Saudi wildlife center, ocean regeneration initiative deal aims to protect marine, coastal environment

Princess Reema bint Bandar and Mohammed Qurban sign the MoU. (SPA)
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Updated 19 February 2024
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Saudi wildlife center, ocean regeneration initiative deal aims to protect marine, coastal environment

  • Officials from NCW and Wave initiative inked a memorandum of understanding to boost collaborative conservation efforts in the Kingdom
  • Princess Reema said the joint strategy would help bolster environmental sustainability projects in relation to marine conservation

RIYADH: Saudi wildlife chiefs have signed an agreement to expand links with an ocean regeneration initiative aimed at protecting marine biodiversity and the coastal environment.

Officials from the National Center for Wildlife, and the Wave initiative, inked a memorandum of understanding at the center’s headquarters in Riyadh to boost collaborative conservation efforts in the Kingdom.

Under the terms of the cooperation deal, the Wave initiative, represented by Saudi Ambassador to the US Princess Reema bint Bandar, and the wildlife center, led by CEO Mohammed Qurban, will work to maintain Saudi Arabia’s landscape and biodiversity, safeguard its surface water, restore balance in nature, ensure a greener future for generations to come, and support international efforts, while exploring possibilities for future joint actions.

Princess Reema said the joint strategy would help bolster environmental sustainability projects in relation to marine conservation.

She noted that the partnership reflected green initiatives already underway in the country and the Kingdom’s key role in supporting global efforts to protect the environment.

Marine environmental protection schemes involving Saudi Arabia were being run in line with UN Sustainable Development Goals, and Vision 2030 targets, the princess added.

The National Center for Wildlife was established to protect wild animal populations and ecological diversity in the Kingdom.

It aims to improve sustainability and quality of life in Saudi Arabia, and increase its social and economic impact through partnerships, events, and community programs.

The center also supports initiatives and projects that positively impact wildlife development.


Saudi leaders send condolences to Kuwait’s emir over victims of deadly fire

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Saudi leaders send condolences to Kuwait’s emir over victims of deadly fire

  • 49 people were killed by a blaze south of Kuwait City that broke out around dawn on Wednesday in a 6-story building housing nearly 200 foreign workers

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Wednesday sent a message of condolence and sympathy to the emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Meshal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, following a fire that killed and injured dozens of people in the country.

The king wrote: “We learned of the news of the outbreak of a fire in the Mangaf region, and the deaths and injuries that resulted from it, and we send to Your Highness, to the families of the deceased, and to the brotherly people of the State of Kuwait, our warmest and most sincere condolences.”

He also wished those injured a speedy recovery, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman sent similar messages of condolence to the emir and Crown Prince Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah.

Forty-nine people were killed when the fire ripped through a building housing nearly 200 foreign workers on Wednesday, the Kuwaiti government said. The blaze, which broke out in the six-story building south of Kuwait City at around dawn, left dozens injured, the health ministry added.

(With AFP)


Saudi Arabia extends condolences after fire in Kuwait kills 49

Rescuers arrive at the site of a building that caught fire in Kuwait, Wednesday, June 12, 2024. (AP)
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Saudi Arabia extends condolences after fire in Kuwait kills 49

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Ministry extended the Kingdom’s condolences and sympathy to the families of those killed in a fire that ripped through a building in Kuwait on Wednesday.

The blaze, which broke out in a six-story building in the Mangaf area, south of Kuwait City, killed 49 and left dozens injured, the Kuwaiti health ministry said. 

The Saudi foreign ministry expressed the Kingdom’s solidarity with the government and people of Kuwait and its best wishes for the security and safety of Kuwaiti citizens and residents. 


Saudi authorities arrest 26 Hajj permit violators

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Saudi authorities arrest 26 Hajj permit violators

  • Offenders were attempting to transport 102 people

RIYADH: Authorities in Saudi Arabia arrested 26 violators of Hajj regulations at the entrances to Makkah after they tried to enter without a valid permit, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Wednesday.

The Ministry of Interior announced that the Hajj Security Forces had arrested nine residents and 19 citizens, who had attempted to transport 102 people on Tuesday.

The seasonal administrative committees of the General Directorate of Passports issued 26 administrative decisions against them, including a prison sentence for a period of 15 days for each carrier, and a fine of SR10,000 ($2,666).

The fine will be multiplied by the number of each violator transported, and the expatriate violators will be deported and prevented from entering the Kingdom, according to the legally specified periods after the execution of the sentence. Five vehicles used for transportation have also been confiscated.

The Ministry of Interior has called on all citizens and expatriates to abide by Hajj regulations and instructions so that pilgrims can enjoy safety, security and comfort while performing their rituals.


Saudi assistant minister meets Turkiye’s defense minister

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Saudi assistant minister meets Turkiye’s defense minister

Saudi Arabia’s assistant minister of defense for executive affairs, Dr. Khaled bin Hussein Al-Biyari, recently met Turkiye’s Defense Minister Yasar Guler during his visit to Turkiye, the defense ministry reported on X on Wednesday.

During the meeting, the two sides discussed strategic relations between their countries and opportunities for bilateral cooperation in the defense and military fields.

Al-Biyari also met Chairman of the Turkish Defense Industries Authority Haluk Gurgun and they discussed opportunities for cooperation in military industries and the development of scientific research.


Ithra serves up Eid treats for all the family

Updated 12 June 2024
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Ithra serves up Eid treats for all the family

  • Visitors will also be able to explore the cultures of pilgrims from various countries

DHAHRAN: The King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture will host dozens of cultural activities next week to celebrate Eid Al-Adha.

The events, which run from Monday to Wednesday, include a performance by Kuwaiti artist Humood Alkhudher at the Ithra Theater, plays and stage shows, exhibitions and competitions for all ages.

Visitors will also be able to explore the cultures of pilgrims from various countries and enjoy a range of festive activities in the Ithra Library.

In the Children’s Museum youngsters can go on a journey back to the time of the pilgrim caravans that traveled to Makkah for Hajj, take part in craft activities, learn about spices and pit their wits against the Hajj-themed challenges.

Visitors will also be able to see an installation that recreates the sights and sounds of historic Hajj markets and learn about the role of camels in desert trade.

There is also an astronomical exhibit that shows how people in ancient times used the stars for navigation and timekeeping.

At the Ithra Cinema visitors can enjoy a number of movies, including the award-winning “Hajjan” and “Hadi Aleies.”