Three ibex born in Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah National Park

Three ibex were born in the Red Rock Zone of King Abdullah National Park in Soudah. (SPA)
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Updated 27 May 2024
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Three ibex born in Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah National Park

  • The release of the ibex aims to preserve and enhance Saudi Arabia’s biodiversity

RIYADH: Three ibex were born in King Abdullah National Park’s Red Rock Zone after Soudah Development, a Public Investment Fund company, released 23 ibex into the wild last year in collaboration with the National Center for Wildlife.

The release of the ibex aims to preserve and enhance Saudi Arabia’s biodiversity.

It marks a significant milestone in joint reintroduction and conservation efforts, aligning with the Saudi Green Initiative and Vision 2030’s environmental goals.

The two newborns were delivered by two adult ibex, and the third was delivered by a two-year-old ibex.

Soudah Development is closely monitoring a herd of nine ibex to ensure the population’s health and to study their habitat preferences.

“The successful births of the ibex signify a major step forward in our mission to reintroduce endangered species and revitalize the ecosystem within the region,” said Saleh Aloraini, CEO of Soudah Development.

“This development not only reflects our dedication to conservation but also highlights our unwavering commitment to the Saudi Green Initiative.”


Ithra serves up Eid treats for all the family

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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.”


Saudi crown prince receives Indonesian president-elect in Jeddah

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman receives Indonesian Defense Minister and President-elect Prabowo Subianto in Jeddah.
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Saudi crown prince receives Indonesian president-elect in Jeddah

  • Leaders reviewed bilateral relations and aspects of cooperation in various fields

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met with Indonesian Defense Minister and President-elect Prabowo Subianto in Jeddah on Wednesday.

During the meeting, they reviewed bilateral relations, aspects of cooperation in various fields, and ways to support and develop them.

They also reviewed regional and international developments and efforts made with regard to them. 


Arafat sermon translation project reaches 50-language milestone

The Arafat sermon translation project will now encompass 50 languages. (SPA)
Updated 12 June 2024
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Arafat sermon translation project reaches 50-language milestone

  • The initiative marks the world’s largest project of its kind
  • Launched in 2018, the project initially offered translations in five languages

MAKKAH: The Presidency of the Religious Affairs of the Grand Mosque and the Prophet’s Mosque announced on Wednesday that the Arafat sermon translation project will now encompass 50 languages.
The Saudi Press Agency reported that the initiative, spearheaded by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, marks the world’s largest project of its kind.
Launched in 2018, the project initially offered translations in five languages.
This remarkable growth to 50 languages in less than a decade reflects the Kingdom’s dedication to spreading the message of moderation and Islamic values globally.
On Sunday, the Presidency said the Arafat sermon for this year’s Hajj season will reach one billion listeners worldwide, fostering greater understanding and promoting peace through the message of the Arafat sermon.


Palestinian guests of Custodian of Two Holy Mosques Program arrive in Makkah

Updated 12 June 2024
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Palestinian guests of Custodian of Two Holy Mosques Program arrive in Makkah

  • This year, program is hosting 3,322 pilgrims from 88 countries worldwide
  • Saudi Arabia will receive 2,000 more pilgrims from Palestine on Thursday 

RIYADH: 500 Palestinian pilgrims who are being hosted through the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Guests Program for Hajj, Umrah and Visit arrived in Makkah on Wednesday.

The Saudi Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Dawah and Guidance will receive 2,000 more pilgrims from Palestine on Thursday as part of the program, Saudi Press Agency reported. 

Palestinian pilgrims who are being hosted through the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Guests Program for Hajj, Umrah and Visit arrive in Makkah. (SPA)

The pilgrims expressed their thanks and appreciation to the Kingdom’s government for its interest in the Palestinian cause and for enabling them to perform Hajj through the program, SPA added.

This year, the program is hosting 3,322 pilgrims from 88 countries around the world.


Palestinian guests of Custodian of Two Holy Mosques Program arrive in Makkah

Palestinian pilgrims arrive in Makkah. (SPA)
Updated 12 June 2024
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Palestinian guests of Custodian of Two Holy Mosques Program arrive in Makkah

  • Saudi Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Dawah and Guidance will receive 2,000 more pilgrims from Palestine on Thursday as part of the program

RIYADH: 500 Palestinian pilgrims who are being hosted through the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Guests Program for Hajj, Umrah and Visit arrived in Makkah on Wednesday.

The Saudi Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Dawah and Guidance will receive 2,000 more pilgrims from Palestine on Thursday as part of the program, Saudi Press Agency reported. 

The pilgrims expressed their thanks and appreciation to the Kingdom’s government for its interest in the Palestinian cause and for enabling them to perform Hajj through the program, SPA added.

This year, the program is hosting 3,322 pilgrims from 88 countries around the world.