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MONDAY 28 MAY 2018,



Aims and aspirations of our ministers

SAUDI ARABIA is vigorously pursuing economic reforms keeping pace with the goals of Vision 2030. Each minister is supervising the

implementation of plans and programs under his ministry. Here is a summary of the wishes, ambitions and aspirations articulated by

most of the ministers on various occasions since January 2017. They spelled out their major plans and priorities, which are going to

implemented by their respective ministries.

• Mortgage financing products with

fixed installments or fixed service fees

in the second half of 2018.

• Endowments contribute to a boost

in the financial sector and are project-

ed to grow to SR500 billion in 2020.

• Liquidity enables the ministry to

extend financial support to property

developers, non-profit organizations

and private investors many times the

current level.

• The Real Estate Authority will suc-

ceed in dealing with its work in the

near future.

• House ownership for all citizens.

• Resolving the funding problem.

• Enhance competition between real

estate developers to ensure the pro-

vision of housing units of the highest

quality at an appropriate cost of be-

tween SR250,000 and SR700,000.

• Achieve sustainability by 2020.

Majed Al-Huqail

Minister of Housing

Ahmed Al-Issa

Minister of Education

• Create qualitative education and

rebuild the Saudi personality.

• Raise the fitness level of school

buildings and rationalize spending.

• Build positive relationships with

various media outlets.

• Make the MOE foremost among the

ministries in achieving the goals of

Vision 2030.

• To draw out an integrated road

map for general education, technical

and vocational education, and higher


• Facilitate classrooms to give

students the opportunity to acquire

real and interactive education

through exploration and research


• Develop educational philosophy,

expand community participation,

improve the educational environment,






• Ensure sustainable national

economic growth.

• Become a global investment force

and make Public Investment Fund the

world’s largest sovereign wealth fund.

• Continuous growth of the non-oil


Mohammed Al-Jadaan

Minister of Finance

Abdullah Al-Sawaha

Minister of

Communications and IT

• Enter the list of top 15 global

models in digital transformation.

• Create a dynamic market that

helps provide the best services at

reasonable prices to customers.

• Transform the Kingdom into a

window for Internet applications in

different sectors.

• Bridge the digital divide between

cities, towns and villages.

• Optical fiber accessibility to 2 million

homes in 2020.

• Support the ministry’s initiatives

that have social and economic impact

locally, regionally and globally by

providing a suitable environment and

essential platforms.

Khalid Al-Falih

Minister of Energy, Industry

and Mineral Resources

• Project Saudi Arabia as a platform

to reach out to other markets.

• Work with leading developers and

their partners to achieve the added

value through implementing the

projects of the National Renewable

Energy Program.

• Create a permanent framework

to bring together energy producers

within and outside OPEC.

• Raise the contribution of minerals

to the GDP to SR280 billion; net

imports of minerals declined by SR38

billion. State revenues from the sector

projected to grow by SR12 billion.

• To make Saudi Arabia the world’s

Kingdom of Energy.

Majid Al-Qasabi

Minister of Commerce

and Investment

• Improve quality and standards of

goods and services.

• Attract qualitative investments to

achieve the goals of Vision 2030.

Abdullatief Al-Asheikh

Minister of Municipal

and Rural Affairs

• Bring down the volume of impacts at

health, social and economic sectors.

• Engage Saudi citizens in the

development process.

• Get entry for three Saudi cities to

the club of world’s top 50 smart


• To gradually make the municipal

sector an organized sector that

monitors performance, quality and


Awwad Al-Awwad

Minister of Culture and


• Promote media and cultural content

to highlight the Kingdom’s stature.

• Consolidate professional values ​by

launching the Ethical Charter for Mass


Tawfiq Al-Rabiah

Minister of Health

• Make the MOH a health-promoting

entity, rather than a service provider.

• Develop and improve the ministry’s


Suleiman Al-Hamdan

Minister of Civil Service

• Automate all procedures in the


• Enable government agencies to play

their role independently.

Adel Al-Jubeir

Minister of Foreign Affairs

• Free the Middle East from weapons

of mass destruction, and ensure no

one gets a nuclear bomb.

Nabil Al-Amoudi

Minister of Transport

• Market the services of Saudi ports


• Bring down number of fatal road

accidents to have safe roads

Muhammad Benten

Minister of Haj and Umrah

• Transition of the Haj and Umrah

service to the hospitality industry.

