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Ahead of Intersec Saudi Arabia, Consultancy Firm Forecasts Strong Growth and Market Transformation in Kingdom's Fire & Rescue Sector

RIYADH: As Saudi Arabia looks to improve nationwide fire safety and industrial security regulations, the Kingdom’s demand for fire prevention and safety implementation systems is forecast to continue its upward trajectory during the next three years. Market consultancy firm 6WResearch has forecast the Kingdom’s fire safety systems and equipment market – the largest in the GCC – will register 5.5 per cent compound annual growth by 2025, reaching a cumulative value of US$402m. Growth is being driven in part by government regulation of compulsory installation of fire safety, detection, and alarm systems in buildings and the recent strengthening of the remit of Saudi Arabia’s High Commission for Industrial Security (HCIS). In August this year, Saudi Arabia’s higher authorities granted the HCIS ......read more

We're back Video highlights return of Hajj to full capacity after COVID-19

Makkah:  The video highlights the organization of Hajj for pilgrims from all over the world this year, after being limited to local pilgrims only during the past two years, due to the pandemic, enabling this year the largest number of Muslims around the world to perform Hajj and Umrah, and visiting the Prophet's Mosque in an atmosphere of spirituality and tranquility. The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah had announced earlier that the number of pilgrims from inside and outside the Kingdom for this year's Hajj season has been increased to 1 million, in accordance with quotas allocated to different countries. In the video, viewers will see scenes from the previous Hajj seasons comprising a large number of pilgrims assembled at the Grand Mosque, with their hearts full of piety, standing in front of their Lord, and praying ......read more

RCU Announces Detailed Plans to Develop Tram Project Spanning AlUla's Landmarks and Signs Contract for Design of Eco-friendly Infrastructure

• Mobility company SYSTRA to complete design studies in  2023, with the tramway’s carriages resembling those from the historic Hijaz railway • Low-carbon and experiential system will call at some of AlUla’s most important locations and landmarks, with stations acting as public transport hubs for surrounding areas • The tram network will be developed over two phases spanning more than 50km from Hegra in the north to AlUla International Airport in the south   AlUla, Saudi Arabia, 05 JULY 2022: The Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU) has announced plans to develop a new tram system connecting all of AlUla County’s most important landmarks, archaeological sites, tourist destinations, urban areas, and transport infrastructure. The first phase of the system will be designed by the ......read more

SCCI Kicks Off its Gulf Tour from Riyadh to Promote Sharjah Excellence Award

• With the aim of attracting and motivating private sector companies to participate in such innovative awards • Two new categories introduced, with meetings held across GCC countries to discuss the Awards' participation terms and requirements   13, June 2022:  The Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) begins an orientation tour across the GCC countries to introduce two categories of the Sharjah Excellence Award, the Sharjah Gulf Excellence Award and the Sharjah Gulf Localization Award, with the aim of attracting and motivating private sector companies to participate in such innovative awards.   The Sharjah Excellence Award tour began in Riyadh, the capital of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The delegation for the tour included Nada Al Hajri, General Coordinator of the Sharjah Excellence ......read more

Diriyah Biennale Foundation Announces Hajj Terminal in Jeddah as the Location for First-Ever Islamic Arts Biennale

Curatorial Team from left to right: Sumayya Vally, Dr. Julian Raby, Dr. Saad Alrashid, Dr. Omniya Abdel Barr, Diriyah Biennale Foundation 23 January to 23 April 2023 Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, 6 June 2022: The Diriyah Biennale Foundation (DBF) is proud to announce that the inaugural edition of the Islamic Arts Biennale will take place at the iconic Hajj Terminal in Jeddah from 23 January to 23 April 2023. A distinguished international multidisciplinary team will curate the Biennale under the theme of Awwal Bayt (First House).  The world’s first-ever Islamic Arts Biennale will be located in the prestigious Canopy Terminal, which was designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in 1981 and was the recipient of the 1983 Aga Khan Award for Architecture. There will also be a purpose-built 70,000 square meter venue with ......read more

