Bahrain tourism minister discusses opportunities in Saudi Arabia with officials

Bahrain tourism minister discusses opportunities in Saudi Arabia with officials
Fatima Jaafar Al-Sairafi met with Qusai Al-Fakhri, CEO of Saudi Tourism Development Fund, in Riyadh where both reviewed ways to create diverse business opportunities in the tourism sector. (BNA)
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Updated 11 August 2022

Bahrain tourism minister discusses opportunities in Saudi Arabia with officials

Bahrain tourism minister discusses opportunities in Saudi Arabia with officials
  • Both officials agreed to explore investment opportunities in the tourism sector in both countries

RIYADH: Bahrain’s tourism minister discussed expanding cooperation with Saudi Arabia in the tourism sector during an official visit to the Kingdom, Bahrain News Agency (BNA) reported.

Fatima Jaafar Al-Sairafi met with Qusai bin Abdulla Al-Fakhri, CEO of Saudi Tourism Development Fund, in Riyadh where both reviewed ways to create diverse business opportunities in the tourism sector and promote sustainability in line with international developments.

“They agreed to explore the future prospects of tourism projects undertaken by the private sector in both countries, in addition to tapping into investment opportunities in this vital sector,” the BNA statement read.

The officials praised the deep-rooted historic relations between both kingdoms, highlighting efforts to strengthen the steadily growing ties.
Al-Sairafi highlighted Bahrain’s 2022-2025 tourism strategy, which aims to increase cooperation with other countries to boost investment in tourism infrastructure.


Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince meets with Kingdom’s Minister of Defense

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince meets with Kingdom’s Minister of Defense
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Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince meets with Kingdom’s Minister of Defense

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince meets with Kingdom’s Minister of Defense
  • Prince Mohammed bin Salman expressed his gratitude and appreciate for ministry of defense’s efforts
  • The event was attended by commanders from the ministry of defense and the armed forces

JEDDAH: Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia, met with the Kingdom’s Minister of Defense and commanders, Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz.
Prince Mohammed bin Salman expressed his gratitude and appreciate for ministry of defense’s efforts and the progress achieved in the development program.
The Crown Prince also commended the increase in internal self-sufficiency of military industries, which saw a 13-percent rise from two percent to 15 percent, hoping it reaches 50 percent under the supervision of the minister of defense and the military personnel.
Prince Khalid highlighted the ministry of defense’s achievements throughout the various development programs in addition to the achievements they wish to fulfill in the future.
The event was attended by commanders from the ministry of defense and the armed forces.


KSRelief continues assistance to communities in disaster-stricken areas

KSRelief continues assistance to communities in disaster-stricken areas
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KSRelief continues assistance to communities in disaster-stricken areas

KSRelief continues assistance to communities in disaster-stricken areas
  • New humanitarian campaign to spray residual pesticides was launched in Yemen

RIYADH: King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) has continued providing assistance to vulnerable communities living in disaster-stricken areas.

Five tons of food baskets were distributed among 678 people in residential areas in the Red Sea State in Sudan as the country reels from the damages of torrential rains and floods that recently hit the country.
In Lebanon, 1,600 beneficiaries received 21 tons of food baskets as part of KSRelief’s efforts to serve Palestinian and Syrian refugees and the host community in Lebanon, according to a statement by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).
A new humanitarian campaign to spray residual pesticides was launched in Yemen to eliminate disease-carrying mosquitos in Al-Mahra Governate. The campaign, which targets 1,677 homes, will be carried out by 46 workers and 14 observers.
Meanwhile, shelter materials were distributed to 1,200 displaced people in Al-Atira camp of Lahij in collaboration with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
Aid distribution continued in Pakistan, where the center has already sent nine relief planes for those affected by the heavy floods. On Monday, the center’s teams distributed 1,900 food baskets, 350 tents and 1,200 mosquito nets in Punjab and Sindh provinces, benefiting 11,200 people.
A new campaign was also launched in Bangladesh under the Noor Saudi Volunteer Program to combat blindness. Since the start of the campaign, which will run until October 1, the center’s volunteer medical team has examined 3,000 cases, distributed 911 eyeglasses, and performed 146 cataract surgeries.


Saudi Arabia’s culinary heritage showcased at Terra Madre conference in Italy

Saudi Arabia’s culinary heritage showcased at Terra Madre conference in Italy
Updated 27 September 2022

Saudi Arabia’s culinary heritage showcased at Terra Madre conference in Italy

Saudi Arabia’s culinary heritage showcased at Terra Madre conference in Italy
  • Culinary Arts Commission registers 13 famous Saudi foods on the Ark of Taste list of endangered foods

RIYADH: The Saudi Culinary Arts Commission is hosting a pavilion at the Terra Madre Network conference in Turin, Italy, to showcase some of the Kingdom’s unique dishes and indigenous foods.

