Music, parades, and traditional dress to commemorate Saudi day of pride

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Events took place throughout the Kingdom to commemorate the establishment of the First Saudi State in 1727. (AN photo by Basheer Saleh)
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Events took place throughout the Kingdom to commemorate the establishment of the First Saudi State in 1727. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)
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Events took place throughout the Kingdom to commemorate the establishment of the First Saudi State in 1727. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)
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Events took place throughout the Kingdom to commemorate the establishment of the First Saudi State in 1727. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)
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Events took place throughout the Kingdom to commemorate the establishment of the First Saudi State in 1727. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)
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Events took place throughout the Kingdom to commemorate the establishment of the First Saudi State in 1727. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)
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Events took place throughout the Kingdom to commemorate the establishment of the First Saudi State in 1727. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)
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Events took place throughout the Kingdom to commemorate the establishment of the First Saudi State in 1727. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)
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Events took place throughout the Kingdom to commemorate the establishment of the First Saudi State in 1727. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)
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Events took place throughout the Kingdom to commemorate the establishment of the First Saudi State in 1727. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)
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Events took place throughout the Kingdom to commemorate the establishment of the First Saudi State in 1727. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)
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Events took place throughout the Kingdom to commemorate the establishment of the First Saudi State in 1727. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)
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Events took place throughout the Kingdom to commemorate the establishment of the First Saudi State in 1727. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)
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Updated 23 February 2022

Music, parades, and traditional dress to commemorate Saudi day of pride

Music, parades, and traditional dress to commemorate Saudi day of pride
  • ‘We make sure our kids know their history … it’s their identity and it is important to know it’

RIYADH: A spectacular parade in Riyadh late on Tuesday capped a day of celebrations to mark Saudi Arabia’s inaugural Founding Day holiday.

More than 3,500 participants in traditional dress from each region marched through Wadi Nemar in the Saudi capital. “It’s an amazing experience,” Razan Abdan, 28, from Qassim, told Arab News.

“I feel so overwhelmed with all the culture I’m surrounded by. It’s amazing to see every region in the country participating.”

 

 


Events took place throughout the Kingdom to commemorate the establishment of the First Saudi State in 1727.

In historic Diriyah, the day began with a military parade by Saudi cavalry on horses and camels, paying homage to the men who rode across the Arabian Peninsula during the formation of the Saudi state. Musicians in traditional dress blew trumpets and smacked a daf, a percussion instrument dating from the times of Prophet Muhammad.

Young Dalia Al-Rawdhan, wearing a red floral dress and a golden headpiece, held her little brother, who was dressed in the Saudi dagla, as they watched the Diriyah parade.

The children’s mother, Rana, told Arab News: “The inspiration I had for my kids’ national costumes was taken from our clothes back home. We are from the west, specifically from Hail. “We made sure our kids know the history of Founding Day and participate in it and have an idea about it. It is their identity and it is important to know it.”

Parents of Saudi schoolchildren gathered symbolic items that highlighted the culture of the Kingdom or small flags bearing the Founding Day logo, prepared traditional dishes for their children to distribute among fellow students, and put together traditional costumes for children to wear to school.

“As a Saudi mother and a lover of my country, I was pleased about my child’s participation in Founding Day,” mother-of-two Maha Salama told Arab News.

 

 


4,291 Saudi health security trainees graduate   

4,291 Saudi health security trainees graduate   
Updated 11 August 2022

4,291 Saudi health security trainees graduate   

4,291 Saudi health security trainees graduate   

RIYADH: A fourth group of health security trainees graduated from the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties in a virtual ceremony on Wednesday. 

A total of 4,291 male and female graduates will join the job market. 

Dr. Aws Al-Shamsan, secretary-general of the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties, said that health security plays an important role in improving healthcare services.

The program includes practical and theoretical training for three months, in addition to two weeks of field training in one of the health sectors, allowing trainees to benefit from hands-on experience.

Health security graduates receive a diploma allowing them to work in the Kingdom’s health sector.


Umbrellas raise Makkah pilgrims’ spirits

Umbrellas raise Makkah pilgrims’ spirits
Updated 11 August 2022

Umbrellas raise Makkah pilgrims’ spirits

Umbrellas raise Makkah pilgrims’ spirits

JEDDAH: Pilgrims sheltering from heavy rain in Makkah on Tuesday received a helping hand when the General Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques handed out umbrellas to visitors at the Grand Mosque.

Khaled bin Fahd Al-Shalwi, assistant for the general president for social, voluntary and humanitarian services agency, said that the “Umbrella of Mu’tamer” initiative is part of a range of services designed to help visitors perform their rituals. 

Programs and services come under the direction of the President for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques, Abdulrahman Al-Sudais, who strives to provide a safe environment to allow visitors to the Grand Mosque to complete their rituals with ease, he added. 

