King Salman, Crown Prince congratulate President Sakellaropoulou on Greek national day

King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman sent a cable of congratulations to President Katerina Sakellaropoulou of Greece on the country's independence day. (SPA)
King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman sent a cable of congratulations to President Katerina Sakellaropoulou of Greece on the country's independence day. (SPA)
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King Salman, Crown Prince congratulate President Sakellaropoulou on Greek national day

King Salman, Crown Prince congratulate President Sakellaropoulou on Greek national day

RIYADH: King Salman sent a cable of congratulations to President Katerina Sakellaropoulou of Greece on Saturday on the anniversary of her country’s Independence Day.

The king expressed his best wishes for the president’s good health and happiness, and for the government and people of Greece steady progress and prosperity.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman also congratulated President Sakellaropoulou on the Greek indepedence day, Saudi Press Agency reported.

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Earlier this month, Alexis Konstantopoulos, the ambassador of Greece to Saudi Arabia, highlighted the importance of enduring relations between the nations at the European country's national day celebration on March 15.

Konstantopoulos told Arab News: “Greece and Saudi Arabia are stronger together, and as we celebrate joys and successes, tonight we celebrate not only our national day but our vibrant, strong and strategic partnership.”


NEOM scholarship student successes celebrated at Chicago event

NEOM scholarship student successes celebrated at Chicago event
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NEOM scholarship student successes celebrated at Chicago event

NEOM scholarship student successes celebrated at Chicago event
  • Gathering attended by 118 Tabuk region students, 49 received special achievement awards
  • NEOM’s scholarship program has supported 740 Saudi students since 2019 launch

RIYADH: High-performing students from the Tabuk region of Saudi Arabia have been honored for their achievements on a scholarship program run as part of the NEOM megacity project in the Kingdom’s northwest.

Awards were presented at a special event held in the American city of Chicago.

Led by NEOM CEO Nadhmi Al-Nasr, the occasion celebrated the educational achievements of 130 participants from NEOM’s 2023 Scholarship Program.

The scheme provides sponsorship for Tabuk students to pursue tertiary studies abroad, as well as gain work experience.

A total of 118 students from the 2023 cohort attended the Chicago event, and 49 were honored for their academic excellence or innovative contributions.

Following on from last year’s gathering in Washington, DC, the Chicago event featured three presentations by students about key NEOM projects Trojena, Oxagon, and ENOWA.

Among those attending the event were Prof. Andreas Cangellaris, founding president of NEOM University, Dr. Mahmoud Alyamany, head of health and well-being, and Nada Alshaibani, head of the NEOM Digital Media Academy.

Al-Nasr said: “This event celebrates the remarkable achievements of our scholarship recipients. NEOM takes great pride in being a catalyst for these bright, young minds by fostering academic excellence and vital community involvement.

“In addition to their studies, the students take part in field trips and internships at NEOM, offering them invaluable practical exposure to our diverse sectors and operations.

“We aim to cultivate a generation that not only excels in their respective fields but actively contributes to Saudi Vision 2030 – building a dynamic society, fueling economic prosperity, and shaping an ambitious nation.”

The NEOM scholarship initiative targets Saudi students and high-achieving school leavers. Since its inception in 2019, the program has supported 740 undergraduate students and recent graduates.

Students enrolled on the program study at top institutions in Saudi Arabia, the UK, and the US.

Upon completion of their studies, the scholarship recipients are offered positions within NEOM sectors, their knowledge and skills aligned with the expertise required for its future development.


Rare collectibles on display for Saudi Founding Day

Rare collectibles on display for Saudi Founding Day
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Rare collectibles on display for Saudi Founding Day

Rare collectibles on display for Saudi Founding Day
  • Books by prominent explorers who visited the Kingdom throughout history will also be displayed

RIYADH: Rare collectibles and antiques spanning decades of Saudi history are front and center of a new exhibition at the King Abdulaziz Public Library in Riyadh.

The historical exhibition is being held alongside activities marking Saudi Founding Day, which is held annually on Feb. 22.

Children taking part in the activities will visit pediatric patients at the Shumaisi Hospital as part of the library’s socio-cultural program.

The library’s branch at the King Salman Social Center is also hosting an exhibition of Saudi landmarks, showcasing a collection of rare images depicting the Kingdom’s history across various historical periods.

Books by prominent explorers who visited the Kingdom throughout history will also be displayed, accompanied by images from travel diaries. A cinematic film will be shown to visitors, depicting the lifestyles of people living across the Arabian Peninsula throughout history.

At its King Abdulaziz Historical Center branch, the library is hosting a series of family events, activating the Year of the Camel initiative proposed by the Ministry of Culture for 2024. Heritage corners featuring children’s stories will also be displayed, in cooperation with the Diriyah Gate Development Authority.

A series of mobile libraries will also support Founding Day activities. More than 1,000 titles from the library’s collections will be available to the public in several public parks on Feb. 27, with the help of the Saudi Elderly Support Organization.


Arab News deputy editor-in-chief wins Happy Influencer award in Riyadh

Arab News deputy editor-in-chief wins Happy Influencer award in Riyadh
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Arab News deputy editor-in-chief wins Happy Influencer award in Riyadh

Arab News deputy editor-in-chief wins Happy Influencer award in Riyadh

RIYADH: Arab News Deputy Editor-in-Chief Noor Nugali won the Happy Influencer award in Riyadh on Tuesday.

The first Corporate Happiness Awards winners were announced in a ceremony in the Saudi capital, celebrating Saudi achievements in workplace well-being.

