Pak submarine joins naval drills in Jubail

Updated 13 May 2014
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Pak submarine joins naval drills in Jubail

The Pakistani Navy submarine Hamza docked at the Royal Saudi Naval Forces Base in Jubail where both navies conducted joint exercises on May 6 and May 11. Following its arrival, several meetings were held on a number of professional matters including the combat capabilities of the two navies.
Commander of the Eastern Fleet of the Saudi Royal Navy Rear Admiral Ibrahim Maghloos also visited submarine Hamza in Jubail.
Commander Syed Sajjad Hussain and other Pakistani naval officers including the Saudi navies welcomed the Commander of the Saudi Eastern Fleet. The Pak Navy submarine Hamza is the first indigenously constructed submarine of the Pakistan Navy equipped with the MESMA AIP system. The submarine was constructed by PN Dockyard in collaboration with DCNS of France. Hamza was successfully launched on Aug. 10, 2006 by the president of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and commissioned on Sept. 26, 2008 by the prime minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.
The induction of Hamza in the PNS submarine Force has added a new dimension to conventional submarines operations. Hamza has safely and smoothly conducted maximum endurance operations of MESMA at sea. The PN Submarine Force with this state-of-the-art platform has gained a unique capability of enhanced submerged endurance as compared to the navies of the region. The submarine by virtue of its propulsion system, weapons and sensor outfit, equipment efficiency, stealth and well-knitted crew is a platform to reckon with and is fully capable of undertaking a variety of missions.


Saudi Arabia to become ‘a tourism magnet’

Saudi Arabia has been praised for projects to enhance tourism in the country. (Supplied)
Updated 54 min 49 sec ago
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Saudi Arabia to become ‘a tourism magnet’

  • International tourism projects in line with Vision 2030 include the Al-Qadiya development to build the largest recreational city in Saudi Arabia

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia has won praise for a series of Vision 2030 megaprojects that “will put the Kingdom on the world tourism map.”
Zurab Pololikashvili, secretary-general of the UN World Tourism Organization, highlighted the Kingdom’s efforts to develop its tourism sector during talks with Ahmad Al-Khatib, chairman of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH).
Both sides discussed extending the partnership between the UN organization and Saudi Arabia to further strengthen tourism initiatives in the Kingdom.
International tourism projects in line with Vision 2030 include the Al-Qadiya development to build the largest recreational city in Saudi Arabia, and megaprojects such as Al-Ula and Al-Diriyah Gate to restore a UNESCO site.
The projects “will put the Kingdom on the world tourism map and help it realize its vision of becoming a major global tourist destination,” Pololikashvili said. 
He congratulated Al-Khatib on his appointment as SCTH chairman, and accepted an invitation to view the Kingdom’s latest projects and tourism events.