Saudi Arabia to participate in international Qur’anic contests

Saudi Arabia's nominations will compete in Turkey. (Shutterstock)
Updated 17 May 2018

Saudi Arabia to participate in international Qur’anic contests

  • Sultan bin Ibrahim Al-Azmi from Hail and Ahmed bin Ayman Bitar from Makkah are to participate in a contest in Turkey

Saudi memorizers of the Holy Qur’an will participate in international Qur’an contests during the month of Ramadan.

The Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance nominated Sultan bin Ibrahim Al-Azmi from Hail and Ahmed bin Ayman Bitar from Makkah to participate in a contest in Turkey. The ministry nominated Ibrahim bin Abdullah Al-Sa’awi from Qassim to compete in Dubai, and Saif bin Ali Alsni Al-Olayani from Asir to participate in Algiers.

The secretary-general of the Holy Qur’an Contest, Mansour bin Mohammed Al-Sameeh, said participants in the international Qur’an contests are owning to the good efforts of  King Salman Contest for Holy Qur’an Memorization and Interpretation. 


Saudi tourism megaproject aims to turn the Red Sea green

Updated 20 October 2019

Saudi tourism megaproject aims to turn the Red Sea green

  • Development will protect endangered hawksbill turtle, while coral research could help save the Great Barrier Reef

RIYADH: Key ecological targets are driving Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea tourism megaproject, its leader has told Arab News.

The development will not only protect the habitat of the endangered hawksbill turtle, but could also save coral reefs that are dying elsewhere in the world, said Red Sea Development Company Chief Executive John Pagano.

The project is taking shape in a 28,000 square kilometer region of lagoons, archipelagos, canyons and volcanic geology between the small towns of Al-Wajh and Umluj on the Kingdom’s west coast.

One island, Al-Waqqadi, looked like the perfect tourism destination, but was discovered to be a breeding ground for the hawksbill. “In the end, we said we’re not going to develop it. It shows you can balance development and conservation,” Pagano said.

Scientists are also working to explain why the area’s coral reef system — fourth-largest in the world —  is thriving when others around the world are endangered.

“To the extent we solve that mystery, the ambition would be to export that to the rest of the world,” Pagano said. “Can we help save the Great Barrier Reef or the Caribbean coral that has been severely damaged?”

 

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