Saudi ministry inspects male palm trees project

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The project will improve the production of dates. (SPA)
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The project will improve the production of dates. (SPA)
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Updated 20 March 2021

Saudi ministry inspects male palm trees project

Saudi ministry inspects male palm trees project
  • The project will improve the production of dates while venturing into the food, pharmaceutical, and manufacturing industries

RIYADH: A special committee from the Saudi Ministry of Environment, Water, and Agriculture (MEWA) visited a project to improve male palm trees west of Shaqra.
The MEWA has a production target number of 350,000 male palm trees with a projected completion date set for later this year. The project aims to produce pollen grains while being encapsulated and sterilized so that they would be available for sale in the local and international market throughout the year.
It also aims to limit the spread of epidemics and agricultural diseases. The project will improve the production of dates while venturing into the food, pharmaceutical, and manufacturing industries.

 


Families skip work and school to enjoy first day of Riyadh Season’s Winter Wonderland

Families skip work and school to enjoy first day of Riyadh Season’s Winter Wonderland
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Families skip work and school to enjoy first day of Riyadh Season’s Winter Wonderland

Families skip work and school to enjoy first day of Riyadh Season’s Winter Wonderland
  • More than 60,000 entry tickets were sold during the first minutes of the ticket portal opening
  • Winter Wonderland zone opens its doors to visitors from 4 p.m. until 1 a.m. daily throughout the season

RIYADH: Zombies dancing, clowns performing, fireworks lighting the city sky — this is how visitors were welcomed to Winter Wonderland, part of Riyadh Season’s 14 zones.

Some families even skipped school and work to make sure they were the first to enter the zone.

Mustafa Usman, a logistics operation manager from Uzbekistan, told Arab News how he had loved Winter Wonderland during the last season and could not wait for it to open again this season.

“The reason why I came on the first day of Winter Wonderland is that last season I visited the zone twice, and this time I wanted my kids to enjoy the experience; they were excited. That is why I got an excuse from my job to be here,” Usman said.

Usman said that he has visited almost all the zones and events during the first ten days since the launch of Riyadh Season. “I went to almost all events, the grand opening for Riyadh Season . . . the WWE Crown Jewel show... I went to Combat Field… and today here at Winter Wonderland… and on Friday I’m going to the (Egyptian) Orchestra in (Riyadh) Boulevard, at Muhammed Abdu’s arena . . . I am excited to go to (Riyadh) Safari once the weather gets better.”

Winter Wonderland opened its doors yesterday with a sense of huge anticipation from a large audience of game-lovers. The zone consists of six primary areas including, for the first time, the children’s corner. The corner is dedicated to the nursery and care of children from one year to 7 years old and is equipped with games for toddlers.

Riyadh Season’s Winter Wonderland opens its doors for visitors with more than 103 games for adults and children.  (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)

Turki Al-Sheikh, chairman of the board of the General Entertainment Authority, revealed earlier in a tweet that more than 60,000 entry tickets were sold during the first minutes of the ticket portal opening. This confirms visitors’ enthusiasm, especially after the zone’s area capacity increased 40 percent from last season.

The zone includes more than 103 games that meet all age groups’ tastes — from adults to children — and with cosy snowy scenes and lights where people can enjoy hot drinks and different types of foods. Visitors can also try out the snow maze and skating rink.

The winter atmosphere attracts visitors from all over the world to enjoy experiences that bring back memories of their childhood, with decorations that mix reality with dreams.

Many visitors from GCC countries such as Qatar, Oman, and Kuwait have come to visit the zones of Riyadh Season.

Riyadh Season’s Winter Wonderland opens its doors for visitors with more than 103 games for adults and children.  (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)

Eisa Adnan, a civil engineer visiting from Kuwait, told Arab News that he would stay for two weeks in Riyadh to attend most of the events during the season. “We want to go to Al-Murabba zone, and I heard that there is a play coming up for Mohammed Hunaidi, a very famous actor; we would love to see that play,” he said.

“I thank all the girls and boys who are organizing and preparing these amazing events. I never came to the previous seasons; this is my first season to attend, and it is luxurious.”

