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UAE Ministry of Finance Meets with Government Expenditure and Projects Efficiency Authority of Saudi Arabia

Abu Dhabi, UAE: 13 May 2024 – The UAE Ministry of Finance (MoF) welcomed an official delegation from the Government Expenditure and Projects Efficiency Authority of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (EXPRO), at the ministry’s headquarters in Abu Dhabi. During the meeting, participants discussed ways for the UAE Ministry of Finance to share its experience in launching the Digital Procurement Platform, the framework agreements concluded, the diversity of service providers, and the exclusive benefits offered to entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized enterprises. His Excellency Younis Haji Al Khoori, Undersecretary of the UAE Ministry of Finance, Her Excellency Mariam Mohamed Al Amiri, Assistant Undersecretary of the Government Financial Management Sector, Thuraiya Hamid Alhashmi, Director of International Financial Relations and ......read more

Mekyal Announces Shari'a Compliance Certification for its Crowd-funding Sukuk Model

KSA - In a significant development to Saudi based fintechs, Mekyal Financial Technologies Company is thrilled to announce that it has received Sharia compliance certification from the Shariyah Review Bureau (SRB) for its Sukuk issuance platform. This certification marks a critical milestone for Mekyal, aligning its innovative offerings with Sharia principles and enabling investors to finance small and medium enterprises (SMEs) through its crowdfunding model. Mekyal's dynamic electronic platform serves as a gateway for investors looking to finance SMEs. By issuing Murabaha Sukuks, the company facilitates investment opportunities whilst ensuring these opportunities yield returns under strict adherence to risk management and transparency standards. "Our platform is designed to revolutionize how investments are made in SMEs, ......read more

Diriyah Company and Saudi Arabia Sotheby's International Realty Join Forces to Offer Exclusive 'Baccarat Residences, Diriyah' Elevating Luxury Living in Riyadh

KSA Sotheby’s International Realty to be exclusive broker for nine branded residences: ‘Baccarat Residences, Diriyah’. Agreement signed at ceremony by George Azar, Chairman & CEO of Saudi Arabia Sotheby’s International Realty and Diriyah Company DevCo President Mohamed Saad Announcement builds on Diriyah’s world class community centric developments, delivering an unprecedented quality of life with a unique sense of place. DIRIYAH, 8 May, 2024: Diriyah Company has signed an exclusive partnership with Saudi Arabia Sotheby’s International Realty to broker sales for nine luxury branded residences, ‘Baccarat Residences, Diriyah’, with George Azar, Chairman & CEO of Saudi Arabia Sotheby’s International Realty and Diriyah Company DevCo President Mohamed Saad signing the ......read more

UAE Ministry of Finance Participated in 2024 IsDB Group Annual Meetings

Celebrating the Golden Jubilee, which marks 50 years since the Bank's establishment. Riyadh, KSA: 30 April 2024 – The UAE Ministry of Finance participated in the 2024 Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) Group Annual Meetings held from 27 to 30 April 2024 in Riyadh, KSA. This year's annual meetings coincided with the Golden Jubilee of IsDB, marking the Bank's 50th anniversary since its establishment. The Board of Governors and General Assemblies are the IsDB Group's highest decision-making bodies. The annual meetings, held under the theme 'Cherishing our Past Charting our Future: Originality, Solidarity and Prosperity', brought together delegations from member countries, in addition to observers from international and regional organisations, to discuss development issues and institutional matters. His ......read more

WEF Special Meeting concludes in Riyadh with world leaders calling for clear, irreversible path to peace and prosperity as top global priority

Riyadh provides global platform for leading public and private players to launch initiatives, make major announcements in healthcare, technology, space and sustainability sectors Riyadh-Saudi Arabia. 29 April 2024 – Riyadh hosted more than 1,000 global leaders for the two-day World Economic Forum (WEF) Special Meeting in Riyadh, where leading political, economics, energy and technology figures called for clear pathways to stability, prosperity and inclusive growth opportunities in the face of rising cross-border challenges. The more than 1,000 participants in for the WEF Special Meeting on Global Collaboration, Growth and Energy for Development made it the highest-ever number of registrations for a WEF event hosted outside of its Annual Meeting venue in Davos Klosters, Switzerland. The two-day meeting hosted in Riyadh ......read more

How will billions of muslims preform Hajj in the future?

