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Updated 23 September 2022

Diriyah Gate Development Authority hosts Saudi National Day activities

Diriyah Gate Development Authority hosts Saudi National Day activities
  • DGDA is consistently active in its engagement during every national event, CEO Jerry Inzerillo said

RIYADH: The Diriyah Gate Development Authority (DGDA) kicked off a variety of events to commemorate the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s 92nd National Day on Friday, with activities for people of all ages and from every walk of life. 

The authority joined organizations across the Kingdom celebrating the National Day, and the day’s events, organized in collaboration with multiple agencies, included the Diriyah March — a public celebratory parade with floats and residents filling Diriyah’s streets.

In response to the popularity of the event over the past few years, this year’s edition featured a new concept built around four decorated vehicles touring through the city.

In addition to the parade vehicles, the Riyadh Bikers club joined in and cruised their way around Diriyah.

The Royal Saudi Navy’s Motorcycle Cavalcade also traveled from the helicopter landing pad to Ghusaibah, showcasing their sleek, polished bikes to participants and onlookers.

Away from the march in Diriyah, three public parks in the districts of Faisaliah, Khalidiyah, and Jax district hosted festivities.

Jerry Inzerillo, Group Chief Executive Officer of DGDA, expressed his congratulations to King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on the occasion of Saudi National Day.

He pointed out that Diriyah played a key role in the Kingdom’s history as the cradle of the first Saudi state 300 years ago, stating that the area represents the core of Saudi cultural heritage, and traditions. 

Inzerillo further emphasized that DGDA is consistently active in its engagement during every national event, particularly in celebrating with the city’s residents during special occasions and serving as a “good neighbor” to the people of Diriyah.

He added that the diverse events reflect the authority's desire to cater to the needs of residents and visitors, and come as part of its efforts to showcase the historical and cultural heritage of Diriyah while providing everything required to enjoy a modern lifestyle.


Commerce minister heads Saudi delegation to Morocco

Commerce minister heads Saudi delegation to Morocco
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Commerce minister heads Saudi delegation to Morocco

Commerce minister heads Saudi delegation to Morocco
  • Delegation includes officials and representatives from 14 government agencies and 62 companies.

RIYADH: The Minister of Commerce Majid bin Abdullah Al-Qasabi is leading a Saudi delegation to Morocco for a four-day official visit, Saudi Press Agency reported. 

The delegation includes officials from 14 government agencies as well as private-sector representatives from 62 companies in Saudi Arabia. 

Al-Qasabi will meet the Moroccan Minister of Industry and Trade Riad Mazur on Monday to discuss ways to improve trade and investment relations and enable the two countries’ private sectors to increase trade volume.

During his visit, Al-Qasabi will attend the Saudi-Moroccan Economy Forum on Tuesday, along with business leaders from both countries.

The two countries will also sign two memorandum of cooperation in the field of mutual recognition of halal certificates for local products, as well as a draft program for technical cooperation between the Saudi Standards, Metrology, and Quality Organization and the Moroccan Institute for Standardization.

Al-Qasabi will also open the commercial attache’s new headquarters in Casablanca, with the goal of facilitating Saudi exports into markets and attracting quality investments that contribute to the strengthening of trade relations between the two countries.

 


Saudi FM meets with counterpart during visit to Tajikistan

Saudi FM meets with counterpart during visit to Tajikistan
Updated 03 October 2022

Saudi FM meets with counterpart during visit to Tajikistan

Saudi FM meets with counterpart during visit to Tajikistan
  • The two ministers held a session of talks during which they reviewed aspects of relations between the Kingdom and Tajikistan

RIYADH: Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan met with his Tajik counterpart Sirojiddin Muhriddin during a visit to Dushanbe on Monday.

The two ministers held a session of talks during which they reviewed aspects of relations between the Kingdom and Tajikistan and ways to strengthen and develop them in all fields. They also discussed issues of common interest.

The talks were attended by the Kingdom’s ambassador to Tajikistan Waleed Alreshaidan.


KSRelief launches aid campaigns in Lebanon and Jordan

KSRelief launches aid campaigns in Lebanon and Jordan
Updated 03 October 2022

KSRelief launches aid campaigns in Lebanon and Jordan

KSRelief launches aid campaigns in Lebanon and Jordan
  • The relief items, which were distributed on Saturday, benefited 1,570 people in the Beqaa region

DUBAI: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) distributed 314 food baskets to Syrian refugees in Lebanon’s West Bekaa region. 
The relief items, which were distributed on Saturday, benefited 1,570 people in the area. 
Meanwhile, the aid center concluded its 11th and 12th volunteer programs in the Zaatari refugee camp for Syrians in Jordan. 
The initiative saw 26 volunteers from different medical, psychological, social, and educational backgrounds offering their expertise to people in-need. 
They offered training courses to 236 people, educational programs to 185 people, computer maintenance to 194 people, first aid services to 430 people, and psychological counseling to 260 people. 
Medical services offered during the visit benefitted 29 patients in heart clinics for children, 184 people in the dermatology department, and 75 patients in-need of physiotherapy treatment.


KSrelief’s Masam project dismantles 947 mines across Yemen in one week

KSrelief’s Masam project dismantles 947 mines across Yemen in one week
Updated 03 October 2022

KSrelief’s Masam project dismantles 947 mines across Yemen in one week

KSrelief’s Masam project dismantles 947 mines across Yemen in one week
  • During September, a total of 3,815 mines were removed

Riyadh: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) “Masam” dismantled 947 mines this past week, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported on Sunday. 

