KSrelief, UN officials discuss plans to renovate schools for Syrian refugees in Jordan

A team from the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center, the Director of the UN Development Program (UNDP) in Jordan Sarah Oliva, and UNDP’s Deputy Country Director Majda Al-Assaf discussed ways to restore schools in the Zaatari camp for Syrian refugees in Jordan. (SPA)
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A team from the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center, the Director of the UN Development Program (UNDP) in Jordan Sarah Oliva, and UNDP’s Deputy Country Director Majda Al-Assaf discussed ways to restore schools in the Zaatari camp for Syrian refugees in Jordan. (SPA)
A team from the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center, the Director of the UN Development Program (UNDP) in Jordan Sarah Oliva, and UNDP’s Deputy Country Director Majda Al-Assaf discussed ways to restore schools in the Zaatari camp for Syrian refugees in Jordan. (SPA)
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A team from the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center, the Director of the UN Development Program (UNDP) in Jordan Sarah Oliva, and UNDP’s Deputy Country Director Majda Al-Assaf discussed ways to restore schools in the Zaatari camp for Syrian refugees in Jordan. (SPA)
King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center provides humanitarian aid and assistance to Syrian refugees affected by a fire on Sunday at the Hanin Al-Minya camp in northern Lebanon. (SPA)
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King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center provides humanitarian aid and assistance to Syrian refugees affected by a fire on Sunday at the Hanin Al-Minya camp in northern Lebanon. (SPA)
King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center provides humanitarian aid and assistance to Syrian refugees affected by a fire on Sunday at the Hanin Al-Minya camp in northern Lebanon. (SPA)
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King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center provides humanitarian aid and assistance to Syrian refugees affected by a fire on Sunday at the Hanin Al-Minya camp in northern Lebanon. (SPA)
King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center provides humanitarian aid and assistance to Syrian refugees affected by a fire on Sunday at the Hanin Al-Minya camp in northern Lebanon. (SPA)
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King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center provides humanitarian aid and assistance to Syrian refugees affected by a fire on Sunday at the Hanin Al-Minya camp in northern Lebanon. (SPA)
King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center provides humanitarian aid and assistance to Syrian refugees affected by a fire on Sunday at the Hanin Al-Minya camp in northern Lebanon. (SPA)
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King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center provides humanitarian aid and assistance to Syrian refugees affected by a fire on Sunday at the Hanin Al-Minya camp in northern Lebanon. (SPA)
King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center provides humanitarian aid and assistance to Syrian refugees affected by a fire on Sunday at the Hanin Al-Minya camp in northern Lebanon. (Twitter/@KSRelief)
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King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center provides humanitarian aid and assistance to Syrian refugees affected by a fire on Sunday at the Hanin Al-Minya camp in northern Lebanon. (Twitter/@KSRelief)
King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center provides humanitarian aid and assistance to Syrian refugees affected by a fire on Sunday at the Hanin Al-Minya camp in northern Lebanon. (Twitter/@KSRelief)
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King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center provides humanitarian aid and assistance to Syrian refugees affected by a fire on Sunday at the Hanin Al-Minya camp in northern Lebanon. (Twitter/@KSRelief)
King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center provides humanitarian aid and assistance to Syrian refugees affected by a fire on Sunday at the Hanin Al-Minya camp in northern Lebanon. (Twitter/@KSRelief)
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King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center provides humanitarian aid and assistance to Syrian refugees affected by a fire on Sunday at the Hanin Al-Minya camp in northern Lebanon. (Twitter/@KSRelief)
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KSrelief, UN officials discuss plans to renovate schools for Syrian refugees in Jordan

KSrelief, UN officials discuss plans to renovate schools for Syrian refugees in Jordan
  • Saudi charitable organization also sends emergency aid to Syrians affected by fire in camp in Lebanon on Sunday

RIYADH: A team from Saudi Arabia’s King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) has discussed with UN officials plans to renovate schools in the Zaatari camp for Syrian refugees in Jordan.
The talks on Monday — with Sarah Oliva, director of the UN Development Program (UNDP) in Jordan, and Majda Al-Assaf, the UNDP’s deputy country director — are part of a cooperative effort to provide humanitarian aid for Syrian refugees in the country, support education and meet the needs of Syrian students, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
Meanwhile, KSrelief is also helping Syrian refugees affected by a fire on Sunday at the Hanin Al-Minya camp in northern Lebanon. Three people were injured in the blaze, which broke out after a dispute between Lebanese and Syrian workers. In addition to food, the center sent other essential aid for families, including tents, winter supplies and blankets.
KSrelief said the initiative is part of a commitment by the Kingdom, represented by the center, to provide humanitarian aid to Syrian refugees.


