Saudi Arabia believes in ‘power of culture’ to produce change

Khalid Al-Rais
Updated 20 October 2019

Saudi Arabia believes in ‘power of culture’ to produce change

  • Khalid Al-Rais: Saudi Arabia pays great attention to culture and cultural legacy as a force for change and a pillar of its Vision 2030

NEW YORK: A diplomatic representative of Saudi Arabia to the UN highlighted his country’s efforts to support culture and sustainable development and exploit science, technology, innovation and developmental cooperation with medium-income countries. 
In a key speech at the Second Committee meeting held during the 74th UN General Assembly, Khalid Al-Rais, second secretary, who is also a member of Saudi Arabia’s permanent delegation to the UN, expressed the Kingdom’s support for the statement issued by the Palestinian delegation on behalf of the Group of 77 and China on the issue.
Al-Rais told his listeners that his country pays great attention to culture and cultural legacy as a force for change and a pillar of its Vision 2030.
He said the Kingdom strongly believes in the power of culture and cultural heritage to produce change, add new horizons in life’s different areas, especially the social and economic ones, and contribute to the advancement of civilization and achieve sustainable development.
The Kingdom also believes in the importance of preserving cultural and natural heritage to achieve peace and common endeavor with all countries to build a rich cultural future, in which different cultures and arts can flourish, he said. 


Saudi minister calls on worshippers to respect safety measures in mosques

Updated 28 May 2020

Saudi minister calls on worshippers to respect safety measures in mosques

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's minister of Islamic affairs called on Muslims to respect ongoing preventative measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) inside mosques as the Kingdom eases some restrictions.

Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Asheikh said worshipers should bring their own prayer mats, wear masks and wash their hands prior to coming to the mosque to ensure the safety of other worshippers. 

Al-Asheikh said preventative measures will remain in place to ensure a safe return of worshipers to mosques for Friday prayers from May 31 until June 20, except in Makkah. 

Worshippers must keep two meters apart and leave a row of space empty between each row, he said.

The minister said the elderly and children under 15 should continue to avoid going to the mosque. 

The instructions follow other announcements in the Kingdom relaxing aspects of the lockdown, including reducing curfews and allowing freer movement of people.