Saudi-American Native Fury 2022 maneuvers begin in Yanbu

The “Outrageous Anger 22” exercise was launched by the Royal Saudi Armed Forces and US Marine Corps. (Twitter/@modgovksa)
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The “Outrageous Anger 22” exercise was launched by the Royal Saudi Armed Forces and US Marine Corps. (Twitter/@modgovksa)
The “Outrageous Anger 22” exercise was launched by the Royal Saudi Armed Forces and US Marine Corps. (Twitter/@modgovksa)
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The “Outrageous Anger 22” exercise was launched by the Royal Saudi Armed Forces and US Marine Corps. (Twitter/@modgovksa)
The “Outrageous Anger 22” exercise was launched by the Royal Saudi Armed Forces and US Marine Corps. (Twitter/@modgovksa)
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The “Outrageous Anger 22” exercise was launched by the Royal Saudi Armed Forces and US Marine Corps. (Twitter/@modgovksa)
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Ali Al-Balawi, a strategic analysis expert. (Supplied)
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Saudi-American Native Fury exercise will raise the level of compatibility and combat readiness of the Saudi and American forces. (SPA)
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Updated 14 August 2022

Saudi-American Native Fury 2022 maneuvers begin in Yanbu

Saudi-American Native Fury 2022 maneuvers begin in Yanbu
  • Exercise to raise level of combat readiness of Saudi, American forces
  • The month-long drill includes logistical exercises and operations with live ammunition

RIYADH: The Native Fury 2022 drill between Saudi armed forces and US marine corps has begun in Yanbu’s exercise operations area.

The exercise will last nearly a month and include many drills and exercises on logistics as well as live ammunition shooting.

It was opened by Saudi Air Force Major General Ahmed Aldebais and US Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Paul J. Rock and a number of senior officials from both sides, who toured the sites of the drill.

The exercise commander Col. Saud Al-Aqili said that the “Native Fury” exercise aimed to “practice and train the implementation of bilateral operational and logistical military plans, exchange experiences between the two sides, and complementary work with civil authorities to implement such mixed exercises.”




The exercise was opened by Saudi Air Force Major General Ahmed Aldebais and U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Paul J. Rock and a number of senior officials from both sides and is taking place in Yanbu. (SPA)

Col. Matthew H., commander of the American forces participating in the exercise, said that the maneuvers improved complementary work and raise the level of compatibility and combat readiness of the Saudi and American forces.

Relations between the two countries date back to 1931, when the Kingdom began the commercial journey of oil exploration and production.

In 1933, King Abdulaziz bin Abdulrahman Al-Saud granted an American company the right to explore for oil, which was followed by the signing of a cooperation agreement between the two countries.

The historic meeting on board the US cruiser (USS Quincy) on Feb. 14, 1945 between King Abdulaziz and US President Franklin Roosevelt established decades of relations and strategic partnership between Saudi Arabia and the US.

Ali Al-Balawi, a strategic analyst, told Arab News: “The exercise means a lot as it affirms the importance of Saudi-American joint military cooperation safeguarding common interests and regional security.”

Al-Balawi said that the exercise confirmed that joint training programs between the Saudi Armed Forces and the United States Marines “will continue, as planned, and are not influenced by any other political factors.”

He said that this meant that security and stability were given priority over many other matters, “especially because American military and intelligence officials realize that without the Saudi positive role there will be no security or stability in the Middle East and no protection to the US interests.”  

Saudi Arabia, according to Al-Balawi, is a pivotal and important country with moderate policies, which “are important factors in the international and regional stabilization industry.”

He said that the combat efficiency of the Saudi Army, as well as the quality of the advanced and sophisticated weapons it deals with, qualified it for joint training with the US Navy. He highlighted the importance of the waterways surrounding Saudi Arabia and the international trade passing through the region, which required Saudi power.

