New Zealand launches education website in Arabic

Updated 20 April 2015

New Zealand launches education website in Arabic

New Zealand on Saturday opened a website and social media pages in Arabic for Saudi students who wish to pursue education in that country.
The country offers world-class education and the “Education New Zealand” website, Facebook and Twitter pages will prove very helpful to the students, Ambassador Hamish MacMaster said after launching the website.
“Saudi students can now ask questions and win scholarships to study in New Zealand,” he said.
Education Counsellor John Laxon said the number of Saudi students choosing to study in New Zealand rose by 17 percent in 2013. Presently, 4,000 Saudis are studying there.
New Zealand universities are ranked among the top 3 percent of universities globally in the QS World University Rankings. The country is also the third most peaceful country in the world and very welcoming to Saudi students, he said.
Saudi students may follow NZeducation SA on Twitter and Facebook to find out more or visit https://twitter.com/NZeducationSA
“We’re committed to supporting Saudi students before and during their visit to New Zealand. We offer pre-departure workshops and support,” Laxon said.
There are vibrant Saudi students’ clubs in New Zealand and all universities offer halal food options and prayer facilities, he said.
There are many Saudi students in New Zealand taking up engineering, business administration, information technology and courses such as air-traffic control, Laxon said.
Saudi citizens do not need visa for up to 12-week stay in New Zealand.


Saudi Embassy evacuates 300 tourists from Lebanon

Updated 19 October 2019

Saudi Embassy evacuates 300 tourists from Lebanon

  • The embassy said that evacuees were escorted to Rafic Hariri International Airport in Beirut by Lebanese security forces to guarantee their safety
  • Three Saudia aircraft were used to transport them

BEIRUT: Saudi Arabia's embassy in Lebanon has confirmed it has facilitated the “evacuation of Saudi residents and visitors” from the country.
“The evacuation operation, imposed by the security situation in Lebanon and the importance of ensuring the safety of Saudi nationals, started Saturday at 5 a.m. after the Kingdom secured three Saudia aircraft to transport them,” the embassy told Arab News.
“Three hundred people were evacuated as of Saturday afternoon, while the total number of those wishing to leave remains unclear. We have identified a hotel in Beirut as a starting point,” it added, noting that most of those who had left were tourists.
The embassy also confirmed evacuees were escorted to Rafic Hariri International Airport in Beirut by Lebanese security forces to guarantee their safety.
Protests broke out in Lebanon on Thursday night, and disorder has disrupted roads leading to the airport, with burning tires blocking several key routes.
On Friday, the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs urged its citizens already in Lebanon to exercise “utmost caution.”
Egypt’s Embassy in Beirut also called on its nationals in the country to avoid protest areas, Egyptian state news agency MENA said.
“The embassy calls on all Egyptian citizens in Lebanon to avoid the areas of gatherings and protests, to be careful in their movements and to abide by the instructions of the Lebanese authorities in this regard,” MENA reported.
Meanwhile, Kuwait’s Embassy in Lebanon asked citizens wishing to travel to the country to delay trips where possible.
“The embassy also calls on citizens currently in Lebanon to take utmost care and stay away from crowds and demonstrations,” it said on social media site Twitter.
Bahrain and the UAE warned against travel to Lebanon and called on their citizens in the country to leave immediately.