Mohammed Al-Tuwaijri

Minister of Economy and


• Reduce dependence on expatriate


— Courtesy: Makkah newspaper

‘Khan Al-Khalili’ brings the

spirit of Egypt to Jeddah

By Abdulaziz Hammad

Saudi Gazette


Khan Al-Khalili fes-

tival brought the spirit of Egypt

to the heart of Jeddah. Through

various distinctive entertaining

activities, the festival was open

until Ramadan 11 at the Emaar


Khan Al-Khalili received

its name from the old Egyptian

district in Cairo, which attracts

many tourists. Khan Al-Khalili

district is distinctive because it

features many heartwarming and

traditional shops, restaurants

and cafes. This culture has been

transferred into the luxurious

heart of Jeddah’s Emaar Square.

Emaar Square, one of the

projects of Jeddah Gate, is an

integrated luxurious community

that the Emaar Group is building

at the heart of Jeddah.

The festival proved to be a

distinctive Ramadan gathering,

decorated by traditional Egyptian

lights, and supported by the Gen-

eral Entertainment Authority.

Khan Al-Khalili gave the op-

portunity to many Saudi women,

productive families, food trucks,

owners of small projects and en-

trepreneurs to showcase their

talents and products, such as

“Ozel”, a small project run by a

Saudi mother who works hard to

bring unique and modern women

accessories to the Kingdom.

Traditional Egyptian lights illuminate Khan Al-Khalili festival at Jeddah’s

Emaar Square.

Terror groups

take their battle

to social media

Saudi Gazette report


Terrorist orga-

nizations use social network-

ing sites to spread venomous

messages and mobilize sup-

port. They promote deviated

thoughts and ideas through

Internet websites in order to

mislead common people and

recruit them.

Experts have emphasized

the enormity of the issue and

called for concerted efforts

to counter this social media

campaign by terrorist groups.

They have also called for en-

acting strict rules and regula-

tions to stop this cyber war-

fare making use of modern

information technology.

Malik Al-Dossari, an ex-

pert in cybersecurity and

researcher in information

security, stressed the need

to prevent misuse of cyber

space to spread extrem-

ist views and ideologies by

adopting modern technology

and enlightening the public

on the threat posed by terror-

ist sites.

“We should know that

there is a strong extremist

presence on the social net-

working sites. We should

advise university and school

students to use social net-

working sites carefully and

positively with a patriotic

spirit to counter extremist

views,” he told Al-Madina

Arabic daily.

He called for a strong and

effective strategy to defeat

terrorists and extremists who

use social networking sites as

their new battleground. “We

have to highlight the dam-

ages caused by terrorists and

extremists to the humanity in

general and Muslims in par-

ticular,” he added.

Al-Dossari urged the au-

thorities to follow websites

of extremist groups closely

and block them as quickly as

possible. “We should enlight-

en the public that extremists

make use of social media to

spread their dangerous ideas

and recruit militants,” he


He advised the authori-

ties to create a group of social

media experts to counter ex-

tremist websites in a profes-

sional manner. “We should

also set out a comprehensive

strategy to combat extrem-

ism through social media,” he


Dr. Musaed Al-Jubairy, a

legal consultant, highlighted

the threat posed by extremist

ideologies that set the stage

for terrorism. “Saudi Arabia

has enacted laws to prevent

cybercrimes but they do not

incriminate promotion of ex-

tremism, hatred and racism

through social media,” he ex-


He stressed the need

to make changes in the law

to prevent extremists from

spreading their venomous

ideas. “We should impose

strict punishment on such


Nasser Al-Dubyani, a psy-

chologist, said extremist and

terrorist groups exploit pov-

erty, free time and ignorance

to recruit militants. “People

who do not have sound think-

ing, adamant in their views

and have no control over

themselves are more vulner-

able,” he said.

He also pointed that in-

dividuals who do not follow

rules and regulations and

social norms, give greater

importance to self-esteem,

possess superficial views and

thoughts and show enmity to-

ward others without any rea-

son are likely to fall victim of

extremist groups.

Dr. Abdullah Al-Maimou-

ni, a lecturer at Taibah Uni-

versity and imam and kha-

teeb of Khandaq Mosque,

said extremists could be

found in all communities and

among followers of different

religious faiths. “Islam asks

its followers to shun all kinds

of extremism,” he added.

“The Prophet Muham-

mad, peace be upon him, has

banned extremism even in

worship as well as in faith.

There is a special chapter in

the Hadith book of Bukhari

enlisting the sayings of the

Prophet that oppose religious

extremism,” he pointed out.

Per capita

water use

drops for first

time in 5 years

Saudi Gazette report


Saudi Arabia con-

sumed around 3,150 million cu-

bic meters of water last year,

compared with 3,129 million cu-

bic meters in 2016, registering

a slight growth of 0.7 percent,

which is the lowest growth rate

in five years.

