Ministry of Defense Participates in Aerial and Marine Shows on National Day 93

The Ministry of Defense will participate in various activities to mark the Kingdom’s 93rd National Day, including aerial and marine shows in several areas across the kingdom.

Different types of Royal Saudi Air Force planes, including Typhoon, F-15S, Tornado, and F-15C, will perform in 13 cities, including Riyadh, Jeddah, Dhahran, Damman, Al-Jawf, Jubail, Al-Ahsa, Taif, Al-Baha, Tabuk, Abha, Khamis Mushait, and Al-Khobar. The Saudi Falcons Aerobatic Team will also execute formations and aerial shows in the skies of several cities in the Kingdom in celebration of National Day.

The Royal Saudi Navy is also participating in national day events with marches and shows in the East and West Fleets.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

CST Issues Roadmap for Using 5.9 GHz Band for Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) Technology

The Communication, Space and Technology Commission (CST) has issued a roadmap for using the 5.9 GHz Band for Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) technology, which outlines CST's strategic approach in providing the frequency spectrum needed for this technology in the Kingdom.

The aim is to keep pace with the rapid advancements in the field of intelligent transportation systems, and to facilitate the future deployment of autonomous vehicles, thus improving the quality of life in the Kingdom by enhancing road safety and providing drivers with important data needed.

The roadmap includes a comprehensive analysis of V2X applications and types of communication, as well as key developments regarding these applications. It also features a review of regulatory practices in various countries and an analysis of public consultation feedback. CST is keen to enable the latest technologies for these systems, specifically Cellular V2X (C-V2X), for several critical reasons, including the advanced use-cases offered by the technology and its seamless integration in existing 4G and 5G networks, which can be leveraged for these systems.

This roadmap complements the implementation of the Spectrum Outlook for Commercial and Innovative Use for 2021–2023 and aligns with the National Spectrum Strategy 2025. It is part of the CST's endeavor to achieve a prosperous and secure future in collaboration with relevant stakeholders.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

Saudi Literature, Publishing, and Translation Commission Launches Mu’allaqa 45 Competition on Thaqafiya Channel to Celebrate Arabic Poetry

The Literature, Publishing, and Translation Commission unveiled today a television competition for Arabic poetry titled "Mu'allaqa 45" as part of the programs and activities of "The Year of Arabic Poetry 2023" initiative.

This competition will be broadcast on the Saudi Thaqafiya Channel and will showcase a distinguished array of poets from both the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Arab world. This initiative seeks to revive the tradition of poetic "Mu'allaqat" (hanging poems) from the heartland of the Arabian Peninsula. This land nurtured the imaginations of its poets and played a pivotal role in shaping their literary heritage.

The "Mu'allaqa 45" competition is considered the first of its kind, an annual poetry competition that brings together major cultural institutions in the Arab world. The competition will be held annually, aligning with the Islamic calendar years, to commemorate the historical "Mu'allaqat."

A total of 36 participating poets will compete in the competition to create a new timeless poem each year. The winning poems will be displayed prominently across various locations in Riyadh during annual cultural ceremonies that will be documented. The Saudi Thaqafiya Channel, in collaboration with the Literature, Publishing, and Translation Commission, will honour these poems through its programs and events.

The competition is divided into three main categories: metered verse, folk poetry, and free verse. Financial prizes will be awarded to three winners, with the first-place winner receiving SAR1,000,000, and their poems prominently displayed at a distinguished location in Riyadh. The second-place winner will receive SAR500,000, and the third-place winner will receive SAR250,000.

Additionally, every contestant who qualifies to participate in the competition will receive a financial reward of SAR50,000 and a special invitation to attend the annual poets' dinner in honour of Minister of Culture Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan.

Poets interested in participating can submit their works at

Source: Saudi Press Agency

First Saudi Relief Plane Leaves for Libya to Help Flood Victims

In implementation of the directives of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister, the first Saudi relief plane left today from King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, for Benina International Airport, in Benghazi, Libya, carrying 90 tons of food and shelter material to be distributed to those affected by the devastating floods witnessed by Libya.

A Riyadh-based King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) team that manages the distribution of relief aid in coordination with the Libyan Red Crescent is set to supervise the delivery of the items dispatched.

The aid is testimony to the noble humanitarian role played by the Kingdom’s leadership, which always stands by friendly countries in times of crises and hardships.

Source: Saudi Press Agency