New Jeddah airport to open in mid-2016

Updated 02 October 2015
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New Jeddah airport to open in mid-2016

JEDDAH: The upgrade of King Abdulaziz International Airport here is 85 percent complete and would open on schedule in mid-2016.
This is according to a report in a local publication on Wednesday, which said that the arrival and departure halls include 220 counters for airlines. Areas for planes to park are also being completed.
The new facility will have a 136-meter-high control tower, and additional overpasses and roads linked to the main thoroughfares. The overpasses have been built by the General Authority for Civil Aviation (GACA).
It will have a 33-km-long baggage system to handle an estimated 30 million passengers and 90 planes at more than 46 gates. Each gate will be connected to departure and arrival halls, in addition to car parks, to eliminate congestion and overcrowding.
Meanwhile, the GACA, with Jeddah Gov. Prince Mishaal bin Majed, launched a 21-day exhibition on Wednesday to inform city residents about the major projects underway in the city.
Prince Mishaal was welcomed by Faisal Al-Sugeir, the GACA president, and Wael bin Mohammad Al-Sarhan, assistant president of corporate telecommunications and marketing. The governor was briefed on the timetable for the completion of the airport.
Al-Sugeir said the GACA decided to participate in the exhibition because it was one of the biggest construction projects in the country and affected residents and visitors. The GACA had used social media to publicize the event.
He said the work is expected to be completed by mid-2016 because several critical stages have already been implemented. The first phase of the project included the building of passenger halls, and a control tower to monitor air traffic with a supporting building.
The other first phase projects included the main rescue building, a crisis management center, two centers for data, a building for meteorology, ground maintenance center, control center for Saudi Arabian Airlines, passenger autowalks and baggage carousels, five radio stations, and car parks for first class and business class passengers, he said.
The second phase includes the transport center, the train station that will be connected to the high-speed Al-Haramain railway lines, a tunnel for ground equipment underneath the central runway, passenger halls, a yard for private planes, a building for flight safety, and a building for control equipment.


Around 3 million arrested for residency, labor violations in KSA

405,806 were transferred to their respective diplomatic missions to obtain travel documents. (SPA)
Updated 21 April 2019
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Around 3 million arrested for residency, labor violations in KSA

  • 1,227 Saudi citizens were arrested for harboring the violators against local laws, of which 50 are being detained, pending the completion of procedures

RIYADH: Nearly 3 million violators of residency, work and border security systems have been arrested in a year-long roundup, according to an official report.
Since the campaign began in November 2017, there have been 2,987,317 offenders, including 2,328,031 for violating residency regulations, 458,591 for labor violations and 200,695 for border violations, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
The report said that 50,388 people were arrested while trying to cross the border into the Kingdom, 50 percent of whom were Yemeni citizens, 47 percent were Ethiopians and 3 percent were of other nationalities.
2,135 people were arrested for trying to cross the border into neighboring countries and 3,697 were arrested for involvement in transporting and harboring those violators. 1,227 Saudi citizens were arrested for harboring the violators against local laws, of which 50 are being detained, pending the completion of procedures.
Immediate penalties were imposed against 443,210 offenders; 405,806 were transferred to their respective diplomatic missions to obtain travel documents; 507,042 were transferred to complete their travel reservations; and 750,504 were deported.