Saudi Arabia and US to counter maritime threats in Arabian Gulf

The meeting was attended by Khalid Al-Falih, US energy secretary Rick Perry and he Kingdom’s ambassador to the US, Princess Reema Bint Bandar. (Twitter)
Updated 07 August 2019

Saudi Arabia and US to counter maritime threats in Arabian Gulf

JEDDAH: Saudi Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih said he discussed Tuesday with his American counterpart Rick Perry threats to maritime freedom in the Arabian Gulf.

The Kingdom and the US “reiterated their determination to work together to ensure the security of global energy supplies,” Al-Falih said in a tweet.

The meeting was also attended by the Kingdom’s ambassador to the US, Princess Reema Bint Bandar.

The meeting dealt with enhancing the relationship between the two countries and investments in the fields of energy, industry, climate and technology.

The two side also discussed the oil market conditions and the Kingdom’s keenness to maintain its stabilities. 

“In this context, I have affirmed the commitment of OPEC members and non-OPEC producers to coordinate production and strive to achieve balance in the oil market,” Al-Falih said.


185 disabled Saudi children ready for new academic year

Updated 22 August 2019

185 disabled Saudi children ready for new academic year

RIYADH:  Saudi Arabia’s Disabled Children’s Association (DCA) finished its preparations for the new academic year with the completion of its educational programs aimed at developing children’s mental, cognitive and motor skills.

The DCA’s centers are getting ready to welcome around 185 new students, who will be enrolled in the preparatory and elementary stages. The association is also housing early intervention children in 11 centers throughout the Kingdom.

“The DCA’s centers finished their preparations early in line with the directives of Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz, chairman of the association’s board of directors,” said Awadh Al-Ghamdi, the DCA’s secretary-general.

He added: “The association is keeping pace with new technologies by developing the educational care system every year. It continuously adopts new methods for children with special needs by providing the centers with what is necessary for the development of linguistic, social and psychological skills.

“The DCA held consultative meetings to approve an implementation mechanism by consulting experts from the educational committee at King Saud University about the importance of establishing an innovative resources room in all of the DCA centers.

Al-Ghamdi said: “The project will be implemented in cooperation with the Ministry of Education after it is judged by specialists from Saudi universities and adopted as part of the association’s initiatives. This comes as a continuation of the DCA’s role in caring for children with special needs for more than 35 years.”

The director of the DCA’s center in Al-Rass governorate presented the project’s original idea, which included reviewing the centers’ educational care programs according to modern educational trends.

A working group, which included a number of specialists, was assigned to the investigation. It presented a final vision to the DCA’s secretariat with a guide to the project’s implementation.