Emergency transport service set up for Kingdom during coronavirus curfew

Saudi residents can contact [email protected] for requests for emergency transport during the coronavirus curfew. (AFP)
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Updated 30 March 2020

Emergency transport service set up for Kingdom during coronavirus curfew

RIYADH: An around-the-clock email service has been set up to deal with requests for emergency transport during the coronavirus curfew.

A spokesman for the General Directorate of Public Security said a special team had been established to handle enquiries for the 13 regions of the Kingdom where movements had been restricted due to the pandemic.

Anyone needing help should contact [email protected] giving their personal and contact details along with a brief explanation and proof of why and where they need to travel.

People would be contacted immediately, said the spokesman, and those with exceptional circumstances would be allowed to move between regions.

He also noted the importance of continuing to implement preventive measures to stop gatherings of all kinds in order to prevent the spread of the virus.


Saudi Arabia to host massive defense exhibition to rival IDEX

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Saudi Arabia to host massive defense exhibition to rival IDEX

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.