Saudi flag unfurled on world’s tallest flagpole

Updated 24 September 2014

Saudi flag unfurled on world’s tallest flagpole

Jeddah municipality hoisted on Tuesday night a giant Saudi flag onto the world's tallest flagpole to mark the country's 84th National Day.
The pole is 170 meters high, while the flag is 49.5 meters long, 33 meters wide, 1,635 square meters and weighs 570 kg.
Jeddah Mayor Hani Aburas said the second trial run of the flag-hoisting operation was done on Sunday in preparation for the launch in the center of the newly built 26,000-square-meter King Abdullah Square on the intersection of Andalus Road and King Abdullah Road in Jeddah.
He said this was the first project of its kind in the Kingdom in terms of design and construction. Plants cover an area of 9,000 square meters. The flagpole is surrounded by 13 special lights denoting the Kingdom's 13 governorates.
The area around the pole includes a representation of the two swords and palm tree, the emblem of the Kingdom, covering the entire area of the square. It is the largest emblem in the country, said Ibrahim Badawood, director general of the initiative.
The flagpole is made from 500 tons of steel in a cylindrical shape with sufficient width to accommodate the service units of the project, and allow workers to climb to the top for maintenance, said Sharif Al-Bahhar, engineer of the project
The facilities incorporated into the project include a unit to gauge the wind direction and speed, atmospheric humidity, volume of rain and for the aircraft-warning light. Separate units would absorb the shock of the flutter and ensure the stability of the pole, which is fire resistance, the engineer said.
Construction on the project, undertaken by Abdul Latif Jameel Community Initiative, started 12 months ago with contractors using advanced engineering technology.

Saudi Arabia, South Korea reach agreement on visas

King Salman chairs the Cabinet session in Riyadh on Tuesday. (SPA)
Updated 16 January 2019

Saudi Arabia, South Korea reach agreement on visas

  • Cabinet OKs air transport pact with Indonesia

JEDDAH: The Saudi Cabinet met to discuss a series of national and global developments on Tuesday, in a session chaired by King Salman.

At the forefront of the agenda was the escalation in tensions between Israel and Hamas along the Gaza border, and the continuing encroachment on Palestinian land by Israeli settlers in the West Bank. The Cabinet responded by demanding that the UN Security Council intervene. King Salman also relayed to ministers the outcome of his talks with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, which covered many regional issues.

The minister of media, Turki bin Abdullah Al-Shabanah, announced that after reviewing proposals from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a decision from the Shoura Council, a memorandum of understanding between the government and the Republic of Korea on granting visit visas had been agreed upon.

The Cabinet approved the amendment of the air agreement on regular air transport between Saudi Arabia and Indonesia.

The Cabinet, meanwhile, praised the progress of the 2025 Sustainable Agricultural and Rural Development Program, aimed at enhancing farming techniques by promoting sustainable water and renewable energy sources.

They also discussed the framework in Vision 2030 and the National Transformation Program 2020 for building a sustainable renewable energy sector, reiterating aims to lead global renewable energy developments over the next decade, and create projects such as the wind-powered plant at Dumat Al-Jandal, as part of the King Salman Renewable Energy Initiative.

In a statement, though, Al-Shabanah said: “The Cabinet discussed the announcement made by the minister of energy, industry and mineral resources about the Kingdom’s oil and gas reserves, which highlighted the importance of Saudi Arabia as a secure source of oil supplies in the long term.”

He added, in closing, the Cabinet’s praise for the efforts of Saudi security forces in the tracking and arrest of seven people in Qatif, which foiled a planned terrorist attack.