Saudi Cabinet: Kingdom’s firm stand to combat terrorism stressed

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Arab News
Tue, 2017-07-18 03:00
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1500338652440341200

JEDDAH: King Salman has stressed the Kingdom’s firm stand with all its potentials to combat terrorism and dry up its sources.
Addressing the Cabinet session on Monday at Al-Salaam Palace in Jeddah, King Salman appreciated the role of the US in leading the global coalition to fight and eliminate the Daesh terrorist organization.
In this context, King Salman congratulated Iraqi Premier Haider Al-Abbadi on their victory over Daesh in Mosul.
The Cabinet then explored recent developments and, in this context, lauded the joint statement issued by Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the UAE, and Bahrain and their continuation of their current measures until the Qatari authorities are committed to meeting all demands requested by the four countries that will achieve stability and security in the region.
The Cabinet welcomed the resolutions adopted by the 48th ordinary session of the Council of Arab Information Ministers in Cairo, and their emphasis on solidarity to confront terrorism and dry up its sources as well as the need to continue efforts and coordination at regional and global levels to defeat and stamp it out.
Also at the regional level, the Cabinet expressed deep concern over the closure of Al-Aqsa Mosque by the Israeli occupation authorities which, the Cabinet said, constituted a flagrant offense to Muslim sentiments around the world. Such an act is a dangerous development that will further complicate the situation in the occupied Palestinian territories, it said.
The Cabinet called on the international community to shoulder its responsibility and put an end to such practices.
The Cabinet expressed the Kingdom’s condemnation of the terror acts in Egypt and Pakistan.
On the local front, the Cabinet considered the granting of an honorary doctorate in the field of serving the Holy Qur’an by Imam Mohammed Islamic University to King Salman an appreciation for his efforts and ongoing support for the Holy Qur’an and his services to Islam.
The Cabinet praised the activities of the 11th session of Souq Okaz under the theme of “Okaz Renewable Creativity” and supervised by the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage.
Later, the Cabinet approved a series of decisions.
• The Cabinet approved a memorandum of understanding for cooperation in the area of satellite and space communication between the Saudi Ministry of Defense and the Arab Satellite Communications Organization (Arabsat).
• The Cabinet approved another memorandum of understanding for cooperation in tourism between Saudi Commission of Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) and Malaysian Ministry of Tourism and Culture.
• The Cabinet approved a memo of understanding for industrial cooperation between the Saudi Ministry of Energy, Industry and Natural Resources and Jordanian Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Supply.
• The Cabinet approved a memo of understanding for cooperation in labor and human resources between the Saudi and Malaysian governments.
• The Cabinet approved a memo of understanding for technical cooperation between the Saudi Human Rights Commission (SHRC) and the Geneva-based International Organization for Migration (IOM).
• The Cabinet approved the financial regulations of the municipal councils.

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Main theater attracts visitors to ‘Jeddah Eid and Sea’ Festival

Author: 
ARAB NEWS
Tue, 2017-07-18 03:00
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1500338652430340900

JEDDAH: The main theater at the North Jeddah Eid and Sea Festival has attracted a large number of visitors and residents of Jeddah through a diverse array of performances.
Performances at the theater include a comedy skit showcasing a group of talented Saudis, stand-up comedy highlighting social issues in a lighthearted and comedic nature, and an informative performance about overcoming fears of the sea and its secrets.
Many visitors have enjoyed the air conditioned tents at the festival, which has also included light and sound shows by the Kawabees group in a fun and entertaining manner.
Other theatrical performances include “Abbas Clinic,” which highlights and supports initiatives and regulations in the Kingdom in line with the “A Nation Without Violations Campaign,” and promoting awareness about conserving and protecting the sea.

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Main theater attracts visitors to ‘Jeddah Eid and Sea’ Festival

Author: 
ARAB NEWS
Tue, 2017-07-18 03:00
ID: 
1500338652430340900

JEDDAH: The main theater at the North Jeddah Eid and Sea Festival has attracted a large number of visitors and residents of Jeddah through a diverse array of performances.
Performances at the theater include a comedy skit showcasing a group of talented Saudis, stand-up comedy highlighting social issues in a lighthearted and comedic nature, and an informative performance about overcoming fears of the sea and its secrets.
Many visitors have enjoyed the air conditioned tents at the festival, which has also included light and sound shows by the Kawabees group in a fun and entertaining manner.
Other theatrical performances include “Abbas Clinic,” which highlights and supports initiatives and regulations in the Kingdom in line with the “A Nation Without Violations Campaign,” and promoting awareness about conserving and protecting the sea.

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Saudi research institute successfully converts manned aircraft into drone

Author: 
ARAB NEWS
Tue, 2017-07-18 03:00
ID: 
1500338652380339900

RIYADH: King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) has announced the success of its specialists in converting a manned aircraft into a drone.
Prince Dr. Turki bin Saud bin Mohammed, the KACST president, announced the successful field test of the drone named “Al-Nawras,” which has many strategic advantages.
He explained that a squadron of three Al-Nawras drones have successfully been flying through one control room to carry out joint missions; these strategic drones can fly up to 30 hours.
The KACST president also said that creating this kind of advanced technology is one of KACST’s projects toward meeting the goals of both the National Transformation Program 2020 and Vision 2030.
He further said that drones which perform joint missions can be used as an air station to transfer large amounts of information from aircraft to ground operating stations to cover large distances; they are equipped with day and night high-resolution cameras; and can also carry different loads and navigate by satellite.
The drone squadron can be used in the military field and it allows operational flexibility so that one drone can conduct aerial photography while a second drone can jam frequencies, as a third carries out tactical missions.

