Saudi Arabia restores full diplomatic relations with Qatar

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan holds a press conference at the end of the 41st Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit, in the city of AlUla in northwestern Saudi Arabia on Jan. 5, 2021. (AFP)
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Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan holds a press conference at the end of the 41st Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit, in the city of AlUla in northwestern Saudi Arabia on Jan. 5, 2021. (AFP)
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan (R) and Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council Nayef Al-Hajraf hold a press conference at the end of the GCC’s 41st summit, in the city of AlUla in northwestern Saudi Arabia on Jan. 5, 2021. (AFP)
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Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan (R) and Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council Nayef Al-Hajraf hold a press conference at the end of the GCC’s 41st summit, in the city of AlUla in northwestern Saudi Arabia on Jan. 5, 2021. (AFP)
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan (R) and Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council Nayef Al-Hajraf hold a press conference at the end of the GCC’s 41st summit, in the city of AlUla in northwestern Saudi Arabia on Jan. 5, 2021. (AFP)
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Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan (R) and Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council Nayef Al-Hajraf hold a press conference at the end of the GCC’s 41st summit, in the city of AlUla in northwestern Saudi Arabia on Jan. 5, 2021. (AFP)
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan (R) and Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council Nayef Al-Hajraf hold a press conference at the end of the GCC’s 41st summit, in the city of AlUla in northwestern Saudi Arabia on Jan. 5, 2021. (AFP)
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Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan (R) and Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council Nayef Al-Hajraf hold a press conference at the end of the GCC’s 41st summit, in the city of AlUla in northwestern Saudi Arabia on Jan. 5, 2021. (AFP)
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Updated 06 January 2021

Saudi Arabia restores full diplomatic relations with Qatar

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan (R) and Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council Nayef Al-Hajraf hold a press conference at the end of the GCC’s 41st summit, in the city of AlUla in northwestern Saudi Arabia on Jan. 5, 2021. (AFP)
  • Saudi FM ‘extremely pleased’ all outstanding issues with Qatar will return to normal
  • AlUla declaration emphasized need to combat entities that threaten Gulf security

ALULA: Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt have restored full diplomatic relations with Qatar, the Kingdom’s foreign minister said Tuesday, marking the end of a three-year dispute. 
“What happened today is... the turning of the page on all points of difference and a full return of diplomatic relations,” Prince Faisal bin Farhan told a press conference at the conclusion of the 41st GCC summit in the city of AlUla, northwestern Saudi Arabia.
Leaders from the six GCC states signed two documents, the AlUla Declaration and a final communique.
Prince Faisal said the AlUla Declaration emphasized the need to combat entities that threaten the security of Gulf nations, adding that “this summit sends a message to the whole world that no matter how much disagreement is in the same house, wisdom is able to overcome all this and move the region to safety.”
The final communique called for strengthening cooperation in combating terrorist entities, and an emphasis on the GCC countries standing united, he said.
The statement affirmed the solidarity of the Gulf states regarding any direct or indirect interference in their internal affairs,” and members agreed that no country’s sovereignty be violated or its security targeted,” Prince Faisal added.
The AlUla summit resulted in “turning the page on the past and looking forward to a future dominated by cooperation and respect in a way that preserves the security and stability of states.”
GCC Secretary-General Nayef Al-Hajraf said Gulf states usually overcome all challenges with strength and determination.
The AlUla Declaration, he said, emphasized the GCC’s goals and strengthened the bonds of friendship and brotherhood among the member states.
Earlier, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met separately with Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim on the sidelines of the summit, after the pair embraced at the airport.
Al-Hajraf said Egypt’s signing of the AlUla declaration strengthens the fraternal relations between Cairo and the GCC countries.
The United States welcomed the outcomes of the summit and the declaration, saying it “marks a positive step toward restoring Gulf and Arab unity.
“We have long stressed that a truly united Gulf will bring added prosperity through the free flow of goods and services and more security to its people. We welcome the pledge today to restore cooperation in military, economic, health, counter-corruption, and cultural initiatives,” the State Department said in a statement.

