Saudi FM meets Cyprus counterpart in Marrakesh

Saudi FM meets Cyprus counterpart in Marrakesh
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Updated 13 May 2022

Saudi FM meets Cyprus counterpart in Marrakesh

Saudi FM meets Cyprus counterpart in Marrakesh

MARRAKESH: Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan on Thursday met his Cypriot counterpart Ioannis Kasoulides on the sidelines of the ministerial meeting of the Global Coalition to Defeat Daesh, held in the Moroccan city of Marrakesh.

During their meeting, the two ministers discussed several issues of mutual concern along with ways to further strengthen relations between the Kingdom and Cyprus.

Prince Faisal also met Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Peter Szijjarto in Marrakesh. They discussed ways to develop bilateral ties between the two countries.


Saudi Arabia’s efforts to protect the Arabian Leopard documented by Princess Reema Bint Bandar

Saudi Arabia’s efforts to protect the Arabian Leopard documented by Princess Reema Bint Bandar
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Saudi Arabia’s efforts to protect the Arabian Leopard documented by Princess Reema Bint Bandar

Saudi Arabia’s efforts to protect the Arabian Leopard documented by Princess Reema Bint Bandar
  • Her book “The Arabian Leopard” documents national efforts through the strategy of the Royal Commission for AlUla to preserve the Arabian Leopard
  • The book contains over 100 works of art and photos

LONDON: Saudi Arabia’s efforts to protect the Arabian Leopard is one of the most prominent global models, said Princess Reema bint Bandar, the Kingdom’s ambassador to the United States on Friday.
Princess Reema’s remarks came in the presence of Prince Khalid bin Bandar, the Saudi ambassador to the UK, while launching a new book entitled, “The Arabian Leopard”, as reported by the Saudi Gazette.
The book documents national efforts through the strategy of the Royal Commission for AlUla to preserve the Arabian Leopard and protect it from extinction, within the objectives of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.

 

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Assouline Publishing House in London hosted the book launching took ceremony during which the ambassador emphasized the Kingdom’s efforts to protect the leopard and return it to its natural habitats.

Prepared and written by a number of experts in the fields of environment and nature conservation, the book contains over 100 works of art and photos. It also contains reviews through various reports and the history of the Arabian tiger, which has existed for more than 500,000 years in the Arabian Peninsula.
The report adds that the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) classifies the Arabian Leopard as among the most endangered animals, with only 200 alive today, due to over hunting and other reasons within the animal’s subsistence system.
The strategy of the Royal Commission for AlUla to preserve the animal includes a variety of initiatives, including the expansion of the breeding program through the opening of a dedicated center in the Sharaan nature reserve and the establishment of the Arabian Leopard fund, for which the Royal Commission allocated $25 million.
Meanwhile, the Saudi Press Agency added that in line with the “Green Saudi Arabia” initiative, the Royal Commission aims to convert 80 percent of AlUla’s area into nature reserves, including wild plants and animals. The Royal Commission for AlUla Governorate is moving forward with this file, as initiatives to protect the Arabian leopard have included the resettlement of wild species such as mountain ibex and human deer.

 


Restoring ecosystem for a green Hajj requires good carbon, says forum chief

Al-Mashair covers 119 square kilometers and encompasses the key Hajj sites of Arafat, Muzdalifah, and Mina. (SPA)
Al-Mashair covers 119 square kilometers and encompasses the key Hajj sites of Arafat, Muzdalifah, and Mina. (SPA)
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Restoring ecosystem for a green Hajj requires good carbon, says forum chief

Al-Mashair covers 119 square kilometers and encompasses the key Hajj sites of Arafat, Muzdalifah, and Mina. (SPA)
  • “Vegetation will help reclaim its eco-capacity to revive itself and accelerate as soil carbon. This will include flora, animals, and how humans can fundamentally use it,” he told Arab News

JEDDAH: Restoring the ecosystem for a green Hajj requires good carbon, the CEO of the Saudi Green Building Forum has said.  

The SGBF, along with the UN Environment Programme, is studying the Al-Mashair area to restore land and look into its boundaries and carbon capacity.

