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 Arabia’s first ‘smart’ pharmacy inaugurated

Updated 21 July 2018
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Saudi Arabia’s first ‘smart’ pharmacy inaugurated

TABUK: Prince Fahd bin Sultan, governor of Tabuk region, inaugurated the Kingdom’s first smart pharmacy — operated by a robot — at King Fahd Specialist Hospital on Thursday, following his meeting with the province’s director general of health affairs, Ghurmallah bin Abdullah Al-Ghamdi.
It is hoped that the smart pharmacy — which can dispense 1,500 packages of medicine per hour, store over 20,000 packages of medicine, reject expired drugs, and deal with 240 prescriptions per hour — will save the time of patients and pharmacists, ensure better control of drug stocks, provide the highest safety standards, and reduce medication errors.
The pharmacy has six outlets, one of which is dedicated to serving disabled people.
Prince Fahd congratulated Tabuk Health Affairs on this achievement, which he said would contribute to better health care services.
He stressed that serving citizens was the main objective and praised the role of young men and women in meeting the requirements of the future.
He also thanked King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for their support for the health care sector in Saudi Arabia.
Al-Ghamdi thanked Prince Fahd for his support for the health care sector in the province.