Winners of 2018 King Faisal Prize receive honors from King Salman

King Salman and Makkah Gov. Prince Khalid Al-Faisal at the King Faisal Prize distribution ceremony in Riyadh on Monday. (SPA)
Updated 27 March 2018

Winners of 2018 King Faisal Prize receive honors from King Salman

RIYADH: King Salman honored five winners of the King Faisal Prize during a ceremony on March 26.
The prize, launched by the King Faisal Foundation in 1979, recognizes outstanding work by individuals and institutions in five categories: service to Islam, Islamic studies, Arabic language and literature, medicine, and science.
Prince Khalid recited poetry, praised the winners and talked about the goal of the prize: to elevate humanity through the noble traits of Islam. It aims to benefit Muslims now and in the future by inspiring them to participate in all aspects of civilization, and to enrich human knowledge and development.
The winners in each field gave a speech as they received their medal from the king.
Professor Irwandi Jaswir, winner of the prize for service to Islam, told the guests attending the ceremony at Al-Faisaliah Hotel: “I believe in giving back to the Muslim community by publishing all my works in halal methods. I know the importance of embracing the halal science.”
After the ceremony, he added: “This is a gift from Allah to me, but one thing is important that I have been taught that it’s a first time that a scientist to win to a service to Islam. I feel very thankful for what we have done.”
Professor Bashar Awad Marouf, who received the award for Islamic studies, said: “Today we remember Allah’s blessings and with prayer and gratitude, and we remember King Faisal and his children who have [continued] his legacy by honoring science and scholars.”

Arabic language and literature prize recipient professor Chokri Mabkhout said: “I never realized while I was writing my CV years and years ago that my research would be honored with this prize.”
The medicine prize went to professor James Patrick Allison, who said: “As a scientist I feel we should always do what we can for the betterment of man.”
Science winner John Macleod Ball said: “If I’ve achieved anything in science it’s largely because of the people in my life. I could’ve done little without my wife and family.”
Over the years many influential people who have contributed greatly to the world have been honored with the prize, with 18 also winning the Nobel prize for their works of excellence. More than 100 winners have earned other international awards.
“We are always proud of the winners and their humanitarian work,” Princess Lolowah Al-Faisal said after the ceremony. “My father [King Faisal] has said, ‘There will come a day when the rays of knowledge and peace will shine bright from our nation.’ This is what is taking place now, and it is just a fragment of he wanted.”


Jackie Chan hopes to make films in Saudi Arabia

Jackie Chan thanked Saudi Arabia for inviting him to the country. (File/AFP)
Updated 20 October 2019

Jackie Chan hopes to make films in Saudi Arabia

  • Jackie Chan expressed hopes the Kingdom would become a leading center of regional film and television

DUBAI: Hong Kong martial artist and actors Jackie Chan, who was recently in Riyadh to accept a Joy Excellence award, is looking forward to filming movies in Saudi Arabia, Chinese press has reported.

The actor also told the crowd gathered at the Joy Forum19, which gathered entertainment promoters and industry pioneers along with global stars including Indian actor Shah Rukh Khan and Hollywood star Jean-Claude Van Damme, that he had found a location in the Kingdom to make another action film.

“It’s my first time in Saudi, and I know it’s a big country. After only a few hours [travelling] here and looking at locations I know there’s a good place for car chasing, explosions, action; so, next time, I hope to come back with my crew,” Chan said.

The movie legend also thanked Saudi Arabia for inviting him to the country, and expressed hopes the Kingdom would become a leading center of regional film and television.