KSA emerges as a major player on world stage

Updated 18 November 2015

KSA emerges as a major player on world stage

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia is a major player in the global economy, a senior economist following the G-20 summit, which concluded in Antalya on Monday, observed.
Osama Kurdi, former Shoura Council member, said Saudi Arabia under Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman has become a major player in the world economy by supporting the economic policies of the major countries in the world.
“Despite the contributions made by various global bodies such as WTO, UN and OPEC, G-20 has begun to play an important role not only in the economic field but also in the political field,” Kurdi said.
The Kingdom has joined the summit in fighting against terrorism, creating job opportunities and developing SMEs which is the need of the hour, he noted.
By virtue of the wise policies of King Salman, he said the Kingdom is marching toward a prosperous economic goal to achieve peace, security and political stability in the region.
Musad Al-Zayani, Dubai-based Saudi journalist who is currently covering the G-20 Summit, told Arab News that King Salman’s speech at the summit was well received by the delegates.
He said that the king strongly condemned all forms of terror and also admitted that the Kingdom has been a victim of terrorism for several years.
The journalist welcomed the suggestion made by King Salman that quick solutions must be found for the problems in Syria, Palestine and Yemen.
He pointed out that its a magnanimous gesture on the part of the king to call for support of the Syrian refugees irrespective of the countries of displacement.
“We are a major player in the global oil industry,” the journalist said, pointing out that Saudi Arabia has the key to any problems in the petrochemical industry by virtue of its oil reserves and massive oil production.
The king, Al-Zayani said, has a clear vision to promote SME’s in the Kingdom which would create job opportunities for the youth and eventually take the economy to new heights.
Prominent Saudi writer Mohsin Hassan Al-Sheikh said the people in the Kingdom are very happy that King Salman has unreservedly condemned terrorism by joining the world community at the G-20.
Although they try to give an Islamic color to their actions, terrorists have no religion and they are criminals involved in destructive work. Under the leadership of King Salman, he said that the Kingdom will provide an effective fight against terror so that people in the region, as well as in other parts of the world, can live in peace and prosperity.
King Salman, who was leading the Saudi delegation at the G-20 summit, met with foreign leaders gathered on Sunday and discussed with them developments in the region and the summit agenda.
The members of the G-20 are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States and the European Union.
Saudi Arabia has a special place as a G-20 member given its role in global energy security and heavy-weight economic status in the region — it is the only country from the Middle East and Arab world represented in the G-20.


Saudi customs train dogs to sniff out infected air travelers

Saudi Health Ministry officials distribute roses to people following precautionary measures to prevent coronavirus. (Supplied)
Updated 05 August 2020

Saudi customs train dogs to sniff out infected air travelers

  • 1,983 critical cases reported, death toll reaches 2,984

JEDDAH: Saudi Customs officials are taking the lead in identifying air travelers harboring the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) — by using specially trained sniffer dogs.

The canine virus detectors are being drafted in at airports throughout the Kingdom to help pick up the scent of infected passengers.
Following the resumption of international flights, customs staff in Saudi Arabia are to use the animals as part of their efforts to stop the spread of the deadly virus.
The customs authority, in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has been training Jack Russell terriers and other breeds to recognize the odor of COVID-19.
“The training has been 80 percent successful,” said Mohammed Al-Salloum, director of the National Center for Living Means at Saudi Customs, adding that final preparations were being put in place for the dog teams to start work in airport terminals throughout the country.
Meanwhile, the Saudi Ministry of Health on Tuesday announced 1,342 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, taking the total number in the Kingdom to 281,435.
Of the latest cases, 97 were recorded in Riyadh, 56 in Makkah, 53 in Madinah and Hafr Al-Batin, and 51 in Dammam, with 40 percent of them women. There were 34,763 active cases, with most patients in a stable condition, and 1,983 critical.
The number of people who have recovered from COVID-19 increased to 243,688 with 1,635 of those being in the latest 24-hour period. The Kingdom reported 35 new COVID-19-related deaths, raising the overall toll to 2,984.
The ministry said it had carried out 54,325 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests over 24 hours taking the total number of checks conducted since the outbreak to 3,528,040.