Pak plane denied entry

Updated 30 April 2015
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Pak plane denied entry

The General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) refused permission to a Pakistani aircraft as it did not have an entry permit to the Kingdom's airspace.
As a normal precautionary safety measure, the GACA sent back a Boeing 767 aircraft owned by Shaheen Air in Pakistan before it entered Saudi airspace because it lacked the necessary permit.
“The airline had applied for the permit but it was rejected because of reasons related to safety and also because the aircraft did not fulfill international flight regulations. The plane carrying Jordanian registration and leased by Shahin Air, is barred from flying to Europe,” the GACA said.
It added that since the safety of Saudi airspace and commitments to safety standards are GACA's top priorities, it will not permit any kind of omission in this regard.
The GACA also affirmed that no operator should fly an aircraft to a country without applying for and getting permission in advance to remain in line with relevant international regulations and standards.


Cirque du Soleil heads to Saudi in special one-off show

Updated 11 September 2018
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Cirque du Soleil heads to Saudi in special one-off show

  • More than 80 artists will take the stage at the King Fahd International Stadium for the show
  • About 250 costumes have been specially made to respect local traditions

MONTREAL: Cirque du Soleil will stage a show in Saudi Arabia for the first time later this month, the high-flying acrobatic troupe announced Monday.
The show will take place in the Saudi capital on Sept. 23 to coincide with the country's national day, public relations director Marie-Helene Lagace told AFP.
More than 80 artists will take the stage at the King Fahd International Stadium for the show, which will also be shown on Saudi state television. Cirque says it will be one of its biggest one-off productions ever.
About 250 costumes have been specially made to respect local traditions and conform to "the artistic standards for which we are known," Lagace said.
The announcement of Cirque du Soleil's appearance in Saudi Arabia was first made in Los Angeles in April, Lagace noted. But it was unclear whether the show would go on given the diplomatic tensions.
At the behest of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia has reopened movie theaters and allowed women and men to attend some concerts together.