Abha welcomes first flyadeal flight

After cutting the celebratory cake, guests were treated to a traditional dance showcasing the Asir province’s heritage.
Updated 06 February 2018
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Abha welcomes first flyadeal flight

flyadeal, Saudi Arabia’s low-fare airline, launched flights to Abha on Feb. 1. Abha is the newest addition to flyadeal’s growing network, following Riyadh, Dammam, Al-Qassim and Jazan.
The airline will fly non-stop to the mountainous tourist destination twice daily from both Jeddah and Riyadh. Flight timings have a convenient double-daily schedule providing both morning and afternoon or evening options.
The first flight (F3 171) took off early morning on Feb. 1 from King Abdul Aziz Airport in Jeddah to Abha Regional Airport. Upon landing at Abha airport, the aircraft named “Al-Janah,” a recent addition to flyadeal’s fleet of all brand-new Airbus A320 aircraft, was greeted with the customary water cannon salute.
A celebratory event was held at Abha airport’s departure hall in the presence of the chairman of flyadeal and director general of Saudi Arabian Airlines Corporation, Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser, Fahd bin Abdullah Al-Adwani, general manager of regional airports, Con Korfiatis, CEO of flyadeal, airport officials, staff and members of the press. After cutting the celebratory cake, guests were treated to a traditional dance showcasing the Asir province’s heritage.
Al-Janah then flew to King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, where further celebrations awaited customers and guests.
Al-Jasser said: “Abha is vital for the Kingdom’s economy and tourism industry. It is an increasingly popular destination and flyadeal’s entry into the market will provide further seat capacity at affordable fares. The expansion into the southern region aims to serve not only the region as a whole but also our military forces on the southern front and across the Kingdom.”
Al-Adwani said: “The commencement of flyadeal’s flight operations to Abha is a positive development for the region. We also appreciate the General Authority of Civil Aviation’s (GACA) role in encouraging competition among airlines in the Kingdom. This has aided the expansion of the travel and tourism industry in Saudi Arabia led largely by flyadeal and other airlines’ growing network of operations.”
Korfiatis said: “Since the beginning of our operations, we have delivered on our promise of helping customers enjoy an affordable flight experience delivered with a great attitude. Today, as we continue to expand our network, we are pleased to bring our service to Abha, a city that has made its mark on the map of the Arab world’s tourist hotspots.”


Huawei hosts annual Middle East Partner Summit

Updated 24 May 2018
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Huawei hosts annual Middle East Partner Summit

Global ICT solutions provider Huawei recently hosted its annual Middle East Partner Summit in Dubai. Taking place under the theme “Leading New ICT, the Road to a Win-win Ecosystem,” the summit hosted participants from 12 countries across the Middle East. Participants had gathered to form a collaborative platform in order to explore the current requirements for a successful digital transformation and ushering in the artificial intelligence era, exchange ideas, share success stories and best practices, targeted at empowering Huawei’s channel partners in order to increase their ability to cater to the region’s increasingly demanding technology innovation needs, and to establish an open and collaborative ecosystem.
The full-day summit highlighted Huawei’s latest partner programs and outlined the company’s strategic plans for digitalization in the Middle East. Huawei’s channel strategy for 2018 centers on the empowerment of its channel partners to deliver the latest ICT solutions to their customers by embracing a collaborative, win-win approach to partners, competitors, and the industry as a whole.
In partnership with GAPP, a diamond sponsor of the summit, Huawei launched their GTM (“Go To Market”) Strategy, which focuses on catering to Middle East market requirements by building an enhanced service portfolio with GAPP serving as systems integrators.
“We see our long-term enterprise strategy in the region centered around building an ecosystem through which Huawei can help our Middle East channel partners meet their customers’ needs with enhanced connectivity and improved user experience, across different domains,” said Alaa El-Shimy, vice president and managing director, Huawei Enterprise Middle East. “Huawei advocates openness, collaboration, and shared success. Through joint innovation with our customers, partners, and peers, we are increasing the value of ICT in support of a more robust and mutually beneficial industry ecosystem. Our goal is a win-win situation for everyone, and we are dedicated to working together to establish mainstream standards and lay the foundations for this shared success.”
Bander Alfreih, chairman and CEO of GAPP, said: “Integrated, collaborative partnerships like the one we have announced with Huawei are exactly what we need to move the region forward on the path to digital transformation. We are incredibly excited to get to work on building this infrastructure together, and to see how quickly it will produce tangible results for the ecosystem at large, as well as the individual end customer. This will be how we define our success.”