‘Constant efforts’ behind Jeddah festival success

Updated 12 July 2015

‘Constant efforts’ behind Jeddah festival success

JEDDAH: Continuous efforts to change events and activities to suit the taste of visitors has made the Jeddah Summer Festival an attraction for not only local visitors, but also international tourists since it was launched 17 years ago, Jeddah Gov. Prince Mishaal bin Majed has said.

The prince, who is also the chairman of the Supreme Organizing Committee of festival, was speaking on the occasion of the Kingdom’s achievement as emerging fifth in the report of the travel and tourism competitiveness 2015, and the 64th globally.
Jeddah Summer Festival was described as the first summer festival at the level of the Kingdom’s regions and the Middle East countries that worked on rooting the integrated teamwork and consolidating the efforts of all government and private sectors to provide the Saudi tourism product in its rich identity and traditions.
Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry Secretary General Adnan bin Hussein Mandoura said the economic sector, encompassing the tourism sector, is one of the largest beneficiaries of such festivals.
He expected the Jeddah festival to realize significant distinction through the cooperation of all parties concerned. “All implementing bodies will ensure the success of the festival in this year’s edition.”
Mandurah said the festival will work toward further developing its programs and activities to be the strongest and longest festival, extending for 30 days right after the second day of Eid Al-Fitr. The festival will be preceded by an advertising campaign worth up to SR10 million.
Hassan Dahlan, deputy secretary-general of JCCI, said the festival will involve over 120 recreational, marketing and cultural activities.

Saudi Arabia welcomes US decision on Iran oil sanction waivers

Updated 26 min 36 sec ago

Saudi Arabia welcomes US decision on Iran oil sanction waivers

  • The Saudi minister said Iran uses state income to finance their dangerous policies
  • Saudi Arabia will work with other oil producing countries to stabilize international market

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia has welcomed US Foreign Minister Mike Pompeo’s announcement that waivers on the sanctions on Iranian oil exports will be lifted, Saudi state agency SPA reported.

Saudi Arabia believes the US decision is a necessary step to pressure the Iranian government to stop jeopardizing peace and end their global support for terrorism, the Saudi Foreign Minister, Ibrahim bin Abdulaziz Al-Assaf, said.

The Iranian regime uses the country’s income to finance dangerous policies without any consideration for international law, the minster added.

International pressures on Iran must continue until it stops interfering in the domestic affairs of other countries, he stressed.

Saudi Arabia will continue their strict adherence to the policies, which aim to stabilize international markets, and will not produce oil beyond the balance, Al-Assaf said.

The Kingdom will cooperate with other oil producing countries to produce enough oil for consumers, he added.