Two terror cells busted in Riyadh, Jeddah

Updated 01 September 2012
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Two terror cells busted in Riyadh, Jeddah

JEDDAH: Security forces busted two terror cells in Riyadh and Jeddah and foiled their attack plans, the Interior Ministry said in a statement yesterday.
Two Saudi and six Yemeni members of the two cells have been arrested.
“Special security forces arrested a Saudi and six Yemenis after observing their suspicious movements over the past many months. They maintained direct contact with Al-Qaeda outfits outside the Kingdom. The security forces also learned that they set up a terror cell in Riyadh and engaged in promoting ‘takfiri’ (branding the other as an infidel) ideology and the recruitment of youth for terror operations against security forces, citizens, expatriates and government installations,” Spokesman of Interior Ministry Maj. Gen. Mansour Al-Turki said in a statement yesterday.
Police also learned that the cell had reached an advanced stage in executing their plans after developing explosive devices and testing them outside Riyadh besides continued contact with foreign-based Al-Qaeda to launch their terror operations.
One of the terrorists suffered burns and mutilation of fingers during their trial operations, Al-Turki said. “Police arrested the chief of the cell, a Saudi, and he supplied detailed information on other cell members, its plans and the devices prepared by them,” Al-Turki said in his statement.
“Following the lead, police arrested six cell members who were Yemenis. They were interrogated and their confessions were endorsed formally. Security forces also searched three locations, one of which was a chamber attached to a mosque in Riyadh where the police found chemicals employed in making explosives and mobile phone-like devices that could trigger blasts from a distance besides documents and cash,” he said. The arrested terrorist also confessed that they contacted terrorists outside the Kingdom who included men carrying nicknames such as Al-Assad Al-Hasur, Faris Al-Maarikah, Namir Al-Jihad and Abu Jandal Al-Yamani.
Police also busted a cell in Jeddah with the arrest of a Saudi who had links with the Riyadh cell. The arrested had confessed that he used to develop explosives and test them, Al-Turki said, adding that further investigations are under way.
The authorities also called on the two Saudi suspects in hiding Saleh Muhammad Al-Sehaibani and Ali Nasser Asiri to surrender to the authorities and clarify their positions. Their relatives have also been notified.
The ministry also requested that anyone who had any knowledge of the whereabouts of the two men to inform authorities on the toll-free 990 or at the nearest police station. It also warned that any one who shelter them or have relations with them would face legal action.


KSA will be one of the very best countries for tourism, says Prince Sultan

Updated 22 April 2018
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KSA will be one of the very best countries for tourism, says Prince Sultan

  • The number of job opportunities is expected to increase to 1.2 million by the year 2020.
  • The Saudi government has allocated SR5 billion to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques’ program.

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia will be one of the most attractive countries for tourism because of its location, its unique tourist and historic elements and its hospitable and welcoming people, said Prince Sultan bin Salman.
Prince Sultan, who is president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), told the annual conference of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) in the Argentine capital Buenos Aires that the efforts of the SCTH and its partners in localizing tourist jobs resulted in an increase in the number of direct jobs in the tourism sector from 936,000 in 2016 to 993,000 by the end of 2017. The number of job opportunities is expected to increase to 1.2 million by the year 2020.
He said the contributions of tourism to the national GDP amounted to 3.6 percent, up to 4.9 percent of the national non-oil output, and the revenues of the tourism sector reached SR97.5 billion ($26 billion). Direct jobs in the tourism sector exceeded 994,000, and the proportion of Saudi citizens currently employed in the sector is about 28 percent.
The Saudi government has allocated SR5 billion to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques’ program, which takes care of the cultural heritage of the Kingdom.
The program includes the establishment of 18 museums in the Kingdom’s regions, the creation of 80 heritage sites and opening them to visitors throughout the Kingdom, the restoration and preparation of 18 villages and traditional towns to receive visitors, and hosting economic and local hospitality activities operated by local people, as well as opening 17 centers for artisans that serve as incubators for the development of their businesses, factories for their production, and outlets for sale.
Prince Sultan also noted that after the SCTH completed the registration of the first four sites on the World Heritage List (Madain Saleh, Al-Tarif district in Jeddah, historic Jeddah, rock inscriptions in Jubba and Shuweis in Hail), it has been working with its partners to complete the registration files of six additional sites. Also, 20 additional important Islamic sites are being rehabilitated and prepared in Makkah and Madinah.
The conference was attended by more than 1,200 prominent investors and key corporate officials in tourism.
The WTTC is the largest gathering of investors and private sector professionals working in tourism around the world.