BAE Systems renames Saudi office

In a file photo taken on October 1, 2009 a BAE Systems plant is pictured in Warton near Preston, north-west England. (AFP)
Updated 21 November 2017

BAE Systems renames Saudi office

LONDON: BAE Systems has renamed its US office in Saudi Arabia as it targets increased industrial partnerships in the Kingdom.
The US office of BAE Systems, formerly known as Land Services Arabia, is now called BAE Systems Saudi America.
According to a statement from BAE Systems, the new name “reflects the all-encompassing nature of the organization for providing in-country services and interfacing with Saudi customers and partners, and supports key products developed by BAE Systems in the United States”.
These include combat vehicles, artillery systems, protection systems, electronic warfare capabilities, precision guidance, and aircraft survivability systems.
The renaming formally took place during a recent reception hosted by the US Embassy in Riyadh.
John Godfrey, acting deputy chief of mission, said at the event: “President Trump’s ground-breaking visit to Saudi Arabia seven months ago laid the groundwork for the cooperation we see today and for stronger US-Saudi partnerships in the years to come. BAE Systems Saudi America has plans underway for significant industrial partnerships here in Saudi Arabia.”
BAE Systems this year delivered the final four aircraft of the 72 planes ordered under its Salam Typhoon program in the Kingdom.
It also has a Typhoon support program, and agreed an additional 20,000 flying hours under a contract amendment signed in April.

Saudi’s Qassim prepares over 200 mosques for Friday prayers

Updated 04 June 2020

Saudi’s Qassim prepares over 200 mosques for Friday prayers

  • Volunteers will help worshipers disperse between mosques
  • The first call to prayer will be announced 20 minutes earlier

DUBAI: Islamic authority in Qassim region have approved 205 mosques to perform Friday prayers according to new regulations, state news agency SPA reported.

The first call to prayer will be announced 20 minutes earlier, and khutbas – religious address delivered by the imam – to last at maximum for 15 minutes.

Also, volunteers will help worshipers disperse between mosques.

Mosques across the Kingdom, except for those in Makkah, have opened their doors to worshippers on Sunday, May 31, as coronavirus restrictions ease.

Last week, Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Islamic Affairs Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Sheikh called on Muslims to respect ongoing safety measures inside mosques, such as bringing their own prayer mats, wearing masks and washing hands prior to entering the vicinities.

Al-Asheikh said preventative measures will remain in place to ensure a safe return of worshipers to mosques for Friday prayers from May 31 until June 20.