Construction Begins on Saudi Arabia's Jubail 3B Independent Water Project

• A groundbreaking ceremony took place today at the 570,000 m3/day Jubail 3B Independent Water Project (IWP) plant in Saudi Arabia, marking the start of construction   • The plant is being built by a consortium comprised of ENGIE, Nesma Company Limited and Ajlan & Bros holding group for Saudi Water Partnership Company (SWPC)   • The desalination plant, which will have the largest in-house solar capability of 61 Mwh for a desalination plant in the Kingdom, will provide potable water to Riyadh and Qassim regions when complete in 2024   30 May 2022,  Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Riyadh: In the presence of Khaled Z AlQureshi, CEO of SWPC, global energy company ENGIE, together with Nesma Company Limited and Ajlan & Bros holding group today broke ground on the Jubail 3B Independent Water ......read more

STYLI Raises Funds for Saudi Arabia's Children with Disabilities Association

• STYLI’s funds to Children with Disabilities Association will go towards providing aid to approximately 4,000 children across the Kingdom during the month of Ramadan.   • The donation is part of Landmark Group’s commitment to support and empower communities across the region.   Riyadh, Saudi Arabia - 21, April 2022 – STYLI, Landmark Group’s online-only fast fashion brand, has successfully raised over SAR 100,000 for Children with Disability Association (CDA) to support children across the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and make a significant difference to their lives.    The funds were handed over at a recent ceremony held at the association in the presence of Menon Unnikrishnan, General Manager of STYLI and Dr. Ahmad Tamimi, Executive Director of the Children with ......read more

No Rain and No Resources; Millions of Families across the Horn of Africa Pushed Closer to Catastrophe Each Day

April 19, 2022:   Desperately needed rains across the Horn of Africa have so far failed to materialise, almost a month into the current rainy season, and if these conditions continue, along with stagnant and even decreasing humanitarian aid, the number of hungry people due to drought could spiral from the currently estimated 14 million to 20 million through 2022, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) warned today.  With Somalia facing the risk of famine, half a million Kenyans one step away from catastrophic levels of hunger and malnutrition rates in Ethiopia well above emergency thresholds, time is fast running out for families who are struggling to survive.   “We know from past experience that acting early to avert a humanitarian catastrophe is vital, yet our ability to launch the response ......read more

Food and Oil Price Hikes Drive up Costs for Cash-Strapped WFP Operations in West Africa as Region Faces Record Hunger

The UN World Food Programme (WFP)’s operational costs for 2022 will go up by US$ 136 million in West Africa alone due to the ripple effect of the conflict in Ukraine which is driving up global food and fuel prices. This, as acute hunger in the region has quadrupled in three years – reaching a 10-year high this year, with 43 million women, men and children expected to face acute food insecurity by June 2022.  This additional cost to WFP’s operations could have been used to provide six million school children with a daily nutritious meal for six months. This is unfortunate as millions of families in the region are unable to meet their basic food needs as a result of an unprecedented food crisis, driven by conflict, climate, the fallout from COVID-19 and high food prices. “Soaring food and fuel prices ......read more

Network International's KSA Operations Certified Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard Compliant

PCI DSS certification affirms conformity to industry’s most thorough global payment-card security standard    Dubai, 14 April 2022: Network International, the leading enabler of digital commerce across the Middle East and Africa (MEA), has announced that Network International Arabia has been assessed as compliant with Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) v3.2.1, marking a key milestone in the company’s Saudi Arabia expansion.    PCI DSS is an established global industry standard for compliance and security, established by the PCI Security Standards Council to protect sensitive information and prevent fraud. It applies to any organisation involved in the processing, transmission, and storage of credit card information. The PCI Security Standards Council’s mission is to ......read more

Kuwaiti Mountaineer becomes the Youngest to Climb World's Seven Volcanic Summits

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, April 02, 2022 – He took up exercise seriously almost all his life, but mountaineer Yousef Al Refaie has taken it to the next level setting a Guinness World Records title for being the Youngest person to climb the Seven Volcanic Summits at 24 years and 119 days.  Al Refaie is not only 24 but he is also the 24th globally to climb each continent’s tallest volcano. Notoriety is not the key component here as ascending the seven calderas is a very rare achievement, so becoming the youngest person to complete the circuit is even rarer feat.  “You came from the desert, I wouldn’t think you will be able climb the highest mountains” is what kept pushing him toward his goal that started as a normal tourist trip on December 30, 2015 to Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. The ......read more

Ukraine Pushes Middle East and North Africa Deeper into Hunger as food Prices Reach Alarming Highs

