Saudi Hajj minister meets with Bahraini Islamic affairs minister

Saudi Hajj minister meets with Bahraini Islamic affairs minister
Muslim pilgrims gather around the Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine, at the Grand Mosque in the holy city of Mecca on June 30, 2023 during the annual Hajj pilgrimage. (File/AFP)
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Saudi Hajj minister meets with Bahraini Islamic affairs minister

Saudi Hajj minister meets with Bahraini Islamic affairs minister
  • Officials discussed ways to enhance cooperation for Hajj and Umrah

RIYADH: Bahrain’s Justice, Islamic Affairs and Endowments Minister Nawaf bin Mohammed Al-Maawda met with Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Hajj and Umrah Tawfiq bin Fawzan Al-Rabiah on Wednesday during an official visit to Bahrain, Saudi Press Agency reported.

Al-Maawda welcomed Al-Rabiah and his accompanying delegation, emphasizing the longstanding ties between the two countries, which have continuously developed under their respective leaderships.

During the visit, the officials discussed ways to enhance cooperation for Hajj and Umrah. Al-Maawda affirmed that Bahrain’s Supreme Committee for Hajj and Umrah Affairs is keen to align its initiatives with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Hajj and Umrah.

He highlighted that the committee began preparations for the Hajj season through a series of meetings between the Bahraini and Saudi ministries.

The minister also praised the comprehensive development plan recently launched by Saudi Arabia’s ministry, aimed at streamlining Hajj registration procedures.

Furthermore, Al-Maawda commended the Saudi government for the exceptional attention it provides to pilgrims from various Islamic countries, citing services such as the Nusuk platform.
 


Saudi foreign ministry condemns continued genocide against Palestinian people

Saudi foreign ministry condemns continued genocide against Palestinian people
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Saudi foreign ministry condemns continued genocide against Palestinian people

Saudi foreign ministry condemns continued genocide against Palestinian people
  • Saudi Arabia renewed its call for an immediate and permanent ceasefire and the provision of protection to unarmed civilians

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed on Saturday the Kingdom’s condemnation and denunciation in the strongest terms of the “continued genocidal massacres against the Palestinian people at the hands of the Israeli war machine.”

The ministry drew particular attention to the latest targeting of displaced Palestinians at camps in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip, which claimed the lives of 100 people.

Saudi Arabia renewed its call for an immediate and permanent ceasefire and the provision of protection to unarmed civilians in all occupied Palestinian territories.

The ministry also stressed the need to activate international accountability mechanisms regarding the continued Israeli violations of international humanitarian law and resolutions.

Also on Saturday, the Muslim World League condemned the massacre in Khan Yunis.

The League’s Secretary-General, Muhammad bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa, in a statement denounced the “heinous crime” and the Israeli occupation’s “continued flagrant violations of all international and humanitarian laws and norms.”

Al-Issa stressed the urgent need for the international community to intervene to stop the violence raging in Gaza.


Millstone attracts visitors during Dar Festival at Al-Mousa Heritage Village

Millstone attracts visitors during Dar Festival at Al-Mousa Heritage Village
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Millstone attracts visitors during Dar Festival at Al-Mousa Heritage Village

Millstone attracts visitors during Dar Festival at Al-Mousa Heritage Village
  • Khalid Azeb Al-Zahrani: “The millstone is fundamental in old houses, and it is found in every house in the region’s villages for flour and grain milling"

AL-BAHA: A traditional tool used to crush grains attracted visitors during the second Dar Festival at Al-Mousa Heritage Village in Al-Baha.

A millstone is a household item that families in the region once used to crush grains, doing the work of present-day flour milling machines.

Khalid Azeb Al-Zahrani, supervisor of Al-Mousa Heritage Village, said: “The millstone is fundamental in old houses, and it is found in every house in the region’s villages for flour and grain milling.

“It consists of two circular stones, placed on top of each other in an almost identical manner, while the upper part is slightly larger than the lower one. In the middle (between the stones), there is a small hole for entering the grains, which includes in its middle a pillar that maintains balance when rotating. At one end of the upper stone is a wooden pillar to hold and rotate during the process of grinding the grains.”

 


Children with Disability Association launches new initiative in Al-Baha

Children with Disability Association launches new initiative in Al-Baha
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Children with Disability Association launches new initiative in Al-Baha

Children with Disability Association launches new initiative in Al-Baha
  • Nujoud Al-Ghamdi: "the initiative aims to strengthen cohesion and social communication between society and children with disabilities by “spreading joy and happiness”

AL-BAHA: The Children with Disability Association in Al-Baha has launched a new initiative, entitled “Integration and Empowerment,” in partnership with Al-Baha Municipality.

According to a statement, this initiative aims to “integrate, motivate, and engage children with disabilities with their peers, helping them reintegrate into society through recreational and social activities and events.”

Nujoud Al-Ghamdi, director of the association, said the initiative aims to strengthen cohesion and social communication between society and children with disabilities by “spreading joy and happiness.”

The initiative was launched on the opening day of the Baljurashi Front Festival and continued its programs at Bahjat Raghadan Park in Al-Baha.

