Saudi Arabia to reveal new innovative tourism strategy in 2024: top official

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RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s aviation sector is set for substantial safety and security enhancements as the National Security Services Co. prepares to embark on an ambitious expansion plan, its CEO told Arab News. Turki Matooq Al-Thonayan explained how the company, also known as SAFE, already has operations spanning multiple countries and a workforce exceeding 10,000 employees. … Read more

Preservation of heritage and nature top priority for Soudah Peaks project, says head developer

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RIYADH: The Soudah Development company plans to rehabilitate about 200 heritage sites within the Soudah Peaks project area in Saudi Arabia, and the work will be carried out in ways that preserve the authentic nature and natural splendor of the area, said Daniel McBrearty, the organization’s chief development officer. The preservation of the sites and the … Read more

Top Saudi officials hold discussions with global aviation giants

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RIYADH: The UAE’s gross domestic product is set to expand by 4 percent this year, driven by robust domestic activities and relatively high oil prices, an International Monetary Fund has forecast. In its latest Article IV end of mission statement, the IMF noted that the Emirates is experiencing strong growth in domestic sectors, including tourism, construction, and financial services.  … Read more

Boeing focuses on quality management enhancement amidst safety concerns, says top official

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RIYADH: Saudi Arabia is on the verge of launching an initiative in space tourism, according to a top official. The CEO of the Saudi Space Agency, Mohammed Al-Tamimi, discussed the expanding role of spaceports and satellite deployment on the opening day of the 2024 Future Aviation Forum in Riyadh.  The first day of the event … Read more

Ireland’s top diplomat concerned over slow pace of justice in peacekeeper’s killing in Lebanon

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NEW DELHI: Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei expressed on Monday his condolences following the death of President Ebrahim Raisi in a helicopter crash which also killed Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian, state media reported. UAE President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed on X said: “I extend my deepest condolences to the Iranian government and people over the passing … Read more

Saudi-Chinese financial ties to strengthen as top officials meet in Beijing

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RIYADH: Saudi banks’ money supply rose 8 percent in March, as compared to the same month last year, to reach SR2.82 trillion ($753 billion), official data showed. According to the data released by the Saudi Central Bank, also known as SAMA, the increase was mainly fueled by a roughly 21 percent surge in banks’ term and … Read more

Leicester go top of Championship as Southampton stumble

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LONDON: Jamie Vardy scored and missed a penalty as Leicester beat West Brom 2-1 to return to the top of the Championship on Saturday. However, Southampton’s automatic promotion push may be over after conceding in the 95th minute to lose 2-1 at Cardiff. Leicester had lost three of their previous five league games to put … Read more

‘Ending Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories is top priority’

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ISTANBUL: The tension between Israel and Iran should not distract from the situation in Gaza, and the priority of the international community should be ending the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories, Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan said. Fidan was speaking in Istanbul on Saturday during Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry’s visit. Shoukry urged Iran and … Read more

Beijing half marathon top three stripped of medals: organizers

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Chasing 5th straight win, Nelly Korda is 2 shots back at Chevron Championship after a first-round 68 THE WOODLANDS, Texas: Nelly Korda, who is looking to tie an LPGA Tour record with her fifth straight win, shot a 4-under 68 on Thursday in the opening round of the Chevron Championship, leaving her two shots behind … Read more

Madinah airport claims top spot in regional ranking 

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RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Prince Mohammad bin Abdulaziz International Airport in Madinah has been awarded the title of the best regional airbase in the Middle East for 2024.  It was announced during the Skytrax World Airport Awards, held at the Passenger Terminal EXPO in Frankfurt.  During the event, known as the Oscars of the airport industry, … Read more