Sultan Haitham and King Salman hold talks in NEOM during Saudi Arabia visit

Sultan Haitham and King Salman hold talks in NEOM during Saudi Arabia visit
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Saudi Arabia's King Salman receives Oman's Sultan Haitham bin Tariq in NEOM on July 11. (SPA)
Sultan Haitham and King Salman hold talks in NEOM during Saudi Arabia visit
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King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman receive Oman's Sultan Haitham bin Tariq in NEOM on July 11. (SPA)
Sultan Haitham and King Salman hold talks in NEOM during Saudi Arabia visit
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Sultan Haitham is being accompanied by senior ministers and diplomats. (ONA)
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King Salman awarded Sultan Haitham with the Order of King Abdul Aziz whilst the sultan awarded the king with the Order of Al-Said, the highest order of Oman. (SPA)
Sultan Haitham and King Salman hold talks in NEOM during Saudi Arabia visit
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An MoU is signed to establish the Saudi-Omani Coordination Council at the royal palace in NEOM. (SPA)
Sultan Haitham and King Salman hold talks in NEOM during Saudi Arabia visit
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Royal Saudi Air Force planes put on a show to receive the sultan of Oman in NEOM. (SPA)
Sultan Haitham bin Tariq tours NEOM Center for Knowledge Enrichment, accompanied by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. (SPA)
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Sultan Haitham bin Tariq tours NEOM Center for Knowledge Enrichment, accompanied by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. (SPA)
Sultan Haitham bin Tariq tours NEOM Center for Knowledge Enrichment, accompanied by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. (SPA)
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Sultan Haitham bin Tariq tours NEOM Center for Knowledge Enrichment, accompanied by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. (SPA)
Sultan Haitham bin Tariq tours NEOM Center for Knowledge Enrichment, accompanied by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. (SPA)
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Sultan Haitham bin Tariq tours NEOM Center for Knowledge Enrichment, accompanied by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. (SPA)
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Updated 06 December 2021

Sultan Haitham and King Salman hold talks in NEOM during Saudi Arabia visit

Sultan Haitham and King Salman hold talks in NEOM during Saudi Arabia visit
  • Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman received Sultan Haitham on his arrival at NEOM Bay Airport
  • Two-day visit to the Kingdom to involve wide-ranging talks

RIYADH: Sultan Haitham bin Tariq and King Salman held talks on Sunday in NEOM during the Omani leader's official visit to Saudi Arabia.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman received Sultan Haitham on his arrival at NEOM Bay Airport.

The king welcomed Sultan Haitham and his delegation, while the sultan expressed his happiness to visit the Kingdom and meet King Salman.

The leaders then held an official session of talks during which they reviewed “the historical and well-established fraternal relations” between their countries, and discussed prospects for joint cooperation in various fields.

The talks were held in the presence of Prince Mohammed and attended by Interior Minister Prince Abdul Aziz bin Saud bin Naif and Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan.

The Omani Foreign Minister Sayyid Badr bin Hamad Al-Busaidi also attended the meeting.




Saudi Arabia's King Salman receives Oman's Sultan Haitham bin Tariq in NEOM on July 11. (SPA) 

The king then hosted a luncheon in honor of Sultan Haitham and his delegation.

King Salman awarded Sultan Haitham with the Order of King Abdul Aziz whilst the sultan awarded the king with the Order of Al-Said, the highest order of Oman.




King Salman awarded Sultan Haitham with the Order of King Abdul Aziz whilst the sultan awarded the king with the Order of Al-Said, the highest order of Oman. (SPA)

The king and sultan witnessed the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on establishing the Saudi-Omani Coordination Council.




An MoU is signed to establish the Saudi-Omani Coordination Council at the royal palace in NEOM. (SPA)

Immediately after Sultan Haitham disembarked the plane, the Saudi Hawks aerobatic team gave an air show in which the colors of the Omani flag were painted in the sky, and the Saudi artillery fired 21 rounds to welcome his arrival.




Royal Saudi Air Force planes put on a show to receive the sultan of Oman in NEOM. (SPA)

An official reception ceremony was held where the national anthems of the two countries were played.

The sultan’s visit “to the Kingdom and his meeting with the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques establishes a new milestone in the historic and deep rooted Saudi-Omani relationship, which will deepen cooperation and create prosperity for both peoples,” said Saudi Deputy Defense Minister Prince Khalid bin Salman. 




Sultan Haitham is being accompanied by senior ministers and diplomats. (ONA)

The leader of Oman began his journey from the sultanate to Saudi Arabia earlier on Sunday for his two-day visit to the Kingdom at the invitation of King Salman for wide-ranging talks.

“The visit comes within the framework of strengthening the historical and fraternal relations between the leaderships of the two countries,” the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said. “It also aims to expand the prospects of joint cooperation and ways to develop them in various fields for the interest and steady progress of the peoples of the two countries.”

SPA added that the visit is intended to “strengthen the deep historical bonds” between the two countries, “and to explore new areas of cooperation — particularly in the fields of trade, infrastructure and development.”

