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Jeddah based Indian businessman to build hospitals in Saudi Arabia

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Veliyapeediakal Mohammed Ali, a Jeddah-based Indian businessman, plans to build two 100-bed hospitals in Saudi Arabia at a cost of 200 million Saudi Riyals. He further aims to expand his operations to Bahrain by setting up a 150-bed hospital.

Ali, who has been an investor in Saudi Arabia for the last 10 years, is also the first foreign investor to win a Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA) license for opening a hospital in the Saudi Arabia.

He plans to open the two 100-bed hospitals in Ghulail district of Jeddah and Batha district of Riyadh.

“I have bought the land and completed the required procedures for the Saudi projects. If I get the approval today from the ministry and municipality, I am ready to finish the work in less than two years,” said Ali, Managing Director of Jeddah National Hospital (JNH).

“Many Indians and other foreigners are interested to implement investment projects in the Kingdom (Saudi Arabia),” Ali told Arab News.

“Most of these investors do not know the rules and regulations. SAGIA should appoint an official to guide them how to complete their paper work quickly,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Jeddah National Hospital chief claimed that it was difficult to get qualified Saudi staff in the medical field.

 

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Netflix Testing New Mobile-only Subscription Plan For India

However, since this is a test, not all users would be able to be part of the new plan and it is also possible that Netflix could decide on not making it a permanent option after all

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Netflix declined to share what other countries would be involved in the test besides India. Pixabay

In India and other select countries, content-streaming platform Netflix is testing a new mobile-only subscription plan that would only cost users $3.63 a month (Rs 251).

The basic Netflix streaming plan in India starts from $7.27 (Rs 500) and the test plan would slash the existing subscription plan exactly by half.

“We will be testing different options in select countries, where members can, for example, watch Netflix on their mobile device for a lower price and subscribe in shorter increments of time,” The Verge quoted Netflix as saying on Friday.

Although it remains unclear as of now, but the statement from the content-streaming platform hints that it could start offering weekly or bi-weekly subscription options alongside or instead of monthly plans.

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The test in India makes sense, given that Netflix has already expressed interest in the country, the report said. Pixabay

Netflix declined to share what other countries would be involved in the test besides India.

The test in India makes sense, given that Netflix has already expressed interest in the country, the report said.

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Last week, Todd Yellin, Product Vice President at Netflix gave a keynote in Mumbai addressing company’s future plans of expanding interactive TV shows and Netflix original content from India on its platform.

However, since this is a test, not all users would be able to be part of the new plan and it is also possible that Netflix could decide on not making it a permanent option after all. (IANS)