Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques patronizes Saudi Arabia’s annual Ardha festival

Crown Prince donates SR20 million for Prince Sultan Fund for Women’s Projects in Eastern Region

Saudi interior ministry announces foiling criminal scheme, arresting elements “working in the service of terrorism and deviant groups”

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, patronized this evening the Saudi Ardha ceremony within the activities of Janadriyah National Festival for Heritage and Cultural in its 25th session.

Upon arrival at the venue of ceremony which was held in the closed sports hall on the road of Dir'iya, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques was received by Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz, Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior; Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Riyadh region; Prince Abdul-Allah bin Abdulaziz, Advisor to the King; Prince Miqren bin Abdulaziz, Chief of General Intelligence; Prince Sultan bin Fahd bin Abdulaziz, General President of Youth Welfare; Prince Nawaf bin Faisal bin Fahd bin Abdulaziz, Deputy General President of Youth Welfare and Abdulmohsen bin Abdulaziz Al-Tuwaijri, Assistant Deputy Commander of National Guard and Deputy President of the Supreme Committee of Janadriyah National Festival for Heritage and Culture.

Then, princes and a number of officials were graced by greeting the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, who took his place in the podium of the ceremony before starting the Saudi Ardha.

Then the King took part in the Saudi Ardha (sword dance).

Other princes also shared the performance.

Then King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz toured a photo exhibition on late King Abdulaziz's meetings with world leaders, collected by Adnan bin Saleh Al-Tareef, a Saudi researcher.

Then the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques graced the dinner party held in his honor by the Higher Organizing Committee of the National Festival for Heritage and Culture.

The Ardha party, the exhibition tour and the dinner party were attended by Prince Fahd bin Mohammed bin Abdulaziz; Prince Mite'b bin Abdulaziz; Prince Turki Al-Faisal; Prince Khalid bin Musaed bin Abdulrahman; Prince Naif bin Saud bin Abdulaziz; Prince Faisal bin Abdullah bin Mohammed, Minister of Education; Prince Badr bin Fahd bin Saad; Prince Dr. Mansour bin Mite'b bin Abdulaziz, Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs; Prince Mite'b bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Commander of the National Guard for Executive Affairs and Deputy Chairman of the Higher Organizing Committee for the National Festival for Heritage and Culture; other princes and senior officials.

Meanwhile, Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Premier, Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector General, received at his palace in Al-Rakah a number of female members of Prince Mohammed bin Fahd Center for Preparation of Young Leaders.

The occasion was attended by Prince Mohammed bin Fahd bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Eastern Region and President of Board of Directors of Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Fund to support projects of women; Prince Jellwi bin Abdulaziz bin Musaed, Deputy Governor of Eastern Region and Vice President of Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Fund to support projects of women in addition to a number of officials.

The Crown Prince was briefed on the activities of the Fund and its support for small enterprises as well as the works of Prince Mohammed bin Fahd Center.

During the audience, the Crown Prince presented a donation of SR 20 million to support the programs of the Fund.

Crown Prince Sultan, who is also the Supreme President of Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Charity Foundation, had donated SR20 million for the charity fund for treatment of patients at Sultan bin Abdulaziz City for Humanitarian Services.

This was announced by Prince Khalid bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz, Assistant Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector General for Military Affairs, who is also the vice president of the council of trustees of the foundation and president of the board of directors of the fund, following a meeting of the fund's board of directors chaired by Prince Khalid.

Prince Khalid hailed the donation and said the number of patients treated at the expense of the fund since its inception until the end of 2009 reached 3352 patients from 18 different countries.

On the other hand, Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities has approved the establishment of a regional Museum at cost of SR 30,227,953 in Al-Baha Province.

The Executive Director of Tourism Department in the province, Dr. Mohammed bin Turki Millah has pointed out that the Museum will be established in Raghdan Forest on an area of 2,445 square meters and will be implemented within 24 months, indicating that the Museum will be a cultural and civilization landmark for the province.

Under the patronage of Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz, the Governor of Riyadh Province, the Forum of Saudi Travel and Tourism Investment-2010, will be launched in Riyadh on Sunday.

Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) will hold a press conference to shed light on the five-day Forum including its objectives, speakers, and participating companies and bodies.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Interior issued the following statement:

Further to its announcement on 29/10/1430H. that an encounter took place on 24/10/1430H. at Al-Hamra check point on the coast road in Jazan Region whereas a security patrol was taken by surprise when two persons disguised in women's clothes, later identified as Youssef Mohammed Mubarak Al-Jubairi Al-Shihri and Raed Abdullah Salem Al-Dhaheri Al-Harbi (both Saudi Nationals) managed to infiltrate across the southern border of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and shot at them on their way to carry out an imminent terrorist act, but the incident resulted in their killing without being able to blow up the explosive belts they were wearing as well as the seizure of two belts ready to be used, twelve hand grenades and money, including foreign currencies, the Ministry of Interior hereby announces that initial investigation into the incident led to the arrest of seven persons who had coordinated the entry of the criminals.

The spokesman of the Ministry of Interior said that initial investigation into the incident showed that the deviant organization abroad was using elements inside the country to carry out its criminal plans. Some of them came to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia either under the pretext of looking for work or visiting the holy places or by infiltrating the border areas in order to facilitate communication with the misguided, recruit them for the deviant group, raise funds and implement instructions dictated to them from abroad targeting citizens, security and wealth of the country.

The competent authorities were successful to capture key elements who built a network mostly of expatriates and the misguided, including suicide bombers, set to carry out attacks in the Kingdom and target national facilities and security personnel. This coincided with the incidents which have recently taken place at the southern border of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The number of those arrested reached 101, including 47 Saudis, 51 Yemenis, one Somali, one Bangladeshi and one Eritrean. They belong to that criminal network which was directly related to the incident mentioned above. The security operations of arresting the members of this network also resulted in seizing weapons, ammunition, cameras, computers, communication equipment, several pre-paid phone cards, cash and various documents.

In the same context, the security forces managed to intercept two cells, each one consists of six elements. Each cell works independently and both have direct links to the deviant organization which used Yemen as a platform for implementing its criminal operations. The competent authorities managed to arrest the twelve members of these two cells (eleven Saudis and one Yemeni). At the time, they were in the initial stages of preparing an attack on oil and security facilities in the Eastern Region.

The Ministry of Interior announced these developments to inform the citizens and visitors of this country about plans of the followers of deviant thought targeting the country of the holy sites and its approach which is based on the Holy Quran and Sunnah (Prophet Mohammed's sayings and deeds).

In Riyadh, Minister of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call and Guidance Sheikh Saleh bin Abdulaziz Al Al-Sheikh has commended pioneering actions and distinguished approaches adopted and supported by Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz, the Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior in achieving intellectual security in the society and protecting it from the clutches of extremist and deviant ideas.

On the occasion of organizing the Conference of Terrorism by the Islamic University of Madinah under the patronage of Prince Naif, Sheikh Saleh expressed his thanks to Prince Naif for patronizing the Conference. He greatly admired Prince Naif's support for several seminars and conferences organized by various governmental bodies and educational institutions in various provinces of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

He praised a series of programs and actions of awareness and education carried out by various sectors of the security apparatus under the supervision and follow-up of Prince Naif in the enhancement of moderation and in confrontation of extremism and deviant ideology which is incompatible with the tolerance of Islam and its moderation.