Governor of Saudi Arabia’s Asir Region inaugurates development projects worth over SR500 million

Prince Faisal bin Khalid bin Abdulaziz, the Governor of Asir Region. (SPA)
Updated 11 January 2018
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Governor of Saudi Arabia’s Asir Region inaugurates development projects worth over SR500 million

Prince Faisal bin Khalid bin Abdulaziz, the Governor of Asir Region, on Wednesday inaugurated a number of development projects in Mohail Asir province, state news agency SPA has reported.
The development projects at the Mahayel governorate are worth more than half a billion riyals, SPA added.
Prince Faisal likewise inaugurated the 11th edition of Asir’s Winter Festival, and was treated to an operetta to celebrate the occasion.
Abha, the capital of Asir, has been named the Capital of Arab Tourism 2017 by the Arab Tourism Organization, which consequently attracted investment interest and opportunities in the area’s tourism industry.
Saudi Arabia is banking on tourism as one of the pillars for its Vision 2030, which seeks to diversify the Kingdom’s economy away from oil.


Saudi Arabia’s air defense intercepts Houthi ballistic missile fired towards Jazan

Updated 20 April 2018
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Saudi Arabia’s air defense intercepts Houthi ballistic missile fired towards Jazan

  • Earlier this week, Saudi air defenses shot down a previous ballistic missile attack by the Houthis
  • The incident happened hours after the coalition warned of a “painful” response if the Houthis mounted new attacks on Saudi Arabia

Saudi air defense forces managed to intercept a ballistic missile fired by Houthi militias from Yemen headed in the direction of Saudi Arabia’s border province of Jazan on Friday.

Earlier this week, Saudi air defenses shot down a previous ballistic missile attack by the Houthis.

Colonel Turki Al-Maliki, the coalition's spokesman, said the missile was monitored by the Saudi Air Force to have been launched from Yemen's Amran province at 10:16 p.m. Monday toward populated areas in the southern Saudi province of Najran.

The missile was intercepted before it could hit its target, Al-Maliki said.

The incident happened hours after the coalition warned of a “painful” response if the Houthis mounted new attacks on Saudi Arabia using what it said were Iran-supplied drones.

So far, the Houthis have launched over 100 missiles at Saudi cities and installations.