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Saudi Broadcasting Corporation
Saudi Broadcasting Corporation Saudi Broadcasting Corporation : Vision :: Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Islam seeks to value and distinctive media development with social benefits, cultural, environmental, and economic, on the basis of Islamic values. Our Mission :: UK to deliver a message - to all areas in the Kingdom, and to parts of the world - by word and image, and using the latest tools and technology, and work to raise the performance of radio and television program and its development level. Our goals :: -Embodiment of the general policies of the state in all areas and elaborated. - Values derived from the development of Islamic law and highlighted. -Performance efficient service radio and television, and directed to ensure the service of national interest and economic and social development and the development of the concepts of Activity and radio media both types of audio and video, and to establish the rules of moral and spiritual values and deepen national unity. -Contribute to the deployment of the national heritage and Islamic, humanitarian and dissemination of culture and raise the level of awareness. Our core values :: Derives Broadcasting Corporation TV and core values of the Islamic system and the social and professional principles as an essential element in the organizational culture, and is working to consolidate the culture of employees and organizational units at all levels and the most important of these values: -Loyalty to God and the King and the nation . -Serve and protect the interests of the homeland and the citizen. -And openness to the cultures of the world and its peoples dialogue. -Morality. -Responsibility and transparency. -Initiative and creativity. more...
Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA)
Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) Saudi Food And Drug Authority The Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) was established under the Council of Ministers resolution no (1) dated 07/01/1424 H, as an independent body corporate that directly reports to The President of Council of Ministers. The Authority objective is to ensure safety of food and drug for man and animal, and safety of biological and chemical substance as well as electronic products. ِA Board of Directors, chaired by HRH Crown Prince, Depurty Premier. Its membership includes HRH Minster of Municipality and Rural Affairs as vice-chairman, and all pertinent ministers (HRH Minister of Interior, Minister of Health, Minister of Commerce and Industry, Minster of Agriculture, Minister of Water and Electricity, Minister of Finance and Minister of Economic and Planning). As well as, the Director General of Saudi Arabian Standards and Specification Organization, the Chairperson of Council of Chambers of Commerce and Industry in the Kingdom, the Authority's Executive Chief, and a person specialize in food and drug. Authority's main objectives more...
Anti Corruption Commission
Anti Corruption Commission The Anti-corruption Commission is intended to protect integrity, and enhance the concept of transparency, as well as combat financial and administrative corruption in its different forms, manifestations, and techniques, and to that end, the Commission holds the following competencies: Following up implementing the orders and instructions relating to the common public and the citizens’ interests to ensure the compliance therewith. Investigating the points of financial and management corruption within the public works contracts, operating and maintenance contracts, and other contracts relating to the common public and the citizens’ interests at the entities working within the competencies of the Commission, and conducting the necessary regular procedures regarding any contract deemed corrupted or was entered into or is being executed with contravention to the rules and regulations applicable provisions. Communicating detected irregularities and violations relating to financial and management corruption to the watchdog or investigation agencies as the case may require, along with notifying the Chairman of the Commission to which the contravener affiliates, of them, and the Commission shall have the access to the investigations developments and shall follow up the flow of measures undertaken in this respect, and ask the authorities to conduct whatsoever precautionary or conservatory procedures in accordance with what’s required by the system regarding anyone who, through strong evidences and proofs was proved to have committed deeds that fall under corruption. In all cases, the Commission must report such irregularities and violations of any entities working within the competencies of the Commission that it deemed as having institutional dimension, to the King for further action. Working on meeting the objectives set forth in the National Strategy to Protect Integrity and Combat Corruption, and following up the implementation thereof with the authorities, as well as monitoring assessing, and reviewing its outcomes, and putting in place the program of action and implementation mechanisms thereof. Promoting the efforts of both private and public sectors adopting plans and programs for the purpose of protecting integrity and combating corruption, and follow up the implementation and assessment of the outcomes thereof. Following up the recovery of stolen money and returns as a result of crimes of corruption, with the authorities. Reviewing the work approaches and measures at the entities working within the Commission competencies, for the purpose of identifying the points of weakness leading to