Saudi Railway Company resumes work post-lockdown

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Updated 31 May 2020

Saudi Railway Company resumes work post-lockdown

  • Saudi Railway Company asked customers to comply with anti-coronavirus measures at stations and while traveling

DAMMAM: The Saudi Railway Company (SAR) resumed its trips on Sunday morning following the easing of lockdown restrictions, with its first journey setting off from Riyadh to Dammam, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The lockdown, which started on March 21, saw a suspension of all travel between cities. Restrictions are being lifted in three phases.

On Sunday 143 passengers boarded the first train out of Riyadh amid strict precautionary and safety measures. The train passed through Hofuf and Abqaiq stations, with the return trip carrying 118 passengers.

Preventive measures and precautionary procedures include taking the temperature of passengers, ensuring they wear masks, and maintaining a safe distance between them.

SAR distributed seats according to approved standards to maintain a safe distance between people. Stations placed signs on the floor giving guidance and also displayed awareness messages.

SAR asked customers to comply with anti-coronavirus measures at stations and while traveling.

It emphasized the importance of continuing to comply with health measures and procedures in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

 


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.