King Salman meets UNESCO chief in Riyadh

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman held a meeting on Thursday with Audrey Azoulay, the director general of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). (SPA)
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Updated 30 January 2020

King Salman meets UNESCO chief in Riyadh

  • Reviewed organization's efforts to enhance Saudi heritage
  • Meeting was attended by Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman held a meeting on Thursday with Audrey Azoulay, the director general of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), during her visit to Riyadh.

During the meeting, they reviewed UNESCO’s prominent efforts and ways to enhance and develop cooperation between the Kingdom and the organization in the fields of education, science and culture.

The meeting was attended by Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan, Education Minister Dr. Hamad Al-Asheikh and Tamim bin Abdul Aziz Al-Salem, assistant special secretary to King Salman.

Azoulay also had a meeting with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Thursday, during which the two reviewed Saudi initiatives and programs in the field of culture and means of enhancing bilateral cooperation in line with the Kingdom's Vision 2030 and UN’s Sustainable Development Goals 2030.


Saudi Arabia to host massive defense exhibition to rival IDEX

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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.