Top travel and hospitality experts meet in Saudi to find solutions Riyadh: The upcoming Umrah and Ziyarah Forum in Madinah promises a glimpse into the future of Hajj. This prestigious event, held under the patronage of Governor Prince Salman bin Sultan Al Saud, aims to revolutionize the pilgrimage experience for Muslims worldwide. The forum which kicks off Monday 22nd April aligns with Saudi Vision 2030's Pilgrim Experience Program, focusing on innovation and collaboration. It brings together key stakeholders – government officials, travel agencies, and businesses from healthcare, transportation, and technology. Attendees can expect lively discussions and an exhibition showcasing cutting-edge products and services designed to enhance the Hajj journey. The Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah plans to unveil new ......read more

Magrabi Eye and Dental Complex Day Surgery Center inaugurates in Makkah

In presence of HE Minister of Health Eng. Fahad bin Abdulrahman Al-Jalajil  Makkah, Saudi Arabia – 16 April 2024: His Excellency, Minister of Health Engineer Fahad bin Abdulrahman Al-Jalajil, inaugurated the Magrabi Eye and Dental Specialized Complex and Day Surgery in Makkah. The ceremony was attended by Magrabi Hospitals and Centers CEO Mutasim Alireza, the Group’s Deputy CEO and COO Dr. Abdulrahman Barzangi, and numerous officials and dignitaries. His Excellency the Minister highlighted that the opening is in line with the Kingdom's dedication to enhancing the quality of its health services and transforming its healthcare system into one that is more inclusive and integrated. This initiative is part of the Health Transformation Program, a key component of Saudi Vision 2030, which has seen significant ......read more

Saudi contribution to WFP will Provide Life-saving Food Assistance to around 378,000 Internally Displaced Palestinians in Gaza

Rome/Riyadh – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomed today a generous contribution of USD 5 million from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia through the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSrelief) to support its operations in Palestine. The agreement was signed between HE Dr Abdullah Al Rabeeah, Royal Court Advisor and Supervisor General of KSrelief, and Ms. Cindy McCain, WFP’s Executive Director.  The USD 5 million will be allocated to WFP operations in Gaza for life-saving food assistance provision to internally displaced Palestinians. This support will assist some 75,000 households (around 377,000 people) in the Gaza Strip with Ready to Eat (RTE) family food parcels. Each of the 75,000 food parcels includes 16.3 kg of commodities per family ......read more

Saudi Minister of Communications and Information Technology visits Unifonic's new headquarters in Riyadh

03 April 2024- His Excellency Eng. Abdullah Alswaha, Minister of Communications and Information Technology of Saudi Arabia visited the new headquarters of Unifonic, a leading conversational AI platform and SaaS provider in Riyadh. The Minister's visit to the Tamkeen Tower in Olaya District underscores the company's leadership position in providing innovative solutions and harnessing Artificial Intelligence for clients in the Saudi tech sector. It also demonstrated the government's support for local entrepreneurs and start-ups. Unifonic is committed to advancing Saudi Arabia's vision of an ecosystem that supports local tech companies. These companies will increasingly play a critical role in economic diversification, job creation, and sustainable growth.  Unifonic's new office in Riyadh, which features ......read more

Marking a historic achievement, non-oil activities reached 50% of Saudi Arabia's Real GDP in 2023

Riyadh- Saudi Arabia. 14 March 2024 – Non-oil activities in the Kingdom recorded their highest contribution to the Real GDP during the year 2023 at 50%, which is the highest historical level ever reached, based on the Ministry of Economy and Planning’s analysis of data issued by the General Authority for Statistics. The Kingdom's non-oil economy reached SAR 1.7 trillion, driven by continued growth in investment, consumption, and exports. The historic non-oil GDP rate was achieved due to an unprecedented performance in real non-government investment during the last two years with a growth rate of 57%, bringing the value of non-government investments to its highest historical level at SAR 959 billion in 2023. Furthermore, the arts and entertainment sectors came at the forefront of activities that achieved ......read more

Asm Global Appointed Managers of kafd Conference center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

King Abdullah Financial District Development and Management Company (KAFD DMC) and ASM Global have announced the signing of a strategic partnership through which ASM Global will lead the operation and management of the prestigious King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) Conference Center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. This strategic partnership marks a significant milestone in ASM Global's commitment to delivering world-class event experiences in the heart of the Middle East. The LEED Gold certified Conference Center is designed by the American architectural, urban planning and engineering firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), and inspired by Saudi Arabia's desert landscape. Defined by its bold structure, it features an organic faceted profile that connects the building with the surrounding terrain. Recognised for its ......read more

