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Saudi Arabia's foreign minister and Greek counterpart discuss bilateral ties
September 23, 2020

RYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan received a phone call on Tuesday from his Greek counterpart Nikos Dendias.
During the call, the two ministers discussed ways to strengthen bilateral relations and enhance frameworks for coordination on issues of common interest, in addition to reviewing regional and international developments and means of tackling them.
Prince Faisal bin Farhan later on Tuesday met Russia’s Ambassador"...

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Al-Tuwaijri advances to second round of WTO chief selection
September 19, 2020

JEDDAH — Saudi Arabia’s former Minister of Economy and Planning Mohammad Al-Tuwaijri has joined a select group of candidates in the second round of voting for the next World Trade Organization (WTO) chief, according to a statement from the WTO office on Friday.

He is among five candidates that passed the first round of the competition for the job which began in July to find a successor to the current WTO head Roberto Azevedo, who announced"...

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Madinah governor OKs two new categories to annual excellence awards
September 13, 2020

MADINAH: Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman, who is also chairman of the board of trustees of the Madinah Award Foundation, on Monday approved the addition of two new categories for the upcoming edition of the awards this year.

The new categories are Excellence in Managing Business Remotely, and Excellence in Managing Crises and Risks.


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IIT campus likely in Kingdom; ‘Air Bubble Arrangements’ being discussed
September 12, 2020

RIYADH — Indian Ambassador Dr. Ausaf Sayeed, while stressing that the impact of COVID-19 on the global economy has been tremendous, said both the G20 nations — India and Saudi Arabia — have worked toward mitigating the economic fallout while also setting up programs to alleviate the business conditions during the pandemic.

He also emphasized that India and Saudi Arabia have been working, individually and also together, in identifying"...

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The Zayed Sustainability Prizes Announces Postponement of 2021 Awards Ceremony
September 8, 2020

The Zayed Sustainability Prize, the UAE's pioneering global award in sustainability, has announced the postponement of the 2021 Awards Ceremony, which was scheduled to take place in January, as part of the annual Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW). Entities that have submitted their applications this year will be automatically moved to the 2022 cycle.

The decision was made due to"...

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Qassim emir inaugurates projects worth SR218.3mn
August 31, 2020

BURAIDAH — Emir of Qassim Prince Faisal Bin Mishaal at the weekend inaugurated five projects worth SR218.3 million ($58.2 million).

These include the Qassim municipality building project; the bridge project at the intersection of the King Abdullah Road with Omar Bin Abdulaziz road in Buraidah; the King Abdullah Road bridge project near Al-Dahi Road; the sub-district municipality building project in Buraidah; and the King Abdullah Racecourse Road"...

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Saudi Arabia sees 47% rise in marriage contracts, over 4,000 divorces in 1 month
August 27, 2020

RIYADH — There has been an increase of 47 percent in marriage contracts registered during the period from June 22 to July 21 (Dhul Qada) against the same month last year, according to the monthly statistics released by Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Justice. Meanwhile, the number of divorce certificates issued during the month reached 4,079.

The ministry’s statistical report, a copy of which was obtained by Okaz/Saudi Gazette, showed that"...

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King Salman briefs Saudi cabinet on oil-market talks with Nigerian president
August 26, 2020

RIYADH: King Salman briefed the Saudi Cabinet on Tuesday on a recent telephone conversation with Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari, during which the leaders discussed the ongoing efforts to stabilize and restore balance to global oil markets. He also shared the details of a separate conversation with the ruler of Oman, Sultan Haitham bin Tariq.

During the virtual meeting, which"...

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Saudi government agency receives top European award for quality
August 20, 2020

The General Authority of Zakat and Tax (GAZT) has received a top European award for its commitment to the standards of the European Institutional Excellence Model.

The European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) awarded the authority the “Committed to Excellence 2 Star” award.

EFQM is a not-for-profit"...

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State Street appoints CEO and senior officers for new Saudi Arabia office
August 16, 2020

RIYADH — State Street Corporation announced Thursday the opening of its first Saudi Arabia office, State Street Saudi Arabia Financial Solutions Company (State Street Saudi Arabia), located here. The firm’s new office in the Kingdom, providing both institutional services and asset management, will strengthen its current service offering for official institutions and institutional investors in the Middle East.

“Saudi Arabia itself is"...

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