Preparations underway to mark the first Saudi Founding Day on Feb. 22

Preparations underway to mark the first Saudi Founding Day on Feb. 22
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Updated 17 February 2022

Preparations underway to mark the first Saudi Founding Day on Feb. 22

Preparations underway to mark the first Saudi Founding Day on Feb. 22
  • Various activities will be held over two days highlighting the historical, cultural and social legacy of the Saudi state

RIYADH: Several events will be held in cities across Saudi Arabia starting from Tuesday to celebrate Founding Day and the Kingdom’s well-established roots that spanned for more than three centuries, organizers said on Wednesday.
The Kingdom will mark the day for the first time on Feb. 22, after the Saudi Cabinet adopted the day to commemorate the country’s founding in 1727 by Imam Mohammed bin Saud earlier this month.
The day also celebrates the close connection between its citizens and leaders since the founding of the Saudi state in mid-1727, and until now, Saudi Press Agency reported.
A number of events will be held in the capital, Riyadh, including “The Beginning” event in Wadi Namar, where 3,500 performers will shed light on the Kingdom’s history over three centuries through 10 scenes. The “Founding Operetta” — a musical theatrical performance — will be held on Feb. 23 at the Mohammed Abdo Arena in Riyadh Boulevard and will portray six historical icons that passed during the three centuries, beginning with the founder.
On the evening of Feb. 24, the Riyadh sky will be decorated with a light show featuring fireworks, aerial drone shows and sound effects, and spectators can view the show from the intersection between King Salman bin Abdulaziz Road and Prince Turki bin Abdulaziz I Road.
From Tuesday to Thursday, the National Museum in Riyadh will host the “Majlis” event to celebrate Saudi culture and includes a series of interactive workshops, discussions that document the cultural aspects of the first Saudi state.
Other events include shedding light on traditional markets, Saudi clothing and costumes and Saudi coffee, an art exhibition and historical cultural seminars, as well as fireworks displays and a range of programs suitable for all age groups.
Different regions of the Kingdom will witness various activities over the two days highlighting the historical, cultural and social legacy of the Saudi state up to the present time.


Saudi crown prince receives phone call from Putin

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Saudi crown prince receives phone call from Putin

Saudi crown prince receives phone call from Putin

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman received a phone call from Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday.

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Saudi FM calls Chinese counterpart

Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan  and Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang. (File/AFP)
Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan and Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang. (File/AFP)
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Saudi FM calls Chinese counterpart

Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan  and Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang. (File/AFP)
  • During the phone call, Prince Faisal congratulated Qin Gang on his new post as foreign minister
  • Two officials reviewed Saudi-Chinese relations

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan made a phone call to his Chinese counterpart on Monday.

During the phone call, Prince Faisal congratulated Qin Gang on his new post as foreign minister and the two officials reviewed Saudi-Chinese relations.

They also discussed bilateral cooperation, developments in regional and international events, efforts exerted with regard to these events in order to enhance security and stability, and the most important issues of common concern.

China appointed Qin to be its new foreign minister in late December 2023.


‘Heart of Arabia’ expedition team concludes journey at Jeddah’s Nasseef House

‘Heart of Arabia’ expedition team concludes journey at Jeddah’s Nasseef House
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‘Heart of Arabia’ expedition team concludes journey at Jeddah’s Nasseef House

‘Heart of Arabia’ expedition team concludes journey at Jeddah’s Nasseef House
  • 1,300-km journey across Saudi Arabia follows the footsteps of late British explorer John Philby

JEDDAH: The “Heart of Arabia” trek led by British explorer Mark Evans reached its final stop at Nasseef House in Jeddah, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Monday.  

The 1,300-km expedition across Saudi Arabia aims to raise awareness of the Kingdom’s historical relationship with Britain and honor the achievement of John Philby, who traveled a century ago from the Gulf coast village of Al-Uqair to Jeddah, on the Red Sea coast, on a mission in support of Ibn Saud, the Kingdom’s first ruler. 

The team toured the Nasseef House, one of Jeddah’s architectural highlights located in the Al-Balad district.

The restored 40-room coral house became a royal residence for King Abdulaziz after he captured the city in 1925. 

It is notable for its distinctive architectural features, which include ramps installed to allow camels to walk all the way up to the upper terrace and a cistern at the bottom that collects rainwater. 

 


Saudi Arabia condemns suicide attack on Pakistan mosque

Rescue workers look for survivors under a collapsed roof, after a suicide blast in a mosque in Peshawar, Pakistan. (Reuters)
Rescue workers look for survivors under a collapsed roof, after a suicide blast in a mosque in Peshawar, Pakistan. (Reuters)
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Saudi Arabia condemns suicide attack on Pakistan mosque

Rescue workers look for survivors under a collapsed roof, after a suicide blast in a mosque in Peshawar, Pakistan. (Reuters)
  • Saudi Foreign Ministry said it stands by Pakistan in the face of violence, extremism, and terrorism
  • It offered condolences and sympathy to the families of the victims and to the government and people of Pakistan

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia strongly condemned and denounced on Monday a suicide bombing that took place at a mosque in Peshawar, Pakistan.

A suicide bomber struck a crowded mosque inside a police compound in Pakistan, causing the roof to collapse and killing at least 47 people and wounding more than 150 others, officials said.

The attack happened during afternoon worship in the provincial capital of Peshawar, close to former tribal areas along the Afghan border.

The Kingdom’s foreign ministry said Saudi Arabia rejects the targeting of places of worship, terrorizing people, and shedding innocent blood.

The ministry said it stands by Pakistan in the face of violence, extremism, and terrorism, regardless of motives or justifications.

The ministry offered condolences and sympathy to the families of the victims and to the government and people of Pakistan. It also wished the injured a speedy recovery.


Saudi Arabia launches transit visa service for passengers on stopovers

Pilgrims go through passport control upon their arrival at King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah. (File/AFP)
Pilgrims go through passport control upon their arrival at King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah. (File/AFP)
Updated 30 January 2023

Saudi Arabia launches transit visa service for passengers on stopovers

Pilgrims go through passport control upon their arrival at King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah. (File/AFP)
  • The visa is free of charge, entitles the holder to a four-day stay in the Kingdom, and has three-month validity
  • The transit visa for stopovers allows entry to Saudi Arabia for tourism and pilgrimage purposes

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Foreign ministry launched on Monday an electronic service that will allow passengers stopping over in the Kingdom to obtain an entry visa.

The transit visa for stopovers allows entry to Saudi Arabia for people in transit who wish to perform Umrah, visit the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah, and tour the Kingdom.

The new service will be effective as of Monday, and passengers can apply for a transit visa through the electronic platforms of Saudia Airlines and Flynas.

The application will automatically be passed on to the unified national visa platform at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to process. A digital visa will be issued instantly and sent back to the beneficiary via e-mail.

The ministry said the e-Transit visa for stopovers will contribute to achieving the objectives of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 by bolstering its position and benefiting from its distinguished strategic location as a link between continents.

The visa is free of charge, will be immediately issued with the traveler’s ticket, entitles the holder to a four-day stay in the Kingdom, and has three-month validity.