Saudi Arabia Champions Transparent Pandemic Response at G20 Health Ministers' Meeting

Global Health Accord on the Horizon to Combat Future Pandemics Riyadh: Health ministers from the G20 convened virtually on Wednesday to coordinate efforts in drafting an accord to bolster global pandemic prevention and preparedness. The meeting highlighted the need to strengthen the effectiveness of global health systems through knowledge sharing and closing the gap in response capabilities and readiness to tackle pandemic threats. Ministers also explored measures to enhance pandemic preparedness, emphasizing the importance of supporting local production, technology transfer, knowledge exchange, and value-based healthcare systems, in line with the One Health approach, to safeguard global health security. The Saudi health delegation stressed the importance of adopting transparent mechanisms to identify pathogens and ......read more

New Murabba Development Company partners with Tourism Development Fund to bring Riyadh's visionary downtown to life

Riyadh, February xx.2024: New Murabba Development Company (NMDC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Tourism Development Fund (TDF) to spearhead the transformation of Riyadh. The agreement will see the two entities work closely together to create New Murabba: the world’s largest , modern downtown, serving as a model for future urban development and contributing towards Riyadh city’s evolution, in line with Vision 2030. NMDC’s strategic partnership with TFD marks a pivotal moment in realization of New Murabba’s bold ambition to create the most advanced, transformative, downtown experience in the world. It aims to fulfil Saudi Arabia’s potential as a leading investment destination — a place where people live, work, and play. A go-to tourism and hospitality hotspot ......read more

Guinness World Record representatives deliver certificates to SWCC in the presence of the Saudi Arabian Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture.

Nine Guinness Certifications Reinforce SWCC's Leadership as the World's Largest Water Producer Riyadh, February 20, 2024: The Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) has recently established nine new Guinness World Records, further cementing its position as the world's largest producer of desalinated water. SWCC produces over 11.5 million cubic meters of water per day and has achieved unprecedented results in various water projects. Today (Tuesday), during the ceremony sponsored by His Excellency the Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture, Eng. Abdulrahman bin Abdulmohsen Al-Fadhli, and attended by His Excellency the Governor of Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC), Eng. Abdullah bin Ibrahim Al-Abdulkarim, and representatives from Guinness World Records, SWCC received the certificates for the ......read more

The Arabian Leopard Fund announces first-of-its-kind scholarship programme to train and upskill next generation of conservationists to safeguard the future of endangered big cat sp

50 students will be offered full scholarship in conservation related fields for bachelor’s degree Scholarship complements introduction of the Arabian Leopard Grant to champion specialized research and sustainable approaches in conservation of this Critically Endangered sub-species. New initiatives announced at official opening of Fund’s new headquarters in Riyadh, which will centralise conservation efforts Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 14 February 2024: The Arabian Leopard Fund has announced the launch of a 50-strong scholarship programme to provide the next generation of conservationists with the skills, knowledge, and practical know-how they need to safeguard the future of the Critically Endangered Arabian Leopard. The new Arabian Leopard Scholarship Programme offers educational opportunities in fields related to ......read more

Makana 360 Partners with World Defense Show 2024 for Advanced Social Listening and Media Monitoring Services

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia 6 February 2024: Makana 360 is honored to announce its partnership with the World Defense Show (WDS) 2024, providing unparalleled social listening and monitoring services to one of the leading global defense and security events. Makana 360 will also offer benchmarking media analysis against similar global events and occasions. Set under the patronage of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, WDS 2024 represents the pinnacle of innovation and future trends in the defense industry, spanning land, sea, air, space, and security sectors. As the defense industry continues to navigate through a rapidly evolving technological landscape, the demand for strategic insights and real-time analytics has escalated. Acknowledging this critical need, WDS in partnership with Memac Ogilvy has ......read more

Address Jabal Omar Makkah Unveils its Sky Mussallah, the World's Highest Prayer Room Overlooking the Holy Kaaba

