Journalists covering key Summit praise ‘exceptional’ facilities in Dhahran

Arab leaders meet in Dhahran on Sunday to unify ranks with an eye on Iran and Jerusalem. Reuters
Updated 16 April 2018
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Journalists covering key Summit praise ‘exceptional’ facilities in Dhahran

DHAHRAN: The media center at the Mercure Hotel in Alkhobar is hosting the 29th Arab Summit and witnessing important media coverage where read, visual and audio media are competing to cover the Dhahran Summit.
The summit aims to promote joint Arab consensus toward the region’s affairs and challenges.
A number of reporters covering the summit commended the Kingdom’s facilities to cover the event.
They described it as “exceptional” given the circumstances the area is facing in terms of drastic transformations in politics, economy and national security and its effects on the whole world.
In a statement to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), the reporter on Middle East affairs for the Japanese newspaper Nikkei Saber Rabiah acknowledged the efforts of Saudi Arabia which harnessed all its media and logistic information for the success of this event, and praised the Ministry and Culture and Information for providing the media center with equipment that facilitates the work of reportersvia their different media networks.
Rabiah indicated that the world is closely watching the outcome of this summit, and looking forward to making decisions that promote joint Arab consensus about the different causes in the region, and taking a clear stance toward Iran’s intervention in Arab countries’ internal affairs.
In a similar statement, a senior Egyptian journalist said the government of Saudi Arabia has achieved great success in hosting the summit while the Arab world witnesses a difficult situation.
He also thanked the Saudi authorities for the facilities it has presented for reporters covering this event, and stressed that this is a success to all Arabs, not only Saudi Arabia.
MENA Board Chairman and Chief Editor Ali Hassan said the whole world was looking forward to the summit’s outcome which will express Arabic public opinion in general, and that will be followed up internationally for the unified Arab vision regarding several issues, including the threats to the Arab national security and the dangers of terrorism.
Hassan said the Ministry of Culture and Information continues to provide big logistical support to different Arab and international newspapers and media reporting on the summit.


Major projects, investments worth over $685bn unveiled on Saudi National Day

A photo taken on July 5, 2018, shows Bader al-Ajmi, 38,(L) owner of "One Way Burger" serving customers from his truck at a main street in the capital Riyadh. (AFP)
Updated 22 September 2018
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Major projects, investments worth over $685bn unveiled on Saudi National Day

  • The private sector’s contribution to the GDP at constant prices doubled to around SR1236.6 million in 2017

JEDDAH: A major economic boost in the form of 10 major projects and investments exceeding SR685 billion ($183 billion) were unveiled as celebrations of the 88th Saudi National Day got under way.
The Council of Saudi Chambers released a report focusing on great economic achievements in 2017.
These projects reflect the Kingdom’s vision under the wise leadership of King Salman and that of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to provide a brighter future through diversifying sources of national income, tackling environmental challenges and increasing investment and prosperity.
The report summarized the most important events and economic developments in the Kingdom over the past year. These include the lifting of the ban on women driving in June, and the establishment of the General Authority for Cyber Security, in addition to the numerous royal decrees providing financial support to Saudis.
It also noted the important decisions related to the Saudi business sector. These include the launch of a private sector incentive program with a value of SR72 billion, the privatization of 10 government sectors and the establishment of the General Authority for Real Estate. The private sector is still showing a strong performance as an efficient partner in the inclusive development process and in the achievement of the Kingdom’s 2030 Vision, the report noted, as it contributes 39 percent to the Saudi gross domestic product (GDP).
The private sector’s contribution to the GDP at constant prices doubled to around SR1236.6 million in 2017. There has been increased contribution to GDP from non-oil private sector streams.
The private sector also witnessed an increase in the number of workers, in its capital, in the number of shares on the Saudi market, in the cumulative number of establishments operating in the Kingdom, and in non-oil exports.
Continued growth of the private sector was attributed by the report to the Saudi government’s support. This support comes through initiatives such as the removal of obstacles to financial development, improvements to the working environment and policies adopted to boost investment.
It also reviewed the private sector’s efforts to support diversification of the economy and lower unemployment rates.
The importance of the measures taken to prioritize the employment of qualified Saudi workers over the employment of expatriates in the private sector were stressed, as well as the sector’s role in providing education and health services.