King Salman receives Bahraini foreign minister

Updated 23 January 2019
0

King Salman receives Bahraini foreign minister

  • The strong bond between the two countries was discussed, along with the latest developments in the region

RIYADH: King Salman on Tuesday received Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa at Al-Yamamah Palace, in Riyadh.

During their meeting, the minister conveyed to the monarch the greetings of Bahrain’s King Hamad, and King Salman returned his good wishes.

The strong bond between the two countries was discussed, along with the latest developments in the region.

Also present at the meeting was Saudi Minister of State, Cabinet member and Chief of the Royal Court Khalid bin Abdulrahman Al-Issa; Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir; and Bahraini Ambassador to the Kingdom Sheikh Hamoud bin Abdullah Al-Khalifa.

Later, King Salman chaired the Cabinet session in Riyadh, which began with members commending the approval for the start of construction work on the $500 billion NEOM megacity development in the Kingdom’s northwest and its instructions to complete preparations and start construction work in the first quarter of 2019. 

The Cabinet reviewed the Kingdom’s involvement at Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2019 and discussed Saudi Arabia’s progress in developing a diversified energy strategy for the country with less dependence on oil and gas. The need for a sustainable energy future was highlighted, in order to tackle global challenges such as climate change, water cleanliness, air quality and sustained economic growth.

Media Minister Turki Al-Shabanah hailed the recognition given to the Saudi Aramco gas plant, in Uthmaniyah, by the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Aramco is believed to be the first company in the world in the oil and gas sector to join a list of Fourth Industrial Revolution “lighthouses” for its technological advances in artificial intelligence.

In other matters, the Cabinet pointed to the Kingdom’s participation in the 29th International Conference of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, in Cairo, where issues such as refugees and Arab unity on economic development were discussed.

The Cabinet welcomed the UN-led Hodeidah cease-fire agreement for Yemen, and international customs matters were also on the agenda.


Saudi Arabia plays host to major Indonesian tourism campaign

Updated 57 min 25 sec ago
0

Saudi Arabia plays host to major Indonesian tourism campaign

  • More than 165,000 Saudis visited the Southeast Asian country in 2018, and officials there are aiming to increase that number to 200,000 as part of a global visitor target of 20 million for this year
  • Indonesia is the world’s largest archipelago, with more than 17,000 islands famed for their beaches, wildlife and natural beauty

JEDDAH: Tourism chiefs have been taking part in a major five-day Saudi campaign to help promote Indonesia as a top international holiday destination.
More than 165,000 Saudis visited the Southeast Asian country in 2018, and officials there are aiming to increase that number to 200,000 as part of a global visitor target of 20 million for this year.
From Feb. 11-15, the Indonesian Tourism Ministry has been working with its Consulate General in Jeddah to run a series of events in the Kingdom in a bid to boost the country’s tourist attractions.
Seventeen agencies representing Indonesia’s hotel, airline and travel industries participated in a business get-together with local Saudi tour operators, and around 70 prominent media figures were invited to the Pullman Hotel in Jeddah for a day of briefings on key Indonesian visitor destinations.
The last three days of the promotional program saw the Tourism Ministry and officials from top local destinations, take part in the Jeddah International Travel and Tourism Exhibition (JTTX), held at the Hilton Hotel.
Indonesia was one of the main sponsors of the event which has now been running for nine years.
Mohamad Hery Saripudin, the consul-general of Indonesia in Jeddah, said numerous innovative promotional breakthroughs had been made toward attracting more Saudi tourists to his country.
Indonesia is the world’s largest archipelago, with more than 17,000 islands famed for their beaches, wildlife and natural beauty.
Garuda, the national airline of Indonesia, has helped with the running of familiarization trips for journalists to several tourist hotspots, and other initiatives have seen free Indonesian language courses being offered to Saudis and expatriates.
R. Sigit Witjaksono, the director of tourism marketing for South and Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa, said Indonesia aimed to play host to 20 million visitors from throughout the world during 2019.
He noted that Indonesia welcomed 165,862 Saudi visitors in 2018, the highest total of any country in the Middle East.
As well as its natural delights, Indonesia is Islam-friendly, having thousands of mosques and offering products which are Shariah-compliant.