Saudi FM visits Pakistan to strengthen economic ties

Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan arrived in Pakistan on Monday on a two-day visit aimed at enhancing bilateral economic cooperation. (Supplied)
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Updated 15 April 2024
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Saudi FM visits Pakistan to strengthen economic ties

  • Prince Faisal leads high-level delegation to consult on next stages of investment and issues of implementation
  • Pakistani state media reported that Saudi Arabia was likely to invest $1bn in a mine project in Balochistan province

ISLAMABAD: Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan arrived in Pakistan on Monday on a two-day visit aimed at enhancing bilateral economic cooperation, with local media widely showing footage of him being received by Pakistani Foreign Minister Ishaq Dar.

The Saudi foreign minister’s visit comes a little over a week after Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif in Makkah and reaffirmed the Kingdom’s commitment to expedite an investment package worth $5 billion that was previously discussed. 

On his arrival at the Nur Khan air base in the garrison town of Rawalpindi, the Saudi foreign minister, who is leading a high-level delegation comprising several top ministers, was given a red-carpet welcome by Pakistani officials.

“A week after Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif’s visit to Saudi Arabia (April 6-8), a high-level delegation of Saudi Arabia is coming to Pakistan,” the Pakistani Information Ministry said in a statement.

“The Saudi delegation will consult on the next stages of investment and implementation issues,” the statement added, saying Saudi Arabia’s planned investment in the Reko Diq gold and copper mining project would also be discussed during the visit.

On Sunday, Pakistani state media reported that Saudi Arabia was likely to invest $1 billion in the mine project in Pakistan’s southwestern Balochistan province, one of the world’s largest underdeveloped copper-gold areas.

Riyadh was also interested in investing in agriculture, trade, energy, minerals, IT, transport and other sectors in Pakistan, the statement said.

“As a result of this visit, Pakistan’s export capacity will increase, joint ventures will be launched and new opportunities will be paved.”

The Pakistani foreign office said last week that the Saudi delegation would comprise the foreign minister, minister of water and agriculture, minister of industry and mineral resources and deputy minister of investment, as well as senior officials from the Saudi energy ministry.

The Saudi delegation is expected to hold meetings with the Pakistani president, the prime minister, the foreign minister and other ministers, as well as the army chief and members of the apex committee of Pakistan’s Special Investment Facilitation Council, set up last year to oversee all foreign funding.


Jeddah Season 2024 launching June 27

Jeddah Season 2024 will launch next week under the slogan “Once Again.” (@JEDCalendar)
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Jeddah Season 2024 launching June 27

JEDDAH: Jeddah Season 2024 will launch next week under the slogan “Once Again,” the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The opening ceremony will be held on June 27 at 9:30 p.m. in the Art Promenade area located within the Jeddah Waterfront.

According to the SPA, Jeddah Season 2024 will offer a variety of entertainment, tourism and cultural activities. Events will be held in several designated areas, including the City Walk, which offers a diverse mix of interactive experiences, motor and skill games, Arabic plays, concerts, restaurants, cafes and shops.

The season will feature Warner Bros. Discovery: Celebrate Every Story, held for the first time in the Kingdom, offering a mix of games and entertainment shows. The family-friendly attraction features renowned stories and characters under one roof.

The 2024 Jeddah Season will also host numerous events at Imagine Monet and Prince Majid Park, as well as international concerts.

The event map, set to be unveiled, includes activities such as live artistic and cultural performances, and entertainment, sports and tourism activities.


Authorities implement more than 80 projects in Alkhobar

The Eastern Province municipality is currently implementing more than 80 development projects and programs in Alkhobar.
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Authorities implement more than 80 projects in Alkhobar

  • The initiatives include neighborhood developments, road rehabilitation, new parks, and comprehensive development projects in various sectors

DAMMAM: The Eastern Province municipality is currently implementing more than 80 development projects and programs in Alkhobar governorate.