corruption, and working on addressing them to ensure the Commission objectives and implementing the competencies thereof. Recommending the necessary systems and policies to hold back and combat corruption and conducting a regular review of systems and relevant regulations, to identify its sufficiency, and develop and report thereof as per the regular measures . Establishing the necessary controls regarding submitting financial disclosures, and functional oath performance for some categories of the Kingdom’ss personnel, and reporting such to the King to consider the approval thereof. Following up the extent to which the entities working within the Commission competencies, are carrying out their duties towards the enforcement of the systems criminalizing financial and management corruption, and working on enhancing the accountability principle, regardless of the personality or position of the contravener. Following up the implementation of commitments stipulated in the international agreements relating to protecting integrity and combating corruption,t o which the company is a party. Providing direct communication channels with the public to receive their reports related to corruption behaviours, and verifying such reports, then taking the necessary actions in this respect. Working together with the respective entities, and civil society organizations to enhance the realization of the sense of citizenship, and the significance of protecting the public funds, facilities and properties, to ensure the proper management and maintenance thereof. Receiving periodical reports and statistics from the entities working within the Commission competencies -as per the requirements of the Commission-and examining as well as preparing analytical data thereof, then taking the necessary action. Supporting the researches and studies’ procedures relating to protecting integrity and combating corruption, along with urging the authorities and specialized research centers to contribute to that. Conducting studies and benchmarking relating to corruption of the required disciplines. Collecting information, data, and statistics relating to corruption, analyzing thereof and setting up databases and information systems relating thereto. Raising awareness of the concept of corruption, establishing and identifying the risks and impacts thereof, as well as demonstrating the importance of protecting integrity, promoting self-censorship, and intolerance with corruption, along with promoting civil society organizations and mass media to cooperate and contribute to that matter. Representing the Kingdom in the international conferences and forums relevant to transparency, protecting integrity and combating corruption, as well as cooperating with regional and international authorities and organizations working in this field. Organizing conferences, seminars, and training courses on transparency, integrity, and combating corruption. Any competency otherwise shall be assigned to the Commission in pursuant of special provisions. more...
High Commission for the Development of Arriyadh
High Commission for the Development of Arriyadh High Commission for the Development of Riyadh is the regulatory authority, the planning, operational, coordination, responsible for the development of the city of Riyadh, was established by the Council of Ministers Resolution No. (717) and the date (29 May 1394), a joint authority of the graduate, headed by His Royal Highness the Emir of Riyadh Region , and his deputy, His Royal Highness the Deputy Governor of Riyadh region, and includes on its board a number of relevant government agencies: the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Economy and planning, and the Ministry of municipal and Rural Affairs, and the Ministry of Water and Electricity, and the Ministry of communications and Information Technology, and the Ministry of transportation, and the Secretariat of the Riyadh region, and the company Saudi Electricity, the center projects and planning, and the private sector represented by the Riyadh Chamber of Commerce, and representatives of the members of the three families. And follows the body, projects and planning center, which was established under the Council of Ministers Resolution No. (221) and the date (2 Ramadan 1403), which is the administrative and technical staff of the executive branch, the boss in the body member. The device and the implementation of the regulatory body functions, and planning, and executive, and coordinating. The Authority aims to Riyadh city comprehensive development in areas: urban, economic, social, cultural, and environmental management and protection, and provide for the needs of the city's public utilities and services. The establishment of the High Commission for the Development of Riyadh to achieve the will of the Holy High above, the distinguished and the Council of Ministers in finding the authority responsible for the overall development of the city, modern in the management and development of major cities dimensions, so as to provide for all those working in the city's common ground, from which all acts of these bodies in the city, in order to increase the effectiveness of these actions in achieving the needs of the city, and coordination among them, filling gaps, and address the negatives, and the critical issues that diverge causes, nor accommodate the scope of responsibility of a particular point of treatment requirements. To achieve this goal formed a joint authority of the supreme body of all government sectors operating in the city, and the private sector, and parents, to serve as the business development of the unified leadership of these parties in the city. more...
