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.


Saudi crown prince meets deputy head of Sudan’s transitional council

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Saudi crown prince meets deputy head of Sudan’s transitional council

  • The two leaders discussed cooperation between their countries
  • Saudi Arabia and the UAE had earlier pledged to send $3 billion worth of aid to Sudan

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman met the deputy head of Sudan’s transitional military council who is visiting Saudi Arabia, the Saudi Press Agency said early Friday.

The meeting between the crown prince and General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, who goes by the nickname Hemedti, was held in Jeddah, where they discussed cooperation between the two countries, the report said.

Dagalo was accompanied by the official spokesman of the Sudanese Military Council General Shamsaddin Kabbashi, it said.

With the crown prince during the meeting were Dr. Musaed bin Mohammed Al-Aiban, Minister of State and Member of the Cabinet; and Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Member of the Cabinet.

The crown prince, who is also deputy prime minister and defense minister, discussed with Dagalo bilateral cooperation between the two countries in addition to latest developments at the regional arena.

Saudi Arabia and the UAE had earlier pledged to send $3 billion worth of aid to help Sudan recover after mass protests that had led to the ouster of president Omar al-Bashir last month.

Last Sunday, the two Gulf allies deposited $500 million into Sudan’s Central Bank, the first installment of the joint package of aid.

The move will strengthen Sudan’s “financial position, alleviate pressure on the Sudanese pound and achieve more stability in the exchange rate," said a statement by the Saudi Finance Ministry

It said the remaining amount will be allocated to meet the urgent needs of the Sudanese people, including food, medications and oil derivatives.

SPA said the Sudanese leaders departed Jeddah after the meeting and were seen off Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, governor of Makkah province and senior adviser to the royal court.