Saudi Border Guards carry out ‘Grip Exercise’ in line with border security symposium

Border Guards General Director Gen. Awad Al-Balawi
Updated 18 October 2017

Saudi Border Guards carry out ‘Grip Exercise’ in line with border security symposium

JEDDAH: The General Directorate of the Border Guards on Wednesday will carry out the “Grip Exercise” as part of the First International Symposium on Land and Maritime Borders (Challenges and Solutions) on the Red Sea coast of Jeddah.
Present at the exercise will be Gen. Awad Al-Balawi, general director of the Border Guards; Ali Koman, the secretary-general of the Arab Interior Ministers Council; Kiroja Michi Chini, representative of the secretary-general of the International Maritime Organization, as well as experts from Gulf, Arab and other countries.
Al-Balawi said that carrying out these quality drills raises the preparedness of the Border Guards to protect land and maritime facilities, and embodies the size of the support which the General Directorate of the Border Guards receives from the King Salman, Crown Prince Prince Mohammad bin Salman, and Interior Minister Prince Abdul Aziz bin Saud bin Naif.
He stressed that the exercise exemplifies the new maritime operational concept of the Border Guards; strengthens island reconnaissance and clearance operational capacities; identifies ways to address intrusion attempts; performs search and rescue operations; deals with targeting a land crossing border by enemy elements; and deals with terrorist attacks targeting vital maritime facilities on a Saudi island — all in order to secure all land and maritime borders of the Kingdom from any dangers.
Al-Balawi pointed that the drills, which will be executed by 45 officers and 294 soldiers from the special anti-maritime terrorism and land and maritime border protection units of the Border Guards, supported by Saudi Security Aviation, aims to enhance measures against land and maritime terrorism and counter any possible sources of threats, as well as to ensure the preparedness of participating forces.
The drills aim also to train participating commanders on mission planning, using military tactics, and carrying out command and control measures.

Makkah workshop approves 27 initiatives to enhance religious moderation and tolerance

Updated 22 April 2018

Makkah workshop approves 27 initiatives to enhance religious moderation and tolerance

  • Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal receives book on “Following the Steps of the Role Model”
  • Second workshop tackles use of technology in crowd control

JEDDAH: Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal has inaugurated the “mithaq” initiative, the first of its kind to be held at the Holy Mosques, and received the book on “Following the Steps of the Role Model” from the General President of the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques Sheikh Abdulrahman Al-Sudais.

The initiative included three workshops: The first workshop, Creating Initiatives in Moderation and Tolerance, was managed and supervised by the Prince Faisal Center for Moderation. It attracted many scholars and academicians and approved 27 initiatives to enhance moderation and tolerance.

The second workshop was on using technology in crowd control — engineering solutions for better crowd flow and for enhancing security control.

The third workshop was about the media and the global mission of the Holy Mosques. It was attended by many media personalities and university professors, and was characterized by serious discussion before agreement on quality initiatives with tangible results.

During the Makkah cultural days, Prince Khaled inaugurated the pact of the role model, which represents a holistic commitment to quality service from leaders, employees, security personnel and everyone serving at the Holy Mosques. This pact is an interpretation of the directives of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Prince Khaled toured the exhibition and praised the efforts of each department in the service of the pilgrims and visitors of the Holy Mosques.

Al-Sudais held a conference about the impact of the Holy Mosques in enhancing the role model, presided over by Sheikh Saleh Al-Taleb, imam of the Holy Mosque. It was attended by Sheikh Saad Al-Shathri, adviser at the royal court, and Sheikh Hassan bin Abdul Hameed Bukhari.