Guinea president arrives in Madinah

President of Guinea Professor Alpha Condé being received in Madinah on Tuesday. (SPA)
Updated 29 May 2019

Guinea president arrives in Madinah

  • President Condé is in Saudi Arabia to attend key summits convened by King Salman in the holy city of Makkah on Thursday and Friday

President of Guinea Professor Alpha Condé arrived in Madinah on Tuesday to visit the Prophet’s Mosque.

At Prince Mohammed bin Abdulaziz International Airport, he was received by Undersecretary of Madinah Region Wahib bin Mohammed Al-Sahli and a number of officials.

President Condé is in Saudi Arabia to attend key summits convened by King Salman in the holy city of Makkah on Thursday and Friday.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan will lead his country’s delegation at the 14th Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) summit in Makkah on May 31.

Khan is also expected to meet Muslim world leaders on the sidelines of the summit. 

Pakistani Senator Sehar Kamran said the Makkah forum “is taking place at a critical time.”

“Saudi Arabia can play a vital role in forging harmony and unity within the Muslim Ummah, and lead Muslim countries to confront the growing threat of terrorism and militancy in the region,” she said.

Kamran said recent missile attacks on Saudi Arabia, “specifically the evil designs to target the holy sites,” have caused alarm across the Muslim world.


Saudi Arabia to host massive defense exhibition to rival IDEX

Updated 31 min 35 sec ago

Saudi Arabia to host massive defense exhibition to rival IDEX

  • World’s largest arms importer seeks to develop its own manufacturing sector
  • Former Farnborough Airshow CEO Shaun Ormrod has been hired as chief executive of Saudi Arabia’s biennial World Defense Show

LONDON: Saudi Arabia plans to host a massive international defense show as the world’s largest arms importer seeks to develop its own manufacturing sector.
Currently the International Defense Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) in Abu Dhabi, is the region’s largest industry gathering, with the next one due to be held next February.

Former Farnborough Airshow CEO Shaun Ormrod has been hired as chief executive of Saudi Arabia’s biennial World Defense Show which will be held for the first time in March 2022.
Gulf states including Saudi Arabia and the UAE are investing heavily in their domestic defense industries to reduce their reliance on imports and increase the number of prized manufacturing jobs. The Kingdom, currently the third biggest spender on defense globally, aims to localize half of its military spending by 2030.
“The World Defense Show is a key milestone for Saudi Arabia as it continues to develop a sustainable local defense industry,” said Ahmad Al-Ohali, the governor of the General Authority for Military Industries (GAMI).
The show’s venue, that will accommodate about 80,000 square meters of floor space, will feature demonstration facilities and the latest military kit used across land, sea and air.