Dhahran conference to outline new vision for Arab world

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The annual FIKR 17 conference begins on Monday at the King Abdul Aziz Center for World Culture (Ithra). (AN Photo)
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The annual FIKR 17 conference begins on Monday at the King Abdul Aziz Center for World Culture (Ithra). (Supplied)
Updated 03 December 2019

Dhahran conference to outline new vision for Arab world

  • The Arab Thought Foundation has organized the four-day event

DHAHRAN: The annual FIKR 17 conference begins on Monday at the King Abdul Aziz Center for World Culture (Ithra). 

The Arab Thought Foundation has organized the four-day event in collaboration with Ithra in Dhahran. The theme of this year’s conference is “Outlining a New Arab Vision.”  Around 60 leading literary figures and decision-makers are scheduled to attend the event. 

Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, who is also the chairman of the Arab Thought Foundation, Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit and Prof. Henry Uwait, the foundation’s director, will also attend the conference. 

The foundation aims to invite leading thinkers to come up with innovative solutions to social issues and to enrich Arab thought in light of the modern global challenges. 

Ithra Director Fatmah Al-Rashid explained that Ithra’s participation in the conference is in line with its vision to develop innovation in the fields of literature and culture. Al-Rashid also emphasized that Ithra promotes the importance of meaningful dialogue and an exchange of ideas.


Saudi embassy in China urges citizens to leave amid coronavirus outbreak

Updated 13 min 40 sec ago

Saudi embassy in China urges citizens to leave amid coronavirus outbreak

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s embassy in China on Sunday urged its citizens to leave the country for their safety amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The embassy issued a statement also urging its citizens to avoid visiting China, whether it be for business or tourism purposes.

The coronavirus outbreak that began in the central Chinese city of Wuhan has killed 56 people in China and infected more than 2,000 globally, most of them in China.

The statement also called on Saudi residents and visitors in China to “remain in their residences, be careful and adhere to the preventive and health and safety measures until their opted departure.”

The virus has caused alarm because it is still too early to know how dangerous it is and how easily it spreads between people.

Like many countries, Saudi Arabia has started screening travelers arriving in the Kingdom from China. No cases have yet been recorded in Saudi Arabia.