General Authority of Civil Aviation
General Authority of Civil Aviation The Emergence of the General Authority of Civil Aviation The debut of the civil aviation in the Kingdom goes back to the year 1354 A.H. corresponding to 1934 A.D. when one of the petrol companies that has later become part of ARAMCO Services Company has established a desert runway next to Jubail city. The Kingdom owned its first civil aircraft in the year 1364 A.H. corresponding to 1945 A.D. of the model (DC-3 Dakota) to which two other aircrafts of the same model were added at a later stage. The first civil aviation rule in the Kingdom was issued in the year 1372 A.H. corresponding to 1953 A.H. Upon its separation from the Saudi Royal Air Force, the Presidency of Civil Aviation used to have under its wing the Saudi Arabian Airlines & the Meteorology Department, until the Saudi Arabian Airlines was separated from the Presidency of Civil Aviation in the year 1379 A.H. corresponding to 1960 A.D., and that was transformed in the year 1383 A.H. corresponding to 1963 A.D. to an independent public institution. In the year 1386 A.H. corresponding to 1966 A.D., the Meteorology Department was separated from the Presidency of Civil Aviation and its budget has become independent. In the year 1397 A.H. corresponding to 1977 A.D., the name of the Presidency of Civil Aviation has been amended into the General Authority of Civil Aviation. During these years, the Kingdom has achieved unprecedented growth and quality leaps in the civil aviation domain and industry that covered major developments in passengers' transportation, air cargo, airports construction and equipments, air navigation and control. GACA Vision:: Continuing to develop safe airspace, in accordance with the highest standards of safety, and to establish excellence in the services offered by our airports to all customers. GACA Mission:: Development of air transport through constructing, managing, provisioning and operating airports and the air navigation infrastructure, and maintenance of systems, according to the latest, most stringent, standards. Applying rules, regulations, and procedures to ensure the safety and security of air transport. 1. Developing financial resources and working towards commercial success, to achieve financial independence. 2. Promoting investment opportunities in the air transport sector. 3. Providing optimal services to pilgrims and other visitors to Saudi Arabia, according to the latest global standards. 4. Developing, constructing, managing, and operating the infrastructure of the air transport sector, according to the latest systems. 5. Establishing procedures to ensure the safety and security of the air transport sector. 6. Developing operating measures and maintenance of the air transport sector according to the highest standards. 7. Achieving optimal utilization of human resources and maximum employee satisfaction in this extraordinary work environment. more...
Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA)
Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA), since its inception has passed through several stages before getting its current structure and become the first ever government agency responsible for the tourism sector in the Kingdom. Saudi Council of Ministers on 12/1/1421H (16/04/2000), issued, Resolution No. (9) for the establishment of Supreme Commission for Tourism (SCT) with an emphasis that tourism is one of the productive sectors that can retain the Saudi tourists within the country, at the same time increasing investment opportunities, developing human resources, and expanding and creating new job opportunities for the Saudi nationals. Subsequently, due to the importance of the Antiquities and Museums sector, another Resolution No. (78) dated 16/3/1429 H ( 24/3/2008 ) by the Council of Ministers was issued to integrate the Antiquities and Museums sector into the Supreme Commission for Tourism (SCT), with this SCT became a body responsible for the implementation of the related tasks, in addition to its original responsibility on tourism. According to this resolution, the name of 'Supreme Commission for Tourism’ (SCT) was changed to 'Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities' (SCTA), with the confirmation that the domestic tourism is a reality that requires the formation of a national authority responsible for its planning and development, in view of the following distinct components: Huge archaeological treasures, rare historical sites, and historic museums, all linking the Kingdom to many ancient civilizations. Kingdom’s unique geographical location, its vast are, diverse terrains with a variety of climate and stunning sceneries. Long seacoasts along the shores of Red Sea and the Arabian Gulf. Unique customs and traditions of the Saudi society and famed generosity and hospitality of the Saudi nationals. Modern infrastructure with advanced services and government's strong tendency towards the development of tourism sector. Confirmed security and political stability in the kingdom and robust economy and progressive society. Goals From the outset, the main objective of the establishment of SCTA has been to take care of the tourism sector in the Kingdom along the lines of organization, development, and promotion of the sector SCTA also works to enhance the role of tourism sector through overcoming any obstacles that may prevent its development, in view of the Kingdom's huge tourism potential. SCTA's efforts include preservation and development and maintenance of the antiquities and promoting the contribution of antiquity in the cultural and economic development of the citizens. SCTA envisages the role of tourism sector to be in line with the prestige and position of the Kingdom as well as its role in the whole of human civilization, and its existent impact on the international community. more...
