‘Media need to generate optimism’

Updated 03 May 2014

‘Media need to generate optimism’

Makkah Gov. Prince Mishaal bin Abdullah has urged members of the public and social media to spread accurate information in order to instill a sense of confidence and optimism in residents.
“The media’s importance has increased with the arrival of social media, which disseminates information within seconds,” the governor said.
He cautioned against using the media to tarnish the country’s image and undermine its development process. He was speaking at a reception for intellectuals, writers, journalists and prominent personalities at the Conference Palace in Jeddah.
Prince Mishaal said the government of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah has accorded top priority to the development of Makkah, home to the Kaaba, the Grand Mosque and holy sites.
“The implementation of a large number of development projects in the region is a clear manifestation of the government’s special attention to developing Makkah,” the governor said.
The King Abdullah Haram Expansion is one of the biggest projects in the region, the governor said. “In addition, there are several other projects being implemented in Jeddah, Makkah, Taif and other principalities in the region,” he said. “The Makkah region has become a nonstop workshop as a result of these projects.”
Prince Mishaal told reporters that the ongoing massive Grand Mosque expansion would create at least 4,000 jobs for Saudis, while stressing the government’s efforts to create more job opportunities for the growing numbers of Saudi graduates.
More than 600,000 Saudis graduate from secondary schools and universities and enter the Kingdom’s job market every year.
Mohammed bin Moraisi Al-Harthi, a leading intellectual, emphasized the efforts made by King Abdul Aziz to unify the country. He commended the government’s efforts to take the Kingdom to the level of developed countries.
Asim Hamdan, a columnist, told the governor to involve youth in the development process. Youth account for 60 percent of the Kingdom’s population. “We have to make greater efforts to bring up our young population with the best principles and provide them with good education and direction.”


Foreign missions in Saudi Arabia visit Shaybah oil field 

The ambassadors and their families visited the oil field’s protected area. (SPA)
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Foreign missions in Saudi Arabia visit Shaybah oil field 

  • The dean of the diplomatic corps, Ambassador of Djibouti to Saudi Arabia Diaa-Eddin Saed Bamakhrama, thanked the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Saudi Aramco for the visit

RIYADH: Ambassadors and delegations to Saudi Arabia recently visited the Shaybah oil field in the Empty Quarter desert, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
The visit was designed to acquaint diplomatic delegations with one of the largest crude oil fields in the world, which has been vital for global supply.
The ambassadors and their families visited the oil field’s protected area, which has a herd of Arabian oryx and ostriches, enjoyed views of sand dunes and hiked in the natural areas.
The dean of the diplomatic corps, Ambassador of Djibouti to Saudi Arabia Diaa-Eddin Saed Bamakhrama, thanked the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Saudi Aramco for the visit, hailing the ability of the Kingdom to manage giant crude oil fields in difficult terrain.
Polish Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Jan Stanislaw Bury said that Shaybah oil field is an important economic center.
Shaybah is a major crude oil site in Saudi Arabia. It is one of the largest in the Kingdom with a crude reserve of nearly 14.3 billion barrels and gas reserve of nearly 25 trillion cubic feet.
Rub Al-Khali, also known as the Empty Quarter, is part of the larger Arabian Desert, covering 650,000 square kilometers in Saudi Arabia, Oman, the UAE and Yemen.