Sultan Haitham is being accompanied by senior ministers and diplomats, including Deputy Prime Minister for Defense Affairs Sayyid Shihab bin Tarik Al-Said, Interior Minister Sayyid Hamoud bin Faisal Al-Busaidi.

During his visit, Prince Mohammed bin Salman accompanied Sultan Haitham on a tour of the NEOM Center for Knowledge Enrichment, where they reviewed the latest developments related to the NEOM project and its sectors.
Sultan Haitham was also briefed during the tour on developments of other major projects, including AlUla, Qiddiya, Amaala and the Red Sea.




Sultan Haitham bin Tariq tours NEOM Center for Knowledge Enrichment, accompanied by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. (SPA)

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal said Sultan Haitham’s visit to the Kingdom was of great importance as it was his first official visit.

He added that the historical bilateral relations have been and still are based on mutual respect, serving common interests, constructive cooperation in addressing Arab and Islamic issues, and dealing with regional and international issues in order to achieve international peace and security.

He highlighted the level of growth in economic and trade relations between the two countries, saying that the volume of trade exchange amounted to about SR10.6 billion ($2.8 billion) in 2019, compared to SR9.37 billion in 2018.

Minister of Investment Khalid Al-Falih said the number of Saudi investors companies, institutions and individuals investing in Oman had reached 1,235, and the number of Omani companies in the Kingdom reached 320 by the end of the second quarter of the year.

He added that Saudi investments in the sultanate amounted to nearly SR24 billion, and that there are a number of leading and promising Saudi companies interested in investing in various vital sectors in Oman, including petrochemicals, health care, renewable energy, business services, food, transport and storage, urban development and others.
He said the integration between the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 and Oman’s Vision 2040 will create several promising investment opportunities in a number of sectors.

Saudi Arabia’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir said the visit would raise the level of coordination and partnership in various fields and strengthen bilateral and joint economic cooperation.

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On Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s Middle East Green Initiative that was announced in March, Al-Jubeir said: “Sultan Haitham bin Tariq expressed Oman’s support for all the efforts made by the Kingdom in this regard, which came during his discussion with the crown prince on the environmental challenges facing the region and their economic, social and health impacts.”

Al-Jubeir also said that the Kingdom and Oman worked successfully to address the coronavirus pandemic through joint work, cooperation and coordination via the GCC’s Health Council, and this had a great impact in controlling the spread of the virus and limiting its repercussions.

GCC secretary-general Nayef Al-Hajraf, said the visit is an embodiment of the historical and solid ties that bind the two countries, and comes to enhance the common hopes and aspirations of the two peoples.

He said the visit “reflects the exceptional relations between them.”

He said the visit would consolidate the depth of the deep-rooted relations between the two countries.


Saudi Arabia announces vital developmental projects in Yemen

Saudi Arabia announces vital developmental projects in Yemen
Updated 30 June 2022

Saudi Arabia announces vital developmental projects in Yemen

Saudi Arabia announces vital developmental projects in Yemen
  • Initiatives include 17 development projects in 6 sectors, valued at $400 million
  • A further $200 million will provide oil derivatives to operate power stations

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has announced a number of vital developmental projects in Yemen to bolster the economy, the Kingdom’s deputy defense minister said on Thursday.

“The initiatives include 17 development projects in 6 sectors, valued at $400 million, in addition to $200 million in oil derivatives for power stations,” Prince Khalid bin Salman tweeted.

The projects will be carried out by the Saudi Development and Reconstruction Program for Yemen and aim to help the Yemeni people.

Prince Khalid met with the President of the Yemeni Presidential Leadership Council Dr. Rashad Al-Alimi and members of the council to convey the Kingdom’s support and appreciation for their efforts.

The deputy defense minister said Saudi Arabia is committed to alleviating the suffering in Yemen and achieving security, peace, stability, and economic development.


Saudi Heritage Commission launches partnership with Noon.com

Saudi Heritage Commission launches partnership with Noon.com
Updated 30 June 2022

Saudi Heritage Commission launches partnership with Noon.com

Saudi Heritage Commission launches partnership with Noon.com
  • Local artisans will be able access to a larger consumer audience through the Noon Mahali program

RIYADH: The Heritage Commission on Thursday signed a cooperation agreement with Noon, an online shopping platform, to empower local businesses in Saudi Arabia, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

A ceremony was held at the Commission's headquarters to commemorate this partnership, which was attended by Heritage Commission CEO Dr. Jasir Suleiman Alherbish and General Manager of Noon KSA, Ahmed Abdel Qader Gadouri.

Under this agreement, Saudi artisans will be able to sell craft products and cultural heritage content online, gaining access to a larger audience through Noon's Mahali program.

The program also aims to assist local entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized businesses improve their product quality.

Dr. Alherbish thanked Noon for its cooperation, emphasizing the significant benefits gained through the agreement.

He also made note of the Commission's numerous initiatives to develop the handicraft sector, such as training programs and providing a consumer audience through outlets, exhibitions, events, and festivals.

