New Schengen visa center opens

Updated 31 May 2014
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New Schengen visa center opens

The VFS Global Etimad Center (Tasheel Commercial Center) opened a visa center on Tuesday for all the Schengen countries in the Kingdom.
Prince Faisal Abdullah Al-Faisal, president of Al-Etimad Modern Business Solutions Company, attended the inauguration ceremony in the presence of European diplomats, officials and journalists.
Prince Faisal said that the new center is better suited to serve applicants as it is located on 10,000 square meters and is accessible from various highways and has plenty of parking space.
He added that they aim to ensure a culture of high quality services and have established training programs for the center’s staff.
“Our mission is to maintain a high level of services for our customers,” he said, adding, “We have almost 14 countries that offer visa services at the Etimad center, including six Schengen countries: France, Italy, Germany, Sweden, Malta, Switzerland, Spain and Austria. Canada is set to join the visa center soon and New Zealand will join the UK visa center,” he said.
He also said that they invested around SR80 million to provide the best facilities, services and environment for customers.
“We have provided a one-stop center for customers to receive visas for all the Schengen countries in the Kingdom,” he added.


Saudi Arabia’s King Salman will patronize the launch of the Qiddiya Project

Updated 24 April 2018
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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman will patronize the launch of the Qiddiya Project

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman will patronize on Wednesday the launch of the “Qiddiya” Project which is the new entertainment, sports and cultural destination in the Kingdom.
The project will be built in Al-Giddiya area, some 40 km west of the capital, Riyadh.
The foundation stone ceremony of will be attended by a host of local and international officials, as well as a number of decision-makers, major investors and representatives of the regional and international companies, marking the launch of the project’s formal infrastructure. The first phase will be completed by 2022.
In a statement to Saudi Press Agency (SPA), Dr. Fahd bin Abdullah Tounsi, Secretary General of the Foundation Council of the Qiddiya Project of the Public Investment Fund (PIF) said that the inauguration of this vital project is a real translation of the aspirations of the Kingdom’s wise leadership and its relentless efforts to develop mega projects that would contribute effectively to achieve many direct and indirect economic returns, and to advance sustainable development for the benefit of the homeland and the citizen, in accordance with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.
“About two-thirds of the Kingdom’s population is under the age of 35. There is a great need for Qiddiya Project to provide them with entertainment. The project will save about $30 billion, which will be used to develop the domestic economy and create new job opportunities for Saudi youths,” he added.
For his part, Michael Reininger, Chief Executive of Qiddiya, said, “we are delighted to be a key contributor to boost the Kingdom’s economic development and investment, not only for the entertainment industry but also to projects that will develop the capabilities the young Saudi people.”