Al-Mashair covers 119 square kilometers and encompasses the key Hajj sites of Arafat, Muzdalifah, and Mina.

SGBF CEO Faisal Al-Fadhl said that helping the environment restore itself meant increasing good carbon (soil carbon), a natural phenomenon that could be achieved through man-made initiatives.

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The Saudi Green Building Forum, along with the UN Environment Programme, is studying the Al-Mashair area to restore land and look into its boundaries and carbon capacity. It covers 119 square kilometers and encompasses the key Hajj sites of Arafat, Muzdalifah, and Mina.

“Vegetation will help reclaim its eco-capacity to revive itself and accelerate as soil carbon. This will include flora, animals, and how humans can fundamentally use it,” he told Arab News. “Seventy million tons of soil carbon is needed to restore the area through trees.”

Areas between Al-Mashair needed restoration for a rich human experience, he explained, “not just Mina, the mountains around it too.”

Al-Fadhl said good carbon canceled out the bad carbon from heat islands, a term referring to objects, elements, and structures such as cement, buildings, and reflective glass.

“These all generate a lot of heat so we want to reduce that through increasing soil carbon. The study is accredited by the United Nations Environment Programme, and this area requires certain care scientifically, zoologically, and botanically,” said Al-Fadhl.

He said Saudi Arabia was aiming to achieve net carbon neutrality by 2060, an announcement from Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman last October, and that this move was in line with the Kingdom’s development plans.

Al-Fadhl said the forum had begun projects to provide a green Hajj since it was established and now, with more sustainability awareness, the team was stepping up its action plans.

“It is not only a ritual place from the inside, it is a human experience and we have to restore its nature. It is the biggest international host in the world, so restoring the eco-capacity is a must for the human experience to be unique.”

Al-Fadhl said vegetation cover was very poor in Al-Mashair, with less than half of one percent having greenery or any form of vegetation. But he said that vegetation coverage had increased from 122 square meters to 878 square meters between 2000 and 2010.

“That is an 800 percent increase,” he added.

Al-Fadhl referred to US architect William McDonough’s “A New Language For Carbon” in his explanation to identify three strategies for carbon management and climate change.

The first was carbon positive, converting atmospheric carbon to forms that enhanced soil nutrition or to durable forms such as polymers and solid aggregates, also recycling carbon into nutrients from organic materials, food waste, compostable polymers, and sewers.

The second strategy, carbon neutral, referred to actions that transformed or maintained carbon in durable Earth-bound forms and cycles across generations; or renewable energy such as solar, wind, and hydropower that did not release carbon.

The third strategy, carbon negative, referred to actions that polluted the land, water, and atmosphere with various forms of carbon, for example, releasing CO2 and methane into the atmosphere or plastics into the ocean.

 


Makkah Healthcare Cluster establishes mobile dental clinic to serve pilgrims

Makkah Healthcare Cluster has signed cooperation agreement with a medical firm  specialized in dental services. (Supplied)
Makkah Healthcare Cluster has signed cooperation agreement with a medical firm specialized in dental services. (Supplied)
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Makkah Healthcare Cluster establishes mobile dental clinic to serve pilgrims

Makkah Healthcare Cluster has signed cooperation agreement with a medical firm  specialized in dental services. (Supplied)
  • The mobile dental clinic includes 32 medical and operational cadres equipped with modern capabilities around the clock for the length of the Hajj season

MAKKAH: Makkah Healthcare Cluster has signed a cooperation agreement with a medical company specializing in providing dental services, to establish a mobile dental clinic stationed at Al-Haram Emergency Hospital area to provide free healthcare to pilgrims during the Hajj.

The mobile dental clinic includes 32 medical and operational cadres equipped with modern capabilities around the clock for the length of the Hajj season.

After the end of the season, Makkah Healthcare Cluster will discuss with the company the feasibility and effectiveness of the mobile clinic and the possibility of expanding the scope of its work and facilitating services to its patients.

The acting CEO of Makkah Healthcare Cluster, Dr. Hatem bin Ahmed Al-Omari, said that Hajj and Umrah rituals represent one of Makkah Healthcare Cluster’s goals by refining health services and safety at the Grand Mosque in Makkah, and enable the cluster to provide quality services to pilgrims by improving cooperation and integration with the private sector, filling gaps in the provision of health services.

