Saudi Media Forum embodies ambitious vision for enhancement and development, experts say

Saudi Media Forum embodies ambitious vision for enhancement and development, experts say
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Updated 14 February 2024
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Saudi Media Forum embodies ambitious vision for enhancement and development, experts say

Saudi Media Forum embodies ambitious vision for enhancement and development, experts say
  • The forum embodies an ambitious vision to continue strengthening and developing the media sector in the Kingdom

RIYADH: Media experts have stressed the importance of the third Saudi Media Forum, which will be launched in Riyadh on Feb. 19.

The forum embodies an ambitious vision to continue strengthening and developing the media sector in the Kingdom.

The forum will include a range of topics related to the sector’s growth and future, covering areas such as visual, audio, print and digital mediums. It will also discuss the media’s role in society, politics and the economy on a global scale.

Dedicated to promoting growth in the Saudi media sector, the event explores the industry’s recent advances in a fast-paced global environment.

According to Jamal Al-Kashki, editor-in-chief of Al-Ahram Al-Arabi magazine, “the forum has become a platform that brings together senior media professionals from various countries of the world to discuss pivotal issues related to the media industry, keeping pace with updates and addressing the human impact in the fields of communication revolution, digitization, artificial intelligence and the use of rapid broadcasting via satellites in an era that constantly produces information.”

The former president of the Bahraini Journalists Association, Ahdiya Ahmed, said that the Saudi Media Forum continued to take the lead in discussing media issues.

She praised the significant evolution in Saudi media, competing with global stations and networks by offering distinguished content, and highlighted the efforts of the Saudi Broadcasting Authority and the Saudi Journalists Association in organizing the global event, reflecting an ambitious vision to enhance and develop the media sector in the  Kingdom.

Khaled Al-Adad, a writer for Al-Watan Newspaper, said that the Saudi Media Forum was a great opportunity for dialogue, discussion, expressing opinions and exchanging ideas about the present and future of Saudi media.

He said that this came at a time when Saudi media had taken unprecedented leaps, keeping pace with global media changes, excelling in its tools and mechanisms, and contributing to the widespread dissemination of its high-quality content.

Al-Adad said that the Ministry of Media had succeeded in creating a competitive environment in media work through the forum. This encouraged media institutions and professionals to deliver distinctive and high-quality work aligned with the goals of Saudi Vision 2030.

The Future of Media Exhibition and the Saudi Media Forum Award, which recognizes the valuable contributions of individuals to local and regional media, is running concurrently with the Saudi Media Forum.


Visa holders can’t enter Makkah during Hajj season — Saudi interior ministry

Visa holders can’t enter Makkah during Hajj season — Saudi interior ministry
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Visa holders can’t enter Makkah during Hajj season — Saudi interior ministry

Visa holders can’t enter Makkah during Hajj season — Saudi interior ministry
  • Between May 23 and June 21, only pilgrims with Hajj permits can enter Makkah
  • Interior ministry says penalties to be imposed on anyone violating the rules

RIYADH: The Saudi Ministry of Interior has announced visit visa holders will not be allowed to enter or remain in Makkah during the Hajj season.
Between May 23 and June 21, only pilgrims with Hajj permits may do so, with penalties imposed on anyone violating the rules.
The ministry emphasized that visit visas did not give the holder permission to perform Hajj. It also urged visitors currently in Saudi Arabia to avoid travel to Makkah during the specified period.
“Violators will be subject to penalties according to the Kingdom’s regulations,” said a statement from the ministry.
Earlier, the Ministry of Interior said it would start imposing fines amounting to $2,666 on anyone, including Saudi citizens, caught entering Makkah without a Hajj permit between June 2-20.


First group of Yemeni pilgrims arrive for Hajj

First group of Yemeni pilgrims arrive for Hajj
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First group of Yemeni pilgrims arrive for Hajj

First group of Yemeni pilgrims arrive for Hajj

RIYADH: The first Yemeni pilgrims to the Kingdom to perform Hajj this year arrived through Jeddah’s King Abdulaziz International Airport.

