KSrelief launches project to sponsor orphans and support their families in Marib

KSrelief launches project to sponsor orphans and support their families in Marib
The orphan sponsorship project is implemented by KSrelief in three Yemeni governorates: Aden, Lahj, and Marib. (SPA)
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Updated 17 August 2022

KSrelief launches project to sponsor orphans and support their families in Marib

KSrelief launches project to sponsor orphans and support their families in Marib

RIYADH: King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) inaugurated on Tuesday a project to sponsor orphans in Yemen's Marib governorate and provide economic empowerment to their families, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The project aims to support 177 orphans in their education and living, in addition to financially supporting and empowering 50 orphans' families.

SPA stated that the orphan sponsorship project is implemented by KSrelief in three Yemeni governorates: Aden, Lahj, and Marib, targeting 536 orphans and 166 orphans' families.

Moreover, KSrelief mobile clinics have provided treatment services to the beneficiaries in Hajjah Governorate.

The clinics received 542 people with various health conditions from July 27 to Aug. 2, and provided them with the necessary medical services.
The clinics also provided 271 individuals with medications.


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

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

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.

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.


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.
 


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)
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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.

“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.”

 

 


King Salman appoints Crown Prince as Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia

King Salman appoints Crown Prince as Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia
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King Salman appoints Crown Prince as Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia

King Salman appoints Crown Prince as Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia
  • Prince Khalid bin Salman appointed defense minister
  • SABIC CEO Yousef bin Abdullah Al-Bunyan becomes minister of education

RIYADH: King Salman ordered on Tuesday the appointment of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia as part of a cabinet reshuffle, Saudi Press Agency reported.

Under royal decrees issued by the king, Prince Khalid bin Salman will become Defense Minister amidst a cabinet reshuffle, SPA added.

The reshuffle also saw the appointment of Yousef bin Abdullah Al-Bunyan as Minister of Education.

The ministers keeping their positions are the energy minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman, foreign minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan, minister of investment Khalid bin Abdulaziz Al-Falih, minister of interior Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud and minister of finance Mohammed bin Abdullah Al-Jadaan.

Prince Abdullah bin Bandar also remains as minister of the National Guard, Walid Al-Samaani stays in his role as Minister of Justice, while Abdullatif bin Abdulaziz Al Al-Sheikh is also remaining Minister of Islamic Affairs. 

Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan will remain as Minister of Culture, and Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal keeps his role as Minister of Sports.

Tawfiq bin Fawzan Al-Rabiah will also stay in his role as Minister of Hajj and Umrah, while Majid bin Abdullah Al-Qasabi also remains as Minister of Commerce.

Elsewhere, Bandar bin Ibrahim Al-Khorayef stays minister of Industry and Mineral Resources, Ahmed Al-Khateeb as minister of Tourism, Faisal bin Fadhil Alibrahim as minister of Economy and Planning, and Fahd bin Abdulrahman Al-Jalajel as Minister of Health.

The SPA report also stated that any Saudi cabinet session attended by King Salman will remain chaired by the king.

 


Saudi Arabia to chair 36th session of UN fisheries committee

People shop for fish at seafood vendors in a market in Saudi Arabia. (SPA)
People shop for fish at seafood vendors in a market in Saudi Arabia. (SPA)
Updated 27 September 2022

Saudi Arabia to chair 36th session of UN fisheries committee

People shop for fish at seafood vendors in a market in Saudi Arabia. (SPA)
  • The ministry has spent years working to boost the fisheries sector, establishing a national program to protect fish stocks and the industry as a whole

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia has been elected to chair the 36th session of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization’s fisheries committee to be held in Rome in 2024.

Ministry of Environment, Water, and Agriculture officials noted that the 126-member-state committee voted unanimously for the Kingdom in recognition of its leading role in supporting international efforts to promote sustainable fishing and aquaculture.

The ministry has spent years working to boost the fisheries sector, establishing a national program to protect fish stocks and the industry as a whole. Help has included the provision of concessional loans to assist small-scale fishermen with the purchase of boats, along with initiatives to modernize fishing ports in the Red Sea and Arabian Gulf.

The national program has so far helped to increase exports of farmed products to more than 35 countries.

It has also operated specialized centers in Saudi Arabia and internationally and supported the establishment of cooperative societies to promote sustainable fishing management practices among sector workers.

In addition, the ministry has backed coastal rural development schemes and promoted aquaculture, the controlled cultivation of fish and other aquatic organisms.

Mohammed Al-Ghamdi, Saudi permanent representative to FAO, will chair the 36th session of the fisheries committee, with vice chairs from New Zealand, the US, Norway, Chile, Malaysia, and Senegal.

The committee on fisheries is an intergovernmental forum where the organization’s members meet to review and examine issues and challenges of fisheries and aquaculture. It was established in 1965 and consists of the sub-committees on aquaculture, and the fish trade.