Saudi education minister backs Teachers’ Day

Saudi Minister of Education Dr. Hamad bin Mohammed Al-Asheikh. (SPA)
Updated 06 October 2019

Saudi education minister backs Teachers’ Day

  • Hamad Al-Asheikh: Dedicated teachers play a key role in preparing citizens to achieve their nation’s Vision 2030 and build a vital society, a prosperous economy and an ambitious nation

RIYADH: The world celebrates Teachers’ Day on Oct. 5 to acknowledge educators’ efforts in preparing future generations and in building civilization throughout history, according to Saudi Minister of Education Dr. Hamad bin Mohammed Al-Asheikh.
This year’s theme is “Young Teachers: The Future of the Profession.” It aims to attract the brightest minds to teaching and ensure the professionalization of the job, and to build an education system based on solid foundations.
In a speech to educators Al-Asheikh said: “Education is the sole key for states’ development and progress, which cannot be achieved without great and dedicated teachers.”     
He said: “Our goal is for education to become the profession of the future, produce change, reshape conceptions, build up the minds of the youth on the basis of moderation and develop the sense of patriotism and loyalty to the nation’s leadership. Dedicated teachers play a key role in preparing citizens to achieve their nation’s Vision 2030 and build a vital society, a prosperous economy and an ambitious nation. ”  
“On this special occasion, we would like to remind everyone of teachers’ role and dedication. Every one of us still remembers the name of at least one teacher who shaped somehow our education and ambitions. I am very proud of your efforts in translating our visions, strategies, plans and programs into reality inside the classrooms. 


Norwegian fish flying onto Saudi tables

Norway ambassador Oyvind Stokke
Updated 4 min 24 sec ago

Norwegian fish flying onto Saudi tables

  • Ambassador Oyvind Stokke: Worldwide seafood exports were an important part of Norway’s blue economy and the country was also contributing to a positive trend of healthier lunches and dinners among Saudis

RIYADH: Norwegian salmon sales to the Kingdom have risen to $27 million this year, a 50 percent increase from the previous year, the country’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia has said.
Oyvind Stokke said that Norway’s salmon producers had sold 3.33 tons of salmon to Saudi Arabia in 2019, up from 2.3 tons last year.
“The increase in value has an even greater effect, from $18 million in 2018 to $27 million so far in 2019. Now, the sales of other seafood products like mackerel, are increasing in Saudi Arabia and I am very happy to see this development,” the ambassador told Arab News.
Worldwide seafood exports were an important part of Norway’s blue economy and the country was also contributing to a positive trend of healthier lunches and dinners among Saudis, he added.
“There is a shift going on in people’s food and eating habits. In that respect I look forward to receiving two Norwegian business delegations in the coming weeks.”
The 38th International Agriculture, Aquaculture and Agro-Industry Show in Riyadh, which is being held from Oct. 21 to Oct. 24, is hosting Skretting, Smart Farm, Green Cap, Innovation Norway and other firms, the ambassador said.
Visitors to the Saudi Horeca Exhibition in Riyadh, which is being held from Nov. 26 to 28, can get to know brands and organizations such as Norsk Sjømat, Salmar, Sekkingstad, Ocean Quality, Coast Seafood, Hofseth International, Kulinarisk Akademi, Coldwater Prawns of Norway and the Norwegian Seafood Council.
“Our aim is to show Saudis how to prepare and cook seafood in new ways,” Stokke said. But while the seafood export sector is booming, the tourism industry has yet to take flight.
There were a small number of Saudi visitors to Norway compared to other European destinations, but that number was steadily increasing, the envoy said.
“So far this year, 40 percent more Schengen visas to Norway have been issued. I welcome all Saudis to Norway, tourists, businesspersons, students or researchers.”
He said that while Norway may seem far away and that its climate could be a challenge, its environment was pure, clean, fresh and healthy.
“Some Norwegian travel agencies and (representatives from) destinations will visit the Kingdom in the coming months to meet with representatives of the outbound Saudi tourism sector,” he said, adding that this cooperation would draw attention to new attractions and hidden gems awaiting Saudi travelers.