Saudi security forces arrest two terrorists after shootout in Qatif

A photo taken on October 1, 2017, during a tour guided by Saudi authorities shows a troops vehicle in Awamiya in the eastern Qatif region. (AFP)
Updated 11 November 2017
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Saudi security forces arrest two terrorists after shootout in Qatif

JEDDAH: Security forces in Qatif arrested two men on Thursday night for their suspected involvement in terrorist crimes that targeted security officers, citizens and security departments.
The men, Mohammed Saeed Salman Al-Abdulaal and Mustapha Ali Saleh Al-Subaiti, were arrested by the Eastern Province’s security forces in the town of Tarout in Qatif, and were taken to hospital for the treatment of injuries sustained during a shootout after they resisted arrest, the security spokesman for the Ministry of Interior, Maj. Gen. Mansour Al-Turki, said.
Security officers received reports about the presence of the wanted men in a house in Tarout. Officers surrounded the house and demanded that the terrorists surrender but the men responded with gunfire, forcing security forces to shoot back.


Green light for crown prince-led Saudi privatization program

Updated 25 April 2018
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Green light for crown prince-led Saudi privatization program

  • The Privatization Program is one of 12 key elements of the Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030
  • The program is aimed at increasing job opportunities for Saudi nationals

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Council of Economic and Development Affairs on Tuesday approved the Privatization Program that is one of 12 key elements of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030. 

The program is aimed at increasing job opportunities for Saudi nationals, attracting the latest technologies and innovations, and supporting economic development.

It encourages both local and foreign investment in order to enhance the role of the private sector, with government entities adopting a regulatory and supervisory role. The aim is to increase the private sector’s contribution to GDP from 40 percent to 65 percent by 2030. 

The program will aim to reach its objectives through encouraging the private sector to invest in establishing new schools, universities and health centers, while the government pursues its organizational and supervisory role in health and education.

The privatization program aims to benefit from previous success stories, with the private sector’s collaboration in the development of infrastructure, and its involvement on a large scale in sectors such as energy, water, transport, telecommunications, petrochemicals and finance.

The program sets out a series of objectives in three areas: Developing a general legal framework for policies related to privatization; establishing organizational foundations and dedicated institutions to execute the policies; and setting a timescale for their delivery. 

The Council of Economic and Development Affairs is headed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.