Saudi Arabia launches iftar, dates distribution in Manila

Saudi Arabia launches iftar, dates distribution in Manila. (SPA)
Saudi Arabia launches iftar, dates distribution in Manila. (SPA)
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Updated 03 April 2022

Saudi Arabia launches iftar, dates distribution in Manila

Saudi Arabia launches iftar, dates distribution in Manila. (SPA)
  • The two programs aim to distribute 3,500 food baskets to Muslim families in the Philippines

MANILA: The Saudi Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Dawah and Guidance inaugurated two programs to distribute iftar meals and luxury dates in the Philippines.

The programs were launched at an event at the Saudi Embassy in Manila within the framework of the Kingdom’s Ramadan programs that it implements every year in a number of countries.

The two programs aim to distribute 3,500 food baskets to Muslim families in the Philippines, and five tons of dates, to be distributed throughout Ramadan in coordination with official charities.

This year, Saudi Arabia launched iftar programs in 34 countries to provide iftar meals for Muslims throughout the holy month, which started on April 2, to benefit nearly 1.2 million people.

The ministry has made all the necessary arrangements to reach all continents, depending on the need and requests, in coordination with Saudi embassies and the ministry’s Islamic centers.

Meanwhile, the ministry has handed over a gift from King Salman to the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs in Gabon, comprising the publications of the King Fahd Complex for the Printing of the Holy Qur’an in Madinah.

The gift was delivered by Saudi Ambassador to Gabon Abdurrahman bin Salem Al-Dahas during the reception ceremony at the embassy’s headquarters, in the presence of a number of Islamic authorities and embassy employees.

The president of the Gabonese Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Imam Ismail Osini Osa, thanked the Saudi government for the valuable gift, the receipt of which coincided with the advent of Ramadan, stressing that it was appreciated by the Muslims of Gabon, and embodies the Kingdom’s care for the Holy Qur’an, the way of life for Muslims.


Saudi Program delivers 150 homes in Yemen

Saudi Program delivers 150 homes in Yemen
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Saudi Program delivers 150 homes in Yemen

Saudi Program delivers 150 homes in Yemen
  • The project also included the repair of 600 homes, benefiting over 4,000 beneficiaries in Aden

RIYADH: The Saudi Program for the Development and Reconstruction of Yemen (SDRPY) delivered 150 homes in Aden, Yemen, to improve the living conditions of low-income families.

The new residences were part of the ‘adequate housing’ project, carried out in partnership United Nations Human Settlements Program (UN-HABITAT) and Alwaleed Philanthropies, reported the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

The project also included the repair of 600 homes, benefiting over 4,000 beneficiaries in Aden.

It also provided vocational training for Yemeni construction workers in electricity, solar energy, photography, and painting, and upskilled 40 engineers in advanced geographical information systems, construction project management, specialized procurement and project cost calculation, and technical and economic feasibility studies.

Engineers from the Ministry of Public Works and Roads have also been trained in project management, according to SPA.

Ahmed Medkhali, SDRPY director in Aden, said the project was part of Saudi Arabia’s intensified effort to rehabilitate damaged homes and build safe residences that provide proper living conditions for the Yemeni people.


Saudi defense ministry, Spain’s Navantia sign combat ships agreement

Saudi defense ministry, Spain’s Navantia sign combat ships agreement
Updated 01 December 2022

Saudi defense ministry, Spain’s Navantia sign combat ships agreement

Saudi defense ministry, Spain’s Navantia sign combat ships agreement

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s defense ministry and Saudi General Authority for Military Industries signed an agreement with Spain’s Navantia company to acquire and build a number of multi-mission combat ships for the Royal Saudi Naval Forces, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Thursday.

The Kingdom’s Defense Minister Prince Khaled bin Salman and Spain’s Minister of Industry, Commerce, and Tourism María Reyes Maroto attended the agreement’s signing ceremony.

Prince Khaled said on Twitter that this agreement falls within Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s vision to strengthen the capabilities of the Saudi defense ministry.

“This MOU represents the latest effort to fulfill the vision of HRH the Crown Prince and Prime Minister to localize our military industry and empower and strengthen the capabilities of the ministry of defense, which will help provide security for our country and region,” he said.

The agreement aims to raise the level of readiness of the Royal Saudi Naval Forces to enhance maritime security in the region, protect the Kingdom’s vital and strategic interests, and support defense ministry’s  operational and tactical goals.

According to the agreement, Navantia will localize up to 100% of naval shipbuilding, integration of combat systems, and ship maintenance, in line with Saudi Vision 2030 objectives.

It also focuses on integrating combat systems into new ships, engineering and designing systems and hardware, and developing software.

Testing, systems verification, prototyping, simulation, as well as logistical support and training program design will also be within the scope of the agreement.


KSRelief chief meets UN assistant secretary-general for humanitarian affairs

KSRelief chief meets UN assistant secretary-general for humanitarian affairs
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KSRelief chief meets UN assistant secretary-general for humanitarian affairs

KSRelief chief meets UN assistant secretary-general for humanitarian affairs

RIYADH: Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, the adviser at the Saudi Royal Court and general supervisor of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center, on Wednesday met with UN Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Joyce Msuya, in the capital, Riyadh, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

During the meeting, they discussed a number of issues of common interest related to relief and humanitarian affairs.

Msuya praised the Kingdom’s effective and influential international humanitarian role, noting the efforts of KSrelief in alleviating the suffering of refugees and needy groups around the world.


Saudi, Kuwaiti foreign ministers discuss developing joint action

Saudi, Kuwaiti foreign ministers discuss developing joint action
Updated 01 December 2022

Saudi, Kuwaiti foreign ministers discuss developing joint action

Saudi, Kuwaiti foreign ministers discuss developing joint action

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan met with his Kuwaiti counterpart Sheikh Salem Abdullah Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, and his accompanying delegation, during his official visit to the capital, Riyadh, the Kingdom’s ministry said on Wednesday.

During the meeting, the two sides stressed the importance of strengthening the joint action process between the two countries, in implementation of the directives of King Salman and Kuwait’s Emir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, in a way that translates the strong and well-established relations between both countries, and achieves the aspirations of the two peoples toward further progress and prosperity, the ministry said in a statement.

Prince Faisal held an official dinner banquet in honor of the Kuwaiti Foreign Minister and his delegation.


Saudi Arabia, South Korea discuss cooperation in housing and smart cities

Saudi Arabia, South Korea discuss cooperation in housing and smart cities
Updated 01 December 2022

Saudi Arabia, South Korea discuss cooperation in housing and smart cities

Saudi Arabia, South Korea discuss cooperation in housing and smart cities

Saudi Minister of Municipal, Rural Affairs and Housing Majid Al-Hogail met Korean Minister of Land, Infrastructure and Transport Won Hee-ryong as part of his Asian tour that began in Seoul.

The ministers discussed frameworks for enhancing cooperation in the municipal, housing and smart-city sectors, the importance of activating the executive program, and the exchange of experiences in a way that would serve the two countries.

Al-Hogail lauded the progress of the nations’ relations, the cooperation between them, and the advantages that resulted from the formation of strategic alliances and partnerships.

The ministers also inaugurated the first Saudi-Korean Housing Cooperation Forum.

Al-Hogail said at the event that the focus was on enhancing the effectiveness and efficiency of the government’s role, in addition to cultivating the spirit of social responsibility.

He also stressed the need for cooperation between countries on a global scale to expand and diversify the economy’s resources, and create job opportunities.

He expressed the hope that the first forum would help both sides develop a common understanding of the national vision, government policies, infrastructure and municipal projects.