King Salman honored for services to unite Muslims

RECOGNITION: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman receives an honorary doctorate for promotion of Islamic unity and efforts to serve Islam and Muslims, offered by King Abdulaziz University on the occasion of its 50th anniversary in Jeddah on Wednesday. (SPA)
Updated 27 May 2016
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King Salman honored for services to unite Muslims

JEDDAH: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman has received an honorary doctorate from King Abdulaziz University (KAU) for promoting unity in the Muslim world.

King Salman received the honor while attending the 50th anniversary of KAU on Wednesday night, where he also launched several projects worth SR5.5 billion for the expansion of the facility.
Education Minister Ahmed bin Mohammed Al-Issa, president of KAU’s council, said that King Salman’s contribution has included major global aid and charity initiatives and protecting and preserving Islamic culture and heritage, SPA reported.
The minister made the statement after chairing the fifth session of the council for this academic year. He said the monarch has received numerous awards, medals and certificates for his achievements across the world.
At the 50th anniversary celebrations, the king launched the third phase of the university’s expansion projects, which includes buildings for first year students, a sports village, housing for staff, and other facilities for KAU’s branch in Rabigh.
In a speech, the king said that the country’s achievements were based on the Book of Allah and the Sunnah of His Messenger, peace be upon him. There was a focus on science and technology to ensure sustainable economic development, as part of the country’s Vision 2030 plan announced last month, he said.
The king also toured an exhibition held at King Faisal Conference Center and was briefed on the history of the university over the years and its plans for the future, and then watched a documentary on the facility.


Saudi border guards rescue French passenger from Red Sea cruise ship

Updated 19 April 2019
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Saudi border guards rescue French passenger from Red Sea cruise ship

JEDDAH: Saudi border guards rescued a French female tourist on Friday after she broke her leg on board a cruise ship in the Red Sea.
The 85-year-old was aboard the Costa Luminosa off the coast of south-west Saudi Arabia when the Maritime Rescue Coordination Center in Jeddah received an emergency call from the King Abdulaziz International Airport’s search and rescue center, saying the women needed emergency medical attention.The details of the message was passed to the Saudi Arabia Border Guards.
The border guard’s vessel Al-Lith was sent to meet the cruise ship near Al-Qahma, in the Kingdom’s south-western Asir region.
Lt Col. Misfer Bin Ghanam Al-Qarni, border guards spokesman, said the patient was transferred to Jazan, where she was then taken to Prince Mohammed Bin Nasser Hospital by ambulance.
The Costa Luminosa, which was traveling from Salalah in Oman toward Aqaba in Jordan, continued on its voyage.