New outsourcing contract for Indian consular services

Updated 07 August 2012
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New outsourcing contract for Indian consular services

The Consulate General of India in a notification informs all prospective visa/passport applicants that it is entering into a new passport/visa/consular services outsourcing contract with BLS International in partnership with Al Fifa for General Services from Aug. 15. Consequently, its existing partners, namely, Al Tayyar Group and VFS Global will stop entertaining service applications from Aug. 11 for Jeddah office and with immediate effect for outstation offices. It therefore advises that all prospective applicants may apply for passport/visa services with Al Tayyar Group and VFS Global well ahead of time in order to avoid any inconvenience.

They may, however, continue to apply for passport/visa services with Al-Fifa for General Services. In case of any difficulty, the consulate in Jeddah may be contacted.

Applicants are also asked to acquaint themselves with the changes by going through the relevant sections of the consulate's website.


FaceOf: Ahmad Al-Khatib, chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Arabian Military Industries

Ahmad Al-Khatib
Updated 27 May 2018
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FaceOf: Ahmad Al-Khatib, chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Arabian Military Industries

  • Saudi Arabian Military Industries aims to aims to reduce the country’s reliance on foreign purchases of military products

JEDDAH: Ahmad Al-Khatib was appointed the chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) in October 2017. 

He also holds the posts of chairman of the board of directors of the General Entertainment Authority (GEA) since 2016; chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Fund for Development; adviser to the general secretariat of the Cabinet; adviser to the minister of defense; and adviser to the court of the crown prince.

Al-Khatib inaugurated on Friday the new facilities of the Aircraft Accessories and Components Company (AACC) at its new headquarters at King Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah during a ceremony under the patronage of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

SAMI aims to reduce the country’s reliance on foreign purchases of military products and become one of the top 25 global companies in the field of military industries.

“Our goal is to localize more than 50 percent of the Kingdom’s military spending by 2030,” said the crown prince in his earlier statement.

Al-Khatib is a former adviser to the royal court, was the minister of health between 2014 and 2016, and served as the chairman for the Saudi stock company established in 2006, Jadwa Investment.

Al-Khatib has 23 years of experience in banking. In 1992 he joined the Bank of Riyad, working in various departments for 11 years and helping to establish the customer investment department. 

In 2003, Al-Khatib joined SABB Bank and participated in the establishment of Islamic Banking (Amanah). He then became the bank’s general manager.