Now watch Yemen war on Snapchat

Updated 05 December 2015
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Now watch Yemen war on Snapchat

RIYADH: Until now the traditional way of the military communicating with the media has been through press conferences. But the military seems to have recognized the importance of social media in this information age and has opened its doors to it.
Majid Al-Sabah, a regular user of Snapchat, surprised his followers by visiting the command and control center in Riyadh. He clicked photos from all corners of the war operations room to transmit details of the ongoing war in Yemen.
On Snapchat, Al-Sabah transmitted details of operations from the command center of the allies to over a million of his followers spread all across the Arab world. He showed sites of officers of the countries of the coalition and photos of flags of the UAE, Egypt, Jordan, Bahrain, Kuwait and Qatar.
He was given access to the operations planning department of the allies to transmit details of work being done to his followers through an interview with officers on the spot.
He also informed his followers on Snapchat about the bombing from a Scud missile platform at the time he was visiting the command and control headquarters of the alliance in Riyadh.
Al-Sabah's coverage of the Saudi-led operations in Yemen is being seen as the first such coverage in a military headquarters for reporting to a wide follower base on Snapchat.
Twitterati have lauded the coverage of Al-Sabah on Snapchat and described his coverage as bold and a highly courageous act which also reflected professionalism.


Saudi defense partnerships signed at Paris Air Show

Updated 20 June 2019
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Saudi defense partnerships signed at Paris Air Show

PARIS: Saudi defense chiefs signed a number of strategic partnerships with major global companies while taking part in the prestigious Paris Air Show.
The pavilion of the Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) company received a succession of key aerospace-industry figures during the Kingdom’s first exhibition appearance at the world’s largest aviation event.
High-profile visitors welcomed by SAMI chief executive offer, Andreas Schwer, included chairman of the SAMI board of directors, Ahmad Al-Khatib, deputy chairman of the SAMI board of directors and chairman of the board of directors of the Local Content and Government Procurement Commission, Dr. Ghassan Al-Shibl, and president of the General Authority for Civil Aviation, Abdulhadi bin Ahmed Al-Mansouri.
The pavilion also received a senior delegation from the Saudi Presidency of State Security, along with the director general of Saudi Arabian Airlines, Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser.
During the second day of the air show, which runs until June 23 at Le Bourget airport in Paris, SAMI officials took part in meetings and signed strategic partnerships with global businesses involved in the four areas of the company’s work, namely air and ground systems, weapons, missiles and defense electronics.
At a signing ceremony in the SAMI pavilion, company chiefs also put pen to paper on a joint project agreement with US aerospace and defense company L3 Technologies for cooperation in the field of electro-optical and infra-red technology and special task systems inside Saudi Arabia. In February, the two sides signed a memorandum of understanding establishing the joint project.