UAE, South Korean President Discuss Bilateral Ties, Cooperation

United Arab Emirates President Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and his South Korean counterpart, Yoon Suk Yeol, in Seoul on Wednesday (WAM)
United Arab Emirates President Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and his South Korean counterpart, Yoon Suk Yeol, in Seoul on Wednesday (WAM)
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UAE, South Korean President Discuss Bilateral Ties, Cooperation

United Arab Emirates President Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and his South Korean counterpart, Yoon Suk Yeol, in Seoul on Wednesday (WAM)
United Arab Emirates President Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and his South Korean counterpart, Yoon Suk Yeol, in Seoul on Wednesday (WAM)

United Arab Emirates President Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and his South Korean counterpart, Yoon Suk Yeol, discussed in Seoul on Wednesday the means to explore opportunities to build upon the Special Strategic Partnership between the two countries and expand bilateral cooperation across various fields.
The discussions also highlighted the latest regional and international developments of interest for both.
The Emirati President is on a two-day official state visit to South Korea as part of an Asian tour that also includes China.
The Korean President stressed that the visit of his Emirati counterpart will contribute to strengthening the UAE-Korean relations in all aspects, serving the vision of the two countries and their direction towards achieving sustainable prosperity for their peoples.
The leaders reviewed existing and potential cooperation in economy, investment, conventional and clean energy, peaceful nuclear energy, and defense technology. They also explored opportunities in science, technology, sustainability, and culture.
Both sides then exchanged views on regional and international issues, emphasizing the importance of supporting efforts to promote peace, stability, and development in the Middle East.
They stressed the need for global cooperation to build bridges of communication and collaboration for inclusive development.
Sheikh Mohammed stated that the UAE and South Korea enjoy deep strategic relations based on common interests, mutual respect, and a shared commitment to global peace and prosperity, according to the Emirati news agency, WAM.
He also noted that since 2009, the two countries have successfully partnered on one of the UAE’s most significant strategic development projects, the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant.
The Republic of Korea is also one of the UAE’s most significant trading partners both regionally and globally, the Emirati President said.
The leaders then witnessed the signing of a landmark Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement between the UAE and South Korea, paving the way for a new chapter of economic cooperation and mutual growth.
The two sides also signed a framework agreement on climate change cooperation between their governments.



Pilgrims Observe Tarwiyah in Mina as Mount Arafat Prepares to Receive Them

Hajj pilgrims from far and wide spent the Day of Tarwiyah in Mina, Saudi Arabia (SPA)
Hajj pilgrims from far and wide spent the Day of Tarwiyah in Mina, Saudi Arabia (SPA)
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Pilgrims Observe Tarwiyah in Mina as Mount Arafat Prepares to Receive Them

Hajj pilgrims from far and wide spent the Day of Tarwiyah in Mina, Saudi Arabia (SPA)
Hajj pilgrims from far and wide spent the Day of Tarwiyah in Mina, Saudi Arabia (SPA)

On Friday, Hajj pilgrims observed the Day of Tarwiyah in Mina, following the prophetic tradition.
They enjoyed a peaceful and secure environment as they prepared for their journey to Arafat at dawn on Saturday, the 9th of Dhu al-Hijjah, to perform the crucial ‘standing at Arafat’ ritual.
The movement of pilgrims to Mina was smooth, monitored by thousands of security personnel.
The Saudi government provided comprehensive care, mobilizing all resources to offer top-tier services, ensuring the pilgrims could perform their rituals with ease and comfort.
Thousands Gather at Al-Khaif Mosque in Mina
Al-Khaif Mosque in Mina was filled with several thousands of worshippers in a spiritual and secure atmosphere.
Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Islamic Affairs launched a major upgrade to the mosque’s air conditioning, adding over 780 new units and 73 air purification systems.
These improvements ensure a constant flow of fresh air and keep the temperature inside at a comfortable 20 degrees Celsius.
Al-Khaif Mosque in Mina has long been a focus for Muslim leaders. Expanded in 1987, it now features four minarets, advanced lighting, air conditioning, and carpeting. It also includes a restroom complex with over a thousand facilities.
Pilgrims traveling to Mount Arafat benefit from extensive services provided by various government sectors to ensure their comfort and ease during their spiritual journey.
At Namirah Mosque in Arafat, pilgrims will perform combined and shortened Dhuhr and Asr prayers after listening to the Arafat sermon by Sheikh Maher Al-Muaiqly, Imam of the Grand Mosque.
The sermon will be translated into 20 languages, showcasing Saudi Arabia’s commitment to leadership, tolerance, moderation, and global peace.
At sunset, pilgrims travel to Muzdalifah, where they perform Maghrib and Isha prayers.
They spend the night there until dawn on Sunday, the 10th of Dhu al-Hijjah.
On Eid al-Adha, they will throw stones at the largest Jamarat pillar, perform the sacrificial slaughter, shave their heads, and then go to the Grand Mosque for Tawaf al-Ifadah and Sa’i between Safa and Marwah.
New Flexible Flooring Enhances Pilgrim Comfort
The Royal Commission for Makkah has installed flexible flooring at the holy sites using the latest technology. This project aims to make the pilgrimage more comfortable and safe by reducing the effort needed for walking and minimizing heat stress.
The flooring, made from recycled rubber, increases comfort, reduces injuries, improves the area's appearance, and lowers heat emissions.
Moreover, Makkah experienced a surge in electricity demand on Thursday, the eve of Tarwiyah, reaching 5,361 megawatts—a 20% rise from the previous year’s 4,451 megawatts.
The Saudi Electricity Company is actively managing power services across Makkah, Mina, Arafat, and Muzdalifah during Hajj.
Highly skilled teams ensure reliability, readiness for emergencies, and swift response to maintenance and reports via the unified security operations center and social media.