Saudi Cabinet approves National Culture Strategy

The Cabinet approved the establishment of the National Center for Meteorology, the National Center for Plant Covering and Combating Desertification, the National Center for Environmental Compliance Control, and the National Center for the Development of Wildlife. (SPA)
Updated 27 March 2019

Saudi Cabinet approves National Culture Strategy

  • The Cabinet approved an MoU on cooperation between the Saudi and Russian justice ministries
  • MoUs with different countries OK’d

RIYADH: The Saudi Cabinet on Tuesday approved the recommendations made by the Council of Economic Affairs and Development to approve the National Culture Strategy.
The strategy will include a range of policies and initiatives, as well as a summary of the Culture Ministry’s previous efforts to develop the cultural sector and make it an important contributor to the national economy.
The Cabinet, chaired by King Salman, also approved a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on cooperation between the Saudi General Audit Bureau and the US Government Accountability Office.
The Cabinet approved an MoU on cooperation between the Saudi and Russian justice ministries.
It also approved an MoU on cooperation in the field of intellectual property between the Kingdom and South Korea.
The Cabinet approved the establishment of the National Center for Meteorology, the National Center for Plant Covering and Combating Desertification, the National Center for Environmental Compliance Control, and the National Center for the Development of Wildlife.
The General Authority for Meteorology and Environment Protection and the Saudi Wildlife Authority will be abolished, but they will continue to exercise their duties until the aforementioned centers are fully established.
The Cabinet addressed economic and cultural activities that took place during the week, including the launch of four major projects in Riyadh at a total cost of SR86 billion ($23 billion).
It commended efforts in relation to the projects, which are expected to create 70,000 new jobs for Saudis in various sectors.


Saudi, UAE officials discuss Hajj preparations

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Saudi, UAE officials discuss Hajj preparations

  • Mashat stressed the Saudi government’s keenness to serve pilgrims

MAKKAH: Deputy Hajj and Umrah Minister Abdul Fattah Mashat received in his office in Makkah on Tuesday the director general of the General Authority for Islamic Affairs in the UAE and his delegation.

The meeting came within the framework of early preparations for the next Hajj season, including coordinating arrangements for pilgrims and services provided for them.

During the meeting, issues of common interest related to Hajj were discussed, at the forefront of which were the facilities provided to pilgrims and easy completion of their procedures.

Then an official meeting was held to discuss arrangements and early preparations to serve pilgrims from the UAE. Subsequently, Mashat and the director general signed an agreement for Hajj arrangements.

In a press statement after the signing, Mashat stressed the Saudi government’s keenness to serve pilgrims.

The director general thanked the Saudi government and all those in charge of the Hajj system for their great efforts.

“We see excellence and advancement in the Hajj management system and by Saudi human cadres,” he said.

“We wish them all the best, and we in the UAE are part of this system and a partner in the service of pilgrims.”