The zone opens its doors to visitors from 4 p.m. until 1 a.m. daily throughout the season, and entry tickets can be booked online through Riyadh Season’s website or application.


Who’s Who: Abdullah M. Al-Omran, director at Saudi Institute of Public Administration

Who’s Who: Abdullah M. Al-Omran, director at Saudi Institute of Public Administration
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Who’s Who: Abdullah M. Al-Omran, director at Saudi Institute of Public Administration

Who’s Who: Abdullah M. Al-Omran, director at Saudi Institute of Public Administration

Abdullah M. Al-Omran has been director of the distance learning center at the Institute of Public Administration since January 2017.

Al-Omran has wide experience of creating strategic IT plans, IT project management and IT consultation, as well as e-transformation, e-government and business intelligence solutions.

He was previously the institute’s director general of information technology from September 2014 to January 2017. Before that he served as the director of the applications and systems development department at the institute’s computer center for three
years, having previously led its user-support department. He has also been a lecturer at the division of information technology since 2006.

Al-Omran has worked on several projects within the Institute of Public Administration. He has developed many e-services portals and mobile applications, established the institute’s office of project management, and in 2016 he started the implementation of the institution’s disaster recovery site.

He has attended several training programs on management, information security, planning and leadership.


Saudi aid agency chief meets EU Middle East peace envoy

Saudi aid agency chief meets EU Middle East peace envoy
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Saudi aid agency chief meets EU Middle East peace envoy

Saudi aid agency chief meets EU Middle East peace envoy

RIYADH: The general supervisor of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center, Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, met the EU special representative for the Middle East Peace Process, Sven Koopmans, in Riyadh on Thursday.

Al-Rabeeah reviewed the humanitarian and relief aid provided by KSrelief to affected people in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and to Palestinian refugees, which will improve their living conditions and reduce their suffering.

During the meeting, they discussed ways of joint cooperation in this regard.

Also on Thursday, Al-Rabeeah met the president of the Islamic University of Madinah, Dr. Mamdouh bin Saud bin Thunayan. During the meeting, they reviewed the humanitarian and relief efforts of KSrelief in 75 countries around the world, including Yemen, through 1,776 projects and programs amounting to more than $5.5 billion covering various sectors in cooperation with 144 local, regional and international partners.

The two sides also discussed issues of common interest related to humanitarian and relief affairs, and ways to cooperate and coordinate in this regard.

Bin Thunayan praised the achievements of KSrelief in its global humanitarian endeavors.


Saudi Arabia registers 3 COVID-19 deaths, 51 new infections

Saudi Arabia registers 3 COVID-19 deaths, 51 new infections
Updated 28 October 2021

Saudi Arabia registers 3 COVID-19 deaths, 51 new infections

Saudi Arabia registers 3 COVID-19 deaths, 51 new infections
  • The health ministry says 35 patients have recovered from the virus in the last 24 hours
  • More than 21.3 million people have been fully vaccinated

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia confirmed three new COVID-19 related deaths on Thursday, raising the total number of fatalities to 8,788.
The Ministry of Health confirmed 51 new cases reported in the Kingdom in the previous 24 hours, meaning 548,474 people have now contracted the disease. Of the total number of cases, 59 remain in critical condition.
According to the ministry, the highest number of cases were recorded in the capital Riyadh with 14, followed by Jeddah with 11, Makkah recorded three, and Madinah, Dammam, Yanbu and Dhahran recorded two cases each.


The health ministry also announced that 35 patients had recovered from COVID-19, bringing the total number of recoveries in the Kingdom to 537,453.
Over 45.5 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered since the Kingdom’s immunization campaign started. More than 21.3 million people have been fully vaccinated.
The coronavirus pandemic has affected over 246million people globally and the death toll has reached around 4.99 million.


