Saudi cultural mission to UK, students club celebrate 93rd National Day in London

Saudi cultural mission to UK, students club celebrate 93rd National Day in London
The Saudi Cultural Mission in the UK and the Saudi Students Club in London marked the 93rd National Day in London. (Supplied)
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Saudi cultural mission to UK, students club celebrate 93rd National Day in London

Saudi cultural mission to UK, students club celebrate 93rd National Day in London
  • It was attended by Saudi scholarship students, teachers and their families, as well as other guests
  • Saudis at home and abroad celebrate their country’s National Day on Sept. 23 each year

LONDON: The Saudi Arabian Cultural Bureau in the UK, in cooperation with the Saudi Students Club in London, held a ceremony on Saturday at its headquarters in the British capital to celebrate the Kingdom’s 93rd National Day.

The event, which was opened by Dr. Amal Fatani, Saudi cultural attache to the UK, boasted patriotic cultural and poetic activities under the umbrella title “We Dream and We Achieve.”

It was attended by a large number of Saudi scholarship students, teachers and their families, as well as other guests keen on marking the Kingdom’s special day.

In her opening speech, Fatani welcomed the attendees and thanked all those who have worked toward promoting and praising her country in the UK.

She highlighted the importance of this day, which presents an opportunity to reflect on the Kingdom’s journey and its history full of achievements, to celebrate identity and heritage, and to shed light on the great achievements that the Kingdom has achieved across various sectors.

Fatani also stressed to the students the importance of national values and identity, and said she looked forward to a bright and prosperous future for the Kingdom.




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On Sept. 23 of each year, Saudis in the Kingdom and abroad celebrate their country’s National Day to commemorate the anniversary of the unification of the Kingdom through a royal decree by founder King Abdulaziz bin Abdulrahman Al-Saud in 1932.

“Celebrating Saudi National Day in London is a momentous occasion for our student club (as) it signifies our unity and pride as Saudi nationals studying abroad,” Saudi Students Club President Reem Al-Kharji told Arab News.

“This year, there was a notable difference from the previous year as we witnessed increased participation and a wider range of activities, fostering a stronger sense of community and cultural exchange,” she added.




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“Our event drew attendees not only from London but also from various parts of the UK, showcasing the broad reach of our celebration (and) the response from attendees was overwhelmingly positive, as they appreciated the opportunity to connect with fellow Saudis, share traditions, and celebrate our national identity in a foreign land,” Al-Kharji said.

“It was a great gathering of Saudi nationals and friends of Saudi Arabia coming together to celebrate this special occasion,” she said, adding that the event saw “an impressive turnout,” with nearly 1,000 people in attendance. 

Commenting on the slogan, she said it echoed the aspirations of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030, which aims to transform the country into a diverse and dynamic economy.




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“Throughout the event, we emphasized the importance of setting ambitious goals and working collectively to achieve them, mirroring the Vision’s call for economic diversification and development. We showcased success stories of Saudi nationals who have already made significant strides toward their dreams, in parallel with the Vision’s goals of nurturing innovation and entrepreneurship,” Al-Kharji said.

“Furthermore, we hosted discussions and workshops that highlighted how Saudi students in London can contribute to Vision 2030’s objectives, especially in terms of knowledge exchange,” she also said.

“So, in essence, this year’s event not only embodied the spirit of ‘We Dream and We Achieve” but also connected it to the broader national vision, emphasizing the role of Saudi nationals abroad in contributing to the transformation of their homeland as outlined in Saudi Vision 2030,” Al-Kharji said.




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The celebration, which featured several games and activities for children and loads of food and giveaways, included a dialogue session hosted by the London Cultural Salon entitled “We Dream and Achieve in a Homeland whose Love Exudes Poets,” presented by Dr. Ahmad Al-Dubayan, director general of the Islamic Cultural Center in London.

The session highlighted the works of the great Saudi poet, Ghazi Al-Gosaibi, and his role in consolidating love for and belonging to the homeland.