April 01, 2022:  As the Muslim holy month of Ramadan begins, the soaring cost of food staples in import-dependent Middle Eastern and North African countries is creating ever greater challenges for millions of families already struggling to keep hunger at bay, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today.  Traditionally a month of festivities, when families gather over traditional foods to break their day-long fast, this year millions will be struggling to buy even the most basic foods for their families as the conflict in Ukraine has pushed food prices even higher than the troubling levels at the start of the year.  “We are extremely concerned about the millions of people in this region who are already struggling to access enough food because of a toxic combination of conflict, climate change and ......read more

6 Arab Countries Achieve 60% of the UN SDGs

• Adopting additional indicators for the region and expanded the research in quantity and quality • Report identified key weaknesses in Arab countries' SDG results so far, most notably in SDG 5 (gender equality) • Six countries lead the regional scores, with a total index score of 66 or more • Only three countries achieved one of the development goals • The report recommends the countries in the region to urgently invest in more resources   Dubai - 31 March 2022:  A report released by the World Government Summit Organization in partnership with the Mohammed bin Rashid School of Government under the title "Arab Region Sustainable Development Goals Index 2022" has revealed big differences in the progress that Arab countries are making towards achieving the UN ......read more

CH Carolina Herrera will Support Autism Causes in 2022, in Honour of CH Hope

In support of CH Hope, CH Carolina Herrera will support Autism awareness causes in 2022, kicking off with a Mother’s Day celebration focused around raising awareness and donating to local causes across the region, followed by a volunteer opportunity in honor of World Autism Day on April 2nd, 2022. In support of CH Carolina Herrera’s CH Hope program, a global initiative to support and better communities regionally and globally, CH Hope will regionally raise awareness for autism spectrum disorder. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) continues to increase in global prevalence in recent decades with increasing affects in the Middle East. According to the World Population Review, the top five countries with the highest rates of autism include Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. For this initiative, CH ......read more

Seif El Hakim plans to expand his charity foundation to Dubai

Seif El Hakim, Egyptian Russian, he is a global authority on business, leadership, and exponential success. He is expanding his Egypt based foundation for charity "SEIF FOUNDATION FOR CHARITY" to Dubai. The objective of his foundation is to help people who are in need. This is a personal fulfillment.    

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What Wonderful Beef 2.0! Programme Begins On-Site Actions in KSA with the support of the Spanish Embassy in Riyadh

The campaign brings the high quality and taste of European beef from Spain to the country through a series of activities Riyadh, March 17, 2022: Provacuno kicks off the second term of the What Wonderful EU Beef! campaign in KSA with a series of activities to promote European Beef in the country. The campaign is supported by the Spanish Embassy in Riyadh and will include a masterclass and showroom for importers and key players from the market of Saudi Arabia – the spotlight is on the high quality and taste of the European beef from Spain. The activities will kick off with a series of events that will take place in Riyadh at the end of March 2022. The 1st event will be an exclusive showroom that will take place in the Spanish Ambassador premises in Riyadh on the 29th of March, featuring a live cooking demonstration and ......read more

Saudi Arabia's ACWA Power Announces Full Year 2021 Financial Results

- Full year financial results posted after successful IPO and listing in 2021 - Operating income before impairment loss and other expenses up by 12.5% and parent operating cash flow higher by 51.4%   - SAR 560 million dividends for 2021 proposed by ACWA Power’s Board, subject to OGM approval in May 2022    Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia - March 16, 2022:  ACWA Power (“the Company”), a leading Saudi developer, investor, and operator of power generation, water desalination and green hydrogen plants, today announced its full-year 2021 financial results, demonstrating strong operational and financial performance in line with the Company’s expectations.   Commenting on the occasion, Mohammad Abunayyan, Chairman, ACWA Power, said, “As a proud Saudi company that is ......read more

AlUla breaks the record for the World's Largest Hot Air Balloon Glow Show

AlUla, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia - 11, March 2022: AlUla Moments in association with SAHAB (Saudi Arabian Ballooning Federation) breaks the Guinness World Records™ title for the World’s Largest Hot Air Balloon Glow Show.  The record was set on the 1st of March 2022 near Hegra, the first UNESCO World Heritage Site in Saudi Arabia. The site is famous for more than 100 carved Nabataean tombs which feature more than 2000 years of remarkably well-preserved inscriptions and symbols on the sandstone mountains. A total of 142 brightly-lit balloons were streamlined together in a show over the ancient site that brightened the skies and illuminated the rock-strewn desert landscape. The previous record was also achieved in AlUla – during its arts and cultural festival, Winter at Tantora, in 2019 - that time it was with ......read more

