Saudi Arabia wins presidency of ALECSO’s executive council

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Saudi Arabia has won the presidency of the executive council of ALECSO. (ALECSO)
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Saudi representative and member of ALECSO’s executive council Hani Al-Muqbel. (Supplied)
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Updated 08 July 2021

Saudi Arabia wins presidency of ALECSO’s executive council

Saudi Arabia wins presidency of ALECSO’s executive council
  • Saudi culture minister details Kingdom’s tireless efforts to establish closer cultural ties with Arab peoples
  • Saudi representative and member of ALECSO’s executive council Hani Al-Muqbel was elected president of the council from 2021 through 2023

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has won the presidency of the executive council of the Arab League Educational, Cultural, and Scientific Organization (ALECSO). 
Saudi representative and member of ALECSO’s executive council Hani Al-Muqbel on Thursday was elected president of the council from 2021 through 2023, winning a majority of the vote and the participation of 21 Arab countries.
Saudi Minister of Culture and chairman of the National Commission for Education, Science and Culture, Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan Al-Saud said winning the presidency reaffirms the Kingdom’s leadership in ALECSO’s fields.
He added that it displayed Saudi Arabia’s commitment to achieve the principles of joint collective work, promoting the bonds among Arab countries within ALECSO.
Prince Badr added that the Kingdom works tirelessly to establish cultural bridges between Arab peoples, and that Saudi Arabia is one of the main supporters of innovation and creativity.
Al-Muqbel extended his thanks and appreciation to King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for their approval and support throughout the whole process, from the nomination to being awarded the presidency of ALECSO’s executive council.
He also thanked the members of the council for their trust, as well as the former council for its efforts with the member states, adding that he is looking forward to working with the members of the new council to achieve the objectives of ALECSO and promote dialogue and cooperation.
Al-Muqbel has over 18 years of work experience. He graduated from Harvard Business School after completing several executive training programs, including the executive program in developing leaderships, and other programs specialized in the strategic leadership, negotiation, board of directors’ governance, building strategic partnerships, design thinking and business growth from Harvard Business School, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and business schools in Stanford, Columbia, INSEAD, and the International Institute for Management Development (IMD).




Saudi representative and member of ALECSO’s executive council Hani Al-Muqbel. (Supplied)


He also holds a baccalaureate degree in business management from King Saud University.
In July 2020, Al-Muqbel was honored with King Salman’s trust to represent the Kingdom in the membership of ALECSO’s executive council, after he was nominated by the minister of culture.
He was the executive director of the King Salman Youth Center between 2014 and 2017, then as a member of its board of directors.
He also served as adviser to the secretary-general of the Prince Mohammed bin Salman Charity Foundation (MiSK) for four years, and was entrusted with the executive management during the foundation phase of the MiSK Initiatives Center for two years, and has contributed in registering MiSK in UNESCO as the first Saudi non-governmental authority.
He was also appointed by the crown prince, founder and chairman of the board of directors of the MiSK foundation as a member of the foundation’s several boards of directors.
Al-Muqbel currently serves on many committees and boards. He recently worked on a project to nominate the Kingdom for membership of UNESCO’s executive board, and served as the secretary of the nomination committee of the same project in 2019.
In 2010, Al-Muqbel was selected to represent the Arab-European Young Leaders Forum.


Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea Development Company signs contract KACST to provide satellite data

The images will carry the coordinates of its geographical location. (SPA)
The images will carry the coordinates of its geographical location. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea Development Company signs contract KACST to provide satellite data

The images will carry the coordinates of its geographical location. (SPA)
  • The data is collected using satellites to monitor the progress of the Red Sea project
  • It will enable the company to know how the project is progressing and the impact it may have on the environment

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea Development Company signed a contract with King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) to provide high-resolution data for key locations at the company’s headquarters.
The data is collected using satellites to monitor the progress of the Red Sea project, which covers an area of ​​28,000 square kilometers, and to track developments in real estate assets more effectively.
The CEO of the Red Sea Development Company, John Pagano, said that this technical work will enable the company to monitor any unexpected effects in the development of real estate assets on the surrounding environment, and work immediately to find alternative solutions.
Pagano said the Red Sea Project’s stakeholders and its affiliates can obtain reliable and detailed images on a monthly basis, adding it was important to understand how the actual development processes affect the natural destination environments.
He also said that this partnership will enable the company to monitor the main assets, both natural and real estate, closely during the construction phase, which will support efforts to lead renewable tourism worldwide.

