Irish minister visits Arab News

Updated 20 March 2013
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Irish minister visits Arab News

Jan O’Sullivan, Irish minister for housing and planning, along with Dr. Niall Holohan, Irish Ambassador to Saudi Arabia and Daniel Cunningham, Irish commercial attaché, paid a short visit to Arab News yesterday. Mohammed Fahad Al-Harthi, editor in chief of Arab News and Sayidaty welcomed the delegation.
Al-Harthi and Arab News editors discussed housing, tourism and employment issues in Saudi Arabia and Ireland with the Irish delegation. The meeting was held at the AN Jeddah office.
This is the second visit for O’Sullivan to Saudi Arabia. She was a guest panelist at the Jeddah Economic Forum and spoke about the role of government in delivering on housing needs.
“It was a very interesting forum and I think it was very prestigious, especially when it spoke of domestic issues citing international examples,” she said. “We all have our own experiences and perspective and I was trying to give the Irish side of things because we have a large building space and consequently, have developed ample expertise in this domain. We have also learned to take into consideration the needs of the population before embarking upon building projects which may then go to waste.”
The editor in chief of Arab News asserted that there has been a significant change in the Kingdom in the last few years, as the government has refocused on tourism.
“We were very conservative about tourism and have become aware of the importance of tourism and Islamic tourism to be specific,” he said. “The tourism authority is very active and they are conveying this message to the community and trying to encourage them to explore Saudi Arabia. We shall hopefully see it opens to the public in the near future.”
O’Sullivan said that planning and knowledge of people's preferences as to where to live is the first step to solving the impending global housing crisis.
“There is a special boom in Jeddah and Riyadh where the number of projects has increased in conjunction with the number of people. This has paved the way for living preferences,” she said. “With this in mind, planning will become more systematic and better suited to meet the needs of individuals.”


UAE body lauds Saudi Arabia’s efforts at enhancing security

Updated 17 January 2019
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UAE body lauds Saudi Arabia’s efforts at enhancing security

  • “The Kingdom acts as a safety net for the Arab and Islamic worlds,” says Federal National Council chair

JEDDAH: A prominent member of the UAE Federal National Council (FNC) has praised the Kingdom’s efforts at enhancing security and development.

Amal Al-Qubaisi, FNC chairperson and speaker, met with members of the Saudi Shoura Council during a delegation visit to the UAE headed by Ahmed Al-Ghamdi, deputy chairman of the Saudi-Emirati Parliamentary Friendship Committee.

Al-Qubaisi reiterated that unity on various regional and international issues enhances security and stability.

“The Kingdom acts as a safety net for the Arab and Islamic worlds,” she said during a meeting at the FNC headquarters in Abu Dhabi. “King Salman is a father figure to both the Saudi and Emirati people.”

Al-Qubaisi said Saudi-Emirati strategic relations are reflected in coordination efforts between the Shoura Council and the FNC and commended the work of Shoura Council Chairman Abdullah Al-Asheikh.

Al-Ghamdi said strong fraternal relations between the two countries would strengthen regional unity and counter foreign actors attempting to sow the seeds of discord.

He also reiterated that the two nations share a common history, lineage and culture.

During the meeting, the two sides discussed ways that the council and FNC could enhance parliamentary relations.

The delegation also met with the Gulf Cooperation Council Parliamentary Friendship Group, which was headed by Mohammed Al-Ameri, chairman of the FNC Defense, Interior and Foreign Affairs Committee. FNC Secretary-General Ahmed Al-Dhaheri was also present at the meeting.

Delegation members also partially attended a regular FNC session, in which they got a glimpse into the council’s day-to-day operations.