3rd Saudi International Falcons and Hunting Exhibition opens

The 10-day event is believed to be the largest of its kind in the world. (SPA)
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Visitors try bird-hunting rifles at the headquarters of the Saudi Falcon Club in Mulham, Riyadh as the falcon hunting exhibition opened on Oct. 1, 2021. (SPA)
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Visitors try bird-hunting rifles at the headquarters of the Saudi Falcon Club in Mulham, Riyadh as the falcon hunting exhibition opened on Oct. 1, 2021. (SPA)
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Updated 02 October 2021

3rd Saudi International Falcons and Hunting Exhibition opens

3rd Saudi International Falcons and Hunting Exhibition opens

RIYADH: The third Saudi International Falcons and Hunting Exhibition opened on Friday at the headquarters of the Saudi Falcons Club in Mulham, north of Riyadh.

The 10-day event, believed to be the largest of its kind in the world, includes pavilions devoted to hunting weapons, various species of falcons, the arts and family activities, along with shooting ranges, a Saudi village, and a digital museum. Organizers also promise a host of accompanying events and a few surprises for visitors.

 

 

Over the past few decades, falconers in Saudi Arabia have emerged as pioneers in breeding and preservation as the wider falconry industry has grown exponentially since its humble Bedouin beginnings. 

The Kingdom has a rich historical heritage and tradition of falconry. A common companion of a Bedouin traveler across the Arabian deserts, hunting with falcons was an integral part of the land for thousands of years as they helped provide nourishment for the weary traveler by catching prey.


Erdogan: Turkey will work to enhance relations with Saudi Arabia

Erdogan: Turkey will work to enhance relations with Saudi Arabia
Updated 45 min 38 sec ago

Erdogan: Turkey will work to enhance relations with Saudi Arabia

Erdogan: Turkey will work to enhance relations with Saudi Arabia
  • The Turkish president also promised developments with Egypt

RIYADH: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey will work to enhance its relations with Saudi Arabia, Al Arabiya reported.

In May, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan received his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu in Makkah.

They agreed to “work on positive issues on our common agenda and to hold regular consultations,” Cavusoglu said, adding: “Our close cooperation will contribute to stability, peace and prosperity in the region.”

The president’s remarks were made on Tuesday during an interview on state-owned news channel TRT World.

Commenting on recent improvement in Turkish-UAE relations, Erdogan said: “The step we took with the UAE is important and historic, and I will visit the UAE in February.”

Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed visited Ankara last week in his first official trip to Turkey since 2012.

The UAE announced a $10 billion fund for investments in Turkey, after the crown prince held talks with the Turkish president.

Erdogan also said in the interview: “We will witness developments with Egypt in the near future.”


Arab coalition destroys Houthi drone launched from Sanaa airport

Arab coalition destroys Houthi drone launched from Sanaa airport
Updated 34 min 43 sec ago

Arab coalition destroys Houthi drone launched from Sanaa airport

Arab coalition destroys Houthi drone launched from Sanaa airport
  • The coalition also destroyed an explosive-ladened boat in the Red Sea

RIYADH: The Arab coalition destroyed and explosive drone launched from Sanaa airport, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The drone was downed in the governorate of Amran in Yemen.

Saudi Arabia’s air defenses often destroys the militia’s drones, which are launched from northern Yemen.

In a separate incident reported early Wednesday, the coalition destroyed an explosive-ladened boat in the Red Sea, saying the vessel set sail from Hodiedah governorate.

They said the Houthis’ threat to freedom of navigation at sea endangers regional and international security.

On Tuesday, the coalition hit Iranian Revolutionary Guard experts in Yemen’s capital.

The operation complies with international humanitarian law and its customary rules, the coalition said.

The coalition has hit a number of sites in the capital in the past few weeks in an effort to deteriorate the capabilities of the Iran-backed Houthi militia.

Houthi attempts to target civilians has been labeled as war crimes by the Kingdom.

The Arab coalition has been supporting the internationally recognized Yemeni government regain full control of the country after the Houthis seized the capital, Sanaa, in 2014.

The war, which has now lasted for seven years, has cost thousands of Yemenis their lives and has forced many more to depend on humanitarian assistance.