The commission said on Tuesday: “At the conference, 13 elements of Saudi cuisine were added to the Ark of Taste Archives, an international catalogue of endangered heritage foods managed by the Slow Food movement. 

“This follows the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the Culinary Arts Commission and Slow Food to support the Kingdom’s burgeoning culinary sector, including the involvement of Saudi farmers’ markets in the Global Slow Food Earth Market list, and the identification of further opportunities for cooperation.”

Mayada Badr

Slow Food is a global movement that operates in over 160 countries to preserve and increase awareness of endangered foods that are unique in taste and native to a certain region.

Some of the Saudi foods that were listed in the Ark of Taste include hassawi rice, native to Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province and considered one of the most expensive types of rice, and samh seeds, native to Al-Jouf Province. 

The list also includes the distinct white desert truffles of the Northern Region called Al-Kamaa, khawlani coffee beans from Jazan Region — among the finest in the world — and Al-Maghmi dates, a traditional Saudi dish made with molasses and sesame seeds.

HIGHLIGHT

Some of the Saudi foods that were listed in the Ark of Taste include hassawi rice, native to Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province and considered one of the most expensive types of rice, and samh seeds, native to Al-Jouf Province.

Registering these foods comes as part of the commission’s efforts to preserve the historical legacy of culinary arts in the Kingdom and encourage the public to protect them from extinction.

Commenting on the participation, Mayada Badr, CEO of the Culinary Arts Commission, said: “The commission’s attendance at this event is a culmination of the work by dedicated producers around the Kingdom to elevate our culinary sector. We are delighted to showcase the best of Saudi cuisine at Terra Madre, and we hope audiences will enjoy sampling some of our unique and delicious dishes.”

The conference also saw the Aseer region in Saudi Arabia formally awarded the title of World Region of Gastronomy 2024 by the International Institute of Gastronomy, Culture, Arts, and Tourism.

The international jury of IGCAT experts recognized the welcoming spirit of the Aseer community and their willingness to showcase and share their food and culture.

The jury commented: “The light of the Middle East shines from the region of Aseer. A lot of work has been done to empower the community and prepare them for welcoming future visitors to their unique culture. The culinary scene of Aseer is rooted in tradition and it has the potential to become a culinary destination and contribute to the creative economy.”

On the award for the Aseer region, Badr said: “Saudi Arabia has a diverse culture and a rich heritage, and we are proud that the Aseer region has been formally awarded World Region of Gastronomy 2024, in recognition of their efforts to preserve the region's diverse and distinctive food culture while protecting the environment and empowering younger generations.”

Saudi chef Hatoon Altoukhi, touted as one of the best authentic Italian food chefs on social media, told Arab News: “We have reached a great milestone towards our (Vision) 2030 goals. The Saudi region of Aseer is awarded World Region of Gastronomy in Italy, where the Italians respect and give much more attention to the food industry.

“Being a Saudi chef who specializes in Italian cuisine and (who) married into an Italian family, I immediately shared the news with our family in Italy and felt so much pride that we are now en route to greatness and international gastronomy recognition,” he said.

The Kingdom’s participation at Terra Madre is part of broader efforts to stimulate cultural exchange and dialogue with counterparts worldwide while introducing Saudi Arabia’s diverse culinary heritage and native agricultural crops to the world.

Terra Madre is a network of food communities that holds a major conference every two years in Turin to foster discussion and present innovative concepts on food, globalization, and economics.

The conference aims to connect producers from across the food supply chain to encourage collaboration and improve their skills for a more developed global food system.


Dutch Embassy in Riyadh hosts ceremony renewing cooperation of honorary consuls

Dutch Embassy in Riyadh hosts ceremony renewing cooperation of honorary consuls
Updated 27 September 2022

Dutch Embassy in Riyadh hosts ceremony renewing cooperation of honorary consuls

Dutch Embassy in Riyadh hosts ceremony renewing cooperation of honorary consuls
  • The ceremony is a renewal of the 2017 Honorary Consulate Agreement, which will renew the cooperation between the two countries until 2027

RIYADH: The Embassy of the Netherlands in Riyadh hosted a signing ceremony renewing the Honorary Consulate Agreement for five years signed by both honorary consuls on Tuesday.

“Today we are here for a signing ceremony with our two honorary consuls, one based in the Eastern Province and one in the Hijaz region, to re-arrange another five years of cooperation here,” Janet Alberda, Dutch ambassador to the Kingdom, told Arab News.

Through the agreement, the honorary consuls will continue to support the embassy’s mission in the Kingdom through sharing networks and supporting economic and governmental initiatives.

