Al-Ahsa murderers condemned

Updated 12 November 2014

Al-Ahsa murderers condemned

The Cabinet condemned on Monday the Al-Ahsa attackers as murderers and welcomed an initiative by scholars, intellectuals and preachers to counter extremism in the country.
Crown Prince Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, chaired the meeting at the Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh.
Haj Minister Bandar Hajjar, who is acting minister of culture and information, said in a statement issued after the meeting that the ministers had offered their “deepest condolences” to the relatives of the victims, and commended scholars, sheikhs and citizens in the Kingdom for condemning the “heinous attack.”
He said the Cabinet also praised the King Abdulaziz National Center for Dialogue for developing a program to counter extremism in the country.
The initiative, known as Dialogues, would involve 20 events in all provinces with the participation of top scholars, preachers and intellectuals.
Hajar said the ministers at the meeting also condemned Israel for storming the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound and attacking worshipers. “The Saudi Council of Ministers called on the international community to take steps to end the brazen Israeli violations and terror attacks on the Palestinians and their sacred locations,” said Hajar.
The Cabinet welcomed Yemeni President Abd Rabbo Hadi’s formation of a government describing it as a positive step toward ensuring security and stability in Yemen in line with the aspirations of the country’s citizens.
The Cabinet also lauded Prince Salman’s contribution, including his awards and prizes, to encourage historical and cultural studies of the Arabian Peninsula.
The major decisions taken by the Cabinet on Monday included authorizing the Minister of Finance to sign a draft agreement with the Treasury Department of the United States to improve international tax compliance and implementation of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act.
The Cabinet also authorized the General Auditing Bureau to approve any claim for entitlement disbursement not exceeding SR3 million based on copies of missing documents, while the Finance Minister is authorized to approve a claim of up to SR10 million. The Cabinet would decide on claims exceeding this amount.
It also approved memorandums of understanding and an agreement for cooperation signed on an earlier occasion between the Financial Investigation Unit of the Saudi Ministry of Interior and similar authorities in Afghanistan, Russia, Algeria, Montenegro and Turkey. The Cabinet authorized the General President of Youth Welfare to discuss with Turkmenistan a draft memorandum of understanding in sports.
The Cabinet also approved an agreement for technical cooperation between the Saudi Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources and Jordan’s Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources in the fields of geology and mining, including transfer of technology and training of geologists and engineers.
Another agreement approved is for cooperation in the field of environmental protection and conservation between Saudi Arabia and Morocco. The appointments approved by the Cabinet included Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Aifan as ambassador and Ahmed bin Abdulaziz Al-Braithen as minister plenipotentiary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


Saudi Arabia's Qiddiya reveals giant mountainside projection

Updated 5 min 38 sec ago

Saudi Arabia's Qiddiya reveals giant mountainside projection

  • QIC’s outdoor display, which uses 84 projectors, was showcased in a three-minute video

RIYADH: The Tuwaiq mountains provide the dramatic backdrop for a new giant digital display from the Qiddiya Investment Company (QIC).

Qiddiya, located 40 km west of Riyadh, is referred to as Saudi Arabia’s future “capital of entertainment, sports and the arts,” and QIC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund.

QIC’s outdoor display, which uses 84 projectors, was showcased in a three-minute video that tells the evolution of the mountains from the ice age right through to the scheduled opening of the Qiddiya project in 2023.

“We received a great reaction when we first used projection to illustrate the potential of Qiddiya at our groundbreaking ceremony,” said Qiddiya CEO Michael Reininger. 

“This inspired us to create an enhanced and sophisticated light show that uses the latest audio-visual technology that, once again, highlights how Qiddiya is set to become the Kingdom’s capital of entertainment, sports and the arts. The projection display will continue to illuminate the skies above Qiddiya and we hope to work with other Saudi entities to explore how best to use this valuable tool in the future for mutually beneficial purposes.”

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Display covers 32,000 square meters.

The digital display was used at the closing ceremony for the 2020 Dakar Rally to see how it worked under real-event conditions and featured a 150-meter- high Qiddiya logo. 

It was used to unveil the G20 logo in December last year, interspersed with images of the Saudi flag, profiles of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, as well as the chairman of the board of directors of Qiddiya.

The entire display covers approximately 32,000 square meters and, over the last four months, a team of more than 80 technicians have worked around the clock to install the technology.    

Saudis spend $30 billion on tourism abroad every year. By providing new entertainment options for citizens and residents in the Kingdom, the Qiddiya project aims to redirect some of the overseas tourism spending back into Saudi Arabia.

This goal also supports the Vision 2030 objective to increase spending within the Kingdom on culture and entertainment activities, from about 3 percent of household income to 6 percent.