King Salman receives message from Kyrgyz president, ministers meet in Riyadh – Arab News

King Salman receives message from Kyrgyz president, ministers meet in Riyadh – Arab News

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RIYADH: King Salman received on Sunday a written message from President Sadyr Japarov of the Republic of Kyrgyzstan, regarding relations between the two countries and peoples, and ways to strengthen them in various fields and at all levels, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
The message was received by Prince Faisal bin Farhan, Minister of Foreign Affairs, during his meeting in Riyadh with Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kyrgyzstan Zheenbek Kulubaev Moldokanovich.
During the meeting, they also reviewed ways to enhance cooperation between the two countries and opportunities to develop them.
The two sides also discussed a number of regional and international issues and latest developments of common interest.
The meeting was attended by Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for Political Affairs Ambassador Dr. Saud Al-Sati, and Kyrgyz Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Ulukbek Maripov.
RIYADH: Tuesday marks the end of the Hasawi Bisht festival, which is held in the Souq Al-Arbi’a in Al-Ahsa.
The bisht is a traditional men’s cloak popular in Arab countries, worn over a thobe. It is placed on the shoulder and down to the leg without sleeves.
The week-long festival featured a variety of activities that reflected the historical and cultural heritage of hand knitting in Al-Ahsa, particularly in bisht production.
During the festival’s inauguration last Wednesday, Eastern Province Gov. Prince Saud bin Naif wore a light brown bisht and was accompanied by Al-Ahsa Gov. Prince Saud bin Talal bin Badr, and Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs and Housing Majid Al-Hogail.
Many people in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf enjoy wearing bishts on special occasions and holidays, and wear them with traditional ornaments and fine hand stitching, embroidered with various threads and buttons in gold or yellow, silver, white, and red.
Many people in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf enjoy wearing bishts on special occasions and holidays, and wear them with traditional ornaments and fine hand stitching, embroidered with various threads and buttons in gold or yellow, silver, white, and red.
Male grooms in Saudi Arabia almost always wear a bisht, and many universities insist on their students wearing one during graduation ceremonies.
Emad Al-Ghadeer, executive member of the national logistics committee at the Federation of Saudi Chambers, said: “There is no doubt that Hasawi bisht is a brand with a long history, and it needs to be cared for and properly introduced to ensure its continuity.”
Al-Ghadeer urged the establishment of training institutes in the industry to boost bisht productivity, “as this work of art contributes significantly to the region’s economic development.”
He compared the Hasawi bisht to a Rolex watch in terms of quality, pointing out that many visitors to Saudi Arabia are eager to purchase them.
According to Ali Mohammed Al-Qattan, one of the biggest merchants in the business in Al-Ahsa, there has been an increase in bisht sales after many months of the industry being affected by the COVID–19 pandemic.
While machine-made bishts began to dominate markets many years ago, aided by their low prices, handmade bisht continue to exist “at least among elites,” he said.
“For each specific part of the bisht, there is a tailor who is good at working with it and feels (it is) easy to sew it,” he added.
The seven-day festival features an exhibition documenting the value of bisht, live workshops on the bisht industry, and a celebration of national handicrafts, including bisht knitting.
Al-Ahsa is well-known for the bisht, a historical craft that has been passed down through many families for generations.
Khaled Al-Farida, director general of the tourism authority in Al-Ahsa, said that the bisht industry was initially a women’s profession, as women were eager to knit them for their sons who went to the Kataib (Qur’an memorization sessions), distinguishing them from others.
Men ventured into the business as demand increased, and slowly the industry began to expand.
The names of the bisht are based on the rows of decoration, the width and the shape, which can be triangular, quadrilateral, hexagonal, or octagonal, he explained.
Al-Farida noted that the bisht was once only sold to the rich — merchants, and those with wealth and power. Later, the bisht evolved into a costume and a national symbol of Saudi Arabia and its Gulf neighbors.
According to him, black is the most desired color, particularly during marriages, and one reason for this is that it takes on a distinctive shape when inlaid with gold-colored buttons, as well as beige and brown.
