RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Royal Land Forces and Iraq’s Land Forces on Monday kicked off a joint exercise in the Kingdom’s northern region, the Saudi Press Agency said.
The opening ceremony was attended by Commander of the Northern Region, Major General Saleh bin Ahmed Al-Zahrani, and Saudi and Iraqi officers.
Al-Zahrani said that the nine-day exercise aims to enhance cooperation and exchange military expertise between the Kingdom and Iraq.
He added that it is also part of Saudi Arabia’s armed forces scheduled plan to hold exercises with forces of other countries, with the aim of raising the level of combat readiness and exchanging successful military expertise.
The Royal Saudi Air Force has concluded recently a joint exercise with its Egyptian counterpart in the Kingdom’s northern region.
Deputy Commander of the Air Force, Maj. Gen. Talal Al-Ghamdi praised the “positive results” of the exercises, which were carried out according “to specific tactical goals that achieved the desired military benefit for both parties.”
RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has concluded its participation in Eager Lion 2022, one of the largest military exercises in the region, that was held in Jordan.
The 10th round of exercises, which ran from Sept. 4 to Sept. 15, was attended by Major General Yousef Al-Hunaiti, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Jordanian Armed Forces, and Major General Adel bin Mohammad Al-Balawi, head of the Saudi Armed Forces Education and Training Authority, state media SPA reported.
The event saw the participation of 30 countries, approximately 1,700 US service members, 2,200 Jordanian armed forces, and 591 coalition personnel from partner nations.
Saudi’s armed forces took part in land, air defense, and navy exercises alongside other participating countries.
Eager Lion 2022, scheduled for 2021 but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, aims to exchange military expertise, and improve interoperability among partner nations.
RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) distributed 70 tons of food aid to displaced people in Somalia’s Gersbali district, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported on Thursday.
A total of 6,000 people benefited from the aid, according to SPA.
The donation comes as part of the Kingdom’s efforts to provide urgent relief to those affected by the drought in Somalia, to support food and nutrition programs in the country, and provide water, shelter, and life-saving emergency programs to displaced people.
ADEN: The Saudi Development and Reconstruction Program for Yemen has laid the foundation stone for a new educational institution in Aden, aiming to provide access to a quality educational and training environment in the war-hit country.
The scheme includes the provision of 28 laboratories for the pharmacy and law faculties at the University of Aden, as well as offices, classrooms, study halls and a central library.
A criminal research laboratory being built at the law faculty will be the first of its kind in Yemen. Featuring a variety of forensic evidence and crime detection units, the facility will support the work of the country’s security services.
The laboratory will also provide training for forensic specialists as well as security cadres to help them develop their skills in the field of criminal investigations, criminology and forensic medicine.
The project is one of 224 development schemes and initiatives implemented by the Saudi program across several Yemeni governorates and covering the areas of education, health, water, energy, transport, agriculture and fisheries, and capacity building.
RIYADH: Saudis are being urged to recycle their old phones and computers under a government-backed campaign to cut waste.
Individuals and businesses will be able to hand over their old electronics under the Recycle Your Device initiative from the Communications and Information Technology Commission. The devices will be safely broken down for parts or repaired and given to needy families.
Old mobile and fixed phones, modems, printers, laptops and desktop computers are priorities for the commission.
The scheme launches this month for businesses and next month for individuals, and runs until December. A CITC website will soon be launched with information on how to hand over devices.
The commission said the initiative is part of its social responsibility to boost sustainability, and follows its first report on its goals to cut waste and boost recycling.
Recycle Your Device was launched in cooperation with the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, the National Center for Waste Management, and the private sector.
RIYADH: A high-speed train service makes it possible for pilgrims to travel between the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah in just two hours and 20 minutes.
The Haramain Express, which travels at a top speed of over 300 kph, is part of the Kingdom’s integrated transport network.
The train can accommodate over 400 business and economy class passengers, with tickets priced between SR40 and SR150 ($10.60-$40). The service also stops at Jeddah and King Abdullah Economic City.
People from all over the world are permitted to perform Umrah during their stay in the Kingdom thanks to the visa scheme provided by the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah.
Offering a trouble-free cultural and religious experience for Umrah pilgrims is in line with the objectives of Saudi Vision 2030.
Pilgrims wishing to visit Saudi Arabia to perform Umrah are advised to use the Maqam platform — maqam.gds.haj.gov.sa/ — where they can make all of the necessary travel arrangements and select from a package of services.
Family and personal visit visa holders can perform Umrah easily by booking an appointment through the Umrah app.
Umrah pilgrims are required to have comprehensive health insurance, including cover for the cost of treatment for COVID-19.