Spanning 550 square meters with a capacity of 520 people, the Sky Mussallah is another symbol of the hotel’s unmatched magnificence and design sophistication  Rising 483 meters above sea level with breathtaking views of the holy sights of Makkah, this stunning mussallah has also recently been awarded Guinness World Record for “Highest Prayer Room Within a Skybridge”   Makkah, Saudi Arabia (17 January 2024): Address Jabal Omar Makkah, the iconic luxury hospitality destination in the heart of Makkah, is proud to announce the opening of its Sky Mussallah, a stunning prayer room that encapsulates sheer opulence.    Designed to excel on every metric, the new Sky Mussallah is a perfect embodiment of the hotel’s unparalleled architectural excellence. The mussallah stands as a ......read more

Gaza Grapples with Catastrophic Hunger as New Report Predicts Famine if Conflict Continues

United Arab Emirates – More than one in four households in Gaza currently face extreme hunger, and there is a risk of famine unless access to adequate food, clean water, health and sanitation services is restored, according to a new Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) report released today. IPC is a multi-stakeholder platform that analyses data to determine the severity and magnitude of hunger crises, according to internationally-recognized scientific standards. This latest food security analysis for Gaza, which includes data from the World Food Programme (WFP), other UN agencies and non-governmental organizations, confirmed that the entire population of Gaza – roughly 2.2 million people – are in crisis or worse levels of acute food insecurity. The IPC report further highlighted that 26 percent of ......read more

WFP Warns that Hunger Catastrophe Looms in Conflict-Hit Sudan without Urgent Food Assistance

Parts of war-ravaged Sudan are at a high risk of slipping into catastrophic hunger conditions by next year’s lean season if the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is unable to expand access and regularly deliver food assistance to people trapped in conflict hotspots such as Khartoum, the Darfurs, and the Kordofans, warns the UN food agency today. Sudan – once described as East Africa’s future breadbasket – is facing a deepening hunger crisis as the conflict raging across the country approaches its eighth month. A new food security analysis for Sudan shows the highest levels of hunger ever recorded during the harvest season (October through February), typically a period where more food is available. If there is no significant increase in food assistance by the time the lean season arrives next May, ......read more

A Saudi Delegation Led by the Minister of Economy and Planning Heads to Portugal to hold the sixth session of the Saudi-Portuguese Joint Committee

A high-level delegation from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia led by His Excellency Faisal F. Alibrahim, Minister of Economy and Planning, will travel to Lisbon to represent the Kingdom at the sixth session of the Saudi-Portuguese Joint Committee to enhance economic, and trade cooperation between the two countries.   The session has a broad two-day agenda exploring key investment opportunities in Saudi Arabia, as well as recent achievements in bilateral cooperation.   HE Alibrahim will give the opening and closing remarks at the meeting, alongside his Portuguese counterpart HE António Costa Silva, Minister of Economy and Maritime Affairs. Additionally, HE Alibrahim will deliver the opening remarks at the Saudi-Portuguese Investment Forum, hold bilateral meetings with senior government officials and sign agreements aimed at ......read more

Saudi Arabia's Uruq Bani Ma'arid Reserve inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List

The Uruq Bani Ma'arid Reserve is the Kingdom’s first UNESCO Natural Heritage Site and joins six other UNESCO Heritage Sites in Saudi Arabia  Riyadh, Saudi Arabia – 20 September, 2023: The Uruq Bani Ma‘arid Reserve in Saudi Arabia has been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, as announced by His Highness Prince Bader bin Abdullah bin Farhan Al Saud, Saudi Minister of Culture, Chairman of the National Commission for Education, Culture and Science, and Chairman of the Heritage Commission. The decision was taken during the extended 45th session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee held in Riyadh between the 10th and 25th of September. The successful nomination of the site marks Saudi Arabia’s very first UNESCO Natural Heritage Site and celebrates the Kingdom’s continued efforts to protect ......read more

The Royal Commission for Alula to Highlight Successes in Revitalising Arid Environments to Global Audience at Society for Ecological Restoration Conference in Darwin, Australia

 RCU to showcase its ambitious regreening and rewilding projects as Premium Sponsor of the 10th World Conference on Ecological Restoration, serving to bolster global biodiversity  RCU has successfully integrated over 100,000 seedlings into the wild with a 90 per cent survival rate, with plans to introduce a further 400,000 by 2024   AlUla, Saudi Arabia, 19 September 2023: The Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU) will showcase its extensive environmental regeneration projects at the upcoming Society for Ecological Restoration's 10th World Conference (SER2023) in Darwin, Australia. RCU’s participation as a Premium Sponsor of the event will amplify its transformative efforts in AlUla, highlighting its emerging leadership role in the sustainable conservation of natural and cultural landscapes and the ......read more

