Iraqi president to visit Kingdom today

Updated 12 November 2014

Iraqi president to visit Kingdom today

Iraqi President Fuad Masum is to visit the Kingdom on Tuesday for the highest-level talks between the two neighbors in years, as relations thaw, the SPA announced on Monday.
Saudi-Iraqi relations began to improve after Masum’s nomination of Prime Minister Haidar Al-Abadi in August to replace the controversial leader Nuri Al-Maliki.
King Abdullah sent messages of congratulations to both men saying that he hoped the nomination would help “re-establish cohesion among Iraq’s people and preserve the unity and stability of Iraq.”
Saudi Arabia shares a border of more than 800 km with Iraq.


Riyadh Travel Fair faces second delay amid coronavirus

Updated 12 min 52 sec ago

Riyadh Travel Fair faces second delay amid coronavirus

  • Riyadh Travel Fair is the largest tourism and travel exhibition in the Kingdom

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s largest tourism display, the Riyadh Travel Fair 2020, has been postponed for a second time because of safety fears over the coronavirus pandemic.

Initially scheduled for March, the annual event was first shifted to September, but is now planned for March 15-18, 2021.

The latest postponement was made in the interests of public health and safety by officials at ASAS Exhibitions and Conference Organizing Company, the firm organizing the fair. 

Bandar Al-Quraini, the company’s general manager, said: “We are now planning for the 2021 edition and look forward to welcoming back all our travel industry partners and public once the health and safety of visitors can be fully assured.”

Riyadh Travel Fair is the largest tourism and travel exhibition in the Kingdom, attracting visitors and exhibitors from the Middle East and North Africa, Asia, Australia and Europe. 

It aims to promote investment, development and sustainability of this sector in the region.

More than 270 exhibitors from 50 countries were due to take part in the 2020 edition, with up to 30,000 visitors expected for the three-day event.