Saudi airports celebrate Kuwait’s National Day

Prince Mohammad Bin Abdulaziz Intl. Airport in Madinah.
Updated 28 February 2019

Saudi airports celebrate Kuwait’s National Day

Saudi Arabia’s General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) celebrated the 58th National Day of Kuwait on Monday, reflecting the deep relations between the two brotherly countries.

A number of events were held at international airport terminals across the Kingdom. Arriving and departing passengers were met with roses and staff members distributed the national flags of the two countries.

King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh received incoming passengers from Kuwait with flowers, flags and souvenirs.

This was in addition to a welcome message that was displayed on large screens inside the terminals. 

At King Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah, departing and arriving passengers were presented with flowers, chocolates and flags of the two nations. 

In the Eastern Province, terminals at King Fahd International Airport in Dammam were decorated with the flags of the two countries to celebrate the occasion. A statement welcoming the passengers was displayed on screens.

Similarly, passengers arriving from Kuwait were greeted with flowers, flags of the two countries, chocolates and souvenirs at Prince Mohammed bin Abdul Aziz International Airport in Madinah and Taif International Airport.

“All these events were part of the celebrations at the Saudi airports in solidarity with our brothers from Kuwait on their national day and to share in their joy on this very special occasion,” a statement from GACA said.

Kuwait National Day is celebrated on Feb. 25 to mark the day when Sheikh Abdullah Al-Salem Al-Sabah ascended to the throne in 1950.

SAGIA, Xylem ink $50m MoU to advance water security

Updated 05 December 2019

SAGIA, Xylem ink $50m MoU to advance water security

Water technology firm Xylem has signed an MoU with the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA), representing an investment of $50 million. The agreement aims to expand Xylem’s manufacturing footprint into the Kingdom, and to better serve its portfolio of customers in Saudi Arabia and across the region.

Under the MoU, Xylem will work with SAGIA to develop and localize advanced water and wastewater products and technologies to address water challenges in Saudi Arabia, as well as increase its footprint of service points and rental fleets across the Kingdom. A core objective of the MoU is to accelerate adoption of digital water solutions and optimize utility networks across the Kingdom.

The proposed multimillion-dollar investment will not only help build a vibrant local supply chain, but also see Xylem bringing additional commercial opportunities into the Kingdom, with the wider aim of improving water solutions locally. The agreement is in line with the goals of Saudi Vision 2030 to promote economic diversification through investments in localization that will also contribute to the export of “Made in Saudi” products across the world.

The MoU was signed on the sidelines of the Future Investment Initiative (FII), commonly known as the “Davos in the Desert,” by Ibrahim A. Al-Omar, governor of SAGIA, and Steven Leung, senior vice president and president, emerging markets of Xylem, in the presence of senior officials of both entities and Frank Ackland, managing director Xylem Middle East.

Al-Omar said: “As Saudi Arabia welcomes investors and decision-makers from across the globe to this annual global investment platform, the agreements exchanged here reflect the strength and diversity of the economy. Under Saudi Vision 2030, Saudi Arabia is undergoing an ambitious program of economic reform, and the world is taking notice. This month, Saudi Arabia climbed 30 places in the World Bank’s Doing Business 2020 report, becoming the most improved economy globally. The indicators are
clear: Saudi Arabia is not only open for business, it’s the economy of the future.”

Leung added: “As Xylem continues to lead the water sector’s digital transformation globally, this MoU presents an opportunity to leverage our market-leading portfolio and application expertise to advance water security in Saudi Arabia. Through our investment of $50 million, and with our strong presence in Saudi Arabia, backed by our dedicated office and team, we are committed to creating in-Kingdom value through our investments and partnerships. We are thankful to SAGIA for the opportunity to directly contribute our expertise to the development vision of the leadership, as the Kingdom embarks on its ambitious transformation program.”