Mobily gets new CEO

Mobily CEO Ahmed Abdulsalam Abdulrahman
Updated 11 January 2017
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Mobily gets new CEO

The board of directors of Etihad Etisalat (Mobily) has approved the appointment of Ahmed Abdulsalam Abdulrahman as Mobily’s chief executive officer. The board has also accepted the resignation of the outgoing CEO, Ahmad Farroukh.
The chairman of the board of directors appreciated the services rendered by Farroukh and his efforts in stabilizing the company. The board wished him very best in his future endeavors.
The newly appointed CEO of Mobily has extensive experience in information and communications technology. During his 24-year career in various positions in different ICT companies, he played a major role in their growth.
Abdulrahman has held many positions and responsibilities, including; managing director and CEO of Global Telecom Holding and the vice president of Vimplecom for Asia and Africa.
He remained the CEO of Orascom from 2009 to May, 2011 during which he successfully transformed the company and helped boost its growth.
He was then appointed managing director in the group when it became Global Telecom Holding, and in his new role he contributed to the group’s expansion. Between 2000 and 2008, he contributed to the launching of Mobinil services, and he held several top management positions, such as general marketing director.
He had started his career from IBM. He had led a team that launched the third Internet service provider in Egypt.
Sulaiman Al-Gwaiz, chairman Of Mobily’s board of directors, said: “Mobily has accomplished a great deal of progress in achieving the goals it set itself in 2015, which are in line with telecoms and IT sector orientation. Mobily is now aiming to reach an advanced phase of growth and expansion with the joining of Ahmed. We are confident that Ahmed’s presence in Mobily will have a positive influence on the next phase of our development And (we) wish him every success in his time with our company.”
The new Mobily CEO holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communication and Electronics Engineering from Cairo University. He received the “Communication Planning Award” from International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in Switzerland. He also completed the International Executive Program Certificate in Business Management from INSEAD.


Dhaka-bound passengers from Jeddah reach home

Updated 24 May 2018
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Dhaka-bound passengers from Jeddah reach home

  • All 141 passengers and 10 crew members onboard were evacuated safely, and were cared for by the airline’s ground operations team and airport personnel.
Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia), the national flag carrier of the Kingdom, greeted passengers returning to Dhaka following a brief stay in Jeddah due to an irregular occurrence on one of its aircraft.
Flight SV3818 operating from Madinah to Dhaka on Monday diverted to Jeddah for an emergency landing due to nose gear malfunction, which became apparent mid-flight. The aircraft was an Airbus A330-200, wet-leased to Saudia.
All 141 passengers and 10 crew members onboard were evacuated safely, and were cared for by the airline’s ground operations team and airport personnel.
Upon concluding all safety and health checks, the passengers were cleared to fly the next day. The Saudia ground operations team conducted all formalities and clearances in order for the guests to fly to Dhaka at 7:30 p.m. Jeddah local time on Tuesday.
Greeting the guests at King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah prior to departure was Director General of Saudi Arabian Airlines, Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser, along with representatives from the airline, civil aviation authority and crew.
“Saudia thanks the onboard crew, General Authority of Civil Aviation, and King Abdul Aziz International Airport control for providing their cohesive, full support and cooperation during the event,” the airline said in a statement.
The flight arrived in Dhaka at 4:48 a.m. Dhaka time on Wednesday where they were met by the Saudia country manager and the station staff.
Currently in its 73rd year of operations, Saudia is a member of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the Arab Air Carriers Organization (AACO).
The airline currently flies to 90 destinations across four continents with a fleet of 147 narrow and widebody aircraft.
At the 2017 Skytrax Awards held at the Paris Air Show, Saudia was awarded the “World’s Most Improved Airline” of the year.