Discovery of Ancient ‘Horn Chamber' Reveals Ritual Performed at Enigmatic Stone Structures of North-west Arabia

 Two recently published studies detail nature and significance of apparent ceremonial offerings in mustatils, Neolithic structures where deposits of horns and skull parts suggest a sophisticated expression of deeply rooted beliefs  Research is supported by Royal Commission for AlUla as part of globally significant fieldwork   Inaugural AlUla World Archaeology Summit to gather a wide range of leaders starting Sept 13   AlUla, Saudi Arabia, 11 September 2023: Results of two recent archaeological excavations supported by the Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU) demonstrate that the Neolithic inhabitants of north-west Arabia conducted “complex and sophisticated ritual practices” in the late 6th millennium BCE. The unprecedented findings open unsuspected horizons for a broader understanding ......read more

Aviation and Morocco Earthquake Relief Efforts

The tragic earthquake that has struck Morocco has devastated significant parts of the country and killed and injured thousands of people. As part of the international relief effort, the aviation industry is playing a vital role, in the rapid delivery of humanitarian aid to Morocco. IATA’s Regional Vice-President for Africa-Middle East, Kamil Al-Awadhi, expressed condolences of the aviation community to the people of Morocco. "The heart-breaking impact of this tragedy in Morocco has been felt worldwide. On behalf of IATA's member airlines, we extend our heartfelt sympathies to all those affected,” he said. “Our thoughts remain with the communities impacted by this devastating event. We commend the exceptional work of rescue teams, and the important role aviation is playing in facilitating immediate ......read more

GWO the World's Gateway to Collective Solutions to Water Challenges

H.E. Al-Fadhli: The establishment of the Global Water Organization underscores the Kingdom's commitment to the sustainability of global water resources   Riyadh: 7 September 2023 - His Excellency Engineer Abdul Rahman bin Abdul Mohsen Al Fadhli, Minister of Environment, Water, and Agriculture in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, stressed the Kingdom's leadership in tackling water issues regionally and globally, commending the decision by His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince and Prime Minister, to establish the Global Water Organization. The organization will contribute to strengthening cooperation between countries and stimulating a collective response to water challenges. Commenting on the announcement, His Excellency Al Fadhli said: "The announcement demonstrates the Kingdom's firm ......read more

Saudi Arabia Snapchatters Set to Inspire the Design of the Next Garnier Green Tote Bag

This Saudi National Day, be creative with Garnier Green and Snap Inc. for a good cause while making a permanent mark across Panda stores Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 7 September 2023: Calling out design aficionados for a one-of-a-kind opportunity powered by Garnier Green and Snap Inc. Snapchatters now have a chance to inspire the design of the next Garnier Tote and create for a noble cause while at it. Set to run till September 27, the Shop Greener, because Saudi Deserves Green initiative is in support of Garnier Green Beauty’s latest campaign that aims to engage with communities across the Kingdom to encourage sustainable beauty choices.  Hop on to the trend by using the Green Beauty Lens this KSA National Day exclusively on Snapchat by flipping the camera to engage with an AR powered customizable tote bag ......read more

Saudi Tadawul Group Signs MoU with Shanghai Stock Exchange

• MoU includes exploring collaboration opportunities on cross listing, fintech, ESG, and more  • MoU intends to bolster the growth of capital markets in Saudi Arabia and China   Riyadh, 4 September 2023 – Today, Saudi Tadawul Group announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Shanghai Stock Exchange to promote mutual development and cooperation between the two exchanges. The MoU was signed by Eng. Khalid Al Hussan, CEO of the Saudi Tadawul Group, and Mr. Cai Jianchun, President of the Shanghai Stock Exchange during the Shanghai Stock Exchange high delegation’s visit to Saudi Arabia.   As part of the MoU, the two Exchanges will explore opportunities in Cross-listing, Fintech, ESG, data exchange, and research, as well as promote diversity and inclusion in both ......read more

Saudi Contribution to WFP will Provide Critical Support to Syrian Refugees in Jordan