Al-Balawi said that the goal of the exercise was to emphasize Saudi Arabia and America’s ability to provide regional security requirements, to send a message to all threats to vital waterways in the region, and to show that Saudi forces have the rehabilitation and training capability to deal with emergency conditions as they occur.


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.”

 

 


It’s business time as Saudi entrepreneurs try to make it big

It’s business time as Saudi entrepreneurs try to make it big
Ibrahim Al-Rashid, CEO of the Social Development Bank, wears virtual reality glasses during the inauguration of the Souq Addar e
Updated 27 September 2022

It’s business time as Saudi entrepreneurs try to make it big

It’s business time as Saudi entrepreneurs try to make it big
  • The exhibitions allow entrepreneurs to display their handmade and unique goods until Oct. 7
  • The bank is hoping to enable businesses to grow big enough to take part in regional and international exhibitions

RIYADH: Artists and pottery makers are among a host of talented Saudis displaying their work at a Riyadh event to promote and support the Kingdom’s small-business entrepreneurs.
The Social Development Bank’s Souq Addar exhibition has opened as the centerpiece of a countrywide initiative to promote “microenterprises” in 36 cities.
The exhibitions allow entrepreneurs to display their handmade and unique goods until Oct. 7, while also helping the bank to promote the products locally and internationally.
Shereen Al-Abdulrahman, the SBD’s products and program development manager, told Arab News that the bank is hoping to enable businesses to grow big enough to take part in regional and international exhibitions.
Visitors to Souq Addar admired the work of Hadeel Al-Mazrou, who said her hobby of creating art out of nails and thread had developed over the last five years into a rewarding business. So far, she has created 500 unique pieces.
The artist said she is passionate about her business, and her husband is “proud of my work and even asked me to make a special artwork for him to put in his office.”
Dhai Al-Habib, who creates pottery inspired by the Kingdom’s heritage, said she had gone from a novice to a business owner in three years. “My father was the biggest supporter in every step of my project,” she added.
Her biggest order so far, for 125 pieces, was from a local coffee shop, she said, adding: “People like new things, especially if the products are handmade.”
Aside from providing an income, Al-Habib said she also finds her work therapeutic as “it’s a talent that removes all of life’s pressures.”
She told Arab News that people should never underestimate what they can do with their talents and hobbies, “because there’s nothing more beautiful than working in a field you love.”
Ibrahim Al-Rashid, CEO of the SDB, inaugurated the Souq Addar exhibition in the presence of officials, participants and guests.
The bank also announced that it will launch the first community kitchen in Saudi Arabia next month.
 


Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Port wins top world award

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Port in Rabigh. (SPA)
Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Port in Rabigh. (SPA)
Updated 27 September 2022

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Port wins top world award

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Port in Rabigh. (SPA)
  • Jay New, CEO of King Abdullah Port, commented: “We are delighted to accept this prestigious accolade in recognition of King Abdullah Port’s remarkable success and growing reputation as a leading global hub connecting continents

DUBAI: Further underlining its status as one of the world’s leading maritime logistics hubs, Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Port has been named “Sea Port of the Year” at the inaugural edition of the Landmarks in Logistics Awards.

The award was presented during a glittering ceremony in Dubai, which celebrated the achievements of key industry players whose products and services have had a transformative impact on the logistics sector.

Hosted by Logistics Gulf News, a fast-growing niche media portal, the awards highlight the accomplishments of leading organizations in the field.

Jay New, CEO of King Abdullah Port, commented: “We are delighted to accept this prestigious accolade in recognition of King Abdullah Port’s remarkable success and growing reputation as a leading global hub connecting continents.

“Our state-of-the-art facilities have been built to the highest international standards and are designed to support trade and economic growth in the Kingdom for decades to come. We look forward to many more milestones ahead as we continue our journey toward fulfilling the promise of Vision 2030, the wise leadership’s roadmap to enduring prosperity.”

The judging panel for the inaugural edition of the awards included experts of logistics, transport, and supply chain management, while the ceremony was attended by the region’s top industry players and other key stakeholders.