Saudi Arabia announces national plan to stimulate urban policies by 2025 News

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia plans to stimulate urban policies to ensure coordinated services for residents by 2025 as part of its efforts to boost quality of life, says top minister.  Speaking during the opening remarks of the first Global Smart City Forum held in Riyadh, the Kingdom’s Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs and Housing Majid … Read more

White House downplays Biden, national security aide’s blunt comments on Israel News

Ukraine needs more troops to fight Russia. Hardened professionals from Colombia are helping KYIV, Ukraine: Melodic Colombian Spanish fills a hospital treating soldiers wounded fighting Russian forces in eastern Ukraine.Ukraine’s ranks are depleted by two years of war. As it battles the Russian war machine, Ukraine is welcoming hardened fighters from one of the world’s … Read more

Saudi ministry and UK National Archives team up to document Kingdom’s cultural heritage News

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Cabinet on Tuesday approved the Kingdom joining the agreement on the privileges and immunities of the International Atomic Energy Agency, the Saudi Press Agency reported.  Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan was advised to complete the necessary legal procedures to join the agreement. The Cabinet also approved a memorandum of understanding between … Read more

Saudi Arabia launches National Academy of Vehicles and Cars News

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia led the Middle East and North Africa initial public offerings, with 14 out of 19 listings occurring in the fourth quarter of 2023.   The MENA region witnessed a total of 48 IPOs during 2023, amassing $10.7 billion in proceeds, as detailed in the EY MENA IPO Eye Q4 2023 report.   Notably, five … Read more

National Pavilion UAE reveals Venice Biennale exhibition artist and title News

DUBAI: Music’s brightest stars on Sunday rocked up to the Grammys in revealing metallic gowns, Barbiecore pink and stark, classic white — and Arab creations also made an appearance on the red carpet.   Colombian singer and songwriter Karol G made Grammy history by becoming the first female performer to win best música urbana album … Read more

Republican National Committee pulls resolution declaring Trump as the ‘presumptive 2024 nominee’ News

KYIV: Questions remained Thursday over the military plane crash that Russia said had killed dozens of captured Ukrainian soldiers ahead of a planned prisoner exchange, with Moscow and Kyiv trading accusations at the UN Security Council. Russia has blamed Ukrainian forces for downing the IL-76 transport plane over the southern Belgorod region on Wednesday.It said … Read more

National Pavilion of Saudi Arabia announces Biennale Arte 2024 curators News

DUBAI: The National Pavilion of Saudi Arabia on Tuesday announced the curators for the 60th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, commissioned by the Visual Arts Commission, one of the Ministry of Culture’s 11 sector-specific commissions. Co-curators Jessica Cerasi, Maya El Khalil and assistant curator Shadin Al-Bulaihed will work with artist Manal Al-Dowayan … Read more

National Water Co. plants 1m trees in Madinah region News

RIYADH: The Kingdom’s National Water Co. has planted more than 1 million trees across various areas of the Madinah region, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Monday. It is part of the Saudi Green Initiative that aims to plant 10 billion trees, combat desertification, increase vegetation cover, raise environmental awareness, and optimize the utilization of water … Read more

AlUla comes to life with the sound of the Paris National Opera for launch of Villa Hegra News

RIYADH: Officials in Saudi Arabia have issued new guidelines on the safe use of generative artificial intelligence tools.The move by the Saudi Data and AI Authority is aimed at helping government agencies — and consequently companies and individuals — to keep up to date with the rapid developments taking place in digital technology.Generative AI can … Read more