1999 News Story

Crown Prince Abdullah in Dhahran and Bahrain

Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz, Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard, continued his tour of the Eastern Province by visiting yesterday evening the King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) in Dhahran, where he inaugurated the exhibition on 'One Hundred Years of Building and Progress', held as part of KFUPM's centennial celebrations. Speaking on the occasion, Minister of Higher Education Dr. Khalid Al-Angary praised the government's support of education, noting that the Kingdom now has eight universities incorporating 70 colleges, plus 69 colleges for women and 17 for teacher training, in addition to other specialized higher institutes.

Earlier, Crown Prince Abdullah had visited the King Abdul Aziz Air Base in Dhahran, where he was entertained by an air show featuring F-15, Tornado, and Hawk aircraft. Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz, Second Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector-General, joined him for this event.

Today, Crown Prince Abdullah traveled across the King Fahd Causeway into Bahrain on a brief visit during which he held talks with Emir of Bahrain Sheikh Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa and Bahraini Prime Minister Sheikh Khalifa bin Salman Al-Khalifa, and attended a luncheon reception in his honor. At a press conference at the end of the visit, Sheikh Hamad stressed the depth and the strength of Saudi-Bahraini relations.