Food trucks and camels mingle in national fair

A foreign visitor at the King Abdul Aziz Camel Festival that kicked off on Monday in Riyadh. (AN photo)
Updated 02 January 2018
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Food trucks and camels mingle in national fair

JEDDAH: The Al-Dahnaa Desert buzzes with life and commercial activity as it hosts the King Abdul Aziz Camel Festival, which is expected to attract around 20,000 visitors every day — especially during the holidays — between Jan. 1 and Feb. 1, 2018.
The festival includes a market for productive families, with 100 points of sale for displaying handcrafted products, the most noticeable of which are camel heritage tools and leathers.
There is another market, which includes 100 points of sale for camels, cattle, fodder, antiques, vintage toys, handicrafts, tents, food supplies, laundries, firewood and camping supplies.
Several catering companies and coffee shops will participate in the festival to provide everything campers, participants, guests and tourists may need.
The director of the project, Mohammed Al-Hasoun, said the street allocated for the market was paved this year and developed to better serve shop owners and shoppers.
“The shops’ tents were altered to look the same and have similar colors, sizes, and specifications,” he added.
The official spokesman for the festival, Sultan Al-Bokomi, said a special area was allocated for 25 food trucks to ensure a diverse food menu at a nominal subscription of SR3,000 ($800) throughout the festival, and the festival’s management will provide these trucks with electricity and any service they might need.
Al-Bokomi pointed out that there are rules and regulations governing the trucks’ work at the festival, including having a municipal license for carrying out such activity, and in case there were employees, they should be sponsored by the truck owner and must provide a health certificate.
He also confirmed that the festival’s management would control prices and ensure a safe, healthy and clean environment throughout the event’s activities.
The King Abdul Aziz Camel Festival is open for visitors between 9 a.m. and 10 p.m.


Italy pledges electronic warfare support to Saudi Arabia

Updated 20 April 2018
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Italy pledges electronic warfare support to Saudi Arabia

  • Saudi-Italian collaboration to develop electronic defense solutions pushed in workshop organized by the Italian Embassy, KACST and Elettronica SpA
  • Italy's Elettronica specializes in the designing and manufacturing electronic warfare equipment

RIYADH: Italy has pledged to support the Kingdom with electronic warfare and defense electronics, offering a range of state-of-the-art solutions to counter threats. 

The call for Saudi-Italian collaboration was made on Thursday at a workshop organized jointly by the Italian Embassy, the King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) and Italian-based Elettronica SpA, a world leader in electronic warfare.

Italian Ambassador to the Kingdom Luca Ferrari welcomed the workshop initiative, and said: “We are working to develop a strategic partnership between our two countries, building on decades of excellent political and economic collaboration.

“Such initiatives increase mutual understanding and knowledge between Italian and Saudi counterparts and foster further opportunities for collaboration.” 

Ferrari added that the workshop is a proof of Italian industries’ and institutes’ willingness to strengthen the relationship between the two countries through working with local high-tech university centers and industries in Saudi Arabia.

He added: “The move on the part of the Italian government and our companies comes within the framework of Saudi Vision 2030, which calls for foreign partnerships to diversify the economy, cut reliance on oil and build a robust Saudi defense sector.”

The workshop, entitled “The Digital Revolution: Impacts on defense electronics, security and life,” looked at electronic warfare, cyber intelligence, the future of autonomous vehicles and implications of the digital revolution for the defense industry. 

Enzo Benigni, Elettronica’s chairman and chief executive officer, said: “Italian institutes and companies are keen to embrace the Saudi Vision 2030, and to support the growth of the defense industry and overall defense sector of the Kingdom. 

“We work in Saudi Arabia to create high-value cooperation with the Saudi armed forces and local partners with an aim to build a world-class defense sector of the Kingdom.”

Benigni said Elettronica specializes in the designing and manufacturing electronic warfare, from single stand-alone equipment to complete integrated systems, for naval, airborne and ground applications as well as for space and homeland security.