Heightened security is likely throughout Riyadh as it will host the Arab League Emergency Summit on November 11, 2023.
Foreign ministers of member nations will meet to discuss the ongoing Israel-Hamas war and the humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip. The meeting was called by the Palestinian Authority and Saudi Arabia.
Authorities will likely increase security in and around the summit venue and its surrounding areas in the days leading up to the event.
Additional security measures, including checkpoints and road closures, are also likely along all major routes between the venue and King Khalid International Airport (RUH).
Authorities may also temporarily close airspace around Riyadh as key figures arrive and depart the city; flight delays are possible immediately before and after the event.
The Arab League – African Union Summit is also holding simultaneously. The Arab African Summit is aimed at establishing practical solutions for developing Arab-African cooperation and catching up with the emerging and influential international powers in African.
The summit seeks to identify fields for cooperation, build a common vision for sharing knowledge and experience, and identify projects and frameworks for improving bilateral and multilateral ties between Arab and African countries.
Some of the objectives of the Summit include reinvigoration of the Arab-African Relations, addressing issues relating to conflicts and counter-terrorism as well as tackling challenges such as poverty, education, health, food security, developmental matters, debt crises, and global challenges like climate change, migration, and humanitarian aid.
The Summit was last held in 2016.