Prince Badr Al-Farhan has been appointed as the Kingdom’s first minister of Culture

Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan Al Saud.. AN (Ziyad AlArfaj)
Updated 02 June 2018

Prince Badr Al-Farhan has been appointed as the Kingdom’s first minister of Culture

JEDDAH: A Saudi royal decree released on Saturday appointed Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan Al-Saud  as the Kingdom’s Minister of Culture.

Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Mohammed, is the current governor of the Royal Commission for Al-Ula, a post he held since the body was created in July 2017.

The commission is tasked to oversee the archaeological and tourism projects in the governorate of Al-Ula in Madinah province.

Until Prince Badr's appointment as culture minister, he was the chairman of the Saudi Research and Marketing Group (SRMG), a post he held since December 2015.


Saudi Embassy evacuates 300 tourists from Lebanon

Updated 19 October 2019

Saudi Embassy evacuates 300 tourists from Lebanon

  • The embassy said that evacuees were escorted to Rafic Hariri International Airport in Beirut by Lebanese security forces to guarantee their safety
  • Three Saudia aircraft were used to transport them

BEIRUT: Saudi Arabia's embassy in Lebanon has confirmed it has facilitated the “evacuation of Saudi residents and visitors” from the country.
“The evacuation operation, imposed by the security situation in Lebanon and the importance of ensuring the safety of Saudi nationals, started Saturday at 5 a.m. after the Kingdom secured three Saudia aircraft to transport them,” the embassy told Arab News.
“Three hundred people were evacuated as of Saturday afternoon, while the total number of those wishing to leave remains unclear. We have identified a hotel in Beirut as a starting point,” it added, noting that most of those who had left were tourists.
The embassy also confirmed evacuees were escorted to Rafic Hariri International Airport in Beirut by Lebanese security forces to guarantee their safety.
Protests broke out in Lebanon on Thursday night, and disorder has disrupted roads leading to the airport, with burning tires blocking several key routes.
On Friday, the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs urged its citizens already in Lebanon to exercise “utmost caution.”
Egypt’s Embassy in Beirut also called on its nationals in the country to avoid protest areas, Egyptian state news agency MENA said.
“The embassy calls on all Egyptian citizens in Lebanon to avoid the areas of gatherings and protests, to be careful in their movements and to abide by the instructions of the Lebanese authorities in this regard,” MENA reported.
Meanwhile, Kuwait’s Embassy in Lebanon asked citizens wishing to travel to the country to delay trips where possible.
“The embassy also calls on citizens currently in Lebanon to take utmost care and stay away from crowds and demonstrations,” it said on social media site Twitter.
Bahrain and the UAE warned against travel to Lebanon and called on their citizens in the country to leave immediately.