General Commission for Audiovisual Media
General Commission for Audiovisual Media Body established under the Council of Ministers Resolution No. 236 dated 21 Rajab 1433 AH as a body independent legal personality and enjoys financial and administrative independence. In Shawwal 1433 AH Commission adopted a regulation which includes that the Authority shall have a management board chaired by the Minister of Culture and Information in the membership of five members representing government agencies and members of the experienced and opinion. And a national body with financial and administrative independence, dealing with organized sectors of the audiovisual media in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in all aspects of broadcasting, production and distribution across all traditional and new media, it is also concerned with codifying and organizing media content audiovisual and reading, and is the sole authority in these areas in the Kingdom for all government institutions and private ... :: Body functions - Licensing process for all broadcast media and audiovisual content management activities. - Proposal licensing fees, modify, and filed to the competent authorities for approval. - The agreement with the Communications and Information Technology Commission with respect to the private audiovisual media bandwidth spectrum. - Follow-up to the broadcast content and audiovisual media service providers to ensure their compliance with the regulations and conditions of licenses. - Receive and investigate complaints. - Support research and studies conducted and the organization of conferences and seminars related to actively audio-visual media. - Develop a mechanism for the settlement of disputes between the Commission and service providers. more...
Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA)
Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA) “We at SAGIA, alongside our partners in the public sector, are committed to leveraging the Kingdom’s unique position as the largest economy in the middle east towards sustainable economic growth. We will be working together to ensure Saudi Arabia’s business climate fosters and attracts quality investments that attribute to diversified economy, knowledge transfer and job creation, utilizing our talented human capital across all sectors.” Vision:: Leadership in enabling investments for a sustainable economy Mission:: Mission is to attract quality investments by fostering a pro- business environment recognized for efficiency, quality services, seamless delivery by sought after professionals . more...
Saudi Standdards, Metrology and Quality Org.
Saudi Standdards, Metrology and Quality Org. SASO Vision: Achieve regional leadership as a scientific reference body in the fields of standardization and conformity assessment. SASO Mission: Elevate the standards and the quality of products and services, to protect the consumer and to strengthen the competitiveness of the national economy. Our Values - Neutrality - Integration with stakeholders - Excellence - Professionalism - Innovation more...
Saudi Organization for Certified Public Accountants (SOCPA)
Saudi Organization for Certified Public Accountants (SOCPA) Saudi Organization for Certified Public Accountants (SOCPA) : Saudi Certified Public Accountants’ Regulations issued under Royal Decree No. M/12 dated 13.05.1412H (1992 G) entrusted SOCPA to promote the accounting and auditing profession and all matters that might lead to the development of the profession and improve its status, through realization of the following objectives: Review, develop and approve accounting standards. Review, develop and approve auditing standards. Establish the necessary rules for fellowship certificate examination (CPA exam.) including professional, practical and scientific aspects of audit profession and applicable regulations. Organize continuous education programs. Establish an appropriate quality review program in order to ensure that Certified Public Accountants implement professional standards and comply with the provisions of Certified Public Accountants Regulations and relevant by-laws. Conduct special research work and studies covering accounting, auditing and other related subjects. Publish periodicals, books and bulletins covering accountancy and audit related subjects. Participate in local and international committees and symposiums relating to the profession of accounting and auditing. more...
the Saudi Wildlife Authority (SWA)
the Saudi Wildlife Authority (SWA) the Saudi Wildlife Authority (SWA) was established by the Royal Decree no. 22/M on 12/9/1406 with a mandate to prepare and implement plans to sustain terrestrial and marine wildlife and rehabilitate rare and threatened species and their habitats. The ultimate goal of SWA is getting back the natural environmental balance. more...
