‘Security at Pakistani airports worrying’
‘Security at Pakistani airports worrying’
The leading Riyadh-based operator, who did not want to be named, said this was the third incident involving violence at Pakistani airports this month.
He said extremists stormed Pakistan's biggest airport, Jinnah International Airport, in the commercial capital Karachi on June 8 in a commando-style attack.
The other incident on June 23 saw a passenger plane carrying an anti-government preacher, Tahirul Qadri, diverted at the last minute from Islamabad to Lahore following violent clashes on the ground between his supporters and police.
Gulf airlines have confirmed that they suspended flights to Peshawar following the latest incident.
Emirates Airlines, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways suspended their operations to and from Bacha Khan International Airport on Wednesday. They were closely monitoring the security situation on Thursday.
Speaking to Arab News on Thursday, a Qatar Airways official in Riyadh, who requested anonymity, said: "Yes, flights from Riyadh to Peshawar are suspended. However, the situation is being reviewed and flights will resume if and when the situation improves."
He declined to answer further questions and referred Arab News to the airline's Doha office. The newspaper could not get comment from the Doha office at the time of going to press.
Emirates had already confirmed on its website that it suspended services to Peshawar. "Flights have been suspended from June 25 until further notice due to the security situation at the Peshawar airport. The passengers booked to travel between June 25 and 27 can cancel their bookings, re-book to travel at a later date, or fly to another Emirates destination in Pakistan,” the Dubai-based airline stated.
Emirates operates five weekly flights to Peshawar, and has a schedule of 66 weekly flights to Pakistan.
Pakistan's civil aviation authority said that although flights were suspended after the Peshawar incident, domestic flights resumed Wednesday. Pakistan's security agencies have arrested hundreds of suspects after the incident.
A Pakistan International Airline official was quoted by a section of the media as saying the gunmen had aimed specifically at the fuel tank because they wanted to blow up the aircraft. "It would have been a disaster had they been successful," he said.
Innovation in manufacturing and communication the focus for Tanween's second weekend
AL-DHAHRAN: Innovation in manufacturing and communication are the focus on Thursday and Friday at the second weekend of Tanween by Ithra, a 17-day gathering of the brightest and most creative minds in Saudi Arabia.
Following the overwhelming turnout of students and professionals from all over the Kingdom at the launch weekend, the Creativity Season’s second weeke program focuses on manufacturing and communication and is designed for Saudis to be inspired by influential speakers from around the world, engage in hands-on futuristic workshops, as well as be creative by transforming their ideas to reality.
The Tanween Talks will introduce bold, innovative concepts and trends from artificial intelligence, robotics and virtual media. Science and fiction come together in presentations from biodesign pioneer and STEM innovator Natsai Chieza; and Professor Manfred Hild, a global research leader in humanoid robotics. Workshops including “Future as Big as Your Imagination” and “Saudi After Oil” will further provoke, stimulate and prepare audiences for a rapidly evolving future, as the impact of technology takes effect. The weekend will also present visitors with the one-of-a-kind opportunity to be a creative entrepreneur and turn their ideas into reality with the “Design, Manufacture and Go to Market” workshop.
Family-friendly shows, exhibits and installations featuring future technologies will run the duration of the Creativity Season. Slava’s Snow Show, an award-winning Russian theatrical performance combining pathos and comedy for all ages will round off the weekend that will also feature performances such as Bamboo Nonsense Instrumental Show and Project 2, a live spontaneous science fiction theater.
Site-specific installations such as “Sketch Aquarium” at the Children’s Museum will pop up as part of the Creativity Season, presenting visitors of all age groups a unique opportunity to interact, observe and enjoy the works of art that have been curated to celebrate the first edition.
At Ithra’s Great Hall, 25 outstanding examples of work from the world of art, technology, science and fashion — including a Tilt Brush interactive experience by Google, Studio Drift’s free-floating concrete monolith Drifter and Studio Swine’s multi-sensory waterfall — will offer fresh insights into contemporary design, encouraging visitors to explore new possibilities and discover new perspectives.
The second week will also see a colorful celebration of daytime fireworks on Friday at 4.00pm. The event will be open for public free of charge and will take place at Ithra Lush Gardens.
Tickets & Pricing
Tickets to Tanween Talks are priced at SAR 35 for a day pass allowing ticket holders to attend an unlimited number of talks on the day. Tanween Talks attendees must be at least 14-years-old.
Day pass tickets to ‘Sense and Sensibility’ Exhibit in the Great Hall are priced at SAR 25 for adults and SAR 15 for children. Museum tickets are priced at SAR 35 for adults and SAR 10 for children. A Tanween Exhibits Ticket provides visitors access to both the Great Hall and the Museum at SAR 50 for adults and SAR 25 for children.
Workshops are categorized as Inspire, Enthusiast and Premium.
Inspire workshops are free.
Enthusiast workshops are priced at SAR 100 per workshop.
Premium workshops are priced at SAR 200 per workshop.
Workshop attendees must be at least 16-years-old.
Special workshops for children between 6- and 10-years are available. Please refer to www.ithra.com for more information.
Tickets to the Children’s Museum are priced at SAR 55 for children and SAR 20 for adults.