KSA, Turkey to ink deal in construction sector

22/12/2011 00:00 AST

Turkey and Saudi Arabia are set to sign an agreement on cooperation in construction sector, Turkish Economy Minister Zafer Caglayan’s press office said Wednesday. Caglayan is set to depart for Saudi Arabia Thursday for a four-day visit in Jeddah and Riyadh, the office said.

He will “deliver a speech at the International Business Forum and he would sign an agreement on cooperation in construction sector between Turkey and Saudi Arabia,” the statement said.

Caglayan will be accompanied by a group of representatives from nearly 100 Turkish companies.

The Turkish minister will also hold talks with Tawfiq Bin Fawzan Alrabiah, director general of the Saudi Industrial Property Authority, Minister of Transport Jubara Bin Eid Al-Serisi, Finance Minister Ibrahim Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Assaf, Housing Minister Shwesh Bin Saud Al-Dhowaihy as well as with Rural Affairs Minister Mitab Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud.

Meanwhile, data from Istanbul Provincial Culture and Tourism Directorate for 2011 said the number of tourists visiting Istanbul from January through November of 2011 has increased by 16 percent compared to the same period one year ago.

It said Istanbul attracted 7,509,000 foreigner tourists from January through November. This number was 6,489,000 in the first 11 months of 2010.

Saudi Arabia is the country from which citizens coming to Turkey increased the most with an increase of 71.3 percent of the total. Iraq followed Saudi Arabia with 64.7 percent, and Kuwait followed Iraq at 40 percent.

In the first 11 months of 2011, 6,959,291 tourists arrived in Istanbul via the city’s Atatürk and Sabiha Gikçen airports, while 550,046 tourists arrived via the ports of Haydarpa?a, Pendik and Karaky.

The port used most by tourists is Karak?y, which received 460,855 tourists in the first 11 months.

stanbul received the highest number of tourists in July - 916,486, whereas January saw the least number of tourist - 378,380.

Germans made up the largest number of foreign tourists visiting the city, with 12.3 percent of the total number of tourists. Russia and the US ranked second and third, with respectively 6.1 and 5.6 percent of the total. Italian, French, English and Iranian nations followed on the list, respectively.

The number of Arab tourists visiting ?stanbul rose by 28.5 compared to 2010. The Arab tourists accounted for 11.1 percent of the tourists coming to stanbul.

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