Prince Khalid bin Salman meets Defense Ministry officials

Deputy Defense Minister Prince Khalid bin Salman with Saudi soldiers stationed at the Kingdom’s southern border. (SPA)
Updated 26 February 2019

Prince Khalid bin Salman meets Defense Ministry officials

  • He was briefed about the important tasks performed by different units deployed along the southern border to defend their homeland

Prince Khalid bin Salman, deputy defense minister, on Monday visited the southern border of the Kingdom. He met the Saudi armed forces personnel and conveyed them greetings from the Saudi leadership.

During the tour, the deputy minister highlighted the combat capabilities of the Saudi forces. Prince Khalid lauded the professionalism and courage of the Saudi soldiers.

He was briefed about the important tasks performed by different units deployed along the southern border to defend their homeland.

On Sunday, civil and military personnel of the Defense Ministry called on the newly appointed minister. Prince Khalid thanked King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for assigning him the task of deputy defense minister.

He told the ministry officials that the crown prince had assigned him several projects to develop and further strengthen the Defense Ministry in line with the Kingdom’s ambitious Vision 2030 plan.

Saudi Arabia is also looking to localize 50 percent of total government military spending in the Kingdom by 2030, and in 2017 announced the launch of the state-owned military industrial company Saudi Arabia Military Industries.

Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia expects SAMI to contribute almost $240 million to the national gross domestic product by 2020, and to create 5,000 new jobs.

SAMI is set to become one of the top manufacturers globally, combining the latest technologies and best expertise to produce military equipment according to international standards and aid the development of the Saudi army.


Culture Minister Prince Badr salutes ‘the father of arts’ as musical play launches Saudi Theater Initiative

Updated 29 January 2020

Culture Minister Prince Badr salutes ‘the father of arts’ as musical play launches Saudi Theater Initiative

RIYADH: The curtain rose on Tuesday night on a sparkling new musical play — and on an ambitious new era for Saudi theater.

“Daraish Al-Nour” (Windows of Light), written by poet Saleh Zamanan and directed by Fatees Baqna, launched the National Theater Initiative at the King Fahd Cultural Center in Riyadh.

The play, with a cast of local actors including Naif Khalaf, Khaled Saqr and Ibrahim Al-Hassawi, explores Saudi culture past and present, and includes a number of pop-culture and historical references that older audiences in particular will appreciate.

Applause, cheers and whistles rang out through the theater at the end of every act, whether the scene on stage was a cheerful, traditional Saudi dance, or a more intense, dramatic scene full of angst.

The performance was introduced by the Minister of Culture, Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan, who described theater as “ the father of arts.” He added: “We have great expectations regarding the future of the art of theater in Saudi Arabia. We want Saudi Arabia to be a leader in the field.”

Abdul Aziz Ismail, president of the National Theater Initiative, said theater was important in Saudi culture and the new scheme was a great step forward for the art form. “Our culture will be reborn through this historic moment,” he said. “We are going to express our culture through our theater.”