Missile fired from Yemen hits desert in Asir

A projectile fired by Houthis from Yemen on August 14, 2016, is seen at the yard of a water facility in Jazan. (SPA file photo)
Updated 08 October 2016
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Missile fired from Yemen hits desert in Asir

JEDDAH: Yemeni rebels fired yet another ballistic missile in the direction of Khamis Mushayt on Friday night, the Saudi-led Coalition force supporting Yemen’s government said.
A Coalition statement on Saturday said the missile was fired at about 9:30 p.m. Friday from south of Saada but it fell in an uninhabited desert and caused no injuries.
Saudi jets hit back, targeting the area inside Yemen from where the missile was fired, the statement said.
Early on Friday, a projectile fired from Yemen struck the settlement of Tuwal in Jazan province, killing a Yemeni man and injuring another man and his child, officials said.
Shiite Houthi rebels and troops loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh have been routinely firing ballistic missiles and mortars at Saudi Arabia since peace talks between them and the government of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi collapsed in July.


Makkah to host 4-day economic forum starting March 23

Participants attend the Makkah Regional Economic Forum (MREF) in Jeddah in this May 6, 2018 file photo. On March 23, 2019, the second MREF will open with the theme "The Road to an Urban Future, Invest in Makkah." (AN file)
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Makkah to host 4-day economic forum starting March 23

  • This year’s forum will focus on urban development, public services and infrastructure, transport and logistics, and innovation in Hajj and Umrah
  • Some of this year’s topics will be highlighted at next year’s G20 Summit hosted by Saudi Arabia

JEDDAH: Under the patronage of Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, the second Makkah Region Economic Forum (MREF) kicks off on Saturday at Jabal Omar Hotel.
The four-day event is organized by the Makkah governorate and the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, in collaboration with the Makkah and Taif chambers of commerce and industry.
Under the title “The Road to an Urban Future: Invest in Makkah,” this year’s edition will focus on four main topics: Urban development, public services and infrastructure, transport and logistics, and innovation in Hajj and Umrah. 
The MREF will also shed light on unique new investment opportunities in the Makkah region.
Hisham Al-Falih, head of the forum’s executive committee, said the MREF aims to encourage local and international business investments in the region’s development projects.
“The main themes to be discussed at this year’s edition … are designed to integrate with the economic issues that were discussed during the meetings of the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, which was held in January,” he said. 
Some of this year’s topics will be highlighted at next year’s G20 Summit hosted by Saudi Arabia, he added.
The main topics of the MREF’s panel discussions will include housing, hospitality, business development, and development of the Makkah region’s unplanned neighborhoods.
Last year’s edition offered investment opportunities worth more than SR280 million ($74.6 million) and attracted nearly 7,500 people, paving the way for major investment projects in the region. 
The first MREF saw the participation in panel discussions of eight ministers, a group of economic leaders and VIPs from around the world.