130 Saudi women apply for air traffic control training

The female graduates of the air traffic control diploma program will be hired by Saudi Air Navigation Services to work at its air traffic control centers, including that of King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, above. (Shutterstock)
Updated 25 July 2018
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130 Saudi women apply for air traffic control training

  • The applicants underwent admission tests and interviews – and based on the results and the grades they score – candidates will be selected to join the program
  • The graduates of the course will get the Saudi Air Traffic Control Academy diploma and will be hired by SANS to work at its air traffic control centers

RIYADH: The Saudi Academy of Civil Aviation has started interviewing 130 female applicants for an air traffic control course, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The students are the second batch of applicants to the program, which upon completion will be hired as air traffic controllers.

The academy initiative, in collaboration with Saudi Air Navigation Services (SANS), is part of an ambitious program to create more jobs for Saudi women.

Head of the Saudi Academy of Civil Aviation, Fahd Al-Harbi, said in statement quoted by SPA that joint committees have received the female applicants in the cities of Jeddah and Riyadh.

The applicants underwent admission tests and interviews, and based on the results and the grades they score, candidates will be selected to join the program.

Al-Harbi said the Diploma of Air Traffic Control takes a full academic year.

The graduates of the course will get the Saudi Air Traffic Control Academy diploma and will be hired by SANS to work at its air traffic control centers.

The course involves the studying of 13 subjects, including physics, mathematics, aviation language, basic aerodynamic training and tower control.


Pilgrims with special needs treated to a memorable Umrah trip under Saudi ministry’s Ramadan initiative

Updated 26 May 2019
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Pilgrims with special needs treated to a memorable Umrah trip under Saudi ministry’s Ramadan initiative

  • Umrah trip held as part of the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah's “Sadiq Almutamir (Friend of the Pilgrim)” initiative 

JEDDAH: Several Muslims with special needs have benefited from a special Umrah pilgrimage organized by the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah on the occasion of the holy month of Ramadan.

According to statement from the ministry, the Umrah trip, was held on the 17th of Ramadan  (May 22) under the “Sadiq Almutamir (Friend of the Pilgrim)” initiative in partnership with Sawt Alasm association in Jeddah.

A busload of 20 people with special needs were accompanied by 12 volunteers of Sadiq Almutamir, including sign language interpreters for the deaf pilgrims. 

The first stop was at Kuday area in Makkah, where pilgrims received the special gifts of Sadiq Almutamir, supported by the Establishment of Motawifs of South East Asian Pilgrims. Next was their arrival at the Grand Mosque, wherein the pilgrims performed Umrah, enjoyed Iftar meals, and received souvenirs from Haji & Mu'tamer's Gift Association. 

Volunteers assisted the pilgrims by communicating with them, providing instructions and directions in addition to sharing their feelings with the support of the sign language interpreters. 

Sadiq Almutamir also accompanied pilgrims during the performance of Umrah, providing wheelchairs for the elderly, sharing breakfast, and learning about their impressions of performing Umrah for their first time. 

Sadiq Almutamir is one of the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah’s initiatives in Makkah’s Cultural Forum. It focuses on promoting the culture of giving and cooperation between the Saudi youth as well as elevating the volunteering services provided to Umrah pilgrims in order to enrich their experiences. It also provides optional tours to visit attractions, monuments, and places contribute to enriching experiences of Mutamirs and immortalizing beautiful memories in the Kingdom.

Launched late last year, the initiative aims to develop the spirit of volunteerism among Muslims and to invest in the youth by engaging young men and women in service and social responsibility.

“It focuses as well on improving the efficiency level of services provided to pilgrims, promoting the culture of volunteering, helping elderly and special needs’ people to perform Umrah rituals, and finally contributing to the realization of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 of reaching 1 million volunteers annually,” ministry statement said.

The trip was held in cooperation with the Western Fleet Transport, in coordination with the undersecretary of the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah for pilgrims’ transportation affairs and Haji & Mu'tamer's Gift Association.