Royal decree appoints Saudi ambassador to Portugal

Royal decree appoints Saudi ambassador to Portugal
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Updated 25 March 2021

Royal decree appoints Saudi ambassador to Portugal

Royal decree appoints Saudi ambassador to Portugal

RIYADH: King Salman appointed Prince Saud bin Abdul Mohsen bin Abdul Aziz as the Kingdom’s ambassador to Portugal on Thursday.
Prince Saud has formerly served as the governor of Hail province and head of the Supreme Commission of the Hail Rally.


Exhibition displays key expansions at the Grand Mosque

Exhibition displays key expansions at the Grand Mosque
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Exhibition displays key expansions at the Grand Mosque

Exhibition displays key expansions at the 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
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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.


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
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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.


Winners of National Day home decoration contest light up Dhahran area

Winners of National Day home decoration contest light up Dhahran area
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Winners of National Day home decoration contest light up Dhahran area

Winners of National Day home decoration contest light up Dhahran area
  • Families embraced the challenge and went all out to decorate their homes in creative ways

DHAHRAN: The celebrations for the 91st Saudi National Day continued this week with festivities in schools, homes, malls and other locations across the Kingdom.

Many neighborhoods marked the anniversary of the founding of the nation, which is celebrated each year on Sept. 23, in dazzling fashion, with residences and businesses adorned with lights, flags and decorations in the traditional Saudi colors of green and white.

One of the oldest known residential areas in the Kingdom, the Saudi Aramco compound in Dhahran, went a step further by holding a National Day decorating contest, in which the occupants of more than 50 houses took part.

Families embraced the challenge and went all out to decorate their homes in creative ways: Lights twinkled in windows, for example, large Saudi flags flew over the roofs of homes, and tables covered with the traditional Sadu fabric offered visitors an assortment of dates, Arabic coffee and traditional sweets.

Einas Al-Ashgar and her husband, Marthad Ba-Abbad, both of whom work for Saudi Aramco, live in the compound with their six-year-old daughter, Joori. They came up with an idea for decorating their home that started small but grew into an eye-catching interactive exhibit inspired by Al-Ashgar’s mother, Munirah Al-Sinani, the owner of one best-known homes in the area, which became a museum.

With the help of friends and family, the couple decorated their front yard with a display of traditional Saudi objects and symbols, including mannequins in Saudi dress, which they described as symbols of unity through diversity. With the help of friend Amal Nabty, they came up with an Arabic slogan for their display, which translates as “Saudi Arabia is more beautiful with its people.”

“This diversity is what has made Saudi Arabia beautiful, from its past heritage and up to its promising future,” said Al-Ashgar.

This evolution of the Kingdom was represented in her family’s display by a canvas decoration showing the front of a traditional Saudi dwelling and a large banner depicting the futuristic megaprojects that are under way as part of the Saudi Vision 2030 development plan.

Visitors flocked to the compound from the wider Dharhran community and beyond to see the many impressive decorations and displays created by the residents. Al-Ashgar and Ba-Abbad served them Arabic coffee and traditional Arabic cookies, as National Day-themed music played in the background.

The family was rewarded for its efforts, which included dressing up in the traditional Eastern Province clothing, with first prize in the decorating contest for a family effort that grew into a community event, and is sure to provide inspiration for their neighbors to come up with even grander ideas for next year’s competition.


Saudi Arabia registers 5 COVID-19 deaths, 59 new cases

Saudi Arabia registers 5 COVID-19 deaths, 59 new cases
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Saudi Arabia registers 5 COVID-19 deaths, 59 new cases

Saudi Arabia registers 5 COVID-19 deaths, 59 new cases
  • The Kingdom says 78 patients had recovered from the virus in the past 24 hours
  • Over 41.7 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered to date across KSA

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia confirmed five new COVID-19 related deaths on Monday, raising the total number of fatalities to 8,704.
The Ministry of Health confirmed 59 new cases reported in the Kingdom in the previous 24 hours, meaning 546,985 people have now contracted the disease. Of the total number of cases, 244 remain in critical condition.
According to the ministry, the highest number of cases were recorded in the capital Riyadh and Jeddah with 10 cases each, followed by Hafar Al-Batin with four, and Madinah and Makkah confirmed three cases each.
The health ministry also announced that 78 patients had recovered from COVID-19, bringing the total number of recoveries in the Kingdom to 536,028.


Over 41.7 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered in the Kingdom to date through 587 centers.
The ministry renewed its call on the public to register with the Sehhaty app to receive the vaccine, and adhere to the measures and abide by instructions.

It has urged citizens and residents to receive both doses of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at the earliest to protect themselves against variants and complications.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Islamic Affairs reopened one mosque after temporarily evacuating and sterilizing it in Al-Jawf after one person tested positive for coronavirus, bringing the total number of mosques closed and reopened after being sterilized to 2,031 within 230 days.
The coronavirus pandemic has affected over 232 million people globally and the death toll has reached around 4.76 million.