Saudi energy minister visits King Abdullah Economic City

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Saudi Arabia’s energy minister Khalid Al-Falih talks to officials of the Economic Cities Authority during his visit. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia’s energy minister Khalid Al-Falih reviews the model of the Economic Cities Authority. (SPA)
Updated 15 April 2019

Saudi energy minister visits King Abdullah Economic City

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s energy minister Khalid Al-Falih has visited on Sunday the Economic Cities Authority at the King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC).

Al-Falih reviewed during the visit the model of the Authority, and also toured a number of vital projects supervised by the authority. 

His Excellency was received by a number of officials, including the Secretary General of the Economic Cities Authority, Muhannad bin Abdul Mohsen Hilal.

The Secretary General expressed his hopes that the visit will contribute to enhancing the cooperation between all parties interested in developing and supporting the contribution of economic cities in achieving the aspirations of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.

He also aims the project would provide government support through strategic initiatives and projects to build effective partnerships between the kingdom and the private sector to attract specific investments.

Al-Falih’s tour included the Industrial Valley at King Abdullah Economic City, Pfizer Factory, one of the largest pharmaceutical factories in the Industrial Valley, Mars Factory, the world’s leading chocolate company, and Fursan Ceramics company. 


Flights from Madinah airport for departing Hajj pilgrims continue

Updated 16 min 32 sec ago

Flights from Madinah airport for departing Hajj pilgrims continue

MADINAH: Flights departing from Prince Mohammad bin Abdul Aziz International Airport in Madinah continue to transport pilgrims to their countries after performing Hajj and visiting the city to pray in the Prophet’s Mosque.
The airport is witnessing continuous efforts to receive pilgrims, work on their travel procedures and transport their luggage in a timely manner, in collaboration with all parties involved in Hajj.
The General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) provides an integrated operational plan to serve pilgrims leaving Madinah after performing Hajj.
Three lounges have been set up at the airport to receive departing pilgrims, with more than 3,000 flights until Sept. 15.
Hajj halls and international lounges were prepared to ensure a smooth flow at the airport. There are also 104 desks for completing travel procedures, 60 for passport procedures, 24 gates directly connected to aircraft via bridges, and nine gates to transport passengers between planes and lounges by bus.
An external area was prepared to receive pilgrims’ luggage in advance of their departure, as were several plazas extending over 10,000 square meters and equipped with all the necessary amenities. There is also a parking area that can accommodate 250 buses.
The commander of Hajj security forces, Brig. Gen. Fawaz bin Qalit Al-Faqir, said all necessary actions have been taken for the completion of departure procedures, the duration of which does not exceed 30 seconds per pilgrim.