New Saudi ambassador Abdulaziz Al-Wasil presents credentials to UN chief

Ambassador Dr. Abdulaziz Al-Wasil presents his credentials to Secretary-General António Guterres at the United Nations in New York on Tuesday. (KSA MOFA)
Ambassador Dr. Abdulaziz Al-Wasil presents his credentials to Secretary-General António Guterres at the United Nations in New York on Tuesday. (KSA MOFA)
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Updated 03 August 2022

New Saudi ambassador Abdulaziz Al-Wasil presents credentials to UN chief

New Saudi ambassador Abdulaziz Al-Wasil presents credentials to UN chief
  • Envoy has 23 years’ experience in the diplomatic field and was Kingdom's permanent representative to UN mission in Geneva
  • Before joining the diplomatic corps, Al-Wasil had been a university lecturer in the Kingdom and US

UN, NEW YORK CITY: Saudi Arabia’s new permanent representative to the UN, Abdulaziz Al-Wasil, has presented his credentials to Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

Al-Wasil replaces former ambassador Abdullah Al-Mouallimi, who completed an 11-year tenure as the Kingdom’s top envoy.

During Al-Wasil’s meeting with Guterres, the ambassador wished the UN chief continued success during his second term in office. They discussed the close partnership between the Kingdom and the UN, and ways to enhance the relationship.

Al-Wasil joined the diplomatic corps in 1999, and served in the international organizations department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Riyadh. Two years later, he moved to the Kingdom’s embassy in Canberra, Australia, where he assumed the role of charge d’affaires.

He returned to the Kingdom in 2007 to engage in multilateral work, focusing on human rights at the ministry’s office for multilateral relations, before moving to the Kingdom’s permanent mission in Geneva, where he also took on the human rights file for about five years. He has published many articles in multiple languages, mainly tackling human rights issues.

In 2013, he moved to London, UK, where he became deputy chief of mission at the Saudi embassy, before being appointed three years later as the Kingdom’s permanent representative to the UN in Geneva.

Before joining the diplomatic corps, Al-Wasil held multiple positions in both the public and private sectors, including as a lecturer at King Abdulaziz Military College in Riyadh, and as an assistant lecturer in the political science department at Marshall University in the US.


Ksrelief chief meets Omani former conjoined twins 15 years after their separation

Ksrelief chief meets Omani former conjoined twins 15 years after their separation
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Ksrelief chief meets Omani former conjoined twins 15 years after their separation

Ksrelief chief meets Omani former conjoined twins 15 years after their separation

RIYADH: The supervisor general of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center received on Wednesday a set of Omani former conjoined twins whom he operated on in 2007.

Abdullah Al-Rabeeah met with Safa and Marwa Muhammad bin Nasser Al-Jardani and their parents at the KSrelief headquarters in Riyadh.

The twins underwent successful surgery to separate adhesions in their skulls, brain membranes, and intervening veins at King Abdulaziz Medical City in Riyadh fifteen years ago.

Al-Rabeeah said Saudi Arabia’s program to separate conjoined twins enjoys a high international status that would not be possible without the support of the Kingdom’s leadership.

He added that the Kingdom has become specialized in performing complex surgical operations due to its advanced human and technical capabilities that make it a desired destination for anyone who requires treatment, whether from inside or outside Saudi Arabia.

He noted that the program embodies the humanity of the Kingdom, which transcends continents, borders and races to heal wounds and relieve human suffering.

The latest beneficiaries of the program are Yemeni twin girls Mawaddah and Rahma who were born conjoined at the lower chest and abdomen.

The baby girls from Aden were successfully separated in July.

The parents of the Omani twins expressed their gratitude to the Kingdom for facilitating the necessary efforts to separate and treat their daughters, adding that the kind gesture had had a great impact on their lives.


Saudi Heritage Commission to survey Red Sea for archeological finds

Saudi Heritage Commission to survey Red Sea for archeological finds
Updated 18 August 2022

Saudi Heritage Commission to survey Red Sea for archeological finds

Saudi Heritage Commission to survey Red Sea for archeological finds

JEDDAH: The Saudi Heritage Commission has announced that it will implement plans to survey and uncover buried heritage in the Red Sea in collaboration with the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, the King Abdulaziz University and the University of Naples in Italy.
The commission said that plans will include surveying the Red Sea waters, from Umluj to Ras Al-Sheikh Hamid, in search for archeological findings, a project that had initially begun on July 13 and will continue to Sept. 5.
The project has thus far monitored more than 25 specific locations along the survey path including the Ras Al-Sheikh Hamid, Duba, Al-Wajh and Umluj areas using sonars. The devices will retrieve underwater and mosaic maps as well as high-quality photographs of the areas.
Saudi Heritage Commission CEO Dr. Jasir Al-Herbish said that the announcement is in line with the commission’s policy to notify media agencies, the general public and those interested in archeology of plans and efforts made in collaboration with scientific institutions and international organizations to discover these historical sites.
Its goal with this initiative is to develop the field of archeological diving and share the results of the historical site surveys in order to educate the public about areas in the Red Sea that are rich with cultural heritage — and just as essential as archeological findings on dry land.
Al-Herbish highlighted the efforts that are already in progress, such as a specialized center for the protection of underwater cultural heritage in the Red Sea and the Arabian Gulf.
He stressed that the waters of the Red Sea and the Arabian Gulf are still incubating many secrets about the Kingdom’s cultural heritage, and the center hopes it will contribute to discovering them.
Vice President and Senior Associate of KAUST Dr. Najah Ashry said: “We at KAUST Basic Laboratories are exploring the secrets of the Red Sea using advanced marine technologies and building advanced capabilities with our partners,” the Saudi Press Agency reported.
The Umluj shipwreck area was previously surveyed in a collaborative effort by the commission and an Italian team from the University of Naples in 2015 and 2016, which determined that the wreck dates back over 100 years.
Some of the survey findings included a mound of pottery next to the wreck, hundreds of high-quality Chinese porcelain pieces, a coconut shell and various metals.


