Turkiye lauds Saudi Arabia for emergency medical aid

Turkish Health Minister meets with Saudi relief delegation helping earthquake vistims in Syria and Turkiye (SPA)
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Updated 16 February 2023
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Turkiye lauds Saudi Arabia for emergency medical aid

  • Turkish Health Minister praises KSA's rapid response on request to provide urgent medical aid

Riyadh: Turkiye has praised the Kingdom for its rapid provision of urgent medical aid to help those affected by the recent devastating earthquakes.

Minister of Health Fahrettin Koca thanked King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman after meeting a delegation of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center and the Saudi Red Crescent during a tour of affected areas in Hatay, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

Officials with the delegation also thanked Turkiye for assisting the Saudi medical staff to perform their tasks.

Saudi Arabia’s 11th relief plane arrived at Gaziantep Airport in Turkiye on Thursday, carrying 88 tons of food baskets and medical and shelter materials, KSrelief media center told Arab News.

More than a week after twin earthquakes devastated parts of southeastern Turkiye and northwestern Syria, the death toll continues to rise. Over 41,000 have died, with tens of thousands injured, while rescue operations continue to find people under the rubble.


Saudi deputy foreign minister and US envoy discuss war in Sudan

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Saudi deputy foreign minister and US envoy discuss war in Sudan

  • They held talks on sidelines of international humanitarian conference in Paris for the war-torn African nation

RIYADH: The Saudi deputy minister of foreign affairs, Waleed Elkhereiji, and the US special envoy for Sudan, Tom Perriello, held talks on Monday in Paris on the sidelines of an international humanitarian conference for Sudan and its neighboring countries.

They discussed the latest developments in the war-torn country, ways in which cooperation between their countries might be enhanced, and other issues of common interest, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

Donors pledged more than $2.13 billion in aid during the conference, French President Emmanuel Macron said, which took place on the first anniversary of what humanitarian workers described as a neglected but devastating conflict.

They said efforts to help millions of people driven to the verge of famine by the civil war have been held up by continuing fighting between the Sudanese army and rival paramilitary organization the Rapid Support Forces, restrictions imposed by the warring factions, and the financial demands donors are facing as a result of other global crises, including the conflicts in Gaza and Ukraine.
 


Islamic Arts Biennale announces participants for Al-Musalla Award

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Islamic Arts Biennale announces participants for Al-Musalla Award

  • The competition invites international architects to compete in creating the design of the space, to be built on the biennale site

RIYADH: The Diriyah Biennale Foundation on Sunday announced the names of this year’s Al-Musalla Award participants, an international architectural design competition under the Islamic Arts Biennale.

The second edition of the Islamic Arts Biennale will take place in Jeddah from January-May 2025 and is dedicated to the arts of Islamic civilization, connecting its past to its present. 

The 2025 edition of the Islamic Arts Biennale will take place in the Western Pilgrims Hall at King Abdulaziz Airport in Jeddah but will have an expanded focus on Islamic cultural architecture. In its second edition, the Islamic Arts Binneale aims to launch this new award for creating a “musalla” — a small prayer space or mosque.

The competition invites international architects to compete in creating the design of the space, to be built on the biennale site. 

The teams selected to partipate include AAU Anastas Engineering Office from Palestine, Sahel Al-Hiyari from Jordan, East Architectural Studio from Lebanon and the UAE, the Saudi company Dabbagh Architectural Engineering, and Asif Khan from the UK. 

They were each chosen to participate in the competition based on their past work and proven experience and knowledge in the fields of Islamic art and architecture.

The teams are each required to submit a proposal design for the prayer and gathering space that is versatile, sustainable, and meets all requirements. 

There are a few guidelines the participants must follow in the process, including building the space using no less than 50 square meters.

The winner of the award will be announced later this year by the Diriyah Biennale Foundation judging committee which includes Prince Nawaf bin Ayyaf who serves as the chairman of the committee.

He said the award encourages teams to find new ways to integrate the latest building techniques in representing and examining innovative models for architecture while utilizing traditional crafts and time and place.  

He added he hopes that the competition will produce an unforgettable landmark, which will be a source of inspiration for others to participate in future editions of the award, celebrating sustainability, creativity, comprehensiveness, and ingenuity in design.

The CEO of the Diriyah Biennale Foundation, Aya Al-Bakri, confirmed that creating a space through the competition calls for innovation that is closely linked to the goal of the foundation, which seeks to implement creative ideas in various fields.

She explained that Al-Musalla Award comes in cooperation with the Abdul Latif Al-Fozan Award for Mosque Architecture, which addresses new ideas for designing mosques around the world and encourages innovative planning, design, and technical ideas that can shape the identity of mosque architecture in the 2st century.

The chosen design will be witnessed by visitors from around the world to the second edition of the Islamic Arts Biennale for four months in the Western Pilgrims Hall in Jeddah.


Sources deny Saudi Arabia’s participation in intercepting Iranian attacks on Israel

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Sources deny Saudi Arabia’s participation in intercepting Iranian attacks on Israel

RIYADH: Informed sources denied to Al Arabiya on Monday Saudi Arabia’s participation in intercepting Iranian drones during its attack on Israel on Saturday.

Israeli news websites had published statements attributed to an official Saudi website stating that the Kingdom participated in the recent defense coalition that confronted the Iranian attacks.

“There is no official website that published a statement about Saudi participation in intercepting attacks against Israel,” the sources told Al Arabiya.

Iran launched drones and missiles toward Israel on Saturday evening into Sunday morning and described the attack as a response to several crimes, including the strike on its consulate in Damascus on April 1.

Tehran indicated that the attack targeted military targets, while the Israeli army announced that it intercepted 99 percent of the Iranian missiles.


ROSHN Group, Dar Al Arkan sign $57m deal

Updated 15 April 2024
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ROSHN Group, Dar Al Arkan sign $57m deal

  • Dar Al Arkan to acquire and develop residential villas in SEDRA 1A

RIYADH: ROSHN Group, Saudi Arabia’s leading national real estate developer, signed a SR215 million ($57.3 million) sale and purchase agreement with partner developer Dar Al Arkan, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

Under the agreement, Dar Al Arkan will acquire and develop residential villas in SEDRA 1A, which is in northern Riyadh.

ROSHN’s latest collaboration with a Saudi developer is part of the company’s overall strategy to team up with best-in-class entities in a variety of domain-specific services.
 


Saudi FM receives phone call from Chinese counterpart

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan and his Chinese counterpart spoke over the phone on Monday. (File/AFP)
Updated 15 April 2024
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Saudi FM receives phone call from Chinese counterpart

  • During the call, Prince Faisal and Wang Yi discussed developments in the Gaza Strip and the recent escalation in the region

RIYADH: Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan received a phone call from his Chinese counterpart on Monday, Saudi Press Agency reported.

During the call, Prince Faisal and Wang Yi discussed developments in the Gaza Strip and its surroundings, the recent escalation in the region, the importance of joint coordination, and efforts to prevent the aggravation of the situation.

Also on Monday, the Kingdom’s foreign minister arrived in Pakistan for a two-day official visit.