Al-Dubayan focused on the importance of poetry in promoting national values and cultural identity and reviewed the most prominent poetic works of Al-Gosaibi, in which he promoted love for the homeland and dedication to its service.




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The salon also held another session to raise awareness on how to serve your country, called “Nine Laws for Building Great Successes for a Great Homeland,” which was led by training adviser Mohammed Al-Khalidi.

The cultural bureau, which falls under the Ministry of Education, opened two art exhibitions that displayed works related to the Kingdom’s history, ancient heritage, culture, and achievements, in partnership with the Health Mission in the UK and the bureau’s Student Advisory Committee.

The celebration concluded by honoring the speakers, organizers and participants who contributed to the national event and recognized a number of individuals and volunteers for their great efforts and support toward the Kingdom.




Muhannad Alrawi (R), a reporter for Saudi state-run Al-Ekhbariya TV, was honored for his efforts in promoting the Kingdom in the media field. (AN Photo)

“I received a certificate of thanks and appreciation for my volunteering endeavors and my constant contributions toward the Saudi Cultural Bureau,” Muhannad Alrawi, a reporter for Saudi state-run Al-Ekhbariya TV, told Arab News.

“This is the fourth time that I have been honored by the Students Club in London, which is part of the Cultural Mission, but this is the first time I have been physically recognized for my efforts during the National Day celebration events,” said the 35-year-old British-Iraqi.

“Of course, I was so happy with this recognition, not only because I was honored but especially because the cultural attache noted in her speech that ‘Mohanned has always been one of those people that like to shed light all the Kingdom’s efforts in the UK,’ so that makes you feel that your achievements are being appreciated and this is a wonderful feeling,” he added.

“All the attendees and delegations that attended the event, whether they were honored or not, were extremely happy, so of course those who were acknowledged on top of the joyous occasion were even happier.”


GCC, Uzbek officials meet ahead of ministerial meeting

GCC head, Jasem Albudaiwi, is pictured with Uzbekistan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Bakhtiyor Saidov in the capital Tashkent.
GCC head, Jasem Albudaiwi, is pictured with Uzbekistan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Bakhtiyor Saidov in the capital Tashkent.
Updated 14 April 2024
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GCC, Uzbek officials meet ahead of ministerial meeting

GCC head, Jasem Albudaiwi, is pictured with Uzbekistan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Bakhtiyor Saidov in the capital Tashkent.
  • Officials discussed preparations for the second ministerial meeting of the Strategic Dialogue between the GCC and Central Asian countries

RIYADH: The secretary-general of the Gulf Cooperation Council, Jasem Albudaiwi, met Uzbekistan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Bakhtiyor Saidov in the capital Tashkent on Sunday.

During the meeting, they discussed preparations for the second ministerial meeting of the Strategic Dialogue between the GCC and Central Asian countries.

The meeting, scheduled to be held on April 15 in Tashkent, will gather ministers of foreign affairs from the GCC and Central Asian countries.

Albudaiwi said GCC countries attach great importance to their relations with Central Asian nations, stressing that holding the joint ministerial meeting less than a year since their first summit is a testament to these countries’ keenness to advance relations at all levels and in all fields.

According to Albudaiwi, discussions are expected to focus on political coordination and collaboration in investment and economy, mainly digital economy, and green energy security and use.


Saudi officials attend meeting of auditors in Tanzania

The meeting was attended by Dr. Hussam bin Abdulmohsen Al-Anqari, the president of the General Auditing Bureau.
The meeting was attended by Dr. Hussam bin Abdulmohsen Al-Anqari, the president of the General Auditing Bureau.
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Saudi officials attend meeting of auditors in Tanzania

The meeting was attended by Dr. Hussam bin Abdulmohsen Al-Anqari, the president of the General Auditing Bureau.
  • IIA is looking forward to expanding its work in developing professional standards and raising awareness of the roles of the internal audit profession

RIYADH: The board of directors at the Institute of Internal Auditors has convened its second meeting in Arusha, Tanzania, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

It was attended by Dr. Hussam bin Abdulmohsen Al-Anqari, the president of the General Auditing Bureau and chairman of the board of directors at the Saudi Institute of Internal Auditors, and other members of the board at the IIA.

