Saudi forces to take part in ‘Arab Shield-1’ drill

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Brig. Abdullah bin Hussein Al-Subaie said the drill is part of the Saudi Defense Ministry’s plans to train members of the armed forces. (SPA)
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Brig. Abdullah bin Hussein Al-Subaie said the drill is part of the Saudi Defense Ministry’s plans to train members of the armed forces. (SPA)
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Brig. Abdullah bin Hussein Al-Subaie said the drill is part of the Saudi Defense Ministry’s plans to train members of the armed forces. (SPA)
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Brig. Abdullah bin Hussein Al-Subaie said the drill is part of the Saudi Defense Ministry’s plans to train members of the armed forces. (SPA)
Updated 29 October 2018

Saudi forces to take part in ‘Arab Shield-1’ drill

JEDDAH: The Saudi armed forces are set to take part in the “Arab Shield-1” drill, which will begin today in Egypt, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
Armed forces from the UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Jordan and Egypt will take part in the three-week joint military exercise.
The commander of the Saudi forces assigned to take part in the drill, Brig. Abdullah bin Hussein Al-Subaie, said that all land, air, sea and air defense forces selected for the maneuver have completed preparedness.
He said the drill is part of the Saudi Defense Ministry’s plans to train members of the armed forces.
Saudi Arabia recently concluded a joint military drill with the US and Sudan. The aim of the exercises “Shield of Prevention-2” and “Determination 1” was to support security, stability and cooperation in the region.
Participants of the exercises carried out a number of tasks including inspections of hazardous materials, sampling procedures, training of explosive disposal teams, as well as the training of medical units on the mechanism for treating, clearing and evacuating large numbers of people affected in the aftermath of a crisis.


Preventive protocols issued as Saudi Arabia moves to relax curfew further

Updated 30 May 2020

Preventive protocols issued as Saudi Arabia moves to relax curfew further

RIYADH: As Saudi Arabia moved closer to Phase 2 of the gradual relaxation of coronavirus lockdown rules, the Ministry of Interior announced precautionary measures and preventive protocols for several sectors to follow.

The preventive protocols, prepared by the Ministry of Health,  covers the period from 8 Shawwal to 28 Shawwal 1441 in the Hijri calendar, corresponding to May 31 to June 20, 2020 in the Gregorian calendar.

A ministry official said the protocols are provided for mosques;  the public; petroleum, petrochemical and gas and other industries; malls and retail centers, home delivery service, among others.

The preventive protocols can be found at: https://covid19awareness.sa/archives/5460.

The MOI urged all citizens, expatriates and concerned authorities "to implement these procedures and abide by their provisions in order to preserve the safety of all".

Also on Saturday, the acting minister of economy and planning, Mohammad bin Abdullah Al-Jadaan, said the gradual lifting of the curfew "represents a new stage in the face of the global pandemic crisis and towards a gradual return to economic activities in the Kingdom to its normal levels."
 
"The decisions were taken after continuous coordination between the Ministry of Health and the concerned authorities, relying on a focused plan that seeks to balance between procedures for reopening economic activities and maintaining the stability of health and social conditions," said Jadaan, who is also the Kingdom's minister of finance.

Al-Jadaan highlighted that the government has increased – during the last period through the state’s general budget – spending on urgent and necessary requirements to face the crisis.

It has significantly strengthened the financial allocations for the Health and related services sector.

The government also launched urgent support initiatives to mitigate the impact on the private sector, supporting the economy and to preserve the jobs of citizens in economic establishments, he said in a statement carried by the SPA.