Saudi aviation authority, US Federal Aviation sign MoU to strengthen cooperation

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Saudi Arabia’s General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the US Federal Aviation Administration. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia’s General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the US Federal Aviation Administration. (SPA)
Updated 30 June 2018
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Saudi aviation authority, US Federal Aviation sign MoU to strengthen cooperation

JEDDAH: Abdul-Hakim Al-Tamimi, chairman of the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA), signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the US Federal Aviation Administration represented by its deputy administrator, Carl E. Burleson. The meeting took place at the Federal Administration’s headquarters in Washington, DC.
The agreement comes within the framework of cooperation between the two parties in the field of civil aviation and their desire to enhance it.
This cooperation is built on the basis of mutual benefit, mutual respect and according to the laws, regulations and instructions adopted in both countries.
The memorandum of agreement aims to develop training and capacity-building in the various aviation sectors and in the fields of safety, security and environmental protection.
It also addresses privatization, revenue sharing, project financing and the establishment of civil aviation research centers and their development.
On Friday, the GACA, in cooperation with the Saudi-Arabian Business Council, discussed investment opportunities in the Kingdom at a round-table meeting with major American civil aviation companies.
More than 50 representatives of relevant administrations in the authority — including airports, communications and information technology, economic policies and air transport — along with the Saudi Academy of Civil Aviation also took part in the meeting.
Companies were introduced to updates on the development and investment environment in the Kingdom and investment opportunities in the civil aviation sector in line with the objectives of the Saudi Vision 2030, including the privatization opportunities the authority is working on.


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.