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stc Group Provides Advanced Digital Technologies in Response to the Increase of Network Usage in Madinah during Ramadan

The stc Group has expanded its network capabilities by 18% in Madinah to meet the increasing demand for its network and accommodate the rising number of visitors during the peak of Umrah season in the holy month of Ramadan.

Thanks to its prepared digital infrastructure, stc provided its advanced services and technologies to visitors in the Prophet’s Mosque. This was in response to an unprecedented increase in the number of international roaming customers who visited the Kingdom for Umrah and other purposes, recording a rise of over 13% compared to previous years.

Moreover, stc witnessed a surge of more than 90% in internet data traffic in the Prophet’s Mosque, with over one-third of the traffic being passed through 5th generation technology – a rise of 130% from the previous year.

The Group also registered an increase in a voice traffic growth by more than 22% in Madinah compared to last year, despite the significant increase in users. This reflects the high operational efficiency of the network and standard performance indicators.

stc Group continuously works on providing a unique experience to the pilgrims through its equipped and developed digital infrastructure in the Prophet’s Mosque. Additionally, all sites for serving the pilgrims and worshippers will be well-equipped to greet millions of visitors during the holy month of Ramadan. This will ensure offering a distinctive digital experience and upgrading service quality.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

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KSrelief Delivers 125 Tons of Dates as Saudi Gift to Jordan

The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) handed over the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s gift to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, which included 125 tons of dates, to be distributed to the neediest families.

The Saudi Ambassador to Jordan, Naif bin Bandar Al-Sudairi, delivered the aid in the presence of the President of the Royal Hashemite Court, Youssef Al-Issawi, and the Director of the KSrelief Office in Jordan, Naif Al-Shammari.

Al-Sudairi expressed his thanks and appreciation to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, and His Royal Highness the Crown Prince for the services they provide to the needy wherever they are, and to the KSrelief for its follow-up and direct supervision of the implementation of such distinguished humanitarian and relief projects.

This gift comes within the programs offered by the Government of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud to a number of brotherly and friendly countries to distribute it to needy families.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

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President of Nigeria Visits Prophet’s Biography Museum in Madinah

President Muhammadu Buhari of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and his accompanying delegation paid a visit today to the International Fair and Museum of the Prophet’s Biography and Islamic Civilization in Madinah.

The President of Nigeria toured the Muslim World League-supervised museum and was briefed, via the interactive display screens, on the noble manners and virtues of the Prophet (PBUH) and his message of justice, peace, and coexistence, in addition to cultural sculptures for Makkah and Madinah at the time of the Prophet (PBUH).

President Buhari also expressed admiration of the Fair and Museum of the Prophet’s Biography and Islamic Civilization and stressed that such facility showcasing the Prophet’s history should be set up in Islamic and non-Islamic countries to introduce the world to the message of Islam and its values, in addition to the Prophet’s virtues.

The President of Nigeria thanked the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, HRH the Crown Prince, and Prince Faisal bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, the Governor of Madinah region, for their care and attention given to the Prophet’s Mosque.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

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Presidency of Two Holy Mosques Affairs Announces Readiness Plan for Last Ten Days of Ramadan

The General Presidency for the Affairs of the Grand Holy Mosque and the Prophet’s Holy Mosque geared up its readiness to offer worshippers the spiritual rituals to be witnessed in the last ten days of Ramadan through a plan that will mobilize all human resources and operational equipment, to facilitate the mission for Umrah performers and ensure tranquility and reassurance mood.

The Presidency indicated that the number of worshipers and Umrah performers reached more than 950,000 on a daily basis since the beginning of Ramadan.

The Presidency stated that it will intensify the cleansing and sterilization operations, as the Grand Mosque will be washed ten times daily, a process to be carried out by more than 4000 male and female workers.

Each disinfection process consumes more than 80,000 liters of disinfectants, and 1,600 liters of fresheners, while sterilization operations are carried out around the clock using approximately 15,000 liters.

More than 70 field teams have been equipped to work 24 hours a day to sterilize all sides and corners of the Grand Mosque and all its outdoor yards, using environment friendly materials, and more than 500 automatic hand sanitizers.