Saudi Commission for Health Specialties (SCFHS).
Saudi Commission for Health Specialties (SCFHS). Saudi Commission for Health Specialties: In 1403 AH, a Royal Order was issued approving the Statute of the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties (SCFHS). SCFHS is responsible for supervising and evaluating training programs, as well as setting controls and standards for the practice of health professions. SCFHS launched its work through its competent supervisory, executive and specialist boards and committees. To date, the number of adopted programs exceeded 37. Based in Riyadh, SCFHS was established by Royal Decree No. M/2, dated 6/2/1413 AH. SCFHS is a scientific Commission which has legal personality, and its Headquarter is located in the Diplomatic Quarter, Riyadh, with several branches across the Kingdom (Commission branches). SCFHS aims to improve professional performance, develop and encourage skills, and enrich scientific theory and practice in the different health-related fields, by: Developing, approving and supervising professional health-related programs, and developing sustained medical education programs for health-related disciplines, in line with the general educational framework. Forming, supervising and approving the recommendation of the health-scientific boards and sub-committees needed to carry out the tasks assigned to SCFHS. Evaluating and recognizing health institutions for the purposes of training and specializing. Supervising and approving the results of specialized examinations through specialist scientific committees and boards. Issuing professional certificates, such as diploma, fellowship and membership certificates, regardless whether SCFHS actually administers the examinations or merely contributes to them. Coordinating with other professional health boards, commissions, associations and schools, inside and outside the Kingdom. Developing the principles and standards governing the practice of health professions, including the Code of Ethics. Evaluating and approving health certificates. Encouraging scientific research, publishing scientific papers and issuing its own journals or periodicals. Participating in recommending general plans to qualify and develop human resources in health fields. Organizing seminars and holding press conferences to discuss domestic health problems, recommending adequate solutions and monitoring the implementation of recommendations. Encouraging health-related scientific research and proposing research topics, as well as providing support and full or partial funding. Approving the establishment of scientific associations for health specialties. more...
Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA)
Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA) Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA) was established in the Era of King Abdulaziz, may Allah bless his soul, under two royal decrees issued on 25/7/1371H (20/4/1952). The first was No. 30/4/1/1046 provided for establishing the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency, its venue in Jeddah, and opening branches in cities and places as deemed necessary. The second Decree No. 30/4/1/1047 provided for the approval of the Charter of the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency, attached to the decree, and ordering its implementation. On 23/10/1371H (15/07/1952), Mr. Rasim Al-Khalidi was appointed as Vice Governor. On 14/11/1371H (05/08/1952), Royal Decrees Nos. 30/4/1/1743 and 30/4/1/1744 were issued, providing for the appointment of Mr. George A. Blowers (U.S. citizen) as the first governor of SAMA, and the formation of SAMA's first Board of Directors. SAMA began practicing its business in Jeddah on 14/1/1372H (04/10/1952). more...
King Abdulaziz and His Companions Foundation for Giftedness and Creativity
King Abdulaziz and His Companions Foundation for Giftedness and Creativity King Abdulaziz and His Companions Foundation for Giftedness and Creativity is a national cultural Foundation that is honored to be presided over by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques who supervises it directly and continuously. “Let us each play a part and assume responsibility with regards to the initiation of this foundation, which does not exclude anyone, but rather constitutes a partnership involving all of us, we the citizens, without exception.” With these words, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, President of the King Abdulaziz and His Companions Foundation for Giftedness and Creativity, described the nature of this Foundation, its goals of encouraging gifted youth and the development of their talents. In a statement made on the eve of the Foundation’s initiation, whose name he chose, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques said: “Giftedness without nurture from its people is like a small shrub without water or care. It is irreligious and unreasonable to neglect or ignore it. Therefore, it is the mission of each one of us to cherish what we plant and nurture it until it becomes strong and its branches grow leaves to shade us and under which we seek refuge, after Allah, to build a future we desperately need in this age of creativity where giftedness is developed and used to serve our religion and nation.” more...
