Crown Prince Sultan receives GCC Secretary General

5th edition of Prince Sultan Water Prize Council activities start in Amman

Massive turnout on Prince Sultan Quran Memorization Prize

Riyadh International Book Fair 2011 wrapped up

Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector General, received at his palace Secretary General of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Dr. Abdulrahman bin Hamad Al-Attiyah who came to bid farewell at the end of his tenure.

The Crown Prince expressed appreciation to the Secretary General for the efforts he exerted to enhance joint Gulf action.

For his part, the Secretary General hailed the vital role of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and the Crown Prince in supporting cooperation among GCC countries in all fields.

The audience was attended by Prince Fahd bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Tabuk Region; Prince Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz, Secretary General of National Security Council; Prince Dr. Misha'al bin Abdullah bin Musaed, Advisor to the Crown Prince; Prince Salman bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz, Assistant Secretary General of National Security Council for Intelligence Affairs; and a number of senior officials.

Meanwhile, King Abdullah II of Jordan attended in Amman this week the opening ceremony of the 5th session of Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water council which was held in the presence of Prince Khalid bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz, the Assistant Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector General for Military Affairs and the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water.

The prize, launched in 2002, is awarded to outstanding scientific contributions related to surface water, ground water, alternative non-traditional water resources, and water conservation especially in dry areas.

In opening remarks, Prince Khalid warned that water future does not call for optimism, calling for stiff legislation to fight what he called 'water piracy'.

The opening ceremony was attended by Prince Faisal bin Al-Hussein, Prime Minister Marouf Bakhit of Jordan, Jordanian senior officials, Minister of Water and Electricity Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulrahman Al-Husayn of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Saudi Ambassador to Jordan Fahd bin Abdulmohsen Al-Zaid and a number of guests.

In Makkah, the toss ceremony for Prince Sultan 6th International Award for Memorization of the Holy Quran for military servants was held this week.

The event was attended by the Director General of the Religious Affairs Directorate of the Armed Forces, and the Supervisor General of the Award, the Head of organizing committees, heads of delegations and the participants.

Contesters from 21 Islamic countries will take part in the event.

Delegations taking part in the 6th contest for Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Award for Memorization of the Holy Quran, devoted only for military men, which is taking place in Makkah, performed rites of Umrah and Jumma'a congregational prayer.

A total of 86 participants from 21 Arab and Islamic nations are competing in the four chapters of the award.

Meanwhile, Minister of Culture and Information Dr. Abdulaziz Khojah said that 'The Ministry of Culture and Information did not exercise any exclusion of any of the groups or thinkers of the homeland with their various orientations through the cultural program of the Riyadh International Book Fair 2011.

In an open meeting this week, the minister explained that the ministry is not a substitute for community in leading culture.

The Minister of Culture and Information said the kingdom's media doesn't confront insults with insults but the kingdom considers the soundness of its positions at various levels as the best reply to anyone who tries to undermine this great country.

He added that like great countries, a country with the size of the Kingdom must be subject to some deluded attempts, but it has firm national unity and solid loyalty to the leadership.

Sales at Riyadh International Book Fair, which concluded Friday, overpassed SR35 million, organizers said.

Dr. Abdulaziz Al-Aqeel, the Director of the Riyadh International Book Exhibition said the number of visitors was estimated at nearly three million by the event's last day, disclosing that their sales of the exhibits amounted to a record of more than SR35 million.

He said the direct selling to individuals helped to the increase of the exhibition's income.

The event was concluded Friday evening with the participation of 700 publishers from 30 countries, which exhibited more than 300,000 titles.

The Director of Riyadh International Book Fair Dr. Abdulaziz Al-Aqeel said that as many as 3 million people visited the ten-day Book Fair whose sales amounted to SR 35 million.