Bright Star 2018 military drills continue in Egypt

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The Bright Star 2018 multinational military drills continued at the Mohamed Naguib military base in Alexandria, Egypt. (SPA)
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The Bright Star 2018 multinational military drills continued at the Mohamed Naguib military base in Alexandria, Egypt. (SPA)
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The Bright Star 2018 multinational military drills continued at the Mohamed Naguib military base in Alexandria, Egypt. (SPA)
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The Bright Star 2018 multinational military drills continued at the Mohamed Naguib military base in Alexandria, Egypt. (SPA)
Updated 14 September 2018
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Bright Star 2018 military drills continue in Egypt

JEDDAH: The Bright Star 2018 multinational military drills are continuing at the Mohamed Naguib military base in Alexandria, Egypt.
Saudi airborne units and special forces are carrying out training exercises with friendly forces. Seminars and lectures are also being held.
The Saudi military’s aim is to increase combat readiness, exchange experiences with other armed forces and refine participants’ military skills.
The US-Egyptian Bright Star 2018 military drills include other units from Greece, Britain, Jordan, the UAE, Italy and France.
The exercise aims to strengthen military and security cooperation among the participating countries.
Exercises included anti-terrorism operations, and fighting techniques on land and sea. Live ammunition was used in some drills.


Saudi camel racing no longer an all-male affair, says Princess Jamila

Updated 23 March 2019
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Saudi camel racing no longer an all-male affair, says Princess Jamila

  • Princess Jamila’s camel will compete in a race marking the conclusion of the King Abdul Aziz Camel Festival
  • King Salman will attend the grand finale of the 46-day event

JEDDAH: A camel owned by a woman will compete in an official race in Saudi Arabia for the first time, a senior figure in the sport said on Friday.

Fahd bin Hithleen, chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Camel Club and the newly appointed president of the International Camel Organization (ICO), said the race is part of the closing day of the King Abdul Aziz Camel Festival on the outskirts of Riyadh, which began on Feb. 5 and ends on March 23.

“The camel race will end this Saturday with the participation of the first female in camel racing,” Hithleen said on his official Twitter account. “I congratulate Princess Jamila Bint Abdulmajeed bin Saud bin Abdulaziz for breaking into the camel world and wish her all the success.”

The festival finale will take place in the presence of King Salman.

Princess Jamila said that camel racing is no longer exclusively the preserve of men, as the ongoing reforms in the country continue to empower Saudi women and open up new opportunities for them across the Kingdom.

The Kingdom established the ICO, the first global group of its kind for camels, on Thursday with the participation of representatives from 96 countries. Riyadh was chosen as the location for its headquarters and Hithleen was appointed to serve a five-year term as its first president.