51st Saudi Relief Plane with Aid for Palestinians in Gaza Arrives in Egypt

El-Arish, The 51st Saudi relief plane, operated by the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) in coordination with the Ministry of Defense, arrived today in Egypt carrying medical and shelter supplies to be transported to the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip. The assistance is in keeping with Saudi Arabia's historic role in supporting the brotherly Palestinian people in times of crisis. Source: Saudi Press Agency

Mayor of Riyadh Region Attends Italian Embassy Reception Party to Celebrate its Country’s Republic Day

Riyadh: On behalf of the Governor of the Riyadh Region, Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz, the Mayor of the region, Prince Dr. Faisal bin Abdulaziz bin Ayyaf, attended a ceremony held by the Italian Embassy in the Kingdom to celebrate Italy's Republic Day. Upon arrival at the venue, bin Ayyaf was received by the Italian Ambassador to the Kingdom, Roberto Cantone, and several senior embassy staff. The ceremony, held at the ambassador's residence in the Diplomatic Quarter, was attended by the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for Protocol Affairs, Abdul Majeed Al-Summari, and numerous members of the diplomatic corps accredited to the Kingdom. Source: Saudi Press Agency

Superb Services Provided for Hajj Pilgrims Leaving Madinah for Makkah

Madinah: Hajj pilgrims have continued to depart from Madinah towards Makkah, supported by exceptional services that aim to facilitate their journey. After spending several days in Madinah for prayers at the Prophet's Mosque and visiting historical sites connected to the life of the Prophet, pilgrims bid farewell as they embark on their onward journey. The Saudi Press Agency (SPA) has captured glimpses of the outstanding services and tremendous efforts accompanying the pilgrims' departure. The images showcase the farewell moments, highlighting the magnificent works and dedicated efforts made to ensure a smooth and comfortable journey for the pilgrims. Source: Saudi Press Agency

Conclusion of 12th Session of Islamic Conference of Tourism Ministers in Uzbekistan

Khiva, The 12th Session of the Islamic Conference of Tourism Ministers (12th ICTM), held in Khiva, the Republic of Uzbekistan, concluded its sessions today, announcing that three cities won the Tourism City Award of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). The 12th ICTM approved the selection of Dakar, Republic of Senegal, as the OIC City of Tourism for 2025, Cairo, Arab Republic of Egypt, for 2026, and Lahore, Islamic Republic of Pakistan, for 2027. Furthermore, the conference commended the elaborate plans by the relevant OIC institutions for the commemoration of Khiva as the OIC City of Tourism for 2024 and urged OIC member states to actively participate in the various activities in awardee cities for 2025, 2026, and 2027. The conference endorsed the State of Qatar as the host country for the 13th Session of ICTM in 2026 and urged member states and OIC institutions to actively participate in that session. The 12th ICTM also urged all OIC member states and relevant institutions to implement the Strat egic Roadmap for the Development of Islamic Tourism and to organize annual events on Islamic tourism to promote intra-OIC tourist flows through visa facilitation, investment promotion, branding and standardization, and capacity building. The conference invited the Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO) to work closely with the OIC and relevant international organizations, including but not limited to the UN Tourism, on the revised Strategy for the Development of Sustainable Cultural Tourism in the Islamic World. In addition, the Khiva conference called upon the OIC member states to invest in 'digitalization' for promoting and marketing their respective destinations as well as improving international visitors' experiences in the tourism sector to speed up the recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic and host more international tourists. The participants in the 12th ICTM welcomed and expressed their gratitude to the Republic of Uzbekistan for holding the conference in the historical city of Khiva, under the theme: Development of the Tourism Industry in a Sustainable and Resilient Way. They also congratulated the Republic of Uzbekistan for Samarkand being selected as the Cultural Capital of the Islamic World for 2025. Source: Saudi Press Agency

Saudi Informatics Team Obtains First Silver Medal at APIO 2024

Riyadh: The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, represented by the King Abdulaziz and his Companions Foundation for Giftedness and Creativity "Mawhiba" and the Ministry of Education, achieved a silver medal at the Asia-Pacific Informatics Olympiad 2024 (APIO 2024). The event, organized virtually by the People's Republic of China, saw the participation of 286 students from 36 countries between May 18 and 19. Adeeb Salem Al-Shehri, a Saudi student in the 3rd secondary grade from the Eastern Education Department, earned the silver medal, marking the first such achievement for the Saudi team in this competition. The Saudi Informatics Team had previously secured three bronze medals in prior participations. Al-Shehri received 2,168 hours of training at Mawhiba, conducted by a group of Saudi and foreign experts, prior to his participation in the APIO competition. This was the fourth participation of the Saudi team in the Asia-Pacific Informatics Olympiad, bringing Saudi Arabia's total awards tally to five, following the sil ver medal won in this event. Source: Saudi Press Agency