Rally Jameel Registration Closes With 33 Teams From Around the World Set to Compete - Dr. Thuraya Obaid Becomes Latest High Profile Woman to Endorse the Rally

JEDDAH (SAUDI ARABIA) – March 8, 2022: Rally Jameel, which will now see 33 teams from around the world compete, has been honored with the endorsement of Dr. Thuraya Obaid, a key figure for women empowerment in the Kingdom. Reinforcing 2022’s International Women’s Day’s theme of #BreakTheBias, Dr. Obaid has emphasized the reason behind her support to the Rally Jameel, which has unexpectedly gathered worldwide attention, and the progressive change it is contributing to. “Empowerment is basically the ability of a person to make life decisions without negative pressures that prevent them from exercising this right, and thus the person is responsible for their decisions and results, both negatively or positively. It also deals with personal responsibility and its relationship to the society in which they ......read more

Saudi Covid Restrictions eased after 99% Vaccination achieved MOH ends Periodical Presser

Saudi Ministry of Health spokesperson Dr. Muhammad Al-Abdali, said on Sunday, March 6, that the Kingdom has successfully passed the critical stage of the pandemic, as new cases fell by 95% from numbers recorded in the last wave. Adding that critical cases also fell by 62%. Al-Abdali credited the success to the high-impact preventive measures, which included the rapid rollout of vaccines, whose overall coverage exceeded 99% of the total population, widespread testing through (TAKAAD) centers, and (TATAMAN) clinics, and the rapid support from 937 medical hotlines. Dr. Al-Abdali added that there is full confidence in the country’s ability to confront any new variants of the virus, thanks to the high rates of immunization and the public's awareness of the need to wear masks. He stressed that the number of doses given in ......read more

Saudi Arabia Plans to Become the Middle East's Premier Financial Centre

Rebalancing the Kingdom’s economy, PRO Partner Group can help in forming businesses in different sectors  07, March 2022 - Located in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, PRO Partner Group is licensed as a Corporate Service Provider to provide company set up advice, on the ground government liaison and PRO Support to foreign companies looking to set up and do business in KSA. Guided by His Highness Sheikh Mohamad Bin Salman for the 2030 vision, organizations outside the Kingdom that are looking to approach the Saudi market and will find it easier to do business over time. Saudi Arabia’s market is opening fast. The Kingdom’s vision 2030 aims to build a dynamic economy that gives an opportunity for entrepreneurs and small/medium-sized businesses. In order to improve governmental operational excellence, strengthen ......read more

Saudi Fund for Development Inaugurated New Infrastructure Projects in Djibouti Worth US$ 137 Million

Saudi -  18 February 2022:  The Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) has inaugurated two new development projects in the water and housing sector and laid the foundation stone for a project in the transportation sector in Djibouti, with a total amount of US$ 137 million dollars.  During an official visit to the East African nation, Saudi Fund for Development CEO, Sultan bin Abdulrahman Al-Marshad, met with the President of the Republic of Djibouti, H.E. Ismail Omar Guelleh to discuss the projects financed by SFD for economic and social development worth US$ 305 million since 1982.  As part of the visit Mr. Sultan bin Abdulrahman Al-Marshad and the Prime Minister of Djibouti, Mr. Abdoulkader Kamil Mohamed, inaugurated a new project to supply clean drinking water to 45,000 people in the coastal Province of Obock. ......read more

Saudi Transport and Logistics Sector Explores Opportunities and Investments at US TRB Annual Meeting

The Saudi Transport and Logistics Sector participated in the 101st annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) held in in Washington, D.C., USA, from 9-13 January 2022. The meeting is one of the largest global events for specialists and experts in the transport industry. It features more than 400 workshops and seminars on the latest key developments in research, legislation, innovations and best practices in the transport sector, with participation of more than 150 specialized entities and 170 technical committees. Joined by a number of sector specialists, Dr. Mansour Al-Turki, Deputy Minister of Transport and Logistics for Planning and Information, headed the Saudi delegation participating in the TRB activities. This participation comes as part of efforts to facilitate Saudi Arabia’s ambitious transport and ......read more

Mysterious Ancient Tombs Reveal 4,500-Year-Old Highway Network in North-West Arabia