During September, a total of 3,815 mines were removed, which brings the total number of mines that were cleared since the beginning of the “Masam” project to 360,573.

The mines – planted by the Houthi militia in various Yemeni regions – included three anti-personnel mines, 412 anti-tank mines, 515 unexploded artillery, and 17 explosive devices, according to SPA. 

Masam’s team cleared 76 anti-tank mines, 144 unexploded artillery, and 13 explosive devices in Aden. 

In the Hays District 14 anti-tank mines, one anti-personnel mine, 17 unexploded ammunition, and one explosive charge were discovered, while in the Hodeidah Governorate four anti-tank mines were cleared. 

Meanwhile, four unexploded ammunitions were discovered in the Lahj governorate.

In Marib, the team cleared 287 anti-tank mines, 287 unexploded ordnance. Two explosive devices were also cleared in Harib, while two anti-personnel mines and one unexploded ordnance was uncovered in the Raghwan district.

The Masam team dismantled 12 anti-tank mines in Shabwa, as well as 12 unexploded ordnances in Ayn, and one anti-tank mine and one unexploded ammunition in Usaylan. 

The team also removed three unexploded ordnances in Taiz, one explosive device in the Al-Wazi’iyah district, nine unexploded ordnances in the Mawza district, 17 anti-tank mines, and 37 unexploded ordnances in the Thubab district.


Saudi National Center for Wildlife reveals species protected from hunting

Saudi National Center for Wildlife reveals species protected from hunting
Updated 03 October 2022

Saudi National Center for Wildlife reveals species protected from hunting

Saudi National Center for Wildlife reveals species protected from hunting

MAKKAH: The Saudi National Center for Wildlife revealed types of wildlife officially and permanently protected from hunting.

The NCW presented an infographic pointing out Article 4 of the Executive Regulations for Wildlife Hunting, which prohibits hunting predators such as the Arabian leopard, hyenas, wolves, jackals, lynxes, sand cats, common genets, and honey badgers.

Hunting endemic birds in the Kingdom is also prohibited, in addition to ungulates, including the Arabian oryx, the sandy-colored goitered antelope, the mountain gazelle (whether found in mountains or on the Farasan Islands), and the Nubian ibex.

“NCW has developed a hunting system which has been globally praised by environmental authorities,” stated Dr. Mohammed bin Yaslam Shobrak, a bird and wildlife expert, who stressed “it is a special and organized system designed to protect and maintain the balance of the environment.

“This system takes into account the sustainability of the endangered species. The development of the system is based on four main pillars to contribute to the development of the hunting control standards,” he told Arab News.

He stated that the first pillar is the Shariah law, as the Holy Qur’an and Sunnah prohibit the hunting of hoopoes and typical shrikes, as well as hunting in the vicinity of the Grand Mosque in Makkah and the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah. 

“The Prophet Muhammad has also prohibited taking baby birds from their nest when he witnessed a lark flying over his head and asked: ‘Who grieved this for its young ones? Return its young ones to it.’ He believes that taking baby birds and eggs away is harmful to the mother,” Shobrak said. 

“In addition, Islam forbids burning animals, even if they were predators which have caused harm to citizens. Regardless, this does not legalize hunting, burning, and wiping out such species, including those distributed in limited geographical areas where hunting might lead to their extinction,” he added.

Shobrak added that scientific research and specialized academic studies constitute the second pillar of the system. He said that the list is based on research presenting the endangered species of animals and birds, which are also listed under the global Red List specifying the close-to-extinction species. 

“Therefore, it is essential to exert all the required efforts to (prevent) their extinction. I wonder why people are still hunting some species when it has, later on, backfired at them. Not only this, but it has also disrupted the ecosystem balance,” he said. 

“Hunting predators, such as tigers, hyenas, and wolves, has allowed other animals to expand their area, such as monkeys, which are currently causing environmental issues requiring utmost emergency, as they constitute a direct threat to farms and properties. In addition, they have become a diseases spreading tool,” he added. 

According to Shobrak, the third pillar is what comes under the international treaties and memoranda of understanding signed by the Kingdom.

Shobrak added that the fourth pillar relies on protecting human beings and their properties through the publications made by the Saudi Ministry of Environment, Agriculture and Water in relation with the species prohibited from being hunted, which may negatively affect the country and its citizens. 

“The ministry and NCW have exerted great efforts to preserve the environment — the Kingdom is witnessing comprehensive and complete development shifts at all levels through the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.

“We aim to render the Kingdom a role model for all the countries in this concern. The applicable laws should be an example and a proof of the greatness of the Kingdom in all fields.”

He said that some people still violate the regulations by hunting with nets, where some animals suffocate to be later sold and consumed. Some sell animals alive and transport them to other regions. 

“Major environmental problems arise (as a result of these activities) which will require large sums of money to be solved. The most accurate example is that of monkeys in the southeast of Riyadh, namely in the Dirab area, home of house crows. These monkeys are native to India and expanded to reach other regions worldwide. Even here, in the Kingdom, monkeys are spreading across the majority of the coastal cities, and wiping them out will cost us large sums of money,” he concluded.