The Saudi government simplified the Yemeni visitors’ travel with immigration officers ensuring entry procedures were carried out smoothly, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The Kingdom’s General Directorate of Passports “has exerted every effort to ensure that the entry of pilgrims is facilitated, equipping all international border crossings with advanced technology and trained staff proficient in different languages spoken by pilgrims,” the report added.

Saudi Arabia in 2019 launched the Makkah Route Initiative to help Hajj pilgrims from seven countries — Morocco, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Turkiye and Ivory Coast — with their visa, customs and passport requirements.

The government program issues visas electronically and collects biometric data, carrying out all travel procedures at the airports of the countries of departure, including ensuring that pilgrims have a clean bill of health. Baggage is coded and sorted to meet the transport and accommodation arrangements while pilgrims are in the Kingdom.

King Salman earlier ordered the hosting of 2,322 Hajj pilgrims, a group that includes 1,000 family members of Palestinians killed or wounded by Israel or held in Israeli prisons.


Visa holders may not enter Makkah around Hajj season

Visa holders may not enter Makkah around Hajj season
Updated 29 May 2024
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Visa holders may not enter Makkah around Hajj season

Visa holders may not enter Makkah around Hajj season

RIYADH: The Saudi Ministry of Interior has announced visit visa holders will not be allowed to enter or remain in Makkah during the Hajj season.

Between May 23 and June 21, only pilgrims with Hajj permits may do so, with penalties imposed on anyone violating the rules.

The ministry emphasized that visit visas did not give the holder permission to perform Hajj. It also urged visitors currently in Saudi Arabia to avoid travel to Makkah during the specified period.

“Violators will be subject to penalties according to the Kingdom’s regulations,” said a statement from the ministry.

Earlier, the Ministry of Interior said it would start imposing fines amounting to $2,666 on anyone, including Saudi citizens, caught entering Makkah without a Hajj permit between June 2-20.


Saudi Arabia and Austria sign economic-cooperation pact

Saudi Arabia and Austria sign economic-cooperation pact
Updated 29 May 2024
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Saudi Arabia and Austria sign economic-cooperation pact

Saudi Arabia and Austria sign economic-cooperation pact
  • The pact was inked at the ninth session of the Saudi-Austrian Joint Committee in Vienna
  • The parties aim to encourage cooperation in trade, industry, research and development, tourism, and small and medium enterprises

RIYADH: The Kingdom’s Ministry of Economy and Planning has signed a cooperation agreement with its Austria counterpart, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Wednesday.

The pact was inked at the ninth session of the Saudi-Austrian Joint Committee in Vienna between the Kingdom’s Economy and Planning Minister Faisal bin Fadel Al-Ibrahim and Austria’s Labor and Economy Minister Martin Kocher.

The parties aim to encourage cooperation in trade, industry, research and development, tourism, and small and medium enterprises.

The countries will also organize conferences and seminars featuring experts in their fields.

The parties are committed to protecting mutual intellectual property rights, the SPA reported.

Saudi Arabia and Austria first signed economic, commercial, industrial and technology agreements in 2004.


Saudi Arabia reelected to Global Research Council leadership

Saudi Arabia reelected to Global Research Council leadership
Updated 29 May 2024
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Saudi Arabia reelected to Global Research Council leadership

Saudi Arabia reelected to Global Research Council leadership
  • The governing board voted unanimously to reelect Vice Chairman Munir bin Mahmoud Eldesouki at the body’s 12th annual meeting

RIYADH: The Kingdom has retained its leadership position in the Global Research Council, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Wednesday.

The governing board voted unanimously to reelect Vice Chairman Munir bin Mahmoud Eldesouki at the body’s 12th annual meeting in Interlaken, Switzerland this week.

The reelection to this position, for the second time since the body’s establishment in 2012, confirms the council’s confidence in Saudi Arabia, the SPA reported.

The council highlighted Saudi Arabia’s efforts in promoting research, development and innovation in the Middle East North Africa region, the report added.

The council comprises heads of research institutions that fund projects globally.