Saudi Arabia’s Qassim Book fair gathers intellectuals, publishers

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Saudi Arabia is making efforts to promote reading culture among the youth. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia is making efforts to promote reading culture among the youth. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia is making efforts to promote reading culture among the youth. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia is making efforts to promote reading culture among the youth. (SPA)
Updated 21 January 2019

Saudi Arabia’s Qassim Book fair gathers intellectuals, publishers

  • The fair was attended by 200 publishing houses, as well as government and social agencies

JEDDAH: Intellectuals, publishers and authors participated in the second Qassim Book Fair, which was organized by Qassim governorate in collaboration with the Saudi Publishers Association.
The fair included lectures and seminars. One notable lecture was by Dr. Qais Al-Sheikh Mubarak, who highlighted the importance of reading and seeking knowledge.
Dr. Nora Al-Rashoud, a lecturer at Umm Al-Qura University, gave a lecture titled “Judicial efforts in family issues.”
There was also a symposium titled “The future of journalism: Between digital and print,” as well as poetry evenings.
The fair was attended by 200 publishing houses, as well as government and social agencies. It provided an opportunity for many companies and individuals to offer their services and products to visitors.
The fair included a pavilion for artists, one for families, and one for children to develop their skills and consolidate their love of reading.
The Kingdom is making efforts to promote reading culture among the youth. Authorities have organized a number of book fairs to make world literature available to the public.
Recently, an international book fair was held in Jeddah. The fair drew more than 50,000 visitors daily and publishers from 40 countries. Several workshops in fine arts, photography and calligraphy were also organized. 


Saudi Arabia’s ‘Awdah’ initiative helps over 12,790 expats return home

Updated 04 June 2020

Saudi Arabia’s ‘Awdah’ initiative helps over 12,790 expats return home

  • Residents with exit and re-entry visas, final exit visas and individuals with visit visas are eligible for the service
  • People can register through the Absher platform

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia’s initiative Awdah helped 12,798 expatriates return home amid the coronavirus travel bans, state news agency SPA reported.
The program, which means return in Arabic, was launched by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to help stranded expats return to their home countries and received a total of 178,452 individual registrations between April 22 to June 3. Only those whose countries have agreed to receive them have been flown out.
Residents with exit and re-entry visas, final exit visas and individuals with visit visas are eligible for the service.
To register, a person must use the Absher platform to provide residency number, date of birth, phone number, city of departure and name of airport at home country, the report added.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, the Ministry of Human Resources and Development, the General Authority of Civil Aviation and other governmental organizations are working together to help stranded expats return home.