Prince Khalid bin Salman meets Defense Ministry officials

Deputy Defense Minister Prince Khalid bin Salman with Saudi soldiers stationed at the Kingdom’s southern border. (SPA)
Updated 26 February 2019
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Prince Khalid bin Salman meets Defense Ministry officials

  • He was briefed about the important tasks performed by different units deployed along the southern border to defend their homeland

Prince Khalid bin Salman, deputy defense minister, on Monday visited the southern border of the Kingdom. He met the Saudi armed forces personnel and conveyed them greetings from the Saudi leadership.

During the tour, the deputy minister highlighted the combat capabilities of the Saudi forces. Prince Khalid lauded the professionalism and courage of the Saudi soldiers.

He was briefed about the important tasks performed by different units deployed along the southern border to defend their homeland.

On Sunday, civil and military personnel of the Defense Ministry called on the newly appointed minister. Prince Khalid thanked King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for assigning him the task of deputy defense minister.

He told the ministry officials that the crown prince had assigned him several projects to develop and further strengthen the Defense Ministry in line with the Kingdom’s ambitious Vision 2030 plan.

Saudi Arabia is also looking to localize 50 percent of total government military spending in the Kingdom by 2030, and in 2017 announced the launch of the state-owned military industrial company Saudi Arabia Military Industries.

Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia expects SAMI to contribute almost $240 million to the national gross domestic product by 2020, and to create 5,000 new jobs.

SAMI is set to become one of the top manufacturers globally, combining the latest technologies and best expertise to produce military equipment according to international standards and aid the development of the Saudi army.


Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center launches “Kingdom of Energy” podcast

Updated 24 May 2019
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Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center launches “Kingdom of Energy” podcast

  • The program targets decision makers, specialists and workers in the energy sectors

RIYADH: The King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC) has inaugurated a podcast program, titled “Kingdom of Energy”, through which specialized researchers can talk about energy economics, policies, techniques and related environmental issues.

The podcast is an opportunity for people interested in the field of energy to listen to the opinions of specialists in the field, including workers or partners of the center, whether local or international cadres.

The program targets decision makers, specialists and workers in the energy sectors through a new platform on the center’s website, allowing visitors to listen to podcast episodes.

The program is working on producing “Kingdom of Energy” episodes on a regular basis. The first episode is now available on the website in English, and another series is to be produced in Arabic.

KAPSARC is a non-profit research center that conducts independent research into global energy economics, policies, techniques and related environmental studies. The center seeks to find solutions for the most-effective and productive use of energy to promote economic and social growth locally, regionally and internationally.