15 endangered mountain ibexes released in Soudah

15 endangered mountain ibexes released in Soudah
CEO of National Center for Wildlife Mohammed Ali Qarban and CEO of Soudah Development Husameddin Al-Madani open the door to a mountain ibex, allowing it to roam in its native environment in the mountains of Soudah. (Supplied)
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Updated 24 December 2021

15 endangered mountain ibexes released in Soudah

15 endangered mountain ibexes released in Soudah
  • The initiative is in line with the orders of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to meet the targets of the Saudi Green Initiative, including developing the environment and improving sustainability

RIYADH: The National Center for Wildlife, in cooperation with Soudah Development, has released 15 endangered mountain ibexes in Soudah as part of a program to enrich the area’s biodiversity.

The initiative is in line with the orders of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to meet the targets of the Saudi Green Initiative, including developing the environment and improving sustainability, as well as being part of the center’s endeavors to increase numbers of endangered species and relocalize them in their natural habitats, Mohammed Ali Qarban, the center’s CEO, explained.

Qurban told Arab News that “the center conducts research on the living conditions of the released animals and their movements to provide information on the best timing and composition of the groups that will be launched in the reserves on a regular basis."

He pointed out that the center “monitors biodiversity in protected areas by tracking vital groups and documenting information related to each protected area using modern technologies. The center trains wildlife protec-tion specialists and workers in charge of reserves, developing their research capabilities to help localize breeding techniques and reintroduction of endangered species.”

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The release of the ibexes reflects the center’s efforts to develop and implement national plans to address wildlife threats by multiplying and reintroducing endangered local species.

He explained that the release of the ibexes reflects the center’s efforts to develop and implement national plans to address wildlife threats by multiplying and reintroducing endangered local species.

This will help restore the ecological balance of natural ecosystems to achieve the objectives of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 to build a positive and attractive environment and improve the quality of life, in line with global efforts.

He emphasized that the center runs specialized, pioneering facilities to increase the number of endangered animals and their reintroduction to their natural environments.

The center also maintains the genealogical record of these species by keeping private information about them in a database.Soudah Development CEO Husameddin Al-Madani said that protecting natural resources and helping the Kingdom’s native species are among the company’s top priorities.He noted that the release of 15 mountain ibexes is the first step in a series of initiatives to reintroduce and protect wildlife in Al-Soudah.


Campaign to welcome Hajj pilgrims in their language launched

Campaign to welcome Hajj pilgrims in their language launched
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Campaign to welcome Hajj pilgrims in their language launched

Campaign to welcome Hajj pilgrims in their language launched

RIYADH: The President of the General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques Sheikh Abdulrahman Al-Sudais launched the “We welcome you on the ground in your languages” campaign for Hajj pilgrims on Sunday.

The campaign aims to guide pilgrims at the Grand Mosque in Makkah in their own languages so that they can communicate effectively and without hassle. 

100 guides across the mosque are available 24 hours a day to communicate fluently with pilgrims in 23 different languages. 


New lake park in Historic Jeddah highlights cultural destination

New lake park in Historic Jeddah highlights cultural destination
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New lake park in Historic Jeddah highlights cultural destination

New lake park in Historic Jeddah highlights cultural destination
  • Jeddah’s historical district was placed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 2014, presenting a vivid recreation of life in the past

JEDDAH: The Jeddah historic district program has launched a new lake park — “Lake Al-Arbaeen” — launched in the historical district of Jeddah as an exclusive cultural destination.

The project is part of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 goals of cultivating environmental projects and improving the quality of life within the city’s historical area.

Several artistic sculptures from throughout the world are placed within the park. Visitors can stroll through historical architecture, natural scenes, cultural events, sports tracks, local restaurants and souqs that highlight the city’s heritage.

Jeddah’s historical district was placed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 2014, presenting a vivid recreation of life in the past.

Founded in the 7th century C.E., Al-Balad once served as a center of trade and commerce for Jeddah. But most of the ancient walls that surrounded the town, and the souq within it, became weathered and were eventually torn down as centuries passed.

As wealth from oil began to flow into the Saudi economy and the country began a march toward modernity, many people moved out of the cramped spaces of Al-Balad, leaving its more palatial homes and buildings to slow dilapidation.

There are more than 450 buildings within the historical walls of the city, 56 of which are in urgent need of repair.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has pledged SR50 million ($13.33 million) to support the restoration of these buildings as they represent a major part of the Kingdom’s ancient heritage and are a significant tourist site.


