Expats ‘feel safer’ in Kingdom than homeland

Updated 19 August 2015

Expats ‘feel safer’ in Kingdom than homeland

RIYADH: Expatriates feel Saudi Arabia is a safer place than their home countries despite the fact that the Kingdom is leading a war against the Yemeni rebels and other terror organizations and a couple of suicide attacks in the recent past.
Mahmoud Talaat, an Egyptian IT manager, said that being in KSA is such a pleasure. “I came to Saudi Arabia after the uprising in 2011. There was chaos in Egypt at that time. When I arrived in the Kingdom, I found peace and safety.”
Elham M., a Yemeni woman, said that in view of the prevailing circumstances in her country, the Kingdom is definitely a much safer place than the home country. “Saudi Arabi is my land and the way (Saudi) soldiers are sacrificing their lives for the safety of another country (Yemen) is beyond description,” a visibly emotional Elham added.
A Sudanese, who requested anonymity, said he enjoys staying in the Kingdom. Asked about the new developments in KSA, he said if he did not read it in the news, he wouldn’t have thought that there was Saudi Arabia was in war with Yemen. “Despite all this, the Kingdom is the safest country in the region.”
Persad P. a Sri Lankan citizen, said that when he chose Saudi Arabia to be his first destination. “Although there is war on the borders, we feel very safe inside the country.”
Nagwa Mousa, an Egyptian doctor, said Operation Decisive Storm and the relief works in Yemen reflect the humanitarian gesture of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman.


First pilgrims leave under Eyab initiative

Updated 19 min 13 sec ago

First pilgrims leave under Eyab initiative

  • Al-Amoudi toured the exhibition dedicated to welcome Eyab’s beneficiaries

Saudi Minister of Transport and Chairman of the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA), Dr. Nabeel Al-Amoudi, oversaw the departure of the first 

group of pilgrims under the Eyab initiative on Saturday together with GACA President Abdulhadi bin Ahmed Al-Mansouri.

Eyab seeks to improve services provided to pilgrims, with the authority aiming to enrich pilgrims’ experience at the Kingdom’s airports. It is expected to benefit 30,000 pilgrims during this year’s Hajj season.

Al-Amoudi toured the exhibition dedicated to welcome Eyab’s beneficiaries, inspected the services available and received a briefing from the initiative’s officials.

GACA started an experimental implementation of Eyab this year, aimed at pilgrims returning to Indonesia, India and Malaysia through Jeddah’s King Abdul Aziz International Airport and Madinah’s Prince Mohammed bin Abdul Aziz Airport.