Pagano added that KACST, through the National Consortium on Remote Sensing in Transportation (NCRST), will capture monthly high-resolution data for the Red Sea project, using the GeoEye-1, WorldView, and Pleiades satellites.
This will allow the images to be color-balanced as they are on the ground, and each will carry the coordinates of its geographical location. The images will be integrated with the company’s Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and Building Information Modeling (BIM) systems and will be available to its employees from the planning, engineering, and environment departments.
The company’s GIS department will periodically compare the data provided by KACST with the latest versions of the master plans and detailed designs of the project to monitor changes and avoid any environmental damage.
The images will be used to determine the best methods and locations to perform construction and development activities. It will also be an important part of the project’s monthly progress reports.
Dr. Talal Alsedairy, the supervisor of the Space and Aeronautics Center at KACST, said that NCRST will support the company by providing them with high-resolution images of the project area that will enable them to have a more comprehensive perspective on how the project is progressing and the impact it may have on the surrounding environment.


Weather warnings issued across Saudi Arabia until Thursday

Weather warnings issued across Saudi Arabia until Thursday
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Weather warnings issued across Saudi Arabia until Thursday

Weather warnings issued across Saudi Arabia until Thursday
  • The civil defense warned some areas will experience heavy rain that may lead to torrential flows and flooding

RIYADH: Weather warnings have been issued for several regions across Saudi Arabia lasting until Thursday, the Kingdom’s civil defense said on Sunday.
The authority warned of thunderstorms with moderate to heavy rain and brisk winds in Jazan, Asir, Najran, Al-Baha, and Makkah. It also warned some areas will experience heavy rain that may lead to torrential flows and flooding.
The civil defense also warned of rain in Madinah, Tabuk, and Hail starting from Monday until Thursday.
The warnings were issued based on data received from the National Center of Meteorology.
The civil defense called on everyone to be wary of the weather conditions, to stay away from places that could flood, and to abide by the civil defense’s instructions and updates announced through media and social media outlets.


Saudi Arabia records 22k virus violations in one week

KSA records 22k virus violations in one week. (SPA)
KSA records 22k virus violations in one week. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia records 22k virus violations in one week

KSA records 22k virus violations in one week. (SPA)
  • The statistics indicated that the region of Riyadh recorded the highest number with 7,049 violations

RIYADH: Saudi authorities continued their monitoring campaigns to ensure compliance with the precautionary measures imposed to stem the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
They recorded 22,042 violations of the regulations in one week, according to recent statistics from the Ministry of Interior.
The statistics indicated that the region of Riyadh recorded the highest number with 7,049 violations, followed by the Eastern Province (3,026), Madinah (2,383), Qassim (2,250), Makkah (1,904), Jouf (1,313), Hail (1,010), Tabuk (796), the Northern Borders (757), Najran (426), Jazan (390), Asir (372), and Baha (366).
The ministry called on people to abide by the preventive protocols.


Saudi municipalities intensify COVID-19 inspection tours

Municipalities intensify COVID-19 inspection tours. (SPA)
Municipalities intensify COVID-19 inspection tours. (SPA)
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Saudi municipalities intensify COVID-19 inspection tours

Municipalities intensify COVID-19 inspection tours. (SPA)
  • Eastern Province municipality carried out 1,160 inspection tours across shopping malls

RIYADH: Municipalities in the Kingdom have stepped up their efforts to ensure compliance with COVID-19 safety measures designed to protect public health.
The municipality of Jeddah governorate carried out 7,249 inspection tours of commercial centers and facilities and identified 44 violations.
Eastern Province municipality carried out 1,160 inspection tours across shopping malls, commercial centers and stores. These checks resulted in the closure of one commercial outlet, while 28 violators were given penalties for ignoring health regulations.
Asir municipality also carried out 690 inspection tours and closed 42 commercial outlets for breaching coronavirus protocols.. 


10 Saudi mosques reopen after sanitization

 In this file photo taken on April 28, 2020, a muezzin of the Jaffali mosque in Jeddah calls for prayer at the mosque. (AFP)
In this file photo taken on April 28, 2020, a muezzin of the Jaffali mosque in Jeddah calls for prayer at the mosque. (AFP)
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10 Saudi mosques reopen after sanitization

 In this file photo taken on April 28, 2020, a muezzin of the Jaffali mosque in Jeddah calls for prayer at the mosque. (AFP)
  • The mosques were reopened after cleaning measures were completed

RIYADH: The Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Dawah and Guidance has reopened 10 mosques in four regions that were temporarily closed for sanitization after coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infections were confirmed among worshippers.
The ministry said on Sunday that five mosques were reopened in Asir, three in Qassim, and one each in Riyadh and Jazan.
COVID-19 infections have led to the closure of 1,924 mosques in the Kingdom in the past 176 days. The mosques were reopened after cleaning measures were completed.
The ministry urged worshippers and employees to follow measures, including wearing face masks, using their own prayer mats and maintaining social distance.