Prince Sultan welcomes International Aeronautical Federation’s choice of Saudi Aviation Club CEO as new vice president

Prince Sultan said that SAC has become a benchmark for all those interested in aviation within the Kingdom. (AP)
Updated 19 March 2018
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Prince Sultan welcomes International Aeronautical Federation’s choice of Saudi Aviation Club CEO as new vice president

RIYADH: Prince Sultan bin Salman, president of the Saudi Aviation Club (SAC), said the International Aeronautical Federation’s (FAI) choice of SAC chief executive Ayed Odeib Al-Qassimi as vice president of FAI for the MENA region represents a clear appreciation of the Kingdom’s proclaimed role in the dissemination of aviation culture worldwide.
The prince thanked King Salman for his advocacy and support for the SAC since its foundation, and all concerned with the club for this accomplishment.
The prince stressed that SAC has become a benchmark for all those interested in aviation within the Kingdom. It is undergoing an evolution in its infrastructure and branch expansion throughout the Kingdom and is about to become one of the largest and most important general aviation and air sports clubs all over the region.
The Dutch FAI president, Frits Brink, announced the selection of Al-Qassimi in a show of appreciation for the Kingdom’s role in spreading aviation culture within the Kingdom, regionally and internationally.
FAI was founded in 1905 as a non-profit international organization which aims to strengthen aviation activities and space navigation worldwide. It links more than 120 member states, forming a strong network binding all participants in aeronautical sports around the world.
SAC is considered one of the best known and largest aviation clubs in the world, and one of its most versatile considering the types and sizes of aircraft, sporting and training events it holds.
SAC was founded by a decree of the Council of Ministers in December 2000 with the aim of promoting general aviation under the banner of the Civil Aviation Authority.


World celebrates Saudi National Day

Updated 23 September 2018
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World celebrates Saudi National Day

DUBAI: From Dubai to Beirut to New York and Washington, D.C., Saudi National Day was celebrated outside of the Kingdom on Sunday as a show of patriotism by Saudis abroad and as a sign of friendship by countries around the world.

The Dubai airline operated a special one-off A380 service, known as EK 813 and EK 814, on Sunday to the capital city of Riyadh, touching down at King Khalid International Airport at 3:30 p.m. The return flight was scheduled to depart at 6:50 p.m.

A YouTube video from Emirates also showed crew handing out scarves embroidered with the countries’ flags, as well as white roses, to passengers while boarding the A380 aircraft.

 

The Burj Khalifa was illuminated with the Saudi flag last night, while the Nasdaq Tower’s electronic billboard in New York’s Times Square was lit up with photos of King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the flags of Saudi Arabia and the UAE. 

The images were posted by Nasdaq Dubai, the UAE-based operation of the New York equities exchange, on Twitter with the message: “Best wishes from #NasdaqDubai to #SaudiArabia on the occasion of the 88th National Day.”

 

 

In Lebanon, Pigeons’ Rock, also known as the Rock of Raouché, located in the sea of the western capital of Beirut, was lit in the colors of the Saudi flag. The rock, one of the most important Lebanese monuments, was lit during a ceremony attended by the charge d'affaires of Saudi Arabia, Waleed bin Abdullah Bukhari, along with a crowd of dignitaries, including the Mayor of Beirut.

In Washington, the Saudi embassy’s National Day bus toured around the capital on the weekend inviting people to its celebrations on Sunday in National Harbor, Maryland.

In the UAE’s capital, the General Command of Abu Dhabi Police decorated 88 of their cars - one for every year being celebrated – with the flags of Saudi Arabia and the UAE and the words “Together Forever.”

The UAE’s airlines got in on the game. Emirates operated a special one-off A380 service on the routes EK 813 and EK 814 on Sunday to the capital city of Riyadh, touching down at King Khalid International Airport at 3:30pm. Crew handed out scarves emblazoned with the countries’ flags, as well as white roses, to passengers boarding the aircraft.pic.twitter.com/U36yYpxE8T

Etihad said it was using the only Saudi A380 pilot in the world, Wesam Sameer Al Najjar, to fly its Year of Zayed plane to Jeddah with the UAE’s Captain Ahmed Almalood.

In the UAE, children at some schools dressed in green and sang the anthems of both countries, carrying both of their flags. In the evening, there was a Saudi National Day celebration at La Mer beachfront in Dubai that featured a supercar parade, traditional Saudi dancers and, of course, fireworks.