Deal signed for new US Embassy in Riyadh

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The agreement was signed by US Ambassador John Abizaid and Dr. Fahad Mushayt, CEO of the Diplomatic Quarter General Authority, overseen by Jeddah Gov. Prince Mishaal bin Majed bin Abdul Aziz. (Supplied)
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The agreement was signed by US Ambassador John Abizaid and Dr. Fahad Mushayt, CEO of the Diplomatic Quarter General Authority, overseen by Jeddah Gov. Prince Mishaal bin Majed bin Abdul Aziz. (Supplied)
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The agreement was signed by US Ambassador John Abizaid and Dr. Fahad Mushayt, CEO of the Diplomatic Quarter General Authority, overseen by Jeddah Gov. Prince Mishaal bin Majed bin Abdul Aziz. (Supplied)
Updated 15 November 2019

Deal signed for new US Embassy in Riyadh

  • The agreement was signed during the US Consulate’s celebration of the 243rd year of American independence at its new location in Jeddah’s Al-Muhammadiya district
  • Members of the American community, Saudi government officials and business leaders were in attendance

JEDDAH: The US Ambassador to Saudi Arabia John Abizaid, and the CEO of the Diplomatic Quarter General Authority Dr. Fahad Mushayt, signed on Wednesday an agreement for the purchase of land for the US Embassy’s new compound in Riyadh's Diplomatic Quarter.

The agreement was signed during the US Consulate’s celebration of the 243rd year of American independence at its new location in Jeddah’s Al-Muhammadiya district.

The agreement will allow the US State Department to divert resources toward the construction and design of the new embassy.

Hosted by Abizaid and Consul General Ryan Gliha, the celebration’s guest of honor was Jeddah Gov. Prince Mishaal bin Majed bin Abdul Aziz.

Members of the American community, Saudi government officials and business leaders were in attendance.

Since 1945, the US and Saudi Arabia “have stood together in the face of common threats, advanced prosperity and economic growth in both our countries and forged bonds of friendship through countless exchanges and joint endeavors,” Abizaid said.


Fifth Jeddah International Book Fair opened by Makkah governor

Updated 12 December 2019

Fifth Jeddah International Book Fair opened by Makkah governor

JEDDAH: Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, the governor of Makkah, officially opened the fifth edition of the Jeddah International Book Fair on Wednesday.

The prince toured the event, at which 400 publishing houses from 40 countries are taking part, and honored three renowned figures from the local literature and media scenes: Dr. Hashem Abdo Hashem, the former editor in chief of Okaz newspaper; writer Abdel Fattah Abu Madian; and writer Meshaal bin Muhammad Al-Sudairy.

Prince Mishaal bin Majed, the governor of Jeddah and chairman of the exhibition’s Higher Committee, thanked Price Khalid for his support of the fair since it was founded. He also expressed his gratitude to King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for their great support.

He added that the success of the event is the result of the hard work of a number of organizations. In particular, he wished the Ministry of Culture continued success in organizing the fair as part of its efforts to develop culture in the Kingdom as one of the pillars of Saudi Vision 2030.

Other VIP guests and dignitaries at the inauguration of the fair included Prince Badr bin Sultan, the deputy governor of Makkah; Prince Saud bin Abdullah, adviser to the governor of Makkah; and Prince Khalid bin Mishaal, deputy governor of Jeddah.

The book fair continues at Land of Events in South Abhur until Dec. 21.