Saudi-UAE business forum to discuss bilateral ties

Saudi Minister of Commerce and Investment Majid Al-Qassabi is expected to attend. (
Updated 31 January 2019
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Saudi-UAE business forum to discuss bilateral ties

  • The forum is held every two years to discuss strategic objectives and foster ties

RIYADH: The second Saudi-UAE Business Forum will be held in Riyadh on Thursday. Attendees, including Saudi Minister of Commerce and Investment Majid Al-Qassabi and the UAE’s Minister of the Economy Sultan Al-Mansouri, will address key issues to bolster bilateral ties.

The forum will also be attended by the chairman of the Council of Saudi Chambers (CSC), Sami Al-Obaidi, and Mohammed Thani Al-Rumaithi, chairman of the Federation of the UAE Chambers of Commerce. Multiple other industry representatives, government officials, investors and entrepreneurs have also been invited.

The CSC said the forum would include sessions where speakers would address the future of the Saudi-UAE partnership, as well as key issues including the role of the Saudi Export Development Authority in facilitating trade with the UAE. It added that the forum would conclude with bilateral meetings on industry, technology, financial services, food security and the energy sector.

The first bilateral business forum between the two was called “Together Forever” and was held in Abu Dhabi in October 2017. It is held every two years to discuss strategic objectives and foster ties between businesses from both countries, and to find solutions to challenges that limit trade and investment.


Saudi Arabia calls on Qatar to allow its pilgrims to perform Hajj

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Saudi Arabia calls on Qatar to allow its pilgrims to perform Hajj

  • The ministry accused the Qatari government of blocking attempts by its citizens to perform the pilgrimage
  • Saudi Arabia is one of several Arab countries that launched a boycott of Qatar in 2017 over the country’s support for extremist groups

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has created a new webpage for Qataris who wish to perform the pilgrimage this year.
Qatari Hajj pilgrims can register their details, browse packages and pay for them at: https://qh1440.haj.gov.sa

The ministry called on Qatar not to block the webpage as it did previously and “cooperate in order to allow its citizens to perform Hajj easily.”

Saudi Arabia is one of several Arab countries that launched a boycott of Qatar in 2017 over the country’s support for extremist groups.

The embargo includes transport restrictions between Qatar and Saudi Arabia, but the Kingdom has taken measures to ensure pilgrims from Qatar can travel freely for Hajj and Umrah.

The ministry said on Saturday it had taken several steps to ensure pilgrims could enter Saudi Arabia for for Hajj, which starts next month. But the ministry accused the Qatari government of blocking attempts by its citizens to perform the pilgrimage.

Following a recent meeting with a Qatari delegation to discuss the logistics of pilgrims from the country arriving in the Kingdom, the delegation from Doha left without signing any agreements to enable access for it citizens, according to the ministry.

In response to Doha’s actions, the statement said that Qatari pilgrims could complete their applications upon arrival in Saudi Arabia.