August 30, 2023:  The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomed today a generous contribution of US$6.8 million from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia through the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSrelief), to support its operations in Jordan. This funding will provide much-needed support to Syrian refugees residing in camps and arrives just in the nick of time to avert imminent further cuts in food assistance.  The agreement was signed between Engineer Ahmed Al Baiz, Assistant Supervisor General of Operations and Programs, KSrelief and Mageed Yahia, WFP Representative to the GCC.  “As part of KSrelief strategic partnership with WFP, we are pleased to announce an important financial contribution to assist vulnerable Syrian refugees in Jordan,” said Eng. Albaiz. “With great ......read more

Bab Rizq Jameel Collaborates with Metavisionaries Academy to Launch the Space Sciences Camp

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia — Bab Rizq Jameel Company, a company that is supported by Community Jameel Saudi Foundation and aims to empower Saudi youth to acquire advanced skills that are required by the labor market, has announced its collaboration with the “Metavisionaries, a company that aims to provide trainees with advanced competencies that are utilized in the space and technology sectors and the labor market of the future, through a number of programs that are administered through its virtual academy, space innovation centers, and extended network with industry leaders.  In alignment with Community Jameel Saudi’s recent strategic expansion, this collaboration falls within its latest area of development, “Supporting Science and Technology”. In this initiative, Bab Rizq Jameel will sponsor ......read more

Saudi Minister in G20 Meetings: We Support Global Efforts to Prevent Future Pandemics

Witnessed the launch of the Global Initiative on Digital Health  Riyadh:  During the G20 Health Ministers’ Meetings in India on August 19, Saudi Health Minister Fahad Aljalajel stressed the importance of leveraging the access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator Initiative, one of the outputs of the G20 summit held in Saudi Arabia 2020.  He added, Saudi Arabia supports global efforts to confront any health public emergencies in the future. Aljalajel was also invited by the Indian presidency to the summit's inaugural ceremony of the Global Initiative on Digital Health (GIDH). He shed light on Saudi Arabia’s contributions to Cutting-edge technologies like AI in healthcare applications.  The Minister reaffirmed joint efforts to achieve universal health coverage and accessibility.  In ......read more

Saudi Arabia Punishes Breast Milk Substitutes Marketers

Fines for unlicensed advertising in public hospitals  Riyadh:  Saudi Health Minister Fahd Al-Jalajel authorized on Wednesday, August 2nd, a decision to fine a pharmaceutical company for violating the Breast Milk Substitutes BMS code. Saudi Health explained that a specialized committee approved those penalties with fines reaching $67k. The company's representatives were found distributing leaflets about BMS to mothers inside a hospital in the eastern province of Saudi Arabia, which is a violation of the fifth article of the BMS code, which bans the advertising and promotion of any form of BMS and infant formula. Saudi Arabia issued in 2004 a breast milk substitute code, aligned with the 1981 International Code for Marketing BMS.

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Bupa Global Supports Sustainability Innovators to Tackle Climate Change Crisis

• Bupa Global’s Eco-Disruptive program helps develop solutions to confront the effects of climate change. • Financial support and marketing expertise provided to 18 startups. • Group CEO Iñaki Ereño: Our sustainability strategy prioritizes human health and the environment. • 400 guests and sustainability pioneers participated in the Bupa event.   Jeddah:   Bupa Global selected 18 sustainability-focused startups worldwide that qualified in the finals of the Bupa Eco-Disruptive Live event. Held in London recently, the event attracted over 400 attendees, with 20 speakers discussing the importance of startups leading sustainable innovation.   Bupa Global CEO Iñaki Ereño expressed the company’s commitment to supporting sustainability startups in ......read more

Formula E and Unicef Partnership Benefits More than 2.5m Children and Young People in First Two Years

• First global sport organisation to partner with UNICEF’s global climate fund nears target of benefitting 3 million children and young people in three years • UNICEF’s climate programmes, as part of the Safe and Healthy Environment Fund, target those most affected by and at risk to climate change impacts  • Programmes include training, education and initiatives that ensure services such as schools, health centres, water and sanitation facilities are resilient to climate and environmental shocks.   Riyadh, Dubai, London. 24 July 2023: Formula E and UNICEF today announced their ground breaking partnership has benefitted more than 2.5 million children and young people globally since the partnership began in 2021.  Formula E, the world’s first sport to be certified net zero ......read more

Tanweer Jameel Programme Celebrates 40 Remarkable Orphans with Trips to Thailand and Japan