Online platform for research chairs hailed as key development for Saudi universities

Saudi universities have made progress at the international level. (AFP/File)
Saudi universities have made progress at the international level. (AFP/File)
Updated 01 December 2021

Online platform for research chairs hailed as key development for Saudi universities

Saudi universities have made progress at the international level. (AFP/File)
  • Remarkable progress has been made in recent years in improving the standards of research in Saudi Arabia

MAKKAH: The recent launch of an online platform for research chairs at universities in Saudi Arabia is an innovative step, experts said, that aims to enhance the management of research and innovation at Saudi universities and encourage the development of innovative solutions, so that the nation can more effectively benefit from the progress they bring.
Research chair positions, reserved by educational institutions for top researchers whose work can advance the frontiers of knowledge, are relatively new in Saudi Arabia. But they are already having a positive effect on the research community in terms of fostering talent, encouraging innovative research and helping to develop the leaders of the future in a number of academic fields. This in turn is benefiting the wider education system and culture in the Kingdom.
Last week, Mohammed Al-Sudairi, the deputy minister of education for universities, research and innovation, officially launched the Research Chairs Forum during an event at Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University. Experts and researchers from 40 universities and colleges joined 70 research chairs from Saudi universities and other guests at the launch of the platform.
The participants discussed the development of a model for efficient funding strategies for research chairs at universities and reviewed the role they can play in addressing important national development issues.
“The organization of the Research Chairs Forum comes in the context of the Ministry of Education’s constant interest in maximizing the role of universities and developing their research facilities, through research chairs,” Al-Sudairi said during the launch.

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The participants discussed the development of a model for efficient funding strategies for research chairs at universities and reviewed the role they can play in addressing important national development issues.

“They are a bridge with the community to keep pace with its (the community’s) requirements and meet its developmental needs, thus achieving the aspirations of the leadership, in line with the priorities of Saudi Vision 2030”.
Remarkable progress has been made in recent years in improving the standards of research in Saudi Arabia. This is reflected in the fact that in January, the Kingdom ranked first in the Arab world and 14th globally in terms of publishing research about COVID-19, according to the Web of Science website. More generally, 65 percent of all scientific papers published by universities in Arab countries were from institutions in Saudi Arabia.
In addition, Saudi universities have made progress at the international level in the field of innovation. Three state universities ranked among the top 50 on the list of universities granted patents in 2020, in terms of the number of patents registered in the US, according to annual figures compiled by the National Academy of Inventors and the Intellectual Property Owners Association.
King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals ranked 14th globally last year, according to data released by the United States Patent and Trademark Office, which highlights the vital role of patents in university research and innovation.
King Abdulaziz University ranked 33rd, an improvement of 50 positions in just one year. King Saud University was in 45th place.
Ahmed Al-Thobaity, supervisor of the Office of Scientific and Academic Chairs at Imam Abdulrahman bin Faisal University in Dammam, told Arab News that Saudi universities have made great strides in recent years in the area of scientific research, in keeping with the aims of Saudi Vision 2030, and that the significant progress made by several universities in global rankings is testimony to their successes.
He said the launch of an online platform for research chairs reflects the interest of the country’s leaders in supporting science and scientists. He added that he hopes it will be provide a starting point for enhanced cooperation among researchers from all the country’s universities to help build effective scientific partnerships between institutions to improve the quality of scientific research.
Al-Thobaity said that the platform is particularly important for promoting the sharing of expertise between well-established universities and those founded more recently, thereby reducing gaps in the quality of scientific study that can exist between older and newer institutions.
“This platform is also important in establishing a comprehensive database for research chairs that helps researchers in the country and acts, for media platforms, like a source to promote the Kingdom’s great advances in science, in accordance with numbers, data and accurate statistics,” he added.
“Another benefit is establishing lines of communication between the private sector and universities, to channel financial support to the most modern findings of science in various fields.”
Manal Abdul Aziz Al-Shadde, a former dean of scientific research at Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University, predicted that the new platform will indeed help to enhance cooperation between researchers and universities.
“Universities take private initiatives to promote scientific research between researchers from different universities,” she told Arab News. “However, this platform is the culmination of these initiatives, with the Ministry of Education’s systematic work, with all its technical and human potential.”
Al-Shadde said the language of science has no boundaries or borders and aims to serve all people.
“We aspire to make this platform a pioneer in enhancing cooperation, sharing expertise and optimizing human and financial resources and equipment,” she added. “We will soon see the great impact of this platform in supporting our research efforts at our universities, institutions and research centers.”


