Oman Air wins ‘Best Arab Air Carrier Supporting Arab Tourism’ award

Updated 08 February 2017
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Oman Air wins ‘Best Arab Air Carrier Supporting Arab Tourism’ award

Oman Air, the national carrier of Oman, is celebrating the latest in a string of prestigious wins, following the presentation to the airline of the “Best Arab Air Carrier Supporting Arab Tourism” award. The 2017 Arab Tourism Media Awards ceremony organized by the Arab Center for Tourism Media was held at Casablanca Grand Hotel Jeddah.
Usama Karim Al-Haremi, head of corporate communications and media at Oman Air, said: “Oman Air is pleased and proud to accept the ‘Best Arab Air Carrier Supporting Arab Tourism’ award and we would like to thank the judges and everyone else at the Arab Tourism Media Awards for this accolade.
“Since last year, Oman Air saw the introduction of six new Boeing 737-800s and two B787-800s to the airline’s fleet. And with the addition of the new aircraft Oman Air’s fleet currently stands at 48. This will not only offer more people a superlative passenger experience, but also enable even more people to visit Oman and discover for themselves the unique beauty and timeless culture of this wonderful country, which is increasingly renowned at an international level as a distinguished tourist destination.”
Oman Air continues to further consolidate its global position as one of the world’s leading airlines through its prestigious award wins. Recent awards in 2016 include World’s Leading Airline — Economy Class at the World Travel Awards in the Maldives, and Foreign Airline of the Year by Sector to the Middle East at the annual KLIA Awards, introduced in 2006 to recognize the best in Malaysian aviation industry. It was also awarded the coveted Signum Virtutis seal of excellence by the Seven Stars Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle Awards 2016. The accolades are not limited to the passenger operation; Oman Air Cargo was also awarded “Best Cargo Airline for Valuable Goods — North and East” at the India Cargo Awards 2016 held in Delhi.
Almost 900,000 people participated in voting for 260 participants from across the Arab world. The Omani winners were among several Arab contenders in various categories, including entrants from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Egypt, Bahrain, Sudan, Algeria, Morocco, the UAE, Tunisia and Jordan.


STC wins Ookla award for fastest network in KSA

A man passes the Saudi Telecom STC office in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia February 6, 2018. (REUTERS)
Updated 20 January 2019
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STC wins Ookla award for fastest network in KSA

Ookla, the company behind Speedtest for internet testing and analysis, has recognized Saudi Telecom Company (STC) as the “fastest mobile network” in Saudi Arabia. STC achieved a speed score of 29.99 Mbps, with an average download speed of 32.95 Mbps.
The award is an outcome of millions of tests actively initiated by customers across the network to check internet speeds using various applications, and web and mobile platforms.
The Speedtest awards for top providers are determined using a “Speed Score” that incorporates a measure of each provider’s network speeds (download and upload) to rank network speed performance. The STC network was determined as the fastest in the Kingdom.
The telecom giant plans to increase this speed dramatically in the next couple of years to provide “impressive speeds and incorporate future services with KPIs (key performance indicators) targeting higher data rates, very low latency, massive device connectivity, IoT and energy efficiency services.” To achieve this, STC is transforming its existing network, upgrading its 4G-LTE network and rolling out the 5G network.
Haithem Al-Faraj, senior vice president, tech and ops, STC, said: “Our mission has always been to enrich society by providing second-to-none experience with the network. We are continuously improving our network speeds and rolling out new network technologies and services. STC 4G network is transforming all the time to provide remarkably faster speeds.”
He added: “We are also commercially rolling out the 5G network to introduce innovative services to our deserving customers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and across the region. This esteemed Ookla award is a true manifestation of STC efforts to continually improve the network and get the network ready for the digital era, and to meet the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.”
We are very proud of this award and look forward to many similar awards and successes in the near future.”
STC is playing a pivotal role in the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 as an enabler for digital transformation in the public and private sectors and in the development of telecommunications and ICT infrastructure.