KSA marks World Wildlife Day

Updated 04 March 2016
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KSA marks World Wildlife Day

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia joined the rest of world in observing the United Nation’s World Wildlife Day on Thursday to foster awareness among citizens and residents to protect and conserve biodiversity.

World Wildlife Day is observed every year on March 3 to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild flora and fauna.
The Kingdom is participating in the worldwide celebration, represented by the Saudi Wildlife Authority (SWA), which is committed to the UN vision adopted in September last year, “the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda,” that seeks to provide security and prosperity for all creatures.
Prince Bandar bin Saud bin Mohammad, president of Saudi Wildlife Authority (SWA), commented on the participation of the Kingdom saying, “we aim to shed light on the efforts and achievements of the government under the visionary leadership of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman toward the preservation of wildlife and natural habitats at national, regional and international levels.”
On this occasion, Prince Bandar also praised the sincere efforts made by the Ministries of Interior, Commerce and Industry, and Municipal and Rural Affairs as well as the Saudi Customs and Border Guards in the application of a system for fungal species and their products endangered to extinction in the Kingdom.
Earlier, he underlined that people’s existence never strengthened in absence of a natural balance between aspects controlling the lives of all creatures.
Although the Kingdom lies within a typical arid to semi-arid region, it is characterized by its unique biological diversity and species that could acclimatize to live under adverse ecological circumstances, including weather and dry conditions.
The SWA was established by a royal decree giving it a mandate to prepare and implement plans to sustain terrestrial and marine wildlife, and rehabilitate rare and threatened species and their habitats with the ultimate goal of regaining the natural environmental balance.
The Mahazath Sanctuary in Kingdom recently won the best wildlife sanctuary award given by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).
Being one of the outstanding sanctuaries fenced and protected for wildlife upkeep, the Mahazath protected area in central Saudi Arabia is also a confirmation that wildlife resettlement with protected programs has achieved steady successes in the Kingdom.
The United Nations General Assembly on Dec. 20, 2013, during its 68th session, proclaimed March 3rd, the day of the signature of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), as UN World Wildlife Day as worldwide wildlife is facing many challenges.
The biggest threats to wildlife are habitat loss as well as overgrazing, farming and development.
Poaching and trafficking in wildlife, driven by transnational organized crime groups, pose the most immediate threat to many iconic species.


Saudi Arabia praised for services and facilities for Hajj pilgrims

Updated 16 August 2018
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Saudi Arabia praised for services and facilities for Hajj pilgrims

  • Guests laud King Salman’s efforts to unify ranks
  • Tatarstan’s Grand Mufti Sheikh Kamil Ismailov hailed the Kingdom’s efforts to ensure pilgrims’ comfort and safety

MAKKAH: King Salman received thanks from guests at Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Guests Program for welcoming and supporting pilgrims. They also thanked him for hosting them so that they can perform Hajj rituals. 

The king’s guests praised the services provided for them from the moment they arrived in the holy lands. This underscores the depth of the Saudi experience in dealing with crowds and successfully hosting millions of pilgrims each year.

Tatarstan’s Grand Mufti Sheikh Kamil Ismailov hailed the Kingdom’s efforts to ensure pilgrims’ comfort and safety.

“The expansion projects in the Two Holy Mosques and the holy sites, as well as the readiness of all medical and security teams, constitute strong evidence of Saudi Arabia’s capacities and ability to organize and manage the crowds with every Hajj season,” he added.

Ismailov pointed out that Muslims represent 70 percent of the population in Tatarstan, and that it is the first country in the region to adopt Islam as a state religion since 922.

Sheikh Mustafa Jusufspahic, the grand mufti of Belgrade, in Serbia, said that King Salman’s hosting of pilgrims from all over the world continues a tradition of the leadership of this blessed land assisting and unifying Muslims. It continues the path of good and giving by the Kingdom’s leaders toward Islamic work in the world, accounting for its prestigious position in the Muslim world, he added.

Jusufspahic expressed his thanks and appreciation to King Salman for his great gesture that enables Muslims to perform Hajj easily and conveniently. He praised all services offered in the program, which is supervised by the Ministry of Islamic Affairs.

Mohammed Amin, a professor from Ethiopia, who is making his first visit to Makkah, commended King Salman’s invitation to Muslims from all over the globe. He also saidthat the Ethiopian people were well aware of the financial and cultural support provided by the Kingdom.

The imam of the Central Mosque in Ethiopia, Ibrahim Khalil, expressed his admiration for the warm reception he and his delegation received upon their arrival, their speedy entry into the country and the journey to their residence.

Guinean Islamic preacher Mohammed Idris said the infrastructure and the scale of the preparations in Makkah reflect the tremendous efforts from all sectors there. “The Kingdom endeavors to develop organization and management of the Hajj season every year, a fact highly acclaimed among Muslims in Guinea, who consider Saudi Arabia to be the heart of the Islamic world,” he said.

Professor Bassim Berniavorates, from the faculty of medicine at the University of Sarajevo in Bosnia, said he was happy he had the opportunity to perform Hajj for the first time in his life, and was eager to meet Saudi people, to learn about their customs and traditions, and to visit popular markets that reflect the historical richness of Makkah.

He added that the Bosnian people were grateful for Saudi Arabia’s support throughout history, which has enabled them to overcome obstacles and crises and achieve their aspirations in building a civilized and democratic nation.

Bassim, a professor of anesthesia at the University Hospital in Sarajevo, noted that the program helped to extend bridges of communication with the world. “The Bosnians became more familiar with the Saudis and proud of this cultural fusion in the holiest parts of the earth,” said Bassim.

Dr. Mekhtbakh, from the Sports Academy in Kyrgyzstan, said that by visiting the holy land he had achieved a life-long dream. He expressed his thanks and appreciation to King Salman for his generous patronage and keenness to host Muslims from all over the world.