Saudi Arabia to open 3 Arabic-language institutes in Indonesia

Saudi Arabia's ambassador to Indonesia Osama Mohammad Abdullah Alshuaibi. (Reuters)
Updated 02 March 2017

Saudi Arabia to open 3 Arabic-language institutes in Indonesia

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia is planning to establish Arabic-language institutions in the three major Indonesian cities of Makassar, Medan and Surabaya, said Saudi Ambassador Osama Mohammed Abdullah Al-Shuaibi.
The envoy said the goal is to help Indonesians improve their Arabic-language skills, and the institutions would have no radical influences.
“They will only deliver Arabic-language instruction. We will not allow any party to make use of the institutions for other purposes or interests,” he said on Tuesday.
“There is already the Islamic and Arabic College of Indonesia in Jakarta, which is a branch of the Imam Muhammad bin Saud Islamic University in Riyadh,” the envoy told Arab News. “This branch includes a two-year Arabic-language course first, then the student can get a bachelor degree in Islamic studies.”
An Arabic-language institution was recently opened on Sumatra island. The three forthcoming institutions are on Sulawesi island in Makassar city, on Java island in Surabaya city, and on Sumatra island in Medan city. “The three institutions will be opened in the coming two or three weeks, since we got King Salman’s approval,” Al-Shuaibi said, adding that they should have been opened at the start of the second semester, but were delayed due to technical issues.
King Salman arrived in Indonesia yesterday with a 1,500-member delegation.


Falcon sales take flight at Riyadh show

Falconry enthusiasts from more than 20 countries are attending the show in Riyadh. (SPA)
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Falcon sales take flight at Riyadh show

  • Tens of thousands of visitors have already flocked to the exhibition, which runs until Oct. 15

RIYADH: Falcon sales at an exhibition in Riyadh have exceeded SR3 million ($800,000) and are expected to double before the event closes.
The sales were made directly in the exhibitors’ section and at auction of the Saudi Falcons and Hunting Exhibition, which is in its second year.
Falconry enthusiasts from more than 20 countries are attending the show, which is the biggest event of its kind in the Kingdom and the Middle East. Tens of thousands of visitors have already flocked to the exhibition, which runs until Oct. 15.
There are more than 350 exhibitors, and organizers are expecting 150,000 visitors.
The event features training workshops, lectures and children’s activities, as well as art workshops organized in partnership with the Saudi Society of Fine Arts.
Visitors can turn their hand to pottery, transfer technology, mural painting, charcoal painting, oud and coffee painting.
King Saud University is holding three seminars related to the environment and living organisms, including falcons and the findings of recent studies on their care and breeding. The seminars will explore the latest trends for the conservation of falcons in Saudi Arabia, parasites in falcons and how to combat them.
Another aspect of the exhibition is hunting weaponry, with specialist firms selling their products. Visitors need to access the Kingdom’s online government platform, Absher, to obtain an appointment through the booking process.
Exhibition organizers say they have established a design that simulates the experience of hunting trips and wildlife and that the various sections evoke hills, plateaus, sand dunes and lakes. Each area is decorated with species of desert plants and visitors can enjoy a musical soundtrack as they tour the event.