King Salman sends best wishes for Ramadan to Saudi citizens and all Muslims

King Salman sends best wishes for Ramadan to Saudi citizens and all Muslims
The Cabinet noted the Kingdom’s pledge, during an International Donors’ Conference in Brussels on Monday, to support the victims of the earthquakes in Turkiye and Syria, help mitigate the effects of the disaster, and assist the recovery process. (SPA)
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Updated 22 March 2023
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King Salman sends best wishes for Ramadan to Saudi citizens and all Muslims

King Salman sends best wishes for Ramadan to Saudi citizens and all Muslims
  • It came as he chaired the weekly Cabinet meeting, during which ministers reviewed the outcome of recent meetings and approved a number of international agreements

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Tuesday sent his best wishes for Ramadan to citizens of the Kingdom and Muslims everywhere, expressing his hope that the holy month will bring hope and peace to Muslims and the entire world.

He instructed authorities involved in providing services for visitors to the Two Holy Mosques to continue to work with the highest levels of efficiency and excellence to ensure that pilgrims can perform their rituals with ease and tranquility, the Saudi press Agency reported.

The king was speaking as he chaired the weekly Cabinet session at Irqah Palace in Riyadh, after the Supreme Court announced that Ramadan would begin on Thursday.

Minister of Media Salman Al-Dosari said ministers reviewed a number of issues that were discussed during meetings involving senior Saudi officials in the past week that aimed to develop relations and cement the regional and international status and role of the Kingdom.

Ministers reviewed Saudi Arabia’s participation during the 49th session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, during which its representatives affirmed the Kingdom’s continued support for joint action, particularly in the humanitarian and development fields, and its unwavering stance in support of peaceful coexistence and mutual respect worldwide.

The Cabinet noted the Kingdom’s pledge, during an International Donors’ Conference in Brussels on Monday, to support the victims of the earthquakes in Turkiye and Syria, help mitigate the effects of the disaster, and assist the recovery process.

Ministers affirmed that such efforts reflect the Kingdom’s constant commitment to showing solidarity with communities in need around the world and helping to address their needs.

The Council of Ministers said that recent positive evaluations by credit-rating agencies of the Kingdom’s economy reflected the effectiveness of the reforms implemented by the state, including the development of public-finance management, improvements to the quality of financial planning, and the more efficient use of resources under the financial sustainability program.

Al-Dosari said that the fact the Kingdom climbed 15 places on the World Intellectual Property Organization’s Global Innovation Index 2022 is a reflection of the continued interest in and support for upgrading the quality of the research, development and innovation sector, which is helping to enhance the Kingdom’s global competitiveness and leadership in line with the goals of Saudi Vision 2030.

The Cabinet approved a memorandum of understanding for cultural cooperation between the Saudi and Mexican cultural ministries, and another relating to the digital economy between the Saudi Ministry of Communications and Information Technology and its Chinese counterpart.

It also authorized the minister of Islamic affairs, dawah and guidance to sign a draft memorandum of understanding in the field of Islamic affairs with the Somali Ministry of Endowments and Religious Affairs.

Ministers approved two agreements with South Africa, one for cooperation in a feasibility study for establishing a joint fund to encourage direct investment, and another for cooperation in the field of maritime transport.

They authorized the minister of transport and logistics and the chairman of the board of directors of the General Authority of Civil Aviation to sign a draft agreement for air services with the Polish government.

The Cabinet also authorized the chairman of the Education and Training Evaluation Commission to sign a draft cooperation agreement for the evaluation and accreditation of Arab language curricula and programs with the Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization.

Ministers approved an agreement between the Saudi Public Prosecution Office and its Tajik counterpart for combating terrorism and its financing, money laundering, and other related offenses.

They also added the Human Rights Commission to the membership of the secondment and employment committee of regional and international organizations and bodies, and approved amendments to a bylaw for protecting personal data.


Qiddiya announces cutting-edge motorsport circuit

Qiddiya announces cutting-edge motorsport circuit
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Qiddiya announces cutting-edge motorsport circuit

Qiddiya announces cutting-edge motorsport circuit

RIYADH: The Qiddiya megaproject in Riyadh is set to build one of the world’s most innovative motorsport tracks in a bid to make the Kingdom a top global racing destination.

The configurable Speed Park Track will be located in the center of Qiddiya City, the board of directors of the Qiddiya Investment Co. announced on Tuesday.

It will blend functionality with state-of-the-art technology as part of plans to host some of the world’s most prestigious racing events, a press release said.

