Taif voluntary body puts Ramadan plans in place

The association’s work contributes to the Saudi Vision 2030 reform plan, which aims to recruit a million volunteers by 2030. (SPA)
Updated 06 May 2019

Taif voluntary body puts Ramadan plans in place

  • The association’s work contributes to the Saudi Vision 2030 reform plan, which aims to recruit a million volunteers by 2030

TAIF: The Voluntary Work Association in Taif has put its Ramadan plans in place, the Saudi Press Agency reported, including the distribution of food baskets and organizing iftar events.
The association has carried out more than 55 activities since its founding last year and was set up to foster the spirit of volunteering “Since its inception a year ago, the association has accomplished much and carried out more than 55 programs and events in all departments and sections, including charity, community and organizational programs,” said Jamal Al-Rabihi, the association’s president.
“The association has proven itself as a successful and effective partner in all the grand events it has engaged with, such as the ceremonies of National Day, the Souq Okaz Festival, the Flower Festival, Ramadan and other important occasions in our country.” Al-Rabihi said the association was a voluntary and non-profit organization that aimed to promote and develop the concept of voluntary work, as well as nurture a love of volunteering in the hearts of men and women, to serve the nation and Islam.
The association’s work also contributes to the Saudi Vision 2030 reform plan, which aims to recruit a million volunteers by 2030.
The association has different departments, including specialist ones such as medical affairs, sports, culture and media. Men and women form the teams and there are more than 40 teams working across different fields and specializations.
Fatima Al-Juaied, from the events and programs department, highlighted some of the association’s most important achievements.
“One of the association’s most important charity programs is the longest iftar table, measuring 1,600 meters in length, for those fasting on behalf of servicemen killed in the line of duty.
There is also a program through which the association provided high-end buses for those who cannot perform Umrah due to various circumstances.” Some of the most important community programs were those with a patriotic flavor, such as National Day celebrations, she added.
There were more than 1,000 volunteers at the Taif Flower Festival, she said, and the association carried out more than 17 programs in 10 days, including managing crowds at different exhibitions.


Saudi minister hails ‘special relationship’ with Japan

Updated 22 October 2019

Saudi minister hails ‘special relationship’ with Japan

  • “We share common values,” said Majid Al-Qasabi

TOKYO: Saudi Arabia has a “special relationship” with Japan, which is “reliable strategic partner and friend” of the Kingdom, the Saudi Minister for Commerce and Investment Majid Al-Qasabi said on Monday.

The minister was speaking at the launch in Tokyo of the Japanese-language online edition of Arab News, in the latest stage of its global expansion. The event came on the eve of Tuesday’s ceremonial enthronement of Emperor Naruhito in the Japanese capital. “This is a great opportunity, a moment in history,” Al-Qasabi said.

The news website, published in Japanese and English, will focus on enabling the exchange of information between Japan and the Arab world in business, current affairs, and arts and culture. “It will be good to have news in Japanese so many Japanese can read about the Arab world,” Japan’s Defense Minister Taro Kono said at the launch.

Common values

“We share common values, we have a high respect for the elders and we think that the family is very important … to me we are friends and I think we need to work together.

“In order to do that we need to know what people in the Middle East are actually thinking, what is happening on a daily basis, and we haven’t got the source for that — but now Arab News is in Japan.

“This is a very good means to exchange information between the Middle East and Japan, so I am very much looking forward to it.”