FaceOf: Abdul Aziz Al-Awaisheq, Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs and Negotiations at the GCC

Al-Awaisheq is also in charge of overseeing the GCC’s relations with the outside world
Updated 09 June 2018
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FaceOf: Abdul Aziz Al-Awaisheq, Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs and Negotiations at the GCC

  • is also in charge of overseeing the GCC’s relations with the outside world

Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs and Negotiations at the Gulf Cooperation Council Dr. Abdul Aziz Abu Hamad Aluwaisheg met the British Deputy Chief of Mission in Saudi Arabia Richard Wildash in Riyadh at the GCC headquarters on Thursday.

The two parties discussed the partnership between Britain and Saudi Arabia in 2016 at the British Gulf Summit, going over phases of implementation and the advances achieved. 

Aluwaisheg explained the importance of the strategic partnerships between them, and that Saudi Arabia wishes to fortify these relations.

Aluwaisheg was appointed as assistant secretary-general in November 2011, responsible for coordinating the GCC’s foreign policy in regional and international matters. 

He is also in charge of overseeing the GCC’s relations with the outside world by implementing conventions and programs, as well as strategic cooperation, international and regional partnerships, economic negotiations and organizational cooperation.

He studied economics at New York University, law at Columbia University and political economy at the New School in New York, providing him with the grounding needed to handle his roles at the Gulf Cooperation Council.

Aluwaisheg worked as economist specialist at the Department of Economic and Social Affairs for the UN in New York for 18 years. 

He also served as the director of the Department of Economic Integration and Studies at the General Secretariat of the GCC from 1999 to 2009, and then as director general of International Economic Relations from 2009 to 2011.


New technologies help increase number of flights, passengers in Saudi Arabia’s airports — GACA

Updated 24 March 2019
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New technologies help increase number of flights, passengers in Saudi Arabia’s airports — GACA

  • More than 99.86 million passengers departed or arrived through 771,828 flights in the Kingdom's international and domestic airports in 2018
  • GACA is due to host Global Aviation Summit 2019 on April 1 and 2 in Riyadh

JEDDAH: New technologies applied in Saudi Arabia's airports has contributed to aviation growth in the Kingdom and has provided solutions for passenger’s trips, air cargo and investments, the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) has said.

GACA earlier reported an 8 percent increase in passenger numbers and 4 percent in flight rates in 2018.

It said more than 99.86 million passengers departed or arrived through 771,828 flights in the Kingdom's international and domestic airports in 2018, compared to 92.42 million passengers on board 741,293 flights in 2017.

"The GACA is keen to adopt plans to develop the Kingdom's airports network in order to keep pace with the steady increase in air traffic, increase the reliability of services, maximize geographic coverage and enhance the contribution of the airports to the overall economic growth of the country," it said.

For example, it said, GACA provides information through technology to reduce paperwork, operating costs and streamline business processes while reducing time to address them.

Most prominent among these e-services is the “Self-Services at the Kingdom's airports” that include check-in kiosks that provide boarding passes and luggage identification cards and self-service baggage drops that allows passengers to self-check their luggage.

It also provides self-scanning devices for bags in the arrival halls, ensuring that all baggage and other cargo arrive at the airport through the installation of electronic gates for the passage of freight vehicles before being emptied into the luggage compartment. 

Electronic gates and document scanning machines ensure that a traveler's information is correct and that boarding passes, passports, national identity and residency are valid.

Other services include airport operations systems and flight information display for some domestic airports.

To ensure accuracy in the flight schedules, GACA said it is working on a project to link the Saudi Arabian Airlines traffic management system to the Airport Management System, of which 50 percent has been completed.

GACA is due to host Global Aviation Summit 2019 on April 1 and 2 in Riyadh to review the infrastructure projects for airports and smart airports, the available opportunities to operate the airports and provide advanced services and consultations in civil aviation, among others.