 
MADINAH: Madinah Gov. and chairman of the Madinah Development Authority Prince Faisal bin Salman visited the King Salman Urban Charter Exhibition organized by the Architecture and Design Commission as part of the Madinah Book Fair.
Prince Faisal heard an explanation about the international and local award-winning projects exhibited at the fair, which have preserved the country’s cultural values and established the culture and authenticity of the Kingdom’s various regions, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
The governor praised the fair for its reflection of the creative architectural philosophy that started with King Salman’s idea in the 1970s related to the development of Riyadh and achieved models of architectural masterpieces in the capital, such as the Masmak Fortress, King Abdulaziz Historical Center, Tuwaiq Palace, Al-Kindi Plaza, King Khalid International Airport, the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the King Fahd National Library.
He said the exhibition emphasized King Salman’s perspective on the architectural uniqueness of Saudi buildings that distinguished them from those found in the rest of the world.
Salmani architecture is an architectural identity that reflects Saudi culture and heritage and shows authenticity.
The King Salman Urban Charter sheds light on King Salman’s vision to reflect the authenticity of architecture and linkage to a national identity based on local roots and cultural, spatial, social, and climatic circumstances.
RIYADH: The King Salman Global Academy for the Arabic Language, under the patronage of Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan, minister of culture, organized the closing ceremony of the “Arabic Hackathon” in Riyadh on Saturday, with 22 teams winning in various competitions.
The competition aims to develop technical solutions to benefit from the components of the Arabic language, which the KSAA launched to create technical solutions and digital platforms. It also aims to provide specialized tools that serve Arabic and improve its position among the world’s living languages.
A total of 151 projects submitted by more than 1,030 participants from 40 countries around the world compete to win awards totaling more than SR1 million ($270,000), distributed over 22 prizes.
Of the 22 prizes, 12 are allocated for the first three tracks, including the Arabic poetry challenge, lexicon challenge, and the challenge of language games for children, with four prizes for the first four places in each track.
The other 10 prizes are distributed to winners of each innovative idea project, with two prizes for each project.
The award’s criteria include accuracy of the application in providing results and outputs, and the impact and added value of the idea.
The closing ceremony included an exhibition in which the Arabic programs’ strategic partners presented technological aspects and demonstrated their impact on the attention given to the Arabic language.
The prize aims to raise the status of the Arabic language, to recognize the efforts of individuals and institutions serving it and to encourage their renaissance. The prize also enhances the belonging of the people of the Kingdom in particular and the Arab people in general to their identity, and encourages them to preserve the integrity of the Arabic language and to develop new ways to use it.
The prize is intended for government and private institutions, as well as individuals with an interest in Arabic. It is divided into four categories: Teaching and learning Arabic, computing Arabic and serving it with modern technologies, research and scientific studies of Arabic, spreading linguistic awareness, and creativity of linguistic community initiatives.
Abdulrahman Aljasir, a member of the Riyadh Literary Club’s board of directors, told Arab News that this type of award strengthened communication between cultural institutions and the recipient, and between language as an identity and society in the hierarchy of its generations and segments.
“It also reflects an important role for the KSAA by reaching the ordinary non-specialized recipient, which in my opinion is very important,” he said.
“Our language is beautiful by nature,” Al-Jasser said.
Educational and cultural institutions, as well as relevant authorities, should play a role in instilling a love for the Arabic language, he said, as well as “the family when they understand the importance of cherishing the language and that it is part of identity and personal development.”
Al-Jasser said that one of the most important outcomes of the project is the support of Arabic and linguistic content, whether at the library or the virtual network level, as well as the entry of the Arabic language into the world of games and software.
This constituted “a real pioneer if done in a way that appeals to the new generation,” he said.
MAKKAH: Saudi Arabia’s General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques on Sunday launched its operational plan for this year’s Hajj season.
The presidency confirmed its readiness to receive 1 million pilgrims, saying that it has mobilized 10,000 male and female employees and workers to serve the worshippers.