• This caps a year of tremendous progress by archaeological teams in advancing knowledge about the people of ancient Arabia – and points the way to more achievements in 2022 • Fieldwork successes are establishing the landmark Kingdoms Institute research core in AlUla  • New analysis of ‘funerary avenues’ marks fourth peer-reviewed article in past year by Australian research team working under Royal Commission for AlUla   10, January, 2022: Archaeologists from the University of Western Australia (UWA) have determined that the people who lived in ancient north-west Arabia built long-distance ‘funerary avenues’ – major pathways flanked by thousands of burial monuments that linked oases and pastures – suggesting a high degree of social and economic connection ......read more

YORK signs MoU with King Abdullah Port to Strengthen efforts to transform Saudi Arabia into Top Global Logistics Hub

Agreement aims to improve the Kingdom’s marine services by providing marine vessel maintenance and repair services Jeddah: In line with Saudi Arabia's Vision 2030 goal to develop the capabilities of the marine sector in the Kingdom, the Ports Development Company (PDC), the owner and developer of King Abdullah Port, signed at its headquarters in King Abdullah Economic City a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Al Salem Johnson Controls (YORK), the leading provider of integrated solutions in HVAC-R, fire, safety and security systems, and building management systems and controls. The memorandum sets out the general principles and modalities of cooperation between the two parties to develop the capabilities of marine services at King Abdullah Port in line with Vision 2030. The main objectives of the memorandum are to ......read more

Join Catwalk in AlUla in support of the Arabian Leopard

• Community members and visitors are invited to join Catwalk on 6th November.  A fun, free, open-to-all, 7km or 700m walk or run, Catwalk is Catmosphere Foundation’s inaugural campaign. • AlUla’s 7km Catwalk will take place in the Sharaan Nature Reserve while the 700m Catwalk Cubs will take place in AlUla Oasis • Catmosphere Foundation was created by the Saudi Ambassador to the United States of America HRH Princess Reema Bandar Al Saud to raise awareness for critically endangered Big Cats, including the Arabian Leopard   Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 04, November 2021: Visitors, residents and wildlife lovers are invited to join Catwalk, a 7km walk, in AlUla’s protected Sharaan Nature Reserve to show their support for the endangered Arabian Leopard.  Residents and visitors can join ......read more

LG Sets Goal to Utilize More Than Half Million Tonnes of Recycled Plastic

Use of Plastics Made From Post-Consumer Recycled Materials to Increase Tenfold by 2025 Riyadh, Oct. 5, 2021 — LG Electronics (LG) has announced its goal to use almost 600,000 tonnes of recycled plastic by 2030 in a concerted effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the value chain. The goal is a part of LG’s larger initiative to create a take-back ecosystem for electronic waste and increase the use of post-consumer recycled (PCR) materials in its consumer electronics and home appliance products. In 2020, LG utilized approximately 20,000 tonnes of recycled plastic in its products which it plans to increase more than tenfold by 2025. While recycled plastic is currently used inside LG TVs, PC monitors, speakers, washing machines, refrigerators and air conditioners, LG will expand the use of recycled plastic to the ......read more

Eighty-Six Percent Of Saudi Organizations Attribute Damaging Cyberattacks to Vulnerabilities in Technology Put in Place During the Pandemic

Sixty-seven percent of security and business leaders said their exposure to cyber risk increased as a result of moving business-critical functions to the cloud   September 28, 2021:   Tenable®, Inc., the Cyber Exposure company, has published results of a study that found 86% of Saudi organizations suffered a business impacting cyberattack* attributed to vulnerabilities in technology put in place during the pandemic. The data is drawn from ‘Beyond Boundaries: The Future of Cybersecurity in the New World of Work,’ a commissioned study of more than 1,300 security leaders, business executives and remote employees, including 104 in The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Tenable.    The pandemic accelerated remote work for many Saudi organizations. In ......read more

Official Inauguration of Standard Chartered Bank 1st Branch in the Kingdom…Under the Patronage of SAMA Governor

