Vienna dialogue center opens Monday

Updated 21 November 2012

Vienna dialogue center opens Monday

The King Abdullah International Center for Intercultural and Interreligious Dialogue in Vienna will be opened on Monday in the presence of Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and other dignitaries.
More than 600 delegates including religious leaders from around the world are expected to attend the opening. The Vienna center was established on the initiative of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah, said Faisal bin Muammar, its secretary-general.
The center’s board of directors includes representatives of different religions and cultures, he said. “King Abdullah’s vision has now become an institution,” he said, adding that the king believed that dialogue is the ideal way to promote world peace.
Meanwhile, Muhammad Ahmed Tayeb, director general of the Foreign Ministry’s office in the Makkah region, commended King Abdullah’s interfaith initiative, saying it would be crowned with the Vienna center’s opening.
He made this comment while addressing a seminar at the headquarters of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Jeddah.
Tayeb commended OIC’s efforts to confront Islamophobia by setting up a center to monitor such anti-Islam activities around the world.
The seminar was attended by OIC Secretary-General Professor Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry Secretary-General Adnan Mandoura, Russian Consul General Sergei Kuznetsov and US Consul General Anne S. Casper.


Saudi Arabia launches investigation into firearm incident at AlUla-Neom rally

Updated 11 November 2019

Saudi Arabia launches investigation into firearm incident at AlUla-Neom rally

  • A man intercepted one of the rally drivers and came at him with a gun
  • The suspect's firearm and vehicle have been seized

RIYADH: A criminal investigation has been launched after an armed man intercepted a vehicle taking part in a rally in Saudi Arabia.
The Kingdom’s Public Prosecution said the suspect came out of his car carrying a firearm and aimed it at the driver in a car competing in the AlUla-Neom race.
“The Public Prosecution has ordered the seizure of the firearm and the vehicle used in the crime, and ordered the arrest of the accused pending the case,” a statement issued on the state-run said.
The AlUla-Neom race ran from Tuesday to Saturday and was won by Saudi driver Yazeed Al-Rajhi.
Fifty-nine cars, seven motorcycles, seven quads and one truck tackled the even, which was the third stage of the Saudi Toyota Desert Rally Championship.