On 5 May, Gen. Sulaiman Almalik, General Director of the Medical Services Ministry of Saudi Arabia , visited ARPA, located in La Muela, Spain. The company, which celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2018,  is in the process of completing its seventh field hospital in the last two years for the Saudi Arabian military. 

“The most important thing that I have seen in ARPA is their loyalty; we see it as a very reliable company,” Almalik commented in response to being asked what his opinion of the company is after two years of contact. “And, of course, we will encourage our friends and partners in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States to cooperate with them because, as I said, it is a very reliable company. Moreover, I want to emphasise the quality of their work and of the project implemented in Saudi Arabia.”

Asked what he felt were the principal benefits of the ARPA solution, Almalik expressed his satisfaction at the way the projects have been managed, paying tribute to ARPA’s skills in management as well as productivity. He also indicated his department would be organising more detailed training courses to achieve maximum effectiveness from the hospitals and their equipment.

Gen. Almalik stressed the importance of mobility for hospitals for the Saudi Armed Forces, pointing out that procuring mobile field hospitals was a primary objective in determining the source of supply. He also expressed the view that the relationship between the two countries is a strong one – and since this is his second trip to ARPA during the contract period, he is in a position to know. “Both countries are willing to build relationships between the private sectors in Saudi Arabia and Spain and between government agencies. I am sure there are many business opportunities for Spanish companies to do business in Saudi Arabia, and vice versa,” he observed.

Clara Arpa, General Manager of ARPA and Gen. Sulaiman Almalik, General Director of the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Defense Medical Services. (Photo: ARPA)

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