29 countries participate in Saudi Agriculture 2017 in Riyadh

The 36th edition of the Saudi Agriculture exhibition was held at the Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Center from Oct. 8-11.
Updated 21 October 2017

29 countries participate in Saudi Agriculture 2017 in Riyadh

Deputy Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture, Mansour bin Hilal Al-Mushaiti, recently inaugurated the 36th edition of the Saudi Agriculture exhibition. Organized by Riyadh Exhibitions Company Ltd., the exhibition kicked off on Oct. 8 and concluded on Oct. 11. The event coincided with the Saudi AgroFood and Saudi Food Pack Exhibitions, all at the Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Center.
Al-Mushaiti said the exhibition offers “the perfect opportunity to reinforce communication between government agencies and entities operating in the agricultural and food sector.”
“It also enables the exchange of experience between the participating parties and showcases the latest innovations in agriculture, irrigation and packaging,” he added.
Al-Mushaiti said the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture is focusing on the sustainable development of the agricultural sector to achieve water and food security.
He also shed light on the incentives and loans offered by the Agricultural Development Fund.
“Under the leadership of King Salman, the government has been giving a lot of attention to the agriculture sector, and so far more than SR50 billion ($13.3 billion) worth of loans have been pumped into the market, contributing to the improvement of this sector ... The ministry has been working very hard to improve and develop areas that have a positive impact on the farmers and the food security of the Kingdom,” Al-Mushaiti said.
The exhibition brings together some of the largest local and international companies every year. It has become a major platform to review the latest products and technologies in the world of agriculture and related industries.
More than 350 global and local exhibitors from 29 countries took part in the exhibition this year, in addition to the nine international pavilions of China, Czech Republic, Egypt, Greece, India, Poland, Holland, Turkey and the UAE.
The event also covers the latest innovations in animal health and its mechanisms, beekeeping and honey production, agricultural funding, products and services, animal breeding, chemicals and fertilizers, cold storage and crop production, dairy products and equipment, feed and additives, and packaging systems.
Throughout its 36 years, the exhibition has reinforced its position as a specialized tradeshow contributing to and supporting the development of the agriculture sector in Saudi Arabia.

VFS Global opens visa application center in Riyadh

Updated 23 September 2018

VFS Global opens visa application center in Riyadh

VFS Global, the world’s largest outsourcing and technology services specialist for diplomatic missions, has announced the opening of a UK visa application center in Riyadh, close to the diplomatic quarter.

VFS Global said the new center, which will serve travelers to the UK and Australia, is equipped to handle more visa applicants conveniently with increased seating capacity and ample parking space, while also offering ancillary travel services within the premises for a seamless customer experience.

Officially inaugurating the center, Ambassador of the UK to Saudi Arabia Simon Collis said: “‘Our customers in Saudi Arabia are extremely important to us, and we continually look for new and innovative ways to improve the visa service we offer, both to Saudi nationals and local residents. We offer an excellent visa service for those who choose to apply for a UK visa. 

For Saudi nationals, the average processing time for non-settlement visas is less than five days. Whether speed, convenience or comfort is the priority, we hope that this new VAC — and indeed the visa services available across the whole of Saudi Arabia — provide our customers with a Great British welcome from the very start of their journey to the UK.”

The new center is located at 2591, Al-Hada District, besides Courtyard Marriott Hotel and close to Ritz Carlton, Riyadh. Visa applicants to the UK and Australia can access details on visa application procedures at www.vfsglobal.co.uk/sa/en

Located on the Makkah Road, the center is also well-connected to the city center and other neighboring towns.

Vinay Malhotra, regional group COO for Middle East, South Asia and China, VFS Global, said: “The new standalone center has been designed with a view to provide a comprehensive experience to applicants in terms of visa processing and accessing necessary travel services under one canopy. The UK continues to remain a popular destination for tourism, business and student visitors from Saudi Arabia. The latest visa figures show that over 130,000 Saudi nationals were issued a UK visa in the last year.We are confident that the new center for the UK and Australia visa applicants will provide enhanced convenience and ensure customer delight.”

Managed by professionals, the center also offers the comfort of a Premium Lounge for more personalized service as optional service.