Janadriyah festival opens next Wednesday with Egypt as guest of honor

Updated 26 January 2017
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Janadriyah festival opens next Wednesday with Egypt as guest of honor

RIYADH: Egypt will be the guest-of-honor country at Al-Janadriyah 31, the national heritage and culture festival named after the village on the northern outskirts of Riyadh, where it is held annually to celebrate Saudi identity.
The festival, organized by the Ministry of National Guard, will open on Wednesday under the patronage of King Salman, said Abdul Mohsen bin Abdulaziz Al-Tuwaijri, deputy minister of the National Guard and deputy chairman of the festival’s supreme committee, at a press conference.
He said King Salman is a strong believer in the festival’s message of maintaining and deepening Saudi heritage, culture and traditions, and above all the principles of Islam, as was the late King Abdullah.
“In the upcoming 31st session of the festival, we keep progressing under our wise leadership in building our country and protecting our achievements and holy shrines,” Al-Tuwaijri said, expressing pleasure in hosting Egypt as the guest of honor.
He praised media coverage of the festival and the close partnership between the two.
The press conference was attended by Nasser Hamdy, ambassador of Egypt in Riyadh. “It is a great honor for Egypt to have been chosen as the guest-of-honor country for the 31st edition of the festival. We express our sincere thanks to King Salman for choosing us,” Hamdy told Arab News.
“The participation of Egypt at this outstanding cultural heritage festival of course reflects the deep relations beatween the two countries,” he said, adding that this will further strengthen people-to-people relations and cultural exchange.
Egypt’s government is “very dedicated to finalizing all aspects of participation in the festival,” Hamdy said. “Preparation is almost finished. Eleven troops will participate in our special pavilion, representing different parts of Egypt and its diversity.”


First Saudi female air traffic controllers begin work

Updated 22 March 2019
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First Saudi female air traffic controllers begin work

  • Eleven women completed a one-year program conducted by Saudi Air Navigation Services

JEDDAH: Saudi Air Navigation Services (SANS) on Wednesday celebrated the appointment and start of work of the first batch of Saudi female air traffic controllers at an air traffic control center in Jeddah.
Eleven women completed a one-year program conducted by SANS in cooperation with the Saudi Academy of Civil Aviation. This is the first program to qualify women to work as air traffic controllers.
The academy initiative, in collaboration with SANS, seeks to create more jobs for women as part of a reform push to wean the economy off oil. Vision 2030 plan aims to increase employment and diversify revenue sources.
Earlier, SANS CEO Ryyan Tarabzoni said the state-owned company was prioritizing the hiring of women in the profession, as the country pushes to extend women’s rights in the country and also recruit more nationals as part of the “Saudization” project.