The plan is to double the distribution of Zamzam water bottles to the musallas, the Mataf courtyard and the surrounding yards, with about 200,000 packages distributed at the Mataf courtyard by special vehicles, in addition to the distribution of about 200 bags in Al-Masaa (the connecting path between the hills of Safa and Marwa), the funeral musalla, the musalla of people with disabilities in the first floor and, the King Fahd expansion, as well as the expansion of King Abdullah.

The general entrances and stairs will also be supported by teams who carry cylindrical Zamzam water bags, with number about 370 bags and more than 1,400 workers.

There will be observers to be positioned on the main corridors and branching corridors assigned to facilitate the movement of worshippers inside the Grand Mosque.

The Presidency provides transportation services to serve the visitors of the holy Kaaba by providing more than 5000 regular vehicles, and nearly 3000 electric ones for Umrah performers and visitors of the Grand Mosque, that will be available at the first level of Al-Masaa and can be reached through four entrances of the Grand Mosque.

The Presidency also deployed more than 160 observers at the gates of the Grand Mosque during the Ramadan season, and opened 160 doors to receive worshipers and direct them to their desired destinations.

Concerning operation and maintenance, the Presidency has provided more than 90 engineers and technicians from the national cadres in the Grand Mosque of Makkah and its courtyards, with more than 200 electric stairs and 14 elevators, as well as a sound system consisting of about 8000 speakers and 9 loudspeakers, managed by a supervision device.

The Presidency stressed that worshipers and Umrah performers should adhere to the instructions of the Grand Mosque, within the framework to make the best of the religious rituals and achieving tranquility, during the performance of worship.

It highlighted that cooperation with security men and employees of the Presidency is necessary to maintain security and safety inside the Grand Mosque, in addition to adherence with their instructions to achieve the best religious experience during their visit to the Grand Mosque.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

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KSrelief Distributes Over 82 Tons of Food Baskets in Various Areas in Banten Province, Indonesia

The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) has continued its project of distributing food baskets in the Republic of Indonesia for 2023. As part of this initiative, 82 tons and 400 kilograms of food baskets were distributed in several cities in Banten Province, Indonesia, benefiting 8,000 people from 2,000 families.

This effort is part of the Ramadan Food Basket Distribution Project in Indonesia, which aims to distribute 6,687 Ramadan food baskets to benefit 33,435 people across various regions in Indonesia.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

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Turkiye’s Defense Industry Budget Increases to US$75 Billion, Says Erdogan

Turkiye’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the total budget of Ankara’s defense industry would jump to USD 75 billion.

Speaking at the ceremony of handing over the first domestic landing ship TCG Anadolu to the Turkish Navy, Erdogan said that the number of the defense industry projects surged to 750, and the number of companies increased to 2,700.

In addition to its military uses, TCG Anadolu can also be used for humanitarian relief operations, Erdogan revealed.

He stated that all weapon systems and sensors that will be placed on the Turkish frigates have been developed with local and national resources.

Source: Qatar News Agency

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Qatar Co-organizes 10th IDSDP Celebration

The United Nations (UN) departments of Global Communications and Economic and Social Affairs, in partnership with the permanent delegations of the State of Qatar and the Principality of Monaco to the United Nations, organized an event entitled “Scoring for People and the Planet” at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, as part of the 10th anniversary celebration of the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP).

The event included several key discussions moderated by US sports journalist Tabitha Lipkin, and the participation of Argentine soccer player and vice-president of the Italian Inter Milan FC Javier Zanetti, in addition to a number of sports figures, as well as several UN member states’ permanent representatives and other UN representatives.

HE Qatar’s Permanent Representative to the UN Sheikha Alya Ahmed bin Saif Al-Thani, the Permanent Representatives of the Kingdom of Morocco and the Principality of Monaco to the United Nations, participated in a discussion on governments’ role in scoring global goals.

In this regard, Her Excellency stressed during her statement that sustainability was at the heart of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 hosting, pointing out that this edition has transformed the way future World Cup editions and other major sporting events will be organized, thanks to the State of Qatar’s comprehensive sustainability strategy, considered the first of its kind.

