Riyadh governor opens Saudi aviation show

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Aircraft perform during the 4th Saudi Aviation Forum at Thumamah Airport on Thursday. (SPA, Reuters, AFP)
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Riyadh Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar shakes hands with Saudi pilots at the 4th Saudi Aviation Forum at Thumamah Airport on Thursday. (SPA)
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Updated 12 January 2018
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Riyadh governor opens Saudi aviation show

RIYADH: Over 60 airplanes and aerobatic teams from Saudi Arabia and the UAE took part in air and ground shows, including skydiving and paragliding, at the fourth Saudi Aviation Forum which was opened by Riyadh Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar at Thumamah Airport on Thursday.
Speaking on the occasion, Prince Faisal described the fourth round of the forum as effective in displaying the Kingdom’s air capabilities and their safety.
“The Saudi Aviation Club has proven its existence over the years. We are happy to coordinate with the club in all its activities,” the governor said.
The governor also attended an exhibition, which is being held concurrently with the forum, and also witnessed drone operations, parachute jumps, and viewed aerobatics performed by the Royal Guard, the Saudi Falcons and the Emirates Knights teams.
Prince Sultan bin Salman, the founder and chairman of the Saudi Aviation Club (SAC), thanked King Salman for his continuous interest and support for the Saudi Aviation Club from the time when he was governor of Riyadh.
He also expressed his appreciation to the supporting bodies of the club, particularly GACA, the General Authority for Sports, the Supreme Authority for the Development of Riyadh city, the ministries of interior and transport, and security authorities.
Prince Sultan pointed out that the SAC has been working in cooperation with GACA in implementing the highest levels of safety to ensure that the practice of aviation is safe and simulates the best international standards.
He also noted that the club is preening itself to become one of the largest and most important public aviation and air sports clubs in the region, especially with the growing number of youths in the Kingdom interested in this area.
The forum is the largest of its kind in the region and the most important gathering for air enthusiasts. It is an initiative of the SAC to celebrate air sports and contribute to the dissemination of an aviation culture.
The participation of GACA as a strategic partner was to provide support and encouragement to all events relating to aviation. The authority pays great attention to air sports and works to support and develop the practice in the Kingdom to spread public awareness on aviation.
The forum, which will be held through Saturday, will include air shows with various types of aircrafts, an accompanying exhibition of the sponsors, parachute jumps, paragliding, remote-controlled aircraft, in addition to the air and ground show.


We have a story to share with the Saudi people, says new US official in Riyadh

Cultural and educational exchange programs between Saudi Arabia and the United States help build stronger ties. (AN photo)
Updated 19 September 2018
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We have a story to share with the Saudi people, says new US official in Riyadh

  • We have a story to tell and a story to share in Saudi Arabia with the Saudi people. We are pleased that so many Saudis want to study in the United States: US Public Affairs Counselor in KSA

RIYADH: Cultural and educational exchange programs between Saudi Arabia and the United States “help build stronger ties between the two countries and bring them closer together,” according to Brian Shott, the new US Public Affairs Counselor in Saudi Arabia.

Speaking at a reception to welcome him at the US embassy in Riyadh on September 18, he said: “One of the main things we do is we try to share aspects of the United States and of American culture, but we also learn from Saudis and Saudi culture.” 

In her opening speech, the embassy’s Deputy Chief of Mission Martina Strong also highlighted the enduring relationship between the two countries, saying: “Tonight is a celebration, a celebration of a friendship that has extended over many, many decades.”

Shott, who previously served in Morocco, Cairo and Baghdad, will be in Saudi Arabia for the next two years, during which he will promote educational and cultural exchanges.

“There are some real opportunities here and we have been fortunate enough to be able take advantage of partnerships with Saudi organizations and Saudi agencies, whether it is the General Authority for Culture or the Ministry of Education,” he said.

“We have a story to tell and a story to share in Saudi Arabia with the Saudi people. We are pleased that so many Saudis want to study in the United States.”

Meanwhile, the reception also served as a farewell to Robin Yeager, the cultural attache in Riyadh. She said that it had been a “very dynamic time to be in Saudi Arabia. It has been a pleasure and an honor to be here at a time when I get to know first-hand the future that Saudis are trying to build.”

The night that women were were given the right to drive, she said she went out and saw the “thrill on their faces.” To assist with empowerment and other progressive policies, embassy staff work on social issues and provide leadership training for women’s groups, she said.

“It is beautiful because they take something that an American expert talks to them about and they turn it into the Saudi way to approach it,” she added. “It’s not that we are changing things; it’s that we are giving them tools, so they can build what they want to build.”