Saudi Arabia prepared to cater to global oil demand

King Salman chairs the weekly Cabinet session at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh on Tuesday. (SPA)
Updated 09 October 2019

Saudi Arabia prepared to cater to global oil demand

  • GCC’s armed forces ready to confront any terrorist threat

RIYADH: King Salman chaired the Cabinet session held at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh on Tuesday, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported. The Cabinet addressed the Kingdom’s assertion during its participation in Russian Energy Week — that it was ready to meet world oil demand following efforts to restore supply capabilities within 72 hours of last month’s oil field attacks.
These efforts strengthened the Kingdom’s position as the most reliable, safe and independent oil exporter.
The king briefed the Cabinet on the results of official talks held with President of the Sudanese Supreme Council Gen. Abdulfattah Al-Burhan and Sudanese Prime Minister Dr. Abdullah Hamdouk.
Media Minister Turki Al-Shabanah, in a statement to SPA, said the Cabinet reviewed reports on the latest regional and international developments.
He highlighted the final statement of the 4th extraordinary meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Supreme Military Committee, held in Riyadh, to consult on current threats and situations and to achieve greater GCC military coordination.

HIGHLIGHTS

• The Cabinet approved amendments to commercial mortgage system.

• First phase of transport networks in some cities and provinces also approved.

• Reports on latest regional and international developments reviewed.

He stressed the readiness of the GCC’s armed forces to confront any terrorist threat or attack. He condemned assaults on the Kingdom and the violation of GCC member airspace.
He also condemned attacks on oil tankers and threats to maritime navigation.
The Cabinet drew attention to the Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property’s nomination to lead the International Union for the Protection of Industrial Property (Paris Union), and its nomination to be vice president of the International Patent Cooperation Union. The minister said this recognition showed the global standards achieved by the Kingdom in different sectors.
The Cabinet authorized ministries to sign agreements with friendly countries in different sectors.
It approved amendments to the commercial mortgage system, and a first phase of transport networks in some cities and provinces.


Saudi rural tourism recovers after months of forced isolation

Updated 11 July 2020

Saudi rural tourism recovers after months of forced isolation

  • Saudis turn to domestic traveling and flock to their nation’s cooler cities and rural areas

TAIF: As Saudi citizens turn to domestic tourism in the country’s summer resorts, adapting to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, rural areas have become targeted by local tourists wishing to get away from the soaring temperatures in most of the Kingdom’s cities.

Visitors are now choosing cold Saudi cities instead of Europe, which they are accustomed to visiting, such as Taif, Al-Baha, and Abha.

COVID-19 has postponed all plans to travel abroad, and attention has now focused on domestic tourism amid strict health protocols in parks, gardens and recreational areas.

Walid Al-Hamidi, vice president of the Tourism Development Council, confirmed to Arab News that Asir, with its facilities and attractions, was ready to receive summer visitors from across the country.

He said that under the directives of Asir's governor, who supervises all activities and events directly and constantly, many committees had been formed to prepare a successful summer tourism season, to optimize the opportunity and allow people to enjoy the exceptional ambiance of Asir.

“A comprehensive tourism plan was set up two years ago, which resulted in a successful Al-Soudah Season with the support of Asir’s Investment Authority,” Al-Hamidi added.

He noted that Asir’s directives aimed this year to build an exceptional tourism model that meets optimal health standards in dealing with COVID-19.

The model is supported by the “Nashama Asir” team — consisting of 4,000 volunteers — who have been trained for months and have all the necessary skills to make the season successful. Their work will continue until the end of the pandemic and throughout the summer.

“Everyone is ready at public facilities, gardens and parks, to serve tourists,” he said, adding “tourists coming from all the over the Kingdom will be welcomed with smiles, enhanced services, and warm welcomes.”

Dr. Sami Al-Obaidi, chairman of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Taif, told Arab News that the tourism sector was the economic backbone of any country or city.

He said that Taif was considered one of the most important tourist cities, given its many attractions  that made it top of any list of places to visit in the Kingdom.

“Suspending travel abroad, and limiting tourism … due to the coronavirus pandemic, makes us, as officials and citizens in Taif, well placed for a beautiful and safe tourism season for Taif’s citizens and visitors,” said Al-Obaidi.

“Meetings are held around the clock, headed by Saad Al-Maimouni, the governor of Taif, with the participation of the relevant authorities.”

He expected all sectors, especially tourism, hospitality and a few other businesses in Taif, to recover to some extent during this season, especially now tourists have already started flocking to the region, with numbers set to increase over the coming weeks.