According to the presidency’s website, the presidency has also employed more than 200 supervisors, 4,000 female and male workers, and utilized more than 500 items of equipment to deal with the rain at the Grand Mosque through its environmental protection agency. 

Ahmed bin Omar Bilaamash, assistant to the general president for services and achievement of the environmental protection agency, said that prayer areas, entrances and exits, and the mataf — the circumambulation space around the Kaaba — are equipped to handle the rainfall. 


Jeddah to host 2nd Saudi International Maritime Forum in November

Jeddah to host 2nd Saudi International Maritime Forum in November
Updated 10 August 2022

Jeddah to host 2nd Saudi International Maritime Forum in November

Jeddah to host 2nd Saudi International Maritime Forum in November
  • Event will be attended by experts in maritime security from around the world
  • The event was a continuation of the Kingdom’s contribution to promoting international peace and security

RIYADH: The 2nd Saudi International Maritime Forum will be held in Jeddah from November 15-17.
Organized by the Royal Saudi Naval Forces and held under the patronage of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the event aims to provide a platform for the exchange of views on how best to ensure maritime safety in a rapidly changing global environment.
Titled “Protecting Marine Units and Vital Coastal Sites Against the Threat of Unmanned Systems,” the forum will highlight the threat of such systems and present ways in which they can be dealt with.
Thanking the crown prince for his sponsorship of the event, RSNF Commander Fahd bin Abdullah Al-Ghufaili said it would also discuss the role individual nations and international organizations have to play in maintaining maritime security.
The event was a continuation of the Kingdom’s contribution to promoting international peace and security, he added.
“It also aims to enhance the role of the RSNF in cooperation with marine environment authorities at the national level, and what naval forces of brotherly and friendly countries are doing to support regional and international efforts, ensure the safety of maritime traffic and contribute to sustaining the global economy,” Al-Ghufaili said.
Military specialists and experts from the fields of technology, industry and academia will take part in a series of workshops during the forum, which will also be attended by representatives from government ministries and organizations and international corporations.
The event will also provide a platform for companies from around the world to display their latest equipment, technologies and systems related to maritime security.


Who’s Who: Hassan Al-Jeshi, CEO of an asset management firm Malaz Capital

Who’s Who: Hassan Al-Jeshi, CEO of an asset management firm Malaz Capital
Updated 11 August 2022

Who’s Who: Hassan Al-Jeshi, CEO of an asset management firm Malaz Capital

Who’s Who: Hassan Al-Jeshi, CEO of an asset management firm Malaz Capital

Hassan Al-Jeshi was appointed CEO of Malaz Capital in July this year.

Malaz Capital is an asset management firm operating under the regulations of the Capital Market Authority of Saudi Arabia.

The company obtained its CMA license in 2010, and is authorized to carry out asset management, dealing as principal and custody services in the Kingdom.

Prior to joining Malaz Capital, Al-Jeshi held several leadership positions in leading investment institutions and a group of national and international banks, including head of equity capital markets at Saudi National Bank Capital in 2021, the investment arm of SNB.

He worked at Samba Financial Group, holding two different positions including assistant general manager from 2017, and head of investment banking from 2020 at Samba Capital, the group’s investment arm.

From 2013-17, Al-Jeshi worked as group head of corporate finance at Alistithmar Capital, the investment arm of The Saudi Investment Bank.

In 2012, he worked in energy and infrastructure investment banking at Taylor-DeJongh, Washington, DC.

Al-Jeshi has extensive professional experience in the field of investment and capital markets locally, regionally, and internationally, where he has led through his positions multiple landmark and significant investment transactions.

At Samba he managed and oversaw the full cycle of investment banking deal-related activities, including deal origination, client management, building financial models, performing valuation, transaction structuring, and preparing to offer documents, reviewing transaction agreements and more.

During his early career, Al-Jeshi also worked as a business consultant to a number of small and medium enterprises at start-up and growth stages in areas related to preliminary feasibility study assessment, capital budgeting, valuation, and fundraising.

Al-Jeshi holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals which he received in 2005, and in 2013 he earned a master’s degree in finance from George Washington University in the US.


Saudi envoy to UN in Geneva, UNHCR chief discuss stronger cooperation

Saudi envoy to UN in Geneva, UNHCR chief discuss stronger cooperation
Updated 11 August 2022

Saudi envoy to UN in Geneva, UNHCR chief discuss stronger cooperation

Saudi envoy to UN in Geneva, UNHCR chief discuss stronger cooperation

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva, Abdulmohsen Majed bin Khothaila, met with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi on Wednesday.

The pair reviewed a number of important issues and discussed ways to enhance cooperation with the agency.

Earlier, Khothaila met with the permanent representative of the Republic of Djibouti to the UN, Ambassador Kadra Ahmed Hassan.

During the meeting they discussed issues of common interest within the framework of international organizations.