The initiatives include neighborhood developments, road rehabilitation, new parks, and comprehensive development projects in various sectors.

The goal is to improve the quality of life, create a model sustainable environment, and reinforce Alkhobar’s position as a tourist attraction and influential economic center.

The municipality indicated that the projects include a program to develop key and main roads, encompassing more than 38 roads in the governorate.

Efforts are also underway to improve traffic flow on several roads and intersections in the region by enhancing road network performance and raising traffic safety to meet international standards.

Additionally, the municipality is focused on the continued development of King Salman Bridge, including covering, beautifying and lighting the bridge walls as part of ongoing work to enhance bridges and tunnels.

 


Princess Nourah University launches Masar program

Summer program Masar was launched Sunday at the Students Career Support Center at Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University
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Princess Nourah University launches Masar program

  • Program aims to prepare female university students and graduates for the labor market by undertaking training courses at the headquarters of participating entities

RIYADH: The summer program Masar was launched on Sunday at the Students Career Support Center at Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University, with the participation of private sector entities.

The program aims to prepare female university students and graduates for the labor market by undertaking the necessary training courses at the headquarters of participating entities.

Masar is designed to strengthen competitive competencies to contribute to the Kingdom’s development, while enhancing students’ career readiness by providing them with professional skills and practical experience. The journey begins with personal and professional development and ends in training opportunities.

The summer program comprises a package of events and activities, including a career guidance camp organized in partnership with a training entity. The participating student is working toward a management certificate. The program also includes a virtual workshop, organized in partnership with Prince Mohammad bin Fahd University.

The events and activities are part of the Students Career Support Center’s efforts to contribute to achieving the PNU Strategic Plan 2025 by helping female students into the labor market and increasing their competitiveness, while enabling them to help to build the society of the future.


More than 1.4 million people visit Al-Rawdah Al-Sharifa during last six weeks

More than 1.4 million people visited Al-Rawdah Al-Sharifa at the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah during the last six weeks. (SPA)
Updated 23 June 2024
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More than 1.4 million people visit Al-Rawdah Al-Sharifa during last six weeks

  • The area of Al-Rawdah Al-Sharifa is 330 square meters and has a capacity to accommodate 800 visitors per hour
  • 762,101 males and 641,539 females visited the sacred site between Dhul-Qadah 1 and Dhul-Hijjah 14

RIYADH: More than 1.4 million people visited Al-Rawdah Al-Sharifa at the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah during the last six weeks, Saudi Press Agency reported on Sunday.

762,101 males and 641,539 females visited the sacred site between Dhul-Qadah 1 and Dhul-Hijjah 14, SPA said.

The Holy Rawdah lies between the Sacred Chamber (known as the Prophet’s house), and the Prophet’s Minbar (or pulpit).This southeastern section of the Prophet’s Mosque is where his house once stood, where he lived with his wife Aisha bint Abu Bakr and is buried. It is of extremely great religious value to Muslims.

The area of Al-Rawdah Al-Sharifa is 330 square meters and has a capacity to accommodate 800 visitors per hour, with each visitor spending an average of 10 minutes in the area.

Appointment bookings are verified through the Nusuk and Tawakkalna applications, and visitors scan their QR codes on arrival at the mosque. They are then directed to waiting areas before entering the holy area.


Saudi border guards foil smuggling attempts near Jazan

Updated 23 June 2024
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Saudi border guards foil smuggling attempts near Jazan

RIYADH: Border Guard land patrols have foiled an attempt to smuggle 135 kilograms of qat in Al-Dayer sector of Jazan Region. 
Also in Jazan region, border police thwarted an attempt to illegally transport 160 kilograms of qat in Al-Ardah. 
Legal procedures were followed, and the seized items were handed over to the concerned authority.
Meanwhile, two Pakistani residents attempting to sell 4.7 kilograms of methamphetamine in Jeddah. The individuals were referred to the Public Prosecution for legal action.