The track will also boast some of motorsport’s most recognizable track design features. Its centerpiece will be the pioneering “Blade” at turn one — an elevated section that rises more than 20 stories above the ground.

Abdullah Al-Dawood, managing director of the Qiddiya Investment Co., said: “The Speed Park Track will be a true embodiment of Qiddiya’s power of play philosophy and will position Qiddiya City as the home of Saudi motorsport and one of the world’s leading motorsport venues.

“Visitors and spectators will be treated to one of the most unique and immersive race experiences in the world with this pioneering track, designed by race drivers, for race drivers, ready to host some of the world’s biggest motorsport events.”

The fast-flowing track is designed by Austrian former Formula One driver Alex Wurz and German circuit designer Hermann Tilke. It includes 21 corners and utilizes Qiddiya City’s dramatic landscape to create more than 108 meters of elevation gain per lap.

The circuit features street circuit and fast open track sections that are fully integrated into Qiddiya’s neighboring attractions.

Multiple vantage points for fans and viewing terraces will be constructed around the track.

The circuit will be integrated with surrounding attractions, with the “Blade” turn rising above a music venue below and drivers racing alongside Falcon’s flight, a record-breaking rollercoaster located at the neighboring Six Flags Qiddiya City. Sections of the track will also run alongside a water park.

A rendering of the track was released as part of the press release. It follows other construction announcements by the megaproject, including the Qiddiya Gaming & Esports District and the Prince Mohammed bin Salman Stadium.

Further details about the Speed Park Track are expected in the coming weeks.


Saudi cabinet urges international community to compel Israel to open humanitarian corridors in Gaza

Saudi cabinet urges international community to compel Israel to open humanitarian corridors in Gaza
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Saudi cabinet urges international community to compel Israel to open humanitarian corridors in Gaza

Saudi cabinet urges international community to compel Israel to open humanitarian corridors in Gaza

OIC, Sri Lanka officials discuss cooperation, Palestine

OIC, Sri Lanka officials discuss cooperation, Palestine
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OIC, Sri Lanka officials discuss cooperation, Palestine

OIC, Sri Lanka officials discuss cooperation, Palestine

JEDDAH: Hussein Ibrahim Taha, secretary-general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, met on Monday with Ali Sabry, Sri Lanka’s foreign minister, in Jeddah to discuss cooperation and address shared concerns.

Sabry highlighted Sri Lanka’s initiatives aimed at enhancing the well-being of its Muslim community. He reiterated Sri Lanka’s stance on the Palestinian cause, affirming support for the two-state solution.

Taha discussed the OIC’s role in advancing the welfare of Muslim communities worldwide and commended Sri Lanka’s government for supporting Muslims and the Palestinians.


Saudi, Yemeni attorneys general sign MoU to enhance judicial cooperation

Saudi, Yemeni attorneys general sign MoU to enhance judicial cooperation
Updated 05 March 2024
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Saudi, Yemeni attorneys general sign MoU to enhance judicial cooperation

Saudi, Yemeni attorneys general sign MoU to enhance judicial cooperation

RIYADH: Attorney General Saud bin Abdullah Al-Mujab welcomed his Yemeni counterpart, Judge Qaher Mustafa Ali, before the two signed a Memorandum of Understanding to bolster judicial cooperation between their countries.

The signing, at the Public Prosecution headquarters in Riyadh on Monday, affirmed a joint Saudi-Yemeni commitment to justice and crime prevention.

During the meeting, Al-Mujab discussed the longstanding ties between the two countries. He underlined the Saudi leadership’s dedication to strengthening judicial collaboration, aiming to bolster Yemen’s security and stability.

The attorneys general talked about opportunities for cooperation across various legal domains, with an emphasis on criminal law. They also explored avenues for sharing expertise and adopting modern judicial practices to advance their mutual objectives.


Saudi Arabia launches project to help citizens find jobs in top global organizations

Saudi Arabia launches project to help citizens find jobs in top global organizations
Updated 05 March 2024
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Saudi Arabia launches project to help citizens find jobs in top global organizations

Saudi Arabia launches project to help citizens find jobs in top global organizations

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has launched a recruitment platform aimed at helping citizens find jobs in top organizations worldwide.

 

The Dawli platform was launched on Monday during the LEAP 2024 technology conference in Riyadh, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

 

Announcing the platform, government official Abdulhadi Al-Mansouri said the aim was to ensure citizens gain international experience.

 

Al-Mansouri thanked King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for initiating and supporting the project.