Saudi air defenses shoot down missiles ‘heading for Makkah and Jeddah’

Batteries of the US-made Patriot anti-missile system in Saudi Arabia. (AFP/File photo)
Updated 21 May 2019
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Saudi air defenses shoot down missiles ‘heading for Makkah and Jeddah’

  • Arab Coalition says air targets flying over restricted areas were dealt with accordingly
  • Al-Arabiya said the missiles were heading toward Jeddah and Makkah, according to eyewitnesses

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s air defense forces shot down two ballistic missiles that Al-Arabiya reported were heading towards Jeddah and Makkah.

The forces "monitored air targets flying over restricted areas in Jeddah and Taif province, and were dealt with accordingly,"  Arab coalition spokesman Turki Al-Maliki said.

Al-Arabiya said the missiles were heading toward Jeddah and Makkah, according to eyewitnesses. The report said the missiles were shot down near Taif, just 50 kilometers from Makkah.

Bahrain strongly condemned the firing of the missiles, blaming Houthi militants in Yemen.

The Houthis have fired dozens of missiles at targets in Saudi Arabia, including the capital Riyadh.

In 2016 and 2017 the Arab Coalition supporting the Yemeni government said the militia had launched missiles towards Makkah.


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.