Saudi Arabia’s SNAD program disburses SR90m to 4,700 beneficiaries

In this file photo, a Saudi couple sit on a bench overlooking the sea, in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. (AP)
Updated 11 July 2019

Saudi Arabia’s SNAD program disburses SR90m to 4,700 beneficiaries

  • The initiative aims to motivate youth to get married and ensure a stable social life

RIYADH: The SNAD Mohammed bin Salman program has announced the disbursement of more than SR90 million ($24 million) to 4,700 beneficiaries.

Since its launch, the program has disbursed more than SR300 million to more than 15,000 Saudis, as part of its aim to support newlyweds, promote knowledge and achieve sustainable social development.

As part of the program’s initiative to support newlyweds, applications are received via

Applicants’ data and conditions are verified on an ongoing basis in cooperation with government authorities.  

The initiative aims to motivate youth to get married and ensure a stable social life. The program envisages sustainable development through social cooperation that ensures a decent life for all citizens in line with the teachings of Islam. 




Al-Jubeir meets Chinese envoy in Riyadh

Updated 14 min 7 sec ago

Al-Jubeir meets Chinese envoy in Riyadh

RIYADH: Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir received Chinese ambassador to the Kingdom, Chen Weiqing, in Riyadh on Sunday.

During the meeting, they reviewed aspects of bilateral relations between the two friendly countries, in addition to a number of issues of common concern.

Recently, Weiqing said that Saudi Arabia’s new tourist visa will stimulate economic diversification and boost visitor numbers from around the world.

Almost 24,000 foreign visitors entered Saudi Arabia in the 10 days after instant tourist visas were introduced at airports in the Kingdom, according to the Foreign Ministry.

China topped the visitor numbers with 7,391 arrivals, followed by the UK and US. Canada, Malaysia and Russia also had a significant number of visitors to the Kingdom.

“China and Saudi Arabia are comprehensive strategic partners. We believe that tourism cooperation between our two countries has great potential, and Saudi Arabia will become an attractive destination for Chinese tourists in the near future.”

In February, Saudi Arabia and China agreed to include the Chinese language in the curriculum at all stages of education in schools and universities across the Kingdom. The agreement came during a meeting between Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and a high-level Chinese delegation in the capital Beijing, in a bid to strengthen bilateral friendship and cooperation and deepen the strategic partnership at all levels between both countries.