US ambassador visits King Fahd Complex for Printing of Holy Quran

US ambassador visits King Fahd Complex for Printing of Holy Quran
US Ambassador Michael Alan Ratney, left, receiving a memento from an official at the King Fahd Complex for the Printing of the Holy Quran in Madinah. (SPA)
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Updated 30 September 2023
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US ambassador visits King Fahd Complex for Printing of Holy Quran

US ambassador visits King Fahd Complex for Printing of Holy Quran

MADINAH: The US Ambassador to the Kingdom, Michael Alan Ratney, and the US Consul General in Jeddah, Fares Asad, visited the King Fahd Complex for the Printing of the Holy Quran in Madinah recently.

Ratney appreciated the work at the complex. He expressed gratitude for the warm reception he received from those in charge of the complex.

Ratney said that thousands of American citizens visit Makkah and Madinah every year, and they often leave with a copy of the Holy Quran printed in the King Fahd Complex.

 


Sheikh Maher Al-Muaiqly to deliver Arafat sermon during Hajj 2024

Sheikh Maher bin Hamad Al-Muaiqly (R) will deliver the Arafat sermon during this year’s Hajj at the Namirah Mosque. (File/SPA)
Sheikh Maher bin Hamad Al-Muaiqly (R) will deliver the Arafat sermon during this year’s Hajj at the Namirah Mosque. (File/SPA)
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Sheikh Maher Al-Muaiqly to deliver Arafat sermon during Hajj 2024

Sheikh Maher bin Hamad Al-Muaiqly (R) will deliver the Arafat sermon during this year’s Hajj at the Namirah Mosque. (File/SPA)
  • The Arafat sermon is delivered at the Namira Mosque, the second largest in the Makkah region after the Grand Mosque

RIYADH: Sheikh Maher bin Hamad Al-Muaiqly, an imam at the Grand Mosque in Makkah, will deliver the Arafat sermon during this year’s Hajj.

The Presidency of Religious Affairs announced the appointment on Monday after royal approval.

Worshiping in Arafat on the 9th of Dhu Al-Hijjah is described as the pinnacle of Hajj and Muslims around the world reflect the actions of pilgrims by asking for forgiveness and praying for their deepest desires.

The Arafat sermon is delivered at the Namira Mosque, the second largest in the Makkah region after the Grand Mosque.

The mosque was built on the same spot where Prophet Mohammed delivered the Arafat sermon during his farewell pilgrimage.


British foreign ministry official says some Muslims in UK want to ‘challenge values’ of the country

British foreign ministry official says some Muslims in UK want to ‘challenge values’ of the country
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British foreign ministry official says some Muslims in UK want to ‘challenge values’ of the country

British foreign ministry official says some Muslims in UK want to ‘challenge values’ of the country
  • Was responding to comments made by right-wing politician Nigel Farage, the honorary president of Reform UK

LONDON: A British foreign office minister said on Monday some Muslims in the UK wanted to “challenge the values” of the country.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan’s was speaking after right-wing politician Nigel Farage, the honorary president of Reform UK, told Sky News on Sunday there was a growing proportion of British Muslims who “loathed” the UK’s values, citing a study that claimed 46 percent supported Hamas.

Trevelyan told LBC Radio on Monday that she believed a small minority of British Muslims matched the description.

“The vast proportion of British Muslims are wonderful, peace-loving, community-minded people, certainly in the northeast where I’m based, we have fantastic communities and they are a really important part of our social fabric,” she said.

“There are a very small proportion for whom they want to challenge those values that we hold dear in the UK, which are British values, and there we need to continue to work in community to bring those people to this.

“The UK has incredible values of freedom of speech, freedom of choice … these are incredibly important values, but they have to be nurtured and looked after, and where there are those who would threaten them we need to make sure that we deal with that,” she said.

Bridget Phillipson of the Labour Party, the shadow education secretary, slammed Farage’s comments as “incendiary rhetoric,” and told the same LBC show: “What we need in this election is a sense of how we bring our country together, how we focus on a more positive and hopeful mission for what our country can be — not this kind of division.”


Egypt military says guard killed in ‘shooting’ at Rafah border

The Israeli army said it took “operational control” of the Palestinian side of the Rafah border crossing on May 7. (File/AFP)
The Israeli army said it took “operational control” of the Palestinian side of the Rafah border crossing on May 7. (File/AFP)
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Egypt military says guard killed in ‘shooting’ at Rafah border

The Israeli army said it took “operational control” of the Palestinian side of the Rafah border crossing on May 7. (File/AFP)
  • The Israeli military reported a “shooting incident” on the Egyptian border, and said it was discussing the incident with Egypt

