High-profile speakers grace Misk forum in Riyadh

Updated 15 November 2017
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High-profile speakers grace Misk forum in Riyadh

RIYADH: The second Misk Global Forum, the biggest youth event in the region, will be inaugurated on Wednesday by Abdullah Al-Sawaha, minister of communications and information technology.
The forum will include an array of local and international speakers and hundreds of participants, and will be held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Riyadh.
Organized by the Prince Mohammed bin Salman Foundation (MiSK), participants will include Saudi and international business leaders in technology, innovation and science.
Speakers include Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih, Bill Gates, Skype co-founder Jonas Kielberg, LinkedIn co-founder Alan Blue, and representatives from technology companies such as Google, Microsoft, IBM, GE and Intel.
Participants include Faisal J. Abbas, Arab News editor in chief, and Adam ArRion, chairman of the American entertainment company EMC, among others.
Established in 2016, the Misk Global Forum brings young leaders, creators and thinkers together with established global innovators.
Shaima Hamidaddin, executive manager and project leader of the forum, said it has become a prominent global meeting to discuss important issues concerning youths and their role in building knowledge-based economies.
This will help them forge ahead with scientific and technological developments worldwide, she added.


Hodeidah offensive: Coalition forces seize weapons supplied by Iran to Houthis

Updated 20 June 2018
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Hodeidah offensive: Coalition forces seize weapons supplied by Iran to Houthis

  • The arsenal included drones, a sniper rifle, roadside bombs disguised as rocks and even a “drone boat” which had been filled with explosives that failed to detonate.
  • Equipment used to produce and load fuel for rockets that target Saudi Arabia contained Iranian labels.

JEDDAH: Saudi-led coalition officials on Tuesday displayed weapons and explosives supplied by Iran to Houthi militias in the Yemeni port city of Hodeidah. 

The arsenal included drones, a sniper rifle, roadside bombs disguised as rocks and even a “drone boat” which had been filled with explosives that failed to detonate.

Equipment used to produce and load fuel for rockets that target Saudi Arabia contained Iranian labels. The weapons were captured on the battlefield in Hodeidah and displayed at a military base in the UAE. 

“Unsurprisingly, there are advanced military components in the Houthi militias’ hands,” said Talal Al-Teneiji, an official at the UAE Foreign Ministry.

“We took time to inspect and disassemble these to figure out the source ... and we can say that these elements are military-grade materials imported from Iran to the Houthi militias.”

As the week-long offensive in Hodeidah intensified on Tuesday, coalition forces consolidated their grip on the city’s airport and there was new fighting on the main coast road leading to the city center, with Apache helicopters providing air support to the coalition. 

“We can hear the sounds of artillery, mortars and sporadic machinegun fire. The Houthis have been using tanks,” one civilian on the coastal strip said. 

“Water has been cut off to many of the areas near the corniche area because the Houthis have dug trenches and closed water pipes.”

At the airport, which the coalition has controlled since Saturday, their forces stormed the main compound and took full command.

UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said: “We are waiting for the Houthis to realize the sort of military and psychological blow that they got with the airport ... we are giving them time to decide if they want to save the city ... and pull out.”

Oubai Shahbandar, a strategic communications adviser, told Arab News that “without the sea and airport of Hodeidah, the Houthi militia has effectively lost the war.”

They should agree to UN-hosted peace talks and not prolong the fighting. “The tide in this conflict has clearly turned in favor of the Arab coalition and the welfare of the Yemeni people ought to be paramount,” he said.