Massive flour mill complex launched near Makkah

Updated 16 June 2015
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Massive flour mill complex launched near Makkah

JAMOOM, Makkah: People in Saudi Arabia waste 35 percent of bread produced in the country, said Agriculture Minister Abdul Rahman Al-Fadli.

“We have one of the world’s highest per capita consumption of bread,” he said.
Speaking to reporters after Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal launched one of the largest grain silos and flour mills in the region, he said the price of bread in the Kingdom is one of the lowest in the world.
He said the General Organization for Grain Silos and Flour Mills tries to strengthen the skills and efficiency of its workers by sending them for intensive training inside and outside the Kingdom, in preparation for its privatization.
The government established the organization in 1972 with a single branch with a capacity of 540 tons of wheat and production capacity of 135,000 tons annually. Currently there are 14 branches with a total capacity of 2.6 million tons.
Al-Fadli commended the government’s efforts to ensure adequate supply of flour and bread in the market at the lowest rate. “Saudi Arabia has won an award from the Food and Agriculture Organization for maintaining the lowest malnutrition rate,” the minister pointed out.
Abdul Rahman Al-Ruwaitie, director general of the organization, said the facility in Jamoom would have a capacity to store 250,000 tons of wheat and two flour mills with a daily production capacity of 600 tons each.
“The plant will supply more than 5 million bags of flour annually and 1.5 million bags of bran,” Al-Ruwaitie said.
The facility includes administrative buildings, sales offices, a laboratory and housing for employees.
Speaking about other advanced systems at the plant, he said it has an automatic operation and control system as well as a cleaning and packing system. The project includes a desalination plant and a power generation plant.
The Jamoom grain silos and flour mills are located about 18 km from Makkah. Covering an area of 962,700 square meters, the plant was established at a cost of SR819 million. It has a special system to unload 1,000 tons of wheat per hour.


Saudi Arabia plays host to major Indonesian tourism campaign

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Saudi Arabia plays host to major Indonesian tourism campaign

  • More than 165,000 Saudis visited the Southeast Asian country in 2018, and officials there are aiming to increase that number to 200,000 as part of a global visitor target of 20 million for this year
  • Indonesia is the world’s largest archipelago, with more than 17,000 islands famed for their beaches, wildlife and natural beauty

JEDDAH: Tourism chiefs have been taking part in a major five-day Saudi campaign to help promote Indonesia as a top international holiday destination.
More than 165,000 Saudis visited the Southeast Asian country in 2018, and officials there are aiming to increase that number to 200,000 as part of a global visitor target of 20 million for this year.
From Feb. 11-15, the Indonesian Tourism Ministry has been working with its Consulate General in Jeddah to run a series of events in the Kingdom in a bid to boost the country’s tourist attractions.
Seventeen agencies representing Indonesia’s hotel, airline and travel industries participated in a business get-together with local Saudi tour operators, and around 70 prominent media figures were invited to the Pullman Hotel in Jeddah for a day of briefings on key Indonesian visitor destinations.
The last three days of the promotional program saw the Tourism Ministry and officials from top local destinations, take part in the Jeddah International Travel and Tourism Exhibition (JTTX), held at the Hilton Hotel.
Indonesia was one of the main sponsors of the event which has now been running for nine years.
Mohamad Hery Saripudin, the consul-general of Indonesia in Jeddah, said numerous innovative promotional breakthroughs had been made toward attracting more Saudi tourists to his country.
Indonesia is the world’s largest archipelago, with more than 17,000 islands famed for their beaches, wildlife and natural beauty.
Garuda, the national airline of Indonesia, has helped with the running of familiarization trips for journalists to several tourist hotspots, and other initiatives have seen free Indonesian language courses being offered to Saudis and expatriates.
R. Sigit Witjaksono, the director of tourism marketing for South and Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa, said Indonesia aimed to play host to 20 million visitors from throughout the world during 2019.
He noted that Indonesia welcomed 165,862 Saudi visitors in 2018, the highest total of any country in the Middle East.
As well as its natural delights, Indonesia is Islam-friendly, having thousands of mosques and offering products which are Shariah-compliant.