Saudi crown prince, France’s Macron discuss Ukraine war during call

Saudi crown prince, France’s Macron discuss Ukraine war during call
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Updated 20 May 2022

Saudi crown prince, France’s Macron discuss Ukraine war during call

Saudi crown prince, France’s Macron discuss Ukraine war during call

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Friday held a phone call with French President Emmanuel Macron to discuss the repercussions of the Russia-Ukraine war.

Also during the call,  the crown prince expressed his congratulations to Macron on his re-election, Saudi Press Agency reported.

They reviewed Saudi-French relations, emphasized the strategic partnership between the two countries, and discussed the latest regional and international developments, and the efforts made in their regard to achieve security and stability.

Prince Mohammed also discussed with Macron way to calm the tension in Ukraine, the Elysee palace said.


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
  • 100 guides across the mosque are available to communicate fluently with pilgrims in 23 languages

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.


Gamers8 esports event brings global musical artists to Riyadh

Axwell will be performing for the opening weekend on July 21. (Supplied)
Axwell will be performing for the opening weekend on July 21. (Supplied)
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Gamers8 esports event brings global musical artists to Riyadh

Axwell will be performing for the opening weekend on July 21. (Supplied)
  • The musical performances and children’s activities open the event up to a wider audience, with around 1,000 activities and attractions at Boulevard Riyadh City during the festival

JEDDAH: An esports festival is bringing international musical artists to Riyadh for the eight-week event.

The lineup for Gamers8 features DJs, rappers, and singers from the Arab world, Europe, and the US, including Lil Pump, Nancy Ajram, Hamaki, Disco Misr, Alan Walker, Russ, DJ Snake, and Balqees.

Artists will perform each weekend for fans and participants.

Gamers8, which is the biggest gaming and esports event worldwide, is being brought to the city by the Saudi Esports Federation.

Its goal is to blur borders, the ones between countries and the ones between the real world and the virtual one, and to bring gamers together. It is also a step forward in finding gamers, strengthening the gaming community in Saudi Arabia, and introducing them to the rest of the world.

A prize purse of up to $15 million is up for grabs.

The big-name games at the festival are PUBG, Dota 2, Rocket League, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege, and Fortnite.

The musical performances and children’s activities open the event up to a wider audience, with around 1,000 activities and attractions at Boulevard Riyadh City during the festival.

SEF COO Ahmed Al-Bishri said: “The goal of Gamers8 is to bring the virtual world of esports gaming out into the physical realm of Riyadh while merging a plethora of entertainment such as music, festivals, shows, and the latest experiences for children.

“We are delighted to be bringing some of the biggest names in music to Riyadh this summer and know they will significantly contribute to a season of incredible moments and memories.”

Full details about the performers and festival can be found on gamers8.gg.


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.