Makkah Municipality fires abusive workers after viral camel video

A camel is seen bleeding after being brutally beaten by a slaughterhouse worker in Makkah. (Video grab)
Updated 28 December 2017

Makkah Municipality fires abusive workers after viral camel video

JEDDAH: A Saudi citizen documented the inhumane abuse of a camel that was brutally beaten by a slaughterhouse worker in Makkah.
The video went viral on social media and it collected 140,000 views in one week under the hash tag #camel (in Arabic).
The citizen who took the 1:11 minute video was very upset with the incident and was stopped by one of the slaughterhouse guards.
The guard: “Stop. It is not allowed to take photos here, you have to respect the privacy of the place.”
The citizen said: “There is no sign that says photos are not allowed. Can’t you see how harsh the worker is dealing with the camel there?”
The guard replied: “Well, you are not that camel, why you are bothered?”
The citizen responded: “There are better ways to deal with camels!”
Animals are respected in all religions and acts of cruelty to animals are not mere indications of a minor personality flaw in the abuser. Some studies have suggested that individuals who are cruel to animals are more likely to be violent to humans.
Many people expressed their anger on social media by sharing the video with comments such as “torturing the camel this way is prohibited in Islam, as prophet Mohammed urged to deal gently with camels and animals in general.”
@ajlnews said in a tweet: “The  Municipality of Makkah region will take necessary actions against those involved in the video.”
The  Municipality of Makkah reacted immediately with the video  and decided to rule out the  Sudanese worker who appeared in the video clip accompanied by others who tortured a group of camels in a slaughterhouse run by the  Municipality Makkah.
Spokesman for the Makkah  Municipality  Othman Mali said in a statement : “It was decided to exclude the Sudanese guard of the slaughterhouse and all the workers who participated in beating the camels, and decided to prevent them from working in the slaughterhouses of the  Municipality.”
He added: The contractor was forced to provide a crane to carry camels to the slaughterhouse ,”penalties and fines to be applied on the contractor”.

High-level investment forum aims to further boost business between Saudi Arabia and Japan

Updated 18 June 2019

High-level investment forum aims to further boost business between Saudi Arabia and Japan

  • Japan is one of Saudi Arabia’s most important economic partners

TOKYO: More than 300 government, investment and industry leaders on Monday took part in a high-level gathering aimed at further boosting business opportunities between Saudi Arabia and Japan.

The Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA) welcomed key figures from the public and private sectors to the Saudi-Japan Vision 2030 Business Forum, held in Tokyo.

Hosted in partnership with the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), the conference focused on the creation of investment opportunities in strategic sectors of the Kingdom. Delegates also discussed key reforms currently underway to enable easier market access for foreign companies.

Speaking at the event, Saudi Economy and Planning Minister Mohammed Al-Tuwaijri, said: “Today’s forum is a testimony to the success of the strategic direction set by the Saudi-Japanese Vision 2030 two years ago, which seeks to drive private-sector involvement, both by partnering with public-sector entities.”

SAGIA Gov. Ibrahim Al-Omar said: “At SAGIA, we have been working on creating a more attractive and favorable business environment in Saudi Arabia, which is making it easier for foreign companies to access opportunities in the Kingdom.”

Japan is one of Saudi Arabia’s most important economic partners. It is the Kingdom’s second-largest source of foreign capital and third-biggest trading partner, with total trade exceeding $39 billion.

JETRO president, Yasushi Akahoshi, said: “Saudi-Japan Vision 2030 has made great progress since it was first announced. Under this strategic initiative, the number of cooperative projects between our two countries has nearly doubled, from 31 to 61, and represents a diverse range of sectors and stakeholders.”

Since 2016, the Saudi government has delivered 45 percent of more than 500 planned reforms, including the introduction of 100 percent foreign ownership rights, enhancing legal infrastructure and offering greater protection for shareholders.

As a result, the Kingdom has climbed international competitiveness and ease-of-doing-business rankings, with foreign direct investment inflows increasing by 127 percent in 2018 and the number of new companies entering Saudi Arabia rising by 70 percent on a year-on-year basis in the first quarter of 2019.