"Our collaboration with the Heritage Commission demonstrates our ongoing commitment to assisting entrepreneurs and small businesses. The Mahali program helps local talent grow their businesses by providing them with the tools and services they need to reach a larger segment of customers in the region." Gadouri said.

The Noon Mahali program exemplifies the company's founding goal of empowering local talent through the development of a strong e-commerce platform.

The agreement is part of the Heritage Commission's broader efforts to strengthen partnerships with the public and private sectors as part of the Kingdom's cultural sector development.


Saudi Arabia offers global forum a vision of a new urban future

Saudi Arabia offers global forum a vision of a new urban future
Updated 30 June 2022

Saudi Arabia offers global forum a vision of a new urban future

Saudi Arabia offers global forum a vision of a new urban future
  • The Kingdom’s Architecture and Design Commission took part in the recent forum with a display featuring the King Salman Charter for Architecture and Urbanism
  • Among the charter’s aims is the creation of memorable buildings and spaces that integrate cultural and national identity

RIYADH: An exhibition outlining Saudi Arabia’s future urbanization strategy may inspire a new community-focused approach to architecture following its debut at the 11th World Urban Forum in Katowice, Poland.

The Kingdom’s Architecture and Design Commission took part in the recent forum with a display featuring the King Salman Charter for Architecture and Urbanism, launched late last year to help develop the sector as part of Vision 2030.

King Salman’s architectural vision, developed during his five decades as governor of Riyadh region, was highlighted in the exhibition, which also showcased exemplary projects in the Kingdom.

Among the charter’s aims is the creation of memorable buildings and spaces that integrate cultural and national identity, as well as contemporary designs that meet the needs of local communities.

The commission hopes to increase awareness of the charter, and inspire architects and designers worldwide in line with the forum’s theme “Transforming Our Cities for a Better Urban Future.”

A panel discussion on the charter brought together CEO of the Saudi Architecture and Design Commission Sumayah Al-Solaiman, founder of Dabbagh Architects Sumaya Dabbagh, and Arup Group’s director of master planning and urban design Daniel Ringelstein.

Al-Solaiman said: “Our participation at WUF 2022 opens new horizons for applying the charter and presents an excellent opportunity to introduce the international public to its methodology. By showcasing the ways in which the charter has already improved the built environment, we highlighted the range of circumstances in which the charter can be applied to improve quality of life not only in Saudi Arabia, but also further afield.”

This is the exhibition’s first international appearance after touring through five cities in Saudi Arabia: Riyadh, Abha, Jeddah, Dhahran and Madinah.

The World Urban Forum was established in 2001 by the UN to examine the growing global issue of rapid urbanization and its impact on communities, cities, economies and climate change.


First group of Omani pilgrims arrive in Saudi Arabia ahead of Hajj

First group of Omani pilgrims arrive in Saudi Arabia ahead of Hajj
Updated 30 June 2022

First group of Omani pilgrims arrive in Saudi Arabia ahead of Hajj

First group of Omani pilgrims arrive in Saudi Arabia ahead of Hajj
  • The pilgrims’ entry procedures were completed with ease
  • Thursday marks the start of Dhu Al-Hijjah, the month during which Hajj is performed

RIYADH: The first group of Omani pilgrims arrived in the Kingdom through the Empty Quarter port ahead of Hajj, Saudi Press Agency reported on Thursday.

Thursday marks the start of Dhu Al-Hijjah, the month during which Hajj is performed. The first day of Hajj, 8th of Dhu Al-Hijjah, will fall on July 7, and the pilgrimage will end on the 12th day of the month (July 11). Arafat Day falls on the 9th day of Dhu Al-Hijjah (July 8).

The pilgrims’ entry procedures were completed with ease, and the General Directorate of Passports is supporting sites designated to serve pilgrims with modern technical devices and qualified employees so that procedures are completed without delay, SPA said.


Saudi Police arrest 15 Hajj fraudsters

Saudi Police arrest 15 Hajj fraudsters
Updated 30 June 2022

Saudi Police arrest 15 Hajj fraudsters

Saudi Police arrest 15 Hajj fraudsters
  • Illegal online adverts included providing transportation to the holy sites securing sacrifices for pilgrims

RIYADH – Saudi authorities arrested 15 people in two separate operations for offering fraudulent Hajj-related services, state news agency (SPA) reported.

Makkah police arrested seven residents of different nationalities for promoting fake services on social media involving Hajj performed on behalf of others.

The illegal online adverts also included providing transportation to the holy sites and hotels, as well as securing and distributing sacrifices for pilgrims, according to the SPA statement.

In a separate operation, Riyadh police detained seven residents for offering fake transportation services for pilgrims to Makkah. Another resident was detained for running an unlicensed website in Riyadh to promote fraudulent Hajj campaigns.  

The fraudsters were detained and referred to public prosecution.

The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah earlier warned against suspicious sites and social media accounts offering unauthorized Hajj-related services, stressing that the ministry's online platforms are the only official channels to book Hajj campaigns inside the Kingdom.