Saudi ambassador to China visits Center for Research and Intercommunication Knowledge

Saudi ambassador to China visits Center for Research and Intercommunication Knowledge
Updated 03 July 2022

Saudi ambassador to China visits Center for Research and Intercommunication Knowledge

Saudi ambassador to China visits Center for Research and Intercommunication Knowledge
  • Al-Harbi met with the head of center as well as several researchers at the Chinese Studies Unit

RIYADH: The Saudi Ambassador to China, Abdulrahman bin Ahmed Al-Harbi, paid a visit to the Center for Research and Intercommunication Knowledge in Riyadh on Sunday, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

The research center is one of the most important in the Arab world for Chinese studies.

Al-Harbi met with the head of the center, Dr. Yahya Mahmoud bin Junaid, as well as several researchers.

Bin Junaid explained to Al-Harbi the center's role in preparing studies on China and translating Saudi works into Mandarin, which are published in China.

He also presented the Chinese Studies Unit, which is comprised of an elite group of Saudi researchers.

During the meeting, Al Harbi and Bin Junaid discussed the importance of Saudi-Chinese relations, the advancement of think tanks, and the role of Saudi Arabia's embassy in China in deepening and developing these relations for the benefit of both countries


Saudi Arabia’s Hajj minister to inaugurate grand symposium

Saudi Arabia’s Hajj minister to inaugurate grand symposium
Updated 03 July 2022

Saudi Arabia’s Hajj minister to inaugurate grand symposium

Saudi Arabia’s Hajj minister to inaugurate grand symposium
  • The symposium will be attended by scholars and intellectuals from the Kingdom and Muslim countries
  • The two-day event is called “Hajj after the Pandemic... Rituals and Care”

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Hajj and Umrah Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah will inaugurate the 46th edition of the Grand Hajj Symposium on Sunday, Saudi Press Agency reported.

The symposium, called “Hajj after the Pandemic... Rituals and Care,” will be attended by scholars and intellectuals from the Kingdom and Muslim countries.

The event will last two days and Al-Rabiah will speak at the opening session.

Other speakers include the President of the General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Sudais, Algerian Minister of Religious Affairs and Endowments Youssef Belmahdi, Pakistani Minister of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Mufti Abdul Shakoor, and Jordanian Minister of Awqaf, Islamic Affairs and Holy Places Dr. Mohammed Ahmed Al-Khalayleh.

The ministry aims to highlight the role that the Kingdom has played in serving Hajj and pilgrims since the inception of Saudi Arabia, and to highlight the most important achievements, pioneering projects and successive developments in the holy sites that serve Muslims.


Shihana Alazzaz appointed as Deputy Secretary-General of Saudi Council of Ministers in royal decree

Shihana Alazzaz appointed as Deputy Secretary-General of Saudi Council of Ministers in royal decree
Updated 03 July 2022

Shihana Alazzaz appointed as Deputy Secretary-General of Saudi Council of Ministers in royal decree

Shihana Alazzaz appointed as Deputy Secretary-General of Saudi Council of Ministers in royal decree
  • Princess Haifa bint Mohammed was appointed Deputy Minister of Tourism by royal decree

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman appointed Shihana Alazzaz as the Deputy Secretary-General of the Council of Ministers on Sunday.

Alazzaz was one of the first women licensed to practise law in Saudi Arabia and has held the post of General Counsel at the Public Investment Fund. 

Princess Haifa bint Mohammed was appointed Deputy Minister of Tourism by royal decree. 

Prince Abdulrahman bin Mohammed has been relieved of his post as Secretary-General of the Council of Ministers and has been appointed as an advisor to the Royal Court.

Dr. Bandar bin Obaid bin Hamoud Al-Rasheed is appointed as Secretary to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in addition to his other duties.

Mansour bin Abdullah bin Ali bin Salama is appointed as deputy to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s secretary. 

Ayman bin Mohammed Al-Sayari is appointed as Deputy Governor for Investment and Research at the Saudi Central Bank.

Dr. Khalid bin Walid bin Fadl Al-Dhaher is appointed as Deputy Governor for Control and Technology at the Saudi Central Bank. 

Abdulaziz bin Ismail bin Rashad Trabzoni is appointed as an advisor at the Royal Court.

Dr. Rumaih bin Mohammed Al-Rumaih is appointed as Deputy Minister of Transport and Logistics Services and is assigned to carry out the work of the President of the Public Transport Authority.

Ihab bin Ghazi bin Fahmy Al-Hashani is appointed as Deputy Minister of Municipal, Rural Affairs and Housing.

Abdulaziz bin Hamad bin Saleh Al-Rumaih is appointed as deputy minister for planning and development at the Ministry of Health. 

Ahmed bin Sufyan bin Abdul Razzaq Al-Hassan is appointed as Assistant Minister of Transport and Logistics Services.