The meeting looked at the notable activities of the current year and discussed agenda items. Several recommendations and decisions were made.

The body is looking forward to expanding its work in developing professional standards and raising awareness of the roles of the internal audit profession.

It aims to keep up with the world’s technical and professional advances, and progress the development of the profession and its practitioners.

It also bids to develop future strategies that will lead the field toward broader horizons in line with ongoing technological developments.

The IIA has served as the world’s premier professional reference for all aspects of the internal audit profession since its establishment in 1941.

Headquartered in Florida, the organization is tasked with providing comprehensive educational and professional development opportunities; establishing professional practice standards and guidelines; administering certification programs; conducting research; and disseminating and enhancing knowledge related to internal audit and its appropriate role in oversight, risk management, and governance for practitioners and stakeholders.


Pakistan PM receives MWL chief in Islamabad

Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif receives Muslim World League chief Dr. Mohammed bin Abdulkarim Al-Issa in Islamabad.
Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif receives Muslim World League chief Dr. Mohammed bin Abdulkarim Al-Issa in Islamabad.
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Pakistan PM receives MWL chief in Islamabad

Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif receives Muslim World League chief Dr. Mohammed bin Abdulkarim Al-Issa in Islamabad.
  • Pakistan attaches utmost importance to its strong relations with the Kingdom which are rooted in common faith and values, Sharif said
  • MWL chief also held talks with Qazi Faez Isa, chief justice of the Supreme Court of Pakistan

RIYADH: Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif received Muslim World League chief Dr. Mohammed bin Abdulkarim Al-Issa in Islamabad, Saudi Press Agency reported on Sunday.

Sharif commended the MWL’s “global efforts in unifying the words of scholars, clarifying the true message of Islam, and confronting Islamophobia,” the organization said.

The two officials discussed topics of common interest and Islamic-related work.

Pakistan attaches utmost importance to its strong relations with the Kingdom which are rooted in common faith and values, Sharif said.

He praised the league’s efforts to clarify the reality of Islam and confront Islamophobia, and stressed his country’s continued support for its efforts inside and outside Pakistan.

In a separate meeting during an official visit to Pakistan, the MWL chief also held talks with Qazi Faez Isa, chief justice of the Supreme Court. The two discussed several issues related to general constitutional principles and their subordinate legislation.


Swiss music to be highlighted at Riyadh concert

Swiss artists Marc Aymon and Milla Besson. (Supplied)
Swiss artists Marc Aymon and Milla Besson. (Supplied)
Updated 14 April 2024
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Swiss music to be highlighted at Riyadh concert

Swiss artists Marc Aymon and Milla Besson. (Supplied)
  • Marc Aymon and Milla Besson performing at event

RIYADH: The Swiss Embassy in Riyadh — in cooperation with the French Embassy and Alliance Francaise — is hosting a music concert on April 18 at the Cultural Palace in Riyadh’s Diplomatic Quarter. It aims to showcase French-language Swiss music through performances by Swiss artists Marc Aymon and Milla Besson.

Born in 1982 in Sion, Switzerland, Aymon has released four albums and his music has reached audiences across South America, Iran, the US, Africa, and the French-speaking world. Aymon has performed at various concerts and festivals, including the Paleo Festival in Nyon in 2006 and 2013.

Aymon and Besson recently gave an exclusive French-language interview to Arab News in which they told of their love of Swiss culture.

Aymon said: “It (Swiss culture) represents the authenticity of nature, elegance, precision, and quality.

“Swiss culture is inspiring just about everywhere. It’s a wonderful country to leave and return to. I believe in movement. I like to be a Swiss artist who arrives on time, who is very precise and fussy, but who doesn’t hesitate to change all the plans and go through the window when all the doors remain closed.”