STA launches Winter Season on its Visit Saudi platform

Visitors take photos of a musician playing an Arabic traditional instrument at Souq Al Ahsa World Heritage UNESCO Village. (REUTERS file photo)
Visitors take photos of a musician playing an Arabic traditional instrument at Souq Al Ahsa World Heritage UNESCO Village. (REUTERS file photo)
Updated 01 December 2021

STA launches Winter Season on its Visit Saudi platform

Visitors take photos of a musician playing an Arabic traditional instrument at Souq Al Ahsa World Heritage UNESCO Village. (REUTERS file photo)
  • Options include city experiences and outdoor excursions tailored to colder months

RIYADH: The Saudi Tourism Authority has launched events and seasons through its Visit Saudi platform for the winter months.

From city experiences to outdoor excursions, the event schedule is filled with activities best experienced during the cold season.

Saudi Arabia is experiencing rapid growth through the interaction of visitors and tourists from inside and outside the Kingdom with all seasons, events, packages, and various destinations that have emerged through the platform, the official identity of Saudi tourism supervised by STA.

Through the Visit Saudi platform, visitors can find suitable packages and trips, and entertainment activities available until March 2022. STA is working with partners from the public and private sectors to promote this economic and social development that contributes to providing investment opportunities for entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized companies, and job opportunities for the young men and women of the Kingdom.

After the great successes it has achieved in revitalizing local tourism during the past few years, STA will work during the current winter season to attract tourists from the Gulf Cooperation Council countries and the wider Middle East.

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• Through the Visit Saudi platform, visitors can find suitable packages and trips, and entertainment activities available until March 2022.

• STA is working with partners from the public and private sectors to promote this economic and social development that contributes to providing investment opportunities for entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized companies, and job opportunities for the young men and women of the Kingdom.

STA is also collaborating with the Saudi tourism sector to generate one million job opportunities, reaching 100 million annual visits, and raising the tourism sector’s contribution to GDP to 10 percent by 2030.

The Kingdom is witnessing a great tourist revival which reflects the extent of the government’s interest in the sector, one of the fastest-growing in the world, with a promising future as one of the most important pillars in the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.

Last year, STA launched its Saudi Winter season from Dec. 10 until the end of March 2021. Visitors were provided with over 300 experiences and packages offered by more than 200 private sector establishments during the season. The campaign allowed Saudi nationals and non-Saudi residents traveling as families, in groups, or as individuals, and GCC nationals, to discover the Kingdom’s geographical and climate diversity.


Red Sea Fund announces support for 26 Saudi projects

Red Sea Fund announces support for 26 Saudi projects
Updated 01 December 2021

Red Sea Fund announces support for 26 Saudi projects

Red Sea Fund announces support for 26 Saudi projects
  • In its first cycle, the fund carefully selected 90 ‘game-changing’ films from over 650 submissions

JEDDAH: The Red Sea Fund will support 26 Saudi films in a list of 90 carefully selected projects from the Arab World and Africa.
Following over 650 submissions, the fund on Tuesday announced its final selection of the much-anticipated projects, aiming to create a game-changing generation of filmmakers.
The grants will be given to 37 films in development, 33 live projects, and 28 films in post-production.
Of the projects to receive funding, 11 hail from Africa, 60 from the Arab region, and 26 from Saudi Arabia.
The exciting and unique selection includes 59 feature fictions, 18 feature documentaries, 10 short fictions, five feature animations, three episodic series, and two short animations.
The fund will also back 28 talented Saudi film directors, 54 percent of whom are female.
The Red Sea Film Festival Foundation established the fund in June to back 100 feature films, short projects, and episodics by directors from the Arab world and Africa.
The fund was supported earlier this year by the Saudi Film Commission to help a larger pool of talented filmmakers from the Kingdom and the Arab region bring their work from script to screen.
Three committees of industry professionals were formed for each section of the funding: Development, production, and post-production support.
Edouard Waintrop, artistic director of the Red Sea International Film Festival and head of the committee awarding funds for post-production, said: “There is a wealth of undiscovered talent in Saudi Arabia and across the Arab world. As pioneers and believers in the importance of cinema and film in driving inspiration, creativity, and innovation, we are very proud to enable these brilliant artists to showcase their work by investing in their talents and empowering them to realize their dreams through the Red Sea Fund.
“These exceptional cinematic works will challenge people’s perceptions of traditional cinema and revive the film industry in KSA and the region.”
He continued: “We truly cannot wait to see these selections come to fruition and find their way to the big screen.”