RIYADH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) has dispatched a $500,000 medical aid package to support Kyrgyzstan in its fight against the COVID-19 outbreak.
King Salman instructed KSrelief to support the country and Saudi Ambassador to the Republic of Kyrgyzstan Ibrahim bin Radi Al-Radi delivered the aid, state news agency SPA reported.
Earlier on Tuesday, Saudi Arabia announced it would send medical supplies, including one million doses of COVID-19 vaccine to Tunisia, where infections are rapidly rising.
The move was in response to a request from Tunisian President Kais Saied during a call with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Friday.
In April, the Kingdom delivered a medical aid package worth $1.5 million to help combat the coronavirus outbreak in Pakistan.
The consignment was officially handed over — on behalf of the center — by the Saudi ambassador to Pakistan, Nawaf bin Said Al-Malki, to Akhtar Nawaz, chairman of the Pakistani National Disaster Management Authority, at the Saudi Embassy in Islamabad.
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
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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.
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.
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
Families embraced the challenge and went all out to decorate their homes in creative ways
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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
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
Updated 27 September 2021
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.
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.
Ambitious plans unveiled for luxury new Saudi mountain resort
Oppenheim Architecture has created 48 villas and 12 hotel rooms for the site designed to protect and preserve the environment and highlight the region’s cultural heritage
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JEDDAH: Ambitious plans have been unveiled for a new resort in the Saudi mountains designed to blend modern architecture into the natural landscape.
The Red Sea Development Co. project, one of the Kingdom’s most ambitious regenerative tourism schemes to date, will see luxury accommodation built into rocky outcrops commanding stunning valley views.
Developers behind the Desert Rock resort adopted a design philosophy of building with the land, not on the land.
John Pagano, chief executive officer at TRSDC, said: “We wanted to create a destination that allows guests to experience Saudi Arabia’s untouched beauty. Desert Rock will provide guests with uninterrupted spectacular views while preserving the natural landscape for future generations to enjoy.”
Oppenheim Architecture has created 48 villas and 12 hotel rooms for the site designed to protect and preserve the environment and highlight the region’s cultural heritage.
“We have drawn inspiration from the surrounding environment, while providing unparalleled luxury, allowing guests to connect with nature and create memorable experiences,” added Pagano.
Materials excavated from the site will be used to create the infrastructure, with stone going into interior and exterior walls and floors, and sand and gravel being used for concrete aggregate.
Construction began in July, and the resort has been designed to reduce energy consumption and regenerate native flora. Water retention and distribution systems will be used throughout the site, with harvested rainwater creating a more green, flourishing wadi. The first hotel guests are due to check in at the end of next year.
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman announced the Red Sea Project in July 2017. Elements of the first phase of the flagship scheme are set to open in 2022. Upon full completion in 2030, the project will comprise 50 hotels offering up to 8,000 rooms and 1,300 residential properties across 22 islands and six inland sites.
The destination will also include luxury marinas, golf courses, entertainment and leisure facilities, and an international airport.
Biden’s national security adviser Sullivan travels to Saudi Arabia, UAE
Updated 28 September 2021
AL-MUKALLA: US national security adviser Jake Sullivan was en route to Saudi Arabia on Monday for talks with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman amid growing pressure for a ceasefire in Yemen.
The top Biden aide will be joined by Tim Lenderking, the US special envoy for Yemen, and Saudi Deputy Defense Minster Prince Khalid bin Salman is also expected to take part in the talks. Sullivan will also visit the UAE.
The talks come among mounting casualties among Iran-backed Houthi militia fighters in their offensive against the strategic city of Marib.
The city, about 120km east of the Houthi-held capital Sanaa, sits at a crossroads between the southern and northern regions and is key to controlling Yemen’s north.
“Fifty-eight Houthi insurgents and nine loyalists were killed in fighting and airstrikes in the provinces of Marib and Shabwa in the past 24 hours,” military sources said on Monday.