His passion for music has been recognized on European and global stages. He added: “It’s a passion for memory, for archives, for the emotions we all share.

“I fell in love with an old song from 1890 and thought it was beautiful before I knew it was part of Switzerland's heritage.”

Aymon will be performing for the first time in Saudi Arabia with Besson.

He added: “We’re going to be playing in a magnificent auditorium, a very large room equipped with a great sound system.

“I’m looking forward to unplugging my guitar, in total acoustic mode, (and) asking people to stop filming us with their phones to experience a moment of disarming simplicity.”

Besson, who was born in 2000, is a Swiss singer-songwriter who has been collaborating and composing with singers Aymon and Jeremie Kisling, and the duo Aliose, since 2019.

She said: “We all have important encounters that shape our lives. Marc Aymon was the first person to take my music seriously, to see in me what I didn’t dare to see, and to offer me my first stages and studio experiences. He helped me to make my mark, to become solid and free artistically.

“This is my first time in Saudi Arabia and Riyadh. Like any first time there’s a certain mystery and excitement about it. I'm looking forward to discovering this new country, its people, and its culture.”

The concert takes place at 7:30 p.m. on April 18 and free tickets can be obtained from https://dqa-et.e-ticket.app/events/9bac8509-623a-4696-b0ee-e1f988982f2a.


UNICEF hails KSrelief’s role in advancing education in Yemen

UNICEF hails KSrelief’s role in advancing education in Yemen
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UNICEF hails KSrelief’s role in advancing education in Yemen

UNICEF hails KSrelief’s role in advancing education in Yemen
  • Over 800,000 children thriving through Saudi educational support, reports UN fund

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia, through its aid agency KSrelief, has allocated $6.2 million to support approximately 827,000 children in Yemen, ensuring their access to quality education opportunities. This initiative was undertaken in collaboration with the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF.

UNICEF recently noted that the funding provided by KSrelief has facilitated access to public and private education for girls and boys from vulnerable groups, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

Peter Hawkins, the fund’s representative to Yemen, said: “One in every four primary school-aged children in Yemen is currently out of school. Moreover, educational outcomes for those able to attend do not align with their age.

“Thanks to contributions from partners such as KSrelief, UNICEF continues to address the educational needs of vulnerable girls and boys in Yemen.”

The funding enabled over 527,000 children to participate in national final exams for the 2022-2023 academic year.

Additionally, 300,000 male and female students received school bags and recreational supplies, aimed at motivating them to return to school while alleviating the financial burden on their families.

Moreover, the Kingdom’s support through KSrelief has enhanced teaching and learning practices in classrooms by training 7,520 male and female teachers across 17 governorates.

Additionally, hygiene supplies were distributed to 71,956 children and 120 schools.

KSrelief’s assistance also facilitated UNICEF’s outreach to nearly 4.9 million individuals, including caregivers, through the implementation of five awareness campaigns. Outreach activities reached approximately 26,000 community leaders and officials, as well as 2,500 families.

KSrelief remains a steadfast partner of UNICEF, providing continuous funding for life-saving interventions that enable UNICEF to address the most critical needs of vulnerable children in Yemen, SPA stated.

Meanwhile, in Yemen’s Hajjah governorate, KSrelief’s mobile medical clinic rendered essential medical services to 2,072 beneficiaries in one month. The clinic’s diverse services included treating patients for epidemiological diseases, providing emergency care, and offering internal medicine and reproductive health services.

In the Saada governorate of Yemen, KSrelief’s ongoing projects aim to address the primary healthcare and water needs of displaced individuals in the Razih district. In one month, medical clinics operating under this initiative treated patients for various ailments, including epidemic diseases, emergencies, internal medicine issues, and reproductive health concerns.

The project also provided nursing services, surgical assistance, and medical referrals, alongside conducting waste disposal programs and supplying potable water to the district.