MEFSCO opens SR630m expansion program in Al-Kharj

Saqr bin Issa Al-Dajani, deputy mayor of Al-Kharj, launched the program.
Updated 23 January 2018
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MEFSCO opens SR630m expansion program in Al-Kharj

Middle East Food Solutions Company (MEFSCO) launched its new expansion program in Al-Kharj on Wednesday under the patronage of Musaed bin Abdullah Al-Madi, governor of Al-Kharj.
Saqr bin Issa Al-Dajani, deputy mayor of Al-Kharj, launched the program with an investment reaching SR630 million ($167.4 million).
The project was initially supported by the Saudi Industrial Development Fund (SIDF) to increase the production of corn starch and its allied products such as glucose, fructose and crude corn oil. The expansion is expected to yield increased production to serve the local as well as the regional markets.
President of MEFSCO Ziyad Al-Sheikh said the increased production will serve the local market as well as promote more Saudi exports to the Middle East. He added that the expansion program is in line with the Saudi Vision 2030, which is aimed at diversifying the Kingdom’s economy to meet with global standards.
Describing it as a novel project, Al-Sheikh said it is designed to produce starch and sweeteners under the Saudi-US partnership represented by the Saudi company ARASCO and the American company Cargill.
Several officials from the public and private sectors and representatives from the US Embassy attended the program.
The project is aimed at transferring modern technologies and developing local human resources for services such as engineering, marketing, sales, logistic support and food development services.
Abdulmalik Alhusseini, CEO of ARASCO, said the expansion program would help grind 350,000 tons of corn and the capacity is expected to exceed one million tons during the coming years. He also said the plant is expected to produce corn sugar (fructose) which would cater to the growing needs of the local and regional markets.
Besides vast experience in production, Alhusseini pointed out that ARASCO and Cargill Foods METNA are fully conversant with investment and logistics programs.
“Exchanging experiences, transferring modern technologies and sharing of international experiences would help reach the main goals of the Kingdom to attain food security and promote economic diversification in Saudi Arabia,” Alhusseini said.
Regional Managing Director Murat Tarakçıoglu said the Kingdom has created a conducive climate to attract investments from international companies. “By partnering with ARASCO, we are reaping the fruits of the Kingdom’s efforts to increase local production to meet the needs of the Saudi food production industry.”


Dhaka-bound passengers from Jeddah reach home

Updated 24 May 2018
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Dhaka-bound passengers from Jeddah reach home

  • All 141 passengers and 10 crew members onboard were evacuated safely, and were cared for by the airline’s ground operations team and airport personnel.
Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia), the national flag carrier of the Kingdom, greeted passengers returning to Dhaka following a brief stay in Jeddah due to an irregular occurrence on one of its aircraft.
Flight SV3818 operating from Madinah to Dhaka on Monday diverted to Jeddah for an emergency landing due to nose gear malfunction, which became apparent mid-flight. The aircraft was an Airbus A330-200, wet-leased to Saudia.
All 141 passengers and 10 crew members onboard were evacuated safely, and were cared for by the airline’s ground operations team and airport personnel.
Upon concluding all safety and health checks, the passengers were cleared to fly the next day. The Saudia ground operations team conducted all formalities and clearances in order for the guests to fly to Dhaka at 7:30 p.m. Jeddah local time on Tuesday.
Greeting the guests at King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah prior to departure was Director General of Saudi Arabian Airlines, Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser, along with representatives from the airline, civil aviation authority and crew.
“Saudia thanks the onboard crew, General Authority of Civil Aviation, and King Abdul Aziz International Airport control for providing their cohesive, full support and cooperation during the event,” the airline said in a statement.
The flight arrived in Dhaka at 4:48 a.m. Dhaka time on Wednesday where they were met by the Saudia country manager and the station staff.
Currently in its 73rd year of operations, Saudia is a member of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the Arab Air Carriers Organization (AACO).
The airline currently flies to 90 destinations across four continents with a fleet of 147 narrow and widebody aircraft.
At the 2017 Skytrax Awards held at the Paris Air Show, Saudia was awarded the “World’s Most Improved Airline” of the year.