Saudi Arabia forms new apparatus of state security

Updated 21 July 2017
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Saudi Arabia forms new apparatus of state security

JEDDAH: King Salman on Thursday decreed the consolidation of the counterterrorism and domestic intelligence services under a new body named the Presidency of State Security.
The new state security agency will be headed by intelligence chief Abdul Aziz bin Mohammed Al-Howairini, who will hold the rank of a minister.
In a series of royal decrees, King Salman also appointed Abdullah bin Abdulkarim bin Abdul Aziz Al-Essa as assistant to the head of the Presidency of State Security, with the rank of minister.
The new body will be concerned with all matters related to state security, and will be overseen by the king.
The General Directorate of Investigation, the Special Security Forces, the Special Emergency Forces, General Security Aviation Command, the General Directorate of Technical Affairs, the National Information Center and all matters related to combatting terrorism and financial investigations will be separated from the Interior Ministry and placed under the new Presidency of State Security.
It is well-known that the Interior Ministry did a remarkable job since its inception until the early 1990s with regard to police, traffic, Passport Department and other services that concern citizens and residents.
However, after the rise of the terror threat, the Interior Ministry concentrated much of its efforts on fighting this scourge.
This led to the addition of a large number of responsibilities, which affected the ministry’s other services such as police, traffic and the Passport Department.
The Presidency of State Security will enable the Interior Ministry to provide the best services to citizens and residents in all sectors. The new presidency will be able to focus on the fight against terrorism on the security and intelligence levels, as well as monitor its financing.
Everything related to the Security Affairs Agency and other functions related to the ministry — including tasks involving civil and military employees, budgets, documents and information — will also be added to the Presidency of State Security.
Experts believe the creation of the Presidency of State Security will rationalize state expenditure, increase revenues, achieve economic growth and competitiveness, and increase exports to reduce reliance on imports.
All sectors, bodies and departments of the Interior Ministry and the Presidency of State Security are mandated to cooperate with each other to ensure necessary support, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported. All decrees are to be implemented from the start of the next fiscal year.

Other appointments
Also appointed on Thursday were Mohammed bin Abdullah bin Ibrahim Al-Kuwaiz as chairman of the Capital Market Authority with the rank of minister; Bader bin Mohammed bin Abdul Aziz bin Asaker as director of the crown prince’s Special Office with the rank of minister; and Sulaiman bin Naif bin Atallah Al-Kathiri as head of special affairs of the crown prince.
Among other appointments, Lt. Gen. Suhail bin Saqr Al-Mutairi was promoted to the rank of general and appointed head of the Royal Guard, in place of Gen. Hamad bin Mohammed Al-Ohaili.
Lt. Gen. Khaled bin Garrar Al-Harbi was appointed commander of the Special Emergency Forces and promoted to the rank of general.
Maj. Gen. Mufleh bin Sulayem Al-Otaibi, commander of the Special Security Forces, was promoted to lieutenant general.


Developing cities to serve Hajj and Umrah on agenda of Makkah Cultural Forum

The forum will be held under the slogan of “How to be Role Model” and implemented with the cooperation of 100 governmental and private entities. (SPA)
Updated 19 September 2018
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Developing cities to serve Hajj and Umrah on agenda of Makkah Cultural Forum

  • Prince Khaled encouraged youth in universities, schools and officials in the government and civil sectors to participate in serving pilgrims
  • Prince Khaled underlined the need for focusing research, studies and workshops on ways of developing this service

JEDDAH: “How to develop our cities to serve Hajj and Umrah” will be the theme of the third edition of the Makkah Cultural Forum.

The forum will be held under the slogan of “How to be Role Model” and implemented with the cooperation of 100 governmental and private entities, Prince Khaled Al-Faisal,  governor of the Makkah region, said on Wednesday.

Prince Khaled has adopted the Makkah Cultural Excellence Award for the current year’s theme, stressing the importance of improving services to pilgrims and developing the cities of Makkah, Jeddah and Taif, as well as the rest of the provinces, to present a civilized and smart Islamic image of the Kingdom.

He encouraged youth in universities, schools and officials in the government and civil sectors to participate in serving pilgrims. 

He underlined the need for focusing research, studies and workshops on ways of developing this service. 

“We must strive to introduce ourselves to the world in a modern and civilized way, especially since God has bestowed upon us the honor of serving pilgrims,” he said.

The Makkah Cultural Forum, launched by the governor of the Makkah region two years ago, succeeded in unifying the cultural and humanitarian works of the government and private sectors in the region around a single vision and a positive concept. The forum’s aim was to build humanity in the Makkah region.

It also followed a strategy that prioritizes the importance of building strong Saudi citizens who are able to improve their homeland and the civilization of their country.

What distinguishes the Makkah Cultural Forum is its adoption of an annual theme from which events, activities and programs draw their spirit and identity.