The US also thanked Kuwait for its mediation efforts and said that it hopes Gulf countries would continue to reconcile their differences. 
“Restoring full diplomatic relations is imperative for all parties in the region to unite against common threats. We are stronger when we stand together,” the statement added.
Meanwhile, Al-Hajraf said that the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic confirmed the need for Gulf cooperation and coordination. He said Gulf countries had dealt with the repercussions of COVID-19 with “economic firmness.”
The AlUla Declaration called for completing the requirements of the Gulf Customs Union and the Common Market, and achieving full economic citizenship, including enabling citizens of GCC countries freedom to work, move and invest throughout the union, and have equal access to education and health care.
It also called for building the Gulf railway network, a food and water security system.
Earlier on Tuesday, Crown Prince Mohammed said Gulf states had inked an agreement that affirms “our Gulf, Arab and Islamic solidarity and stability.”
Saudi Deputy Defense Minister Prince Khalid bin Salman said the summit and the AlUla Declaration “established a new phase in which we work together toward a bright tomorrow for our region and face all its challenges.”
He said in a tweet that “we are one people led by brothers whose primary concern is the stability, prosperity and prosperity of their homelands.”
Later on Tuesday, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman received a phone call from Kuwait’s Emir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah who said the AlUla summit would result in “stronger Gulf and Arab unity and cohesion.”
King Salman also received a letter from Oman’s Sultan Haitham on the strong relations between their two countries.
(With AFP)


Saudi fashions ‘tell the world a story’

Saudi fashions ‘tell the world a story’
Those who watched the Saudi Cup horse race coverage would have noticed that many racegoers, including foreigners living in the Kingdom, donned eye-catching pieces from the Kingdom’s regions. (Supplied)
Updated 28 February 2021

Saudi fashions ‘tell the world a story’

Saudi fashions ‘tell the world a story’
  • Eye-catching traditional pieces that women wear on key occasions highlight the Kingdom’s diverse heritage

MAKKAH: With Saudi Arabia’s diverse and colorful cultural traditions, fashion serves as a medium where foreigners and citizens can meet.
Fashion has always been an important part of how people define themselves and others, and Saudi Arabia’s traditional clothing is no different.
Those who watched the Saudi Cup horse race coverage would have noticed that many racegoers, including foreigners living in the Kingdom, donned eye-catching pieces from the Kingdom’s regions, while others made sure they showed off traditional fashion items.
For almost 12 years, Brandi Janow has made Saudi Arabia her home. Janow, who calls herself an “American Saudi,” caught the eye of photographers at the Saudi Cup with her striking red hair and gold coin headpiece while wearing a farwa (heavy overcoat) featuring a Sadu piece, or traditional embroidery of the region, on her coat lapels.
Janow told Arab News that she felt welcome and comfortable since moving to the Kingdom, and dressed according to the traditions of the land.
“The fashion scene was remarkable at the Saudi Cup. I am going to dub it the ‘Met Gala’ of Saudi Arabia in future. Saudi Arabia has such an old fashion heritage, so it was wonderful to be able to take a trip through history and to tell the world a story,” she said.

Saudi Arabia has changed immensely since 2009, and that is something I have appreciated witnessing.

Brandi Janow

“As a history lover, this is probably one of the best places that I can be to see so many remarkable sights with my own eyes,” she added.
Celebrating Saudi Arabia’s heritage, fashionable guests appeared in pieces that highlighted the Kingdom’s diverse heritage, including intricately embroidered daglahs for men and the heavily embellished zaboon worn by the women of Hijaz.
Janow calls Saudi Arabia her home and is “happy my journey brought me here.”

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• For almost 12 years, Brandi Janow has made Saudi Arabia her home. Janow, who calls herself an ‘American Saudi,’ caught the eye of photographers at the Saudi Cup with her striking red hair and gold coin headpiece while wearing a farwa (heavy overcoat) featuring a Sadu piece, or traditional embroidery of the region, on her coat lapels. 

• Janow told Arab News that she felt welcome and comfortable since moving to the Kingdom, and dressed according to the traditions of the land. She calls Saudi Arabia her home and is ‘happy my journey brought me here.’

