Governor of Makkah briefed on industrial zone establishment, other development projects

Tabuk Governor Prince Fahd opens development projects

Saudi publications system modification approved

Umrah and hajj visas issued in Egypt with no fees in implementation of Saudi decree

Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, the Governor of Makkah al-Mokarammah, received at his office in Jeddah the province’s secretary, Dr. Hani Abu Ras, the director general of the industrial cities organization and technology zones, Dr. Tawfiq al-Rubaia, and members of the industrial zones committee at the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce.

Prince Khalid, during the meeting, was briefed on a detailed demonstration of the future visions for establishing an industrial zone in Makkah and the 1st, 2nd and 3rd industrial cities in Jeddah as well as the project to develop the industrial city in al-Taif province.

Meanwhile, Prince Khalid will patronize on May 16, the opening ceremony of the activities of the 2nd Jeddah Trade Forum.

The three-day Forum, to be held under the theme of 'Trade and investment partnership... the development and success', is being organized by the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry represented by the Committee on business strategy.

The President of the Council of Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Saleh Kamel said that the Forum will work according to the vision of trade integration perspective, practical knowledge within the flexible regulations and procedures and successful transactions to raise the efficiency of services and commercial transactions in the Kingdom in order to provide a flexible environment to ensure business continuity and support the national economy.

In a press statement issued this week, he said the Forum, which will be attended by Minister of Commerce and Industry, Abdullah Ahmad Zaynal Ali Reza and over 600 distinguished businessmen, aims to define the role of Chambers of Commerce and Industry in supporting the continual commercial growth and economic stability.

Prince Khalid also received the President of the National Committee for Hajj and Umrah Saad Jamil Al-Qurashi and Committee's members.

After the meeting, the Committee's Spokesman Engineer Ziad Farisi said the Governor was briefed on works undertaken by the Committee to facilitate better services to pilgrims and Umrah performers at the Holy Mosque in Makkah.

'A detailed explanation on a plan and a strategy prepared by the Committee for the workflow was also provided to the Governor,' he added.

Prince Fahd bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz, the Governor of Tabuk Province will inaugurate during a tour of Amluj Governorate health projects at a cost of SR 138 million including health care centers and will be briefed on the establishment of the project of new Amluj hospital.

Prince Fahd bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz, the Governor of Tabuk Province will inaugurate during a tour of Amluj Governorate health projects at a cost of SR 138 million including health care centers and will be briefed on the establishment of the project of new Amluj hospital whose costs in its first stage amounted to SR117 million. The Director General of Tabuk Health Department, Dr. Ali Al-Ghamdi expressed his thanks to and appreciation of the Prince for patronizing health projects in the Province.

On the other hand, King Saud University (KSU) has achieved the highest percentage in the growth of publication of scientific and research works among Saudi and other Arabian universities according to a survey of Information Sciences Institute (ISI) Database.

During the first four months of 2011, the increase surged to 108% of the same period of the last year of scientific productions, in addition to publication of a number of reviews and summaries of research works, which are added to the overall scientific productions in this period.

The total production of the university by the end of 2010 amounted to 1,211 scientific papers compared to only 517 in 2009, an increase of 134%.

A number of KSU papers were published in World Nature Journal and Science Magazine including 3 papers published in Science during the first quarter of 2011.

It is worth mentioning that ISI is the main source for excellent academic scientific publications in the world. It also includes a large number of authentic, accurate and reliable databases.

Meanwhile, Saudi Ambassador to Egypt Ahmad Qattan said Saudi diplomatic missions in Alexandria and Suez issue Umrah and Hajj visas without any fees.

In a statement, he said the applications are submitted through concerned authorities in Egypt. Otherwise, the embassy has no relation with any other way and it is considered against Saudi regulations.

The Saudi Embassy in Cairo and its consulates in Alexandria and Suez issued more than 160,000 Umrah visas during last March.

In a statement, the Embassy said that officials at the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and those in charge of Umrah performers affairs have expressed their appreciation of Saudi Ambassador to Egypt and Permanent Representative of Saudi Arabia to the Arab League, Ahmed bin Abdulaziz Qattan, for opening the door to Umrah visa applications following their suspension due to the recent events in Egypt.