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, 5 July 2023: In collaboration with the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development, Community Jameel Saudi Foundation launched a new edition of the Tanweer Jameel programme. Two international trips will be sponsored in July to honor and recognize outstanding students who have demonstrated exceptional talent, commitment, and academic performance throughout the academic year. Each year, 40 outstanding male and female students aged between 13 and 18 years from orphanages across the Kingdom get the chance to visit unique destinations chosen by the Ministry and Community Jameel Saudi. This year, the boys will visit Thailand while the girls will explore Japan.   The trip includes cultural, educational, and recreational activities, providing the orphans with an unparalleled opportunity to learn about ......read more

Warning about Heat Stress during Hajj

Summer pilgrimage season witnesses rising temperatures  Riyadh:  Following alerts received from the National Meteorological Center, Saudi Health issued a warning to pilgrims on Monday, June 26, about the possibility of heat stress due to direct exposure to the sun, as this year's Hajj is coinciding with the summer season. The ministry recommended using an umbrella, drinking plenty of fluids, and avoiding unnecessary physical activities during daylight hours.

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Broke a Leg in Madinah, Healed it in Mecca, and didn't miss Hajj

A Pilgrim's Journey in the Saudi medical caravan  Riyadh:  The 78-year-old Moroccan pilgrim Mohamed Hammou did not realize that a broken leg, would enable him to live an experience he will never forget. Hammou who was taking a walk near the Prophet's mosque on Sunday, June 18, suffered a sliding accident that resulted in a fractured femur, which required urgent surgery to stabilize it. Upon recovery from the operation, medical staff reassured Hammou that he had been selected to join the special medical convoy, which travels 400 km from Madina to hospitals in the Arafat area, enabling sick pilgrims to complete their sacred journey on an ambulance with medical supervision. The medical convoy includes 27 specialized medical transport vehicles accompanied by oxygen trucks and technical support units.

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Saudi Announces New Instant E-visa Options for Visitors

• Saudi is making it easier than ever before for travelers to visit through an expansion of the e-visa program. • New instant e-visa options will facilitate UK, US, and Schengen visas holders, as well as permanent residents of UK, US, and any EU country to obtain tourist e-visas to Saudi. • This is part of a range of initiatives to provide a seamless traveler experience, including the recently announced Stopover visa.    Riyadh, 12 June 2023 – Saudi announces new instant e-visa options that from today, will facilitate UK, US, and Schengen visas holders, as well as permanent residents of UK, US, and any EU country to obtain tourist e-visas to Saudi through www.mofa.gov.sa. Saudi has previously extended regulation to provide visas on arrival to the six categories, this is just the latest step ......read more

Hilton and Saudi Tourism Authority Sign MoU for Collaboration on Attracting Visitors to the Kingdom

From right to left: Munirah Abanomy, Director General of Marketing Partnerships for the Middle East and Africa, Saudi Tourism Authority, and Kamel Ajami, Vice President, Operations, KSA, Egypt & Levant, Hilton     Dubai, United Arab Emirates and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 24 May 2023: Global hospitality leader Hilton (NYSE: HLT), announced it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Saudi Tourism Authority (STA) towards exploring cooperation opportunities between the two entities and developing creative content, with the aim of attracting visitors from key markets across the Middle East and Africa to the Kingdom.   Signing this MoU comes as part of the STA's ongoing commitment and efforts to forge strong partnerships with key players in Saudi Arabia’s tourism ecosystem, working closely with ......read more

Bupa Arabia's CSR Campaign Fills Hearts with Joy

- Tal Nazer: Orphan care is key to Bupa Arabia's social responsibility activities. - Bupa Arabia has donated gifts worth SR700,000 for the marriage of 49 orphan girls. - Kiswat Aisha appreciates Bupa Arabia's initiatives in empowering orphans   Jeddah:  Bupa Arabia for Cooperative Insurance launched their annual CSR campaign to support orphan girls’ marriage in Jeddah by gifting electrical appliances worth SR700,000.   Under the corporate social responsibility (CSR) campaign, Bupa Arabia provides maximum care for orphans, enhancing their skills and abilities, improving institutional and family care, and creating a healthy community environment.    It is part of Bupa Arabia’s ongoing commitment to caring for and supporting orphans by providing high-quality healthcare ......read more

