AL AHSA: Governor of Al-Ahsa Prince Saud bin Talal bin Badr visited Saudi Aramco on Monday, where he was briefed on the advanced technology and processes introduced by the company to keep it competitive in the global industry, Saudi Press Agency reported.
Prince Saud was met by the company’s CEO Amin bin Hassan Al-Nasser at the oil giant’s headquarters in Dhahran.
The governor was briefed on Aramco’s achievements in the oil and gas industry and the critical role it continues to play in fulfilling the goals of Saudi Vision 2030.
The tour included a stop at the Oil Supply Planning and Scheduling Operations control center, which monitors the entire hydrocarbon supply chain ecosystem using a sophisticated SAP technology based platform.
Prince Saud also toured the Exploration and Petroleum Engineering Center, where he was shown the latest technologies in drilling, production, and management of underground reservoirs that helps to increase crude oil and gas extraction.
He concluded his visit at the Fourth Industrial Revolution Center, one of Aramco’s most recent initiatives to develop advanced digital technology that helps to monitor the reliability of thousands of pieces of equipment.
Prince Saud said he was delighted to see the advancements the company has introduced.ceo
International literary experts discuss heritage preservation at Saudi book fair
The event played a prominent role in the ‘renaissance of literature, culture, science, and the arts’ in the Kingdom
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RIYADH: Literary experts from around the world have been gathering in Saudi Arabia to help further cement the Kingdom’s position on the global heritage map.
Writers, publishers, and translators are among the delegates taking part in events and discussion sessions being held under the umbrella of the Riyadh International Book Fair, running at Riyadh Front until Oct. 8.
The fair’s program includes dialogue platforms, interactive lectures, and workshops covering art, reading, writing, publishing, bookmaking, and translation.
Chief executive officer of the Literature, Publishing, and Translation Commission, Dr. Mohammed Alwan, said the event had made significant contributions to the Saudi literary scene and played a prominent role in the renaissance of literature, culture, science, and the arts in the Kingdom.
He described the fair as providing a cultural bridge to understanding others and being a major contributor to the national cultural movement.
Day five of the gathering witnessed six panel discussions, one titled “Saudi Arabia on the world heritage map.”
Saudi archaeological discoveries have recently drawn international attention and experts took to the stage to talk about the Kingdom’s future capabilities, its components, and its growing status as a global leader in heritage preservation.
Ibrahim Aglan, a college research professor at the faculty of letters and human sciences in the Moroccan capital Rabat, said culture was multi-faceted. “It’s a way of life, a way to enhance the Kingdom’s international standing, and economic prosperity.”
Acting general manager of the Saudi Heritage Preservation Society, Rehaf Gassas, said: “The society is considered an arm of government bodies and agencies in preserving heritage and implementing specialized projects in this field.
“Whatever we do on our part as researchers, the community remains the sole owner of the heritage, knowing how it flowed and changed from generation to another, and how it is practiced.”
General manager of the Saudi Ministry of Culture’s intangible heritage, Ebtisam Al-Wehaibi, told delegates that the ultimate goal was communication between peoples.
She said: “It is amazing that we can get to know other people’s cultures and heritage and create a dialogue; that instead of looking for differences, you look for similarities.”
Al-Wehaibi noted that Saudi Arabia had been among 20 countries that got together after World War II to establish the UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization.
“In 2020, the Kingdom joined the executive board of UNESCO and the World Heritage Committee,” she added.
Meanwhile, a workshop run by Al-Yamamah University law professor, Dr. Muhammad Al-Sudais, looked at the role of the law in protecting cultural heritage.
He said: “With regard to the legal aspect, the Kingdom presented a wonderful model in the matter of preserving heritage.” And he pointed out that over recent years the Ministry of Culture had introduced a range of rules and regulations related to antiquities, museums, and urban heritage.
Al-Sudais noted that the Saudi Heritage Commission had added the 70-year-old oil Trans-Arabian Pipeline (Tapline), built during the reign of King Abdulaziz, to the national register of industrial heritage, adding that the Kingdom’s urban heritage register provided an important source of information for research centers.
