Pilgrims visit Madinah after completing Hajj

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Groups of Hajj pilgrims arrive in Madinah to visit the Prophet’s Mosque before returning home. (SPA)
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Groups of Hajj pilgrims arrive in Madinah to visit the Prophet’s Mosque before returning home. (SPA)
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Groups of Hajj pilgrims arrive in Madinah to visit the Prophet’s Mosque before returning home. (SPA)
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Updated 14 July 2022

Pilgrims visit Madinah after completing Hajj

Pilgrims visit Madinah after completing Hajj
  • More than 390,000 pilgrims visited Madinah during the period before Hajj
  • Pilgrims will pay their respects to Prophet Muhammad and pray in his mosque on arrival in the city

RIYADH: Groups of Hajj pilgrims are arriving in Madinah to visit the Prophet’s Mosque before returning home, Saudi Press Agency reported on Thursday.

Hajj 2022 ended on Tuesday and many pilgrims who did not visit Islam’s second holiest city before their pilgrimage will be visiting it over the next few days.

Pilgrims will pay their respects to Prophet Muhammad and pray in his mosque on arrival in the city.

Hajj service and health agencies have started implementing their plan for the post-Hajj season and there is an increased security presence on the route between Makkah and Madinah to ensure the smooth flow of traffic.

Security personnel will be present around the clock and vehicles will be closely monitored to ensure they are driving safely and not speeding.

More than 390,000 pilgrims visited Madinah during the period before Hajj.


Saudi defense ministry, Spain’s Navantia sign agreement

Saudi defense ministry, Spain’s Navantia sign agreement
Updated 47 min 50 sec ago

Saudi defense ministry, Spain’s Navantia sign agreement

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

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.


First Saudi independent cinema set to open in Jeddah

First Saudi independent cinema set to open in Jeddah
Updated 30 November 2022

First Saudi independent cinema set to open in Jeddah

First Saudi independent cinema set to open in Jeddah
  • Hayy Cinema includes a 168-seat theater, a 30-seat community screening room, a multimedia library, and an educational exhibition space
  • It’s founders said it aims to expand the cinema experience by serving as a meeting point to watch, discover, research and learn about films, and exchange knowledge

JEDDAH: Art Jameel has announced that the first Saudi independent cinema will open on Dec. 6, coinciding with the second Red Sea International Film Festival. It said Hayy Cinema, in Jeddah’s Hayy Jameel, aims to expand the cinema experience by serving as a meeting point to watch, discover, research and learn about films, and exchange knowledge.

Developed in collaboration with RSIFF, it features a 168-seat main theater, a 30-seat community screening room, a multimedia library and an educational exhibition space.

The cinema’s founders said it will celebrate the legends of the golden age of Arab cinema, and early screening highlights include a retrospective of five newly restored versions of groundbreaking films by Egyptian master Youssef Chahine, one of the Arab world’s most internationally acclaimed filmmakers.

It will also present an exhibition highlighting the contribution of renowned photographer Gamal Fahmy to the revolutionary force of filmmaking in the region.

“This is Saudi’s first bespoke independent picture house, developed to nurture the local film scene — not only filmmakers but also the audiences who appreciate them,” said Antonia Carver, the director of Art Jameel.

“Via a year-round program of films from Saudi, the region and the world, as well as talks, exhibitions and film festivals held across its various community spaces, the cinema becomes a convivial site of convening, opening up a whole new world of storytelling and imagination.

“We believe that Hayy Cinema’s focus on presenting and documenting the great breadth of global cinema, and in tracing the history of cinemas and films from the Gulf, complements the blockbusters of Saudi’s fast-growing commercial scene and government-led industry initiatives.”

The founders said that through carefully curated retrospectives and archival exhibitions, the cinema invites audiences to discover important films and learn more about the historical influence the independent film industry has had on social and political trends.

Its opening schedule includes five groundbreaking films by Chahine: “Alexandria… Why?” (“Iskindereya… Leh,” 1978); “Alexandria Again And Forever” (“Iskendereya Kaman we Kaman,” 1989); “Adieu Bonaparte” (“Al-Wedaa Ya Bonaparte,” 1985); “The Sixth Day” (“Al-Yom El-Sades,” 1986); and “Return Of The Prodigal Son” (“Awdet El-Ibn El-Dal,” 1976).

Zohra Ait El-Jamar, senior manager of Hayy Cinema, said: “The opening of Hayy Cinema in Jeddah captures a moment of increasing passion and support for local and global cinema in Saudi.

“The collaboration with RSIFF for the opening program of Hayy Cinema speaks to the ethos of Art Jameel: Our model has long been dynamic and adaptive, working with many partnering institutions to build programming collaborations anchored in the specific context of our creative community’s needs and aspirations.

“I thank the team at RSIFF and look forward to continuing to work with the festival and the Saudi film community to build ever-greater appreciation for cinema across the Kingdom.”

The cinema’s opening day also marks the first anniversary of Hayy Jameel, a dedicated complex for the arts and creativity in Jeddah that is one of two Art Jameel institutions.

Art Jameel works to support artists and nurture creative communities. Founded and supported by the Jameel family philanthropies, it describes its programs, commissions, research, learning initiatives and community buildings as being grounded in a dynamic understanding of the arts as being fundamental to life and accessible to all.

The cinema’s opening program marks the second collaboration between Art Jameel and RSIFF; in December last year, Hayy Jameel hosted “Red Sea: Immersive,” a selection of what it described as significant and era-defining virtual reality projects curated by Liz Rosenthal.

The second RSIFF begins today in Jeddah and continues until Dec. 10. Its program includes 131 feature films and shorts from 61 countries, in 41 languages, including seven features and 24 shorts from Saudi Arabia.