Prayers for rain performed kingdomwide

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Updated 26 February 2013

Prayers for rain performed kingdomwide

RIYADH: Istisqa (rain-seeking) prayers were performed Monday morning throughout the kingdom, the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah earlier called for prayers two days ago pursuant to the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) to perform Istisqa in case of drought or delay in rainfall.
The king had called on all to pray to Allah Almighty for repentance, forgiveness, and rain.
According to SPA, prayers were performed at universities and schools in various regions.
At the Holy Mosque of Makkah, the Istisqa prayer led by Sheikh Dr. Saud bin Ibrahim Al-Shuraim, with Dr. Abdulaziz bin Abdullah Al-Khudhairi, undersecretary of principality of Makkah region, and Sheikh Dr. Abdulrahman bin Abdulaziz Al-Sudais, president general of the Affairs of the Grand Holy Mosque, in attendance.
In Madinah, Prince Faisal bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, the region's governor, attended the prayer at the Prophet's Holy Mosque led by Sheikh Ali Al-Huzaifi.
Riyadh region Gov. Prince Khalid bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz, and Vice Governor Prince Turki bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz attended the prayer at Imam Turki bin Abdullah Mosque.
The prayer was led by Sheikh Abdulaziz bin Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Al-Sheikh, the grand mufti of Saudi Arabia and president of the Council of Senior Scholars and General Presidency of Scholarly Research and Ifta, who called in his sermon for adherence to the Holy Qur'an and the Prophet's Sunnah.
Istisqa prayers were also performed in other regions of the Kingdom, with various officials in attendance.

Green light for crown prince-led Saudi privatization program

Updated 57 min 23 sec ago

Green light for crown prince-led Saudi privatization program

  • The Privatization Program is one of 12 key elements of the Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030
  • The program is aimed at increasing job opportunities for Saudi nationals

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Council of Economic and Development Affairs on Tuesday approved the Privatization Program that is one of 12 key elements of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030. 

The program is aimed at increasing job opportunities for Saudi nationals, attracting the latest technologies and innovations, and supporting economic development.

It encourages both local and foreign investment in order to enhance the role of the private sector, with government entities adopting a regulatory and supervisory role. The aim is to increase the private sector’s contribution to GDP from 40 percent to 65 percent by 2030. 

The program will aim to reach its objectives through encouraging the private sector to invest in establishing new schools, universities and health centers, while the government pursues its organizational and supervisory role in health and education.

The privatization program aims to benefit from previous success stories, with the private sector’s collaboration in the development of infrastructure, and its involvement on a large scale in sectors such as energy, water, transport, telecommunications, petrochemicals and finance.

The program sets out a series of objectives in three areas: Developing a general legal framework for policies related to privatization; establishing organizational foundations and dedicated institutions to execute the policies; and setting a timescale for their delivery. 

The Council of Economic and Development Affairs is headed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.