Al-Ghamdi said the initiative has several key objectives: ensuring that children with disabilities obtain their rights, discovering their abilities and talents, improving their quality of life and mental health, and removing all challenges that hinder their integration into society.

 


Saudi tourism ministry launches diploma program

Saudi tourism ministry launches diploma program
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Saudi tourism ministry launches diploma program

Saudi tourism ministry launches diploma program
  • The course — which is part of the Tourism Education Initiative — is geared towards providing students with the necessary practical expertise to fulfill job market requirements

RIYADH: The Saudi Ministry of Tourism, in collaboration with Imam Mohammad Ibn Saud Islamic University, has introduced a two-year diploma course in travel and tourism.

The course, according to a statement, aims to “enhance human capabilities by qualifying highly efficient national cadres in the travel and tourism sector, according to the highest international standards, to provide a theoretical and practical educational experience in the fields of travel and tourism.”

The course — which is part of the Tourism Education Initiative — is geared towards providing students with the necessary practical expertise to fulfill job market requirements.

The Tourism Education Initiative is intended to develop quality educational programs with leading national and international academic institutions to provide graduates able to enter employment in the tourism sector and keep up with its significant development in the Kingdom.

 


Ambassador gathers together Peruvian community in Saudi Arabia to celebrate national day

Ambassador gathers together Peruvian community in Saudi Arabia to celebrate national day
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Ambassador gathers together Peruvian community in Saudi Arabia to celebrate national day

Ambassador gathers together Peruvian community in Saudi Arabia to celebrate national day
  • Peruvian National Day falls on July 28 each year and marks the day Peru gained its independence from Spain in 1824

RIYADH: Peru’s embassy opened its doors in Riyadh to Peruvians living in Saudi Arabia to celebrate its national day and the Peruvian independence month of July.

“Today is a special occasion for the Peruvians, it’s a gathering during this month. Why? Because July is the month of our independence,” Carlos Zapata, the ambassador of Peru to Saudi Arabia, told Arab News.

“Our independence is on July 28 but we celebrate now because I have the opportunity to gather lots of the Peruvians before they move for vacation,” he said.

The ambassador said that the event was also a chance for Peruvians living in Saudi Arabia to get to know each other.

“This is an opportunity for them to join together and celebrate our national day,” he said.

Peruvian National Day falls on July 28 each year and marks the day Peru gained its independence from Spain in 1824.

During the national holiday, Peruvians enjoy authentic food and commemorate the occasion, and this celebratory tradition was carried out thousands of miles away in Saudi Arabia.

Zapata expressed what it meant for him to see so many Peruvians gathering to celebrate the national day in the embassy in Riyadh. “I think it’s very interesting because a lot of Peruvians have big opportunities in Saudi Arabia. I am very happy to receive this number of Peruvians, we have officially registered around 300 (Peruvians living in Saudi Arabia).

“I’m very happy to see the Peruvians that appreciate the opportunities in Saudi Arabia and appreciate all the changes in Saudi Arabia.”

The ambassador said that he arrived in the Kingdom during his first mission as ambassador from 2015-2019. He recalled the changes he has seen since starting his second mission in 2022, describing it as a “privilege” to witness the changes.

“Really it’s a privilege to have that opportunity, so I can tell people about the changes,” he said. “For a diplomat that is very important.” 

In 2015 the ambassador said that there were about 60 Peruvians living and working in Saudi Arabia, mainly in the oil industry, and now there were more than 300 Peruvians working in the Kingdom.

The ambassador said that he would like to see cooperation grow in the trade sector between the two countries.

“I think there’s a lot to do together and I hope in the near future we will have more things to show between both countries,” he said.

“In agricultural produce, Saudi Arabia needs the produce and we produce the produce.”

Zapata said that shared know-how was another area where the two countries could further their bilateral cooperation.

“Saudi Arabia has a lot of know-how, especially in the oil field and gas field, and we can share our experience in the mining field,” he said.

The ambassador introduced Arab News to one of the guests at the national day celebration, Leyla Reynaga, who now has Saudi nationality and has been living and working in the Kingdom for 40 years.

“I have been in Saudi Arabia for nearly 40 years. I am married to a Saudi. We have been married for nearly 40 years and we have five sons,” Reynaga said.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my life in Saudi Arabia. It hasn’t been difficult at all, to be honest — some people may be surprised to hear that but it hasn’t been difficult at all.”

Reynaga is retired but was head of the English department of Al-Qasim University and a consultant for the vice director of the university.

“On July 28, Peru celebrates their independence from the Spanish colony. It’s a wonderful event that happened 200 years ago, and today the ambassador of Peru has been so kind to invite all of the Peruvians living in Saudi Arabia to celebrate together,” she said.

“It’s a wonderful event and it’s wonderful to see all the community, we have been very welcome and we are enjoying our time in the embassy.” 

Reynaga highlighted the joy she feels at seeing so many Peruvians experiencing what the Kingdom has to offer.

“I’m very happy that a lot of Peruvians are coming to Saudi Arabia to see the beauty of the country, to see the beauty of Islam, and to see the amazing, amazing kindness, welcoming capacity and ability of the Saudi people,” she said.