King Salman to deliver speech to Shoura Council next month

King Salman.
Updated 17 November 2017

King Salman to deliver speech to Shoura Council next month

RIYADH: King Salman will deliver the annual royal speech at the opening of the second year of the seventh session of the Shoura Council next Rabi Al-Awwal, Al-Hayat newspaper reported.

The king will address the internal and external policies of the Kingdom, according to Al-Hayat.

It is expected that King Salman’s speech will be comprehensive and inclusive. It will include current national issues and the developmental approach that the state seeks to achieve in all fields to meet the needs of citizens and fulfill their aspirations.

The speech will also include current regional and international political issues and Saudi Arabia’s position on these issues.


Saudi Arabia’s taxis go green

Updated 7 min 57 sec ago

Saudi Arabia’s taxis go green

  • The newly implemented system states that vehicles can only become licensed taxis if they have operated for less than five years
  • The taxis will be equipped with smart maps, free Wi-Fi, and a mobile app service that will hail the nearest taxi

JEDDAH: The minister of transport and chairman of the Public Transport Authority (PTA), Saleh Al-Jasser, launched a new, modern taxi project at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh on Wednesday.
As a result of collaboration between the PTA and the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), taxis in the Kingdom, as well as gaining a new look and becoming more environmentally friendly, will now be equipped with electronic meter and payment facilities, as well as a supervised fare system.
Rumaih Al-Rumaih, president of the PTA said: “These new taxis are equipped with the latest technologies and features, and are aligned with public transportation systems.”
The launch is only one of numerous developments that aim to improve transportation, raise the quality of service for citizens and residents, and provide job opportunities in the Kingdom, added Al-Rumaih.
The newly implemented system states that vehicles can only become licensed taxis if they have operated for less than five years.
The green vehicles will be monitored and tracked to document quality of service and driver efficiency, equipped with screens that support both Arabic and English speakers in order to calculate fares, host driver information and provide a means to communicate with a command center.
They will be equipped with smart maps, free Wi-Fi, and a mobile app service that will hail the nearest taxi.
The new taxis will be appearing around major city airports, before becoming accessible on a larger scale over time as more taxis are licensed.