Culture Ministry hosts Foundation Day celebrations across Saudi Arabia

Culture Ministry hosts Foundation Day celebrations across Saudi Arabia
Cultural and historical events held across the Kingdom by Ministry of Culture to celebrate the third Saudi Founding Day. (Instagram)
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Updated 20 February 2024
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Culture Ministry hosts Foundation Day celebrations across Saudi Arabia

Culture Ministry hosts Foundation Day celebrations across Saudi Arabia
  • ‘Founding Village’ event to showcase Kingdom’s cultural legacy
  • Attendees will be treated to poetry and melodies performed by esteemed poets and artists, bringing to light important facets of Saudi heritage

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Culture is set to host cultural and historical celebrations across the country from Feb. 21 to 26 in honor of Founding Day, observed annually on Feb. 22, to mark the state’s foundation by Imam Mohammed bin Saud in 1727 CE.
Spanning various cities across the Kingdom, the ministry’s curated events will present a diverse cultural feast, with “Founding Nights” billed as a main attraction.
Scheduled for Feb. 21 and 22 at the Abu Bakr Salem Stage in Boulevard City, Riyadh, this event promises a “nostalgic voyage through time with an evening of poetry and music.”
Attendees will be treated to poetry and melodies performed by esteemed poets and artists, bringing to light important facets of Saudi heritage.
Another event, “Symphony of the Beginning,” will take place on Feb. 25 and 26 at the same venue. It features an orchestral performance that melds traditional Saudi instruments with contemporary ones, and tells the tale of the nation’s founding through music. Prominent Saudi poets, composers, and the National Music Band will be performing.
The “Path of History” experience at King Abdullah Financial District in Riyadh invites visitors to make their way through “an engaging display” of 19 scenes that chronicle the Saudi state’s evolution from its inception in 1727 to the present day. It consists of three distinct zones — The Gathering, The Journey, and The Celebration — each of which is designed to immerse visitors in the Kingdom’s history through cultural performances, art displays, and interactive installations.
Meanwhile, the “Founding Village,” which will be held in 14 locations from Feb. 22 to 24, aims to “resurrect the Kingdom’s historical narratives through immersive experiences that spotlight the country’s cultural legacy.”
This event will take visitors on a journey through 300 years of history, and includes traditional crafts, cultural stories, interactive children’s areas, digital innovations, family entertainment, authentic Saudi culinary delights and other cultural activities across various domains, including heritage and oral traditions.
These celebratory events underscore the Ministry of Culture’s dedication to commemorating a pivotal moment in Saudi history — the establishment of the Saudi state, and celebrating “the deep-rooted pride in national heritage, the solid bond between the citizenry and leadership, and the enduring legacy of progress and prosperity,” according to a ministry statement.
For tickets, visit: https://dc.moc.gov.sa/home/ar/founding-day/


First group of Moroccan pilgrims arrive in Saudi Arabia through Makkah Route Initiative

First group of Moroccan pilgrims arrive in Saudi Arabia through Makkah Route Initiative
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First group of Moroccan pilgrims arrive in Saudi Arabia through Makkah Route Initiative

First group of Moroccan pilgrims arrive in Saudi Arabia through Makkah Route Initiative
  • The Saudi leadership has prioritized caring for the pilgrims and creating an atmosphere of faith during their Hajj journey

RIYADH: The first group of Hajj pilgrims from Morocco arrived at the Prince Mohammed bin Abdulaziz International Airport in Madinah on Saturday, having departed from Mohammed V International Airport in Casablanca.

The pilgrims have traveled to the Kingdom through the Makkah Route Initiative.

The initiative aims to make the journey for pilgrims to complete Hajj as easy as possible, through electronic registration in their country of origin, including those related to immigration, health, luggage, travel, and housing in Makkah and Madinah.

They are transported by buses on designated routes, with service agencies delivering their luggage to their places of stay, Saudi Press Agency reported.

The MRI is part of the Ministry of Interior’s Pilgrim Experience Program (PEP), a pillar of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.

Now in its sixth year, the initiative is carried out in cooperation with a host public and semi-government authorities, including the ministries of foreign affairs, health, Hajj and Umrah, media, civil aviation, the Zakat, Tax and Customs authority, SDAIA and PEP.

The Saudi leadership has prioritized caring for the pilgrims and creating an atmosphere of faith during their Hajj journey.

Pilgrims who have been arriving in recent days have expressed their “gratitude to the Kingdom’s government for the services and facilities that have been provided, making their pilgrimage safe and reassuring,” Saudi Press Agency said.


