Saudi students to establish Islamic center in the Murray State University

Updated 04 August 2012
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Saudi students to establish Islamic center in the Murray State University

Saudi students at Murray State University in Kentucky have received a license to establish an Islamic center where they can organize cultural and social programs along with observing religious rites.
Saudi students had been performing their prayers and Iftar in a rented building in which other Arab and Muslim students participated. The city’s mayor and university authorities have supported the move made by the 400 member Saudi Students Organization.
A recent statement from the university commended the Saudi students’ excellent performance, and mentioned the various programs the new center will undertake in the city, Al-Hayat daily reported on Friday.
The Saudi Arabia’s cultural attaché in the US, Muhammad Al-Eissa, said the conduct of the students at the Murray State University was a befitting reply to those who fear that students taking part in the Kingdom’s foreign scholarship programs would be negatively influenced during a stay in the US.
Al-Eissa added that his office offered all kinds of support to the Saudi students in the US.
“The Murray State University center is one of many centers that Saudi students in the US are striving to establish. The embassy and the attaché office offer materials and moral support to the students. It is not right to say that some students on scholarships are projecting a bad image of their country and religion,” he said.
However he did not rule out the possibility of some isolated instances, which he said “should not be generalized, especially when a large number of students are in the US.”
He added that the students are painting such a good picture of the Kingdom and Islam that some Americans have converted to Islam under their influence.
He said the reaction of the US government and society toward Saudi student’s activities were positive, especially during Ramadan.
“The American society respects Muslims and their religious practices. The US president invites Muslim ambassadors and others for an Iftar at the White House every year,” he said.

 


Saudi Arabia’s King Salman will patronize the launch of the Qiddiya Project

Updated 24 April 2018
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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman will patronize the launch of the Qiddiya Project

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman will patronize on Wednesday the launch of the “Qiddiya” Project which is the new entertainment, sports and cultural destination in the Kingdom.
The project will be built in Al-Giddiya area, some 40 km west of the capital, Riyadh.
The foundation stone ceremony of will be attended by a host of local and international officials, as well as a number of decision-makers, major investors and representatives of the regional and international companies, marking the launch of the project’s formal infrastructure. The first phase will be completed by 2022.
In a statement to Saudi Press Agency (SPA), Dr. Fahd bin Abdullah Tounsi, Secretary General of the Foundation Council of the Qiddiya Project of the Public Investment Fund (PIF) said that the inauguration of this vital project is a real translation of the aspirations of the Kingdom’s wise leadership and its relentless efforts to develop mega projects that would contribute effectively to achieve many direct and indirect economic returns, and to advance sustainable development for the benefit of the homeland and the citizen, in accordance with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.
“About two-thirds of the Kingdom’s population is under the age of 35. There is a great need for Qiddiya Project to provide them with entertainment. The project will save about $30 billion, which will be used to develop the domestic economy and create new job opportunities for Saudi youths,” he added.
For his part, Michael Reininger, Chief Executive of Qiddiya, said, “we are delighted to be a key contributor to boost the Kingdom’s economic development and investment, not only for the entertainment industry but also to projects that will develop the capabilities the young Saudi people.”