During the event, a recorded speech was shown of FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 CEO Nasser Fahad Al Khater who said that the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 was not just a sports tournament, rather a launch of economic, social, and environmental development in the State of Qatar and the region.

Al Khater referred to the edition’s social role, highlighting that it was an occasion that saw three female referees manage a World Cup football match for the first time ever.

Source: Qatar News Agency

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Mal Lawal 4 Invites Collectors and Gaming Enthusiasts to be Part of its Upcoming Edition in 2023

Mal Lawal, the unique platform that celebrates the art of collecting, has launched an open call inviting gaming enthusiasts and collectors to be part of its upcoming edition set to open this December at the National Museum of Qatar.

Mal Lawal (in English: From the old times) is a biannual exhibition that invites local, regional, and international collectors to exhibit their collections. Everyone from prolific to amateur collectors who are interested in displaying their objects and sharing their stories with the public are invited to participate. Held under the patronage of HE Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad Al Thani, Chairperson of Qatar Museums (QM), Mal Lawal aims to showcase the local heritage and offer insight into the lives of private collectors, collections, and the practice of collecting.

This years edition of Mal Lawal will take the audience on a trip down memory lane to gaming in the 90s, an era that was characterized by an evolution in graphics and exponential growth in the gaming sphere that saw a rise in the popularity of home game consoles. The exhibition will look at how local and resident collectors, through their collections, keep memories of an exciting and crucial time in gaming alive.

Mal Lawal 4 is the only event of its kind in the region and acts as a platform that brings together private collectors and supports and further establishes the practice of collecting in Qatar. The collections that will be showcased in 2023 will present the personal stories of locals and residents based in Qatar and highlight their passion for gaming.

Participants wishing to be part of Mal Lawal 4 are welcome to email a photograph of their object such as Sega Genesis, Sakhr Computer, Nintendo consoles and any games to MalLawalTeam@qm.org.qa (email subject: Mal Lawal 4 open call) alongside contact information and background on the object by May 4th 2023.

Source: Qatar News Agency

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Northern Governor receives BMS Chairman

Northern Governor, Ali Abdul Hussain Al Asfoor, received Chairman of Bahrain Medical Society (BMS), Dr. Amer Ibrahim Al-Derazi, and Deputy Chairman Dr. Amel Ali Al-Ghanim.

They discussed ways of boosting cooperation between the Northern Governorate and the society regarding mainly the medical cities programme and unifying efforts for the Northern Governorate to be approved as a healthy governorate, in connection with the indices of happiness and life expectancy among citizens.

Source: Bahrain News Agency

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Lavrov says Russia won’t keep quiet if West tries to ruin its dialogue with allies

Moscow will not keep its attitude to the West’s attempts to undermine its relations with its allies a secret, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Tuesday.

“If we are really talking about equal, mutually beneficial, transparent cooperation based on international law, no one should have any worries,” he told a news conference after talks with his visiting Kazakh counterpart, Murat Nurtleu.

“If instead of cooperating on the principles I have just mentioned, Western countries try to indulge in threats, blackmail, seeking to compel our allies to undermine relations with Russia to the detriment of their own national interests, naturally, we will not conceal our attitude to such attempts. And our Kazakh friends, other partners within the CSTO (Collective Security Treaty Organization – TASS), the EAEU (Eurasian Economic Union – TASS), and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization understand perfectly well what I am talking about,” he said when asked about Moscow’s attitude toward cooperation between its Eurasian partners and the West.

According to the Russian minister, Moscow wants all the Eurasian multilateral structures and countries to be part of the broader integration process mentioned in Russia’s new foreign policy concept.

“At least, the door should be open to all such organizations and all such countries. The process is underway. As for the Eurasian Economic Union, it has already established ties with the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). Such ties exist between the SCO and the CIS, between the SCO and ASEAN. So, such a network of cross contacts and ties is already being formed and I am convinced that these processes will help transform these contacts into practical, material benefits for all participants in these processes,” Lavrov stressed.

Source: Syrian Arab News Agency