Spain visa application center opens in Riyadh and Jeddah

Updated 31 May 2012
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Spain visa application center opens in Riyadh and Jeddah

VFS Global, a global outsourcing and technology services specialist primarily serving diplomatic missions and government agencies across the world, opened a new visa application center for Spain in Riyadh yesterday.
"The embassy of Spain in Saudi Arabia, in fact, has tied up with the VFS Global and extended the collection of visa applications and delivery process in Riyadh and Jeddah through their Schengen Visa Application Center (VAC)," said Pablo Bravo, Spanish ambassador.
Bravo, speaking on the occasion of the center’s opening at the Spanish Embassy, said: "Thanks to our partnership with VFS Global, the Spanish Embassy will be able to provide a better visa service for Saudi citizens and handle more visa applications as per the highest standards of quality and efficiency. I am proud of the agreement signed with VFS, which is a step forward in our wish of enhancing and strengthening relations between the Kingdom and Spain."
“The VFS Global is honored to be associated with the embassy of Spain in the Kingdom and it is our privilege that we have been given the opportunity to extend our association to Riyadh and Jeddah," said Sachin Verma, VFS head of operations for the Middle East. “Residents of Riyadh, Jeddah and other parts of Saudi Arabia will now find it convenient to apply for visas to Spain, which is an important ally of the Kingdom in the context of political and commercial relations.”
"We are committed to providing highly efficient and convenient services to all visa applicants applying for Spanish visas in the city,” said Verma, speaking at the launch. VFS Global will be responsible for accepting and processing applications for Spanish visas from applicants residing in Saudi Arabia, he said. All applications will now be accepted by the center, while the Spanish diplomatic mission will continue to assess the applications, he explained.
The key features of the visa center are longer operating hours, a dedicated website for easy access, visa information including visa types, applicable fees and application status, professional and responsive staff dedicated to handle visa queries, dedicated call center unit along with a dedicated helpline, email support and courier delivery of passports. The center will remain open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Saturday to Wednesday.
The visa center, which is in a complex housing other visa centers, is located on the first floor of Dove Plaza (Hyper Panda) in Riyadh’s Umm Al-Hamam district of. In Jeddah, the center is located on the ground floor of Manazil Muttaqin in Al-Ruwais District. The center's inaugural ceremony was also attended by Carmen Fernandex Torres, deputy head of mission at the Spanish Embassy; Luis Pertusa Rodriguez, consular head; Mohan Mathew, COO of Etimad and Harris Moosa, VFS country manager.
VFS Global is a global outsourcing and technology services specialist for diplomatic missions and governments worldwide. The company manages visa issuance-related administrative and non-judgmental tasks for its client missions. With 526 Visa Application Centers and operations in 63 countries across five continents, VFS Global serves the interests of the diplomatic missions of 37 governments.


Events celebrating Saudi Souq Okaz festival kick off on Wednesday

Events are planned across the country to accompany the Souq Okaz festival. (AFP)
Updated 19 June 2018
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Events celebrating Saudi Souq Okaz festival kick off on Wednesday

  • Makkah will host a show creatively presenting the historical convoys of trade souqs
  • Riyadh and the Eastern Province will be hosting heritage and cultural events such as a show that presents the story of buying and selling in Souq Okaz and encourages people to visit the souq’s events

JEDDAH: Events accompanying Souq Okaz that promote the market and invite people to visit its cultural and heritage activities will kick off on Wednesday, under the patronage of King Salman. The Souq is organized by the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) and will run June 27 to July 13.

Makkah will host the event of “The Historical Convoys of Thi Al-Mejna and Thi Al-Mijaz Souqs,” a show creatively presenting the historical convoys of trade souqs. These convoys show the method traders adopted to beat travel exhaustion and entertain themselves as they would sing about Souq Okaz and invite people to visit it.

Madinah will host the event “Let’s go to Souq Okaz,” which will encourage people to attend the cultural and heritage events. This event includes activities such as folk shows and interactive, innovative and heritage competitions.

Jeddah will host several cultural seminars focusing on the history of the souq as well as poetry readings and a theatrical show that represents the story of buying and selling in Souq Okaz.

Riyadh and the Eastern Province will be hosting heritage and cultural events such as a show that presents the story of buying and selling in Souq Okaz and encourages people to visit the souq’s events.

Taif will host “Souq Okaz for Performance Arts,” an event that includes heritage and cultural performance activities that reflect the souq’s identity in Al-Hada, Shifa and Ar-Rudaf Park. 

The events accompanying the souq this year will be launched on Friday in Al-Baha and many archaeological sites in the provinces of Al-Mikhwat, Al-Qura and Al-Mandaq.

The events include the camel convoy, horse shows, traditional folk and dancing shows, artifacts, Saudi traditional dishes and the introduction of some popular traditional and historical souqs in the regions.