Saudi air show draws more than 21,000 spectators in two days

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People enjoy the Saudi Aviation Show which concluded at the Thumamah Airport in Riyadh on Saturday. (AN photos)
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People enjoy the Saudi Aviation Show which concluded at the Thumamah Airport in Riyadh on Saturday. (AN photos)
Updated 16 January 2018
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Saudi air show draws more than 21,000 spectators in two days

RIYADH: More than 21,000 visitors turned up at the Saudi Aviation Show, which concluded at the Thumamah Airport in Riyadh on Saturday.
The show, which was inaugurated by Prince Faisal bin Bandar, was sponsored by the Saudi Aviation Club (SAC) in association with the General Authority for Civil Aviation and several other bodies.
The show, which was held for the fourth year in succession, was an initiative of the SAC to celebrate air sports and contribute to the spreading of aviation culture.
In a statement to the press, SAC Manager Ayid Al-Qasmi said there was an unprecedented crowd, which was much bigger than expected.
More than 60 aircraft and aerobatic teams from Saudi Arabia and the UAE took part in air and ground shows including skydiving and paragliding on Friday and Saturday.
The air show was coupled with an exhibition in which modern aircraft were on display and visitors were given photo opportunities with the pilots and the aircraft.
The Saudi Hawks national aerobatic team and “Al Fursan” (The Knights) from the UAE Air Force aerobatic display team presented their performances with an array of colorful aerobatics that captivated the spectators, who watched in spellbound silence.
The Saudi Hawks, who had made their first appearance some 20 years ago, have taken part in several international air shows in Bahrain, Pakistan and the UAE, the UK, Italy, Austria, Belgium, and Greece. The team are currently led by Lt. Col. Musa bin Yahya Al-Fifi.
The UAE’s Al Fursan team performed for the first time in 2011 at the Dubai Air Show.
Fazliha Cader, a schoolteacher who witnessed the event, told Arab News that her family thoroughly enjoyed watching the aerobatics by the Saudi and UAE pilots.
“It was wonderful to have watched these displays live in the Kingdom,” she said, adding several families went to the exhibition site in a motorcade and enjoyed the 80-kilometer drive to the venue.
Manel Gamage, who teaches at a multinational school in the capital, said: “It was a wonderful opportunity to see the air power of the Kingdom and the skills of the Saudi pilots.
“They performed very well, it was a treat for men, women and children.”


Saudi Civil Defense makes Kingdom safer place to live

Updated 9 min 25 sec ago
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Saudi Civil Defense makes Kingdom safer place to live

JEDDAH: Collaboration between Saudi universities, research centers and the country’s Civil Defense is helping to make the Kingdom a safer place to live.
Col. Abdul Aziz Al-Zahrani, the general director of the Jeddah department of Civil Defense, said “strong” cooperation on safety and civil protection matters was a vital part of risk management work taking place in the Kingdom.
Speaking during a press conference to announce details of next month’s Intersec Saudi Arabia 2019 trade fair for the security, safety, and fire protection sector, Al-Zahrani said the General Directorate of Civil Defense had spent many productive years sharing knowledge with Saudi education and research institutions.
He said research data helped in producing risk assessments and finding solutions to natural, industrial and domestic safety issues. “The Civil Defense takes advantage of these studies to help keep people and properties safe.”
Al-Zahrani added: “Take me for instance. I am a graduate of King Abdul Aziz University where I obtained my Ph.D. in geological and environmental engineering. I have worked on risk assessment on the coast of the Makkah region. We were able to produce geological maps that helped to locate risky, low-risk and safe areas.”
The third edition of the Intersec exhibition will take place on April 14-16 at the Jeddah Center for Forums and Events with more than 150 exhibitors from 20 countries expected to attend.
The event aims to offer a platform to network, create and strengthen partnerships, share information, and keep up to date with the latest innovations driving the regional and global security, safety, and fire protection industries.
Organized by Messe Frankfurt-Middle East and Al-Harithy Company for Exhibitions (ACE) and supported by the General Directorate of Civil Defense along with other international government partners, trade associations, and non-profit institutions, Intersec will bring together key regulators, government authorities, solution providers and end-users to discuss strategies and collaborative approaches for security, safety and fire protection in the region.
The trade event will cover product groups including commercial security, information security, perimeter and physical security, homeland security and policing, fire and rescue, and health and safety.
Al-Zahrani said great strides had been taken in Saudi Arabia to protect the public from the dangers posed by unsafe appliances, and the Civil Defense had also increased the efficiency and effectiveness of fire and rescue services.