The private sector worker is also the program director for art, culture, media and entertainment at the American Chamber of Commerce in the Kingdom and also manages Smuug, a small business where she designs and sells products based on her illustrations.
“Before I came to Saudi Arabia I had never traveled outside North America, so I was quite excited to see a new place. I cannot say that I ever experienced culture shock, but I was in awe of how different the country was from my own. It is really beautiful how big the world is, and how different (and the same) we all are,” she said.
“Saudi Arabia has changed immensely since 2009, and that is something I have appreciated witnessing. I really think that humanity cannot prosper without change, growth and evolution.
“This is the natural way of life. As someone who works in the creative industry, it has been such a pleasure to watch the blossoming of talent,” said Janow.


Creative touch adds a little color to Jeddah’s corniche

Creative touch adds a little color to Jeddah’s corniche
The Colorful Corniche initiative will extend over the central island of the southern corniche for 4,500 meters and is due to be carried out in eight phases. (Social media)
Updated 28 February 2021

Creative touch adds a little color to Jeddah’s corniche

Creative touch adds a little color to Jeddah’s corniche
  • The event seeks to improve the appearance of main squares and meeting spots throughout the governorate in line with Vision 2030

JEDDAH: Citizens and creatives of Jeddah have come together for the Colorful Corniche initiative, painting roadways, walkways and squares to beautify the city.
The event, coordinated by the charity organization Oyoun Jeddah alongside Jeddah municipality, seeks to improve the appearance of main squares and meeting spots throughout the governorate in line with Vision 2030.
Prince Saud bin Abdullah bin Jalawi, adviser to the governor of the Makkah region, took part in the launch, while also overseeing mock-up paint trials carried out earlier.
Jeddah’s mayor, Saleh Al-Turki, inaugurated the event on Friday, saying that the collaboration between Oyoun Jeddah and the municipality, as well as government and private entities, will encourage the growth of the urban environment.
The corniche makeover has been praised by passers-by.

This is such a great initiative because it will turn this beach area where people hang out, have a picnic or work out into something vibrant and full of life, while encouraging creativity and showing the country’s support for art.

Nourah Al-Nahi

“I was having my lunch break at the corniche yesterday and I wish this had been implemented then so I could have seen it,” said executive assistant Nourah Al-Nahi, 29.
Al-Nahi said she often stopped by the corniche to sit and reflect.
“This is such a great initiative because it will turn this beach area where people hang out, have a picnic or work out into something vibrant and full of life, while encouraging creativity and showing the country’s support for art,” she added.
University student Jana Abdullah, 19, said that the urban makeover will encourage her to take more walks at the corniche.

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The aim is to highlight urban design, and integrate art and architecture in the urban landscape, raising cultural awareness by improving access to contemporary work in daily life.

“I don’t go to the corniche often because of the crowds, but this makes me want to go early on weekends for a quick jog or fast walk.”
Abdullah believes this initiative will add life to the austere asphalt and stone setting of the walkway, and will appeal to both adults and children.
“It also represents the country’s interest in art and its desire to revitalize it and encourage those pursuing it,” she added.
The Colorful Corniche initiative will extend over the central island of the southern corniche for 4,500 meters and is due to be carried out in eight phases.
The aim is to highlight urban design, and integrate art and architecture in the urban landscape, raising cultural awareness by improving access to contemporary work in daily life.


Who’s Who: May Mohammed Al-Rashed, College of Nursing dean at King Saud University

Who’s Who: May Mohammed Al-Rashed, College of Nursing dean at King Saud University
Updated 27 February 2021

Who’s Who: May Mohammed Al-Rashed, College of Nursing dean at King Saud University

Who’s Who: May Mohammed Al-Rashed, College of Nursing dean at King Saud University

The service of May Mohammed Al-Rashed, who has been dean of the College of Nursing at King Saud University (KSU) since 2018, was recently extended for two more years.

Al-Rashed received a bachelor’s degree in clinical laboratory sciences from the College of Applied Medical Sciences (CAMS) in 1996 from KSU.

Six years later, she was awarded a master’s degree in clinical laboratory sciences, majoring in biochemistry, from the same college.