King Salman, Crown Prince congratulate King Abdullah II on Jordan’s national day

King Salman, Crown Prince congratulate King Abdullah II on Jordan’s national day
Updated 25 May 2024
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King Salman, Crown Prince congratulate King Abdullah II on Jordan’s national day

King Salman, Crown Prince congratulate King Abdullah II on Jordan’s national day

RIYADH: King Salman sent a cable of congratulations to King Abdullah II of Jordan on the occasion of his country's independence day on Saturday, Saudi Press Agency reported.

King Salman wished King Abdullah continued good health and happiness, and the government and people of Jordan further progress and prosperity.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman also sent a similar cable to the Jordanian king.

The messages from the Saudi leadership were among dozens sent by global leaders and heads of international organizations, including the speaker of the Arab Parliament.

Adel bin Abdulrahman Al-Asoumi wished Jordan and its people “more security, stability, and prosperity.”

He also praised the “civilizational achievements made by the kingdom under the leadership of King Abdullah II in all areas that have made the kingdom a leading regional and international model.”  


Saudi, Kosovo officials discuss parliamentary ties

Saudi, Kosovo officials discuss parliamentary ties
Updated 25 May 2024
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Saudi, Kosovo officials discuss parliamentary ties

Saudi, Kosovo officials discuss parliamentary ties

RIYADH: The Saudi-Kosovo Parliamentary Friendship Committee, led by Khalid Al-Bawardi, the committee’s chairman and Saudi Shoura Council member, met with Kosovo’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Kreshnik Ahmeti and other officials in Pristina.

Discussions aimed to boost bilateral relations and parliamentary cooperation between the Shoura Council and Kosovo Parliament, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Saturday.

Faisal Hifzi, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Albania and non-resident ambassador to Kosovo, Montenegro, and North Macedonia, attended the meeting.

Additionally, the committee met with Podujeva’s Mayor Shpejtim Bulliqi and discussed cooperation in municipal affairs. The mayor praised Saudi Arabia’s environmental conservation efforts.

The Shoura Council delegation also engaged with local companies, reviewing Kosovo’s future projects and discussing opportunities for economic cooperation.


Saudi authorities arrest 17,030 illegals in one week

Saudi authorities arrest 17,030 illegals in one week
Updated 25 May 2024
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Saudi authorities arrest 17,030 illegals in one week

Saudi authorities arrest 17,030 illegals in one week

RIYADH: Saudi authorities arrested 17,030 people in one week for breaching residency, work and border security regulations, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Saturday.

According to an official report, a total of 10,662 people were arrested for violations of residency laws, while 4,147 were held over illegal border crossing attempts, and a further 2,221 for labor-related issues.

The report showed that among the 1,119 people arrested for trying to enter the Kingdom illegally, 71 percent were Ethiopian, 27 percent Yemeni, and 2 percent were of other nationalities.

A further 65 people were caught trying to cross into neighboring countries, and 17 were held for involvement in transporting and harboring violators.

The Saudi Ministry of Interior said that anyone found to be facilitating illegal entry to the Kingdom, including providing transportation and shelter, could face imprisonment for a maximum of 15 years, a fine of up to SR1 million ($260,000), as well as confiscation of vehicles and property.

Suspected violations can be reported on the toll-free number 911 in the Makkah and Riyadh regions, and 999 or 996 in other regions of the Kingdom.


KSrelief continues aid projects in Sudan, Somalia, Lebanon and Yemen

KSrelief continues aid projects in Sudan, Somalia, Lebanon and Yemen
Updated 25 May 2024
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KSrelief continues aid projects in Sudan, Somalia, Lebanon and Yemen

KSrelief continues aid projects in Sudan, Somalia, Lebanon and Yemen

RIYADH: The Kingdom’s aid agency KSrelief  continued its humanitarian projects in Sudan, Somalia, Lebanon and Yemen.
In Sudan, the agency distributed 950 personal hygiene kits to displaced and needy families in Kosti, benefiting 5,463 individuals. In Wad Sharifi, 330 food parcels were provided to displaced families, benefiting 1,710 individuals. 
Meanwhile in Lebanon, KSrelief continued its implementation of the Al-Amal Charitable Bakery Project in Akkar and Miniyeh. The project distributed 150,000 loaves of bread daily to Syrian and Palestinian refugee families, or about 62,500 individuals.
In Yemen, 897 food parcels were delivered in Al-Abr, benefiting 6,237 individuals, as part of the Kingdom’s humanitarian initiative.
in Somalia, KSrelief continued providing medical services in collaboration with the Kidney Dialysis Center at Banadir Hospital in Mogadishu. The center catered to a total of 384 patients and assisted dialysis, medical examination and emergency sessions.