7th Gulf Education Conference and Exhibition, to be held in Jeddah, offers lessons in growth

Updated 15 February 2018
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7th Gulf Education Conference and Exhibition, to be held in Jeddah, offers lessons in growth

JEDDAH: More than 25,000 people are expected to attend the 7th Gulf Education Conference and Exhibition at the University of Business and Technology (UBT) on Feb. 20 and 21.
Council of Saudi Chambers Secretary-General Dr. Saud Al-Mishari said the conference will help develop education in a variety of fields, and encourage scientific and research partnerships with international universities inside and outside the Kingdom.
The conference and its associated exhibition have become one of the most important education forums in the region. The event is being held this year under the patronage of Education Minister Ahmed Al-Issa. Education policymakers and experts, as well as students and parents, will be among the visitors.
Speakers will discuss a range of education strategies for achieving innovation, employment, and economic growth.
An exhibition promoting more than 150 universities and companies from at least 30 states will run in conjunction with the conference, offering academic opportunities for universities and other institutions.
Education ministries from Gulf countries, the Association of Arab Universities and UBT have been involved in organizing the conference.
Al-Mishari highlighted the Kingdom’s interest in education as part of its Vision 2030 plan to diversify the economy and encourage private-sector investment.


Investigation into alleged mistakes in Yemen find coalition forces acted properly

Updated 17 January 2019
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Investigation into alleged mistakes in Yemen find coalition forces acted properly

JEDDAH: The Joint Incident Assessment Team in Yemen (JIAT) has investigated four allegations made by international governmental and non-governmental organizations and media about mistakes made by coalition forces while carrying out military operations inside Yemen.
JIAT spokesman Mansour Al-Mansour said that the team concluded that the procedures followed by the coalition forces were proper and safe, taking into consideration the rules of engagement, international humanitarian law and the coalition’s own rules.
Team members visited a number of cities in Yemen, including Aden, Lahj and Khor Maksar, during the investigation and spoke to witnesses, victims and their families to gather evidence and establish the facts.
In one of the incidents that was investigated, coalition warship fired on and destroyed a craft in the waters off the Yemeni port of Al-Khokha in September. Al-Mansour said that after examining documents and evidence JIAT had concluded that an alliance ship was escorting and protecting a flotilla of three Saudi merchant ships when, in an area off the port of Al-Khokha, a boat was spotted approaching the convoy at a high speed from the direction of the Yemeni coast.
The escort ship followed the accepted rules of engagement by repeatedly warning the unidentified vessel, using loudspeakers, not to come any closer. When these went unheeded, warning shots were fired but the boat continued to approach.
“On reaching an area that represented a threat to the convoy, the protection ship tackled the boat according to the rules of engagement and targeted it, resulting in an explosion on the boat,” said Al-Mansour. “The protection ship continued escorting the convoy. After the escort task was completed, the protection ship returned to the site of the targeted boat to carry out a search-and-rescue operation for the crew of the target boat but no one was found.”