“The Kingdom is very interested in excavating antiquities and preventing licensing except for the authorities designated by the system.
“It also specified that it is not permissible for any person, whether a citizen or not, to sell antiquities and engage in any activity related to the import and export of antiquities without obtaining a license from the commission,” Al-Sudais said.
Saudi Arabia reports 155 new COVID-19 cases, 3 deaths
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RIYADH: Saudi Arabia reported 155 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, according to the Ministry of Health. As a result, the total number of cases in the Kingdom over the course of the pandemic grew to 816,975.
The authorities also confirmed three new COVID-19-related deaths, raising the total number of fatalities to 9,360.
Of the new infections, 59 were recorded in Riyadh, 28 in Jeddah and 12 in Madinah. Several other cities recorded fewer than 10 new cases each.
The ministry also announced that 124 patients had recovered from COVID-19, bringing the total number of recoveries in the Kingdom over the course of the pandemic to 804,033.
It said that 3,582 COVID-19 cases were still active, adding that 7,368 PCR tests were conducted in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number to more than 44 million.
The ministry said that of the current cases, 39 were in critical condition.
More than 68 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered since the Kingdom’s immunization campaign began, with over 25 million people fully vaccinated.
RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Education Ministry will celebrate World Teachers’ Day, which falls on Oct. 5 each year, under the theme “The transformation of education begins with the teachers,” with three days of events, programs and activities in schools and education departments.
A special celebration at the ministry's headquarters in Riyadh will feature a performance of “The Vision’s Teacher” operetta, and an activity titled “For Teachers and Students.”
Activities in schools will allow students and teachers to express gratitude for the role of the teacher in the growth and development of learners.
Education departments, offices and schools in all regions and governorates will honor teachers by devoting the school radio program to presentations highlighting the role of teachers.
The ministry has praised the role of teachers in building generations by establishing and strengthening positive initiatives.
Fun seekers invited to roll up for retro skating disco in ancient AlUla
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ALULA: Fun seekers are being invited to get their skates on and head to the ancient city of AlUla for a new outdoor roller disco with music served up by international DJs.
AlUla on Wheels, being held in Al-Jadidah, will run from Thursday until Oct. 22, with organizers AlUla Moments promising an “old-school blast from the past” for roller-skate beginners and experts alike.
Skaters can “glide under the stars,” experience a different way of enjoying music, and join an international revival of the roller discos of the 1980s, all with skates and headphones provided.
The entertainment is curated by Good Intentions, an initiative started by Saudi Noor Taher and American record producer Swizz Beatz, the husband of US singer Alicia Keys.
Seating will be provided for those who want to soak up the entertainment without the potential bruises, and food trucks will also be open.
The venue is free to enter but those wishing to skate on the rink must buy a ticket.
Thursday and Friday nights have been reserved for the biggest parties. Tickets costing SR250 ($66.50) will allow entry for more than three hours of music from an international DJ playing what organizers promise will be “the world’s freshest music.”
For all other nights, tickets for 45 minutes of skating, starting at SR40, are available on the AlUla website. The rink is open from 7 p.m. until midnight.
AlUla on Wheels is being held as part of AlUla Wellness Festival, which aims to promote mental and physical health.
Follow @alulamoments and @experiencealula on Twitter for more information, or book via the website.
Saudi Arabia’s king, crown prince offer condolences after Indonesia stadium disaster
131 people killed after officers fired tear gas in a packed stadium to quell a pitch invasion, triggering a stampede
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RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman offered their condolences to Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo after 131 people were killed in a stampede at a football stadium.
The tragedy on Saturday night in the city of Malang saw a total of 131 people killed and more than 300 others injured after officers fired tear gas in a packed stadium to quell a pitch invasion, triggering a stampede.
“We have learned of the news of the victims of the stampede that occurred during a football match and the resulting deaths and injuries,” King Salman said in a cable.
“We send you, the families of the deceased, and people of Indonesia our deepest condolences… May God grant the injured a speedy recovery, and protect you and the people of Indonesia from all bad things,” the king added.
Prince Mohammed also sent a cable of condolences in which he wished the injured a swift recovery.