King Salman to give Iraq $1bn to build sports city in the country

Saudi Arabia played against Iraq in 2018 to mark the return of football on Iraqi soil. King Salman has given the country $1 billion to build a sports city. (AP)
Updated 03 April 2019

King Salman to give Iraq $1bn to build sports city in the country

  • The announcement of the pledge came as senior Saudi ministers traveled to Baghdad on Wednesday
  • Both countries have been forging closer ties in recent months

LONDON: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman is giving Iraq $1 billion to build a sports city, Al-Ekhbariya news channel said on Wednesday, citing the Kingdom’s commerce and investment minister Majid bin Abdullah Al-Qassabi.
Both countries have been forging closer ties in recent months as part of an effort to stem the growing regional influence of Iran, while Iraq is seeking economic benefits from building stronger ties with the Kingdom.
The announcement of the pledge came as senior Saudi ministers traveled to Baghdad on Wednesday for meetings with Iraqi officials on trade and investment.
Al-Qassabi led the delegation for the second meeting of the Saudi-Iraqi Coordination Council.
At the meeting, the Saudi delegation was to meet with Iraqi President Barham Salih, Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi and Iraq Parliament Speaker Mohamed Halbousi.
The Saudi government delegation included Minister of Culture Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan, Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture, Abdulrahman Al-Fadhli and Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih.
The meetings were aimed at “exploring ways to develop trade activity and discuss investment opportunities,” it was reported.


Saudi Arabia health care summit to accelerate global COVID-19 fight

Updated 03 August 2020

Saudi Arabia health care summit to accelerate global COVID-19 fight

  • Representatives from the World Health Organization, UK National Health Service, IBM and many other industry leaders to speak at online event.
  • The ‘Riyadh Declaration’ will provide a roadmap for using digital innovations to fight this pandemic and those of the future.

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia will this month host one of the world’s largest health care summits that aims to unite global efforts against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The event will bring together health care leaders and innovators from across the world to foster new collaborations and discuss the vital role of digital health in fighting pandemics.

Taking place online on Aug. 11-12, the Riyadh Global Digital Health Summit (RGDHS) will host directors from the World Health Organization and the UK’s National Health Service, IBM’s chief health officer, and Australia’s deputy chief medical officer.

The event’s flagship talk will be hosted by the Kingdom’s Minister of Health Dr. Tawfig Al-Rabiah, and will introduce the “Riyadh Declaration” — a roadmap for accelerating digital health innovations to fight the current and future pandemics.

Dr. Bandar Al-Knawy, president of the RGDHS, said the event was far more than a health care conference.

“It is a global digital platform bringing together people who have the ability to work collaboratively to accelerate our response to the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.

“Health care professionals must now seize this opportunity to build on previous strides forward in digital health.”