Aviation security is responsibility of all without exception, say experts

Updated 12 November 2017
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Aviation security is responsibility of all without exception, say experts

RIYADH: The Naif Arab University for Security Sciences (NAUSS) on Thursday concluded its program for the security of aircraft and airports with 129 experts from Arab countries as participants.
Addressing the participants on the occasion, Dr. Jamaan Rashid ben Ragosh, NAUSS president, stressed the importance of the program at a time when threats facing air transport have increased.
He said that the university gives importance to the program through postgraduate studies and the granting of a higher diploma in civil aviation security.
He pointed out that the university had recently signed a scientific memorandum of understanding with the Arab Transport Association and the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) for the purpose of engendering cooperation.
He added that the program aimed to highlight the role of civil aviation authorities in Arab countries in ensuring the protection of aviation from acts of unlawful interference.
He said the challenges facing civil aviation and its facilities include providing participants with knowledge and information on all areas of civil aviation security and safety in accordance with international and national legislation, and raising awareness and culture of civil aviation security.
He added that aviation security is the responsibility of all without exception.
The program’s scientific approach includes a number of important topics including quality control, passenger behavior analysis, air cargo security, assessment of threats of dual-use items to aviation security and dangerous enclosures, and response to acts unlawful interference.
The participants in the program included experts from the UAE, Bahrain, Djibouti, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Oman, Lebanon, Egypt and Morocco.


Cirque du Soleil prepares ground-breaking show in King Fahd Stadium

Updated 21 September 2018
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Cirque du Soleil prepares ground-breaking show in King Fahd Stadium

RIYADH: A joint press conference between the MBC Group, the General Entertainment Authority, and Cirque du Soleil was held at King Fahd Stadium on Thursday afternoon to answer media questions and give some details about Cirque du Soleil’s upcoming special performance, part of Saudi Arabia’s 88th National Day celebrations. The show is slated to be one of the biggest performed by the Cirque and their first in Saudi Arabia. It is a one-night-only, exclusive event, designed especially for this occasion.
Daniel Fortin, vice president of Creation at Cirque du Soleil, teased the audience with a few details of the upcoming show. “With a cast and crew of over 300, this is one of the biggest shows we’ve ever done,” he said.
“Without giving too much of the plot away, the story is centered around the sun, and takes place from sunset to sunrise. Everything from the costumes to the stage props was created as a homage to Saudi culture. You’ll see a lot of Bedouin influences in the staging and in the music. We drew inspiration from a variety of sources, such as traditional Bedouin tents, desert scenery, even the stadium itself.”
The show has been in development for six months, and the cast and crew have been preparing for the show at the King Fahd International Stadium since the beginning of August.
The show will contain new technology, and 16 unprecedented acrobatic acts. However, Fortin refused to share too many details. “You’ll just have to see what we have planned at the show.” He said. “But I think you will be impressed. We’re doing things we’ve never done before.”
Tickets to the show sold out in less than 48 hours after their release; an incredible feat as the show has allocated more than 27,000 seats for the performance. Abdulrahman Al Khalifa, spokesperson for the General Entertainment Authority, was pleased— but not entirely surprised— by the public’s reaction to news of the show. “We felt that variety in the types of events we brought to Saudi Arabia was important,” he said, “and we conducted a number of research workshops to determine what sort of events would be well-received by the public. Cirque du Soleil was mentioned frequently in our research, so we’re very happy to have had the opportunity to bring them here.”
MBC head of events Omar Al Radi also expects a big response to the televising of the show, which he estimates will break records. “We’re broadcasting the show live on both our local and international channels, such as those in Europe and in America.” he said.
“We’re expecting over 200 million views. Probably record-breaking numbers. MBC is proud to have been part of bringing this historic event to Saudi Arabia, and we can’t wait for you to see it.”