GOSI subscribers increase by 30% in 2013

Updated 29 July 2014

GOSI subscribers increase by 30% in 2013

The General Organization for Social Insurance (GOSI) recorded a 30-percent increase in the number of subscribers in 2013.
Most of the 9.1 million members come from the private sector, according to an annual GOSI statistical report.
More than 295,000 people receive pensions worth an estimated SR1.1 billion per month, suggesting that a higher cumulative value has been dished out, said Sulaiman Gwaiz, GOSI governor and vice chairman.
“GOSI’s investment portfolio rose to more than SR114 billion across 86 companies,” he said.
“GOSI also focused on real estate investments, acquiring or investing in 15 buildings worth SR4 billion, in addition to several other buildings under construction.”


The Hajjana: heritage of Saudi Arabia’s camel riding border patrol honored

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The Hajjana: heritage of Saudi Arabia’s camel riding border patrol honored

The Hajjana — fearless camel riders who patrolled the Kingdom’s borders — helped pave the way for the establishment of the modern Saudi state.
Their story goes back almost 90 years when a Hajjana border patrol was established during the reign of King Abdul Aziz in 1933.
After the Kingdom’s founder reclaimed Al-Ahsa, he ordered sea and land patrols to be carried out to tighten security in the region’s border areas.
Patrols were led by camel riders, so a military sector was formed at that time known as Hajjana. Its name was derived from their means of transport — camels.
Now, nine decades later, the Camel Club has established the Royal Hajjana to commemorate the group’s distinguished cultural heritage.
Since its creation in April, the Royal Hajjana has been preparing to take part in official reception ceremonies for King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s guests as well as national festivals sponsored by the king and crown prince.
It will also perform in Saudi heritage shows and represent the Kingdom in local and international camel festivals.
Hajjana officers became famous throughout the country after acquiring their name from the “hejin,” or camel. They protected the Kingdom’s residents from the south of the Empty Quarter to north of the Nafud Desert.
One of the founding king’s priorities was to provide security and protect the nation’s borders, so the Border Guard was among the first military sectors created.
The Coast Guard’s budget also included allocations for Hajjana officers, known as the Hajjana patrol commanders, whose role was part of the Frontier Corps.
Patrols continued to operate in southern regions until recently. However, the memory of the Hajjana remains fresh in the minds of the Kingdom’s border guards.