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Saudi research institute successfully converts manned aircraft into drone

Author: 
ARAB NEWS
Tue, 2017-07-18 03:00
ID: 
1500338652380339900

RIYADH: King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) has announced the success of its specialists in converting a manned aircraft into a drone.
Prince Dr. Turki bin Saud bin Mohammed, the KACST president, announced the successful field test of the drone named “Al-Nawras,” which has many strategic advantages.
He explained that a squadron of three Al-Nawras drones have successfully been flying through one control room to carry out joint missions; these strategic drones can fly up to 30 hours.
The KACST president also said that creating this kind of advanced technology is one of KACST’s projects toward meeting the goals of both the National Transformation Program 2020 and Vision 2030.

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مدينة الملك عبدالعزيز للعلوم والتقنية تنجح في تحويل طائرة مأهولة إلى طائرة بدون طيار.. #طائرات_النورس.. pic.twitter.com/gxQ6lGrsK0

— KACST (@KACST) July 17, 2017

He further said that drones which perform joint missions can be used as an air station to transfer large amounts of information from aircraft to ground operating stations to cover large distances; they are equipped with day and night high-resolution cameras; and can also carry different loads and navigate by satellite.
The drone squadron can be used in the military field and it allows operational flexibility so that one drone can conduct aerial photography while a second drone can jam frequencies, as a third carries out tactical missions.

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World-class trademark planned to help market Saudi handicraft

Author: 
Arab News
Tue, 2017-07-18 03:00
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1500338652350339600

JEDDAH: The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) announced it is working to establish a world-class trademark for Saudi hand-crafted products through the Saudi Handicrafts Company.
The effort was approved by the Cabinet within the National Transformation Program 2020 with the aim of locally and internationally marketing Saudi products.
The Saudi Press Agency quoted the company’s director, Dr. Faisal Al-Khamees, as saying that the establishment of the entity, which has been supported with SR220 million ($58,662,758), is primarily aimed at improving the weak product marketing and developing the skills of those working in the sector, to eventually provide better incomes for local communities and, in turn, encourage residents to stay and make profits in their villages instead of migrating to densely populated cities.
Another aim for the company is to regulate the sector of hand-crafted products to expand investment in it. The company will assist local traditional craftsmen by providing them with the needed tools, raw materials and designs, as well as training and quality control programs, and will offer services including the organization of conferences and forums.

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World-class trademark planned to help market Saudi handicraft

Author: 
Arab News
Tue, 2017-07-18 03:00
ID: 
1500338652350339600

JEDDAH: The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) announced it is working to establish a world-class trademark for Saudi hand-crafted products through the Saudi Handicrafts Company.
The effort was approved by the Cabinet within the National Transformation Program 2020 with the aim of locally and internationally marketing Saudi products.
The Saudi Press Agency quoted the company’s director, Dr. Faisal Al-Khamees, as saying that the establishment of the entity, which has been supported with SR220 million ($58,662,758), is primarily aimed at improving the weak product marketing and developing the skills of those working in the sector, to eventually provide better incomes for local communities and, in turn, encourage residents to stay and make profits in their villages instead of migrating to densely populated cities.
Another aim for the company is to regulate the sector of hand-crafted products to expand investment in it. The company will assist local traditional craftsmen by providing them with the needed tools, raw materials and designs, as well as training and quality control programs, and will offer services including the organization of conferences and forums.

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Souq Okaz: The largest cultural and commercial gathering held on the Arabian Peninsula

Author: 
ARAB NEWS
Tue, 2017-07-18 03:00
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1500336668000270100

JEDDAH: Souq Okaz, in its 11th edition this year, claimed that it is the largest cultural and commercial gathering on the Arabian Peninsula.
Located 45 kilometers northeast of Taif on a flat plain surrounded by a number of valleys and mountains, the souq’s revival was initiated by Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal.
The first edition of the revived souq was held in 1428 H. It is now supervised by the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) to preserve and maintain it as an event that is not limited to poetry because it also represents a tribal event with a great political and social role.
This was a cultural platform where sheikhs met their tribes, initiated agreements and exchanged prisoners.
This event would provide opportunities for reconciliation, declaration of alliances and ending hostilities. It was also known for horse racing and fencing. It was a large commercial market visited by traders coming from Syria, Persia and Yemen, among other countries, and a forum where titles were given to poets, knights and tribes.
On the side lines of the market, speeches and lectures were delivered to visitors and the souq became a wisdom council, in which guidance and conclusions were memorized and shared by the people.
Souq Okaz was one of the most famous markets in ancient times; Arabs headed to the souq during the first 20 days of Dhu Al-Qa’dah.
It was a place where goods were sold and literary works were circulated. The souq continued in the era of the last Prophet (peace be upon him), during the days of the Rashidun and Umayyad caliphates, until year 129 AH, when the Kharijites revolted and looted the market.
The Souq Okaz Awards became some of the most prestigious prizes in the Arab world because of their moral and material values.
They include 13 prizes worth SR2,470,000 ($658,622), and cover a wide range of creativity in terms of literature, arts, and social and human sciences.
The market is characterized by a diversity that suits all age groups. It offers a variety of cultural entertainment programs that reflect the past, keeps up with the present and looks forward to the future.
Souq Okaz offers visitors and guests rich cultural programs ranging from lectures and conferences, as well as cultural, literary, poetry and science nights, with the participation of Saudi and Arab intellectuals, writers, thinkers, and poets.

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