Saudi Fire Safety Conference sets example for other countries

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Lt. Gen. Saeed bin Abdullah Al-Qahtani cuts the ribbon to open the Saudi International Fire Safety Conference 2019 in Riyadh. (SPA)
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Conference delegates pose for a group photo. (SPA)
Updated 18 September 2019

Saudi Fire Safety Conference sets example for other countries

  • Dr. Sun Xiansheng: It is very important to have this international fire safety conference

RIYADH: Secretary-General of the International Energy Forum (IEF) Dr. Sun Xiansheng on Monday said that Saudi Arabia is setting good example for other countries to ensure that the fire safety measures are in place.

Speaking to Arab News about the importance of this conference days after the drone attacks on oil installations, Xiansheng, said, “Saudi Arabia is a major oil- producing country and certainly gives enough attention to training people, setting a good example for other countries on how to handle such severe incidents.”

The drone attack that took place in the early hours on Saturday, has caused fires in the two major Saudi Aramco facilities.

Albadr Jannah, fire protection department manager at the Saudi Aramco said, “It’s good to have people coming together in one place to discuss fire safety, talking about the latest technology and everything related to fire safety measures.”

Organized under the patronage of Prince Abdul Aziz bin Saud bin Naif, minister of the interior and chairman of the Higher Authority for Industrial Security, the conference was opened by Lt. Gen. Saeed bin Abdullah Al-Qahtani, assistant minister of the interior for Operations Affairs, in the presence of Xiansheng and Brig. Gen. Mohammed bin Ali Al-Habddan, secretary general of the Higher Commission for Industrial Security.

Speaking at the opening session Al-Habddan said that the conference and the exhibition will review the role of public utilities in the prevention of fire disasters and their ability to respond, in line with the framework of Saudi Vision 2030.

He stressed the keenness of the Higher Commission for Industrial Security to improve preventive measures through the development of technical, engineering and regulatory instructions to protect oil and industrial facilities and provide safety and fire prevention.

Commenting on the conference Xiansheng said that it is very important to have this international fire safety conference and invite people and organizations from around the world.

On the sidelines of the conference, training courses and workshops in various related fields have been organized to help foster awareness among citizens and residents, especially those working in the industrial sector, of how to fight a fire and how to ensure fire safety.

About 350 people are expected to participate in six specialized training programs to meet the training requirements of oil and gas companies, petrochemical industries and power treatment plants and to learn the latest technological advancements.

Alongside the conference, an exhibition has been organized featuring the latest technology, systems, software, consultancy services and training programs in the field of oil fire safety.

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:

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.