Riyadh maritime forum discusses ways of protecting Mideast region’s sea lanes

The military Chief of Staff of Saudi Arabia, Gen. Fayyad Al-Ruwaili, opens the first Saudi International Maritime Forum in the presence of a number of leaders and heads of concerned bodies in the marine environment. (SPA)
Updated 25 November 2019

Riyadh maritime forum discusses ways of protecting Mideast region’s sea lanes

  • SAMI-Navantia launches program to train Saudi engineers

RIYADH: Riyadh is hosting an international maritime forum attended by 15 countries that will discuss the importance of securing strategic sea lanes. 

Under the patronage of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the military Chief of Staff of Saudi Arabia, Gen. Fayyad Al-Ruwaili, opened the first Saudi International Maritime Forum in the presence of a number of leaders and heads of concerned bodies in the marine environment.

The three-day forum, a continuation of Saudi Arabia’s contributions to the promotion of international peace and security, will run until Nov. 26 at the Ritz-Carlton.

Commander of the Royal Saudi Navy Forces Lt. Gen. Fahd Al-Ghufaili said in his opening speech that the region is witnessing threats to sea lanes and navigation lines “which require all of us to work together to secure and enhance maritime security.”

He explained the importance of protecting strategic sea lanes and securing maritime traffic to contribute to the preservation of the global economy and combat illegal acts.

Geographically, the region is home to three straits, Bab Al-Mandab, Hormuz, and the Suez Canal, linking east with west, hence the importance of securing these routes.

Al-Ghufaili listed the threats of the maritime security in the region, which are the targeting, detention and harassment of commercial ships, the threat of closure of the straits, the use of booby-trapped boats by armed militias, increased smuggling of human beings, weapons, drugs, coal and the threat of coastal missiles to maritime traffic.

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The first batch of trainees includes 11 Saudi male and female engineers who recently enrolled in the SAMI-Navantia OJT program that began at Navantia’s San Fernando shipyard in Cadiz, Spain.

Saudi Public Transport Authority (PTA) Chairman Dr. Rumaih Al-Rumaih said: “We seek through the Saudi International Maritime Forum to add new emphasis on the Kingdom’s interest and keenness of its wise leadership, in comparison to the unlimited support we all experience for the maritime transport industry and to ensure their development and sustainability.”

Chief Executive Officer of Saudi Military Industries Dr. Andreas Scheuer explained that the company is going to help develop the defense forces in Saudi Arabia, and its capabilities to develop the military industry, products and services, in pursuit of achieving Vision 2030.

He said that the forum will provide a platform to share and discuss matters of high importance for the protection of strategic global maritime lanes.

International companies participated in the forum’s exhibition, which presented the latest systems, technologies and equipment in the marine environment.




Participants in SAMI-Navantia's On-the-Job Training (OJT) program will be part of the team working on the joint venture’s Avante 2200 project. (SPA)

Training program

SAMI Navantia Naval Industries (SAMI-Navantia) has launched its On-the-Job Training (OJT) program on the sidelines of the forum.

The trainees will benefit from practical experience and training as part of the team working on the joint venture’s Avante 2200 project.

The SAMI-Navantia OJT program is in line with Saudi Arabia’s vision of localizing 50 percent of its military equipment spending by 2030.


Abdulrahman Al-Jadhai, CEO of Al-Elm Information Security Co.

Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Jadhai
Updated 8 min 37 sec ago

Abdulrahman Al-Jadhai, CEO of Al-Elm Information Security Co.

  • Al-Jadhai gained a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Jadhai has been CEO of Al-Elm Information Security Co. since 2012.
The company offers a wide range of ready-made and customized digital solutions in areas ranging from consulting to training and support.
It recently signed a share purchase agreement to acquire 100 percent of the Saudi Company for Exchanging Digital Information (Tabadul) from the Public Investment Fund (PIF).
Al-Jadhai believes the deal is an important milestone for the company as it expands its products and digital custom solutions in the transport and finance sectors.
It also offers an opportunity to develop national logistics services that meet current market requirements and the need of beneficiaries, he said.
Al-Jadhai is a board member of several institutions in the Kingdom, chair of the advisory board of the Central First Health Cluster in Riyadh region, and a board member of the Taibah Valley company.
He joined Al-Elm in 2006 as a manager where he served for more than two years before becoming strategy and planning manager in 2008, a position he held for three years until 2011.
Later, he served as e-services manager for less than a year between 2011 and 2012.

He also worked at the Saudi Telecom Co. as an infrastructure manager between 2002 and 2005.
Al-Jadhai gained a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He obtained a master’s degree in the same major at Michigan State University.
He received a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from King Saud University in 1989.