Sheikh Abdulrahman Al-Sudais, president of the General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques, launched the plan in the presence of the minister of Hajj and Umrah, Tawfiq Al-Rabiah, and the director of the General Directorate of Public Security, Lt. Gen. Mohammed Abdullah Al-Bassami.
Al-Sudais said that all topics, services and programs were being followed up minute by minute to ensure the highest quality, through a set of indicators supervised by the presidency around the clock.
He said that the presidency had launched smart applications and electronic platforms that would facilitate and enrich visitors’ experiences, revealing that the number of beneficiaries of this digital service had reached more than 160 million.
The General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques has allocated King Abdulaziz Gate, King Fahd Gate, and Bab Al-Salam Gate for the entry of pilgrims and visitors, adding that the presidency has allocated a total of 144 gates for the entry of worshippers to the Grand Mosque. The presidency is working on distributing 3 million Zamzam water bottles a day in the Grand Mosque, and 1 million Zamzam water bottles in the holy sites.
Al-Sudais said that the presidency has allocated King Abdulaziz Gate, King Fahd Gate, and Bab Al-Salam Gate for the entry of pilgrims and visitors, adding that the presidency has allocated a total of 144 gates for the entry of worshippers to the Grand Mosque.
In addition, the presidency is working on distributing 3 million Zamzam water bottles a day in the Grand Mosque, and 1 million Zamzam water bottles in the holy sites.
Al-Sudais said that the full operational capacity of chapels of the third expansion, the outer courtyards and the King Fahd expansion has been completed. The courtyard will be dedicated solely to pilgrims, with the allocation of special chapels in the basement, and the ground and first floors to perform the Tawaf ritual.
He said that the presidency had implemented the highest standards of environmental protection in the services provided in the Two Holy Mosques. “Thank God, it was confirmed that the two Hajj seasons for the past two years were free from any epidemic cases inside the Two Holy Mosques, noting that the environment of the Grand Mosque was the most sterilized worldwide,” he said.
A diverse package of services had been prepared to empower pilgrims, facilitate their rituals and enrich their experience, especially since this year’s Hajj season comes after two Hajj seasons that were exceptional in their organization, enabling people to perform their rituals while procuring the ideal healthy religious atmosphere.
Al-Sudais said that 2,000 electric vehicles had been provided to serve the elderly and people with disabilities, in addition to providing 500 engineering staff, and that the sermon of Arafa would be translated into 10 different languages.
NIAMEY: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center recently concluded a voluntary medical campaign in Niger to treat blindness and its associated diseases.
During the campaign in the city of Maradi, the voluntary team conducted 6,236 medical examinations and performed 407 surgeries. It also dispensed 5,272 medicines and distributed 1,000 pairs of glasses.
The objective of the campaign was to provide medical treatment to people with eye diseases living in poor countries in accordance with the agreement signed between KSrelief and Al-Basar International Foundation.
Meanwhile, the prosthetic limb and rehabilitation center in the governorate of Hadhramaut in Yemen is continuing to provide medical services with the support of KSrelief.
The center provided 1,435 services for 340 people in one month, including the manufacturing, fitting, delivery and maintenance of prosthetic limbs for 121 patients and physical therapy and consultation sessions, among other treatments, for the remaining 219 patients.
KSrelief is also supporting a nutrition project for children under the age of 5, pregnant women and nursing mothers in the Yemeni governorates of Aden, Lahij, Taiz, Hodeidah, Hadramout, Hajjah and Marib.
The project, which aims to provide nutritional therapy, healthcare and counseling services, has helped 59,193 people in one week.
The above services are part of Saudi Arabia’s efforts, through KSrelief, to alleviate the suffering of Yemenis, especially mothers and children struggling with malnutrition amid the current humanitarian crisis.
In Lebanon, KSrelief implemented the third phase of the Al-Amal Charitable Bakery Project in the Akkar governorate and Miniyeh district.
The project distributes 20,000 bundles of bread daily to needy Lebanese, Palestinian and Syrian families in northern Lebanon, at a rate of two bundles per household.
 

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