Launch of Joint Al-Jazeera Shield Drill in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province

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Saudi armed forces and security sectors teamed up with land, maritime and air forces from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries for the tenth Joint Al-Jazeera Shield Drill on Saturday. (SPA)
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Updated 23 February 2019
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Launch of Joint Al-Jazeera Shield Drill in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province

  • The two-week drill was launched in the presence of commander for the exercise, Gen. Abdullah bin Saeed Al-Qahtani, and commanders of participating Gulf forces
  • Al-Qahtani welcomed all participants and thanked them for their efforts in the planning and preparation of the drill

JEDDAH: Saudi armed forces and security sectors teamed up with land, maritime and air forces from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries for the tenth Joint Al-Jazeera Shield Drill on Saturday.
The two-week drill was launched in the presence of commander for the exercise, Gen. Abdullah bin Saeed Al-Qahtani, and commanders of participating Gulf forces.
Al-Qahtani welcomed all participants and thanked them for their efforts in the planning and preparation of the drill.
He said that the exercises aimed to promote cooperation and exchange experience between the Saudi and GCC countries forces to improve the level of training for all forces.
The exercise sought to develop skills and use the available resources to develop concepts and promote joint work, he added. The drill was part of a series of joint military drills between the GCC countries at various levels.
He said that the Joint Al-Jazeera Shield Drill was one of the largest exercises in the region and part of a comprehensive strategic vision by the Saudi Defense Ministry, which aims to constantly gain experience, promote security and military readiness under different circumstances to preserve security and stability in the Arab Gulf and the world.
Spokesman for the drill, Brig. Gen. Abdullah Hussein Al-Subaihi, said that it included four phases.
The first phase is the arrival of the forces via land, maritime and air entry points. The academic training phase, including conferences for all participating forces from all GCC countries, was also launched on Saturday.
The second phase is the command center drill; this exercise will train commanders to manage military operations and use simulators in virtual military operations.
The third phase consists of field training with live ammunition, and the fourth includes the closing ceremony and departure of forces.


Saudi Arabia’s new labor initiatives to promote growth, nationalization

Ahmed Al-Rajhi, minister of labor and social development. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia’s new labor initiatives to promote growth, nationalization

  • The ministry has launched 71 services aimed at individuals and private establishments

RIYADH: The Ministry of Labor and Social Development is working on strategic partnership and integration with the business sector to stimulate growth and expand labor nationalization.
Ahmed Al-Rajhi, minister of labor and social development, announced the initiative during his meeting with members of Makkah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI).
The ministry has launched 71 services aimed at individuals and private establishments. Many of these services are available through the “Qiwa” portal, and all of the services will be available via the portal before the end of the year.
Al-Rajhi said that the ministry would empower and support all those in the development field and specialized societies, and sought to double the number of specialized societies in the coming years based on the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 reform plan. The minister spoke about the launch of 45 development programs to enhance social initiatives and the growth of the nonprofit sector to help citizens rehabilitate their professional capacities.
Hisham bin Mohammed Kaaki, chairman of the board of directors at MCCI, said that the number of training courses provided last year to help prepare citizens for the labor market surpassed 65 courses, benefiting 5,815 citizens.