New era of economic ties between Egypt and Saudi Arabia

A handout photo released by the Egyptian Presidency on March 4, 2018 shows Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (C) shaking hands with Egyptian officials upon his arrival in Cairo. (AFP)
Updated 05 March 2018
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New era of economic ties between Egypt and Saudi Arabia

Recent investments and potential investments between Saudi Arabia and Egypt.

Oil
Egyptian Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Tarek El Molla said Saudi Aramco agreed to supply Egyptian refineries with 500,000 barrels of crude oil per month for six months starting in January 2018.

Electricity
The electricity interconnection project between Egypt and Saudi Arabia aims to connect the power grids of the two countries to exchange a total capacity of 3,000 MW.
Egypt is contributing $600 million to the $1.6 million project, while other funders include the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development, the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development and the Islamic Development Bank.

Bridge between Egypt and Saudi
The Saudi-Egypt causeway or bridge will link the countries between Sinai and northern Saudi Arabia. The entire project is expected to cost about $3 billion and to pass through Tiran Island at the entrance of the Gulf of Aqaba.
The construction of the King Salman Bridge has been described as the largest project in the world by Egyptian Transport Minister Hashim Arafat.

Potential investments
The Egyptian-Saudi Investment Fund, with a capital of SR60 billion ($16 billion), aims to construct a power plant in Dairout worth $2.2 billion, a water treatment plant, residential projects in Sinai, 90 kilometers of development of coastal road, Taba’s tunnel project and a canal.


Majlis culture brings a little Saudi warmth to freezing Davos

At a five-star hotel in Davos, the Saudi Arabia General Investment Authority has sponsored a prominent display proclaiming ‘The future-forward economy — Invest Saudi.’ (AN photo)
Updated 23 January 2019
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Majlis culture brings a little Saudi warmth to freezing Davos

  • The Misk Pavilion is one of the many signs of the Kingdom’s enthusiastic involvement in the world’s biggest gathering of political, business and thought leaders

DAVOS: From the sub-zero temperatures of the icy Davos Promenade you are ushered through a glass door into the warmth of a desert majlis, with works by young Saudi artists on the walls and traditional Arabian delicacies being served. It is quite a culture shock.

The Davos majlis is the work of the Misk Global Forum (MGF), the international arm of the organization founded by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to promote youth empowerment. 

The Misk Pavilion is one of the many signs of the Kingdom’s enthusiastic involvement in the world’s biggest gathering of political, business and thought leaders.

“The Kingdom’s participation in WEF 2019 highlights its role in developing the regional and global economy, and reflects the nation’s continuing ambition for sustainable development,” said Bader Al-Asaker, head of the crown prince’s private office and chairman of the Misk Initiatives Center. 

The Saudi delegation’s HQ overlooks the main congress hall, inside the Davos security cordon. 

At a nearby five-star hotel, the Saudi Arabia General Investment Authority has sponsored a prominent display proclaiming: “The future-forward economy — Invest Saudi.” 

This is the second year Misk has been prominent at Davos. As well as the majlis, its pavilion offers visitors the chance to immerse themselves in modern Saudi art via a virtual reality tour of the work of four young artists.

Misk is organizing daily events there, building up to a power breakfast with leading executives on Friday on the theme of youth empowerment.

“In an age of profound economic disruption, we regard young people as the problem-solvers, not a problem to be solved,” said MGF executive manager Shaima Hamidaddin.

“We’re holding interactive discussions on how to empower young people to be the architects of the future economy, not the tenants of it.”