Makkah air security boosted for last 10 days of Ramadan

The General Security Aviation Command stands ready to carry out rescue and evacuation missions by air. (SPA)
Updated 26 May 2019
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Makkah air security boosted for last 10 days of Ramadan

  • Al-Sudais urges diligence, dedication in serving pilgrims

MAKKAH: As part of its role with Umrah security forces, the General Security Aviation Command has raised its level of readiness and increased its aerial monitoring operations in Makkah for the last 10 days of Ramadan.
The command conducts aerial monitoring missions, observes traffic on the city’s main roads, provides logistic support to all government security sectors, and stands ready to carry out rescue and evacuation missions by air.
It is increasing its efforts to cope with the rising number of pilgrims as Ramadan comes to a close.
The last 10 days of Ramadan must be spent with the “utmost diligence,” the Saudi Press Agency reported the head of the General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques as saying.
Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Sudais was giving a speech to the presidency’s officials, urging them to use the rest of the holy month to pray and to serve the pilgrims performing Umrah.
“These 10 holy days must be spent with the utmost diligence. It is an opportunity to stay far away from the flames of hell. The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was most diligent during these blessed days, even more than on the night of prayer. All of us are dedicated to serving the worshippers who are visiting for Umrah and praying at the Grand Mosque of Makkah.” Serving the pilgrims was an honor for Saudi Arabia, he added.
King Salman has called for the convening of two summits of Gulf and Arab states to be held on May 30 in Makkah.
According to a Ministry of Foreign Affairs statement carried by SPA, the king sent an invitation to the leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council countries and leaders of other Arab countries to discuss the recent attacks by the Iranian-backed Houthis in the UAE and on Saudi Arabia’s oil pipelines and their repercussions on the region.
Al-Sudais urged presidency officials to make these summits successful because the invited leaders were guests of Allah as well as the Kingdom’s.
He called on the presidency’s staff to be rewarded for their dedication and loyalty, and hoped the summit would a unifying force.


High-level investment forum aims to further boost business between Saudi Arabia and Japan

Updated 18 June 2019
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High-level investment forum aims to further boost business between Saudi Arabia and Japan

  • Japan is one of Saudi Arabia’s most important economic partners

TOKYO: More than 300 government, investment and industry leaders on Monday took part in a high-level gathering aimed at further boosting business opportunities between Saudi Arabia and Japan.

The Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA) welcomed key figures from the public and private sectors to the Saudi-Japan Vision 2030 Business Forum, held in Tokyo.

Hosted in partnership with the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), the conference focused on the creation of investment opportunities in strategic sectors of the Kingdom. Delegates also discussed key reforms currently underway to enable easier market access for foreign companies.

Speaking at the event, Saudi Economy and Planning Minister Mohammed Al-Tuwaijri, said: “Today’s forum is a testimony to the success of the strategic direction set by the Saudi-Japanese Vision 2030 two years ago, which seeks to drive private-sector involvement, both by partnering with public-sector entities.”

SAGIA Gov. Ibrahim Al-Omar said: “At SAGIA, we have been working on creating a more attractive and favorable business environment in Saudi Arabia, which is making it easier for foreign companies to access opportunities in the Kingdom.”

Japan is one of Saudi Arabia’s most important economic partners. It is the Kingdom’s second-largest source of foreign capital and third-biggest trading partner, with total trade exceeding $39 billion.

JETRO president, Yasushi Akahoshi, said: “Saudi-Japan Vision 2030 has made great progress since it was first announced. Under this strategic initiative, the number of cooperative projects between our two countries has nearly doubled, from 31 to 61, and represents a diverse range of sectors and stakeholders.”

Since 2016, the Saudi government has delivered 45 percent of more than 500 planned reforms, including the introduction of 100 percent foreign ownership rights, enhancing legal infrastructure and offering greater protection for shareholders.

As a result, the Kingdom has climbed international competitiveness and ease-of-doing-business rankings, with foreign direct investment inflows increasing by 127 percent in 2018 and the number of new companies entering Saudi Arabia rising by 70 percent on a year-on-year basis in the first quarter of 2019.