Saudi air force downs missile targeting Khamis Mushait

Above, Saudi Arabia’s anti-missile systems. (AFP)
Updated 01 December 2017
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Saudi air force downs missile targeting Khamis Mushait

JEDDAH: Saudi air defenses intercepted a missile heading toward the southern city of Khamis Mushait, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
The Saudi Royal Air Force detected a missile launch from inside Yemeni territory at 8:20 p.m. on Thursday, said Col. Turki Al-Maliki, spokesman for Saudi-led coalition fighting to restore the legitimate government in Yemen, confirming the destruction of the missile.
Al-Maliki said that the control of ballistic weapons by terrorist organizations, including Al-Houthi armed militias, "represents a threat to regional and international security and that firing them at populated places is contrary to international humanitarian law."
The coalition asserted that the continuation of armed militias in targeting cities with ballistic missiles is the biggest evidence of the continued smuggling of weapons into Yemen by all ways and means contrary to resolution No. 2216.
Watch Arab News’ earlier video of Saudi defense forces shooting down a Houthi missile over Riyadh:


Civil service ministry launches national training program for public sector employees

Updated 21 January 2019
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Civil service ministry launches national training program for public sector employees

  • The “National Program for Rehabilitation and Training of Human Resources Personnel and Leaders in Government Agencies” which aims to expand the skills of government personnel
  • The training program is in line with the Saudi Vision 2030

JEDDAH: A national program aimed to train public sector employees in the field of human resources management has been inaugurated by the Ministry of Civil Service on Sunday.

The “National Program for Rehabilitation and Training of Human Resources Personnel and Leaders in Government Agencies,” which aims to expand the skills of government personnel, is in line with the country’s Vision 2030, according to the ministry.

“The Ministry of Civil Service will spare no effort in carrying out the roles entrusted to it to advance administrative development, including the modernization of the working environment in the public sector,” said Minister of Civil Service Suleiman bin Abdullah during the inauguration.

The program will explore best practices in human resources management in the public sector, and will discuss the basic principles of the employee life cycle. It will also train employees on methodologies of workforce planning, how to motivate employees to achieve their career objectives, how to foster a culture of group work, as well as highlight the role of digital technology in human resource.

Only Saudi nationals who have a college degree are eligible to join the program.

Government agencies will nominate the eligible employees, who will then be enrolled in a five-day course on human resource, where their abilities to obtain a certificate from UK-based Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development will be assessed. Successful candidates will finish a one-year training module, consisting of classroom and on-site activities.