Nashwa Taher, honorary consul for Makkah and Jeddah region, and Sulaiman Al-Suhaimi, honorary consul for the Eastern Province, were present alongside the Dutch ambassador, and Hazim Alrasheed, general director of diplomatic representation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The honorary consuls play a pivotal role in the Netherlands’ international network. One of their primary missions is to support trade collaborations between the two countries and aid in facilitating opportunities to strengthen bilateral relations.

“This is a renewal made by our King Willem-Alexander, so this means that there is a lot of recognition and a lot of trust. This is a thank you — appreciation for the work that we do with these individuals,” the ambassador explained.

The ceremony began with a video speech from Guusje Korthals Altes, deputy director of the MENA department of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, thanking the honorees for their work.

“This agreement signing means a lot — I am so proud that the Dutch government has the trust in me to continue and be a part of this kind of relegation between both countries,” Taher said.

The ceremony is a renewal of the 2017 Honorary Consulate Agreement, which will renew the cooperation between the two countries until 2027.

“I am so proud that the Saudi government has given me the go-ahead to be the first woman as the honorary consul, and this is an achievement for me that I will be proud of my whole life,” Taher added.

 


First Qur’anic verse beamed into Makkah sky with lasers

The first Qur’anic verse revealed to Prophet Muhammad was featured through laser light on Jabal Al-Noor in Makkah. (Supplied)
The first Qur’anic verse revealed to Prophet Muhammad was featured through laser light on Jabal Al-Noor in Makkah. (Supplied)
Updated 27 September 2022

First Qur’anic verse beamed into Makkah sky with lasers

The first Qur’anic verse revealed to Prophet Muhammad was featured through laser light on Jabal Al-Noor in Makkah. (Supplied)
  • “Throughout history, it was called Mount Hira, but it has been named Jabal Al-Noor in reference to the light that radiated throughout the earth after the first verse of the Holy Qur’an, ‘Read in the name of thy Lord who created,’ was revealed”

MAKKAH: Residents of Makkah have been treated to a laser light display that filled the sky with the first Qur’anic verse revealed to the Prophet Muhammad.

The verse was beamed over the district of Jabal Al-Noor, 4 km northeast of the Grand Mosque in Makkah and home to the Cave of Hira, where the prophet received the first revelation by the Angel Gabriel.

Dr. Fawaz Al-Dahas, director of the Makkah History Center, said: “Jabal Al-Noor has a historical value for Muslims in general, and is one of the most important historical and archaeological sites in Makkah.

HIGHLIGHTS

• Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 aims to enrich the religious and cultural experience of visitors, especially at sites that hold historical importance for Muslims.

• The laser display was organized by Samaya Investment Co., which is also building two cultural projects in Makkah: A Museum of Revelation in Jabal Al-Noor and a Museum of Migration.

• Under the direct supervision of the Royal Commission for Makkah City and Holy Sites and other agencies, work has also begun to establish the Hira Cultural District on an area of more than 67,000 sq. meters.

“Throughout history, it was called Mount Hira, but it has been named Jabal Al-Noor (Mount of Light) in reference to the light that radiated throughout the earth after the first verse of the Holy Qur’an, ‘Read in the name of thy Lord who created,’ was revealed.”

He added that the prophet remained secluded for days at Jabal Al-Noor, reflecting on God’s greatness and rejecting polytheism.

Al-Dahas said: “What distinguishes Makkah from the rest of the world’s cities is that it is an open museum. All its mountains, valleys, rocks and cemeteries represent a unique history, telling immortal stories of the prophet and his honorable companions.”

Abdullah Al-Azhari, a resident of Jabal Al-Noor, said: “The first revealed verse of the Holy Qur’an with laser lights on Jabal Al-Noor gave a spiritual dimension to the place, adding prestige and veneration.”

Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 aims to enrich the religious and cultural experience of visitors, especially at sites that hold historical importance for Muslims.

The laser display was organized by Samaya Investment Co., which is also building two cultural projects in Makkah: A Museum of Revelation in Jabal Al-Noor and a Museum of Migration.

The cultural centers aim to acquaint visitors with the history and legacy of the prophet’s mission, through presentations from the pre-Islamic era to the present.

Under the direct supervision of the Royal Commission for Makkah City and Holy Sites and other agencies, work has also begun to establish the Hira Cultural District on an area of more than 67,000 sq. meters.

It will comprise many cultural and tourist spots such as the Revelation Gallery and the Holy Qur’an Museum.

The gallery, one of the main parts of the Hira Cultural District, will highlight the revelations to the prophet through an advanced technical presentation, and the museum will highlight the Holy Qur’an’s content through presentations.  

Mohammed Al-Hussaini, a local resident, said: “The great cultural projects would put an end to the randomness that we used to live in. The place will become more organized and have a civilized look.

“We are eagerly waiting for the completion of the entire project, which will reflect spiritually, socially and culturally on the place.”