Saudi minister receives head of Iranian Hajj organization

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Saudi Minister of Hajj and Umrah Mohammed Salih Bentin mety with Ali Reza Rashidian, head of the Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization in Iran in Makkah. (SPA)
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Saudi Minister of Hajj and Umrah Mohammed Salih Bentin mety with Ali Reza Rashidian, head of the Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization in Iran in Makkah. (SPA)
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Saudi Minister of Hajj and Umrah Mohammed Salih Bentin mety with Ali Reza Rashidian, head of the Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization in Iran in Makkah. (SPA)
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Saudi Minister of Hajj and Umrah Mohammed Salih Bentin mety with Ali Reza Rashidian, head of the Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization in Iran in Makkah. (SPA)
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Saudi Minister of Hajj and Umrah Mohammed Salih Bentin mety with Ali Reza Rashidian, head of the Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization in Iran in Makkah. (SPA)
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Saudi Minister of Hajj and Umrah Mohammed Salih Bentin mety with Ali Reza Rashidian, head of the Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization in Iran in Makkah. (SPA)
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Saudi Minister of Hajj and Umrah Mohammed Salih Bentin mety with Ali Reza Rashidian, head of the Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization in Iran in Makkah. (SPA)
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Saudi Minister of Hajj and Umrah Mohammed Salih Bentin mety with Ali Reza Rashidian, head of the Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization in Iran in Makkah. (SPA)
Updated 08 December 2019

Saudi minister receives head of Iranian Hajj organization

  • A treaty was signed related to the arrival of Iranian pilgrims

MAKKAH: The Saudi Minister of Hajj and Umrah Mohammed Salih Bentin received today in his office in Makkah Ali Reza Rashidian, head of the Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization in Iran in preparation of the upcoming season.
The meeting was attended by Abdulfattah bin Sulaiman Mashat, deputy minister for Hajj and Umrah in the Kingdom, and a number of Saudi officials.
Bentin and Rashidian signed a treaty related to the arrival of Iranian pilgrims.
Bentin confirmed in a press conference “the keenness of the government of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to provide all necessary facilities for pilgrims coming from around the world.”
In addition, he expressed his thanks to Iranian pilgrims and their cooperation during the last Hajj season, and their dedication to their religious rituals, serenity and peace.
Rashidian expressed his thanks for the reception and hospitality, and expressed his best wishes for the success of the upcoming Hajj season, as was the case in previous years.


Saudi-backed electric car breaks through 500 miles range barrier

Updated 12 August 2020

Saudi-backed electric car breaks through 500 miles range barrier

  • Lucid Motors announced independent range verification of 517 miles on a single charge for its forthcoming Lucid Air all-electric sedan

 

LONDON:A Saudi-backed electric vehicle has broken through the 500 mile range barrier from a single charge.
Lucid Motors, in which Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund is a major investor, on Wednesday announced independent range verification of 517 miles on a single charge for its forthcoming Lucid Air all-electric sedan.
The results confirm that the Lucid Air is the longest range electric vehicle to date, the car maker said in a statement.
So-called “range anxiety,” where drivers fear being stranded without power in their cars, is a major factor for electric vehicle manufacturers in convincing people to make the switch from traditional gasoline-fueled vehicles.
“Range and efficiency are widely recognized as the most relevant proof points by which EV technical prowess is measured,” said Lucid Motors CEO Peter Rawlinson. “A few years ago we revealed our alpha prototypes of the Lucid Air and promised over 400 miles range; a reflection of our technology at that time. In the intervening period we have achieved a series of technological breakthroughs, culminating in an unsurpassed degree of energy efficiency.”
The PIF agreed a $1 billion investment deal with Lucid Motors two years ago to develop the car at a factory in Arizona.
The production version of the Lucid Air will debut in an online event on Sept. 9, 2020. In addition to the vehicle’s final interior and exterior designs, new details about production specifications, available configurations, and pricing information will also be shared.
Customer deliveries of the Lucid Air, which will be produced at Lucid’s new factory in Casa Grande, Arizona, will begin in early 2021.