In 2014, she obtained her Ph.D. in molecular genetics from University College London (UCL), UK.

Al-Rashed has served as deputy of the clinical laboratory sciences department at CAMS. She has also been an assistant professor at the clinical laboratory sciences department in CAMS. From 2008 to 2009, she was the deputy of the dental health department at CAMS.

Prior to that, Al-Rashed worked as a lecturer in the clinical laboratory sciences department at CAMS, where she taught clinical biochemistry, the inborn error of metabolism, clinical enzymology, scientific writing and research methodology, from 2002 to 208.

For five years beginning in 1997, she served as a medical technologist in the clinical laboratory sciences department at CAMS; teaching practical laboratory skills and techniques, preparing reagents and design experiments for basic and advanced biochemistry courses.

Between 1996 and 1997, she served her internship at the Riyadh-based King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center (KFSH&RC).

She is an expert in molecular genetics techniques including DNA extraction, PCR, cloning, DNA sequencing, homozygosity mapping and next-generation sequencing.


KSU and Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property sign exchange deal

KSU and Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property sign exchange deal
Updated 27 February 2021

KSU and Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property sign exchange deal

KSU and Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property sign exchange deal

RIYADH: King Saud University (KSU) and the Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property (SAIP) have signed a memorandum of cooperation and mutual understanding to support the academic alliance to carry out research and development in the fields of intellectual property, information management, and data exchange so that the research serves as the reference and legal umbrella for all future projects the two parties seek to implement, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported on Saturday.

The MoC was co-signed by KSU President Dr. Badran bin Abdulrahman Al-Omar and SAIP CEO Dr. Abdulaziz bin Mohammed Al-Suwailem.

The signing of the MoC comes based on the principle of joint and continuous cooperation between KSU and the government sector in the Kingdom. This move also reflects belief in the importance of intellectual property rights for enabling universities and scientific research institutions to protect and enforce these rights.

Under this MoC, the two parties will cooperate in studies and research specialized in intellectual property policies and systems in accordance with the best practices and regional and global methodologies, the scientific and practical applications of the results of these studies, exchanging advice and experiences in the field of emerging technologies and the applications of digital environment and artificial intelligence, training and developing human resources in this promising field, and contributing to the investment in and the employment of intellectual property rights to achieve economic and social development in the Kingdom.

In addition, the two parties, under the MoC, will prepare and design academic and training curricula in the fields of intellectual property in order to enrich the local and Arab knowledge content on intellectual property issues.

KSU is a local and regional pioneer in the field of intellectual property rights, in general, and patents, in particular, owing to the role of the Entrepreneurship Institute, which is supervised by Dr. Ibrahim Mohammed Al-Harkan. KSU has over 1,450 patents and is among the best 100 universities in the world for the seventh year in a row, the last of which was 2020, in terms of the number of patents granted.

KSU is the largest depositary of patents – compared with the universities of the world – for the Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property, with over 450 patents. This highlights the accuracy of the scientific methodology adopted by the KSU administration to care for the fields of intellectual property for the university’s employees and develop it at the scientific and practical levels in accordance with the best international practices.


KSrelief provides medical aid to Yemenis

KSrelief provides medical aid to Yemenis
Saudi aid agency provides medical aid to Yemenis. (SPA)
Updated 28 February 2021

KSrelief provides medical aid to Yemenis

KSrelief provides medical aid to Yemenis
  • Undersecretary for administrative affairs of Marib governorate, praised the center’s team for alleviating the suffering of patients with special needs

MARIB: In the past eight months, Marib Prosthetic Limb Center, with the support of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief), has provided 11,000 medical and treatment services to 5,000 people.
The fifth stage of the project ended on Saturday, with services including producing and fitting 314 artificial limbs, fixing and reproducing 100 orthotic limbs, and providing physiotherapy services for 2,832 people.
Abdullah Al-Bakri, undersecretary for administrative affairs of Marib governorate, praised the center’s team for alleviating the suffering of patients with special needs.
He also praised KSrelief’s support for the prosthetic center, which he said had an important role in rehabilitating people, and helping them to reintegrate in society and return to normal life.