Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques patronizes al-Janadriyah-27, Grand Camel Race

Minister of Defense: I did all my best for Riyadh, work for the service of Riyadh is huge responsibility

Prince Salman: Development is state’s goal with stability of jobs in all areas

Naif Arab University for Security Sciences concludes seminar on human trafficking

Regional workshop on education in the Arab world inaugurated

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud will patronize on Wednesday the inauguration ceremony of 27th National Festival for Heritage and Culture, to be annually organized by the National Guard.

In a press conference held this week on behalf of Prince Miteb bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Minister of State, Cabinet's Member, Commander of the National Guard, and President of the Festival's Supreme Committee, Abdulmohsen bin Abdulaziz Al-Tuwaijri, Assistant Deputy Commander of the National Guard and Vice President of the Supreme Committee said that the King will also patronize the 38th Annual Camel Grand Race during Janadriyah Festival, praising the King and the Crown Prince for their patronage and support for the Festival.

Meanwhile, Defense Minister Prince Salman will open a seminar on the humanitarian and social side of King Abdulaziz's life organized by the Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz Chair for Historical and Civilization Studies of the Arabian Peninsula at the King Saud University on Saturday.

The prince’s address in the seminar will focus on the humanitarian and social aspects in the history of King Abdulaziz, the Saudi Press Agency reported Friday.

“The prince will speak on the features that distinguished the founder of the Kingdom King Abdulaziz. Those features spring from the teachings of Islamic Shariah and Sunnah of the Prophet (peace be upon him), especially the founder’s close relations with citizens. The later kings followed the path paved by King Abdulaziz,” Supervisor of the chair and Professor of History at the King Saud University Abdullah Al-Sabeei said in a statement.

The prince is also expected in his speech to cite numerous incidents of humaneness and the close attachment between King Abdulaziz and citizens, he said.

Noted historians and researchers from the Kingdom and abroad are expected to participate in the three-day seminar.

The prince will also open an exhibition on the sidelines of the seminar.

The activities of the chair include publication of historical documents. It has already published Portuguese documents shedding light on European link to the history of the region. The chair was established in 2009 by the King Abdulaziz Foundation for Research and Archives (Darah) in collaboration with the King Saud University. It organized its first workshop at the Darah headquarters in June 2010. It was officially opened in July 2010 in a ceremony attended by Prince Salman, KSU Rector Abdullah Al-Othman and Darah’s Secretary-General Fahd Al-Sammari.

The chair’s objectives include conducting and supporting researchers in the history of the Arabian Peninsula, organizing international seminars, publish research findings and establish research partnerships with other academic centers of history.

The chair also envisions achieving international leadership in academic studies on Islamic and Arab civilizations and history.

KSU has provided it with technical and financial support needed to conduct quality historical research, as well as a diverse and highly specialized research team.

In addition, the chair attracts ambitious young Saudi students to its program, cultivating a new generation of researchers.

The chair also focuses on translating historical documents related to the Arabian Peninsula into Arabic.

Prince Salman this week received Prince Dr. Abdulaziz Bin Mohammed Bin Ayyaf, the Mayor of Riyadh Region, accompanied by assistants, undersecretaries, advisors, directors general, and heads of municipalities of governorates of Riyadh region, who came to greet and congratulate him on the royal trust in his appointment as Minister of Defense.

Prince Salman thanked them for their noble feelings, saying, 'I have been entrusted with the responsibility of working for a long time in Riyadh region. I have worked whatever I can in its service in collaboration with all bodies, especially municipalities.'

The Prince pointed out that the directives of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the Crown Prince and our former Kings have been to pay attention to citizens and their services, praising Allah Almighty for being in a state of security, stability and works for the interest of citizens.

On his part, the Mayor of Riyadh Region addressed Prince Salman saying, ' In implementation of your directives, Riyadh Region has witnessed great progress and development in a short time'.

The meeting was attended by Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Special Advisor to Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz, and Lieutenant General Abdulrahman bin Saleh Al-Bunyan, Director General of the Office of Minister of Defense.

Prince Salman had arrived in Riyadh from Jeddah last week. At Riyadh Air Base Airport, Prince Salman was received by a number of princes and officials.

He was accompanied by Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Special Advisor to the Minister of Defense; Prince Bandar bin Salman bin Abdulaziz; and Lieutenant General Abdulrahman bin Saleh Al-Bunyan, Director General of the Minister's Office.

Earlier Friday, Prince Salman left Jeddah after he paid visits to The Armed Forces in Taif and Jeddah.

At King Abdulaziz International Airport, Prince Salman was seen off by Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, Governor of Makkah Region, and a number of commanders and officials.

Meanwhile, Naif Arab University for Security Sciences, in association with UNHCR and the Interpol, held a symposium on traffic in humans on the 21st of January 2012 at its campus.

Professor Abdulaziz Alghamdi, the president of the university was quoted as saying that the symposium fulfills part of NAUSS’s mission directives as spelled out by HRH the crown prince Naif, the second deputy premier, minister of interior and chairman of the supreme council of NAUSS and their Excellences the Arab ministers of interior.

Professor Alghamdi thanked the Interpol and UNHCR for their active part in organizing the event and their continued support for NAUSS activities.

Dr. Ronald Noble the secretary general of Interpol expressed his appreciation for the leading role of NAUSS in the area of international peace and security and stressed the need for furthering cooperation between the two organizations on the basis of their common concerns and commitments and due to the fact that Professor Alghamdi is a member of Interpol’s consultancy group.

The topics of the symposium are focused on the social, legal and political aspects of the problem and aims at the enhancement of the capacities of Arab jurists and law enforcement bodies in combating and preventing traffic in humans.

Attendees of the symposium include but are not limited to professionals from Arab ministries of Justice, Interior, Labor and Social affairs in addition to Interpol and media personnel.

Prince Faisal bin Abdullah bin Mohammed, Minister of Education inaugurated this week the regional workshop entitled 'Improving the Overall Quality of Public Education in the Arab World', in the presence of Dr. Khalid bin Abdullah Al-Sabti, Deputy Minister of Education and a number of senior officials.

A speech ceremony was held on the occasion.

Then, Minister of Education stressed the keenness of the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, government and people on the provision of a high quality learning environment able to improve the human resources.

Prince Faisal bin Abdullah bin Mohammed also confirmed that though the Kingdom faces a lot of challenges in its way to achieve its goals at all levels, especially at the domain of education, it spares no time or effort in improving education and its tools.