CAIRO: Egypt’s military said Monday a border guard was killed in a shooting in the Rafah border area with Gaza, where Israeli forces are deployed, adding that a probe had been launched.
“The Egyptian armed forces, through the competent authorities, are investigating a shooting incident in the Rafah border area which led to the martyrdom of a guard,” a military statement said.
The Israeli military reported a “shooting incident” on the Egyptian border, and said it was discussing the incident with Egypt.
Since May 7 Israeli forces have been operating in Rafah, a city in the far south of the Gaza Strip bordering Egypt.
Since the war in Gaza between Israel and Hamas broke out on October 7, Egypt has been keen both to remain in solidarity with the Palestinians and retain its ties with Israel.
Egypt was in 1979 the first Arab country to sign a peace treaty with Egypt.
Cairo fears domestic repercussions over the war, and tensions have soared since Israeli forces seized the Rafah border crossing, a key entry point for humanitarian aid.
A day after the war began in October, a policeman in Egypt’s second city Alexandria opened fire on an Israeli tour group, killing two Israeli tourists and their Egyptian guide.
In a previous shooting, in June 2023, Israel said an Egyptian policeman crossed the border and killed three Israeli soldiers before being himself shot dead.
The Egyptian army said at the time the three Israelis were killed in a firefight by a member of the Egyptian security forces who had crossed the border “in pursuit of drug traffickers.”


Saudi Arabia’s Sports Boulevard doubles its existing investment fund to $533m  

Saudi Arabia’s Sports Boulevard doubles its existing investment fund to $533m  
Updated 27 May 2024
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Saudi Arabia’s Sports Boulevard doubles its existing investment fund to $533m  

Saudi Arabia’s Sports Boulevard doubles its existing investment fund to $533m  

RIYADH: Private sector participation in the Sports Boulevard project is set to increase as the foundation behind Riyadh’s largest linear park plans to double its investment fund to SR2 billion ($533 million). 

In a press release, the Sports Boulevard Foundation announced its partnership with Ajdan Real Estate Development Co. and Albilad Capital to add an additional SR1 billion to the private real estate investment fund “Sports Boulevard Real Estate Fund 1.” 

This increased funding will be utilized to bolster private sector participation within the Arts District, one of the destinations within the Sports Boulevard project. 

The Sports Boulevard Development Co. will continue to hold the majority of units in the fund, while Ajdan Real Estate Development Co. will serve as a developer and primary investor, and Albilad Capital will act as the fund manager. 

This partnership underscores the collaborative effort behind the expansion, signifying a strategic alliance aimed at creating a vibrant urban space that enhances Riyadh’s cultural and economic landscape.  

The project aims to develop a mixed-use lifestyle destination consisting of residential, retail, office, and entertainment components.  

Covering a land area of over 39,000 sq. m. at the heart of the Arts District, the total combined built-up site spans approximately 240,000 sq. m., boasting over 100,000 sq. m. of net leasable area.   

The design of this destination draws inspiration from the Sports Boulevard Design Code, influenced by the Salmani Architectural Style. This ensures a dynamic and immersive lifestyle experience for both residents and visitors. 

Situated at the intersection of Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Road and Prince Turki bin Abdulaziz Al Awwal Road, it offers expansive public spaces, recreational areas, and cycling-friendly tracks. 

Covering an area of 184,000 sq. m., the project extends beyond private development parcels, providing ample space for recreational activities and pedestrian-friendly pathways, efficiently linked to the promenade and cycling bridge. 

Sports Boulevard, a mega project launched by King Salman bin Abdulaziz in 2019, and supported by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, spans over 135 km on Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Road.  

It features safe green pathways for pedestrians, cyclists, athletes, and horse riders, connecting Wadi Hanifah in the west to Wadi Al Sulai in the east. 

Additionally, the project includes over 4.4 million sq. m. of greenery, open spaces, and up to 50 multidisciplinary sports facilities. It also hosts several unique destinations and investment zones, totaling an area exceeding 3 million sq. m. 


Body of 15-year-old Pakistani hiker found on Islamabad’s Margalla Hills — police

Body of 15-year-old Pakistani hiker found on Islamabad’s Margalla Hills — police
Updated 27 May 2024
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Body of 15-year-old Pakistani hiker found on Islamabad’s Margalla Hills — police

Body of 15-year-old Pakistani hiker found on Islamabad’s Margalla Hills — police
  • The boy had gone for a hike on Trail-5 along with six of his classmates at around 7am on Saturday but did not return
  • Police say his body was found in a ditch on Margalla Hills, further investigation is underway to ascertain the cause

ISLAMABAD: The body of a 15-year-old boy, who had gone missing while hiking with friends last week, was found near a Margalla Hills hiking trail on Monday, the Islamabad police said.
The boy had gone for a hike on Trail-5 along with six of his classmates at around 7am on Saturday, but never made it back, according to a police report.
The mother of the young student tried to search him after one of his friends called her to inquire about his return on Saturday evening.
After trying to locate him for hours, the mother lodged a missing complaint with the police.
“After a long search operation, the body of the youth who went missing on Margalla trail was found in a dangerous ditch,” the Islamabad police said in a statement on Monday. “It seems that the boy lost his way and fell into the ditch.”
The deceased’s family was present on the site along with police officials and the search team, according to the statement.
“Further investigation is underway and post-mortem of the body will be conducted to cover all aspects,” it read.
The Pakistani capital of Islamabad has seven hiking trails that stretch several kilometers on the Margalla Hills, which are part of the Himalayan foothills and have an area of 12,605 hectares.
These trails are frequented by hundreds of people on a daily basis and are famous with picnickers.