Saudi crown prince launches 50bn riyal strategy to turn Asir into global tourism hub

Saudi crown prince launches 50bn riyal strategy to turn Asir into global tourism hub
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Saudi crown prince launches 50bn riyal strategy to turn Asir into global tourism hub

Saudi crown prince launches 50bn riyal strategy to turn Asir into global tourism hub
  • The strategy for Saudi Arabia's “The Arabian Highlands" will seek foreign and domestic investment
  • Aims to make the region a year-round destination

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has launched a 50 billion riyal ($13 billion) tourism strategy for Asir that aims to attract more than 10 million visitors from inside and outside the Kingdom by 2030.

The plan for the region, under the theme “The Arabian Highland,” aims to be a “comprehensive and unprecedented development renaissance for the region, by pumping 50 billion riyals through various investments,” Saudi Press Agency reported on Tuesday.

The investments include financing projects and developing tourist attractions on the peaks of Asir’s mountains to turn the province into a year-round destination.

The projects will rely on the area’s cultural and natural strengths that combine “authenticity and modernity,” and help advance social and economic growth in the region.

The crown prince, who is also chairman of the Council of Economic and Development Affairs, said the strategy aims to exploit the huge tourism potential in the region including the geographical and natural diversity, and rich culture and heritage.

The strategy seeks to attract local and foreign investments and help make tourism and culture major drivers of Asir’s economic development.

It will help provide new job opportunities, raise the quality of life, and upgrade basic services and infrastructure in the region.

Asir’s governor Prince Turki bin Talal bin Abdulaziz thanked the crown prince for his “continuous support and generous care for the Asir region and its people.”


Exhibition displays key expansions at the Makkah Grand Mosque

Exhibition displays key expansions at the Makkah Grand Mosque
Updated 28 September 2021

Exhibition displays key expansions at the Makkah Grand Mosque

Exhibition displays key expansions at the Makkah Grand Mosque

MAKKAH: President General for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques Sheikh Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Sudais inaugurated the Field and Digital Saudi Expansions at the Grand Mosque Exhibition.

Al-Sudais said that the exhibition showcases the most prominent Saudi projects and expansions at the Grand Mosque. The exhibition also aims to enrich visitors’ experience and highlight the efforts of the Saudi leadership in this regard.


Saudi talent foundation awards 3,000 scholarships to youth

Saudi talent foundation awards 3,000 scholarships to youth
Updated 28 September 2021

Saudi talent foundation awards 3,000 scholarships to youth

Saudi talent foundation awards 3,000 scholarships to youth
  • The average time spent training and following up with students reached 7,000 hours for some students

JEDDAH: Three thousand scholarships were granted to students by King Abdulaziz and his Companions Foundation for Giftedness and Creativity (Mawhiba) during the foundation’s three-day Saudi National Day celebrations.
The educational and training scholarships covering various scientific fields are part of Mawhiba’s three-day photography exhibition, “A home for every talent ... a story for every passion,” held under the auspices of Dr. Saud bin Saeed Al-Mutahmi, secretary-general of the foundation, at Granada Mall in Riyadh.
Mawhiba students in the Kingdom who have undergone training programs have achieved significant international achievements: 453 international awards in scientific competitions and 83 awards at the International Science and Engineering Fair, the most important scientific competition in the world.
In cooperation with the Ministry of Education, students were granted scholarships after completing their training. The average time spent training and following up with students, from discovering their talent to their participation at an international level, has reached 7,000 hours for some students.
“The exhibition, which has witnessed a high turnout of visitors from different segments of society, chose to replace regular gifts and prizes by gifting participants opportunities to improve their future, raise the quality of their lives and work with them to discover, develop and guide their children’s talents properly,” Mawhiba said in an official statement.
The 91-picture exhibition followed the journey of some of the Kingdom’s talents, starting with scouting them to winning awards and the empowerment of talented students in institutions across
Saudi Arabia.
The Mawhiba exhibition was divided into three parts. The first is a photo exhibition for students who have won local and international competitions.
The second is an interactive theater with general competitions, various questions, and free scientific scholarships. The third included the “I am a talent” event for children, featuring activities on creative thinking skills, a drawing competition about the Kingdom, and documentaries by Mawhiba and its programs.


Who’s Who: Dr. Mansour bin Abdullah Al-Zamil, secretary of the King Fahd National Library in Riyadh

Who’s Who: Dr. Mansour bin Abdullah Al-Zamil, secretary of the King Fahd National Library in Riyadh
Updated 28 September 2021

Who’s Who: Dr. Mansour bin Abdullah Al-Zamil, secretary of the King Fahd National Library in Riyadh

Who’s Who: Dr. Mansour bin Abdullah Al-Zamil, secretary of the King Fahd National Library in Riyadh

Dr. Mansour bin Abdullah Al-Zamil was recently appointed as secretary of the King Fahd National Library in Riyadh following Culture Minister Prince Badr bin Abdullah’s decision.

Al-Zamil is the former supervisor of the Deanship of Library Affairs at King Saudi University in Riyadh, where he worked for the past 20 years.

He joined King Saudi University in 2008 as an associate professor at the Department of Library and Information Sciences. He was promoted to associate professor in 2011 and then to professor in 2018.