Mawhiba, ALECSO celebrate end of the Gifted Arab Initiative

Mawhiba, ALECSO celebrate end of the Gifted Arab Initiative
Updated 18 August 2022

Mawhiba, ALECSO celebrate end of the Gifted Arab Initiative

Mawhiba, ALECSO celebrate end of the Gifted Arab Initiative

RIYADH: The King Abdulaziz and His Companions Foundation for Giftedness and Creativity, or Mawhiba, organized the closing ceremony for the second edition of its Gifted Arab Initiative on Wednesday.

The ceremony celebrated the 205 students from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Iraq, Oman, Libya, Tunisia, Jordan, and Palestine who completed the initiative.

The students finished twin programs hosted at King Saud University and Princess Nourah Bint Abdul Rahman University, where they spent weeks learning in top tier scientific research laboratories.

The programs aim to develop and refine the students’ capabilities and skills, and provide them with specialized scientific knowledge, research and learning techniques, and critical thinking and public speaking experience for their future endeavours.

Mawhiba Secretary-General Dr. Amal Al-Hazaa said: “Mawhiba and its partners are celebrating today the end of the Gifted Arab Initiative, which included many stages and hard work that began with the development of a scientific scale — the Gifted Arab scale — which is the gateway to the initiative, followed by cooperation between the Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization and the Saudi National Commission for Education, Culture and Science, represented in coordination with the ministries of education in the Arab countries to nominate these students.”

Al-Hazaa added that the initiative’s goals were to spread a culture of discovery and innovation, and create the necessary support to nurture talented Arab students to  let them contribute to the growth of their respective countries.

In his virtual speech from ALECSO headquarters in Tunisia, Director General Dr. Mohamed Ould Amar said: “I would like to thank King Salman, and the people of Saudi Arabia, for the generous and continuous support of the organization and for sponsoring its works, programs and cultural activities in the service of the Arab nation.

“My sons and daughters, the winners of the first round of the Gifted Arab Initiative, more than 200 students from all Arab countries; we aim to nurture your talents because you are the true wealth and successful investment.”

At the end of the ceremony, Mawhiba honored the initiative’s partners, King Saud University and Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University, in appreciation of their continuous support for talent empowerment and development programs.

The ceremony was attended by ambassadors and other diplomats representing Bahrain, Iraq, Oman, Libya, the United Arab Emirates, Palestine, and Mauritania.


Saudi ‘Happiness Makers’ to bring joy to entertainment sector

Saudi ‘Happiness Makers’ to bring joy to entertainment sector
Updated 18 August 2022

Saudi ‘Happiness Makers’ to bring joy to entertainment sector

Saudi ‘Happiness Makers’ to bring joy to entertainment sector
  • 30 young people completed 6-month training program
  • Part of Vision 2030’s Quality of Life projects

JEDDAH: Thirty young Saudis have completed the General Entertainment Authority’s Entertainment Leaders’ six-month program and are now geared to become “Happiness Makers” in the country’s growing industry.

The GEA held a ceremony in Riyadh on Tuesday to honor the young people who were trained in crowd control, entertainment center management, maintenance, public safety, organizing and marketing.

The “Happiness Makers” initiative is part of Vision 2030’s Quality of Life program, which was launched in 2018. The training was held in cooperation with several local universities and companies in the entertainment sector.

The ceremony was attended by Faisal Bafarat, CEO of the GEA, and Khaled Al-Bakr, CEO of the Center for Quality of Life program.

GEA Chairman Turki Al-Sheikh tweeted a message from his Twitter account: “With the support of the Crown Prince, today we celebrated honoring 30 entertainment leaders after they completed the training program within the #happiness — makers initiative, which was launched by the authority to qualify and train 100,000 young men and women in various programs.”

The GEA aims to develop the country’s nascent entertainment and tourism industry, which includes seeking private and public sector support and partnerships.

The ceremony in Riyadh saw several companies sign agreements to run joint training in event management, presentations, and crowd management.


Saudi Arabia relief efforts in Yemen continue with sanitation, medical outreach

Saudi Arabia relief efforts in Yemen continue with sanitation, medical outreach
Updated 18 August 2022

Saudi Arabia relief efforts in Yemen continue with sanitation, medical outreach

Saudi Arabia relief efforts in Yemen continue with sanitation, medical outreach
  • KSRelief earlier this year signed a deal with UNICEF to provide safe water supplies for up to 33,235 people in the Yemeni provinces of Marib, Al-Jawf, Hajjah and Saada

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia’s relief efforts in Yemen, through the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief), continue with sanitation and medical outreach in areas of the conflict-ridden country.

The center provided, for the week ending Aug. 2, 395,000 liters of drinking water and 2,656,000 liters of non-drinking water in Hajjah Governorate as well as 100,000 liters of drinking water and 40,000 liters of non-drinking water in Saada Governorate.

KSRelief earlier this year signed a deal with UNICEF to provide safe water supplies for up to 33,235 people in the Yemeni provinces of Marib, Al-Jawf, Hajjah and Saada, and reduce the incidence of diseases resulting from drinking contaminated water.

During the same week, 502 people from Abs district of Hajjah Governorate who had various health issues were given free medical services.

The KSRelief mobile medical clinics also provided 251 individuals with medications.

KSRelief has so far implemented 684 projects in Yemen at a total cost of more than $4 billion, and is among the top beneficiary countries for the relief agency’s activities including food security, water sanitation and hygiene, health, education, humanitarian and emergency relief coordination.