Saudi Arabia’s aviation authority chairman meets ICAO officials

Chairman of the General Authority of Civil Aviation Abdul-Hakim Al-Tamimi and his accompanying delegation meet with senior aviation officials during US visit. (File photo courtesy of GACA)
Updated 27 June 2018
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Saudi Arabia’s aviation authority chairman meets ICAO officials

JEDDAH: Saudi minister of transport and the chairman of the board of directors of the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA), Dr. Nabil bin Mohammed Al-Amoudi, accompanied by GACA chairman, Abdul Hakim bin Mohammed Al-Tamimi, visited the chairman of the board of directors of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, on Tuesday.
During the visit the minister highlighted the Kingdom’s support for all of ICAO’s strategic goals, discussing the many areas of cooperation between the organization and the Kingdom.
He said that the Kingdom has agreed to host the World Conference for the Middle East and Arab region on the Safety and Security of Civil Aviation.
Participation by the ICAO in the development of regional plans and programs to raise the level of compliance of the regional countries with the International Standards of the Organization was also discussed.
Al-Amoudi also visited ICAO secretary-general, Fang Liu. They discussed ways of cooperating overtraining and communication between the Kingdom and the Regional Office in Cairo.
Liu praised the Kingdom for taking the lead in the Middle East and the Arab region, acknowledging the Kingdom’s strong support for raising aviation safety and security at regional and international levels.
She also highlighted Saudi Arabia’s ongoing efforts to support ICAO’s counterterrorism strategies and the Global Aviation Security Plan.
During the several-day visit, the delegation will also meet with the Chairman of the US Federal Aviation Administration and Chairmen of major US companies in the fields of airport construction, technical systems, airport operations, and a several chairmen of US carrier companies in a number of US states.


Saudi camel racing no longer an all-male affair, says Princess Jamila

Updated 23 March 2019
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Saudi camel racing no longer an all-male affair, says Princess Jamila

  • Princess Jamila’s camel will compete in a race marking the conclusion of the King Abdul Aziz Camel Festival
  • King Salman will attend the grand finale of the 46-day event

JEDDAH: A camel owned by a woman will compete in an official race in Saudi Arabia for the first time, a senior figure in the sport said on Friday.

Fahd bin Hithleen, chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Camel Club and the newly appointed president of the International Camel Organization (ICO), said the race is part of the closing day of the King Abdul Aziz Camel Festival on the outskirts of Riyadh, which began on Feb. 5 and ends on March 23.

“The camel race will end this Saturday with the participation of the first female in camel racing,” Hithleen said on his official Twitter account. “I congratulate Princess Jamila Bint Abdulmajeed bin Saud bin Abdulaziz for breaking into the camel world and wish her all the success.”

The festival finale will take place in the presence of King Salman.

Princess Jamila said that camel racing is no longer exclusively the preserve of men, as the ongoing reforms in the country continue to empower Saudi women and open up new opportunities for them across the Kingdom.

The Kingdom established the ICO, the first global group of its kind for camels, on Thursday with the participation of representatives from 96 countries. Riyadh was chosen as the location for its headquarters and Hithleen was appointed to serve a five-year term as its first president.