Families of Egyptian martyrs praise Saudi hospitality during Hajj

1,000 pilgrims from the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Hajj and Umrah Program, accompanied by martyrs, and Egyptian security officers, left Madinah on Monday. (SPA)
Updated 29 August 2018
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Families of Egyptian martyrs praise Saudi hospitality during Hajj

  • The mission has extended thanks to King Salman for hosting them at his own expense to perform the ritual, stressing the depth of relations between the two countries

JEDDAH: The mission of the families of the martyrs and wounded from the Egyptian armed forces and police, who performed this year’s Hajj within the Guests of King Salman for Hajj and Umrah Program, has commended the warm hospitality of Saudi Arabia.

The mission has extended thanks to King Salman for hosting them at his own expense to perform the ritual, stressing the depth of relations between the two countries.

In a recent report from the General Directorate of Passports, the number of pilgrims who left Saudi Arabia reached more than 176,572 until Monday. The directorate said that the number of pilgrims leaving via land crossings reached 27,743; 145,950 pilgrims by air and 2,879 by sea. 

The total number of pilgrims who arrived in Madinah after performing Hajj rituals reached 148,431 pilgrims. 


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)
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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.