16, September 2021, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia:  Under the patronage of H.E. Fahad Almubarak, governor of the Saudi Central Bank, Standard Chartered celebrated the official first branch in the Kingdom virtually. This comes as SAMA granted the license to Standard Chartered in order to practice banking activities in the Kingdom.  The ceremony was attended by José Viñals, chairman of Standard Chartered Bank, Bill Winters, Standard Chartered Group CEO, Sunil Kaushal, regional CEO for Africa and Middle East (AME), and Yazaid Al-Salloom, CEO of Standard Chartered Saudi Arabia. In addition, a number of officials from the Saudi Central Bank and Standard Chartered Bank’s international top clients attended the ceremony.  At the beginning of the ceremony, Standard Chartered bank explored ways to support the ......read more

Airbus Deploys Mission-Critical Communication Solutions to help Secure Hajj in 2021

KSA, 26 July 2021:  Airbus secured this years’ Hajj holy pilgrimage in Mecca with its mission-critical communication technologies in Saudi Arabia. The company rolled out its Tactilon Agnet 800 collaboration platform and Tetra technology for use of public safety and security forces on the field and in the control rooms. Through the communication solutions’ secure and reliable features, the teams were able to coordinate faster and more efficiently wherever they were deployed.  Like the previous Hajj seasons, better collaboration among security officials was key to safeguarding the safety and health of tens of thousands of people who performed Hajj this year.  Tactilon Agnet allows users to leverage the solutions to talk, exchange multimedia messages, and record and share videos at the touch of a button ......read more

Unite and Run to Help End Plastic Waste

• adidas and Parley’s global impact platform, Run for the Oceans, returns for the fourth year, and marks the second Parley Missions chapter of 2021 • For every tracked KM via the adidas Running app from May 28 – June 8, adidas x Parley will clean up the equivalent weight of 10 plastic bottles from beaches, up to 500,000lbs • Download the adidas Running app and sign up to the challenge now – every kilometer counts from May 28 – June 8     Dubai, May 18, 2021:   Ahead of World Oceans Day on June 8, adidas is harnessing the power of sport and using it as a force for change, inviting the world to unite and Run for the Oceans once again.   From May 28 – June 8, adidas x Parley Run for the Oceans returns for a fourth year, continuing its commitment ......read more

Uber Supports Drivers in Saudi Arabia with Special Ramadan Initiative

May 09, 2021:  Celebrating the spirit of Ramadan, Uber today announced that it will be rewarding top rated drivers in Saudi Arabia with special incentives* worth 50,000 SAR. Up to 10 drivers a day will be able to unlock 500 SAR each, helping them make the most of their time on the app during the Holy Month. The company has rolled out the incentive in the Kingdom to appreciate and reward drivers’ commitment to the quality of services to their riders, especially during this special time of the year. The incentive is active until May 11th (inclusive).  “Drivers are at the heart of the Uber experience,” said Mohammed Gazzaz, General Manager of Uber in Saudi Arabia. “Today, more than ever we believe it is extremely important that we show our appreciation for their efforts and reward them for their ......read more

Dubai Customs Displays Experience in Developing Creative Services to Saudi Customs

17 April 2021:  Dubai Customs highlighted its experience in developing disruptive customs systems and services, in a virtual meeting with officials from the Saudi Customs.  The meeting aimed at exchange of knowledge between the two customs departments, and exploring more cooperation. From the Saudi Customs, Bandar Al Balawi and Abdul Rahman Khalaf Technology Department, Ibrahim Al Shaia, Security Affairs Department and Musaid Al Sudairi, Revenue Department, attended the meeting.    Falah Khalil Al Sammak, Senior Manager of DXB Terminal 2  welcomed the Saudi delegates and said the customs relationships with the Saudi Customs is very important in facilitating regional and global trade. He shed light on certain projects and applications developed by Dubai Customs including the iDeclare. The mobile app ......read more

Three Bocellis Perform at Hegra in a Celebration of Life

AlUla, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 9 April 2021: The world’s most beloved tenor, Maestro Andrea Bocelli, gave a stunning performance within the surrounds of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Hegra last night. The concert’s many stand out moments included a performance from Andrea Bocelli with his 9-year-old daughter Virginia. The duo sang Hallelujah to the delighted and intimate crowd attending the event. In fact, the concert is the first time Andrea has shared the stage with both his son Matteo and his daughter. The multi-talented family showed off their musical prowess with Bocelli swapping instruments throughout the performance.  Songs included favourites from Puccini, hits from the artist most recent album, Believe, as well as songs from the Greatest Showman and Carousel. No Bocelli performance would be complete without ......read more

