Saudi Arabia launches new banknotes

The front and back sides of the new SR500 banknotes and the front side of the new coins released on Tuesday by the Saudi Arabia Monetary Authority (SAMA) are shown in this combination of still images taken from a video posted on YouTube by Kashif Nadeem.
Updated 14 December 2016
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Saudi Arabia launches new banknotes

RIYADH: New Saudi banknotes and coins to commemorate the era of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman were officially launched here Tuesday night.
Livestreaming of the launch of the new currency by the Riyadh-based Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA) marked the formal release of the sixth issue of Saudi legal tenders.
The new banknotes are identical in size to the old notes, so they will still work accurately with existing money sticks in the Saudi banks and financial institutions, as well as in ATMs.
However, they incorporate security print features that are less prone to forgery.
The sixth issue of banknotes and coins has been released under the motto: “Confidence and security.”
Ahmed Ziauddin, a senior executive of Bank Al-Jazirah, said: “The vibrant colors and improved quality will result in better and more accurate handling and less soiling on the new banknotes.” 


First group of Sundanese pilgrims arrive in Jeddah

Updated 18 July 2019
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First group of Sundanese pilgrims arrive in Jeddah

  • Jeddah Islamic Port will receive pilgrims until Aug. 6 and more than 266 personnel will be involved in overseeing this year’s Hajj season
  • The president of the Saudi Ports Authority (MAWANI) and other dock officials greeted 1,633 pilgrims as they disembarked at Jeddah Islamic Port following their voyage from Sawakin, Sudan

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia has welcomed the first group of Sudanese Hajj pilgrims to arrive in the Kingdom by sea.
The president of the Saudi Ports Authority (MAWANI), Saad bin Abdul Aziz Al-Khalb, and other dock officials greeted 1,633 pilgrims as they disembarked at Jeddah Islamic Port following their voyage from Sawakin in Sudan.
Al-Khalb said the operational plan prepared for this year’s Hajj aimed to receive 22,000 pilgrims through Jeddah Islamic Port, a 37 percent increase on 2018. He added that 22 trips using four ferries were planned, representing a 29 percent rise in the number of sea journeys on the previous year.
The authority, in cooperation with different government sectors and agencies, aims to ensure Hajj pilgrims’ comfort during their stay in the Kingdom.
Jeddah Islamic Port will receive pilgrims until Aug. 6 and more than 266 personnel will be involved in overseeing this year’s Hajj season. These workers will include maritime pilots, ship captains, technical and operational supervisors, security teams, staff responsible for operations at the station, and technical affairs managers.