Saudi Post
Saudi Post Saudi post has evolved through two main phases. The first phase being the establishment of Saudi Arabia and the second the establishment of post by the late King Abdul Aziz bin Abdul Rahman Al-Saud. The First Stage: Before King Abdul Aziz entered Riyadh in 1319H, some shop owners in Riyadh provided a volunteer postal service by placing white fabric bags at the Justice Square (Al-Safa). On each bag there was a name of a city or village. Senders used to put their letters in the appropriate bag and then these letters were sent on camels or donkeys to their destinations. Incoming mail was placed in designated places inside the shops and whoever had a letter had to come and collect it. In Makkah Al-Mokarama and Jeddah, the mail used to be carried on camels and donkeys on journeys that took up to 14 hours. The post office consisted of a chief, his deputy, stamp seller, registered mail official and regular mail official who were operating the post office. The mail was being carried once or twice each month by camels to places like Laith, Jazan, Abha, Najran and other southern region cities. In Madinah, the mail used to be carried by camels to Jeddah. After the establishment of the railway between Madinah, Jeddah and Damascus, the mail used to be transported by train. Mail between Jeddah and Egypt used to be carried weekly by Italian, Egyptian and Indian ferry companies. The mail also used to be collected once a week between Jeddah and Port Sudan and once every twenty days to India. The Second Stage: After the unification of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the post witnessed significant developments that can be summarized as follows: Establishment of the Directorate of Postal Businesses in 1354H. Before 1373H the postal services were under the responsibility of Post, Telegraph and Telephone Department, and then the services were transferred to the Ministry of Transportation under the title of "Transportation Ministry Agency of Wire, Wireless and Postal Affaires". Saudi post has joined the Universal Postal Union in 1348 e. (1929). The first Saudi postal stamp was issued in 1334 e. Saudi Arabia is the second Arab country to issue regular and memorial postal stamps. Since 1390 e, Saudi Post has witnessed quantitative and qualitative developments. The first independent budget for the Saudi Post was announced in 1392 e, after the formation of the general directorate of post. The Ministry of Post, Telegraph and Telephone was established by the Royal Order No 236/O in 8/10/1395 e. Express Mail Service (EMS) was launched in 8/10/1404 e. The Third Stage: Among the developments witnessed by Saudi Arabia, the Saudi Council of Ministers issued a decision on 29/3/1423H (10/6/2002) transferring the General Directorate of Post into a public corporation operating within the philosophy of the private sector. At the beginning of 1426 e, a number of steps were taken at Saudi Postal Corporation (SPC) such as establishing new departments, launching new services and announcing the new project of providing postal addresses and post delivery to business and residential areas. more...
Sultan Abdulaziz Al-Saud Foundation
Sultan Abdulaziz Al-Saud Foundation Foundation established by decree # A/77 on 20/08/1415H cores. 21/01/1995, founder the late HRH. Prince Saultan bin AbdulAziz, who chaired its Council of Trustees, then passed to his successor HRH Prince Khalid bin Sutlan bin AbdulAziz after passing away his father. Council of Trustees: As per article # 7 of the chartered basic law of Prince Sultan bin AbdulAziz Charitable Foundation, states that the founder is the President of Council of Trustees, then his eldest son is Deputy of President, and all founder's sons who are 20 years old members of council. Vision: To be a pioneer landmark for distinguished humanitarian services to society. Message: Helping people to help themselves. Objectives: Foundations seeks to achieve following main objects : Providing social & health care for needy individuals of society. Supporting specialized and health researches within humanitarian field. Giving chance of utilization of modern techniques through erecting pilot projects and introduction of new scientific aspects. Assisting both researchers & students with modern information sources all over the world through strengthening cooperation with these universities and researches centers. Cooperation with hospitals and renowned international medical centers, and connected within local hospitals through advanced medical communications means to provide high quality of medical care for all society members. Raising awareness of general opinion for disabled/handicapped and elderly needs, and how to address and care for them. more...
