Korean open diplomacy attracts Saudis to Pyeong-Chang Winter Olympics

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South Korean Consul General to Saudi Arabia, Nak-young Oh. (AN photo by Salman Marzouq)
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South Korean Consul General to Saudi Arabia, Nak-young Oh, left, and Mazen Batterjee, Vice-Chairman of Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry. (AN photo by Salman Marzouq)
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From right to left: Mr. Lee, Deputy Consul General, Mr. Youn Ho Kang, South Korean Consul General to Saudi Arabia, Nak-young Oh (center), Mr. Sarah Jung and Mr. Woo. (AN photo by Salman Marzouqi)
Updated 06 December 2017
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Korean open diplomacy attracts Saudis to Pyeong-Chang Winter Olympics

Korean Consulate in Jeddah held its annual “Korean Night” event on the 4th of Dec as part of its cultural activities. The event was aimed at promoting people-to-people contact and mutual understanding between the two nations.
This year’s event focused on the upcoming 2018 Peyong-Chang Winter Olympics Games, which kicks off on the 9th of February of next year. This will be South Korea’s second Olympic games, the first held in Seoul in 1988, and its first ever Winter Olympic and Paralympic events.
The Consul General Nakyoung Oh delivered a speech on the historical relations between the two nations, as more young Saudis are learning Korean, and indulging in K-pop and drama culture.
A presentation was given on different aspects of Korean life including a number of most known phrases for the viewers’ pleasure. After that a contest was held at the end of the presentation with most winners belonging to a group of young girls whom are clearly experts on all things Korean. Korea’s infamous K-pop music was playing in the background as guests enjoyed local dishes.
“It gives me great pleasure to have had the opportunity to meet with the distinguished guests of whom are interested in Korean culture. I’ve enjoyed my time greatly in the Kingdom and as I prepare myself for my next post, I hope to see more young girls and boys grow interested in Korean culture. Jeddah has been wonderful and I will be back surely one day,” said Consul General Oh.



Saudi Arabian Military Industries to build five corvettes with Spain’s Navantia

Updated 19 July 2018
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Saudi Arabian Military Industries to build five corvettes with Spain’s Navantia

  • The program will start this autumn with the last unit to be delivered by 2022
  • The contract will generate 6,000 direct and indirect jobs for five years

RIYADH: Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) has announced the signature of a Joint Venture (JV) Agreement for the design and construction of five Avante 2200 corvettes with the Spanish state-owned shipbuilding company Navantia. The program will start this autumn with the last unit to be delivered by 2022.
In line with the contract, Navantia and SAMI have agreed on the establishment of a JV in Saudi Arabia, which will provide an exceptional opportunity to consolidate the position of the integrated systems and technologically advanced solutions provided by Navantia in the Saudi market and area of influence, perfectly aligned with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 by localizing 50% of the total military spending by 2030.
The contract will generate 6,000 direct and indirect jobs for five years, as follows: 1,100 direct jobs, more than 1,800 from the auxiliary industry, and more than 3,000 indirect jobs generated by other suppliers.
In this respect, the JV will focus on program management and combat system integration and installation, system engineering, system architecture, hardware design, software development, testing and verification, prototyping, simulation, modelling, and through-life support.
Ahmed Al-Khateeb, Chairman of Saudi Arabian Military Industries, said: “SAMI remains committed to being a key enabler of the Saudi Vision 2030, and the establishment of this Joint Venture with Navantia will localize more than 60% of ship combat systems work including, installation, and integration, which contribute to the Kingdom’s objective to be at the forefront of shaping the local military industries ecosystem. We will continue to explore collaborations and leverage partnerships that meet our key mandate to localize more than half of the Kingdom’s total military spending.”
Esteban Garcia Vilasanchez, Chairman of Navantia, said: “Navantia is very happy with the signature of this contract that means a starting point for the collaboration with Saudi Arabia. Navantia is committed to contributing to Saudi Vision 2030 and will support the country in this endeavour. The JV between SAMI and Navantia is an opportunity to develop capabilities in the country and jointly explore future opportunities.”
For the Avante 2200 contract, the JV will be responsible, among others, of supplying the Combat System of all five ships. Corvettes 4th and 5th will be finalized and delivered to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, where the JV will do the installation, integration and test of the complete Combat System.