Vice Admiral Awwad Eid Al-Balawi, director-general of the Saudi Border Guards

Updated 30 March 2019
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Vice Admiral Awwad Eid Al-Balawi, director-general of the Saudi Border Guards

  • Al-Balawi holds a bachelor’s degree from the Pakistan Naval Academy and a master’s degree from the World Maritime University in Sweden

Vice Admiral Awwad Eid Al-Balawi has been the director-general of the Saudi Arabian Border Guards since January 2014. 

The Saudi Ministry of the Interior launched the 9th International Training Course on Combating Insecurity in Maritime Domains at the Mohammed bin Naif Arab University for Security Sciences in Jeddah this week, hosting experts, instructors and trainees from the International Maritime Organization (IMO), Interpol, and the Saudi Arabian Border Guards.

Al-Balawi said that the course would be the first of three events this year, with programs on maritime crime information sharing and border security scheduled for April and June.

Al-Balawi holds a bachelor’s degree from the Pakistan Naval Academy and a master’s degree from the World Maritime University in Sweden.

Al-Balawi previously held various other positions, completed several advanced training courses and attended local and international conferences on conflict management, negotiation skills, problem analysis, crisis environmental management, decision-making and piracy.

The Border Guards, based in Riyadh, maintain security on the Kingdom’s land and sea borders. 


Jeddah Season provides seasonal employment for young Saudis

Updated 18 June 2019
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Jeddah Season provides seasonal employment for young Saudis

JEDDAH: The Jeddah Season festival has provided a wide range of seasonal employment opportunities for young Saudi men and women, helping them gain experience and prepare them to enter the job market.

More than 5,000 young Saudis are working around the clock, each in his or her field, to manage the festival’s activities.

The festival aims to highlight development opportunities in Saudi Arabia, introduce the Kingdom as one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, support the government’s efforts to empower Saudi youths, support local small and medium enterprises, develop Jeddah’s tourism sector and provide volunteer opportunities.

Jeddah Season, which began on June 8 and runs until July 18, has attracted thousands of visitors of all ages through its 150 local and international events and activities.

It is being held at five sites: King Abdullah Sports City, Al-Hamra Corniche, the Jeddah Waterfront, Obhur and Historic Jeddah (Al-Balad), which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Jeddah Season offers a wide range of tourism, entertainment and cultural events and activities, and sheds light on the city’s status as the Kingdom’s tourism capital. Most of its events are being held for the first time in Saudi Arabia.

Jeddah Season is in line with the Vision 2030 reform plan, which aims to advance the welfare of Saudi society, diversify local development opportunities, improve the Kingdom’s contribution to arts and culture, and create job opportunities for Saudi youths.