The ceremony awarded 19 honors to public and private organizations and leaders who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to promoting happiness and well-being within their workplaces.

AN Photo by Abdulrahman Shalhoub

Organized by Cosmos, the Corporate Happiness Awards event took place on Feb. 20-21.

CEO of Cosmos Roni El-Haddad told Arab News that the awards shine a spotlight on Saudi companies and individuals who have surpassed expectations in creating environments that foster employees’ happiness, engagement, and personal growth.

Nugali won the award under the Social Power category. She dedicated the award to Arab News, acknowledging its contribution in fostering a healthy environment that enables people to thrive.

Under the Women Empowerment category, Jahez won the award for private organizations, and journalist Weam Al-Dakheel received the award for social individual.

Arab News Deputy Editor-in-Chief Noor Nugali won the Happy Influencer award under the Social Power category. (Photo/Abdulrhman Bin Shalhoub)

SAMI Advanced Electronics and Matarat Holding won the private organization award in the Well-Being category.

Flynas received the award in the Diversity and Inclusion category, while the award for the Culture Excellent Work Environment category went to Abdul Latif Jameel Enterprises.

El-Haddad said the awards aim to inspire others to follow suit and prioritize employee well-being as a fundamental aspect of organizational success.

Under the Women Empowerment category, Jahez won the award for private organizations and journalist Weam Al-Dakheel for social individual. (Photo/Abdulrhman Bin Shalhoub)

“Our aim at Cosmos is to deliver this message to all government and private companies and everyone who would be happy to support such an initiative and be part of a future where employees at any position, any identity, or any category within the company can work together in a happy work environment,” El-Haddad told Arab News.

The second Corporate Happiness Awards event will be held in Dubai in November 2024.


Japan emperor’s 64th birthday celebrated in Riyadh

Japan emperor’s 64th birthday celebrated in Riyadh
Fumio Iwai, the nation’s ambassador, held a reception at his residence in the capital to mark the occasion. (Supplied)
Updated 21 February 2024
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Japan emperor’s 64th birthday celebrated in Riyadh

Japan emperor’s 64th birthday celebrated in Riyadh
  • Strengthening business ties between Saudi Arabia and Japan, says Tokyo’s ambassador at celebrations
  • Several firms have opened offices in Kingdom, and visa processes eased for Saudi citizens

RIYADH: Japan’s Emperor Naruhito’s 64th birthday was celebrated by the country’s embassy representatives in Riyadh on Tuesday.

Fumio Iwai, the nation’s ambassador, held a reception at his residence in the capital to mark the occasion.

The ceremony was attended by Prince Mohammed bin Abdulrahman, deputy governor of the Riyadh region, as well as representatives of diplomatic missions in Saudi Arabia.

In a speech, Iwai highlighted the progress of Japan-Saudi Arabia relations over the years. He said there have been frequent high-level contact between officials from both nations, including Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s visit last July to Saudi Arabia.

Additionally, he said Japan was honored to host Saudi Arabia’s ministers of defense, industry and mineral resources, and communications and information technology in Tokyo in 2023.

The ambassador said that Japan’s private sector businesses signed 40 agreements across various industries with Saudi Arabia firms in 2023.

Iwai added that seven Japanese companies have opened offices in the Kingdom.

He said Japan has made it easier for Saudi Arabia citizens to visit the country, with the introduction of electronic and multiple-entry visas. The number of visas issued to Saudi Arabia citizens in 2023 was four times higher than in 2022.

He said next year will mark the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Saudi Arabia.


Saudi Arabia signs international coffee agreement

Saudi Arabia signs international coffee agreement
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Saudi Arabia signs international coffee agreement

Saudi Arabia signs international coffee agreement
  • The Kingdom’s ambassador to the UK Prince Khalid bin Bandar signed the trade treaty
  • “We see ICO, and this updated agreement, as a key to achieving our hopes and ambitions for the coffee industry locally and globally,” Prince Khalid said

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia signed the International Coffee Agreement 2022 at the International Coffee Organization’s headquarters in London on Tuesday.

The Kingdom’s ambassador to the UK Prince Khalid bin Bandar signed the trade treaty.

Under the agreement, governments, in collaboration with the private sector and civil society, will come together to determine initiatives that support a more prosperous and sustainable future for stakeholders within the global coffee value chain.

The executive director of the ICO Vanusia Nogueira said she hoped the Kingdom joining the agreement will “bring a unique new flavour to our global community.”

“Together in the spirit of international cooperation, we celebrate the diversity of coffee traditions and jointly undertake to safeguard, promote, and sustain the sector.

“I am sure that our collaboration will thrive as we foster a future where we continue to savour the richness of coffee while advocating for all aspects of sustainability,” Nogueira added.

Prince Khalid said the Kingdom’s coffee sector is growing fast and “is an important part of our plans for the future and the change we wish to bring to our country as it contributes to diversifying the national economy.”

“The Public Investment Fund launched the Saudi Coffee Company in May 2022, which is investing $319 million over the next ten years to support the growth of the national coffee industry, with the goal of boosting the country’s production from 300 tons per year to 2500 tons per year, and focusing on achieving sustainability, across the production, distribution and marketing aspects of the coffee supply chain,” the envoy added.

He continued: “We see ICO, and this updated agreement, as a key to achieving our hopes and ambitions for the coffee industry locally and globally, and we look forward to working with colleagues at ICO to secure a positive and thriving future for coffee in the years and decades to come.”