Saudia allocates 7 flights for Hajjis from Doha to Jeddah

Updated 19 August 2017
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Saudia allocates 7 flights for Hajjis from Doha to Jeddah

RIYADH: Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) has allocated seven Boeing 777-300 flights to transport Qatari pilgrims from Doha to King Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah from Aug. 22 to 25.
The return flights will be on Sept. 5 at the end of the pilgrimage.
Earlier, the SPA reported that the king approved a plan to reopen the Salwa border crossing between Saudi Arabia and Qatar, as well as the dispatch of a private aircraft from Saudia’s fleet to Doha to fly Qatari pilgrims to Jeddah.
Mohammed Al-Otaibi, director general of air transport at the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA), said that Saudia is preparing to operate specified flights after applying for the necessary permits from the Qatari authorities, adding that permits have not yet been received.
Al-Otaibi added that Qatari pilgrims who wish to travel via Dammam or Al-Ahsa airports will be transferred to scheduled Saudia flights.
“If necessary, they will take special flights,” he said, adding that “all these flights are at the expense of King Salman.”
The GACA has directed all its airports to provide the necessary assistance to the pilgrims in implementation of the royal order and the allocation of time slots required by Saudia flights coming from Doha for the Hajj season.

200,000 lighting units to illuminate Makkah
skies during Hajj
The Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs has completed maintenance work through the city’s secretariat to illuminate Makkah skies during the Hajj season this year.
The ministry’s maintenance team has installed 200,000 lighting units in Makkah and the holy places and installed 950 electrical distribution panels with long ground cables.
The lighting maintenance in Makkah is supervised by a technical staff of engineers, supervisors and technicians, whose role is in the field of administration and follow-up on all aspects of the lighting network in the holy places.
The maintenance team inspects the lighting units and replaces damaged interior parts including lamps and wiring connecting the internal components. It also maintains electrical distribution boards, and constantly inspects panels to ensure that they continue working.
The team also makes field tours to check on these panels and repair sudden failures of panel components.


Two Saudis join WWE Performance Center after successful Jeddah tryout

Updated 18 min 51 sec ago
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Two Saudis join WWE Performance Center after successful Jeddah tryout

  • Kurdi and Aldagal were selected from nearly 30 athletes who took part in the Jeddah tryout
  • Current NXT Superstar Mansoor won recent 50-Man Battle Royal at WWE Super ShowDown in Kingdom

JEDDAH: Two athletes from last year’s historic talent tryout in Jeddah have begun training at the WWE Performance Center.
New signees Faisal Kurdi and Hussain Aldagal, both of Saudi Arabia, reported to WWE’s Orlando training facility several weeks ago.
Kurdi and Aldagal were selected from nearly 30 athletes who took part in the Jeddah tryout. That was the same tryout attended by current NXT Superstar Mansoor, who won the recent 50-Man Battle Royal at WWE Super ShowDown in the Kingdom.
Kurdi boasts a background in amateur grappling, Muay Thai boxing and mixed martial arts, and has placed in championship competitions in the Middle East. He stands 5-foot-8 and weighs 182 pounds.
The 6-foot-3, 211-pound Aldagal has previous athletic experience in volleyball and bodybuilding. Outside of his athletic endeavors, he is also a civil engineer.
As WWE finishes onboarding athletes from the Jeddah tryout, talent scouts are preparing for the next international tryout, which takes place July 15-18 in Shanghai, China.
WWE last held a tryout in China in 2016.