Etihad Rail and Saudi Railway Company (SAR) to Cooperate in the Exchange of Services and Training

Agreement focuses on four key areas: locomotives and wagons lease arrangements, spare parts purchase, special volunteer groups and shared services initiatives  17 March 2021:  Etihad Rail, the developer and operator of the UAE’s national railway network, announced today its partnership with the Saudi Railway Company (SAR), by signing a strategic agreement establishing a framework for the exchange of services, training, and knowledge transfer. Shadi Malak, Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Rail, and Dr Bashar Al Malik, Chief Executive Officer of SAR, signed the strategic agreement during a virtual ceremony attended by officials from both entities. The agreement focuses on four key areas of cooperation including locomotives and wagons lease arrangements, spare parts purchase, special volunteer groups and shared services ......read more

Reusing and Recycling; Individual and Collective Actions in the Fight Against Climate Change

Ahead of COP26, representatives from Saudi Arabia and the UK government discussed climate change issues yesterday in an online roundtable hosted by the British Embassy in Riyadh 16 March 2021: Climate change is the biggest and most urgent challenge of our time. During a live forum hosted yesterday by the British Embassy in Riyadh, experts from private and public sectors and civil society discussed the challenge, strategies and actions that need to be taken, with a particular focus on plastic consumption and waste. The virtual roundtable, ‘Reusing and recycling: the effects of plastic in nature. Ahead of COP26, can we encourage a fundamental change in attitudes?’, was held as part of the British Embassy in Riyadh’s #TogetherForOurPlanet ãÚÇ_áÃÌá_ßæßÈäÇ# campaign.  The campaign is building awareness about ......read more

Philanthropic Mission to End Childhood Pneumonia – Charles Monat Associates (CMA) marks 50th Anniversary announcing partnership with global charity Save the Children

• 5-year partnership will improve millions of lives through significant investments in healthcare, sanitation, clean water and other basic amenities • CMA and Save the Children will combine knowledge, expertise and resources to combat global health crisis starting in Indonesia, China and Bangladesh   March 08, 2021:   Charles Monat Associates (CMA), a global pioneer in providing wealth planning and life insurance solutions, today marked its 50th anniversary with the announcement of a philanthropic partnership with Save the Children, a leading humanitarian organization that champions the rights and interests of children worldwide, to end childhood pneumonia.   Established in 1971, CMA has become an industry leader preserving the wealth of more than 8,000 clients from 50 countries, and placed ......read more

Tide and Ariel to Donate a Million Antivirus Washes to Frontliners in Hospitals Across Saudi

United Arab Emirates -  February 25, 2021:   Leading detergent brands Tide and Ariel have announced plans today to donate one million washes to frontline workers in 54 public and private hospitals across Saudi Arabia before the end of March 2021.  As healthcare workers and first responders fight the pandemic, Tide and Ariel have launched  their COVID-19 relief campaigns: Tide’s “Protect the Protectors” and Ariel's “Tough for the Toughest”  to supply frontliners and their families across the kingdom with their innovative anti-bacterial fabric-care products that ensure thorough cleaning from all dimensions, eliminating dirt and stains while removing up to 99.9% of bacteria and viruses. Tide and Ariel have joined hands to inaugurate the donation roadshow that aims to ......read more

Saudi Railway Company (SAR) Expands and Modernizes Railway Data Infrastructure in Collaboration with Oracle Cloud

Al Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 26 December 2020:  Saudi Railway Company (SAR), has initiated a major digital transformation with Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) to enhance business agility, create a robust cyber security infrastructure, automate core ticketing system and reduce costs. "At Saudi Railway Company (SAR), we are on a mission to deliver distinctively high quality and reliable railway transportation services to meet the expectation of our customers, while also acting as a major catalyst for Saudi Arabia's economic growth," Sami Alawfi, IT Director at Saudi Railway Company (SAR) said.  "Saudi Railway Company (SAR) is rapidly expanding operations, and in order to support this growth, we need to set up a robust disaster recovery system that complements a fully automated and paperless ticketing ......read more

