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Saudi Arabia provides more than 9,000 mobility scooters for elderly in Mecca

Monday, 21 May 2018

The department of mobility services at the general authority for the Grand Mosque and the Prophet's Mosque is providing over 9,000 free mobility scooters for elderly and special needs worshippers. The director of the department of mobility services, Saleh Mohammed Hosawi, said that 168 employees ensure the efficiency and ease of access to the mobility scooters, including supervisors, technicians and administrators. The department has designated 700 mobility scooters on the mezzanine floor, ...

China launches unprecedented moon mission with Saudi technology

Monday, 21 May 2018

China on Monday announced the successful launch of a lunar communications relay satellite designed to support an unprecedented mission to put a lander and rover on the far side of the moon by late 2018. The launch includes an optical camera developed by Saudi Arabia, as part of an agreement between King Abdulaziz City of Science and Technology and the China National Space Administration. The Chang’e-4 mission aims to provide a means of communications for setting down and operating a lunar ...

Egypt preacher apologizes after ‘chicken will increase spirituality’ advert

Sunday, 20 May 2018

The appearance of Egyptian preacher Amr Khaled in an advertisement for a poultry company stirred mockery and anger on social media. Social media users criticized the appearance of the preacher in a chicken advertisement. In the advertisement, he started with the importance of worship during the month of Ramadan and its relationship to healthy eating habits, he then welcomed a woman named Asia Osman and he introduced her as a “developer in healthy eating.” Khaled asked his guest why ...

WATCH: Oil-like substance flows out of a Saudi farmer’s well

Sunday, 20 May 2018

A Saudi farmer was surprised to see dark, oil-like water and a foul odor springing from his farm’s well in the village of Tabah near Salma, east of Hail. A video of his finding has been widely shared on social media, drawing many to question the source of the oil-like substance. The owner of the farm, Hamad Al-Mukhaa, said in a tweet that he had cleaned the well and was surprised that the usually clean water had turned black with a foul smell. He pointed out that Tabah village is located ...

Aramco center launches 34-hour driving program for women

Sunday, 20 May 2018

The Women Driving Center at Aramco launched its 34-hour driving program to offer driving courses for 3,400 candidates a year.The center’s training and development head Nabil al-Dibl said the candidates would undergo 10 hours of theory and 24 hours of practice in a well-designed program.“We have the latest learning technology available to ensure that our candidates get the most out of our program. We not only aim to graduate women who can drive but women who will be an example of an ...

Muslim beaten to death in India for allegedly killing a cow

Sunday, 20 May 2018

A Muslim man accused of killing a cow was beaten to death by a mob in central India, police said Sunday, the latest vigilante murder over the animal considered sacred by Hindus. Siraj Khan, a 45-year-old tailor, was attacked in the Satna district of Madhya Pradesh state early Friday and died at the scene, local police official Arvind Tiwari told AFP. Kahn’s friend Shakeel Maqbool, who was also attacked, was admitted to hospital with critical injuries. As details of the violent assault ...

KSRELIEF distributes Iftar meals to Syrians, Yemenis and Rohingya

Sunday, 20 May 2018

The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRELIEF) is distributing Ramadan Iftar meals to displaced Syrians in the northern countryside of Aleppo, Yemeni people in Taiz, and Rohingya refugees in the Balukhali camp in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar. The distribution in Aleppo covered the areas of Hreitan, Miznaz, Kafr Hamra and Dara Azza. In the Salah Directorate of Taiz in Yemen, 1,500 food baskets were distributed benefiting 9,000 people. The aid falls within the framework of ...

WATCH: Low flying Saudi C-130 plane glides over soldier in Yemen

Sunday, 20 May 2018

A video of a low flying Saudi C-130 plane zipping over a soldier in Yemen in a desert area surfaced on social media on Friday. It was not immediately clear if the maneuver was planned, but the soldier is seen trying to slap the underside of the plane with his hat while those taking the video are heard cheering at the display of airmanship. The C-130 airlifter plane is known for its ability to land and take-off from remote places. Saudi Arabia uses them mainly to deliver personnel and equipment, ...

Melania Trump returns to White House after kidney procedure

Saturday, 19 May 2018

President Donald Trump’s wife, Melania Trump, returned to the White House on Saturday after undergoing a surgical procedure this week to treat a benign kidney condition, her office said. The first lady, 48, had been recovering at Walter Reed medical center since Monday, when she underwent an embolization procedure to treat the kidney condition. Spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said in a statement that Melania Trump returned to the White House on Saturday morning. ...

LISTEN: Arab celebratory sounds heard at Harry, Meghan’s royal wedding

Saturday, 19 May 2018

The long-awaited royal wedding of Prince Harry to Hollywood favorite Meghan Markle took place today at Windsor Castle, London. Markle was glowing as she walked down the aisle wearing a Givenchy gown. While the whole country celebrated the joyful event, Arabs couldn’t help but also express their excitement for the newlyweds in their own fashion. As the new bride and groom walked out of the church, a series of ululations, a high-pitched sound resembling a howl which commemorates happiness ...

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