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Spotted: Vladimir Putin Took A Selfie With A Saudi Prince And It’s Been Making Rounds Online

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Russia’s President Vladimir Putin gave a super warm welcome to the Kingdom’s delegation during the 7th St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum. According to Arab News, Saudi Arabia’s team went as one of the main guest countries of the annual event.

Putin took a selfie with Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan too, which has made multiple rounds on various social media platforms since he tweeted about it on Friday.

Prince Badr shared the selfie on his official Twitter account

“We responded to the invitation from our friends in Russia to participate in the St. Petersburg cultural forum, and it was an opportunity to meet with officials to promote cultural cooperation, the tweet said.”

The annual forum is set up to attract ‘culture experts’ from around the world

And this year was no exception to that success wherein guests from more than 100 countries were reported to have attended.

The two-day event hosted several programs of which, all promoted a variety of cultures, such as; circuses, theaters, cinema, literature and even pop culture among others.

Exactly one year ago, the Russian President Putin also took a selfie with the Kingdom’s football star Sami Al-Jaber during a formal event at the Kremlin Palace in Moscow.

He even seemed to have a bit of a smirk in that one.

Let’s not also forget the epic photobombing by player Samuel Etoo!

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30 Mosques Renovated Under Crown Prince’s Plans to ‘Develop Historical Mosques’

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The first phase of the Mohammed bin Salman project for ‘Developing Historical Mosques‘ has been completed with the renovation of 30 mosques across different regions in the Kingdom.

The project had cost so far more than SR50 million ($13 million) and the first phase that covered 10 regions took 423 days, this falls under the crown prince’s plans to renovate 130 historical mosques in the Kingdom.

Renovations are done with the help of specialized companies in heritage buildings to ensure the preservation of the historical landmarks, and the involvement of Saudi engineers as well to ensure the preservation of each mosque’s authentic urban identity and at the same time use new, high-quality materials.

This historical mosques have been closed for over 40 years and the government is working hard toward renovating them and opening them once again to the public.

The renovated mosques will include several facilities such as women’s prayer rooms, services for disabled people, air conditioning, lighting and acoustics.

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Riyadh: Soon to Become the First Digital Capital City in the Arab World

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Riyadh will become the first digital capital city in the entire Arab world, the announcement was made during the 23rd session of the Council of Arab Ministers of Communications and Information Technology.

 

The session was held at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in the Saudi capital. The decision to grant Riyadh this title comes after the city’s significant role in adopting digital technologies, which is used in developing the socio-economic sector, improve education and advance health care, all of which eventually leads to increasing the welfare of the community.

 

The ICT sector in the Kingdom now makes up 4% of the GDP, which eventually lead to the country climbing 16 places in the World Economic Forum’s global competitive index 2019 and gain a top ease-of-doing-business ranking in the World Bank’s 2020 report.

Ever since the launch of the 2030 vision, the Kingdom’s ICT sector is now the largest in the Arab world after it witnessed a remarkable regulatory change.

This is why naming Riyadh the digital capital is considered to be a splendid recognition for the Kingdom’s achievements and success in the ICT sector.

 

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The Kingdom Ranked Among ’10 Global Business Climate Improvers’

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The Kingdom has been ranked among other countries in this year’s top 10 global business climate improvers, according to the World Bank Group’s Doing Business 2020 study

Saudi Arabia has succeeded in landing a spot thanks to the several reforms that have been implemented in eight Doing Business areas, the country has been ranked the 62nd globally with an overall score of 71.6 out of 100, it has successfully climbed 30 places.

“Saudi Arabia’s impressive reforms in doing business this year show its commitment to fulfilling a main pillar of its National Vision 2030: A thriving economy,” said Issam Abousleiman, World Bank regional director of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

“Easing the business climate for local entrepreneurs to thrive as well as foreign investors to work in the Kingdom shows a forward path to creating more jobs for Saudi youth and women, and creating sustainable, inclusive growth.” He added.

Saudi Arabia has indeed thrived this year in the field of starting a business, it now only costs 5.4% of income per capital for an entrepreneur to start their own business, which is lower than the cost in other North African and Middle Eastern countries.

 

 

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