Pavilions showcase Saudi achievements across sectors

The festival reflects the leadership’s care for the history of the Kingdom. (SPA)
Updated 08 January 2019
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Pavilions showcase Saudi achievements across sectors

  • The pavilion features the company’s most prominent projects and factories and was inaugurated by Saudi royalty
  • Saudi Arabia’s KSRelief assistance has reached 42 countries around the world

JEDDAH: The Royal Saudi Air Defense Forces have featured models of its rocket-propelled grenades at the Ministry of Defense pavilion at the Janadriyah Festival this year.
The pavilion also features debris from the first ballistic missile destroyed during the 2015 Operation Decisive Storm in Yemen. Weapons used by the airforce are on display outside the pavilion.

KSRelief pavilion
KSRelief had a spot at this year’s festival as well.
Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, general supervisor of the King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Aid (KSRelief), paid a visit to the pavilion, which includes a section for relief programs, aid recipient countries and programs for arranging food baskets, as well as visual presentations of volunteer and donation work.
Al-Rabeeah said KSRelief assistance has reached 42 countries around the world.

Hadaf pavilion
Job opportunities and social programs were on display at the Human Resources Development Fund (Hadaf) pavilion.
Officials from Hadaf offered career guidance for disabled people seeking work opportunities under an employment program for people with disabilities called Tawafuq.
Tawafuq will improve and develop legislation and policies and help enhance vocational training, as well as offer use data tracking to promote and support employment initiatives for the disabled.
Tawafuq has launched a range of projects to help people with special needs searching for jobs. It has also published manuals offering employers advice on creating suitable work environments.

Hajj Ministry pavilion
Arab and foreign delegations from Syria, Lebanon, Yemen, New Zealand, England, Ireland, Scotland and Ukraine have commended the Hajj Ministry pavilion, which showcases the state-of-the-art technology used to make the Hajj pilgrimage safe and simple for pilgrims coming in from around the world.
Delegates were shown how pilgrims’ biometric data is transferred for a smooth and hassle-free Hajj.

Maaden pavilion
The pavilion for Saudi mining company Maaden (Arabic for mineral resources) also enjoyed a large turnout.
The expo contained information on the discovery, production and exportation of the Kingdom’s rich array of mineral resources.
Maaden operates in remote areas throughout the Kingdom and contributes greatly to the third most significant sector in the country after the oil and petrochemicals industries.
The pavilion also features the company’s most prominent projects and factories and was inaugurated by Saudi royalty.
Company representatives are at the pavilion giving insight to visitors about the sector’s industrialization process.


Saudi sources deny ‘unsubstantiated’ reports of permitting alcohol

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Saudi sources deny ‘unsubstantiated’ reports of permitting alcohol

  • “The leadership has made it clear from day one; it is simply not happening,”SCTH source tells Arab News
  • The SCTH is responsible for licensing and rating hotels and restaurants

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has no plans to allow the sale or public consumption of alcohol, a senior government source has told Arab News.

The official with access to relevant decision-makers categorically denied “unsubstantiated” media reports in some international and regional news outlets.

“If you read the fake news, you will notice it is all based on hearsay and tweets by accounts known to have a questionable agenda when talking about the Kingdom,” he said.

“As the country moves forward with its reform plans, we expect much speculation and attempts by critics to hold us back. And while people are allowed to speculate and criticize, their speculation should not be treated as the truth.”

A second source at the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) also denied such reports. “The leadership has made it clear from day one; it is simply not happening,” he told Arab News. “I have not heard of any plans to allow alcohol in major cities, free zones or new projects.”

The SCTH is responsible for licensing and rating hotels and restaurants. Any plans for the sale or consumption of alcohol would have to go through the commission for implementation. 

Saudi Arabia has witnessed substantial social reforms over the past three years, such as the curbing of the previously unchecked power of the religious police, reopening cinemas and allowing women to drive.

There has also been a major shift on previously prohibited public entertainment and gender mixing. International artists including Mariah Carey, Yanni, Andrea Bocelli, Enrique Iglesias and Black Eyed Peas have all performed.

Tourism projects have included pop-up versions of international restaurants such as Signor Sassi, Nusr-Et and Nobu. None has served alcohol.

“Officials have repeatedly said all changes were and will always be in line with Islamic teachings and traditions,” the senior source told Arab News.