Saudia plane skids off runway in Manila

Updated 06 August 2014

Saudia plane skids off runway in Manila

MANILA, Philippines: Airport officials say a Saudi Arabian Airlines plane has swerved off the runway at Manila’s international airport and become stuck in the mud as it prepared to take off after a heavy rain. None of the 298 passengers was hurt, but at least 11 other flights were delayed by the blocked runway.
The airport authority said workers were attempting to remove the Boeing 747 after the incident Tuesday evening.
Flight SV871 bound for Riyadh was canceled and the passengers were taken away by bus and put up in a hotel. Officials could not yet say when the runway would be cleared.


Saudi Arabia among top 10 in UN’s e-commerce index

Updated 09 December 2019

Saudi Arabia among top 10 in UN’s e-commerce index

  • The index ranked the Kingdom 49th in the global ranking

RIYADH: The UN e-commerce index ranked Saudi Arabia among the top 10 countries in the e-commerce sector. 

The index, issued by the UN Conference on Trade and Development, ranked the Kingdom 49th in the global ranking, rising three places in the general index.

The report indicated that the improvement achieved by the Kingdom came from two criteria: The proportion of Internet use — which has risen to 93 percent — and the rising postal reliability standard.

Saudi Minister of Communications and Information Technology Abdullah bin Amer Al-Sawaha said that this achievement came as a result of unlimited support from the leadership.

He added that the ministry works with partners to develop the Kingdom’s digital capabilities to invest in the growth of future projects in order to achieve the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 reform plans.