AFED 2018 witnesses remarkable turnout for its second day

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The Armed Forces Exhibition for Diversity of Requirements and Capabilities (AFED 2018). (AN Photo)
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The Armed Forces Exhibition for Diversity of Requirements and Capabilities (AFED 2018). (AN Photo)
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The Armed Forces Exhibition for Diversity of Requirements and Capabilities (AFED 2018). (AN Photo)
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The Armed Forces Exhibition for Diversity of Requirements and Capabilities (AFED 2018). (AN Photo)
Updated 26 February 2018

AFED 2018 witnesses remarkable turnout for its second day

RIYADH: The Armed Forces Exhibition for Diversity of Requirements and Capabilities (AFED 2018) saw a remarkable turnout on its second day on Monday.
The defense exhibition was opened on Sunday by Gen. Abdul Rahman bin Saleh Al-Bunyan, chief of staff of the Saudi armed forces, on behalf of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, with Turkey as the guest-of-honor country.
Speaking in the morning session on the Turkish experience in industry localization, Prof. Ismail Demir, chief of the Turkish defense industry, explained his country’s experience in production and localization of the defense sector.
Notably, Turkey for several decades was a buyer of foreign-made weapons systems, and stepping up its efforts in the past decade, the NATO member rose to being the producer, co-producer and partner of countless systems that it used to buy off the shelf and now aims to achieve near-full self-sufficiency.
Sharing the experience, Demir, Turkey’s top procurement official, told how the country has achieved 65 percent self-sufficiency.
On being the guest country, he told Arab News: “It is a sign of brotherly relations with the Gulf countries, especially the Kingdom.
This will go a long way to help forge greater cooperation between these countries in the defense industry.”




Prof. Ismail Demir, chief of the Turkish defense industry. (Supplied)

On Turkish industry cooperating with its Saudi counterpart in building defense capabilities, Demir said: “We understand Saudi aspirations and are ready to share our experiences, the positives and the negatives we learned about the industry.
“By working together in these areas we can reduce the cost of the process, we can improve facilities and go deep in some specific areas,” he said, adding: “There are so many areas where Saudi Arabia can join us. We are working on several ambitious projects such as electronic warfare, electronic communication, aviation and marine and submarine industry at various levels.”
There can be cooperation in research areas with 600 projects where work is in progress. These projects can be joined by universities in Saudi Arabia to join those research, he pointed out. “I am sure we will find many interesting areas to work together. This region in general must cooperate. Our future is in cooperation, the peace in this region is in cooperation,” said the defense industry chief.
Organized by the Ministry of Defense, AFED on Monday held sessions on the Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) strategy and goals, sharing ideas on localization of 50 percent of the military industries, natural resources in the Kingdom and investment opportunities, government facilities to attract foreign investments required for localization, the importance of local manufacturing strategy for national security and international experiences in manufacturing and localization of technology.
The AFED displays the requirements of the huge number of participants that include ministries, government organizations and private sectors as part of the process to achieve the goals set under Vision 2030, and the concentration of the Kingdom’s orientation toward a strong and effective strategy to localize major and supplementary industries.


All-female Saudi tourist group explores wonders of Tabuk

Updated 21 October 2019

All-female Saudi tourist group explores wonders of Tabuk

  • About 20 women from different parts of the Kingdom took part in the sightseeing trip to the province bordering the Red Sea

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s first all-female tourist group has explored the environmental and archaeological wonders of Tabuk in the northwest of the Kingdom.

About 20 women from different parts of the Kingdom took part in the sightseeing trip to the province bordering the Red Sea.

“They were astonished to see such sights in their country, especially the area of Ras Al-Sheikh Humaid,” said Heba Al-Aidai, a tour guide in Tabuk who organized the trip.

“They did not expect to see such a place in Saudi Arabia. They looked speechless while standing close to the turquoise water of the sea. It is a truly breathtaking view.”

Al-Aidai and her colleague Nafla Al-Anazi promoted the trip on social media and attracted a group of homemakers, teachers and staff workers from all over the Kingdom, aged from 22 to over 50.

The tour was educational, too, and the women were told about the history of the places they visited. “They were taken to the Caves of Shuaib (Magha’er Shuaib), the place where Prophet Moses fled after leaving Egypt, and where he got married to one of the daughters of Prophet Shuaib, according to some historians. It was really a positive experience,” Al-Aidai said.

The visitors also explored Tayeb Ism, a small town in northwestern Tabuk, where there is a well-known gap in the towering mountains through which water runs throughout the year.

Al-Aidai said such trips aim to encourage tourism in Tabuk, and introduce Saudi tourists and other visitors to the landmarks of the region.