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.


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.”