Saudi Ports Authority
Saudi Ports Authority Saudi Ports Authority: The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is the world’s main oil exporting country. It has the largest and most diversified economy in the Middle East with industrial exports that are internationally oriented. The Kingdom, therefore, has to have efficient, fully equipped ports that are capable of doing the job as it should be done. The past years have witnessed great achievements: 95% of Saudi imports and exports pass through the Kingdom’s sea ports. 55% of the cargo handled are exports. The capacity of the Saudi ports has increased from 31 berths to 206 mechanized and organized berths. Operating costs were reduced from U.S. $40/ton to U.S. $1/ton. More than 5 million TEUs are handled annually. 11,000 ships visit Saudi ports annually . There are 633 Navigation Aids off the Kingdom's coasts, 72% of which are Solar Powered; 97% of The Ports' staff are locals. In marine piloting they are all Saudi nationals. All the Saudi ports have unified rules and regulations. In late 1997 the Ports Authority started passing the responsibilities of ports management, operation and maintenance to the private sector, in order to provide services capable of regional competition. Today, the Saudi Ports are fully managed and operated by the private sector on a commercial basis. The Ports Authority still retains its supervisory role. The Saudi ports provide excellent services: Handling of all types of cargo. Four major container terminals, Three on the Red Sea (Jeddah Port), the Fourth in the Arabian Gulf (Dammam), and there is a new terminal under construction in Dammam to be in operation by 2014 . Two ship repair yards (in Jeddah and Dammam) with 4 floating docks for each. Transshipment facilities. Re-export facilities. Passengers services. Transit services. more...
Technical and Vocational Training Corporation
Technical and Vocational Training Corporation The beginning of technical and vocational training in the Kingdom goes back to an early period. At that time, it was distributed between three governmental authorities: the Ministry of education ran the training secondary schools (industrial, agricultural and commercial), the Ministry of Labor and social affairs ran the vocational training “Vocational training Centres” and the Ministry of Muncipilaties and Rural Affairs ran the assistant institutes . more...
Saudi Railways Organization (SRO)
Saudi Railways Organization (SRO) The Saudi Railways Organization (SRO) is a state-owned company that operates Saudi Arabia's rail network. SRO provides freight services on two main lines totalling 1018 km. These connect Riyadh with the port of Dammam on the coast of the Persian Gulf.[1] SRO passenger trains operate between Riyadh and Dammam. There are plans to extend the network to the Red Sea port of Jeddah and, eventually to the borders of Jordan, Yemen, and perhaps all the way to Egypt.[2]. The first railway in modern Saudi Arabia was the Hejaz railway, from the border of Jordan to Medina. This 1,050 mm (3 ft 5 11⁄32 in) narrow gauge railway opened in 1908, but was shut down in 1915. Modern railways were introduced in Saudi Arabia after World War II, to facilitate the transport of goods to ARAMCO (Now Saudi Aramco) from ports located on the coast of the Persian Gulf to warehouses in Dhahran. Construction started in October 1947 and the first line was inaugurated on October 20, 1951. It was initially run by Aramco, but subsequently transferred to the state and since 1968 has been operated as a public corporation. Several development projects have been completed since then, including an extension of the line to Riyadh, construction of several passenger terminals and the opening of a dry port in Riyadh.[3]. more...
Public Pension Agency
Public Pension Agency PPA was established under the name of “Retirement Pension Department” in 1378 H corresponding 1958 G under the provisions of Article “8” of the pension scheme issued in the same year. In 1423 H the cabinet passed the resolution NO 277 to turn the Retirement Pension Department into a public organization of a legal personality and independent budget that is administratively and financially independent under the name of “Public Pension Agency”. Since the beginning of the last decade, the number of retirees increased significantly in both civil and military sectors following the orientation to limit a civil or military employee’s maintenance of service after reaching the regularly defined age for retirement unless there is an urgent need to extend such employee’s service. more...
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