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Children and youth represent 67% of Saudi population
August 10, 2020

RIYADH — Children and youth represent 67 percent of the Saudi population in the current year, according to the General Authority for Statistics (GASTAT). Young Saudis in the age group of 15-34 years make up 36.7 percent of the Kingdom’s total population, the authority said in a special report titled “Report of Saudi youth in numbers,” released on Sunday to mark the World Youth Day 2020, which falls on Wednesday Aug. 12.

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Al-Baha governor inaugurates orphan care group
August 10, 2020

AL-BAHA: Prince Hussam bin Saud bin Abdul Aziz, governor of Al-Baha region, has inaugurated the Rafiq Association for Orphan Care in Al-Mikhwah to serve over 300 villages and sponsor more than 270 orphans.

The move came during a reception Prince Hussam held for Al-Mikhwah Gov. Naif bin Mohammed Al-Hazani; Saad Al-Omari, chairman of the Rafiq Association for Orphan Care; and board members.

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Plans begin for Aug. 30 Saudi ‘back to school day’ after virus
August 6, 2020

JEDDAH: Saudi parents, children, teachers and education chiefs began preparations in earnest on Wednesday for the new post-coronavirus school year to begin on Aug. 30.
Education Minister Dr. Hamad bin Mohammed Al-Asheikh held a virtual meeting with education directors from throughout the Kingdom to discuss preparations for the big return.
The minister called for the completion of all maintenance and operational work at schools and educational facilities"...

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Ukraine to open borders visa-free for Saudis
August 2, 2020

RIYADH: Saudi nationals will no longer need a visa to enter Ukraine, providing a strong impetus to further intensify business and people-to-people ties, the Ukrainian envoy to the Kingdom has said.

According to a presidential decree, Saudis will now be allowed to enter Ukraine as of Aug. 1, 2020 and stay up to 90 days.

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Saudi Arabia allows citizens to return via land borders
July 26, 2020

Saudi citizens, their immediate family members and their domestic staff can now enter the Kingdom by land from Bahrain, Kuwait and the UAE without obtaining prior authorization, a report said.

The easing of restrictions means the King Fahd Causeway connecting Saudi Arabia and Bahrain reopened on Thursday, said"...

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The Climate Pledge and the We Mean Business Coalition Partner on Comprehensive Effort to Drive Companies to Adopt More Ambitious Carbon Reduction Goals
July 18, 2020

Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) and We Mean Business, a global nonprofit coalition working with businesses to accelerate the transition to a zero-carbon economy, today announced they have partnered to establish the world’s most comprehensive effort to drive companies to adopt more ambitious carbon emissions reduction goals. The We Mean Business coalition works with over 1,200 companies, with a total market capitalization of more than $24.8 trillion, to drive business"...

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World’s First Phase III Clinical Trial of COVID-19 Inactivated Vaccine Begins in UAE
July 17, 2020

The first WHO enlisted global clinical Phase III trial of Sinopharm CNBG’s inactivated vaccine to combat COVID-19 has started in Abu Dhabi, inspired by the UAE Leadership’s commitment to overcome the pandemic through a global collaborative effort.

H.E. Sheikh Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Hamed, Chairman of the Department of Health, Abu Dhabi, was the first in the world to commence"...

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Madinah governor urges more effort to create new job opportunities for Saudis
July 16, 2020

MADINAH: Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman on Tuesday stressed the importance of developing the capabilities of the national workforce by introducing innovative training programs. He directed relevant authorities to intensify efforts to create new job opportunities for young Saudis and to provide them with training to suit market needs.
The Madinah governor also reviewed statistics of the labor market and different programs to facilitate all stakeholders....

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Saudi Arabia’s General Authority for Military Industries announces a fully integrated defense show starting March 2022
July 16, 2020

Today the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s General Authority for Military Industries (GAMI) announced the launch of ‘World Defense Show’. The show will take center stage in the global defense show circuit, offering exhibitors and visitors the opportunity to participate in Saudi Arabia’s first truly integrated defense show.

Founded by GAMI, World Defense Show is focused"...

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Janadriyah festival postponed until 1Q of 2021
July 15, 2020

RIYADH: The Saudi Culture Ministry has postponed the Janadriyah National Heritage and Culture Festival until the first quarter of 2021 as a precaution against the coronavirus.

The popular cultural event was earlier scheduled for November 2020. The responsibility to organize the festival was also transferred from the Ministry of National Guard to the Ministry of Culture.

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