Mitsubishi Power Saudi Arabia Hosts Blood Donation Drive in Saudi Arabia

Drive witnessed a successful participation of employees from the local office, who donated blood to support the people of Saudi Arabia amidst COVID-19.  Dammam, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia - December 02, 2020:   As part of its CSR efforts in the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) region, Mitsubishi Power Saudi Arabia Co., a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Power, Ltd. hosted a blood donation campaign. Taking place in Dammam, the campaign was organized in collaboration with the Ministry of Health. The campaign witnessed over 40 employees from the local office and factory sign up to donate blood which will be used to save lives. All necessary precautions to ensure public safety during the donation drive were in place. Commenting on this campaign, Hiroaki Fujiwara, CEO of Mitsubishi Power Saudi Arabia, said:“Blood ......read more

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P&G Donates 1 Million Masks to Saudi Health Endowment Fund…

27, October 2020:   Procter & Gamble (P&G) in partnership with AbuDawood donates one million masks to the Saudi Health Endowment Fund as part of the efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19. The company’s far-reaching force for good initiatives are aimed at protecting everyday heroes, providing support for communities, relief agencies and their employees as part of ......read more

Saudi Woman Draws the World's Largest Coffee Painting Using Expired Granules…

First Saudi woman to achieve a Guinness World Records title singlehandedly  Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, 19 October 2020:  Ohud Abdullah Almalki, known as ‘The Artist of the Nation’ marks an incredible milestone becoming the first Saudi woman to achieve a Guinness World Records title singlehandedly, the global authority on record-breaking achievements said. The Al Naseem ......read more

WTTC Recognises Saudi Arabia's Leadership to the Recovery of the Travel & Tourism Sector Globally…

For the first time ever, Saudi Arabia hosted a G20 Tourism private-public event focused on the recovery of the sector  Saudi Arabia leading and coordinating the global Travel & Tourism agenda At the request of Saudi Arabia, WTTC presented a plan to resume international travel and save 100m jobs in the world October 11, 2020:   The World Travel & Tourism ......read more

Cartier Philanthropy x Medair - Supporting Beirut's Relief and Recovery…

The massive explosion that ripped Beirut apart in August 2020 created significant immediate and long-term humanitarian needs. We’re supporting Medair to deliver emergency assistance to those impacted and displaced by the disaster – in particular to meet their shelter and health needs – and to assist in the rehabilitation of damaged buildings and public facilities. Medair’s ......read more

World Gold Council and its Members Highlight Commitment to Sustainable Development Goals Ahead of ...…

September 22, 2020:  To coincide with the 75th session of the UN General Assembly – and the SDG Business Forum – the World Gold Council has published a report entitled Gold Mining’s Contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.    The report outlines how leading gold mining companies are making a significant contribution towards the UN’s ......read more

CLYMB™ Abu Dhabi Breaks Two GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ titles…

CLYMB™ is now officially home to the world’s largest indoor skydiving wind tunnel and world’s tallest indoor artificial climbing wall.   18 August 2020:  CLYMB™ Abu Dhabi, the new sports and leisure attraction on Yas Island, is awarded with two GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ titles for the world’s largest indoor skydiving wind tunnel at 10 meters (32 ......read more

MOT Completes 491-km-road Maintenance Work Leading to Makkah in Preparation for Hajj…

Saudi Arabia,  July 29, 2020:  In preparation for this year’s Hajj, the Ministry of Transport has completed the maintenance of about 491 km of roads leading to Makkah and has assigned buses for each pilgrim group with full precautionary measures.   These steps follow the directives of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and His Royal ......read more

Saudi Arabia's General Authority for Military Industries announces a fully integrated defense show ...…

Every two years, ‘World Defense Show’ will feature latest innovations in interoperability across air, land, sea, security and satellite defense systems    Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 16 July 2020: Today the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s General Authority for Military Industries (GAMI) announced the launch of ‘World Defense Show’. The show will take center stage ......read more

Pandora Joins Forces with UNICEF to Raise Over $1M in Aid of New One Love Initiative…

Pandora and brand Muse Halima Aden unite in support of UNICEF, as the Marley family reimagine iconic anthem One Love for global fundraising appeal.   July 16, 2020:   Model and activist Halima Aden has come together with Pandora in support of UNICEF’s One Love initiative, to reimagine a world fit for all children. With the goal of preventing the COVID-19 pandemic ......read more

Saudi Arabia Launches New Anti-Human-Trafficking Measures…

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia  - April 01, 2020:   The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's National Committee to Combat Human Trafficking (NCCHT), in cooperation with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the International Organization of Migration (IOM), has launched a "National Referral Mechanism," which outlines best practices for handling cases of trafficking ......read more

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