Professionals receive special surveillance training

Updated 19 March 2016

Professionals receive special surveillance training

RIYADH: Prince Sultan Advanced Technology Research Institute (PSATRI) at King Saud University (KSU) recently conducted a specialized intelligence training program used in both military and civilian systems for surveillance, reconnaissance and electronic defense.
Commenting on the program, Sami Alhumaidi, managing director of PSATRI, said that the training program was carefully designed to serve Saudi professionals in intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance as one of the highly advanced defense courses.
He added that PSATRI is keen to offer its expertise to defense sector professionals for the complete safety and security of the Kingdom.
He said that for the training, PSATRI selected highly qualified scholars of advanced defense courses in intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance from around the world.
Alhumaidi stressed that these advanced defense courses could be used in both military and civilian systems related to surveillance, reconnaissance and electronic defense.
He noted that due to their importance and role in the protection of the Kingdom’s land and air borders, PSATRI focuses its research and training programs on these areas in order to contribute to the development of capabilities and skills of professionals on these systems.
He underlined the fact that PSATRI was making all possible efforts to develop national talent, which has become an acute necessity for the country.
He thanked Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman for supporting research and development programs in this strategic and important field of national security.
He also expressed gratitude for the direct supervision of the leadership of both KSU management and the Ministry of Defense, represented by the Royal Saudi Air Force, which oversee PSATRI activities which has a great impact on achieving success.
Such specialized training and R&D programs in the strategic sector, to support defense sector professionals by such centers of excellence in the country, assumes greater significance in the wake of ongoing conflicts in the region and for full preparedness in terms of the safety and security of the Kingdom and the people.

Saudi Arabia eases coronavirus lockdown restrictions

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Saudi Arabia eases coronavirus lockdown restrictions

  • Curfew to be eased on Sunday, except in Makkah, as domestic travel permitted
  • All curfews in Saudi Arabia to be lifted by June 20

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia announced the easing of restrictions that has halted much of the activity in the country due to the coronavirus pandemic.

As of Sunday 31, May, the curfew on all areas of the Kingdom will be eased, except Makkah. Movement in cities and within the regions of the country will again be permitted, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Tuesday.

The easing will mean the Kingdom’s 24-hour lockdown is relaxed with a curfew from 3 p.m to 6 a.m until Sunday, after which the hours will change to 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.. Makkah will remain under a full 24-hour lockdown.

On June 21, all curfews in the Kingdom will be lifted and prayers at Makkah’s mosque will be permitted.

Before then, social distancing guidelines must continue to be adhered to and gatherings of more than 50 people will continue to be banned.

Authorities have also allowed the attendance at ministries, government agencies and private sector companies, and the return of their office activities.

Some economic and commercial activities will also be allowed to take place including those at wholesale and retail shops, as well as malls. Cafes will be permitted to operate once more.

However, all job sectors where social distancing rules are harder to achieve such as beauty salons, barbershops, sports and health clubs, recreational centers and cinemas will remain closed.

Umrah pilgrimage and international flights will continue to be suspended until further notice.

The new rules are subject to constant evaluation at the health ministry and can be changed if the situation warrants it.

Earlier, Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah, the health minister, said: “The phases start gradually until we return to normalcy, with its new concept based on social distancing.” 

He added that the precautionary steps taken by the Kingdom early in the outbreak helped to limit the spread of the virus. 

Now, he said, the ministry has developed a plan for the next phase that relies on two main factors: The capacity of the health care system to cope with critical cases, and the expansion of testing to identify new infections as soon as possible.

Reassuring the Saudi nation on Monday, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said: “The bad conditions will pass, God willing, and we are heading toward the good, God willing.” 

The Kingdom recorded 2,235 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, taking the total to 74,795, and the death toll rose by nine to 399. Worldwide the virus has infected more than 5.5 million people and killed nearly 350,000.