Al-Falih, UN deputy secretary-general hold talks in Jeddah

Updated 14 June 2017

Al-Falih, UN deputy secretary-general hold talks in Jeddah

JEDDAH: Khalid Al-Falih, minister of energy, industry and mineral resources, on Tuesday met at his office in Jeddah with Amina G. Mohammed, deputy secretary-general of the UN.
During the meeting, regional and international developments, as well as a number of issues of mutual interest were discussed.
They also exchanged views on the Kingdom’s continuing cooperation with the UN and supporting its efforts in sustainable development and the role of the private sector in that concern.
They also discussed the assistance extended by the Kingdom to friendly countries which could serve as financial road maps in these countries’ strategies regarding sustainable development and climate change objectives. Mohammed was briefed on Saudi Arabia’s efforts in this field.


The Hajjana: heritage of Saudi Arabia’s camel riding border patrol honored

Updated 30 October 2020

The Hajjana: heritage of Saudi Arabia’s camel riding border patrol honored

The Hajjana — fearless camel riders who patrolled the Kingdom’s borders — helped pave the way for the establishment of the modern Saudi state.
Their story goes back almost 90 years when a Hajjana border patrol was established during the reign of King Abdul Aziz in 1933.
After the Kingdom’s founder reclaimed Al-Ahsa, he ordered sea and land patrols to be carried out to tighten security in the region’s border areas.
Patrols were led by camel riders, so a military sector was formed at that time known as Hajjana. Its name was derived from their means of transport — camels.
Now, nine decades later, the Camel Club has established the Royal Hajjana to commemorate the group’s distinguished cultural heritage.
Since its creation in April, the Royal Hajjana has been preparing to take part in official reception ceremonies for King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s guests as well as national festivals sponsored by the king and crown prince.
It will also perform in Saudi heritage shows and represent the Kingdom in local and international camel festivals.
Hajjana officers became famous throughout the country after acquiring their name from the “hejin,” or camel. They protected the Kingdom’s residents from the south of the Empty Quarter to north of the Nafud Desert.
One of the founding king’s priorities was to provide security and protect the nation’s borders, so the Border Guard was among the first military sectors created.
The Coast Guard’s budget also included allocations for Hajjana officers, known as the Hajjana patrol commanders, whose role was part of the Frontier Corps.
Patrols continued to operate in southern regions until recently. However, the memory of the Hajjana remains fresh in the minds of the Kingdom’s border guards.