Terror cells busted in Jeddah, Makkah raids

CRACKDOWN ON TERROR: Saudi security forces report success in their operations against terrorists in Makkah and Jeddah.
Updated 06 May 2016
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Terror cells busted in Jeddah, Makkah raids

JEDDAH: In two preemptive raids carried out simultaneously in Makkah and Jeddah on Thursday, the Interior Ministry thwarted the plots of several terrorists planning attacks in the Kingdom.
In the first raid on a rest house in Wadi No’man, east of Makkah, at dawn on Thursday, members of the security forces and the terrorists were involved in a fire fight, resulting in the death of two terrorists, while two others with suicide belts blew themselves up. No one else was injured.
The ministry had received information about the presence of several terrorists a few kilometers from security installations at the holy sites. The area was immediately cordoned off at dawn and surrounded. The men had opened fire at the security forces and thrown grenades.
Makkah governorate announced the success of the security operation on its Twitter account, without releasing further details, saying that the ministry would release information at a later stage.
It is believed that the Makkah cell is linked to Oqab Al-Otaibi, a suspect arrested recently in connection with the Daesh cell that carried out a suicide attack on a mosque used by members the Special Emergency Forces in Asir in August 2015.
At the same time, the authorities carried out another raid in Jeddah where two men were allegedly hiding and planning attacks.
Both were arrested and are under investigation for their links to a terrorist cell.
An Interior Ministry source said that the two successful operations had been carried out based on information gathered from a two-day raid in Bisha that ended on Sunday.
In the operation, two Daesh suspects were killed and a third wounded.


Formula E is another step toward Saudi Vision 2030 — Russian Direct Investment Fund

Updated 15 December 2018
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Formula E is another step toward Saudi Vision 2030 — Russian Direct Investment Fund

JEDDAH: The Formula E Championship race in the ancient cradle of Saudi Arabia, Ad Diriyah, is another unique example of the historic steps the country’s leadership is taking to implement its Vision 2030 and follow a path to moderate Islam, said CEO of Russian Direct Investment Fund.
Speaking on Saturday following the race, Kirill Dmitriev added that “the event not only promotes electric cars and cutting-edge technologies in the country, but also showcases the first ever mass pop music concerts in the Kingdom,” with performers including Enrique Iglesias, The Black Eyed Peas and David Guetta.
Thousands of fans flocked to Riyadh’s historic Ad Diriyah district for Formula E, a motor sports tournament using electric vehicles, and for the concerts, entertainment and cultural activities as well.
Whizzing electric race cars wound through the ruins of Ad Diriyah, a UNESCO world heritage site that is undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation, celebrating a telling of national history.

CEO of Russian Direct Investment Fund, Kirill Dmitriev. (Photo/Supplied)

“Such events will help attract tourists to the previously closed country and are a true celebration for aspiring young Saudis who desire a bright future,” he went on to say.
Dmitriev also said that “the vision of moderate Islam, promoted by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, is important both for the region and the entire world, and its realization needs to be appreciated, respected and supported.”
A first for Saudi Arabia and the region, the event’s magnitude reflects the Kingdom’s goal of hosting major events and promoting them domestically and globally.
It also marks the first event in the Kingdom accessible to international tourists, made possible by a new online e-visa system, Sharek, demonstrating to the world Saudi Arabia’s future vision for tourism, which is expected to be on a much larger scale.