Thousands flock to Global Town Festival opening in Riyadh for dance, food, culture experience

Thousands flock to Global Town Festival opening in Riyadh for dance, food, culture experience
Updated 28 October 2021

Thousands flock to Global Town Festival opening in Riyadh for dance, food, culture experience

Thousands flock to Global Town Festival opening in Riyadh for dance, food, culture experience

RIYADH: The largest multinational festival in Saudi Arabia opened on Wednesday in the capital Riyadh.

Thousands of people gathered at Exhibition Park on Eastern Ring Road for the Global Town Festival, an historic, cross-cultural experience of “unforgettable” moments.

Reema Al-Ruwaysan, chief executive officer of festival organizer MOLHIMA Group, said: “It’s a feeling that can’t be described, to see the Saudi youth, men, and women partake in a cultural event of this magnitude. I’m just happy to see it.”

 Reema Alruwaysan, CEO of MOLHIMAH Group. (AN Photo/Saad Aldossari)

It will be the second time Riyadh has hosted the two-week festival which sold out on its first day with 5,000 visitors. Countries from around the world will be showcasing famous landmarks, markets, folklore, and songs, and cafes and restaurants will serve traditional cuisines.

Polaris Slingshot three-wheeled motorcycles and Harley-Davidsons entered the main plaza to kick off the festival in the largest motorbike parade in the Kingdom’s history.

Welcoming crowds, Al-Ruwaysan said: “I hope you enjoy the festival that brings all cultures and civilizations in one place.”

Cultural dances, virtual reality games, and traditional food were some of the first-day experiences, with a number of ambassadors attending the opening ceremony.

Abdulhakim Al-Ouda, 35, from Riyadh, a speaker with the Vision 2030 team for training and development, said: “I’m here for the games, magic, and festivities. I visited stands that sold clothes, and paintings and I went to restaurants. It’s wonderful.”

Tickets available online priced SR40 ($10.60) sold out two days before the festival opening. Admission for under-12s is free, and the festival is open from 4 p.m. until midnight every day until Nov. 9.

Startups and family businesses were given spaces on Charity Street to sell their products as part of the Molhimah Al-Khair initiative.

Noora Alassaf, a certified decoupage artist and trainer from Qassim, said: “I tried to gather art from various cultures and place them altogether in one booth. Decoupage art comes from France, you can see some inspiration from (Spanish painter Pablo) Picasso here and these masks are Italian inspired.

“The reception at my booth has been amazing, and what’s beautiful is every year I see the Saudi people’s love for art increase. I see families now wanting to instill a love for art in their kids from a young age, and I absolutely love it. The art culture in Saudi Arabia is without limits,” she added.

Another startup at the festival was Spoilz, a mobile-gaming company founded by 29-year-old Musaab Al-Malki from Riyadh, who was showcasing its latest game “Smack Sack.”

A highlight from the evening's entertainment. (AN Photo/Saad Aldossari)

“We’re here in partnership with ThinkTech by the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology to show off our games and engage with our community. Our plans are to reach a global audience, to publish more games, and to become the largest game developer in the Middle East and North Africa region.

“I like the idea of mixing civilizations and showing different cultures (at the festival), and this is what we’re focusing on with our games, to show Saudi Arabia’s culture,” Al-Malki said.

Over the coming days, visitors can expect to begin their journey through the festival on Saudi Street, starting with a historical route through ancient Najd, Darwaza al-Tumairi, and Souk Al-Muqaybara.

Accompanied by an exhibition that displays the most prominent achievements of the Kingdom’s rulers, Saudi Street aims to showcase the country and what it has to offer in terms of culture and knowledge, Al-Ruwaysan told Arab News.

Kenya, South Africa, Egypt, Ethiopia, and Djibouti will join in performing festive dances and serving traditional food on African Street.

One of the attractions on Egypt Street will be El-Fishawy cafe, which dates back to 1771. Known for attracting great thinkers, kings, and princes of ancient Egypt, its fame increased after the international writer and Nobel Prize for Literature winner Naguib Mahfouz used it as a place of inspiration for his novels.

Meanwhile, visitors were able to see Pisa’s famous leaning tower on Italy Street.

As well as walking around the attractions, visitors can rent electric scooters and bicycles.