Jeddah international airport to open in May 2018

Updated 28 December 2017
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Jeddah international airport to open in May 2018

JEDDAH: The head of the General Authority for Civil Aviation (GACA), Abdul Hakim Al-Tamimi, has announced that the initial opening and pilot operations of the new King Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah will be in May 2018.
The announcement came on the sidelines of the Reconstruction of Makkah Region Conference on Wednesday.
“Air transport is the preferred method for pilgrims of Umrah and Hajj, both from inside and outside the Kingdom. The number of Hajj pilgrims arriving by air in 2017 reached 1,648,906, while the number of Umrah pilgrims arriving by air in 2017 reached 5,664208,” Al-Tamimi said.
He said that the King Abdul Aziz International Airport was a mega project as it “includes 810,000 square meters of terminals. It also includes 200 counters designed for completion of travel procedures and 80 self-service counters as well. The number of aircraft that can be received simultaneously is 70 connected to the terminal as well as 28 aircraft on the tarmac.”
During his speech, the GACA president stressed the importance of the new Taif International Airport, which will support the King Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah.
“The GACA has assigned the new Taif (International) Airport to the private sector. The new airport will provide convenience for visitors, and Umrah and Hajj pilgrims. The airport is expected to open in December 2020,” Al-Tamimi said.
He also referred to the GACA agreement with the new developer of Taif International Airport to develop the existing terminals to accommodate pilgrims of Hajj and Umrah.
“The coming season will see a larger number of Hajj and Umrah pilgrims coming to the Kingdom through Taif International Airport,” Al-Tamimi said.


TheFace: Khaloud K. Almansour, Saudi diplomat

Khaloud K. Almansour. (AN photo by Ziyad Alarfaj)
Updated 12 min 47 sec ago
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TheFace: Khaloud K. Almansour, Saudi diplomat

  • She managed and oversaw partnership projects of more than SR83 million ($22.12 million) with national, regional, and international corporates
  • Almansour has supervised a number of strategic partnerships across sectors and is a strong operations professional with a master of science focused on political science and government

Khaloud K. Almansour is a diplomat in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Saudi Arabia, and also managing director of Lion Entertainment. She is experienced in the field of partnership management with a proven history of success in the communication management industry. 

She managed and oversaw partnership projects of more than SR83 million ($22.12 million) with national, regional, and international corporates. 

She has supervised a number of strategic partnerships across sectors and is a strong operations professional with a master of science focused on political science and government.

“Keep your head high, and look straight, scan the area, and move forward with confidence,” Almansour has advised.

“Every battle is a challenge to discover a new aspect of your personality. You do not know your limits until you test them, and for every move, you’ve got to be strategic.

“Thus, I identify with horse races — to create a great partnership with the horse and reach the end of the race, you must put your best qualities forward. Patience, good communication, and trust are the three words in the bible of life by which to grow and prosper with your stakeholders.”