Dubai crown prince arrives in Jeddah

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Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed arrives in Jeddah on May 26. (SPA)
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Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed arrives in Jeddah on May 26. (SPA)
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King Salman received Dubai's crown prince at Al-Safa Palace in Makkah later on Sunday where they had iftaar together. (SPA)
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King Salman receives Kuwait’s National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim at Al-Safa Palace in Makkah. (SPA)
Updated 26 May 2019
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Dubai crown prince arrives in Jeddah

  • King Salman received the crown prince at the Al-Safa Palace in Makkah later on Sunday where they had iftaar together
  • Sheikh Hamdan was received at King Abdulaziz International Airport by the UAE’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia Sheikh Shakhbout bin Nahyan Al-Nahyan

RIYADH: Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed arrived in Jeddah on Sunday.
Sheikh Hamdan was received at King Abdulaziz International Airport by the UAE’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia Sheikh Shakhbout bin Nahyan Al-Nahyan, the deputy governor of Makkah region Prince Abdullah bin Bandar bin Abdul Aziz as well as other officials.

King Salman received the crown prince at Al-Safa Palace in Makkah later on Sunday where they had iftaar together, along with other officials including  Kuwait’s National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim and the chief of the Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques Sheikh Abdulrahman Al-Sudais. 


The visit of Dubai’s crown prince follows his wedding in a religious ceremony during the holy month of Ramadan, an occasion in which two of his brothers also got married.

 


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.