DUBAI: Saudi Arabia’s pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai has organized a theatrical song and dance show in Arabic and English, performed by a group of Saudi 10-year-old girls.
The show, which shed light on the beauty and cultural richness of the Kingdom’s diverse natural areas, was attended by a spectacular audience and received a wide public response, especially from families and children.
The event was conducted by a seven-member troupe that dazzled the audience with their mastery of the integrated artistic performance that combined dancing, acting and singing on the stage in front of the Saudi pavilion at the international exhibition.
The pavilion is also hosting a “16 Windows” cultural program that aims to support and promote Saudi Arabia’s cultural sector, showing the true essence of the Kingdom by bringing together the best Saudi minds in various intellectual, cultural and creative fields.
Visitors to the Kingdom’s pavilion, which officially opened on Oct. 1, have traveled from across the Arab world and further afield. There have also been high-level visits from diplomatic delegations.
The pavilion is offering — over six months — more than 1,800 events, activities, programs, and themed weeks that reflect the Kingdom’s rich nature, vibrant society, longstanding heritage and economic opportunities.
There are also a sustainable energy station, exhibitions featuring Saudi heritage handicrafts, popular folklore shows, and famous dishes from all of the country’s regions. Pavilion visitors can also go on discovery tours that reflect the spirit of Saudi Arabia and highlight its cultural innovations and economic and investment opportunities.
The pavilion is considered to be the largest after that of the host’s and has already achieved three Guinness World Records for the largest interactive light floor, the longest interactive water curtain and the largest interactive digital screen mirror.
RIYADH: Saudi police have arrested three people who destroyed a traffic monitoring device at Umwah governorate in the southwestern region of Asir, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Sunday.
The suspects bragged about shooting and destroying the Saher camera with a gun, and shared their criminal act on social media. Investigators later found that one of the trio was involved in arms trafficking.
The suspects have been referred to the Public Prosecution agency, the SPA report said.
Dozens of motorists had been criminally charged in the past for destroying Saher cameras when the monitoring scheme was first introduced in Saudi Arabia in the past few years.
Traffic Department records across the Kingdom have shown violations such as speeding and running red lights dropping drastically since then.
ISLAMABAD; Saudi Shoura Council Speaker Sheikh Abdullah Al-Asheikh met Pakistan Senate Chairman Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani in Islamabad.
During the meeting, Al-Asheikh stressed the depth of the relations that unite Saudi Arabia and Pakistan and the roles of both countries in role in promoting security and stability in the Islamic world.
He noted the Kingdom’s keenness to strengthen and develop relations in order to achieve common interests.
Al-Asheikh spoke to the importance of deepening joint bilateral cooperation and coordination at the level of parliamentary work between the Shoura Council and Pakistan Senate.
He said that the cooperation should be conducted in a way that unifies work in various Islamic, regional and international parliamentary forums, stressing the importance of developing practical frameworks between the two councils.
Sanjrani praised the government of Saudi Arabia for supporting the government and people of Pakistan.
He said that King Salman is a leader in the region for his work in unifying the Gulf, Arab and Islamic ranks, and promoting unity in the Islamic world.
Fahad Al-Shammari has been group chief financial officer of Saudi Real Estate Co., Al Akaria, since April.
Al Akaria is a prominent real estate developer in the Kingdom and was established as a listed company more than 40 years ago.
Al-Shammari is a board member at Mouwasat Medical Services Co., a publicly listed healthcare company, and a member of the board of trustees and audit committee at National Developmental Housing Corp., Sakan.
He began his career with Saudi Telecom Co., the biggest telecommunication company in the MENA region. He handled different roles and assignments over the course of a decade with the company.
In early 2011, he moved to work with two of the most prominent Saudi national projects, where he spent three years managing accounting functions. The first project was SATORP, where he served for almost one year, and Maaden Aluminum JV, where he stayed for two years.
In 2014, Al-Shammari was appointed CFO of a publicly listed company, SPIMACO, the biggest pharmaceutical company in the Kingdom. In 2017, he was appointed as CFO of National Housing Co., a holding company owned by the Saudi Ministry of Housing as an investment arm.
Al-Shammari obtained a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Imam Mohammad bin Saud Islamic University in Riyadh and a master’s degree in business administration from Open University Malaysia.
He has completed several executive development programs at the world’s top business schools, such as The Emerging CFO: Strategic Financial Leadership Program and Stanford Business Leadership Series at Stanford University Graduate School of Business, Oxford Real Estate Program at Said Business School, University of Oxford and the International Directors Programme at INSEAD.
RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Saturday sent a cable of condolences and sympathy to his Malaysian counterpart Abdullah Sultan Ahmed Shah for the victims of floods that swept across the Southeast Asian nation.
The death toll from Malaysia’s worst floods in years rose to 46 on Saturday, with five people still missing, officials said, as work crews continued a massive clean-up.
“We received news of the floods that occurred in a number of Malaysian states, the resulting deaths and injuries, and the damage they caused, and we express to Your Majesty and to all the families of the deceased our deepest condolences.” the king said in a statement issued by Saudi Press Agency.
King Salman also sent a cable of condolences and sympathy to Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman also sent similar cables to the Malaysian king and premier.
RIYADH: A delegation from the Saudi Fund for Development inaugurated a project to rehabilitate the water and sewage system for Camaguey City in central Cuba on Saturday.
Valued at $40 million, the Water Supply and Sanitation Rehabilitation project will provide access to safe water and sanitation, enhance livelihoods and provide food security for more than 270,000 people.
The project also aims to raise the efficiency of drinking water systems and improve health and environmental levels and social and economic development support.
Vice Governor of Camaguey Carmen Maria Hernandez Requejo praised the Kingdom’s contributions through the SFD in supporting and developing infrastructure projects in Cuba.
She also praised the project’s positive impact, which will help reduce the spread of disease caused by unclean water in Camaguey’s population.
The #SFD delegation inaugurated today, the Water Supply & Sanitation Rehabilitation project in Camaguey City, #Cuba. Valued at $40 million, the funded project will provide access to safe water & sanitation, enhance livelihoods and food security for more than 300,000 beneficiaries pic.twitter.com/VOJahRr7ml
Saudi Ambassador to Cuba Faisal Al-Harbi praised Saudi-Cuban relations and highlighted the developmental role that the Kingdom, through the fund, plays in contributing to support sustainable development.
He said that Saudi Arabia’s contributions to development are not limited to international organizations and that his country works bilaterally with many others without discrimination.
The fund’s director general of Asia operations and head of the visiting delegation, Dr. Saud Al-Shammari, said the project is one of the most important financed by the SDF in infrastructure, as it supports achieving the sixth goal of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, “ensuring sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.”
He added the project is part of a comprehensive program for Camaguey City to be implemented in several phases, constituting its first phase.
On the sidelines of the visit, the delegation held meetings with Cuban Deputy Prime Minister Ricardo Cabrisas Ruiz and a number of officials to follow up on the progress of development projects financed by the fund.
The delegation concluded its visit with a trip to the King Salman Mosque project in Havana, which aims to enhance bilateral cultural and social ties.
Over the past years, the SDF has funded seven projects in Cuba in the health, water and infrastructure sectors, at a total cost of $193.3 million, in addition to a $9.3 million grant managed by the fund for constructing the King Salman Mosque.
The fund also contributed to providing support to the Cuban economy through the Saudi Export Support Program. In 2016, it signed an agreement with the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment in Cuba for a total amount of $50 million to import plastic and metal products, agricultural materials and equipment.