Prior to that, Al-Zamil worked at the King Faisal Air Academy in Riyadh, where he served as an associate professor between 2002 and 2008 and lecturer between 1991 and 1999.

Al-Zamil received his bachelor’s degree with a second-class honors in library and information studies from the Department of Literature at King Saud University. After that, he moved to the US to complete his higher education in library and information studies. He earned his master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and his Ph.D. from the Public University of Florida. He participated in various regional and international conferences. His research interests include e-government, digital libraries, e-learning and distance learning, and research methodologies in the libraries and information field.

He is a member of several scientific and academic societies, including the Saudi Library and Information Association, the Saudi Computer Society, and the Beta Phi Mu International Honor Society for library and information studies.

The King Fahd National Library in Riyadh is one of the most prestigious libraries in Saudi Arabia. It was established as a monument on the occasion of King Fahd bin Abdulaziz ascending to the throne in 1982.

The library is one of the most important cultural buildings in Saudi Arabia and an architectural masterpiece. It was designed by Professor Eckhard Gerber and his Gerber Architekten team in cooperation with the Riyadh Municipality, which provided the land and technical, architectural, and administrative supervision.


Makkah’s museums open their doors again to visitors for a cultural journey

Makkah’s museums open their doors again to visitors for a cultural journey
Updated 28 September 2021

Makkah’s museums open their doors again to visitors for a cultural journey

Makkah’s museums open their doors again to visitors for a cultural journey
  • They show how people of the city shaped a wealth of human knowledge through various epochs

MAKKAH: Ten museums in Makkah have opened their doors to showcase Makkah’s unique identity throughout history.

The museums house some of the rarest artifacts, illustrations, and collections that reveal the human experiences of the city.

They show how the people of Makkah managed to shape a wealth of human knowledge through various epochs and the progress made after the prophecy and its noble teachings came into existence.

The museums also contribute to raising cultural and humanitarian awareness with all their cognitive messages and elaboration of the life of fathers and grandfathers.

The Culture Ministry’s Museums Commission told Arab News that it is giving Al-Zaher Palace Museum special attention, hoping to reopen the museum to visitors as soon as possible after it was closed due to the pandemic.

The director of the Makkah History Center, Dr. Fawwaz Al-Dahhas, told Arab News that the museums have put in extraordinary efforts to further the Islamic, civilizational and cultural heritage of the city. 

The museums include Byzantine and Roman coins of all kinds and the Islamic dinar, silver, and gold used during the Umayyad era.

He added: “It’s best that the efforts are united under the auspices of one national museum called ‘Makkah throughout history,’ where visitors can expand what they needed to know about Makkah.” 

Al-Dahhas said that developing the Al-Saqaf Palace in the Maabad neighborhood would combine heritage and culture through its restoration. Once completed, it will become an Islamic museum.

In his book “The Presidential Palace in Maabad,” Al-Dahhas described the surface area of the palace and its rooms still have their original furnishings and design.

Saad Al-Sharif, a researcher in Makkah’s history, said museums are essential to educate societies and advance science and evolution. “A student can leave a museum knowing that they would like to become a scientist, a leader, a musician or a writer,” he said.

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The Two Holy Mosques Architecture Exhibition is one of the most prominent museums in Saudi Arabia and is home to treasures and artifacts dating back more than 1,400 years. Opened in 2000 during the reign of the late King Fahd, it contains seven main halls highlighting Islamic civilization.

“Our society’s knowledge must be consolidated and presented through the museums to form a harmonious cultural structure. Some museums teach what the classrooms students do not teach,” Al-Sharif added.

The researcher said tourists always look for museums in new countries as “we believe them to be the true wealth of any people; ancient collections in those museums constitute an important source for society, as well as economic, social and cultural support, as they provide a rich and different experience for visitors, and express a person’s identity, existence and depth and authenticity of their culture.”

Al-Sharif said that Saudi museums inspire delight and that they illustrate a history they could only learn about through museums and their evidence, tools, places, and names.

Majdouh Al-Ghamdi, owner of the Museum of Human Heritage, said that Makkah’s museums complement each other and exhibit their rare heritage artifacts for all visitors.

Its exhibits include household appliances used in Makkah before electricity was introduced, a section on Saudi tribes, and displays on the role of the city’s residents in serving pilgrims and the history of the ancient Madrasah Al-Sawlatiyah, one of the oldest schools in the Arabian Peninsula.

It also includes Byzantine and Roman coins of all kinds and the Islamic dinar, silver, and gold used during the Umayyad era. Visitors will also discover weapons such as cannons, knives, daggers, swords and guns.

Al-Ghamdi said that museums offer full knowledge and satisfy people looking to feel passion about heritage. They feel content in the historical depth and wealth of Makkah in particular, he added. He said that all those museums seek to occasionally develop their exhibits by buying rare stamps, newspapers, maps, coins, rifles, swords, old household items, spears, and traditional clothes.