 


Saudi ministry releases Hajj e-guides in 14 languages

Saudi ministry releases Hajj e-guides in 14 languages
Updated 02 July 2022

Saudi ministry releases Hajj e-guides in 14 languages

Saudi ministry releases Hajj e-guides in 14 languages
  • Interactive e-manuals pave the way for ‘perfect Hajj journey’

JEDDAH: The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, in collaboration with the General Authority for Awqaf, has launched 13 detailed e-manuals offering advice to pilgrims from around the world on a variety of topics.

The guides have been released in 14 languages: Arabic, English, French, Spanish, Turkish, Russian, Persian, Urdu, Bengali, Indonesian, Malay, Hausa, Amharic and Sinhalese.

A ministry video shared on Twitter explains various features of the e-manuals and how the guides function.

“These guiding e-manuals are interactive, and include Shariah and Islamic law, procedural, organizational and health directives which pilgrims will need during their Hajj journey,” the ministry said.

“All you have to do is visit the guide website, pick the language, browse the guide you need, then you can listen or watch the available materials and download it as well.”

The video collected hundreds of thousands of views, with a number of officials commenting on the initiative.
 
Minister of Hajj and Umrah Tawfiq Al-Rabiah shared the video on his official Twitter account and wrote: “For a perfect Hajj journey, here are Hajj guides.”

In a TV interview, Hisham Saeed, assistant undersecretary of the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah for Hajj and Umrah Services, said that the guides’ detailed explanatory infographics and images will give pilgrims an alternative to audio or written materials.

Each catalog is supported by text, images and illustrations, in addition to a set of educational videos and audio materials.
 
Topics include Hajj rituals, as well as Ihram, Mina, Muzdalifah, Arafat Day, Jamarat, Umrah, health awareness, the Grand Mosque, the Prophet’s Mosque and its services, and city landmarks of Makkah and Madinah.

The guides are compatible with all phone operating systems, IOS and Android, and can be reached by visiting guide.haj.gov.sa

The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah seeks to serve pilgrims in a way that enables them to perform their Hajj rituals in the most ideal way possible. The ministry aims to facilitate the journey of pilgrims and enrich their spiritual and Hajj experiences.


Who’s Who: Mohammed Al-Jadaan, chairman of the General Authority of Awqaf

Mohammed Al-Jadaan, Saudi Finance Minister
Mohammed Al-Jadaan, Saudi Finance Minister
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Who’s Who: Mohammed Al-Jadaan, chairman of the General Authority of Awqaf

Mohammed Al-Jadaan, Saudi Finance Minister

Saudi Finance Minister Mohammed Al-Jadaan was recently appointed chairman of the General Authority of Awqaf.

The authority, according to the Saudi government website, is concerned with “organizing, maintaining, and developing endowments in a manner that achieves the requirements of the waqf and enhances its role in economic and social development and social solidarity, in accordance with the purposes of Islamic Sharia and regulations.”

Al-Jadaan has been the Kingdom's finance minister since November 2016. He previously served as chairman of the Capital Markets Authority, chairman of the Saudi Center for Commercial Arbitration’s board of directors, and special adviser to the board of directors at Morgan Stanley Saudi Arabia.

He is also a qualified commercial lawyer and co-founded the law firm Al-Jadaan and Partners in cooperation with Clifford Chance.

Al-Jadaan gained a bachelor’s degree in Islamic economics from Imam Mohammad bin Saud Islamic University and a master’s degree in legal studies from the Institute of Public Administration in Riyadh.

He specialized in commercial law, financial market transactions, and directed a team of lawyers providing legal services in the fields of energy, petrochemicals, mining, water desalination, privatization and partnerships between the public and private sectors, project finance, and initial public offerings on stock markets.

Al-Jadaan is also chairman of the Financial Sector Development Program committee, the Fiscal Balance Program committee, the Financial Stability committee, the board of the General Authority of Customs, and the Saudi side of the subcommittee of the high-level Saudi-Chinese Joint Committee.