Meet the Generation17 Young Leaders: The Story of Nora Altwaijri

Nora Altwaijri has a passion for using technology to empower young people to make a positive impact in their communities. Nora Altwaijri is a member of Generation17, a partnership between Samsung and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), empowering young people around the world who are contributing to the Global Goals.  Nora Altwaijri thinks a lot about the future of Saudi Arabia, a future in which sustainability is part of everyday life. She has an unwavering belief that her country — and the world — will get there, especially because of the passion and energy of her generation.  “Young people have a fresh eye for today’s challenges,” says the 25-year-old, who studied software engineering and now works in management consulting. “They’re more eager than ever to ......read more

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Climate change has become one of the most pressing issues facing our planet today.  According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), if greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise at the current rate, the Earth's surface temperature is expected to reach 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels by 2030. The increasing concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, ......read more

Saudi Arabia Welcomes GCC Residents Without Requiring Specific Professions…

Riyadh - Thursday 9 March 2023: The Saudi Tourism Authority welcomes the expansion of the GCC residents visa which now is open to all professions for those wanting to apply for a tourist visa.  Announced today by the Ministry of Tourism the visa allows visitors to enjoy Saudi’s diverse tourist destinations and perform Umrah throughout the year. This is the latest in a series ......read more

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Signs Agreement with the Republic of Bulgaria to Establish a Joint Committee…

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, represented by the Minister of Economy and Planning, signs an agreement with the Republic of Bulgaria to establish a joint committee during an official visit by His Excellency to the country’s capital Sofia.  His Excellency Faisal bin Fadhil Alibrahim signed the agreement with Bulgarian Minister of Economy and Industry, His Excellency Nikola Stoyanov. ......read more

Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Economy and Planning and World Economic Forum's UpLink Launch Food ...…

On February 27, the Kingdom’s Ministry of Economy and Planning (MEP) launched the Food Ecosystems in Arid Climate Challenge in collaboration with the World Economic Forum’s UpLink and the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture.   Anchored in collaboration, the challenge is a global call for food entrepreneurs, start-ups, social ventures, and small to medium-sized ......read more

Nasdaq Chair and CEO: Tremendous Growth of Saudi Capital Market is Testament to Leadership, Notes ...…

Riyadh, Feb 12, 2023: At today’s Saudi Capital Market Forum in Riyadh, Adena Friedman, Chair and Chief Executive Officer of Nasdaq, heralded Saudi Arabia’s vision and leadership as key success factors in building a globally competitive capital market: “This region is one of the fast-growing in the world. Saudi has done a tremendous job of bringing capabilities into the market so ......read more

First of Its Kind Saudi Stopover Visa Available for the World…

• The Stopover Visa is offered to passengers traveling to their final destination on national air carriers, SAUDIA and flynas • Stopover Visa is open to all leisure, business and religious travelers and welcomes visitors to stopover for up to 96 hours and includes one complimentary night hotel stay    • First Stopover visa to be digitally integrated with an ......read more

HRH the Crown Prince Launches Events Investment Fund to Support Infrastructure Developments in the ...…

• EIF will be capitalized with SAR14 (over $3.7) billion to directly develop more than 35 world class venues across the Kingdom. • The fund will further raise capital by providing lucrative high-return opportunities to the private sector and financial institutions. • EIF is critical to the delivery of the Kingdom’s ambitious event calendar  • The direct GDP ......read more

Saudi Arabia's Misk Foundation Brings Youth Majlis Back to the World Economic Forum in Davos…

16, January 2023 – Mohammed bin Salman Foundation, “Misk,” a non-profit established by His Royal Highness Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman Bin Abdulaziz, is bringing the Youth Majlis back to the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland.  One of the only youth-focused pavilions at the Swiss alpine destination, Misk will unite delegates under the theme of ......read more

Hisense Partners with Saudi Arabia's Business Giant United Matbouli Group to Expand its Presence in ...…

Dubai, UAE – December 26, 2022: Hisense, one of the largest home appliance and consumer electronics company, has signed a partnership deal with Saudi Arabia’s United Matbouli Group (UMG), one of the most prestigious consumer electronics distributors in the Kingdom, thus opening a new pathway to of business opportunities for Hisense in the Saudi market. Through this partnership, ......read more

Hilton Announces Strategic Partnership with Saudi Tourism Development Fund and Signs Multiple New ...…

• A memorandum of understanding signed with the Saudi Tourism Development Fund (TDF) will see Hilton support it in developing family-friendly leisure destinations incorporating Hilton-branded hotels across the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia  • An agreement signed with Diriyah Gate Development Authority will see the opening of Waldorf Astoria Diriyah at the heart of the ......read more

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