According to an analysis

published in the Al-Eqtisadiah

newspaper based on data from

the Ministry of Environment,

Water and Agriculture and the

General Authority for Statistics,

the average per capita water con-

sumption declined by 1.7 percent

despite a slight increase in total


The average per capita wa-

ter use in the Kingdom was 266

liters per day (96.8 cubic meters

per year) in 2017 compared to 270

liters per day (98.4 cubic meters

per year) in 2016, recording a de-

cline of 1.7 percent for the first

time since 2013.

About 49 percent of the wa-

ter consumed domestically came

from desalinated water.

Workshops call for more women

participation in tourism sector

Speakers shed

light on work

environment issues


Women have an in-

tegral role in building the tourism

sector in Makkah as current de-

velopmental activity has opened

up plenty of opportunities to en-

hance the rich tourism experience

in the province, stated industry

experts at a workshop organized

by the Makkah Economic Forum

in Jeddah.

The discussions at the work-

shop have much relevance in view

of the significance of tourism in

realizing the Saudi Vision 2030

and driving economic growth in

the Kingdom. It is expected that

the tourism sector will create 1.2

million jobs in the country by


Maryam Al-Harbi, a female

tourist guide, said, “The position

of tourist guide was one of the

professions prohibited for women

before the launch of Vision 2030.

But now in the changed situation,

an increasing number of women

are coming forward to join the

sector and apply for a tourist

guide license.”

Calling upon Saudi women

to contribute to the efforts to re-

vive the tourism sector, Al-Harbi

pointed out that currently the

ratio of women investors in the

sector is still a modest 15 percent.

Expressing optimism that this fig-

ure will improve, she said women

need to be entrusted with senior

roles to enhance their contribu-

tion to the sector.

Al-Harbi called for more

women participation considering

the massive shortage of human

resources in the sector. She urged

universities to set up tourism

schools to fill the gap of profes-

sional expertise, and commended

Princess Noura Bint Abdulrahman

University for announcing plans to

open a tourist guide school.

Maria Mahdaly, co-founder of

Rumman Company, stressed the

importance of increasing pub-

lic awareness on domestic tour-

ism and the opportunities the

sector provides for women. She

called for women empowerment

through tourism institutes, and

urged women to tap into the op-

portunities available in the sector.

The second workshop high-

lighted the importance of setting

boundaries in interaction with

others in work environment.

Dr. Majed Ashy, a psychology

consultant, described the com-

mon traits of personal boundar-

ies, listing them in three catego-

ries: Rigid, Porous and Healthy.

Studies show that people with

rigid boundaries have negative

impact on themselves because

they build boundaries between

themselves and others, creat-

ing isolation. Describing porous

boundaries as a combination of

rigid and healthy, Dr. Ashy said it

is advisable to maintain healthy

boundaries because it contributes

to building healthy relationships.

Dr. Salma Al-Mofti, psychol-

ogy consultant, drew attention to

the rampant issue of workplace

bullying, and explained that it can

take place in emotional form as

well. She also spoke about bully-

ing in schools and its long-term

negative impact on children. The

best treatment in instances of bul-

lying is for the victim to muster up

strength, find his or her weakness-

es and then face the bully, she said.

Dr. Rola Ashour, psychothera-

pist and founder of Act Center

for Psychology Consultation, ex-

plained that some people harass

others by sending explicit content

online or using expressions with

improper intentions.

Citing global statistics, she

said France has the lowest num-

ber of such cases while the US has

the highest.

She said the best way to con-

tain harassment at the workplace

is by changing the work environ-

ment and enforcing strict rules

and penalties on violators.

The workshops were held as

part of a series of activities lined

up by the Makkah Economic Fo-

rum across the entire year to

involve the private sector as an

active partner in the region’s de-

velopment programs and help

realize the objectives of Saudi Vi-

sion 2030.

— SG

Workplace harassment was among several issues highlighted at a

workshop organized by the Makkah Economic Forum in Jeddah recently.

Islam asks its

followers to shun all

kinds of extremism.

The Prophet

Muhammad, peace be

upon him, has banned

extremism even in

worship as well as in


Dr. Abdullah


Lecturer, Taibah University

Khan Al-Khalili displayed

many games and entertainment

facilities that suited the whole

family. Also, the visitors had the

opportunity to talk face to face

to many Egyptian actors such

as Ashraf Abdulbagi, Majed Al-

Masri and other comedians and


The festival was conducted

by E-Plus Events, a company un-

der the umbrella of Okaz Organi-

zation for Press and Publications.

A Saudi entertainment company

that specializes in creating new

events, and concepts, E-Plus

Events also organizes interna-

tional shows and events.

Recently they conducted

an event called Merastak and a

concert by the famous Lebanese

composer Michel Fadel. The

company aims to put the King-

dom of Saudi Arabia on the fore-

front of the international enter-

tainment map.