceremony Dr. Abdul Karim bin Abdulrahman Al-Zaid, the deputy general supervisor of the King Abdul Aziz Public Library in Riyadh, thanked the minister of cultural affairs and his ministry for organizing the event. (SPA)
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Saudi Ambassador to Tunisia Mohammed bin Mahmoud Al-Ali and Saudi Cultural Attache Dr. Mohammed Al-Tom also took part. (SPA)
Updated 06 April 2019
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Saudi Arabia’s efforts to serve Arab, Islamic culture praised

  • Dr. Abdul Karim bin Abdulrahman Al-Zaid: Holding this meeting in Tunisia translates our ambitions in the Arab world, especially in Saudi Arabia and Tunisia

TUNIS: Participants in the ninth meeting of the Unified Index of Arab Creators Initiative, which concluded on Friday at the City of Culture in Tunis, thanked the Saudi government for its support of projects that serve Arab and Islamic culture.
The event, which had the theme “efficient knowledge management for sustainable development,” was held under the patronage of Tunisian Minister of Cultural Affairs Dr. Mohamed Zine El Abidine and featured the participation of 200 scholars, librarians and specialists in information services from 13 Arab countries.
Saudi Ambassador to Tunisia Mohammed bin Mahmoud Al-Ali and Saudi Cultural Attache Dr. Mohammed Al-Tom also took part.
During the closing ceremony Dr. Abdul Karim bin Abdulrahman Al-Zaid, the deputy general supervisor of the King Abdul Aziz Public Library in Riyadh, thanked the minister of cultural affairs and his ministry for organizing the event.
He said it was particularly important because it coincides with Tunisia this year being honored as the capital of Islamic culture, reflecting its ancient history and cultural and Arab heritage.
“Holding this meeting in Tunisia translates our ambitions in the Arab world, especially in Saudi Arabia and Tunisia, as we aim to establish a society pillared with knowledge that establishes a culture of science, knowledge, literature and arts as the most important elements of sustainable development,” he said.
He highlighted the importance of Arab Unified Index projects such as the Arab Innovators Initiative, which was launched during the meeting; the Arab Index Initiative, which supports the establishment of national indexes; an initiative to add other languages ​​to the Arab Index Database; and the Arab Content Support Initiative.
He also called for increased cooperation and integration between Arab libraries and information centers.


Saudi Arabia's King Salman offers $1m to International Civil Aviation Organization

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Saudi Arabia's King Salman offers $1m to International Civil Aviation Organization

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has provided $1 million to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the Saudi Press Agency reported Monday.

The announcement came as part of the “Kingdom’s efforts in supporting international organizations and bodies and the leadership’s keenness to play an important role in the most important international and regional organizations,” SPA said.

The aid will go towards supporting ICAO’s No Country Left Behind (NCLB) initiative, which aims to assist developing countries in applying the standards and recommended methods for the safety and security of civil aviation.

The aid will also contribute to the costs of translating the organization’s documents and publications into Arabic.

The President of the Kingdom’s General Authority for Civil Aviation (GACA), Abdulhadi bin Ahmed Al-Mansouri thanked King Salman for his support to the aviation sector locally, regionally and globally, 

He said: “this contributes to the development of the aviation industry and to improve the safety and security of civil aviation in developing countries, least developed countries and island states.

The $1 million of financial assistance is an extension of the Kingdom's previous financial support in 2016 which “ the level of safety and security of civil aviation in the Middle East and Africa," Al-Mansouri said.

Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, the ICAO’s president, thanked the king for the support.